The Source Physical Therapy & Wellness Mission . . . .
Our mission is to be the region’s direct access provider of choice in the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions, utilizing the highest level of evidence-based manual physical therapy techniques and preventative wellness services; all of which promote life-balance and the health & wellness of our patients as well as our providers & staff.
Our rehabilitation approach is designed to incorporate all elements of wellness to provide complimentary mind and body healing. Our exceptional care is delivered in a cost effective manner with an unprecedented level of individualized focus and customer service, which is why physicians and patients across the Washington, DC metro area have trusted us with their care, since 1999.
Dr. Michael J. O’Connor, PT, DPT
Dr. Michael J. O’Connor has been a practicing orthopedic physical therapist since 1999. His interest in physical therapy originated from a life long involvement in a variety of sports, including: basketball, skiing, golf, and ice hockey. While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University, in his home state of New Jersey, he sustained a complex hand fracture which required surgery. This was Dr. O’Connor’s first introduction to the remarkable healing power of physical therapy.
Dr. O’Connor successfully completed his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy (MS PT) in 1999 from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Dedicated as a practitioner of life long learning, Dr. O’Connor returned to Marymount University and successfully completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in 2008. In this challenging health care environment, he and his colleagues continue to provide cost effective services in practice settings which allow the patient to receive exceptional one-on-one evidence based treatment, delivered by the same treating therapist. From his experiences, Dr. O’Connor believes that with the proper clinical setting, clinicians, and motivated patients, there is no better alternative PT.
Dr. Lauren Hallauer, PT, DPT
Dr. Lauren Hallauer, PT, DPT received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas where she played Division I Soccer. She furthered her education, graduating with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Marymount University. Her interest in healthcare stemmed from injuries sustained as a collegiate and professional soccer player, which resulted in significant time in the athletic training room. Dr. Hallauer learned more about Physical Therapy in a sports medicine class and volunteering, which confirmed this was her desired profession.
Dr. Hallauer has experience in Outpatient Orthopaedics as well as Acute Care, working with medically complex patients. She has a special interest in the prevalence of knee injuries among young female athletes, which is a topic of concern in adolescent sports. She hopes to contribute and be a part of the cultural change, to educate players and coaches, about injury prevention and prepare themselves for athletic participation. She has always had a passion for making a difference and as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, she enjoys helping patients get stronger and return to full function. Dr. Hallauer is excited to be part of the Source Physical Therapy & Wellness team, to work with an exceptional group of clinicians as well as promote health and wellness within the community.
Dr. Melissa Greco Liu, PT, DPT
Dr. Melissa Greco Liu, PT, DPT received her undergraduate degree in Dance with a minor in Exercise Science from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. After graduating from college, she taught dance and danced professionally for over 10 years with local dance companies in New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C. Dr. Liu is also is a certified Yoga Instructor. As a former dancer who suffered multiple injuries over the years, she has experienced personally the healing benefits of Physical Therapy.
Dr. Liu received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Marymount University. She has experience in Outpatient & Inpatient Orthopaedics as well as Neurological Rehabilitation. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Liu has worked at an outpatient clinic and gained experience working with patients with fractures, hip, knee and shoulder replacements, CVA, Parkinson’s Disease and balance disorders. She enjoys the teaching aspect to clinical care and finds it particularly rewarding to educate patients on how to take an active role in their own recovery. Dr. Liu is thrilled to be part of the Source Physical Therapy & Wellness team, and to help promote health and wellness within the community.
Dr. Alexandra Pichurko, PT, DPT
Dr. Alexandra Pichurko, PT, DPT earned her undergraduate degree in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She continued her education at The George Washington University earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Dr. Pichurko developed an early interest in exercise science as she started swimming competitively in her youth. Coupled with an affinity towards helping others, she identified Physical Therapy as her desired career. As a lifelong athlete that enjoys exercise in many forms, she finds it rewarding to help patients move with increased freedom without feeling pain or discomfort.
Dr. Pichurko began her career as a Physical Therapist working in an Acute Care setting in Washington, DC and gained experience working with Orthopaedic as well as Neurologic patient populations. Through working in a hospital, she developed a strong understanding of how patients cope with chronic pain and illness, and discovered factors necessary to motivate and encourage such individuals. She believes that the best outcomes are achieved through educating and empowering patients to take an active role in their recovery. Dr. Pichurko is thrilled to be a member of the Source Physical Therapy & Wellness team and is committed to providing high quality and evidence-based care to help patients meet their goals and engage in their desired activities.
Ashley Fisher, PTA – Licensed PT Assistant
Ashley Fisher, PTA is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant who earned her Associates Degree of Applied Science from East Coast Polytechnic Institute (ECPI) University. Ashley’s interest in Physical Therapy began with visits to the athletic trainer in high school, after sustaining a wrist injury while throwing discus for her track and field team. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Randolph-Macon College before pursuing her PTA degree.
Ashley has volunteered and observed in various Outpatient Physical Therapy settings in both the Northern Virginia and the Richmond area. After completing a rotation in an Outpatient Orthopaedic clinic, where she worked with Post-Operative Total Joint Replacement patients and a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, she was drawn to the “hand on” approach of Manual Therapy. While completing her PTA degree, Ashley worked as a Rehabilitation Technician in an outpatient clinic in Mechanicsville, VA and fine tuned her skills in teaching the correct way to perform exercises for maximal therapeutic benefit. Ashley is thrilled to be a member of the Source Physical Therapy & Wellness team and be able to work closely with an exceptional group of clinicians.
Claudia Guzman – Office Coordinator
Claudia brings extensive knowledge of In-Network & Medicare insurance regulations and determines your insurance coverage & benefits, prior to your Initial Evaluation. This ensures that your Physical Therapy claims are accurate and submitted properly on your behalf. The efficiency & organization that Claudia brings to the “back office” is extremely valuable to the relaxed, healing environment that we promote at Source Physical Therapy & Wellness.
Yanina Saavedra – Front Desk Coordinator
Yanina will be one of the first smiling faces greeting you at Source Physical Therapy & Wellness. Born in Bolivia, Yanina is currently a student at George Mason University where she is pursuing a career in Graphic Design. Her interest in Physical Therapy sparked when her father sustained multiple injuries in an accident. That is when she saw, first hand, how essential Physical Therapy is to the recovery process. Yanina has extensive knowledge of insurance coverage and benefits, and enjoys simplifying the administrative process for Source PT & Wellness patients.