Secili DeStefano

Secili DeStefano , PT, DPT, Owner
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Secili received her Master’s (2001) and Doctorate (2007) degrees in physical therapy. Secili partners with a large, diverse population of outpatient orthopedic patients. She has a special interest in abdominal and pelvic health for men and women. Secili is a manual therapist and has extensive experience in Triggerpoint Dry Needling (TDN), ultrasound imaging and blood flow restriction to assist clients in optimizing movement and performance. Her heart for patients locally, nationally and internationally leads her to foster research, speak, and consult on a wide variety of topics.

Secili provides care for men’s and women’s pelvic health (bowel, bladder, sexual dysfunction and incontinence), conditions specific to athletes, breast health, pre-partum, pregnancy, post-partum, bone health, chronic pain related to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and other widespread chronic pain syndromes, postsurgical health and restoration (e.g. post-hysterectomy, C-section, post-prostatectomy, etc.), hypermobility syndromes (e.g., Ehler’s Danlos), pelvic, back, hip and sacroiliac joint pain and dysfunction (e.g., Femoral Acetabular Impingement, etc.). She assesses and fabricates custom orthotics if needed; evaluates and consults area businesses on worksite ergonomics; and provides health, wellness, consulting and screening services to area athletic programs, travel teams, and specialty programs including Olympic hopefuls, high level football players, dancers, triathletes, crossfitters, swimmers and soccer players. Secili is committed to optimizing patients’ movement and performance.

Secili has received professional accolades for her work experience, continuing education pursuits and her involvement in her professional association. She serves on many national task forces and work groups for improving health care. She has served on the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Nominating Committee (Member and Chair) and APTA NEXT Conference Work Group. She has served as the Virginia Physical Therapy Association (VPTA) Vice President and Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates. She has served as the Director of Research for the APTA Section on Women’s Health. In this role, she collaborated with The Wall Street Journal on an article, “Bigger Post Partum Challenges than Just Baby Weight.” She was bestowed the honor of being elected as the first inaugural President-Elect for the APTA Section on Women’s Health. She received the Lucy Blair Award, First Inaugural Marymount University Distinguished Alumni Award, has received the distinction of Certified Orthopedic Specialist and Emerging Leader from the APTA. She has also been honored as a Distinguished Commencement Speaker. Her first year as a George Mason University professor, she was nominated by the students for the Career Connection Faculty Award.

Visit her on Twitter @secilid or contact her at secilidestefano@optimalmotionpt.com