“The staff at Northwest Return to Work includes experienced physicians, therapists (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology), psychologists, and support staff who are committed to the highest level of care of their clients. For more information about our staff members, please select a name below.”
Meet our staff of physicians, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and vocational counselors dedicated your rehabilitation, education, and quality of life.
Josh Cobbley, MS, OTR/L, CEAS, CWCE, is the founder of Northwest Return to Work. He is a certified work capacity evaluator (CWCE) and has been practicing in the area of industrial rehabilitation for over 20 years. Josh’s specialty is providing Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s). He takes pride in approaching his assessments as a “thinking evaluator” and does not rely on a wrote or pre-packaged FCE system. Josh has administered and reviewed thousands of FCE’s. He performs/assists and reviews evaluations on a daily basis and regularly attends advanced training classes. Josh completed his undergraduate and graduate work in Chicago, earning a bachelor of arts in biology from North Park College and a master of science in occupational therapy from Rush University. He is also a certified ergonomics assessment specialist.
Emily Behm, PTA, grew up on the east coast riding and jumping horses. She completed her Physical Therapist Assistant training at Green River Community College where she graduated with honors in 2013. Prior to becoming a PTA she was a successful Massage Therapist working with a variety of patients. Outside of work she enjoys mountain biking, hiking with her dog, photography and camping.
Carrie Ford, PT, is a western Washington native, growing up in Woodinville (before it became the wine region it is!). She became interested in the physical therapy profession when she was young after participating in physical therapy herself after a few injuries from gymnastics – she loved the mixture of exercise and education that she could provide to people related to their injuries. She completed her Undergraduate work at Western Washington University, and went to PT school at Samuel Merritt University down in Oakland (she was ready to experience a new place to live). Ultimately, she is happy to be back in the PNW! Carrie has previous experience working with the Workers Compensation population and is excited to focus her career in this direction again. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband and pets (currently a dog, 2 cats, and 7 chickens), spending time outside in the summer, working out, and working on fixing up her house.
Nathalie earned her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She also completed her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at UW and received the yearly departmental Undergraduate Achievement Award (Siva Award) for her community involvement, academic and research achievements. Nathalie developed a passion for adult rehab and joined NWRTW after completing her final graduate internship on the BIRT team. She works with each client to meet functional communication and cognitive rehabilitation goals, improve self-efficacy and quality of life. Before becoming a clinician, Nathalie was a program manager in IT and healthcare, where she ran employee engagement programs. She brings that extensive experience in communication and advocacy to her clinical practice. Outside of work, Nathalie enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking and traveling—especially road trips. Some of her favorite trips have been driving RVs to Alaska and throughout the Southwest.
Sofia Godinez is one of our most recent team members to join NW Return to Work. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Washington, and recently obtained her CDMS certification. She is fluent in Spanish and has over 10 years of experience in the WA State workers compensation program. She gained her experience and knowledge by working at the Department of Labor & Industries as a Claims Adjudicator and IME program coordinator, and as a care coordinator for injured workers at a company, she co-owned providing services to medical providers. She has dedicated her time and experience in facilitating limited-English speaking injured workers to return to work with fewer barriers in a claim process. Sofia enjoys helping our injured workers, but when she is not working, her passion is her children and going on road trips around the Pacific Northwest. Sofia is also a Junior Golf Director where she enjoys providing tournament play for junior golfers in WA State.
Anne Good, PTA, is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, who was born and raised in Seattle, Wash. She graduated with a bachelors degree in Communications from Washington State University and led a successful career in sales & import management. Anne developed a passion for physical therapy after experiencing successful rehabs for injuries from recreational activities. She returned to school and completed her Physical Therapist Assistant AAS degree at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Anne has a strong desire to motivate and help others achieve their rehabilitation goals. Away from work, Anne enjoys training her dog in dog sports, mountain biking, camping, and the outdoors.
Dena Goodman, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who was born in New Jersey and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She received a bachelor of arts in language studies with a focus in Spanish and a minor in education at University of California- Santa Cruz, including studying abroad for a semester in Spain. She went on to teach elementary school for two years. With a strong passion for communication and language, she later decided to continue her studies to become a speech-language pathologist. She received a bachelor of science in speech and hearing sciences at University of Washington and a master of science in communication disorders and sciences at University of Oregon. She has been working primarily in rehab and nursing centers until joining the BIRT program at NWRTW. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and raising her cats.
Annie Horman, OTR/L, is a Pacific Northwest native. She received a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Columbia University in New York and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. She was drawn to be an occupational therapist because she loves working with people with a holistic approach. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, biking, swimming, and traveling.
Ingrid Junker, OTR/L, CWCE graduated from the University of British Columbia in Occupational Therapy in 1993. She has had several years of experience working with people with chronic pain and also industrial rehabilitation. She is certified in the Matheson System of Functional Capacity Evaluation and has trained at the Masters Level in this area of assessment. She is also trained in the Matheson System of Ergonomic Evaluation. She joined the Northwest Return to Work team in 2010.
Julia Lim received her bachelor of arts in English at the University of California, Riverside in 2012, before spending a year with a nonprofit organization called City Year, educating/mentoring youth in the Greater Los Angeles, where she grew up. She realized her compassion and empathy would the leading factor in her professional life, and proceeded to graduate from Stanbridge University where she received her associates degree in occupational science. Since then, most of her time was spent in mental health and geriatrics until she relocated to Washington and began working in industrial rehab early 2018.
Yousif is a physical therapist assistant who graduated from the River Valley Community College in Claremont, N.H., in June 2011. Yousif began his career working in a skilled nursing facility and then an inpatient rehabilitation setting at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, Ill. Yousif moved back to Seattle with his wife and cat to be closer to family and soon after began working at Northwest Return to Work. Yousif has a passion for helping others to recuperate from injuries in order to improve their quality of life and return to work. Yousif in his free time enjoys riding his bike, listening to music and spending time with family.
Brooke McIntyre received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Washington in 2002. She worked in different medical positions (medical records, billing, accounts receivable) prior to returning to school for Occupational Therapy. She received her Masters in Occupational therapy from the University of Washington in 2011. Brooke began her OT profession at a skilled nursing facility in Marysville, focusing on stroke recovery. She joined Northwest Return to Work in 2017, drawn by the mission and values of the company and the supportive team dynamics. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, having two young boys to keep up with.
Ankita graduated from Delhi University, India with a Bachelor of Physical Therapy in 2012 followed by Master of Physical Therapy in 2014 where she did her major in Musculoskeletal with Honors. She worked as a manual therapist in an outpatient setting and has experience treating musculoskeletal patients, sports injury and prevention. Her passion for her field led her to pursue Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University, Pennsylvania with Honors in 2019. Away from work, she enjoys reading, playing table tennis, video games and hiking with her husband and 1-year- old golden retriever, Shifu.
Erin attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc., from 2011-2017 where she earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology followed by her doctorate in physical therapy. As a long-time lover for all things outdoors (ie: hiking, kayaking, snowboarding) the decision to leave her Midwestern roots and land in Seattle seemed like the perfect option. Erin has been working since June 2017 at NWRTW. While at work she has found a passion for manual therapy and has the reputation for physically challenging her clients. While at home, she enjoys cooking and exploring Seattle with her significant other and adopted pit bull, Betty.
Pam Schleg started her career with an undergraduate in Business Administration. She is married with two daughters. The oldest daughter was born with a rare heart defect that required three surgeries and therapy. This not only affected her daughter, but also put Pam on the path to occupational therapy. Pam received her training in Tomball, Texas, at Lonestar College and graduated in 2007. She has worked in a variety of settings that serve to provide her with wide range of skills and knowledge to draw from. She had three years experience prior to joining NWRTW in October 2017. Her hobbies include, volunteering at her church, gardening, urban hiking, watching movies, and getting together with friends.
Ericka is a certified occupational therapist assistant who graduated from Lake Washington Technical Institute as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Her first career was as a stay-at-home mom to their 3 children, however, as they aged she spent a few years working as a Certified Nursing Assistant. After their oldest child suffered a 30 foot fall and her husband a serious back injury on the job, she focused her studies on Occupational Therapy. Having always enjoyed working with people during their journey through healing and the restoration of function, the field of Industrial Rehabilitation was a natural fit. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, as well as reading, hiking, traveling, boating and watching the ‘Hawks!!
Kristi Stalsbroten, PT, was born and raised in Yakima, Wash. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Seattle Pacific University and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of New England in Portland, Maine. Kristi developed a passion for physical therapy in high school, serving as a student athletic trainer, helping athletes prevent and treat injuries. Kristi has a strong desire to help others return to wellness and living life to the fullest. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, playing tennis, decorating, exploring local vintage markets and the outdoors.
Kyrstin graduated from the University of Washington with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2013. Prior to coming to Northwest Return to Work in 2019 Kyrstin primarily worked with the neurological population (TBI, SCI, and CVA) at Harborview (acute, rehab, and outpatient). She has her brain injury specialist certification and is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. She is also very active with the Washington Occupational Therapy Association (WOTA), currently as president. In her free time, Kyrstin enjoys going outdoors (especially kayaking and camping) with her husband and kids.
Alex graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from University of Washington, and has established experience with a wide variety of patients . He originally graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the information technology field and worked as a web developer for 5 years before returning to school to change careers. Finding his way to physical therapy was not all that surprising, as he enjoyed involvement in athletics throughout his life, along with working as personal trainer to help people achieve their fitness goals.
Since graduating from UW Alex has completed post-graduate work in manual therapy and obtained certification as a Certified Integrative Manual Therapist (CIMT). He is currently studying the Connect Therapy model (by Linda Joy Lee) that is one of the most comprehensive, hands-on, whole body physical assessment frameworks for finding the primary driver/cause of patient’s pain. He also has completed continuing education in visual movement assessment models to help identify weaknesses in movement patterns and compensatory patterns that has helped him treat athletes including runners, weightlifters, cyclists, baseball, and soccer players. Alex is passionate about whatever he puts his mind to. He currently works in the chronic pain program at NWRTW, and has come to enjoy helping patients develop strategies of coping with their pain, while improving their function.
Outside of the clinic, Alex enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and kids traveling, camping, kayaking, and going for runs or bicycle rides.
Brianne Graduated University of Texas at Austin in 2015. Completed Doctorate of PT at UT Health in San Antonio in 2019. Post-grad have continued education in vestibular/concussion rehab. Prior to starting at NWRTW, she worked with patients with both neurological and orthopedic diagnoses at an inpatient rehab facility in Austin, TX. Passionate about working with the neurological population. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, cooking, and discovering new music.
Carolyn earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, with special recognition for academic excellence, from Pacific University and dual Bachelors degrees in Sports and Exercise Science and Psychology from Seattle University, where she was selected as a member of the Sullivan Leadership Community. Outside of work, Carolyn develops and publishes peer-reviewed research to support the well-being of different populations. Carolyn was first drawn to join the NWRTW team because of the company’s continued commitment to empathetic and evidence-based rehabilitation. She has continued to return to the NWRTW team in every stage of her clinical career (first as a therapy aid, then as a clinical student, and now as a clinician). Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Carolyn enjoyed working in sports medicine and non-profit management. To relax, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her dog, cooking, and getting outside.
Rachel Vick, OTR/L, was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Eastern Kentucky University to obtain a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and a minor in studio art. While in school, she played NCAA volleyball and worked in a tutoring center developing programming rooted in OT theory for first generation college freshman. She then moved to the Pacific Northwest to begin her career in a skilled nursing facility before transitioning to industrial rehabilitation at Northwest Return to Work. She pursued Occupational Therapy because the dynamic and creative nature of the profession offered opportunity to directly influence the daily lives of those under her care.
Betsy Wightman, MS, OTR/L, CWCE, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS/MS degree in occupational therapy. She has worked primarily in industrial rehabilitation and outpatient physical disability settings. She is certified in the Matheson System of Physical Capacity of Evaluation and Epic Lift Capacity Test. She is also a certified ergonomic assessment specialist and has experience evaluating a variety of different work environments.
Brett Wolfe, MS, OTR/L, has been part of the Northwest Return to Work team since 2008, helping to maintain a high level of care that is focused on helping patients return to their best and safe level of function. In addition, Brett has experience in manual labor fields, which allows him to help patients apply techniques with a focus on real-world productivity. Outside of work, he is internationally recognized adventurer and endurance mountain bike racer and prior elite level skier. He has coached and counseled athletes at all levels for more than 20 years. Brett has his bachelor in science in industrial design, and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from University of Washington.
Dr. Edward Hernandez’s graduate education was at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Diego where he earned the degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.). His dissertation was focused on understanding spirituality as a coping resource for people living with HIV. His undergraduate education was at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hernandez was the director of the intake department at a psychiatric hospital in San Diego prior to moving to Seattle in 2007. He has extensive experience in the areas of assessment, as well as working in clinical treatment with both adults and adolescents. His family is originally from Chile and he still has family there, as well as in Canada. Dr. Hernandez believes that having a healthy life includes balancing mind, body, and spirit. He and his wife are also avid mountain bikers and genuinely love the diversity of the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Jillian Moore earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from Brigham Young University. She then completed a neuropsychological postdoctoral training program associated with St. Jude Medical Center and St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation & Wellness, where her work focused on patients rehabilitating from brain and spinal cord injury as well as those with chronic pain and various other psychological concerns. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings performing comprehensive evaluations for patients with neurological and psychological concerns as well as providing individual and group therapy; she has found the most joy when advocating for and supporting individuals and their families in the recovery process. Dr. Moore has additional training in community mental health, having completed her predoctoral internship in Los Angeles, where she gained experience working with predominantly Spanish-speaking Latinx individuals and families. She is a bilingual English-Spanish speaker and prioritizes ongoing training to provide culturally competent and appropriate assessment and therapeutic services to clients from all backgrounds and ethnicities. As a native Californian, Dr. Moore enjoys exploring the greater Seattle area with her family and dogs and tries to incorporate her love of music, nature, and good humor into treatment as much as possible.
Jauna Cruz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State. Jauna received her Bachelors in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. During graduate school, she began working as a counselor for clients struggling with eating disorders and substance use in a residential setting.
After finishing graduate school, Jauna moved up to the Seattle area and started working as a bilingual therapist, providing outpatient services to individuals who had immigrated to the U.S. Jauna has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with a variety of populations. In any setting, Jauna is passionate about using a client centered approach that focuses on meeting the client where they are at and creating a collaborative treatment plan that addresses the person as a whole. Outside of work, Jauna loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys any activity outside, including hiking, running, camping, and paddle boarding.
Jeanne Carbonetti, CRC, CLCP, is one of the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for Northwest Return to Work. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University. She has worked in the public and private sectors as a Vocational Counselor (6 years in the Workers Compensation arena), an inpatient Rehabilitation Counselor, a Medical Case Writer of Medicare Set Aside and Life Care Plans; and a business owner conducting Life Care Plan research and Case Management. Her philosophy emphasizes the significance of work and the empowerment it brings to an individual. It is her desire to support and educate clients as they navigate through the process toward return to employment. Outside of work, Jeanne’s passions include interior design, road trips, especially along the coast, and spending time with family.
Dr Carol Hirshfield has a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from The New School for Social Research in NYC and a Masters and Doctorate (PhD)in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. Her doctoral dissertation research was on learning disorders and its impact on family systems. Dr Carol has extensive clinical experience with families, adults and children in multiple settings in New York, California and now Seattle. She maintains a practice in Los Angeles (BY ZOOM) and in Seattle. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and is happy to add NWRTW to her work. Her personal life includes (in no particular order!) a love of art, painting, music, her family and continuing to learn and grow!
Dr. Gabrielle Morris is the Medical Director for Northwest Return to work.
About Dr. Morris
Dr. Morris helps Occupational Medicine patients with work related injuries, and provides Impairment Ratings, and Barriers Assessments. She sees each patient as a unique individual, and loves being able to impact her patient’s quality of life in a positive way.
“I feel privileged to participate in my patients’ medical care to help enable them to lead a life that matters to them and those they love.”
Dr. Morris grew up in the Arizona desert, and earned her BS Degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland. She attended Medical School at the University of Vermont, earning her MD Degree, and completed her Master of Public Health Degree and her Occupational Medicine Residency/Fellowship at the University of Washington. She is Board Certified in Occupational & Environmental Medicine and enjoys helping patients overcome their injuries through shared decision-making. Prior to Medical School, she founded a nonprofit organization that provided assistance to new parents.
She has a wonderful family, three comical & energetic dogs, and a sweet kitty. Her favorite place to be is outdoors: mountain biking, hiking, taking photographs, and playing with her three dogs. She loves to garden and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys adventures, music, old movies, delicious cuisine, and new experiences.
Dr. Andrew Juechter is the Director of our Pain Management Program . He received his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a master’s in Acupuncture and East Asian Herbal Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. Prior to this he studied holistic nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, NY, and earned a bachelor of arts in music at Denison University in Ohio. Having a keen interest in pain management and mental health, he employs the skills he learned to compliment a foundational approach to the complex issue of chronic pain. This includes a focus in the areas of nutrition, exercise, sleep and mind-body practices. Dr. Juechter utilizes a variety of modalities to aid his patients including dry needling, orthopedic adjustment, muscle energy stretching, Kinesio taping, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy, as well as focused therapeutic herbal, supplementative and pharmaceutical support. He believes honesty, integrity, and compassion are integral parts of an approach to helping empower patients to make long-lasting improvements. Outside of work Dr. Juechter enjoys playing piano and he participates in two bands and previously lead a West African drumming ensemble.
Laniel is the new occupational medicine provider at Northwest Return to Work. She is a nationally certified physician assistant in Washington state and received her master’s on Physician Assistant Studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. Prior to that, she doubled majored in Biology and Psychology at Washington State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Originally born in the Philippines, her family spent a few years in Ireland before moving to the United States. Her clinical interest is to promote understanding and to deliver quality medical care for injured workers with an emphasis toward the prevention of workplace injury and illness
Dr. William C. Marson, D.C. is the Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwest Return to Work and Graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, OR. in 1995. Currently he diagnoses and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, as well as, management of work related injury claims within Department of Labor & Industries or self-insured employers. Dr. Marson enjoys spending time with his pets, family and working around the house in Redmond WA.
Business Service Staff
Marisa Burgos the clinic Director of Operations. She was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she was a Special Education Professor until she moved to the United States in early 1990. While raising two daughters, she worked as a social worker for 7 years in California before moving to the Pacific Northwest, where she specialized in the Medical and Legal Interpreting field before joining NWRTW SIMP program. During her free time she enjoys traveling and learning new skills like riding a motorcycle, learning sign language, spending time with family and friends, and reading.
Lindsay Wright is the front desk administrative assistant. Lindsay recently completed her Medical Administrative Assistant program at Edmonds Community College. Lindsay is compassionate about helping others and volunteers in her free time at the Habitat for Humanity Store in Lynnwood. In her spare time she also enjoys hiking, walking, and spending time with family and friends.
Colby Schimpf has more than 25 years of experience in office administration, with seven years as an administrative assistant for a national medical corporation where she trained and managed the front office staff for 21 physical therapy clinics.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren, quilting and riding her horses.
Kathleen is our Billing Specialist. She has an AA from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID in General Studies/Business, and an ATA in Paralegal Studies from Edmonds Community College. She has been working in healthcare for over 15 years which has given her great experience. In her spare time Kathleen enjoys playing drums and piano, baking, and spending time with her husband.
Jeanette completed her Certified Medical Assistant course at Charter College. She has 3 years of experience as a CMA and office administrative assistant. She enjoys spending time with her children and family. They love camping, fishing and doing adventurous activities, but most off all, just spending quality family time together.
Mike serves as the business analyst for NWRTW. He graduated with distinction from Western Washington University in 2019 with a Bachelors in Business Administration and Management. He spends his free time playing music, rock climbing, and hiking.
Shirley Completed her nursing assistant program at Divine CNA Institute where she became certified in 2015. She has been in healthcare since 2015 working from community health practices to privately owned businesses. In her spare time, Shirley likes to go hiking, sight-seeing, parks with her blue nose pit- Royce!
Jocelyn is the specialty services coordinator at NWRTW and has over 2 Years of experience in medical front desk and management. In her spare time, Jocelyn like to spend time with family, taking her dog to parks, and enjoys hiking, boxing ,watching combat sports and attending sport events.
Jocelyn is one of our medical administrative assistants at NWRTW. She completed college from Everest College for Medical Insurance Billing and Coding. She has been a medical receptionist, and administrative assistant, with over 10 years of experience in the Medical field. In her spare time she likes to do art, watch sports games and spend quality time with her family and friends.