Meet the 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.

Meet the Team
Dr. Andre Heletsi, DPT, OCS
Owner and Physical Therapist

Andre 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.

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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.

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Renee Beerman
Pilates Instructor

Renee received her Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College and her Master of Science from George Mason University. She has spent most of her career working with High School students as a teacher and an Athletic Trainer.

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Renee is a recently retired High School Science Teacher of 31 years. She has taught Human Anatomy, Biology and Sports Medicine in Arizona, Ohio and Fairfax County, VA. She was also the Head Athletic Trainer for over 20 years in addition to her teaching in both AZ and VA. She has been inducted in to the Herndon High School Hall of Fame as an Athletic Trainer. She is NATA BOC Certified as an Athletic Trainer and holds a Virginia Board of Medicine License in Athletic Training. She continues working as an Athletic Trainer with Club Level Gymnasts in the area. She is also trained and certified in Comprehensive Mat and Reformer Pilates through Stott and Balanced Body. She is teaching Pilates privately and in a studio setting and will be joining the staff at Missing Link Physical Therapy in October.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Renee enjoys spending time at Smith Mountain Lake where she has a large vegetable garden and shares a home with her significant other. She enjoys spending time with her two young Labradoodles “Wally” and “Jacks”. Pilates is a passion and she practices it every day. She completed her 12th and final marathon in New York City with her 31-year-old son two years ago. She continues to enjoy running but will stick with ½ marathons for now.

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Andy Lei, Dipl.O. M., L.Ac
Acupuncturist

Andy Lei, Dipl.O. M., L.Ac.is a state board licensed acupuncturist and herbalist of Virginia who came from China, and obtained bachelor degree of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Then he continued his education and received master degree of Oriental Medicine and acupuncture from Florida College of Integrative Medicine, the one of oldest Acupuncture Schools in America and the first school in Florida accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

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Andy is trained in various styles of acupuncture and uses an integration of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Master Tung’s Acupuncture, Tuina Massage Therapy, and Herbs in order to achieve the best results for his patients.

He is committed to providing each and every one of his patients with high quality care in all aspects of treatment. He truly enjoys helping his patients restore and maintain health, increase vitality, improve quality of life, and achieve healthier lifestyles with compassion.

 

Certifications/Licenses:

 

Master's degree in Acupuncture (M.Ac.)
Virginia Board of Medicine Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
Maryland Board of Medicine Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
NCCAOM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl.O.M. NCCAOM)
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) Clean Needle Technique
CPR Certification

 

Treatment Techniques:

 

Five-Element Classical Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Master Tung’s Acupuncture
Tuina massage Therapy
Cupping
TDP Infrared Heat Therapy
Herbal Prescription

 

Areas of Specialized Treatment:

 

Chronic and acute pain , headaches, and arthritis related bone disorders
Mental and emotional disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and stress
Menstrual/fertility disorders, Hormone balancing
Gastrointestinal disorders
Allergies
Stroke ,hemiplegia, CVD recovery

facial paralysis, and other neurological symptoms

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