Michelle Toshima
Michelle T. Toshima, PhD

Michelle T. Toshima, PhD

Michelle T. Toshima, PhD
Specialty

Multiple Sclerosis, Pain Management, Psychology

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Anxiety, Behavioral Medicine, Chronic Pain, Counseling - Illness/Disability, Depression, Grief, Group Therapy, Health Maintenance, Health Promotion, Loss/Bereavement, Major Disabilities Rehab., Mental Health, Mood Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Psychotherapy, Stress and Anxiety, Stress Management

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: No
Payment Methods Accepted:

Medicare, Bill Insurance, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card, Cash, Check, Payment Plan, Sliding Fee Scale

Insurance Accepted:

Contact this office for accepted insurance plans.

Philosophy of Care

Diversity is what makes our society unique. In my work with patients, I help patients recognize and celebrate their unique strengths and abilities, often in the face of enormous physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. My work with patients and families is collaborative in nature, working as a team to address short and long term goals. The ultimate goal of my work with patients is to assist them in achieving their most optimal functioning which then leads to a happier, healthier, and more productive life.

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and two children. We have had many memorable, not always "Kodak-like" moments, on our many outdoor adventures (sailing, hiking, biking, skiing) as well as urban escapades (movies, bowling, sporting events, roller blading to 70's-80's tunes with disco ball aglow). For my own peace of mind and balance, I indulge in reading, jogging, cooking, listening to music, and consuming chocolate.

Medical School

University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University

Residency

University of Washington Medical Center

Fellowship(s)

University of Washington Medical Center

Languages:

English

Professional Associations:

American Psychological Association

National Stress Awareness Month-Managing stress with multiple sclerosis

April is National Stress Awareness Month so it seems appropriate to look at the impact of stress on people living with MS and to become more aware of what one can do to better manage one’s reaction to the inevitable stressors in life.
 
There is a growing body of research that suggests there is an association between stress and an increased risk of MS exacerbations and the development of new lesions in patients with MS.  A group of Dutch researchers followed 73 patients with RRMS and found that those patients who reported a major stressful event were 2.2 times more likely to have an MS exacerbation in the following four weeks.  In 2006, a group of U.S. researchers followed 36 people with MS and found that after experiencing a major life stress, those MS patients were 1.6 times more likely to develop a new lesion in the next eight weeks.2  The same group of researchers reported that the MS patients with good coping strategies could reduce this risk.
 
The exact mechanism by which stress increases the risk of MS exacerbations and the development of new brain lesions is not entirely clear, but what is known is that stress affects the body’s ability to regulate the inflammatory response, and in patients with MS and other autoimmune disorders, inflammation occurs when  ...

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Offices

Multiple Sclerosis Center
1600 East Jefferson
A Level
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-320-2200
Fax: 206-320-2560

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