The Rehabilitation Institute of Washington is a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program for chronic pain, disability and a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Our dedicated team was formerly based at Virginia Mason Medical Center, where for many years we provided valued comprehensive pain management services. When Virginia Mason decided to discontinue those services, we established RIW in order to continue the programs we worked long and hard to develop, and to which we are deeply committed.
James Moore, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Co-Director
James Moore, PhD received a BA in Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed his residency in Clinical Psychology at the Seattle VA Medical Center and a two-year Fellowship in Health Services Research and Development through the University of Washington and Seattle VA Medical Center.
Before co-founding the Rehabilitation Institute of Washington with Dr. Kroll, Dr. Moore served as the Director of the Pain Clinic at the Seattle VA Medical Center and the Co-Director of the Pain Management Program at Virginia Mason Medical Center. He has specialized in chronic pain management for 30 years, and has been active in research and teaching in the area of chronic pain, and has published widely in this area.
Dr. Moore enjoys helping persons with chronic pain to learn skills that will allow them to return to healthy, active and meaningful lifestyles.
Heather Kroll, M.D.
Co-Founder & Co-Director
Heather Kroll, MD received a BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley and an MA in Physical Therapy from Stanford University. She received her MD from the University of Washington, School of Medicine where she also completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Kroll practiced as a physical therapist for eight years prior to returning to school for her MD degree. For the last ten years, she has worked primarily in pain management and with patients with musculoskeletal injuries, first at the Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic at the University of Washington and then at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Dr. Kroll has a particular interest in working with patients with complex musculoskeletal problems, identifying the movement and biomechanical factors that lead to chronic symptoms. She co-founded the Rehabilitation Institute of Washington with Dr. Moore so that she could continue to work with a team of skilled professionals to help patients with all aspects of their chronic pain problems to regain function and diminish disability.
Dr. Kroll is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine.
Sean Tollison, Ph.D.
Sean J. Tollison, PhD received a BS in psychology at the University of New Mexico and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. He completed his internship and a one year post-doctoral fellowship in interdisciplinary treatment of substance abuse at the Seattle VA Medical Center. After completing his fellowship at the Seattle VA, he joined the team at the Rehabilitation Institute of Washington. His interests include utilizing mind-body and motivational approaches incorporating patient values into facilitating the rehabilitation process and improving general well-being.
Tanya Seligman, M.S.
Certified Disability Management Specialists
Tanya Seligman received a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State College and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Southern California. She has worked as a licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the Washington Workers' Compensation system since 1983 with the last 21 years focused on chronic pain and working with a multidisciplinary treatment team to assist people to move away from disability and towards a healthy and productive lifestyle.
Jack Lintelmann, M.Ed.
Career Planning Counselor
Jack Lintelmann received a BA in Education and MA in Education with an emphasis in University Administration and Career Planning Counseling. Initially after his Masters Degree he worked at Western Washington University as a Career Planning and Internship Coordinator. He has been working as a licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor since 1991 with a focus on complex industrial injury cases including traumatic brain injuries. He has owned a Vocational Rehabilitation Firm since 1996 and has been hired by Vocational Rehab companies to recruit and train new counselors. Mr. Lintelmann has been employed with RIW since 2006.
Shelly Appleton received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington in 1994. She has spent her entire career working in industrial rehabilitation including work conditioning, work hardening and pain management programs, and has expertise in work site evaluations and hand therapy. She enjoys helping people resume meaningful lives. Shelly has been helping patients at RIW since 2009.
Sarah Christensen received a BS in Biology from Bradley University. Following a career as a high school science teacher and coach, she completed a Master in Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern Medical School in 1995. Sarah has worked in various Physical Therapy settings including sports medicine and spine clinics, nursing homes and hospitals. She has worked with her current colleagues for the past fifteen years involving chronic pain management and work reconditioning, and has been at RIW since 2005.
After receiving a BA in Psychology and a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington, Tracy has practiced Physical Therapy for eighteen years, specializing in the treatment of chronic pain since 1999. Tracy has been part of the team at RIW since 2005. He is also a specialist in treating golf-related injuries and has been treating those injuries for the last nine years.
After receiving his BS in Exercise Physiology from Oregon State University and his Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound, Randy worked for eight years at Virginia Mason, specializing in chronic pain, spine care and pain management/work conditioning. Randy has been at RIW since 2005, treating patients with chronic pain and disability. He has also been a featured speaker at several Continuing Education Courses for Primary Care Physicians, Nurse Case Managers and Vocational Counselors regarding spine care and injured worker rehabilitation.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Jeremiah received a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2004. After working as a rehab aide for several years, Jeremiah completed an AAS in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mt Hood Community College in 2010. Jeremiah has worked in many different settings, including outpatient and skilled nursing centers. Jeremiah became a part of the team at RIW in 2012.
Barb Mierzwa received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, then practiced Occupational Therapy for the past twenty years doing inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, outpatient rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, and pain management /work conditioning. Barb has been treating patients at RIW since 2005. She enjoys working with patients who have chronic pain and understands how it has impacted their daily life.
After receiving her BA in Business Administration from Western Washington University and her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington, Tracy practiced for 5 years at Virginia Mason in work injury rehabilitation before bringing her skills to RIW in 2005. She has special interest in work injury prevention, industrial rehabilitation, chronic pain and office ergonomics.
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Tondra Sheldon graduated from Greenriver Community college in 2007 obtaining an AAS Degree in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She did a clinical at a privately owned clinic specializing in industrial rehabilitation in July 2007- Aug. 2008, and was invited to join the staff where she worked for one year. Wanting to broaden her field of experience she took a position working in Adult Day Health with a Multicare clinic in order to work with multiple diagnoses. However she missed working with people in the industrial work setting, and joined the RIW team in 2009. Tondra loves working with people and enjoys helping them to return to gainful employment or reach the highest quality of life that they can realize.
Linda Trafton received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington in 1991. She then practiced for 14 years at Virginia Mason Medical Center in the pain management program and research studies involving patients with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease before joining the team at RIW in 2005. Linda received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2006 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Work Injury Programs Coordinator
David handles referrals for work injury programs. He can make the process very easy for those referring to one of our programs by obtaining authorization and all the arrangements for treatment.
Karin manages the day to day operations of the office. She is the person responsible for billing, bookkeeping, and other financial functions of the clinic.
Denise handles all of our incoming and outgoing medical record requests. She can assist with any questions about your medical record or requests for copies of reports.
Medical Biller & Receptionist
Katrina is one of our friendly receptionists, as well as out medical billing specialist. She is available to answer any questions about our services, insurance coverage, and billing and payment, and strives to create a positive experience for everyone visiting RIW. Katrina is also bilingual, and can assist patients and clients that speak Spanish.