About Northern Virginia Center for Arthritis

Northern Virginia Center for Arthritis in Reston, Virginia, is a dedicated rheumatology care center that provides quality care for all patients. All of our rheumatology experts are board certified.

Dr. Nguyen - Rheumatology Experts

Phong Q. Nguyen, M.D.

Meet Dr. Nguyen, one of our friendly and skilled doctors. His interest in medicine is deeply rooted in his admiration for his father, who is a physician. Dr. Nguyen graduated with honors for his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. He completed his medical education at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine.

Career in Rheumatology
Since 1990, Dr. Nguyen has been practicing Rheumatology in Northern Virginia. He has dedicated his career to caring for patients with rheumatologic and autoimmune disorders. Also, Dr. Nguyen has participated and conducted numerous research clinical trials and has been a keynote speaker in the field of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

Top Physician
Recognized as a top physician in his field by the Washingtonian, Northern Virginia magazine, and Consumer's CHECKBOOK™, Dr. Nguyen is also noted to be the best physician in the Northeast and America's Who's Who survey for top physician. Most notably, he has received the Patients' Choice Award, for top rheumatologist.

Dr. Claudia Saba, M.D.

Bio currently being revised. 

Dr. Gospodinoff - Rheumatology Experts

Alexia Gospodinoff, M.D., F.A.C.R.

Dr. Gospodinoff's Background

Dr. Gospodinoff completed her rheumatology subspecialty training in 1998 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. It was at Buenos Aires University where she completed her undergraduate work.

Dr. Gospodinoff has been on staff as a rheumatologist with NVCA since 2003. Prior to this, she held a position at Kaiser Permanente™ in the D.C. Metro Area, she was also their director of the Bone Health Program for Osteoporosis. She has been recognized as a top physician by several entities, including Washingtonian, Northern Virginia magazine, Guide to America’s Top Physicians. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. 
Dr. Gospodinoff strives to provide state of the art, personalized, compassionate, diagnosis and care for a broad range of rheumatologic conditions.

She is an active member of numerous organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation, American College of Physicians and American College of Rheumatology.

Languages Spoken:

Dr. Gospodinoff is fluent in English and Spanish.

Yousef Zarbalian, M.D.

Dr. Zarbalian's Background
Dr. Zarbalian is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland followed by rheumatology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He joined the Northern Virginia Center for Arthritis shortly thereafter. He is drawn to rheumatology because of the ability to partner with patients to positively impact their quality of life. His clinical interests are broad including autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, and vasculitis and non-inflammatory diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. He has done research on vasculitis (Giant cell arteritis) and will present his research at the 2016 American College of Rheumatology conference.

 Languages spoken:

English (first language), Persian/Farsi (fluently) and French (fluently).

Kelly Mitchell, PA-C

Kelly Mitchell's Background

Kelly joined our practice from Boulder, Colorado. She has a bachelor degree in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado. She joined the Colorado School of Medicine Colorectal Cancer Research Team and investigated new chemotherapy agents. Kelly then transitioned to the University of Colorado Cancer Center and worked as a Clinical Trials Coordinator for Breast Cancer Clinical Trials. After working with cancer patients, she pursued her Masters of Medical Science in Physicians  Assistant Studies at NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. She graduated with highest honors at the top of her class. Kelly moved to Northern Virginia in 2015 and joined our practice shortly after. Kelly has a passion for autoimmune diseases and working with her patients to find the best individualized treatment plans. She takes real interest in osteoporosis and bone health as well as osteoarthritis. 

Taylor Noriega, PA-C

Taylor Noreiga's Background

Taylor is originally from Tallahassee, Florida where her passion for medicine began at an early age. She completed her undergraduate education at Florida State University, earning a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Child Development. She was an active member of the University Honors Program, the Pre-Physician Assistant Club, and the American Medical Women’s Association. She completed her Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South College in Knoxville, TN where she also represented her class as a student board member for the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants.

Current Career

Taylor has a special interest in health and wellness in autoimmune disease. She takes a high interest in bone health and in the prevention and management of osteoporosis.  She is well trained and proficient in joint aspiration and injection.  She enjoys in helping patient navigating through the complex path of biologic drugs used in Rheumatology today.  She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants, and American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Contact us at our Reston, Fairfax, or Leesburg locations to work with our caring rheumatology experts.