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, 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, 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.
David Fordyce, PhD received a BA in psychology at the University of Washington and a PhD degree in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa. He also completed post-doctoral training in neuropsychology at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City. Before joining the Rehabilitation Institute of Washington, he was a member of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Section of the Virginia Mason Medical Center for 23 years. He has specialized in the evaluation and rehabilitation of individuals suffering from brain injuries or neurological illnesses, as well as those dealing with chronic pain. He was the co-founder of the outpatient neurological rehabilitation program at Virginia Mason. His interests include the assessment of cognitive skills in rehabilitation clients to maximize recovery and to guide vocational rehabilitation efforts. He believes in the power of rehabilitation to promote positive change when dedicated patients and staff work together as a team.
Kathleen Burgess, M.D. received her B.S. degree from Western Washington University in Nutritional Sciences and Master’s Degree from the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Nutrition. After working for several years as a Registered Dietitian, she and her husband served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, sharing knowledge of health and nutrition with rural villagers. After returning, she entered medical school at the University of Washington, had two sons, and completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at the University of Washington.
Dr. Burgess works in outpatient musculoskeletal medicine and enjoys maximizing patient’s full potential. Dr. Burgess helps patients with a variety of pain issues, including chronic and acute pain, whole body pain and injuries. Dr. Burgess enjoys this field because of the great results patients experience, the motivated members of her team at RIW and the potential to continue to learn about new frontiers of medicine and the resilient human spirit.
Dr. Burgess is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington.
Dr. Lee Robertson received his B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts and a Massage Therapy Certification from The New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. After working as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist in various settings, including a myofascial pain treatment center and as an Anatomy/Physiology and Massage Therapy Instructor, he received his D.O degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California. He then completed an Internal Medicine internship and subsequent Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Robertson has a particular interest in Complementary Alternative Medicine including Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and conservative non-operative approaches to musculoskeletal problems. He is committed to helping people achieve improved overall function and quality of life.
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 received a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State College and an MS in Rehabilitaton 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 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.
Tara Campbell received her BA from the University of Washington with a major in Psychology and a minor in Speech Communication in 1997. She began interning in the private sector workers compensation system and became licensed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in 1999. She also received her Certification as a Disability Management Specialist in 2003 and has been an active member of such organizatons as Professionals in Workers Compensation (PWC) and the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) for several years.
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.
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 colleages for the past 10 years involving chronic pain management and work reconditioning.
After receiving a BA in Psychology and a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington, Tracy has practiced Physical Therapy for twelve years, specializing in the treatment of chronic pain for the last ten years. He is also a specialist in treating golf-related injuries and has been treating those injuries for the last four 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. 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.
Jeremiah Hooks, PT-A
Barb Mierzwa, OTR/L
Barb Mierzwa received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, then practiced Ocuupational Therapy for the past 13 years doing inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, outpatient rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, and pain management /work conditioning. Barb 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. She has special interest in work injury prevention, industrial rehabilitation, chronic pain and office ergonomics.
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. 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. Linda received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2006 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Trista Protzeller, Psychometrist
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.
Abby Selz, Assistant Programs Coordinator
Abby manages new patient referrals for consultations and evaluation for one of our therapy programs. She takes great care in making the referral and scheduling process go smoothly for patients and referral sources.
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.