Washington State Healthcare Practitioners
Concussion Alliance keeps a list of practitioners that concussion patients and families have found helpful. We also have healthcare practitioners in severals fields who have recommend specific practitioners who have helped their patients. If you have a practitioner that you would like to suggest, please contact us.
Johanne St. Laurent Lewin A.R.N.P. is a board certified Nurse Practitioner at the Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic at Harborview in Seattle, and her clinical interests include traumatic brain injury. She works with concussion patients, and we’ve heard that she has been very helpful.
Functional Neurology involves a whole-body evaluation and development of an individualized treatment plan of physical tasks (including using the eyes) that makes use of neuroplasticity to rewire the brain. Most Functional Neurology practitioners are chiropractors who have an additional 300 hours of training in neurology. There are numerous high-profile athletes and concussion advocates that believe functional neurology is the best treatment path.
1.Dr. Penaluna, Northwest Family Chiropractic, (Shoreline)
Dr. Penaluna is highly recommended by a member of our community who is seeing the doctor for concussion treatment following a motor vehicle accident.
2. Brain NW (Issaquah)
Dr. Denita Benyshek recommends Brain NW. "I have referred clients to this doctor, for concussion treatment, and they have reported rapid improvement. There are several visits in a week, home exercises before treatment starts and during.”
Craniosacral Therapy, or Osteopathic Cranial Therapy
For more information on this treatment, see our page Craniosacral Therapy.
Massage therapists with specialized training in Craniosacral Therapy
Lauren M. Christman, LMT, CBSI/ATSI, CCST. Crafted Touch ( Seattle). Lauren is highly respected craniosacral therapist and also teaches courses in craniosacral therapy.
Osteopathic doctors with specialized training in Cranial Osteopathy
Devorah Steinecker, D.O. Holistic Pediatrics (Seattle)
Holistic Pediatrics and Family Health combines Dr. Steinecker’s more than 35 Years experience as an adult Neurologist with specialized training in Osteopathic Manipulation and Child Development. Dr. Steinecker is very well respected in her field.
Chiropractors with training in cranial work
Dr. Gloria Adkins, Adkins Chiropractic (Seattle)
Dr. Adkins practices Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) which addresses the relationship between the sacrum (base of the spine) and the occiput (base of the skull) and how this affects the Cerebro-Spinal Fluid and the brain.
For more information on this treatment, see our page Vision Therapy.
Alderwood Vision Clinic (Lynnwood).
The clinic was founded by Nancy G. Torgerson, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., past president of the College of Vision Development, which trains and certifies specialized optometrists who diagnose a wide range of vision problems. Alderwood Vision Clinic has a team of optometrists who do an in-depth diagnosis and develop a treatment plan for each patient. A team of vision therapists works with patients once or twice a week. Alderwood Vision Clinic is the preeminent vision therapy clinic in the region.
They have extensive experience and a successful track record with concussion patients who often have multiple vision problems that have gone undiagnosed by their family optometrist or general practitioner.
Neurologist Specializing in Headaches, with experience working with concussion patients
Natalia Murinova, M.D., M.H.A., UW Medicine.
Dr. Murinova is a board-certified physician, director of the UW Medicine Headache Center and a UW associate professor of Neurology. She also sees patients at the Headache Clinic at UWMC-Roosevelt and the Neurology Clinic at Eastside Specialty Center. She has been listed in The Best Doctors in Seattle. Dr. Murinova was recommended to Concussion Alliance by one of the partners at Adler Giersh, a law firm specializing in representing patients with traumatic brain injuries.
Physiatrist Specialising in Concussions
Richard Seroussi, M.D., Seattle Spine & Sports Medicine (Seattle)
Dr. Seroussi is a physiatrist with a specialization in concussions and an innovative approach to treatments.
Functional Medicine and Sports Medicine
David Musnick, M.D., Peak Medicine (Bellevue)
Dr. Musnick has developed a Functional Medicine approach to concussions, with treatments that “integrate a brain-healthy diet, supplements, exercise, brain training, frequency specific microcurrent, hyperbaric oxygen, and neurofeedback.” He has presented at the Annual Meeting of the Institute for Functional Medicine on the Brain and featured in the documentary “The Broken Brain” by Dr. Mark Hyman. Dr. Musnick was recommended to Concussion Alliance by one of the partners at Adler Giersh, a law firm specializing in representing patients with traumatic brain injuries.
Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy
Kara Sheridan, S.L.P. Neuro-Rehabilitation Program at Northwest Hospital (Seattle)
Kara Sheridan is a physical therapist and a speech therapist with experience treating concussions. She is highly recommended by one of our community members who is seeing her for treatment for a traumatic brain injury.
Elizabeth R York, Ph.D., Traumatic Brain Injury Coach (greater Seattle area, and throughout Washington State)
Dr. York provides several coaching programs for those affected by concussions and traumatic brain injury. Her practice includes one-on-coaching for TBI survivors, return to work coaching, and high-risk TBI coaching, for those in high-risk sports and occupations. She also provides support for TBI caregivers, both one-on-one consulting and group workshops. Dr. York is a Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council Member, among other professional affiliations.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Clinic
Serene Natural Health (Edmonds)
It is controversial as to whether hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) is useful for concussions. We hope to write an article addressing this issue in the future. On an anecdotal level, Dr. Nancy Torgerson, founder of Alderwood Vision Clinic, has told Concussion Alliance that numerous concussion patients at Alderwood Vision Clinic have improved after receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatments at Serene Natural Health.