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Michelle Etcho, LPTA

Clinic Director, Spotsylvania

Bachelor of Arts: English, Linguistics, and Communication at Mary Washington University in 2011

Associates in Health Science: Physical Therapist Assistant at Germanna Community College in 2019

Michelle is a native of Fredericksburg where her son currently attends Riverbend High School.

Fun Facts: Michelle has done 3 weightlifting competitions, teaches yoga at a local studio and started golfing when COVID began and now golfs every weekend!

“I chose to work for Fusion because of their holistic approach to healthcare and dedication to the community. As a yoga teacher in the area for the past 8 years I saw the disconnect between healthcare and wellness which motivated me to pursue a career in physical therapy. Upon graduating I knew I wanted to work for a company that shared those same values of improving patients’ quality of life”

“What I love about this company is the investment in our patients. The environment that Fusion creates is one of community and caring beyond just the treatments. We get to know our patients personally and are able to incorporate their goals into our treatment so that they can get back to doing the things that are important to them. This individual approach helps to get superior outcomes.”

“The commitment to the staff is unmatched anywhere else. We truly believe in supporting the continued learning and development of our staff so that they can achieve their goals. Whether that’s continuing education courses, mentorship, or collaboration, we want everyone to excel. As a new grad I was able to learn from the other clinicians and ask questions to give my patients the best treatment. Fusion is team oriented and values and appreciates each of our employees for what they bring to the team.”

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Dr. Kristen VanderWijst PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Specializes in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Pregnancy and Post-Partum Pain, and Cancer Rehabilitation
Kristen graduated from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Science in 2009 and Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2011. Kristen has worked in outpatient facilities for the past 7 years where she gained experience working with orthopedic diagnoses such as neck and back pain, pregnancy and post-partum pain, prehab and post rehabilitation for shoulder, hip, knee, and spinal surgeries, and cancer rehabilitation. She uses a combination of manual therapy techniques as well as an individualized exercise program to help patients return to their prior level of function and achieve their personal health and fitness goals. She has completed several continuing education courses focusing on manual therapy including muscle energy techniques, joint mobilization, mobilization with movement, and augmented soft tissue mobilization for scar tissue adhesions and chronic pain.

Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband Adam and their two beautiful children Haley and Brady. Her other hobbies include running, yoga, hiking, baking, cooking, and eating lots of chocolate.

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Dr. Derreck Dixon PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Bachelor of Science: Health Sciences at Marymount University 2019

Doctor of Physical Therapy: Marymount University 2022

Dr. Derreck Dixon is a native of Stafford, Virginia where he currently lives. He began working for Fusion after completing two of his clinical affiliations there as a student. Dr. Dixon has experience in outpatient orthopedics and inpatient acute care.

Fun facts about Derreck: Derreck is a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan and you can find him cheering on his team during the football season. Derreck has a vegetable garden that he tends to with his girlfriend during the summertime. Derreck also loves horror movies and enjoys going to the movie theater to watch them.

“I knew I wanted to work for Fusion after my first clinical rotation with them. They made me feel like a part of the family from the moment I joined the team as a student. They really made me feel completely supported as I found my footing as a future therapist. This was important to my development and I was very thankful to have been placed there as a student. I also respect how much they value patients at Fusion, and how each therapist genuinely wants to see their patients succeed. You can’t help but feel the positive energy that flows through this company from the moment you walk through the door.”

Derreck has shown an interest in treating both musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

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Renee Threlfall, PT, MPT

Master of Physical Therapy

Bachelor of Science: Notre Dame College, 1997
Master in Physical Therapy: Notre Dame College, 2000

Fun facts about Renee: She absolutely loves her job as a PT and has been doing it for over 20 years. She retired after 22 years as a Master Sergeant with the United States Army. She is a huge New England Patriots fan – “GO PATs!!” Renee has a horse named, Festus, and she enjoys trail riding and learning the art of dressage with him. She loves to travel and spend time with her husband, their son, and their family.

Renee and her family have traveled about since 2009 with her husband‘s work and finally settled in the Northern Virginia area in 2016. She previously was a resident of New England’s beautiful state of New Hampshire, where she grew up, and continues to visit family and friends as often as she can.

Renee specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation combined with manual therapy and has many tools in her toolbox to assist those afflicted with pain to recover their independence and quality of life back.

“I made a change to continue to be proactive with my career and changed jobs which was a critical decision in my life at the time. I am so glad that Fusion Rehab and Wellness had the perfect opportunity to join a team of individuals that not only give back to their community but also keep me learning through a variety of continuing education opportunities. All the offices welcome you in, and you can see that we are grateful for the opportunity to help individuals move forward with their health”.

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David Derco, LPTA

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science at Shenandoah University

Associates in Applied Science: Physical Therapy Assisting at Northern Virginia Community College

David grew up in Minnesota, but is originally from New Jersey, and has lived in Virginia since 2012.

Fun Facts: Growing up David was an amateur ski racer, he is an Eagle Scout, and he is a die hard New York Yankees fan.

“I chose to work for Fusion because of their individualistic approach to treatments, and don’t take a cookie cutter approach. Fusion allows their therapists and their patients to collaborate in order to reach the best possible outcomes.”

“I love coming to work everyday because of the camaraderie that I have with my co-workers. Everyone genuinely cares for one another, and doesn’t hesitate to help each other out when needed. This really creates a welcoming atmosphere for everyone who walks into our doors.”

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Micbeth Tunseeprasert, LPTA

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

Micbeth graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Germanna Community in 2021. College. She has been with the company since 2019.

Micbeth is a Virginia native, born and raised in Spotsylvania. On weekends Micbeth spends her time working on DIY projects or crafts. When she isn’t doing that, she likes to travel (one of Micbeth’s yearly goals is to go somewhere new once a year).

At home Micbeth has 2 dogs; Ryver, a collie mix and Benneli, a Bassett Hound. She also has 2 cats; Inspector and Pickles.

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Maritza Correa, LPTA

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

Maritza graduated from Northern Virginia Community College’s Physical Therapy Assistant program in 2018. She joined the Fusion team in January of 2020 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Maritza enjoys treating orthopedic and sports rehabilitation cases as well as applying and learning manual therapy techniques to allow her patients to return to daily and recreational activities with improved performance.

She is fluent in Spanish and is happy to carry out sessions in either language. In her spare time, Maritza can often be found training her two golden-doodles, Winnie and Ollie, cooking and spending time with her loved ones.

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Stacy Banko, LPTA

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

Pelvic Health Specialist

Stacy graduated from Penn State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Prior to becoming a physical therapist assistant, she worked in infectious disease research.

She is a 2017 graduate of Northern Virginia Community College and has experience in skilled nursing and outpatient orthopedics. She has completed training in Maitland manual therapy, and pelvic health physical therapy through Herman & Wallace. She is now one of two pelvic health therapists in our Spotsylvania clinic.

In her spare time, she enjoys watching Penn State football, hiking, playing soccer, reading, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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Lisa Long CPT ISSA

Rocksteady Boxing Coach, Certified Personal Trainer

Lisa has a BS in Medical Technology from Elon University. She is certified as a personal trainer through the International Sports Science Administration and is our Rock Steady Boxing Coach. Helping clients who live with Parkinson’s Disease be the best they can be through functional movement fitness that includes intense circuit-based training. Lisa believes exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate. Lisa has been living with Type 1 diabetes for 51 years as well as rheumatoid arthritis and she is a cancer survivor. She is an example of how exercise can benefit your well-being and encourages her clients to exceed their goals.

When Lisa is not in the gym she enjoys cooking and baking. She can also be seen at Mary Washington Hospital doing Pet Therapy with her Old English Sheepdog Bentley. One of her favorite things to do includes boating around the Northern Neck of Virginia and taking in the sunsets with her husband, children, and her new grandson, Jacob.