Team at AHS
Meet the friendly team at AHS
MSPT, Cert MDT
Madhura has a Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from Manipal, India. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Oakland University, Michigan and has direct access certification.
Madhura has over a decade of experience working as a Physical Therapist. She is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, more commonly known as the McKenzie method and specializes in spinal disorders. She is one of the few therapists in the area, that treats the TMJ. She is also trained in vestibular rehabilitation which includes conditions like vertigo.
Madhura believes in integrating different treatment techniques and creating unique treatment plans for her patients. She is a firm believer in patient education and strives towards getting her patients independent in maintaining their function after physical therapy treatment is over.
She is an avid long distance runner and has a special interest in all sports related injuries. In her free time she likes to read and spend time with her husband, two children and dog.
Melissa Weaver graduated from her degree in physical therapy from the Philippines and has been working as a physical therapist in outpatient Orthopedics in the US since 2014.
She has experience working with all different patient populations including children, the elderly, sedentary office workers, athletes of various ages, post-op patients, and those dealing with neurological complaints. She holds a direct access certification in the state of Virginia.
Melissa is most passionate about getting people moving and feeling better by teaching them strategies on how to help themselves through compassionate, individualized care. She likes to take an integrated approach to treatment and enjoys learning from different sources in healthcare and fitness.
When she is not working, Melissa enjoys photography, reading and baking.
Patricia has a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Saint Louis University. She also has a Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree from Saint Louis University. She has been practicing physical therapy for over a decade. She has worked predominantly in outpatient orthopedic clinics, seeing patients ranging from newborns to geriatrics. Patricia especially loves working with the pediatric population. She is an Early Intervention Certified Provider and also holds direct access certification in the state of Virginia.
Patricia loves the science of physical therapy as a means of empowering individuals with strategies and techniques that will allow them to get back to work and play. For pediatric clients, Patricia is passionate about a parent’s integral role in therapy sessions. As a key part of the therapy team, parents are then able to integrate therapeutic techniques into their child’s every day activities to maximize improvements in movement and function.
Patricia loves spending time with her husband and four children, whether they are hiking, playing games, reading books, or just hanging out.
Emily Dayton completed her undergraduate studies at Penn State University, then received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She loves the field of OT because it allows her to help people perform the tasks and activities that are meaningful to them. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings, including hospital, skilled nursing, house calls, and hand therapy. Emily chose to pursue a career focus in hand therapy after seeing a need for specialized, skilled treatment of upper extremity injuries and conditions in all of her work settings.
Emily has additional training in ergonomics assessment, since many problems treated with therapy can be caused by poor positioning, body mechanics, and work environment. She uses these skills to help create the best workspace setup for each individual to decrease their risk of injury.
Outside of work she enjoys backpacking, gardening, horseback riding, reading, and music. She loves travelling any chance she can and is usually planning the next adventure.
Shay received both her undergraduate degree and Master of Occupational Therapy degree at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA making her a “double duke”! She loves occupational therapy because the rehabilitation process allows her to empower others, restoring their ability to participate in activities that bring them joy. She has clinical experience in hospital and hand therapy settings.
Shay was introduced to hand therapy during her master’s degree program, with clinical placements in Front Royal and Virginia Beach working in outpatient upper extremity rehabilitation.
Shay’s favorite leisure occupations include running, crochet, and listening to live music. If it’s a nice day outside, chances are you’ll fine Shay soaking up the sunshine enjoying the great outdoors!
Anthony Crespo holds a BS in Kinesiology from George Mason University. His interest in health began in middle school after he was introduced to weight lifting and boxing. It made him realize that us humans are truly remarkable and that we all possess a super power, which is our innate ability to change physically and mentally. Since then, fitness has served him as the gateway to the field of health and medicine. It was the late-night readings of various case studies and peer reviewed journals all driven by curiosity that made him realize he is forever a student in admiration of the never-ending fields of health and medicine.
After his time at George Mason, Anthony plans to continue his studies to acquire a Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies (PA).
Anthony loves going hiking, lifting weights and enjoying the little things in life.
Lauren is presently attending Marymount University and is set to graduate in the Spring of 2022. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and Pre- Physical Therapy. After receiving her bachelors Lauren hopes to continue her education and become a licensed Physical Therapist. Her interest in physical therapy began when she was in her early teens after getting injured while dancing. As a physical therapist Lauren plans to focus on the dancer/athletic population.
In her free time, Lauren loves to dance, watch basketball and binge watch the latest TV shows.
Maya is currently majoring in neuroscience at George Mason University. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a medical degree in hopes of becoming an emergency physician. In addition to working at Allied Health, Maya currently volunteers at a free clinic where she helps translate to Arabic speaking patients.
During her free time, Maya enjoys reading, watching movies, and gardening. She has recently decided to step out of her comfort zone and pick up new hobbies. In the last year, she has learned how to cook, started weightlifting, and is taking ice skating lessons once a week!
Sanika recently graduated from VCU and received her B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in becoming an Occupational Therapist and looking to get her doctorate in the field soon. She also interns in various Occupational Therapy settings to gain more experience.
Sanika enjoys reading, baking, and watching TV. Her recent baking obsession is cake. Her favorite treat to bake and eat is banana bread!