WWCP Faculty

WWCP sessions are taught by a selection of these and other volunteer faculty selected for their experience and knowledge of the Washington workers' compensation system:
Julie Busch

Ms. Busch is a co-owner of Strategic Consulting Services, the state's largest vocational rehabilitation firm. She holds as Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Central Washington University, and has 18 years of experience providing vocational assessment, rehabilitation planning, job analysis and expert testimony in Washington State. She provides vocational rehabilitation services to workers covered by Washington's State Fund and self-insurance, as well as federal workers' compensation systems such as the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.

Edward Dagher, M.D.

Dr. Dagher is an Olympia-Washington based physiatrist, and is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Operating the Center for Musculoskeletal Evaluations, Dr. Dagher specializes in non-surgical solutions for sports, spine, and occupational injuries. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, with residencies in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has been in active clinical practice since 1998.   

Gary Franklin, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Franklin is Medical Director for the Department of Labor & Industries and serves as a Research Professor in the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Neurology, and Health Services at the University of Washington. Educated at Franklin and Marshall College, Dr. Franklin graduated from medical school at George Washington University and holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. He is board certified in Neurology, and is known for his groundbreaking work in developing guidelines for opioid dosing for chronic pain.

Chris Hoekstra PT, DPT

Chris earned his doctorate in physical therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove in 2001, and completed a full-time mentorship/residency in Advanced Manual Physical Therapy through Kaiser Permanente in Hayward, California in 2002. He was certified in manipulative therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2006. Chris’ clinical emphasis is treating patients with a variety of complex musculoskeletal injuries, including the spine, extremities, and TMJ/TMD. Chris’ clinical and teaching work emphasizes systematic clinical reasoning strategies to aide treatment of complex conditions. He also enjoys working with athletes of all ages and skill levels, both for injury prevention and management.

Fran Brown

Fran is currently the Senior Claim Consultant for Puget Sound Worker’s Compensation Trust.  She manages complex, critical and all legal action claims. She currently maintains her State Claims Administrator Certification and her WWCP. In addition to her current position with Puget Sound Workers' Compensation Trust Fran has over 20 years in worker’s compensation working for a variety of WA employers managing all aspects of WA Workers' Compensation. Prior to joining the field of workers' compensation, Fran spent many years working in the private insurance sector.  She also worked for two years as an instructor, teaching medical office management, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and basis insurance.

Niriksha Malladi, M.D.

Dr. Malladi is a physician, speaker, writer, clinical instructor, and consultant. She is the Medical Director of Pacific Rehabilitation Centers, responsible for overseeing quality and safety of medical care in the Center’s programs. Dr. Malladi serves on the Physician Advisor Panel for the Center of Occupational Health & Education (COHE) of Western Washington, and is on the American Pain Society Selection Committee for the Centers of Excellence Awards. She has previously been on the Board of Directors at Pacific Rehabilitation Centers, Medical Director with Paradigm Management Services, involved in developing opioid policy guidelines at a State level, and a mentor to medical and surgical residents on the topic of chronic pain management. 

She is a board certified Physiatrist who specializes in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal, pain and spine disorders and has expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of chronic pain. She sees patients with musculoskeletal disorders, nerve pain, myofascial pain syndromes, chronic pain, spinal disorders and work-related injuries. She has researched and published on interdisciplinary pain management, interventional approaches to pain, and electrodiagnostics.

Jennifer Morrison, M.D.

Dr. Morrison attended Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and received her medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and her fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville.

Dr. Morrison received her board certification from the American Board of Radiology in 1998. She is also a member of the Radiological Society of North America and the American Roentgen Ray Society. Prior to joining Vantage Radiology in 1999, Dr. Morrison was a clinical instructor in musculoskeletal radiology at the University of Virginia Health System.

Amela Tankic, WWCP

Ms. Tankic is a team lead at Sedgwick. She is an experienced claims handler in Washington who has served as an instructor for numerous WSIA professional development courses, including past sessions of the WWCP. She holds her WWCP certification and state certification. In addition, she is a City University graduate holding bachelors of science in business management.

Stephen Thielke, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Dr. Thielke is a Seattle-based board certified psychiatrist and member of Washington's Industrial Insurance Medical Advisory Committee. Instrumental in overseeing Labor & Industries' adoption of the DSM-5, Dr. Thielke also serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, and concurrently works at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center. Dr. Thielke was educated at Reed College and Cambridge University, and holds masters and his medical degree from the University of Washington. 

Lisa Vose

Lisa Vose is an operations manager with Sedgwick. Ms. Vose joined Sedgwick in 2004; since that time she has held multiple positions including Claims Examiner, Compliance Training Analyst Liaison and team lead. She has worked with a variety of clients including large retail accounts and small manufacturing companies. Since 2013 Ms. Vose has been working with State Fund clients. Ms. Vose graduated from the University of Washington with degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts.