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Class of 2019


Anna Coles, MD

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University
PM&R Interests: Sports medicine, MSK ultrasound, spinal cord injury and physiology, adaptive sports
Personal Interests: Distance running, hiking, road and mountain biking, farmers markets, reading.
Why UW? An interactive and renowned program with great faculty and didactics, the wide diversity of patients and injuries, happy residents, and an amazing city!

Rini Desai, MD

Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
PM&R Interests: General rehab, Peds, neurorehabilitation
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, eating, writing, music and concerts, being outside, going on adventures, things related to Kansas City and exploring my new home of Seattle!
Why UW? I was absolutely blown away by the program!  It is extremely well rounded and you can delve into all the aspects of rehab, which is exactly what I wanted in a program. Not to mention, the residents and faculty are a fantastic group of people. I knew in my gut it would be my number one choice.

 Daniel Goldish, MD   Hometown:  Minneapolis, MN  Medical School:  University of Minnesota  PM&R Interests:  Pain Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury  Personal Interests:  Biking, Hiking, Skiing, Netflix.  Why UW?  Incredible PM&R program, great people, and an awesome place to live!

Daniel Goldish, MD

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Medical School: University of Minnesota
PM&R Interests: Pain Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury
Personal Interests: Biking, Hiking, Skiing, Netflix.
Why UW? Incredible PM&R program, great people, and an awesome place to live!

Stephanie Hendrick, MD

Hometown: Flushing, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University CHM
PM&R Interests: Spinal Cord Injury, Spasticity Management, Chronic Pain
Personal Interests: Traveling, checking out new restaurants with my significant other, spending time with my beagle shihtzu Reilly, running after my niece and nephews, and of course anything related to coffee or donuts!
Why UW? This program offers unparalleled training with some of the top physiatrists in the field as well as a broad clinical exposure. What really drew me in though was the amazing people here at UW.

Max Hurwitz, DO

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: Inpatient rehab including brain and spinal cord injury, Drug and Alcohol addiction in TBI, manual therapy, rehabilitation research
Personal Interests: Live music, theater, dance, circus, record collecting, bicycles, unicycles, bike commuting, clowns, amateur wrestling, stand up comedy, ceramic art, juggling, houseplants, Scrabble, annoying my daughter and Halloween (the holiday not the movie).
Why UW? I was drawn to the unique curriculum, the close proximity to other rehab graduate programs in orthotics/prosthetics/PT/OT, the many research opportunities, the outstanding faculty and of course living in Seattle and experiencing all of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. It is exciting to be part of a program that has such a strong history as a leader in PM&R resident education!

 Resident Welcome BBQ 2016

Resident Welcome BBQ 2016

 
 

Chris Ideen, MD

Hometown: Wayzata, MN and Casper, WY
Medical School: University of Washington
PM&R Interests: Neuro rehab, spinal cord injury, pain management, rural rehab and telemedicine, applications of complementary and alternative medicine
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and two daughters, camping, hiking, fly-fishing, biking, and home improvement projects.
Why UW? Learning from and working with faculty who are leaders in the field, the strong didactic curriculum, and the opportunity for tertiary (even quaternary) referral center experience in combination with community based practice experience. Additionally, Seattle is a great place to live with a booming local economy and industries, fun urban atmosphere, and quick access to mountains and the ocean.

Mychael Lagbas, MD

Hometown: Lahaina, HI
Medical School: University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
PM&R Interests: Sports medicine/MSK, Ultrasound, Adaptive sports, Amputee
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and daughter, hiking, biking, cooking, going to any Seattle sports games, movies, TV shows.
Why UW? When I did a Sub-I here I was blown away by everything: great attendings, interesting didactics, residents who were nothing but happy with the program. Plus, you can't beat living in Seattle.

 Sean Matsuwaka, MD   Hometown:  Honolulu, HI  Medical School:  University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine  PM&R Interests:  general rehab, sports medicine, amputee/ prosthetics, stroke, and pretty much everything really  Personal Interests:  basketball, spearfishing, hiking and other outdoor activities, working out, cars, BBQs, going out with friends.  Why UW?  UW is a reputable program that I knew would provide me with amazing and diverse rehab opportunities, friendly and supportive colleagues and teaching staff, and an awesome location in the Pacific Northwest

Sean Matsuwaka, MD

Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Medical School: University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine
PM&R Interests: general rehab, sports medicine, amputee/ prosthetics, stroke, and pretty much everything really
Personal Interests: basketball, spearfishing, hiking and other outdoor activities, working out, cars, BBQs, going out with friends.
Why UW? UW is a reputable program that I knew would provide me with amazing and diverse rehab opportunities, friendly and supportive colleagues and teaching staff, and an awesome location in the Pacific Northwest

Daniel Sisk, MD

Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Medical School: University of Kansas
PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, Peds, Spine, MSK, adaptive sports
Personal Interests: Hiking, reading, rug making, tennis, Jayhawks, craft beer, volleyball.
Why UW? Its resources were unmatched and happens to be in an amazing city. Everyone I met was so happy and welcoming that it was a no brainer.

Class of 2020


 Jacob Kneeman, MD   Hometown:  Tucson, AZ  Medical School:  Boston University  PM&R Interests:  Pain, Sports and Spine  Personal Interests:  futbol, hip hop dancing.  Why UW?  UW is a terrific fit for me because I wanted a strong, well-rounded training with like-minded people. Despite having specific interests in comprehensive pain and sports and spine, I thought that I should expose myself to many different fields of rehab in order to prepare for most rehab-related diseases. On my interview day, the residents seemed to get along and genuinely enjoy spending time with one another outside of work. I also wanted a change of scenery. The luscious greenery and lakes relax me. I wanted to live in a more relaxed environment yet still be inspired by fantastic mentors at work. Lastly, Seattle provided a balance between big city life and easily accessible outdoor venues. I also have family in Seattle and Tacoma.

Jacob Kneeman, MD

Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Medical School: Boston University
PM&R Interests: Pain, Sports and Spine
Personal Interests: futbol, hip hop dancing.
Why UW? UW is a terrific fit for me because I wanted a strong, well-rounded training with like-minded people. Despite having specific interests in comprehensive pain and sports and spine, I thought that I should expose myself to many different fields of rehab in order to prepare for most rehab-related diseases. On my interview day, the residents seemed to get along and genuinely enjoy spending time with one another outside of work. I also wanted a change of scenery. The luscious greenery and lakes relax me. I wanted to live in a more relaxed environment yet still be inspired by fantastic mentors at work. Lastly, Seattle provided a balance between big city life and easily accessible outdoor venues. I also have family in Seattle and Tacoma.

Gavin Kolodge, DO

Hometown: Morgan Hill, California
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
PM&R Interests: Sports, Pain Management, Traumatic Brain Injury
Personal Interests: Soccer, Surfing, Snowboarding, Camping/Backpacking, Fishing, Cooking, Cheese and Traveling.
Why UW? University of Washington is a great fit for my personality and my personal goals as a physiatrist. The programs offers diverse training opportunities, excellent faculty with expertise in areas across the spectrum of PM&R, and a strong community of residents. I am also very excited to explore Seattle with all the food, beverage, and outdoor opportunities the area provides.

 Ian Logan, MD   Hometown:  Aloha, OR  Medical School:  Saint Louis University School of Medicine  PM&R Interests:  Sports, MSK, Adaptive Sports, Ultrasound, SCI  Personal Interests:  Playing and watching sports, cooking, trying new restaurants and breweries, hiking and other outdoor activities, concerts and live music.  Why UW?  UW offered the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field, train alongside co-residents that share many similar interests, and a chance to return home to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and be close to family and friends!

Ian Logan, MD

Hometown: Aloha, OR
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
PM&R Interests: Sports, MSK, Adaptive Sports, Ultrasound, SCI
Personal Interests: Playing and watching sports, cooking, trying new restaurants and breweries, hiking and other outdoor activities, concerts and live music.
Why UW? UW offered the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field, train alongside co-residents that share many similar interests, and a chance to return home to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and be close to family and friends!

Lina Mezei, MD

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Medical School: University of Maryland
PM&R Interests: Brain injury, Pain Management, Interventional spine, Sports, Cancer rehab
Personal Interests: Yoga, Hiking, Snorkeling, Traveling, Wine tasting, Cooking, Museums, Aquariums, Trivia, and of course anything to do with coffee and chocolate!
Why UW? What's not to love about this program?! I wanted a well-rounded and robust training, which I knew I would get at UW. It has a world class reputation and I was highly impressed when I did my away rotation as a 4th year medical student. I noticed how genuinely happy the residents were. I had the opportunity to participate in didactic sessions, which were fantastic. The faculty and support staff are very supportive and wonderful. Not to mention, Seattle definitely satisfies the outdoor enthusiast in me!

 Welcome BBQ 2017

Welcome BBQ 2017

 
 

Kendl Sankary, MD

Hometown: Orinda, California
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Science
PM&R Interests: Neurorehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, SCI
Personal Interests: Exploring Seattle with my husband and dog, cooking/trying new foods, craft beer, swimming and racquetball.
Why UW? By the end of my away rotation here I knew it would be my top choice. I enjoyed the diversity of patients and medical issues I saw, along with the comfortable yet rigorous learning environment. And the residents were so welcoming and really worked well together to form a cohesive team.

Mark Sederberg, DO

Hometown: Orem, UT
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: Still fairly broad: MSK, SCI, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Sports, Spasticity Management, EMGs, Concussions
Personal Interests: Tennis, Hiking, Exploring the outdoors (especially with my two kids), Skiing, Home improvement jobs, Thai food
Why UW? It keeps every door open for me; most well-rounded program I came across, large alumni network with many of the field's leaders, great reputation, and solid didactics and training. I got sucked in when I interviewed because all the beautiful pictures and scenery of the PNW, and the upbeat residents. My wife and I also really needed some mountains and nature in our lives again.

Sarah Simmons, MD, PhD

Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
Medical School: University of Washington
PM&R Interests: I've loved all my rehab rotations so far, but I'm particularly excited to focus on neurorehab, and rehab for patients with multiple sclerosis in particular.
Personal Interests: I love the outdoors and try to be outside as much as possible, whether that's playing soccer, getting up to the mountains, or hanging in my backyard with friends and family! But my favorite activity these days is hanging out with my two-year-old daughter and showing her all the fun things about Seattle, including the zoo, Seattle Center, and all the great parks.
Why UW? I love the Seattle area- the mountains and the water are so beautiful. But even more importantly, the people at UW Rehab are what made me choose UW. The amazing faculty and research on multiple sclerosis make it a top academic institution, and the kind, down-to-earth faculty, staff, and residents are what convinced me that this is the place I want to be for the next four years!

James Ying, MD

Hometown: Oxford, Mississippi
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
PM&R Interests: General rehab, spine, pain management, ultrasound, prosthetics, complementary and alternative medicine
Personal Interests: Traveling, spending time with family, tennis, soccer, table tennis, hiking
Why UW? The combination of a great program and a great city made the decision quite easy. UW is well-rounded in all aspects of PM&R with great faculty and residents, many research opportunities, and strong clinical training. Seattle is a very diverse city with so many things to do!

Class of 2021


Heather Barnett, MD, PhD

Hometown: Austin, TX
Medical School: University of Washington
PM&R Interests: neurorehabilitation, spinal cord injury, pediatric rehabilitation
Personal Interests: cycling and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, camping, traveling, reading, spending time with my son and husband.
Why UW? Throughout my rehab rotation in the UW system, it was clear that the faculty and residents were not only leaders in their field by also passionate, dedicated to patient care, and most importantly, great to work with! The strength of the clinical training and broad exposure to the field of PM&R made the UW program stand out. My family loves living in Seattle, and we couldn't imagine a better place to spend residency!

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BEN CARPENTER, MD

Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
PM&R Interests: Neurorehabilitation, MSK, Ultrasound, Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Personal Interests: I love being outside. I enjoy hiking, birding and spending time with my wife and our two cats.
Why UW?: UW not only has an outstanding reputation as a leader in PM&R, but it's also in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with access to many outdoor activities. During my visit, I was overwhelmed by the friendliness of all of the residents and faculty. I also appreciated how broad the clinical training was and knew that I'd leave residency with a depth of PM&R experience.

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ASHLEY EAVES, MD

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, IA
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
PM&R Interests: Open to everything! Things I’ve enjoyed so far include chronic pain, sports medicine, interventional spine, MSK and ultrasound
Personal Interests: finding great restaurants, exploring neighborhoods and traveling with friends, cooking, playing sports and going to fitness classes, hiking, visiting wineries and vineyards
Why UW?: I was looking for a well-rounded program with multiple training hospitals so I could explore all of my options in the field, which UW offers. I also loved the people I interacted with in the PM&R department and the general UW culture; everyone seems so happy to be here! Living in the Pacific Northwest is also a strong selling point.

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KAYLI GIMARC, MD

Hometown: Dewitt, Michigan
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
PM&R Interests: Inpatient rehab, neurorehabilitation, ultrasound, prosthetics and amputee rehabilitation
Personal Interests: Hiking, being outside, gardening, cooking, and chocolate chip cookies!
Why UW?: I chose UW because I was looking for a program with strong clinical training, supportive and dedicated residents & faculty, and well-rounded training for any path within PM&R. UW is a perfect fit for all of my professional goals, and Seattle is a beautiful city to live in and explore!

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CHARLES KENYON, DO

Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: sports medicine, adaptive sports, cancer rehabilitation, amputee, SCI, leadership development, disability advocacy
Personal Interests: Exploring with my wife, son & dog , paddleboarding, skiing, hiking, lacrosse, cooking, fitness
Why UW?: My wife and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to continue training at UW. The Seattle area is home for the both of us and we were blown away by the culture an positivity around the entire program. The opportunities and exposure to all aspects of physiatry really set UW apart on the interview trail and all of the residents, faculty and staff could not have been more welcoming!

 

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NORA LI, MD, PHARMD

Hometown: Littleton, CO
Medical School: University of Colorado SOM
PM&R Interests: Basically everything - MSK/sports, neurorehab, TBI, amputees, pain, neuromuscular medicine
Personal Interests: lifting, greyhounds, finding work-life balance
Why UW?: oh my gosh, so many things. The program stood out to me for its history and reputation in the world of PM&R training as well as clinical rehab medicine. The attendings I met were people who I'd want to model myself after, and the residents that I talked to were folks I'd want to hang out with. Plus, Washington is so humid, I knew I'd save a fortune on lotion coming from Colorado!

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BRIAN MUGLESTON, MEd, MD

Hometown: University Place, WA
Medical School: Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
PM&R Interests: General Inpatient Rehab, Pediatric Rehab, SCI, Adaptive sports, Pain Medicine, Sports Medicine
Personal Interests: hiking, kayaking, skiing, traveling with my wife, spending time with family, woodworking, gardening, reading
Why UW?: I felt UW would help me pursue any career path I desired in PM&R. People here are warm and caring, and I love the beauty and the culture of the Pacific Northwest.

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AMANDA NGUYEN, DO

Hometown: Euless, TX
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: General/Inpatient Rehab, Neuromuscular Medicine, Electrodiagnostics, Amputation Rehab, Prosthetics/Orthotics, Pain Management, Global Health
Personal Interests: Brunch, Tacos, Coffee, Traveling, Hiking, HIIT, Dallas Sports Teams, Portland Timbers
Why UW?: I chose UW because it offers a robust education unlike any other residency program. UW serves nearly a quarter of the nation’s land mass, exposing residents to unique pathology and a diverse patient population. Training here gives me the confidence to practice in any setting and patient population in the future. My experience with the residents and faculty during my interview was the most energetic and welcoming interaction I had during the interview season. All of this PLUS being in the gorgeous PNW, which is also where my significant other is from.

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DAVID NIUMATALOLO, MD

Hometown: Laie, Hawaii
Medical School: John A. Burns School of Medicine (University of Hawaii)
PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, Ultrasound, Pain Management, Spinal Cord Injury
Personal Interests: Most sports including college football, NFL, movies, spending time with family, traveling, and outdoor activities.
Why UW?: University of Washington felt like a great fit in terms of training opportunities, regardless of what field I wish to pursue, with some of the best faculty in the nation. Couldn’t ask for a better location, and from all my interactions on interview day I really felt like I would enjoy working with the current residents and faculty.

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AMY UNWIN, MD

Hometown: Munster, IN
Medical School:
Indiana University School of Medicine
PM&R Interests: stroke, trauma, global health and implementation science
Personal Interests: running, cycling, swimming, rollerblading, reading, listening to podcasts, traveling, foreign languages and cultures
Why UW? I was looking for a larger program with strong, well-rounded training as well as research and global health opportunities. I enjoyed my interactions with residents and faculty during my interview day and love the natural beauty and outdoor opportunities that the Pacific Northwest offers.

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THAI VU, DO

Hometown: Houston, TX
Medical School: ATSU-SOMA
PM&R Interests: General rehab, sports/MSK, prosthetics, pain
Personal Interests: Traveling, outdoor activities, eateries/breweries, snowboarding, live music, video games
Why UW?: I knew UW would offer an incredible rehab experience and a chance to work with amazing people!

2018-2019 PM&R Interns

 
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MATTHEW LACOURSE, MD

Hometown: Shoreline, WA
Medical School: University of Washington
PM&R Interests: Fairly broad at the moment, though MSK and Sports Medicine, SCI, Diagnostic Ultrasound, EMG, and Adaptive Sports are of particular interest.
Personal Interests: Racquet sports (particularly tennis), Skiing, Hiking, Cooking, shanking golf balls into the trees
Why UW?: This is an amazing program, and one that I'm excited to be a part of! I had an amazing experience while rotating here as a fourth year student. The faculty members are leaders in this field and incredibly supportive. The residents and fellows that I worked with took pride in this program, and were genuinely happy to be here. As a Seattleite, I'm excited to remain close to my friends and family members over these next four years.

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SARAH SMITH, MD

Hometown: Dana Point, CA
Medical School: University of Queensland
PM&R Interests: Neurorehabilitation, lifestyle medicine
Personal Interests: Yoga, partner acrobatics, hiking, running, and anything else that involves being outside.
Why UW?: I applied to UW because of the well known strength and breadth of the training program, but I ended up choosing it because it really felt like the right fit for me. The faculty and residents at UW are the types of physicians I wanted to train with and learn from, and I couldn't have picked a more ideal place than the Pacific Northwest to do it.

 
 
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JAMI MONTAGNINO, MD

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, Neuro Rehab, Pediatrics
Personal Interests: Traveling, college basketball, playing softball, Crossfit, outdoor adventures, and spending time with husband and son (and two pups!).
Why UW?: My husband and I fell in love with the city and I just knew UW would be the perfect fit. I wanted to be challenged by the nation’s leaders in PM&R as well as be a part of a group of active and happy residents that take care of one another. We are looking forward to enjoying the PNW outdoors, weather, and culture.

Matched Class of 2022

James Abe, MD - University of Virginia
Lyndsey Booker, MD - Indiana University
Casey Freeman, MD - University of Kansas
Matthew LaCourse, MD - University of Washington
Andrew Minkley, MD - Medical College of Wisconsin
Jami Montagnino, MD - Tulane University
Hetal Patel, MD - East Carolina University
Sarah Smith, MD - University of Queensland