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Be a Bold Physiatrist

The Board of AAPM&R has approved the following vision for the specialty and the organization:

Physiatrists are the essential medical experts in value‐based evaluation, diagnosis, and management of neuromusculoskeletal and disabling conditions.

Physiatrists are indispensable leaders in directing rehabilitation and recovery, and in preventing injury and disease.

Physiatrists are vital in optimizing outcomes and function early and throughout the continuum of patient care.

Adaptive Curling Clinic for Local Veterans

Adaptive Curling Clinic for Local Veterans

Veteran Bruce Guertin tries his hand at the ancient sport of curling, assisted by King Francisco, VA SCI RN

Monday, January 30, 2017

Recently, Granite Curling Club of Seattle volunteers hosted seven VA Puget Sound Health Care System Veterans for a first-hand opportunity to experience the Medieval Scottish sport of Curling.

The adaptive curling clinic for patients of both Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation Care Services was held to give interested Veterans an introduction to another healthy sport option.  U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team Assistant Coach, Rusty Schieber, provided both education about the sport & recommendations on various techniques.  Everyone involved, from the VA Rec Therapists, to the Granite Curling Club & Coach Schieber, focused on making a successful first-time experience for the participants.

“Participating in sports of this kind contributes to increased health, physical activity and socialization all of which are the foundation to the overall quality of life that our Veterans have earned,” said VA Puget Sound Recreation Therapist Vance Pease, coordinator of the event.

“Once Rec Therapy solved the individual physical adaptations necessary to grip the curling stick, to maintain balance on the ice, & for posture, then the curling experts worked with them on what they could do to improve their technique and skill level,” said Pease.

Granite Curling Club volunteers worked with participants on the technique and skills to successfully throw/push the 42 pound curling stone approximately 100 feet to make it into the target area, and the “art” of putting a spin, or “curl” on the stone.   The curl gives the participant the ability to circumvent other stones in the direct path and rest the stones behind one another in a better position for scoring.

“This was a great partnership between the Seattle VA & a community organization to put on a successful opportunity for the benefit of our Veterans.  One of the participants was just accepted to participate in the National Disabled Veterans Wheelchair Curling Camp in Denver, CO in April, put on by the United States Olympic Committee.  We wish him the best & look forward to future local opportunities with the Granite Curling Club!”

How Stroke Survivors Benefit by Using Tango to Learn to Walk

Valley Medical Center hosts weekly TangoStride sessions which help stroke survivors relearn how to walk and improve mobility. Gabriela Condrea’s approach to teaching tango (Tango is About the Connection™) is based on her extensive experience with body mechanics and more than 20 years of teaching. She holds a Master’s in Education and is the author of the book WHEN 1+1=1: That “Impossible” Connection (2011). Read the Seattle Times article about TangoStride.

Benefits of tango following stroke:

  • Improve posture and confidence
  • Rebuild balance and stability
  • Heighten spatial awareness, proprioception and coordination
  • Enhance ability to initiate and stop momentum (especially for neurological conditions, like Parkinson’s)
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion in waist and torso
  • Reduce stress through positive touch
  • Improve neuroplasticity (the brain and body’s ability to heal itself) through improvised, collaborative movement

Learn more about Valley’s TangoStride sessions.


Originally Posted by Valley Communications

Date: July 05, 2017

in: Heart & Stroke, Wellness

UW Medicine named Leader in Healthcare Equality


UW Medicine Hospitals are Leaders in Healthcare Equality

All four UW Medicine hospitals are recognized as 2017 Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. The hospitals are also included in the annual Healthcare Equality Index published by the HRC Foundation, the educational arm of the HRC. The Index evaluates inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. 

UW Medicine's four hospitals are: Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, UW Medical Center and Valley Medical Center. 

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index, visit

Check out the 2017 BIAWA Art Show

All are invited to see BIAWA's 9th Annual Brain Injury Art Show. This amazing gallery exhibit showcases the work of artists who have had to adjust their lives because of a Brain Injury caused by trauma, stroke, or other health conditions.

2017 BIAWA Brain Injury Art Show at the Bellevue Arts Museum in the Community Education Gallery. The exhibit runs from June 30th to October 1st.


Bellevue Arts Museum - Community Education Gallery
510 Bellevue NE, Bellevue, WA 98006

Gallery Hours:
Mon & Tues - Closed
Wednesday - Sunday - 11am to 5pm