Piriformis Society

Current Faculty Piriformi



Kim Harmon, M.D., F.A.C.S.M.
Jon Drezner, M.D.
John O’Kane, M.D.
Ashwin Rao, M.D.
Monique Burton, M.D.
Tom Jinguji, M.D.
Hank Pelto, M.D.


Emeritus Faculty Piriformi


Mike Eshleman, M.D., i.e. “The Grand Piriformis”
Dr. Eshleman is a board certified Family Physician and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He grew up in Long Beach, CA and attended Stanford University where he was a member of the varsity swimming and water polo teams. He attended Yale Medical School and did his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Eshleman then moved to Mulkilteo, WA where he was in private practice for 11 years. During that time he served as team physician for Mariner High School and developed expertise in musculoskeletal medicine. He came to work at Hall Health in 1988 and started the Sports Medicine Clinic there.

In 1996 Dr. Eshleman founded the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Washington. Born of desire and determination, under his leadership the fellowship developed into one of the premier programs on the West Coast.
Dr. Eshleman is also the first member and leader of the Piriformis Society. This is a collegial organization to which worthy faculty members and graduates of the University of Washington Primary Care Sports Medicine Program are inducted. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Eshleman retired in 2007 but still appears at Piriformis Society Events. Dr. Eshleman now spends much of his time motorcycling on his BMW R1100S and working on his beach house with his wife Karen. He also enjoys spending time with his family And grandchildren.

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Mark Juhn, D.O.
Dr. Juhn served on the UW fellowship faculty for 7 years (1996-2003), primarily based at Hall Health Center. He was the first faculty member recruited by the Piriformis Society founder, Dr. Michael Eshleman. He graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1990. He completed his family medicine residency at Michigan State University, and his sports medicine fellowship at San Jose Medical Center/Stanford University. While at UW, Dr. Juhn was a team physician for UW intercollegiate athletics as well as the UW ice hockey team. After over 10 years in clinical and academic medicine, Dr. Juhn joined Pfizer, Inc, as a Regional Medical Director. He keeps his hand in the clinical world with various volunteer activities, including his long affiliation as a team physician with USA Water Polo. His most prominent memory of the UW fellowship program is witnessing its growth from a non-accredited novel idea to a fully accredited and highly sought-after educational experience.

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Craig Davidson, M.D.
Dr. Davidson was part of the Hall Health Sports Medicine Team and UW fellowship faculty from 2000 – 2003. He attended medical school at the University of Iowa and did his fellowship at Ball State. He was team physician for the men’s basketball, soccer, and baseball team during his tenure.

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Past Fellows


Hank Pelto, M.D. (2012-2013)

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 profession interests include musculoskeletal care, ultrasound guided procedures and prevention of sudden death in athletes. 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.

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Jessie Fudge, M.D. (2011-2012)

Dr. Fudge grew up in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. She traveled east to Bowdoin College before returning home to the University of Minnesota for medical school. Continuing along the northern parallel, she completed her family medicine residency at the University of Washington. Ready for an adventure after years of training, she practiced family medicine for 6 months at the McMurdo station on Ross Island in Antarctica. She then finished her medical training at the University of Washington as the sports medicine fellow.

She joined the Activity, Sports and Exercise Medicine department at Group Health in Everett, Washington where she has a full spectrum practice, including MSK ultrasound. She continues to volunteer with the Nick of Time foundation providing youth heart screening in public schools, provide care for student athletes on the sideline of Roosevelt High School Football and work with the Stevens Pass Ski Patrol.

Her husband, T.J. is a glaciologist at the University of Washington. They enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, kayaking and travel!

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Irfan Asif, M.D. (2010-2011)

Dr. Asif is a native of Cincinnati, OH. He attended Xavier University and played soccer as an undergraduate before joining the University of Cincinnati for medical school. His family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship training were completed at the University of Washington. He currently serves as the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Director and Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee (UT) Graduate School of Medicine and is a team physician for the Knoxville Ice Bears professional hockey team. Aside from his clinical and teaching responsibilities within the UT family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship, he is actively engaged in research surrounding the sudden cardiac death in young athletes, which has earned honors such as the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Best Overall Research Award and the AMSSM Harry Galanty Young Investigators Award. His wife, Sony, is a veterinary ophthalmologist and has interesting stories to share about bald eagles, tigers, giraffes, and elephants

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Robyn Fean, M.D. (2009-2010)

Dr. Fean grew up in Indiana and attended Saint Mary’s College for her undergraduate degree and Indiana University for her medical degree. She completed her family medicine residency at Saint Francis Hospital in Indianapolis prior to doing her fellowship in sports medicine at UW. Although it was hard for her to leave Seattle and the UW family, Dr. Fean returned to Indianapolis where she currently resides and practices sports medicine for the Saint Francis Medical Group. She serves as team physician for Mooresville High School and oversees the concussion program for several local high schools. She and her husband, Jon, have two young children, Quinnlyn and Crosby. When they aren’t busy with their children, they both enjoy running, travel and watching Notre Dame football.

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Chad Palmer, M.D. (2008-2009)

Dr. Palmer grew up in Elberton, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia in beautiful Athens, GA. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. He begrudgingly left The Peach State for residency at UT Family Medicine in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He then drove 44 hours straight to start and complete fellowship here at UW. Upon graduation, he made his glorious return to Georgia, where he joined Northeast Georgia Physician’s Group Sports Medicine, an outpatient sports medicine clinic just northeast of Atlanta in Gainesville, Georgia. He currently serves as Team Physician for Chestatee High School, The University of North Georgia, and as one of the Team Physicians for the Atlanta Falcons. He and his wife, Lindsey, have one son, Wyatt. Together, they spend their free time going to UGA sporting events, fishing, and watching Duck Dynasty and pretty much every show on the History Channel.

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Ashwin Rao, M.D. (2007-2008)
Dr. Rao grew up in Ohio, leaving to attend college in Philadelphia at Swarthmore College. He then returned home to Cleveland to pursue a medical training at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. He then travelled west to the University of Washington, where he completed a residency in Family Medicine in 2006. After a year working as a clinical instructor, Dr. Rao began and completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine right here at UW. Followshing, fellowship, Dr. Rao joined the faculty at UW Sports Medicine as a clinical assistant professor and team physician with University of Washington Husky Athletics. He also serves as a team physician for Ingraham high school. In his spare time, he may be found busy on any number of photography endeavors, including wedding photography, or busy in his kitchen cooking up a storm.

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Jordan Chun, M.D. (2006-2007)
Dr. Chun grew up in Hawaii and then attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate and medical degree. While in medical school he was mentored by former fellow and current Piriformis Society member Wuaca Luna. Inspired, he completed his family medicine residency at UCLA and returned for his fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Chun has taken a position at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii where he will start a sports medicine practice. He and twin brother Ben (an honorary Piriformi), who works at a Kaiser clinic on the other side of the island, plan to begin a sports medicine empire in Hawaii.

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Justin Rothmier, M.D. (2005-2006)
Dr. Rothmier is a board certified Family Physician and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. Dr. Rothmier grew up in Redmond, Washington and then attended the University of Washington for both his undergraduate and medical degree. He did his family medicine residency at UC Davis and then returned to Washington for his fellowship. Upon graduation, Dr. Rothmier took a position at The Sports Medicine Clinic, a Seattle sports medicine practice operated by Northwest Hospital. He currently serves as team physician for Shoreline High School and works with the Mariners professional baseball organization as well as local youth baseball programs. He and his wife Stephanie enjoy cooking and fine wine when not watching baseball.

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Christopher Maeda, M.D. (2004-2005)
Dr. Maeda is board certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. Dr. Maeda grew up in Hawaii, attended Beloit College and then the Medical College of Wisconsin. He attended the University of Washington Family Medicine Residence and then the fellowhsip at the U.W. After graduating from the fellowship, he accepted a position at Pacific Medical Clinic, a multi-specialty group where he is leading the start-up of a sports medicine clinic. He acts as team physician for Garfield High School. He and his wife I-Chin recently welcomed a daughter, Kiera to their family.

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Brian Whirrett, M.D. (2003-2004)
Dr. Whirrett hails from the opposite end of the country. He attended the University of South Carolina for his undergraduate degree and then went to Wake Forest for medical school and residency. Deciding he needed a different perspective, he came to the UW for his sports medicine fellowship. Alas, the call of the south was too strong, and after fellowship he returned to Daniel Island, South Carolina. He currently works in an under-appreciated sports medicine niche, as a hospitalist, taking care of overuse and acute injuries which occur to inpatients. He also works as a consultant to Trident Sports Medicine and is team physician for Hanahan High School.

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Wuaca Luna, MD (2002-2003)
Dr. Luna is board certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Luna grew up in Cambridge, MA before moving to Seattle when he was in high school. Since moving here, he has become a local fixture. He attended three years of high school at Ranier Beach High School and finished up at Lakeside.
He attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate and medical education and also his Family Practice Residency. Not wanting to stray far from home he attended the UW Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship graduating in 2003.
Since finishing his fellowship, he has practice full-time at Valley Medical Center where he has a thriving family practice and will be spear-heading the development of their Sports Medicine Clinic. For two years were lucky enough to have him continue to work as a colleague at Hall Health. He serves as team physician of his old high school, Ranier Beach, a perennial power in both basketball and football.
Dr. Luna is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Luna’s unique perspective and willingness to share and expound on a wide range of topics make him a favorite with patients, residents and colleagues alike. Dr. Luna remains close to his large (8 siblings) family, most of who still live in Seattle. In his free time works on his jump shot, travels and spends time with his wife Shena and their daughter.

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Santana Fontana, M.D. (2001-2002)
Dr. Fontana is board certified in Family Medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1998. She then headed to San Antonio, TX, where she completed her Family Medicine residency. Her interest in sports medicine lead her to the University of Washington in 2002.
Upon completion of her fellowship, she ventured back to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is currently employed with Presbyterian Medical Group. Dr. Fontana serves as the team physican for West Mesa High School and is also a sports medicine consultant for her family pracitce peers in the area.
In addition, Dr. Fontana serves as a preceptor for first and second year medical students and is on the admissions committee for the school of medicine. When not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband Matt and her son Cristian Miguel

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Christopher Hawley, M.D. (2000-2001)
After graduating from the fellowship program in 2001, Dr. Chris Hawley moved to Austin to practice in the University of Texas Sports Medicine clinic and served as a team physician for the athletic department. In 2003, Dr. Hawley returned back to his roots in California where he wears many “hats” as a partner with Romeo Medical Clinic. His clinical practice is approximately 80% musculoskeletal medicine with a combination of sports medicine, family practice and occupational health. He also serves as the Director of Sports Medicine for the Stanislaus Family Practice Residency program and was recently voted Community Physician of the Year by the residents. Dr. Hawley and his sports medicine physician partners are active in the community and serve as team physicians for Cal. State Stanislaus and Pitman High School.

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Another passion of Dr. Hawley and Romeo Medical Clinic (http://romeoclinic.com) is in the area of Health & Wellness. They are currently partnering with others in building the 60,000 square foot Tower Health and Wellness center that will be completed in Summer of 2005. This innovative center will include their family practice, occupational health, sports medicine clinics, along with an ambulatory surgery center, day spa, restaurant, flower shop, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, cardiology, physical therapy, sleep center and many other services in an upscale Spanish mission styled center (http://www.tower-health.com)

In the arena of health & wellness, Dr. Hawley and his partners have started and serve as medical directors for Camp California Fitness (http://www.campcaliforniafitness.com)
This is an 8 week live-in camp for adolescent girls interested in losing weight and learning health habits to last a lifetime.

Dr. Hawley and Romeo Medical Clinic, along with his lovely wife Kim, are also doing corporate health promotions for various companies. This includes Health Risk Assessments for individuals and an aggregate health analysis for corporations. They then equip employees with education, support and environment necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices. They arm corporations with the tools and data needed to lower their health care expenditures and create satisfying, healthy environments for their employees.

Dr. Hawley’s family includes his wife Kim and two children Katrina and Marcus. They reside in Turlock, California.

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Jonathon Drezner, M.D. (1999-2000)
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 an Associate 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.

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.

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Tim Locknane, M.D. (1998-1999)
Dr. Locknane grew up in the great Northwest a diehard Husky and attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate degree. He then attended the Medical College of Wisconsin followed by a Family Medicine Residency at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. After completing his fellowship here, Dr. Locknane joined Evergreen Orthopedic Clinic where he has worked for the past seven years. He has been the team physician for Bothell High School during that time.

He plans to strike out in a new and exciting direction opening Locknane Athletic Medicine in January of 2006. (www.locknaneathleticmedicine.com) He and his wife Kendi are the proud parents of Ryder, Mason and Dylan.

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Tom Jinguji, M.D. (1997-1998)
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."

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John O’Kane, M.D. (1996-1997) “The Alpha-Fellow”
Dr. O’Kane, ranked as a "Top Doctor" in the category of "Sports Medicine" according to Seattle Magazine (September 2007), grew up in Vermont attending Dartmouth College. He was a varsity letter winner in football and directed the Dartmouth Ski School as an undergradulate. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Biology and attended medical school at the University of Vermont where he was awarded membership in the AKA medical honor society. He completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Washington and then helped develop and was the first fellow in the University of Washington primary care sports medicine fellowship. He and his wife and two young children have lived in Seattle since 1993 and they could not imagine a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

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