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.
Kate began her psychometry apprenticeship in 1999 under the tutelage of board-certified neuropsychologist William A. Burkhart, Ph.D., ABN, in Seattle, Washington. After completing 4 years working closely with her mentor, She accepted a position at the University of Washington Medical Center – rehabilitation department as a psychometrist. Over the last 20+ years She has had the opportunity to work with a number of neuropsychologists in the Seattle area who specialized in traumatic brain injuries, movement disorders, stroke and dementia.
Kelsey Wozniak, PA-C
Kelsey Wozniak, PA-C, received a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington. After working for a couple of years as a Special Education teacher, she became a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked first in a skilled nursing facility and then spent four and a half years at Harborview Medical Center working with the outpatient rehabilitation clinic. She later returned to the University of Washington and graduated from MEDEX Northwest in 2013 with her Master’s degree in Clinical Health Services. She did locums tenens work as a primary care provider with Indian Health Services in South Dakota prior to joining the Rehabilitation Institute of Washington. She has an interest in chronic pain management and enjoys supporting patients as they work towards their goals.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Tyler received his BS in Business Management from Emory and Henry College in 2008. In his career, he has helped people with different barriers return to work and achieve their work goals. During his time working in the private sector workers’ compensation system, he has managed return to work programs for employees of a national airline and retail store chain in Washington and Alaska. He is a licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and received his Certification as a Disability Management Specialist (CDMS) in 2015.
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.
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.
Speech Language Pathologist
Katherine Steen MA CCC-SLP received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the University of Oregon. She then went on to complete her Master’s Degree at the University of Oregon with a focus on Cognitive Communication Disorders and how they affect activity and participation. After receiving her Certificate of Clinical Competence, her clinical interests narrowed and she now concentrates on adults with acquired cognitive disorders and supervision of graduate students. She is a Clinical Associate with the University of Washington and takes an active role in mentoring graduate student clinicians in addition to her work with adults with acquired brain injury at RIW.
Clinical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, Speech Language Pathologist
Matthew McFarland MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS received his BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University in 2016. Due to a specific interest in acquired neurogenic communication disorders, he pursued a Master of Science degree in Medical Speech Language Pathology at the University of Washington, which he earned in 2018. Matthew became a staff member at RIW following a summer internship here that same year. He received his Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) certificate in 2019. Matthew accepted the role of Clinical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program in 2021. He is active as Co-Chair of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Communications Committee where he oversees the dissemination of research into clinical practice. He is also active in the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA) community, assisting with fundraising and connecting participants with resources.