Meet the Staff
The Primary Care Sports Medicine Team:
Pictured: Monique Burton, Tom Jinguji, Hank Pelto, Kim Harmon, Jon Drezner, John O'Kane and Ashwin Rao.
Sports Medicine/Family Practice
Dr. Harmon is board certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. She grew up in the Seattle area and then attended the University of Notre Dame where she was a student athletic trainer and played basketball. She attended Indiana University School of Medicine, spending her first two years at the Notre Dame Campus and during that time serving as the head athletic trainer at St. Mary’s College.
She completed her residency at Memorial Family Practice Residency in South Bend, IN where she was Chief Resident and received the Mead Johnson Award for Graduate Medical Education. She was the Head Team Physician at St. Mary’s College during that time. She completed the Ball Memorial Hospital Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship in Muncie, IN before moving back to Seattle.
Since that time she was worked at the University of Washington for Hall Health Primary Care Center where she practices in the Sports Medicine Clinic. She has been a UW team physician since 1998. Currently she is the Head Football Team Physician, covers Women’s’ Basketball, and is a team physician at Bishop Blanchet High School.
Dr. Harmon is the Director of the University of Washington Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and is a Professor in the Department of Family Practice and Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. She is also the head of the Sports Medicine section in the Department of Family Medicine. She lectures on a local, regional, and national level, and is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Harmon is active on a national level. She is a past President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and currently sits on the board of the AMSSM Foundation. She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Practice. She has been a member of the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport committee and serves as a consultant to the NCAA on special projects.
Dr. Harmon’s research interests include tendinopathy, the use of ultrasound in sports medicine, sudden death in athletes, and concussions in athletes.
She is mother to four boys. She and her husband, Mike, enjoy boating, playing, watching and coaching sports and socializing with friends
Family Practice Physician with Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine
Dr. Drezner is board certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
He received a degree in biomedical ethics from Brown University and his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Tacoma Family Medicine, was Chief Resident and received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award. He completed a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine and a fellowship in Faculty Development at the University of Washington. He has twice been honored with the Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Washington Family Practice Residency Program (2001, 2006).
Dr. Drezner spent three years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family Practice & Community Medicine. He served as Team Physician for the University of Pennsylvania and was Medical Director for the Penn Relays Carnival. His clinical interests include the management of both medical and musculoskeletal problems as they relate to sports and exercise. In 2003 he was honored with the Patient Care Award from the University of Pennsylvania Family Practice Residency Program.
Dr. Drezner is currently a Professor and residency faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, and Associate Director of the Hall Health Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is responsible for the orthopedic and sports medicine curriculum within the Family Medicine Residency. He also serves as Team Physician for the University of Washington Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Seattle Seahawks.
His principal research is on the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the athletic setting, emergency preparedness for sudden cardiac arrest, and the secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. His research has attracted national attention from the sports medicine, athletic training, and cardiology communities, and has the potential to influence public safety at sporting events and the way we resuscitate young athletes on the athletic field. Through support from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), he developed the National Registry for AED Use in Sports, a web-based registry, questionnaire, and database management system to prospectively monitor emergency planning and the effectiveness of early defibrillation and AED utilization in the athletic setting. Dr. Drezner is currently studying emergency preparedness and AED utilization in high schools and colleges nationally through a grant from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). In addition, Dr. Drezner was Co-Chair and lead author of an Inter-Association Task Force, sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), which developed Recommendations for Emergency Preparedness and Management of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in High School and College Athletic Programs.
Dr. Drezner was an invited speaker at several national conferences, including the Penn Cardiology Update (2005), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Annual Meeting (2005, 2007), the NATA Annual Meeting (2005, 2007), the first Summit on Commotio Cordis sponsored by the NCAA (2005), the first Summit on Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes sponsored by the University of Mississippi Division of Cardiology (2006). Dr. Drezner is on the Editorial Board for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, has published 21 refereed articles, and authored the chapter on Sports Medicine for the latest edition of the Textbook of Family Medicine (Editor: Rakel). He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and was elected to the AMSSM Board of Directors and is Chair of the AMSSM Research Committee. Dr. Drezner is also on the Medical/Scientific Advisory Boards for Parent Heart Watch, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, and Heart Screen America.
Dr. O'Kane is an associate professor of orthopaedics and sports medicine and UW head team physician. He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Family Medicine.
He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Dartmouth College and his M.D. from the University of Vermont in Burlington, and then came to the UW for his residency in family medicine. He also completed a primary care sports fellowship in the UW Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. His clinical interests are in sports medicine, primary care, and athletic team care. He is also interested in musculoskeletal injuries in athletes and active people, and medical issues related to sports performance.
Dr. O'Kane's patient care philosophy is, "I seek to partner with my patients to help them stay healthy and active and achieve their competitive goals -- from a run around Green Lake to competing in the Olympics. As a primary care sports physician, I employ non-surgical interventions and rehabilitation to overcome and prevent injuries, returning athletes of all abilities to peak form. When the need for surgery arises, I feel fortunate to partner with some of the best orthopaedic surgeons in the country. My personal interests include skiing, golf, music, and keeping up with my kids!"
Dr. Ashwin Rao is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College and his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Rao completed his residency training in family medicine and his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Washington. He has previously served as the clinic supervisor of the Hall Health Sports Medicine Clinic. He currently assumes the role of Assistant Professor in UW's Department of Family Medicine. He works in both primary care and sports medicine settings.
Dr. Rao currently serves as a team physician for University of Washington Husky Athletics and the Seattle Seahawks. He is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Washington Academic of Family Practice (WAFP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He serves as the chair of the University of Washington ’s Sports Medicine Grand Rounds curriculum. He also serves on the Research Committee and Programing Planning Committee of AMSSM.
Dr. Rao's special interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound guided procedures, including tenotomy with platelet rich plasma and autologous blood injection, ultrasound guided joint injections, medical student and resident education, patient-centered care, injury care and prevention, cardiac concerns in the athlete, concussion assessment and management, and emergency preparedness.
Bio coming soon!
Dr. Jinguji is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency and internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine was also completed through the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Specialty interests for Dr. Jinguji include research in concussion. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Jinguji lives with his wife, two children and dog Molly in South King County. He enjoys trying to finish marathons and doing what his family tells him to do.
"When I first got into medical school, I asked my mom what makes a good doctor. She said, “Be good, be kind and be thorough.” I try to stick to this advice as much as I can."
Dr. Pelto was born and raised in the Seattle area. He is received his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and completed medical school at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. After medical school he returned to Seattle where he completed his Family Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Washington. After completion of Fellowship he stayed on at UW as an Acting Assistant Professor and team physician for the UW Huskies as well as continuing to work as the team physician for Ingraham High School. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine. His professional interests include musculoskeletal care, ultrasound guided procedures and prevention of sudden death in athletes. He has an additional interest in cardiac stress testing and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Dr. Pelto is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and young son as well as running and playing golf.
Kirk Mulgrew is board certified in Pediatrics and is pursuing specialization in sports medicine. He grew up in Orange County, CA and then went to UC Berkeley where he studied Molecular and Cell Biology. He earned his medical degree from UC Davis School of Medicine and completed his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Orange, CA. After completion of residency, he served an additional year as Chief Resident in Pediatrics. His areas of interest include sports related concussions, sudden cardiac death, obesity prevention, and medical education. He enjoys spending his free time surfing, snowboarding, playing drums, and hanging out with his wife, son, and daughter.
Brett Toresdahl, MD
Brett Toresdahl, MD is a board certified family physician from Bozeman, Montana. He earned his undergraduate degree in applied physics and jazz from Gonzaga University prior to attending medical school at the University of Washington. He remained at UW for residency in family medicine during which time he was active in research, health policy, and sporting event coverage. He served as a resident representative on the Board of Directors on of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians and as a member of the Practice and Policy Committee of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. His research interest is in the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes, for which he was awarded the AMSSM Harry L. Galanty, MD Young Investigator's Award and the UW Graduate Medical Education Research Day First Place Presenter Award. His team and sporting event coverage experience includes the Seattle Storm (WNBA), Seattle Marathon and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Seattle Sounders Women (USL W-League), Albert Lee Cup (H1 Unlimited Hydroplane), UW collegiate club hockey, and Seattle area high school football. He and his wife recently welcomed a baby girl to their family. They enjoy staying active by skiing, biking, and hiking as well as exploring the great food and music that Seattle has to offer