Extraordinary care begins with extraordinary people
St. Luke’s is home to world-class experts who are committed to making a daily difference in the lives of our patients. With expertise across disciplines, our specially-trained rehabilitation professionals are uniquely qualified to address a variety of conditions and support patients through every stage in their journey.
Meet the accredited professionals, therapeutic trailblazers and other extraordinary individuals who call St. Luke’s home.
Gregory T. Carter, MD, MS - St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Greg Carter’s interest in medicine was fostered early on by his father, a general surgeon. After losing a close friend to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Dr. Carter began researching ways to ease symptoms of neuromuscular disease. He co-founded the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) / ALS Center at the University of Washington and the MDA Regional Neuromuscular Disease Center at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. The MDA recognized Dr. Carter for his work in neuromuscular by awarding him the MDA’s Excellence in Clinical Care award.
Dr. Carter received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) in 2012, and was appointed to the AANEM board in 2014. He is also a recipient of an award for Best Research Paper Published by a Physiatrist from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as an award for Excellence in Research Writing from the Association of Academic Physiatrists. Dr. Carter’s subspecialty is in neuromuscular medicine.
Dr. Carter graduated from Loyola University of Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed a residency for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a research fellowship for neuromuscular disease at the University of California, Davis. He also earned a Master’s degree in physiology there, before accepting a MayDay Pain Fellowship at the University of Washington.
Dr. Carter is editor of the publication Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America and senior editor for the medical journal Muscle and Nerve.
Dr. Carter enjoys spending time with his wife Carolyn and their four children, and playing guitar.
Julia Daher, MD – St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice
Dr. Daher followed her interest in motion and the movement and function of the human body into the medical field. She was drawn to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation because of its holistic approach to patient care. Her focus is on enhancing and restoring functional ability and quality of life within the context of an injury or illness.
Dr. Daher completed a residency at the University of Washington. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, she was a clinical research assistant at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Illinois. She completed her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Oberlin College and obtained her medical degree from Rush Medical College. She was also awarded the Anthony Schmidt Prize in Anatomical Sciences.
As a part of the St. Luke’s Physiatry team, Dr. Daher provides consistent inpatient and outpatient care for those suffering from neurologic injury and disease. She prioritizes relationships with patients and focuses on understanding and addressing each individual’s goals to incorporate them into treatment plans.
When not in the office, Dr. Daher enjoys spending time with her family, knitting, cooking and being outdoors.
Keith D’Souza, MD - St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice
Brain Injury Program Medical Director
Dr. Keith D’Souza was inspired to pursue medicine after the death of a close family relative due to medical complications. His interest in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) developed after repeated emergency room encounters with a 19-year-old paraplegic. He noted that the teen hadn’t been properly educated in managing the effects of his spinal cord injury. Later, when a medical school friend suffered a traumatic brain injury that devastated his life for years, D’Souza turned his focus to brain injuries.
Dr. D’Souza is a graduate of St. John’s Medical College, one of the top 10 medical schools in India. After completing his PM&R residency in Illinois, he served initially as associate and later briefly as medical director of one of two closed Brain Injury Units in Illinois. He subsequently served as Brain Injury director at Veterans Affairs in Danville, Ill. At Veterans Affairs in St. Louis Mo., he served as section chief for PM&R, where he oversaw Inpatient Rehabilitation, Regional (VISN) Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Program, and the VISN Amputee Program. Dr. D’Souza also served as medical director for Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at the St. Elizabeth Hospitals in Ind.
In addition to his Board Certification in PM&R, he is also specialty Board Certified in Brain Injury Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He has completed HMI’s Medical Acupuncture for Physicians training from CA. He has multiple publications and research presentations and received the “Friend of Social Work Award” for assisting social workers in meeting the needs of our nation’s heroes.
Erik Ensrud, MD - St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice
Dr. Erik Ensrud’s medical career was fostered by his mother’s love of people and his father’s work in medical education. He grew up surrounded by education and agriculture at the University of Illinois. Prior to entering medical school, he worked for the Minnesota Literacy Council and conducted research in bear hibernation. Later as a medical student conducting research in dysphagia at Johns Hopkins, he decided to pursue a combined residency in Physiatry and Neurology due to his love of the interdisciplinary work of rehab medicine and the science of neurology.
Dr. Ensrud graduated from University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed residencies in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurology at Harvard Medical School, as well as a fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After completing his training, he served as the Co-Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinics at the University of Texas Health Care Science Center in San Antonio. He then developed the largest Neuromuscular/EMG post-graduate training program in the country at the Boston VA Medical Center, as well as the Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Ensrud is a sought-after speaker around the country on neuromuscular, exercise and neurologic topics. He completed the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) Leadership Development program in 2015 and is the President-Elect of the Pain/Neuromuscular Council of the AAPMR. He is the Committee Chair of the Neuromuscular Self-Assessment Exam Committee of the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), and is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine and EMG.
Dr. Ensrud enjoys running, swimming, spinning, gardening, cooking, animals and spending time with friends and family.
Valerie Jones, MD - St. Luke's Physiatry Practice
Admissions Medical Director
Dr. Valerie Jones was inspired to enter the field of medicine by a pediatric physician who saved her life as a child. She was drawn toward rehabilitation medicine while caring for disabled adults as a group home assistant and through working with the Ontario March of Dimes. She completed a summer research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic department of biophysics where she studied craniofacial reconstruction prediction imaging software, and later assisted with vaccine research and plastic and reconstructive surgery projects. A graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr, Jones now provides consultative service at acute care hospitals in Spokane and throughout the region, and serves as Medical Director for Admissions at St. Luke’s.
She completed her Rehabilitation Medicine residency as chief resident at Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in New York. She also served as senior medical director for Revolution Health Group, as volunteer physiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Doc Talker Family Medicine and various hospitals as a locum tenens. Dr. Jones is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Jones is an award-winning writer, health journalist and physician educator. She has been featured as a frequent medical expert on ABC News in Washington, DC and CNN Headline News and contributes to PBS and Scientific American online. She is also a member of the National Press Club, a podcast host for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., a regular speaker at various medical conferences and a pioneer of using social media to advance medical knowledge.
Dr. Jones enjoys early morning, high-intensity interval and strength training sessions six days a week. She is the owner of an exotic cat, has a ridiculous number of Delta frequent flier miles and has licenses to practice medicine in 13 states.
Follow Dr. Jones on Twitter @drval, and visit her blog.
Jamie Lewis, MD
Pain Program Medical Director
Dr. Lewis specializes in management and conservative treatments for spinal disorders. Dr. Lewis is part of the Inland Neurosurgery and Spine physician group and the Medical Director for the Structured Intensive Multidisciplinary Program (SIMP) at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, WA.
Trained in the specialty of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Dr. Lewis helps patients return to activity without surgery. He is fellowship-trained in pain management and is proficient in EMGs and the use of spinal injections to relieve back and neck pain.
Dr. Lewis completed his undergraduate work at the University of California at Riverside. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his residency at their affiliated hospitals in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. Dr. Lewis is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Board Certified in Pain Medicine.
Dr. Lewis served as chief resident in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Loma Linda University, and completed a fellowship in Pain Management.
Keith Mackenzie, MD - St. Luke's Physiatry Practice
A veteran practitioner, Dr. Keith Mackenzie has been practicing rehabilitation in Spokane for 37 years. His wealth of experience and strong interest in orthopedics, arthritis and neurology has allowed him to help many people with joint replacements, strokes, spinal cord injuries and arthritis regain functional lives and independence. He’s an expert at EMG/NCV testing, and many physicians in the community rely on him to test their patients.
Dr. Mackenzie received his medical education at the University of Washington. He completed a Family Medicine Residency before completing his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at the University of Washington. He was a faculty member for many years at the University of Washington where he instructed fourth year medical students and residents.
An avid writer and author, Dr. Mackenzie is also certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
He enjoys learning about his patients’ lives. "My grandmother lived with us when I was growing up and she taught me that everyone has an interesting story to tell about themselves," he said.
Outside the office, he is an active participant in community projects and helps friends solve technology problems. He enjoys the outdoors, golf and gardening.
Vivian M. Moise, MD - St. Luke's Physiatry Practice
Spinal Cord Program Medical Director
Developing and maintaining a strong connection with each patient is the guiding influence in Dr. Vivian Moise's care. She sees herself as a patient educator as well as a physician and works to improve every patient’s quality of life.
Dr. Moise graduated with honors from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency at the University of California Davis Medical Center, where she later served as Chief Resident. Board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as in the sub-specialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Dr. Moise currently serves as Medical Adviser/Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute and also as Medical Director for the Spokane Muscular Dystrophy Clinic.
Dr. Moise specializes in treating patients with spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular diseases, and musculoskeletal injuries.
She is also an avid gardener and teaches international folk dancing.
Kevin Pidgeon, MD - St. Luke's Physiatry Practice
Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. Kevin Pidgeon chose the medical field after falling in love with his specialty, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, during his residency at the University of California, Irvine. He spent 30 years as a private practice Physiatrist in Level II trauma centers as well as a regional center of excellence for spinal cord and traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Pidgeon obtained his medical degree from Creighton University, Omaha. After completing his PM&R residency, Dr. Pidgeon served as associate medical director of rehabilitation at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in California. He subsequently served as director of the stroke team, comprehensive/orthopedic team and assistant director of the spinal cord team. In addition to his career at Northridge, Dr. Pidgeon provided comprehensive medical directorship at Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs.
Dr. Pidgeon has multiple publications and presentations including the management of the stroke patient, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and interdisciplinary team collaboration. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
When he’s not helping patients, Dr. Pidgeon enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, spending time with his beautiful wife and dogs, watching college football and any and all Sherlock Holmes films.
Greg Samson, MD - St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice
Dr. Samson graduated from the University of North Carolina. Upon completing his fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at the University of Miami, Dr. Samson practiced as a staff physician at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Miami. Over the course of the last three years, he has provided services as a locum physician across the nation to include New Hampshire, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and most recently Washington.
Dr. Samson’s team approach has helped many patients along in their rehabilitation journey. He now implements the same methodology in the Physiatry Practice at St. Luke’s.
Karen Stanek, MD, PhD - Northwest Medical Rehabilitation
Blending compassion, empathy and expertise, Dr. Karen Stanek approaches patients with the desire to care for their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Her philosophy of care seeks to help patients regain both their strength and independence.
Dr. Stanek received her MS and PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Wisconsin before receiving her medical degree from the University of Mississippi Health Sciences Center. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado. She also studied Business Administration and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Stanek was Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in 1993 and re-certified in 2003. She served as Medical Director of Deaconess Rehabilitation Institute from 1993-1995 and is the founder of her own clinical practice, Northwest Medical Rehabilitation. She specializes in brain injury, pediatric rehabilitation and complex spasticity management.
Dr. Stanek's personal interests include hiking and fishing.
Patrice Stevenson, MD - St. Luke's Physiatry Practice
Since she was 17, Dr. Patrice Stevenson knew she wanted to practice medicine in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Improving function and quality of life for patients has been a fundamental focus for Dr. Stevenson throughout her career.
Prior to joining the St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice, Dr. Stevenson practiced as a Physiatrist and Medical Director at Confluence Health, Wenatchee Valley Hospital and as a treating Physiatrist and Medical Director at Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington.
Dr. Stevenson graduated from the University of Washington and completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency and Internship at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. Dr. Stevenson is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with the subspecialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.
Dr. Stevenson finds good patient communication an essential part of the rehabilitation process, and enjoys working with the rehab team to achieve the best patient outcomes.
Mark R. Varga, MD - St. Luke's Physiatry Practice
Dr. Mark Varga enjoys the union of interdisciplinary medical care and recovery of function in rehab medicine.
He began his medical training at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and then returned to NHSD, San Diego, Ca. He later transferred to Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fl. for Naval Flight Surgeon Training. His US Naval operational medicine experience spanned Naval Aviation, primary care, emergency medicine and sports medicine. He served in the aviation community with Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center and Naval Search and Rescue.
Subsequently, Dr. Varga completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Frazier Rehab/University of Louisville, Ky. He is board certified by the American Board PM&R and a musculoskeletal council member of the AAPM&R.
He relocated to Spokane in 1999 and is currently an admitting physician at St. Luke’s. He has received multiple America’s Top Physicians awards since practicing in Spokane. He functions as the St. Luke’s medical rehab coordinator for the cardiac transplant mechanical heart service.
Dr. Varga’s key interests include inpatient neurological/stroke trauma, orthopedic cardiac/transplant rehabilitation, as well as outpatient musculoskeletal care.
He has three children and enjoys college basketball, soccer and coaching. He is a past NCAA collegiate coach, a two-sport-all-Navy athlete candidate and a current member of the UC Riverside Athletes Association.
Joseph M. Gaines, PA-C, AT/L, ATC, CSCS, St. Luke's Physiatry Practice
Joe’s passion for medicine grew out of a combined love for sports, and his own injury experiences. As a graduate of Whitworth University, Joe received his undergraduate degrees in Athletic Training and Health, Fitness and Physical Education. Joe had previously worked as a therapy aide in the Outpatient Aquatics Program of St. Luke’s while in school. After graduating, Joe became Nationally Certified as an athletic trainer and strength conditioning specialist and worked in physical therapy clinics and local high schools in Spokane.
Joe also worked at Spokane’s North Central High School as the athletic trainer and sports medicine teacher, caring for athletes and teaching students about sports medicine and other medical professions. In 2011, Joe was one of eight athletic trainers presented with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Recognition Award for his work.
Joe’s desire to continue studying medicine to help others led him to go back to school to become a physician assistant. He graduated with a master’s degree of Clinical Health Services from the MEDEX Northwest Program through the University of Washington.
As a member of St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice, Joe works with patients to improve their quality of life through rehabilitation and education. He is nationally certified as a physician assistant and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Washington Academy of Physician Assistants (WAPA), National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
An avid Denver Broncos fan, Joe enjoys sports, music, being outdoors and spending time with his friends and family.
Rachel Ragosta, PA-C, RN - St. Luke's Physiatry Practice
Prior to becoming a PA-C, Rachel was a Registered Nurse in medical, neuro and trauma intensive care. Seeking greater responsibility and education, she pursued her interest in hospital-based medicine. As an award recipient of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, she pursued graduate training as a Physician Assistant at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. While at UW MEDEX, she had the pleasure of working a clinical rotation at St. Luke’s. Rachel enjoyed bridging her experience with critical care medicine and hospital medicine during her time there, as well as managing the care of patient’s during their recovery process. She relished her rotation so much that she came back to St. Luke’s after graduating in 2014.
Rachel also continues to guest lecture on topics of pathology, clinical medicine and Human Rights at the University of Washington MEDEX program. She is a member of the American Academy as well as the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants. She has special interest in infectious disease, immunology, diabetic management and wound care. She is also actively involved with the Polycystic Kidney Foundation and national research advocating for the cure of Autosomal Recessive & Dominant forms of Polycystic Kidney Disease.
Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and her children, and playing the guitar.
MSN, FNP-BC, CRRN, CCM, St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice
Lisa chose the advanced practice nursing role in rehabilitation to help bridge the gap from injury to community reintegration. Her passion is to empower nurses to work toward exemplary practice and patients toward functional independence in directing their health needs. After obtaining her Master's of Science as a family nurse practitioner with honors from California State University Dominguez Hills, Lisa held a variety of leadership roles throughout her career including chief operating officer, director of rehabilitation, director of nursing, nurse manager and lead clinical case manager. She has provided program and clinical leadership; facilitated clinical and case management protocols and engaged in collaborative medical management.
While at Lindora Bariatric Weight Management Systems, Lisa managed patients in comprehensive bariatric weight management program, assisted patients with chronic disease management, provided patient education regarding metabolic fitness and modifiable risk factors and lifestyle skill acquisition.
Lisa is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC), Certified Case Manager (CCM) and Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN). She has been awarded the Nursing Excellence Award from Northridge Hospital Medical Center, the Florence Nightingale Award, Nurse of the Year Award and was a Case Manager of the Year Nominee from Centura Health Penrose Hospital.
Lisa enjoys aromatherapy, health and fitness, golfing and hiking with her devoted husband and their dogs. She practices mindfulness and tries to start each day with yoga.
Douglas L. Weeks, PhD
Director of Research
Dr. Weeks is formally trained as a statistician and research methodologist, and is well versed in all phases of research including writing grant applications, research design, data analysis, overseeing recruitment and intervention implementation for prospective studies, and overseeing data extraction and management processes for retrospective studies. His love for numbers and science started as a boy when his parents would catch him working through math problems in workbooks long after he was supposed to be asleep.
Dr. Weeks received a PhD in 1989 from the University of Colorado in research design, statistical analysis, and evaluation methodology. Weeks has an extensive publication record in peer-reviewed basic science and clinical research literature, and has received research funding from federal and state agencies as well as private foundations. He serves on the Editorial Boards for the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Journal of Orthopedic and Sport Physical Therapy. He is also St. Luke’s representative to the Providence Research Leadership Council, and serves as co-chair of the Providence Health Care Institutional Review Board - Spokane.
As Director of Research for St. Luke’s, his primary responsibility is to oversee all aspects of research and funded projects conducted at St. Luke’s, from study conception to dissemination of study findings. He works closely with all investigators who conduct research with inpatient and outpatient populations from St. Luke’s to ensure study quality and regulatory compliance. In addition to conducting his own clinical research, Weeks often serves as a mentor to clinicians on the research process. His research interests include the study of chronic disease influences on health care outcomes, and interventions that can improve the quality of outcomes in medical rehabilitation populations.
In addition to his love for his daughters, the great outdoors, his Portuguese water dog and time on the tennis court, Weeks uses cooking as personal therapy.
- Nancy Webster, MBA, CRTS - Hospital Administrator and Chief Operating Officer
- Kim Ward, BSN, MA - Chief Nurse Executive
- Gregory T. Carter, MD, MS - Chief Medical Officer
- Nancy Hughes, BAN, RN - Director of Admissions and Case Management
- Christine Clutter, PT, ATP - Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Services
- Heidi Jibby, BSRT, RRT - Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
- Rhonda Stowe, OT - Director of Quality and Performance
- Doug Weeks, PhD - Director of Clinical Research
- Benjamin Doornink - Director of COHE Community of Eastern Washington
- Rebecca Van Brunt - Director of Finance
- Staci Franz, MHRM, PHR - Human Resources Director
- Nicole Stewart - Director of Marketing & Communications
- Allen Battle - LaunchPad Inland Northwest, LLC
- Nik Armitage - Layman Law Firm
- Tyrone Barbery - Edward Jones Financial Advisor
- John Bumgarner - Washington Trust Bank
- Cindy Corbett, RN, PhD - WSU College of Nursing
- Nancy Webster - St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
- Gregory T. Carter - St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
- George Rice, MD - Retired Physician and Community Volunteer
- Tracy Van Orden - Avista Corporation