Meet The Missing Link Team...
Each member of the Missing Link team plays an integral role in who we are and what we do. Our clinic is comprised of highly educated and skilled professionals offering a comprehensive, caring and expert physical therapy and wellness services.
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Dr. Andre Heletsi, DPT, OCS
ANDRE HELETSI attended the University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A., where he attained a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006. After graduating, Andre’s professional career as a Physical Therapist commenced at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington D.C., where he spent six years. During his tenure at Sibley he focused on treatment of patients with limited mobility in the medical surgical and subacute rehab settings.
Thereafter, Andre sought further professional advancement and joined the outpatient team of Body Dynamics, Virginia, where he was mentored by Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and experts in the treatment of chronic general orthopedic ailments and dance/ performing arts injuries. One of the most important lessons learned at Body Dynamics was the specifics on how to build a clinical hypothesis to guide treatment.
Subsequent to his mentorship at Body Dynamics Andre spent two years at SMARTherapy, Washington, D.C., where he continued to grow in his ability to treat those individuals with chronic injury, and combined multiple orthopedic techniques/theories in order to improve the quality of life of all the persons being treated. At this stage of Andre’s career he continued to build on the hypothesis driven method of care.
In 2011 Andre was afforded the great opportunity to work with skilled Physical Therapists at Bodies in Motion Physical Therapy, Virginia. There he was further mentored on the mechanics of the body and attained the skill of Trigger Point Dry Needling. With the new found technique of Trigger Point Dry Needling to decrease pain, improved muscle length and improve healing, he was able to combine all of his skills from the past years to further improve the functional mobility of all his patients. Andre’s professional knowledge was further enhanced when he successfully completed the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Exam.
In 2012 Andre developed an injury prevention program and a strength and conditioning class for the Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon; and also serves as their Physical Therapist. He has built a close relationship with the teachers/dancers and has become well known to other ballet schools in the area. Andre focuses on the quality of movement and on correcting any asymmetries that may cause injury or decrease overall performance.
Upon opening Missing Link Physical Therapy in 2014 Andre believed that limitations in experience and education led to patient being categorized as ‘chronic’. Andre on the other hand believes that these patient’s have injuries that are ‘misunderstood’. He believes that with time, experience and listening to the patient can unfold information that may not have been seen by previous healthcare providers.
Andre specializes in MOVEMENT. The ability to break down movement and restore the normal mechanics Andre can treat from the head/ neck all the way to the ankle/ foot. Currently Andre treats patients in the performing arts, figure skaters, football players, soccer players, runners, tennis players and persons with general aches/ pains.
In his spare time Andre is a husband and father of 3 children. He enjoys playing tennis and running. Andre is President of his Business Networking International (BNI).
Andre’s end vision is to create community. He believes that my creating an environment of understanding and out of the box treatment will improve the quality of life of those with misunderstood injuries.
Dr. Andre Heletsi, DPT, OCS
Owner and Physical Therapist
Shannon Curvey, BS, LMT, NASM-CPT
Shannon entered the health and fitness world as a means of helping people improve the quality of their lives. Over the years as a massage therapist and personal trainer she has encountered a variety of bodies and understands that “every-body” is different and needs different levels of care. Shannon is certified by the National Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and licensed by the state of Virginia. She is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has a draw toward post-rehab strengthening and maintenance. Having spent several years working in physical therapy and chiropractic facilities overseeing patients exercise programs Shannon feels very comfortable working with people at all fitness levels.
Shannon attended Howard University and earned a degree in Health Management Science giving her in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology. As a former collegiate basketball player, Shannon has had her share of minor and major injuries and understands the importance of continued strengthening well after the physical therapy visits have ended. Shannon founded Function-N-Fitness as a means to bridge the gap between health care and fitness and is devoted to helping others return to the activities they enjoy.
In her spare time, Shannon enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and cheering the Seahawks on to their next Super Bowl victory!
Shannon Curvey, BS, LMT, NASM-CPT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Ryshelle joined Missing Link Physical Therapy in April 2016. One of three children, Ryshelle was born and raised in Leesburg, Virginia. After graduating Heritage High School in 2009, she attended Monore Technology Center where she received her Cosmetology License in 2010. To further purse her education, she then attended Northern Virginia Community College and majored in Business Administration.
At Missing Link, Ryshelle assists with scheduling appointments, tracking purchases and payments, and is responsible for maintaining all personnel files.
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