Shawn Akavan, MD
Dr. Akavan is the Chief Medical Director at Amerigroup Washington. He is board certified in Family Medicine with over ten years of managed care experience in Medicaid. Dr. Akavan was a Medical Director at a multi-specialty FQHC in Indianapolis, Indiana and a Medical Director at various managed care organizations in Texas and Indiana. He completed his residency at SUNY School of Medicine in Buffalo, New York and currently practices urgent care at University of Washington Valley Medical Center in Renton, WA. His interests are in health care technology and quality improvement.
Jeffery Allgaier, MD, FACP
Dr. Allgaier was born in 1970 in eastern Washington State. At 2 years-old, he moved to Seattle, WA where he lived for most of his life. He received his Bachelors of Arts with Distinction in Economics from the University of Washington, where he also completed his pre-medical coursework. He then completed his Medical Doctorate at Wake Forest University followed by an emergency medicine residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. For the next 11 years, he practiced as a full-time emergency physician. Within that time, he also held leadership positions including President of the Skagit Island Counties Medical Society and Associate Medical Director of Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA. In 2012, he founded Ideal Option Addiction Medicine Medicine Practice in order to combat the opioid epidemic. In 2014, he became Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. In 2017, he became Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventative Medicine. Currently, he serves as President and Chief Medical Officer of Ideal Option.
Laura Mae Baldwin, MD, Board Certified Physician, Professor of Family Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington
Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, is a board-certified physician at the UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic and a UW professor of Family Medicine and an adjunct professor of Health Services. Dr. Baldwin believes in empowering patients through careful listening and information sharing so that they can make the best choices for their health. She thoroughly enjoys collaborating with patients in maintaining and improving their health.
Dr. Baldwin earned her M.D. at USC. Her clinical and research interests include women's healthcare, maternal and child healthcare, rural health, cancer prevention, and innovations to improve care in primary care practice. In her free time, Dr. Baldwin enjoys hiking, knitting, bird watching and spending time with family.
Bridget Beachy, PsyD Director of Behavioral Health Central Washington Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Beachy’s professional interests include the management of chronic health conditions (DM, HTN, Chronic Pain), and promoting behavior change for more healthy living, such as promoting exercise and eating for health. She also focuses on using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (3rd wave CBT) in primary care and other medical settings, addressing medical provider burn out, and promoting health for medical providers. In addition, she is involved in teaching residents how to understand a patient’s overall health in the context of the whole person’s life and psychosocial functioning.
Edward Bilsky, PhD, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Dr. Bilsky received his PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona, Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in 1996, with a concentration in opioid pharmacology, pain, and addiction. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, he received that institution’s highest honor, the Faculty Member of the Year, in the spring of 2001, for his outstanding teaching, research, and service to students.
In the fall of 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of New England (UNE) where he became a tenured Professor of Pharmacology and was the founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Neuroscience (CEN). The CEN incorporated research, education, and outreach into its mission and vision and has created a robust community of neuroscientists and other scholars who are making meaningful contributions to their discipline, institution, and community.
More recently, he served as the Vice President for Research and Scholarship at UNE from 2011-2016. Under his leadership, UNE substantially grew the amount of external funding and scholarly output of the faculty and students, including major National Institutes of Health and other health-related grants.
Dr. Bilsky engages a broad group of audiences on a variety of topics related to the neurobiology of pain, pain management and addiction to students in colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Dental Medicine, Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy.
He was awarded the 2011 AOA Research Mentor of the Year Award, was a finalist for the 2014 Council on Undergraduate Research Fellows award, a recipient of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2014 Patient Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Dr. Bilsky’s laboratory conducts translational research in the areas of pain, addiction, and other neurological disorders. He has received over 6 million dollars in extramural funding to his own laboratory through a variety of federal, state and private grants and contracts including the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research and biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies.
He has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications in leading journals and has presented nationally and internationally in a variety of different venues. Dr. Bilsky co-founded two biotechnology companies that developed novel analgesics and other drugs to help manage opioid side effects. Part of this work brought a novel opioid antagonist into clinical trials. Both companies received SBIR phase I and II funding, and Dr. Bilsky has reviewed SBIRs and U grants for NIH study sections.
As an expert in opioid pharmacology and early-stage drug discovery and development, he collaborates with scientists around the world and frequently consulted and conducted contracted work with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies that have programs in analgesia and pain medicine.
Sue Birch, RN, MBA Director Washington Healthcare Authority
Sue Birch has more than 35 years of progressive health care administration in public/private sector. Extensive community, regional, and national involvement with health care transformation including service delivery, payment reform, and population health. Excellence in leadership, management, strategic collaboratives, and resource development related to health care and state and federal relations. Deep knowledge of program design and implementation, staff allocation and development, assessment of community and state-wide health needs, human services resource allocation, and legislative affairs-both at the state and federal level.
William (Marty) Bruggemann, MD Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital, Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician
Dr. Brueggemann practices Emergency Medicine in Yakima, WA. Dr. Brueggemann graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin in 2001 and has been in practice for 17 years. He completed a residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. He currently practices at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital. He became a member of the Washington Medical Commission in 2013.
Ruth Bush, MAC Senior DIrector of Operations Coordinated Care
Ruth Bush is the Senior Director of Healthcare Integration for Coordinated Care, and has lead Coordinated Care's implementation of Integrated Managed Care and Integrated Foster Care throughout Washington. Ruth has worked in the behavioral health field in some capacity since 2005, including providing both early childhood and adolescent therapy as a licensed counselor in Arizona. Before joining Coordinated Care, she served as the Director of Behavioral Health for Arizona's Department of Child Safety (DCS) where she spearheaded the creation of the first Behavioral Health clinical unit within DCS and advises DCS leadership on BH services for children in out of home care, trauma informed care practices, integrated healthcare, and BH service delivery. Ruth holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling.
Paul Carson, BA, CareOregon Pharmacy Training and Development Specialist
Paul Carson is a pharmacist and specializes in learning and development programs for vulnerable healthcare populations and the clinicians who serve them. A native Oregonian and graduate of Portland State University, Paul works to provide greater awareness around challenging health conditions, advocating for health literacy responsiveness, and improving patient experience with medications. Paul is an enthusiastic advocate for disability rights and leads seminars on trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing and presentation skills improvement. He currently serves on the Board of FACT Oregon.
Paul is a Learning and Development professional and public speaker with extensive experience in the insurance, financial and health care industries. He focuses on health literacy and in highlighting the patient perspective in healthcare while driving innovative projects that improve care and systems for both patients and providers. Paul helped launch CareOregon’s MEDS Ed continuing education series for healthcare professionals, examining disease states that impact patient quality of life. He’s an advocate for disability rights and has also led seminars on trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing. A frequent public speaker and member of Toastmasters International, he’s competed in the regional District International Speech Contest and was the First Place Winner of the Downtown (Portland) Division’s Humorous Speech Contest two years in a row.
LuAnn Lawton Chen, MD MHA, FAAFP Medical Director Community Health Plan of Washington
Dr Chen is a Medical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the insurance industry and in health systems. Skilled in Healthcare Consulting,, Disease Management, Family Medicine, Prevention and Physician Relations. She carries an MHA, focused in Health/Health Care Administration /Management from the University of Washington.
Nananda Col, MD, MPH, MPP, FACP President, Preventative Medicine, Internal Medicine at Five Islands Consulting Georgetown, Maine
Nananda Col, M., MPH, MPP, FACP is an accomplished medical internist and decision scientist with over 25 years of experience. Her primary interest is advancing the field of shared decision making to help patients make decisions that reflect their personal circumstances, risks, preferences, and values.
Shared Decision Making Resources provides research, development, and scientific advisory services regarding shared decision making, personalized decision support tools, preference elicitation, study design, and risk communication.
Our mission is to help patients achieve better health through better decision making and communication.
- An impeccable record of scientific rigor, Nananda Col, MD, is regularly sought out for scientific and technical advice by the private and public sectors.
- Demonstrated expertise in shared decision making, evidence-based medicine, personalized decision support, medical informatics, decision analysis, scientific review, and outcomes research.
- A strategic, focused mindset coupled with over 25 years’ experience as a primary care internist and NIH-funded investigator. Author of over 100 scientific publications.
- Our Framework for Shared Decision Making streamlines the development and testing of decision support tools and other scientific patient-centered approaches.
Martin Dubek, MD Ideal Option Addiction Medicine
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Vincent Felitti, MD, FACP, Founder of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Kaiser Permanente
Vincent J. Felitti, MD is a 1962 graduate of the Johns Hopkins Medical School. An internist and infectious disease physician, he was one of the founding physicians of Kaiser Permanente in San Diego in 1968 and was founding Chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine in 1975, running that department until retirement in 2001.
He is co-Principal Investigator of the 17,000 patient Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, exploring the profound relationship of ten categories of adverse life experiences in childhood to adult health, well-being, disease, and death decades later. Dr. Felitti is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, and a Fellow of The American College of Physicians.
He is currently Senior Editor of The Permanente Journal and on the International Editorial Board of the Swiss medical journal, Trauma und Gewalt. Dr. Felitti has served on advisory committees of the Institute of Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association, the Committee of the Secretary of Health and Human Services for Healthy People 2020, and the Advisory Committee on Women’s Services at SAMHSA.
Charissa Fotinos, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Washington State Health Care Authority
Dr. Fotinos has provided clinical leadership for Medicaid clients served by the HCA and DSHS since 2013. Dually employed, much of her work focuses on improving clinical policy and the clinical quality of care delivered to persons with substance use disorders and/or mental health conditions. She believes, everyone deserves access to quality, evidence-informed, financially responsible health care. Working with talented, creative, and passionate people who share this vision is a tremendous opportunity and pleasure.
Karen Hill PhD, ANP-C, MSN, RN Doctoral-Prepared, Board-Certified Advance Practice Registered Nurse at Health Management Associates
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Hill is a doctoral-prepared, board-certified advanced practice registered nurse with a specialty in environmental and occupational health and clinical training in adult, adolescent and young adult health. An expert in workplace health and safety, Karen is exceptionally skilled in workforce assessment, engagement, and development. Her clinical capabilities span primary care, acute care, outpatient care, home health care transitions, and trauma-informed systems of care. She is experienced in the social determinates of health and health disparities and community engagement of under-served populations.
Dr. Hill has consulted with non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and community-based organizations. She is an analytical and growth-minded professional with expertise in cultivating culturally sensitive collaborations. She has a proven track record of leading workplace transformation by enhancing operations and building dynamic, patient-centered, outcome-driven teams. She guides her clients in fully engaging patients and staff, improving patient outcomes, and reducing costs.
Current HMA projects include a three-year continuous quality improvement (CQI) training program for one of California’s largest health systems and the care management redesign of a 5,000-member physician independent practice association. Supporting the move towards national clinical recognition standards, Dr. Hill provides ongoing patient-centered medical home technical assistance to 11 rural and frontier clinics in Idaho. In the second largest health system in the country, Dr. HIll developed and administered an evidenced-based preceptor training course, resulting in the first cohort of nurse preceptors receiving evidence-based training. She has also developed new relationships with academic institutions for clinical rotations, vibrant volunteer networks, comprehensive service-learning programs, and a career ladder for support staff.
Prior to HMA, Dr. Hill was Vice President of programs for the Center for Youth Wellness, a research center for children and families exposed to adverse childhood experiences. As a member of the senior management team, she directed strategic planning, operations, and compliance. She also facilitated four major strategic partnerships, generating an additional $4.5 million in annual funding.
Dr. Hill brings both clinical and administrative perspective to client projects. She was clinic manager for Glide Health Services, a nurse-led clinic serving a largely homeless, racially diverse population, in San Francisco. Using data and leveraging partnerships, she expanded community access to primary health services. She launched a new Wellness Center, which included alternative medicine, and instituted a breast health program with California Pacific Medical Center, which provided screening and treatment for 400 women annually. Dr. Hill also introduced a new social case management program and onsite adult dental health program.
She built academic partnerships with Yale University, Cal State East Bay, and University of San Francisco; and piloted the first RN Transitions Residency Program with University of San Francisco. Dr. Hill’s participation in grant writing generated $12 million in federal, state and foundation funding. Her leadership also directly resulted in better health outcomes among low-wage clinic workers, reduced employee attrition, and increased staff morale and performance.
A BlueShield Clinic Leadership Graduate and TeamStepps Master Trainer, Dr. Hill is a nursing adjunct faculty member at University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) and Yale School of Nursing.
Dr. Hill earned her doctorate of nursing and master’s degree in nursing from UCSF and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of San Francisco.
Todd Kean, PharmD Tieton Village Pharmacy
Dr. Kean is a pharmacist who grew up in Yakima, WA and received his PharmD from Washington State University in 2009. He managed a retail chain pharmacy for 5 years, and since 2014 he has been a pharmacist at Tieton Village Drugs in Yakima, WA. Dr. Kean works in both their retail and long term care pharmacies. During the last 10 years, he has also enjoyed being a preceptor for pharmacy students. He focuses on providing improved community access to travel medicine and vaccines and integrating functional medicine into the pharmacy practice.
One of his passions is to educate his health care colleagues, his patients, and the public about the growing industry of hemp cannabinoids. He believes hemp CBD can offer a safe and effective over the counter alternative or adjunct to opiates for pain relief.
Michael J. Lawler, MSW, PhD, President of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Dr. Lawler brings 35 years of professional experience in health and human services, including 24 years as a successful leader and administrator in higher education, to our rapidly expanding health sciences university.
As the Dean and Professor of the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota (USD), Dr. Lawler led ten academic departments and helped to cement the USD School of Health Sciences as a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education.
Alongside internal and external partners and colleagues, he helped to create new programs and research centers, doubled student enrollment, improved graduation rates, increased student scholarships, grew funding for faculty and student research, elevated financial reserves, and raised $65M to construct a new teaching and research facility for USD’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs — the very programs we aim to add next.
Prior to joining USD in 2010, Dr. Lawler worked at the University of California, Davis (UCD) for 16 years, serving as Director of the Center for Human Services, Co-Director of the Center for Public Policy Research, and Chair of UC Davis Extension. At UCD, he partnered with a wide array of stakeholders, including all 58 California counties, state agencies, tribal governments, and federal agencies, as well as business leaders, to secure $130M of extramural funding to create several self-supporting research, practice, and education centers focused on developing policies and practices in health and human services. He remains a faculty affiliate of the UCD Center for Public Policy Research.
In addition to his academic leadership, Dr. Lawler has authored and co-authored more than 80 publications and served as the United States Principal Investigator of Children’s Worlds: International Survey of Children’s Well-Being, an international research project that assesses the health and well-being of children in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Additionally, he is an appointed member and chair-elect of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Children, Youth and Families.
Mark Loes MBA, CDP, Director of Operations Sundown M Ranch
Mark has worked at Sundown M Ranch for over 20 years. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer. He is an active CARF surveyor and enjoys the collaborative accreditation process. Mark is a regular presenter/lecturer sharing his Behavioral Health clinical and administrative experiences in a variety of settings.
Mark is passionate about golf, sports cars, teaching, and recovery. At this point is his career, Mark’s primary goals are to increase awareness and access for treatment services and to reduce the stigma of Substance Use Disorders.
At this point in his career, Mark’s primary goals are to increase awareness and access for treatment services and to reduce the stigma of Substance Use Disorders.
Irene Luc, DPT, OCS, TPS Therapy Solutions Richland, Washington
Irene started her studies as an artist and historian but her love for people and science brought her into this field. She believes creativity and evidence-based treatment can co-exist. She has practiced in the outpatient setting for 17+ years with a concentration in treating spinal injuries, post-surgical rehab, arthritis and inflammatory conditions, autoimmune disorders, and chronic pain. She has trained in Maitland manual techniques and combines them with a functional approach to exercise for the whole body.
She has brought her knowledge from the clinic to research for low back pain at Washington University from experience gleaned as a lab instructor at two Midwest universities. Over the years of learning and teaching, she still had not found the answer to why people stay in pain even after the tissues have healed.
This led her to study the field of pain neuroscience to understand how the brain can modify pain signals. Continuing to blend neuroscience and traditional therapy, Dr. Luc has developed a holistic program that educates patients with chronic pain. The goal is to reconnect the brain and the body processes using a program that helps them return to their daily lives .
Mollie Marr MD, PhD (c), Oregon Health & Science University
Mollie Marr is an MD and a PhD candidate, as well as a second-year student in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University in the laboratory of Drs. Damien Fair and Alice Graham. Her research examines maternal psychological stress during pregnancy as a potential mechanism for the intergenerational transmission of childhood trauma. She received her BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University with a double major in Theatre and Psychology.
Pattie Marshall, CPC, BS, HCA Peer Support Program Administrator at Washington State Health Care Authority
Ms. Marshall is the Peer Support Program Manager for the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery at the Health care Authority (HCA), where she leads a team who administers the Behavioral Health Peer Support Certification Program, which is now in the process of including certification for SUD peer providers. The HCA Peer program also includes continuing education, Peer Pathways Annual conference, and the Peer Bridger project. Pattie earned her Bachelor of Science from WSU in 2016, prior to that, in 2002 she graduated Olympic College with an Associates in Business Management. Her 20 years career in Human services, includes peer support, housing programs, domestic violence advocacy, and youth violence prevention work. She actively promotes recovery and wellness in organizations to reduce stigma and increase strength-based programs throughout Washington State.
Pattie uses her lived experience, sense of humor and passion for recovery to engage conversations and effect change, she is a highly rated and exceptional facilitator on many peer support topics including organizational development, building recovery culture, ethics and boundaries, building family resilience, and trauma-informed care.
Micah T. Matthews, MPA, CPM, Deputy Executive and Legislative Director at Washington State Medical Commission
Micah started with the state nursing board as an intern in 2009 and has held the position of Deputy Executive and Legislative Director since 2014. He holds a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in health policy and successfully completed the Certified Public Manager program through the University of Washington in 2014
He spends his free time with family that live locally, playing guitar with various groups, camping, hiking, and trying to keep current on events related to technology, music, health care, and politics. Micah participates in multiple industry groups including the Council of Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation (CLEAR), on which he served as Chair administrative and legislative committees. He is currently serving a second term on the CLEAR Board of Directors and is the Program Committee Chair for the September 2018 international educational conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Micah served as a member of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) workgroup on Marijuana and Medical Regulation and practitioner use policies, both of which were adopted by the House of Delegates in 2016. He served on the FSMB audit committee for 2016-2018 and is a member of the Board Executive Advisory Committee for 2017-2018, which is tasked with revising the FSMB model medical practice act.
Michele McCarroll, PhD, CCRP, ACSM-CCEP, FAACVPR, Chief Research Officer and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Dr. McCarroll is responsible for the Office of Scholarly Activity, operating under the Office of the President. As the CRO, she interacts with administration, faculty, staff, and students in a variety of settings integral to the planning, execution and monitoring of scholarly activities.
A native of Dayton, OH, Dr. McCarroll comes to PNWU from Summa Health in Akron, OH as the women’s health research director in the Summa Center for Women’s Health Research (SCWHR). Under Dr. McCarroll’s leadership, SCWHR involved a diverse team of internal and external partnerships of physicians, healthcare providers, medical students, and academic researchers to advance clinical research in the areas of population health, cancer, obstetrical and surgical safety, and health disparities.
Over Dr. McCarroll’s career, she’s held academic appointments in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Akron; College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED); College of Health and Human Services, Youngstown State University, and the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP®) from the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA), Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist (ACSM-CES®) from the American College of Sports Medicine, and Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (FAACVPR).
Dr. McCarroll has published scores of abstracts, manuscripts, book chapters, and eBooks and is a frequent presenter at local and national scientific conferences. With an interest in patient-centered outcomes, one of Dr. McCarroll’s most notable accomplishments included over $500,000 in government funding to implement group visits (Centering®) to reduce pre-term labor and infant mortality in high-risk and at-risk populations such as opiate addicted, African-American, gestational diabetic, and refugee women. She is well recognized for her stellar contribution and impact to the Greater Akron Ohio Region in the healthcare industry. Recently, Dr. McCarroll was presented with the Virgil E. Collins Diversity Award that recognizes an individual for their leadership excellence in the advancement of diversity, social justice, equality, and inclusion; along with a passion for instilling the value of diversity in others.
Gregg Miller, MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer at Swedish Edmonds, WA
Dr. Miller is the Chief Medical Officer for Vituity, formerly CEP America. He also serves on the board of directors for the WA chapter of ACEP. Vituity is implementing MAT programs in Emergency Departments nationwide and is exploring innovative approaches including with patient care navigators and telemedicine. He is an emergency physician practicing in Edmonds, WA and has helped to start an MAT program in his own ED.
Keith Monosky, PhD, Executive Director of Interprofessional Practice and Education and Continuing Medical Education at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Dr. Monosky serves as the Executive Director of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.
He earned his PhD at The George Washington University in Washington, DC in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration with a focus on Health Policy. He earned his master degree in Public Management of Health Systems at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh as well.
Dr. Monosky has had a long tenure in Emergency Medical Services and Paramedicine, spanning over 46 years. Most recently, he held the position of Program Director of the EMS Paramedicine Program and tenured professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Central Washington University from 2008 until January of 2018. Previously, he held positions as the Program Director for the graduate program in Emergency Services Management at The George Washington University in Washington DC where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition, he also served as the Director of Operations for a large for-profit EMS agency, an EMS Specialist for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a Research Coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh, an instructor for the Center for Emergency Medicine in Pittsburgh, and the Director of EMS for the McKeesport Hospital EMS System.
Dr. Monosky served on a number of regional, state, and national committees and organizations, including the National EMS Advisory Council which advises the principal federal agencies in matters of emergency medical care in the nation. In addition, he was a member of the Steering Committee of the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative where he continues to serve as the Executive Director.
Sara A. Nelson, DPT, MS, Therapy Solutions Richland, WA
This is a big year for me! This is the 30th year of being a physical therapist and the 20th year of this business! It has become a labor of love and a mission to offer a standard of care that I believe is needed to help individuals achieve optimal health. The values of the clinic are excellence, creativity and person-centered care.
I am a lover of learning and am passionate about assisting people facing physical limitations make meaningful and positive changes in their lives.
My curiosity and desire to help has led to the accumulation of a lot of additional training and knowledge, and my focus has landed on treating people who are dealing with:
- Lymphedema, and conditions affecting the lymph system including lipedema and abdominal congestion.
- Recovery from cancer
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (pelvic pain, urinary urgency and stress incontinence)
- Repetitive Strain
- Musculoskeletal Dysfunction
- Multiple other disease processes or injuries that create symptoms of pain and limited mobility
I am a manual therapist. I have spent hundreds of hours in training to learn hands-on methods to improve fascial integrity and freedom of movement. I have trained to advanced levels in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, Upledger CranioSacral Therapy, and Barral Visceral Manipulation, as well as the original Dr. Vodder Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage. I prefer to focus on helping individuals understand the universal principles of fascial release and integrity and how they can use this knowledge for their own health.
I am a facilitator of living with intention. My treatments are a combination of not only hands-on methods but also education and movement with the goal making fundamental improvements in health. Education emphasizes skill development for self-care. Movement training is a combination of yoga, functional fitness, Gyrotonic and fundamentals of bringing movement into everyday life. I choose movement that fits the individual. I want to see my customers become proficient in managing their symptoms, and feel they have received valuable tools for the time and money they have spent to come to physical therapy.
My current efforts are two-fold: (1) providing innovative services outside of the insurance model that gives us greater freedom to help individuals in their journey through physical challenges and (2) helping other therapists to carry on the traditions of healing I have learned. I have developed my philosophies into courses I have taught nationally and internationally.
Matthew Perez, MD, Addiction Medicine Specialist at NeighborCare Health, Seattle, WA
Dr. Perez is a family doctor at NeighborCare Health in Seattle, Washington. He started their medication-assisted treatment program in 2014 and now there are 28 waivered providers treating almost 400 patients. He helps train providers across the state to get their buprenorphine waiver. He thanks residency teachers at Swedish Cherry Hill for positive early experiences treating opioid use disorder. Now it is the most rewarding part of his full spectrum primary care job.
Dr. Perez’s clinical interests include dermatology, addiction medicine, sports medicine, pregnancy care & family planning (vasectomy provider), as well as the primary care of patients with autoimmune/ rheumatologic diseases. He also enjoys teaching medical students and residents. He was born and raised in Washington State. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, gardening and good food (like Indian & Ethiopian) around Seattle.
Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, DABAM Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine
Dr. Lipi Roy is an internal medicine doctor with expertise in Addiction, Nutrition, and Mindfulness. As a physician and public health advocate, her experiences have been shaped by caring for patients in a range of diverse settings: from high-volume hospitals (Duke Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital) to homeless shelters and jails (NYC Rikers Island). She is a sought-after, charismatic speaker who has trained nurses, doctors, judges, policymakers and the general public about health issues impacting ALL of us.
Dr. Roy has been featured as a speaker in various television and print media outlets including Charlie Rose, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Cooking Light and Oprah.com.
Dr. Roy’s MISSION is to educate and empower the public to make healthy decisions through 3 areas:
Featured on CNN, Charlie Rose, Dr. Oz and the documentary film "The Faces of the Opioid Crisis," Dr. Roy is a sought-after, charismatic speaker with expertise in addiction medicine, nutrition, and mindfulness. A Forbes contributor and former Chief of Addiction Medicine at Rikers Island, Dr. Roy has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Cooking Light and Oprah.com, and was a frequent contributor to Boston Herald Radio and on-air medical expert on WCVB-ABC Boston.
Dr. Roy is passionate about educating and empowering the public to make healthy decisions through 3 key areas: addiction awareness, nutrition, and mindfulness. She shares her expertise through her website (www.LipiRoyMD.com), newsletter ("From Pain to Purpose"), articles, YouTube channel and speaking engagements. Her experiences in serving the underserved (incarceration, homelessness, trauma), evacuating Hurricane Katrina and providing medical relief in Haiti make her a unique physician speaker and public health advocate.
Currently, Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Roy’s previous appointments included Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Roy’s global health experiences include Nicaragua, Haiti, and India. She can be followed on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram@lipiroy
Timothy Shield, PhD, Vice President Comprehensive Healthcare Yakima, WA
Dr. Shield's graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. he is currently the Vice president with Comprehensive Healthcare in Yakima. Dr. Shield oversees the inpatient units for Comprehensive, including three Evaluation and Treatment Facilities for youth and adults as well as our Competency Restoration program. Working with a variety of behavioral healthcare settings including criminal justice, foster care, long-term treatment, and inpatient. He is passionate about providing trauma-informed environments to provide integrated treatment for all people experiencing mental health and substance use disorders.
Jim Slater, PharmD, CareOregon Pharmacy Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.
Dr. Slater started his practice of pharmacy in Oregon over 25 years ago as one of the first prescribing pharmacists serving patients at the Gabriel Park clinic at OHSU. His clinical career took him to Providence Health System in which he helped start clinical pharmacy services at Providence Medical Group.
These experiences of direct patient care medication needs lead to him Providence Health Plan for over 8 years and CareOregon for over 8 years in which he has worked on systems-of-care connected to pharmacy benefits to meet the needs of Commercial, Medicare, Medicaid and Special needs Medicare populations. Human-centered design methodology has taught Jim that medications can either hurt (Medication Trauma) or help (Hope & Healing) with patient-centered goals-of-care.
Steven P. Stanos, DO, Medical Director of Swedish Pain Services and Medical Director of Occupational Medicine Services at Swedish Health System
Steven P. Stanos, DO is currently the Medical Director of Swedish Pain Services and Medical Director of Occupational Medicine Services at Swedish Health System in Seattle, Washington. At Swedish, besides directing pain management services, he is also working to develop a pain rehabilitation continuum of care for Swedish and the Providence Health System. From 2002 to 2014, Dr Stanos served as medical director of the Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), as well as directing workers compensation medical services for the hospital system. While in Chicago, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Assistant Program Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and sub-specialty boarded by the American Board of Anesthesia.
Dr. Stanos presently serves on the Board of Directors and is Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. As a Board Member of the AAPM, he also chairs the Pain Ethics Committee. He is active with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has served as the co-chair of education for the Pain and Neuromuscular Council and as a panel member on the academy’s Opioid Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategies (REMS) task force. He has also served on a number of committees for the American Pain Society and as a board member for the Midwest Pain Society.
He is active with ongoing educational initiatives for primary care, pain medicine, and physical medicine specialists around the United States and abroad. Dr. Stanos has been involved in the development and publication of treatment guidelines related to rehabilitation approaches for chronic pain and low back pain conditions and serves as a reviewer for pain and PM&R related scientific journals. Dr Stanos has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters related to pain management. A Mayday Foundation Advocacy fellow in 2013, his advocacy project focuses on increasing awareness for multi- and inter-disciplinary pain care.
He has served on numerous FDA panels related to chronic pain management and opioid therapies and presently serves as a panel member on the Public Health Service Delivery and Reimbursement Working Group for the National Pain Strategy (NPS) Task Force. The NPS was tasked to make recommendations to the US Department of Health and Human Services related to improvement in pain assessment, management, and population-based service focusing on increasing coordinated, multidisciplinary care, pain research, and education. He also served as an invited expert to the Centers for Disease Control Opioid Guidelines for Primary Care.
Dr. Stanos received his BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and DO degree from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, FL. He completed an internship in the Department of Medicine at Chicago Osteopathic Hospitals & Medical Centers, a PM&R residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and a pain fellowship at the Northwestern University School Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Steven Stanos is a Pain Management specialist and a current board member and President of AAPM. He was a Co-Chair of the Opioid and Non-Opioid Medications Management: Filling in the Gaps, Prescribing for the Whole Patient Preconference at the 2016 and 2017 AAPM Annual Meetings, and has multiple years of involvement with the AAPM Annual Meeting Program Committee.
Kristin Wason, MSN, NP-C, CARN, Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine
Kristin is a Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Educator for the Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine.
Kristin has been working in the field of addiction medicine since 2009; initially practicing as a Registered Nurse within BMC's multidisciplinary OBAT clinic medically managing a large caseload of patients with opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders, and now as a primary care Nurse Practitioner with a full DATA2000 x-waiver.
In addition to her clinical work, Kristin advises and supports community health centers on integration of best practices for managing and treating substance use disorders into clinics across Massachusetts. Kristin has served as an expert panel member on the Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO and will be serving on the New England Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO, providing addiction training and mentoring to health care providers across the country. Kristin achieved her MSN, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner degree from Salem State University. She is board certified in addictions nursing through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board.
Charles Watras, LICSW, CDP, MAC, ICSS, Master Addiction Counselor, and Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor for Substance Use Disorder Treatment at Sea Mar Community Health Center in Bellingham, WA
Charles Watras is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Chemical Dependency Professional, Master Addiction Counselor, and Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor for Substance Use Disorder Treatment. He has over 15 years’ experience working in human services and served several years as Clinic Director and Clinical Supervisor for an Opioid Treatment Program in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina before relocating to Washington State in 2015. Charles is currently the Medication Assisted Treatment Program Manager for Sea Mar Community Health Center.
Sam Werdel, Practice Transformation Director at Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health (GCACH)
Ms. Werdel has over 20 years of healthcare administration experience in academic, for profit and nonprofit health systems. She has also consulted for healthcare entities over the last eight years, providing practice transformation, EHR support, financial review, and process improvement services. Most recently, she is the Practice Transformation Director for Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health (GCACH). Her team at GCACH are implementing standardized practice transformation strategies for health systems and community health centers, supporting Healthier Washington’s objectives of bi-directional integration, opioid crisis, transitional care, and chronic disease management.
Karen Williams, LAc, EAMP Affordable Acupuncture, Bellingham, WA
She completed her Masters in Science from the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine. While traveling extensively and living abroad, she became passionate about holistic healing. Her focus is on the improvement of quality of life as well as easing physical or emotional pain. Karen received training in the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol (NADA) for addiction and PTSD.
Passionate about maternal health, Karen focuses with patients concerning infertility and pregnancy; promoting smooth and less painful labor and delivery.
Additional training in Asian bodywork includes Shiatsu and Tui Na. Karen had done extensive research on acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation.