HERMISTON, OR – Good Shepherd Health Care System (GSHCS) is excited to announce the new addition of Physiatrist Mariam Washington, DO. Originally from Southern California, Dr. Washington recently spent the majority of her time in San Antonio, Texas, where she completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Washington joins Chiropractor Christopher Scott, D.C., in the new Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic temporarily located in the Good Shepherd Medical Plaza, Suite M-103, until their permanent new space is completed.
When asked why she chose to pursue physiatry, Dr. Washington stated, “Physiatry was the only specialty that I felt allowed me to develop deeper, longer lasting connections with my patients. I didn’t just want to treat a disease, but rather, I wanted to improve the lives of my patients overall by a more holistic approach to medicine. I wanted to help my patients get back to work, school, or just playing around with their grandkids; whatever it was they wanted to do to be happy.”
In choosing where to practice, Dr. Washington knew she wanted to move to the Pacific Northwest and was particularly interested in the small-town feel that Hermiston, Oregon emanates. “It was most encouraging to have the opportunity at Good Shepherd to start a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic from scratch. Being able to build this program from the ground up would allow me to tailor the clinic to both the needs of the community and my practice,” shared Dr. Washington.
Patients will typically be referred to Dr. Washington from Primary Care, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Neurology and other specialties that need Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation referrals. After an initial consultation with Dr. Washington, patients will be treated for acute and chronic pain through targeted physical medicine techniques and procedures with the goal to make life more functional.
“I focus on a holistic approach with my patients, and developing individualized care plans to help each of them reach their goals. It’s about treating the whole person for the best outcome possible.” Dr. Washington concluded, “I’m going to evaluate the obstacles my patients face in returning to their goals, and with teamwork, help them to overcome those obstacles. The intent is to get our patients to the point that they are functional with their pain so that they no longer need me and our team.”
Her specialties include, musculoskeletal procedures, ultrasound-guided peripheral joint injections, headache injections (botox/greater occipital nerve blocks), electrodiagnostic procedures, osteopathic manipulation, and much more. The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic team will also provide patients with physical therapy and chiropractic services with the help of Chiropractor Christopher Scott, D.C.
The Good Shepherd Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic is welcoming new patients and is located at the Good Shepherd Medical Plaza, 620 NW 11th Street, Suite M-103. To schedule an appointment with Mariam Washington, DO, please call 541.667.3832. For a more complete listing of services, visit http://www.gshealth.org/good-shepherd-medical-group/physical-medicine-rehabilitation-clinic.