Sister Deidre Byrne, MD Retired US Army Colonel Clinic Founder & Director

Sister Deirdre Byrne is an active missionary sister and superior, a board-certified family practitioner and general surgeon. She retired with the rank of Colonel from the United States Army in 2009 after 29 years of service in the military.  A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Sister Deirdre (known to many as Sister DeDe) followed in her thoracic surgeon father’s footsteps and entered medical school at Georgetown University, where she eventually completed a surgical residency. During that time, she also joined the Army. After a life of medical and military service in far ranging areas, she eventually was led to the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts community whose charism involved performing overseas medical missionary work and providing free medical care for the poor and uninsured. The over 100-year-old community includes 400-500 members. By 2000, the board-certified Dr. Deirdre Byrne made her commitment to the Little Workers and began her novitiate training in earnest.  Over the years, Sister Deirdre has found it easy to integrate her medical and military service into her religious vocation.  Though comfortable in scrubs, she wears a full black or a white working habit when she can, and is grateful for the impact it has on those to whom she ministers.   Sister Deirdre's other charitable medical/surgical service includes hands-on ministry in the rubble of the twin towers following the terrorist attack on 9-11, and annual medical missions in Kenya, Haiti and Sudan. She currently acts as the clinic director of the Spanish Catholic Center, serving the uninsured in the Washington Diocese. She is also a general surgeon who works through the clinic to serve those in need and is the superior of the D.C. Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts house.

Katie Drummond, PT, DPT Clinic Founder Volunteer Coordinator

Katie graduated from Mary Washington College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in behavioral and developmental psychology across the lifespan. Katie then graduated from the Medical College of Virginia campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT).  Since then Katie has worked primarily in the pediatric field including a variety of outpatient, school and early intervention settings and she is early intervention certified. Katie currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three daughters, but continues to commute to Northeast DC every few months to treat our wonderful patients. Being a part of this clinic reminds her of the qualities that draw her to practice this profession, including healing, hope, humility and fellowship. ​

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Alexa Stevens, PT, DPT Clinic Founder Volunteer & Clinic Manager

As one of the original founders, Alexa has been with LWSH pro bono clinic since its birth in 2007. A licensed PT in Washington, DC for over 10 years she has a heart for service and feels humbled and privileged to be able to use her professional skills to love, serve, and help bring healing to those who may otherwise go without. Alexa completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Messiah College and went on to complete her Masters of Physical Therapy from The George Washington University. She has worked in a variety of settings from pediatrics to home care, but has found treating outpatient orthopedic conditions ​to be the most fun and challenging. In addition, Alexa has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Doctoral Physical Therapy program at The George Washington University.  When Alexa is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Stephanie Coleman, PT, DPT, MS Volunteer & Student Liason

Stephanie is a licensed physical therapist who has been practicing for over 10 years with a focus on orthopedics and manual therapy.  Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the George Washington University and went on to also complete her masters in physical therapy from GWU.  Stephanie has worked in varied settings but most enjoys treating outpatient orthopedic conditions, particularly spinal and pelvic dysfunction, as well as peri and post-natal movement problems.  Stephanie has recently completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy through the University of Montana, and also serves as a volunteer and board member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart pro bono physical therapy clinic in Washington, DC.  In addition, she has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Doctoral Physical Therapy program at George Washington University.  When Stephanie is not working she enjoys spending time at home in Washington, DC with her husband Tony and three children.  

Therese (Terri) Rodda, PT Volunteer and Technology Manager

Terri is a Bethesda, Maryland native who graduated from the SUNY at Stony Brook and has been in clinical practice in the local Metropolitan area for 30 years in a variety of settings; acute care, outpatient and home care.  The breath of her experience allows her to treat patients with a wide variety of conditions. She has been an active volunteer of the LWSH PT clinic since 2008.  In addition to serving on the board she serves as the lead therapist for the monthly diabetic clinic.  Terri has a thirst for knowledge which lead her to design and implement the electronic platform for making, storing and archiving patient records for the clinic.  When Terri is not working or volunteering she enjoys cooking, reading, sewing and spending time with her husband, Jim and visiting her 3 adult children.

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