MS Staff

MS Staff

Reiko Aramaki, RN

 

Ms. Aramaki is an MS Certified Nurse who has been working as an MS Nurse since 2007. She joined the Swedish MS Center in the fall of 2010 and enjoys providing nursing care to our diverse MS population. Prior to joining the Swedish MS Center, Reiko worked at the MS Center at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland. She also worked internationally as a trainee staff at the World Health Organization Asia-Pacific Regional Office in the Philippines and the South Pacific Office in Fiji for three years, doing public health work in the area of infectious diseases.

“I enjoy interacting with our MS patients and being a support to them, whether it be on the phone or providing teaching here in our clinic. I value comprehensive and compassionate nursing care,” she says.

 

When she’s not working, Reiko enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, reading, serving at her church and travelling to warm places like Hawaii.


Education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing –University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare –University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Master of Science in Health Policy, Planning & Financing –London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics & Political Science, United Kingdom

 

Call her office directly at (206) 320-2200.


 

Kim Lozano, RN
Ms. Lozano's early extensive experience working with several nationally accredited youth programs laid the foundations for her future career in healthcare. Ms. Lozano spent several years abroad exploring the diverse cultures of India, as well as Europe. She currently is very happy to be a part of the nationally recognized MS Center at Swedish. She now looks forward to applying the broad humanitarian perspective gained from her travels to her professional life. Her current goals include MS certification and continuing advancement of her professional scope.

Education:
Registered Nurse - Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, Washington.

 
Professional Experience: Clinic RN

Call her office directly at (206) 320-2200.

 


Michelle Toshima PhD

Michelle T. Toshima PhD, Rehabilitation Psychologist at the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center welcomes new patients, and supports the needs of children as well as senior adults on Medicare. She cannot accept Medicaid/DSHS patients at this time.

Her clinical interests/special procedures performed for those with Multiple Sclerosis include: Grief/Loss – Depression – Anxiety - Cognitive Rehabilitation - Chronic Pain Management and conducting Psycho-educational Groups

“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,” she says.

“My work with patients and families is collaborative in nature and requires us to work as a team to address short and long term goals,” said Dr. Toshima. “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.”

When not treating patients, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children. “We have had many memorable, not always “Kodak-like” moments,” she says, “on our outdoor adventures (sailing, hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking) as well as urban escapades (movies, bowling, sporting events, roller blading to 70’s-80’s tunes with the disco ball aglow).” She enjoys reading, jogging, cooking, and consuming chocolate.

Education and Certification:
Graduate School: University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University
Internship: Clinical Psychology/Rehabilitation Psychology-University of Washington
Fellowship: Clinical Psychology/Chronic Pain Management-University of Washington

Professional Experience:
1992-2008 Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington Medical Center
2008-2009 Rehabilitation Psychologist, MS Center, Evergreen Medical Center
2009-2010 Rehabilitation Psychologist, MS Center, Swedish Neuroscience Institute

For an appointment with Michelle T. Toshima PhD, Rehabilitation Psychologist at the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center, call her office directly at (206) 320-2200.


Kobata-2.JPGKim Kobata, PT

As the physical therapist for the MS Wellness program at the MS Center, Ms. Kobata treats each patient as an individual, helping them increase body awareness for improving movement for those with the often unexplainable and complex disease of multiple sclerosis. She creates an exercise program that addresses individual needs and lifestyles in order to optimize function and wellness.

“As a stem cell transplant survivor for leukemia I have the ability to empathize with my patients,” she said. “I see things not only as a healthcare provider but also as a patient.”

Her clinical interests/special procedures performed include balance disorders, neurological conditions and post-surgical orthopedics.

An active outdoors person, Ms. Kobata enjoys rock climbing, hiking, skiing and mountain biking. When not in the mountains, she loves practicing yoga, playing tennis and preparing nutritious meals.

Education and Certification:
Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, University of Washington
Professional Experience:
1995 – 2012: Physical therapist, Swedish Medical Center
2012 – Present: Physical therapist, MS Center at Swedish
Philosophy of Care:
Treat each patient with compassion and respect and work as a team to take advantage of individual skill sets for a holistic approach.

Ms. Kobata welcomes new patients, including children and older adults on Medicare or Medicaid/DSHS. Contact her  at (206) 320-2200


Simon Gale, OTR/L

Simon Gale, OTR/L, is the Occupational Therapist at the Swedish MS Center. He is passionate about his support of multiple sclerosis patients, neurology and current research regarding neuroplasticity.

His clinical interests and special procedures include: Rehabilitation with Neurology Patients, Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, Neurodevelopment Treatment, Use of Rhythm with Rehabilitation, Perceptual Deficits.

“With enough effort, repetition, and focused attention one can perform some degree of brain ‘rewiring’,” he says. “Everybody has potential for improvement – for some people it is habits, for others it is physical performance, and for others it is increased independence with daily activities.”

“Focused attention and finding therapeutic activities that are adequately challenging and interesting is essential to our patient-centric treatment approach,” he said.

He is also a passionate a trail and barefoot runner.

Education and Certification:
Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta, 1997
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Alberta, 1994
Professional Experience:
2006 – Present: Occupational therapist, Inpatient an Outpatient Services, Swedish Medical Center
From 1997 to 2006 I have worked as an OT in Alberta, Arkansas, and California in: Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Home Health, and Skilled Nursing.

Mr. Gale, MS Center Occupational Therapist, welcomes new patients and accepts Medicare, and Medicaid/DSHS Patients. Contact his office directly at (206) 320-2404.


Jessica Bratrude

MS Center nutritionist Jessica Bratrude provides sound practical advice for patients, enabling them to be successful in their nutrition goals. Her special areas of interest include weight loss, cardiovascular health, diabetes, and incorporating natural healthy meals. Her interests in health and natural nutrition come from her mother who managed a natural foods grocery store, and her father who was always experimenting in the kitchen. She graduated from Washington State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Following graduation she worked in skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation and hospital inpatient units helping individuals to optimize their nutritional status in the face of impaired mobility, swallowing difficulties and changes in appetite.

Jessica values her work with the Swedish MS Center team and the patients in the neurology department. She also teaches yoga at local health clubs, and encourages physical activity into daily life, believing that the mind-body connection created in yoga helps individuals be more successful in making lifestyle changes.


Alan D. Wittenberg MSW, RC

Alan Wittenberg MSW, RC is the social worker for the MS Center at Swedish. He focuses his services on the needs and wants of his patients as they cope with the myriad of issues they and their families confront daily.

Prior to joining Swedish, Alan worked at Senior Services of King County in two different roles—Information and Assistance Advocate and Program Coordinator for SHIBA, a program of the Insurance Commissioner’s Office. Prior to that, he was a case manager and education coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of King County. Alan has worked in health and human services for 30 years, primarily with seniors and people with disabilities.

“Helping patients reduce the stresses and isolation that many people with MS confront on a daily basis is what interests and motivates me as a social worker. Helping patients identify their short-term and long-term needs, involving them in programs and services that promote wellness and empowering them with resources and support to help them live life to the fullest is always my goal.”

He spends his free time with his family and participating in the development of his young son. He enjoys sports, camping, reading, watching movies and going to the theater. He has three geriatric (18 and 19 y.o. ) cats that have been a part of his life since their birth.

Education and Certification:
Indiana University Teaching Certificate 1995
Washington University, Masters of Social Work 1979
Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts ( Major Forensic Studies ) 1975
Licensure: Licensed Affiliated Agency counselor
 
Professional Experience:
March 2011 – Present Social worker and counselor, Swedish MS Center
December 2006 – February 2011 Advocate and Program Coordinator, Senior Services
February 2006 – June 2006 Social worker, Providence Hospice of Seattle
January 2000 – February 2006 Case manager and Education Coordinator, the MSA
Fall1996 – December 1999 Social Worker, Working Solutions, Inc.
Winter 1996-Winter 1997 Substitute Teacher for grades 6-12, Public School Districts
Fall 1986- Spring 1993 Case Manager, Catholic Community Services
Spring 1981- Spring1986 Staff Development Director, United Cerebral Palsy Residence
November 1979- Spring 1981 Attendant Counselor I and II, UCP Residential Center


Alan Wittenberg MSW, RC welcomes new patients, treats children and adults to Medicare/Medicaid/DSHS. Call Alan Wittenberg's office directly at (206) 320-3830.


Shaheen Virani, MA, CRC

Shaheen Virani, MA, CRC, is the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Swedish MS Center . She joined the MS Center in September 2009 to assist our patients with their employment and disability related needs.

Prior to joining the team at the Swedish MS Center, Shaheen worked for the Evergreen Hospital MS Clinic and the University of Washington Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her primary responsibilities were vocational counseling, advocacy for employment rights and assisting with end of work transitions such as Long Term and Social Security Disability planning.

She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who is dedicated to helping MS patients achieve their vocational and independent living goals; understand their employment rights; transition from Employment to disability income, and to make informed choices about their vocational future.

“Care for people with Multiple Sclerosis involves advocacy, education on employment/disability options,” she says, “and compassionate support for individual vocational and independent living goals.”

When not counseling patients, she enjoys family time, hiking, skiing, and jewelry design.

Education and Certification:
Michigan State University, Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, 1998
University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology), 1994

Professional Experience:
September 2008- September 2009 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Evergreen Medical Center MS Clinic
March 2003-February 2008 Disability Case Manager, University of Washington Disability Service Office
May 1999 – February 2006 Rehabilitation Counselor, University of Washington Medical Center
January 1998- March 1998 Rehabilitation Consultant, Healthcare Benefit Trust

Board Certification(s): Certified Rehabilitation Counselor since 1998

Shaheen Virani, MA, CRC welcomes new patients and treats adults and those patients using Medicare/Medicaid/DSHS. Call Shaheen Virani's office directly at (206) 320-2200.

Contact Information

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

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