Dr. Erik Ward graduated from the University of Florida in 1993 and attained his doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in 1997. He has practiced in Northern Virginia since 2000. He is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist, as a professional chiropractic sports physician, in functional movement systems and as a L2 CrossFit trainer.
Dr. Ward has a special interest in working with athletes because he is an athlete himself. It is for this reason that he understands the demands an athlete puts on his or her body and their need for special attention. Dr. Ward has competed at the national level as a Triathlete completing 2 full Ironman races. He earned an invite in 2017 to compete at the US national championship at the Olympic distance triathlon. He also coaches Crossfit and has earned his level 2 certification.
Dr. Ward is Level-2 CrossFit Certified
Dr. Ward is a preferred Graston Technique provider
Dr. Ward is an ART practitioner
Dr. Ward is TPI (Titleist Professional Institute) certified as a golf fitness instructor
Dr. Ward is a “strength and conditioning specialist”
Dr. Ward is a “certified chiropractic sports physician”
Licensing and Membership
Dr. Ward is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine, the District of Columbia Health Department, the Georgia Chiropractic Board of Examiners and is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the American Board of Chiropractic Physicians, the Virginia Chiropractic Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Northern Virginia Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Ward has been noted in the who’s who of Northern Virginia in 2008 and 2012 for his practices with the Washington Redskins, the Washington Wizards and the USA female rugby team. Dr. Ward appeared as a guest on Channel 9’s “A New Me” to discuss conditions chiropractors typically treat and specific aspects of what “Functional Rehab” is and how it is applied in today’s rehabilitation clinics. Dr. Ward has attained his certification in Dry Needling, Active Release Therapy, Graston Technique and Pulse Electromagnetic Therapy. Lecturer
Dr. Ward is an accomplished Lecturer who has spoken on a number of various topics at many private and community events.
Dr. Afshin Karimi graduated from university of Texas in Arlington, majoring in sports medicine. He then went to Parker university for his doctorate of Chiropractic. He also has a background of physical fitness specialist and fitness training from Cooper institute and Ballys Total Fitness
His work ethic is based on persistence and enthusiasm to bring the best result to his patients. Dr.Karimi is a board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiner and a member of Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association.
Eugenia Koulizakis, PT, MPT, graduated from Purdue University in Indiana in 1993 with a Bachelors of Arts degree, then from Nova Southeastern University in 2000 with a Masters in Physical Therapy. Her practice began in Chicago, Illinois where her practice focused primarily on orthopedic and neurological work related injuries, both chronic and acute. In addition, she has extensive experience working with runners, particularly marathonians and triathletes, and their common injuries, including ankle instability, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis/tears, chronic shin splints, iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome, knee pain, groin strains, chronic hamstring tightness, chronic psoas tightness, pelvic floor dysfunction, hip and back pain.
Ms. Koulizakis is certified in performing FCE’s (Functional Capacity Evaluations). She is also certified in mat Pilates for Rehabilitation Specialists. She specializes in core neurological re-education for the purpose of teaching her patients healthy posture, both static and dynamic. She also has extensive continuing education on home and office work area ergonomics and can make effective, game changing modifications to correct the ergonomics of your workspace to sustain, not work against, the gains you will make while in treatment at Nova Pain and Rehabilitation.
License & Membership
Ms. Koulizakis is licensed to practice physical therapy in Virginia, Florida and Illinois. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Virginia Physical Therapy Association, and the Education Section of the APTA.
Dr. Katusha earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in microbiology. After graduating, Dr. Katusha worked at NIH prior to entering medical school. Dr. Katusha received her medical degree from Habnemann University, Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Since attaining her doctorate in medicine, Dr. Katusha has worked as a primary care physician at Quantico and at National Navy Medical Center. In 1994, she decided to start in private practice and has continued ever since.
Dr. Katusha specializes in internal medicine with a special interest in musculo-skeletal conditions. She has treated many different types of conditions and injuries since starting private practice in 1994.
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