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Thao Allen

Physician Assistant

As the Physician Assistant Team Lead at VSI, Thao has devoted her medical career to caring for patients with spinal conditions. Her role extends beyond the medical office into the operating room, where she collaborates closely with our most seasoned spine surgeons, navigating the intricacies of life-changing spine surgeries. Thao’s expertise spans the entire spectrum of spinal health, and her commitment to patient well-being is evident in her role as a counselor, guiding patients through decision-making processes, alleviating worries, and instilling confidence in their journey to overcome and improve their lives.

Beyond her clinical responsibilities, Thao serves as a mentor to fellow Physician Assistants on the team, sharing her wealth of knowledge and fostering an environment of continuous learning and growth.

Thao is a proud member of a family of medical experts, as her husband is also a Physician Assistant in cardiac care. In her personal life, Thao is a loving mother to two energetic boys and a delightful pup, a Shiba Inu. Her passion for culinary adventures is reflected in her status as a foodie, relishing opportunities to dine out, experiment with cooking, and host memorable dinner parties.


  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Shenandoah University
  • Bachelor of Science in the College of Humanities & Science, Virginia Commonwealth University


  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support/Basic Life Support


  • One-year residency and one-year fellowship in the medical and surgical management of spinal disorders


  • Licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine


  • Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants

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