People

Physicians and Providers

The seven physicians on staff at The Seattle Arthritis Clinic are board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology, behavioral health and dietary professionals. In addition to being on staff at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, they are also members of the clinical faculty at the University of Washington and involved in ongoing clinical research.  All of our physiciansindex are certified in bone densitometry, and members of the American College of Rheumatology.

Every member of the clinical staff at The Seattle Arthritis Clinic has extensive experience in treating rheumatologic conditions. Our comprehensive patient care team includes registered nurses, certified nurse's assistants, medical assistants and a nurse practitioner who work together with your physician to develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. Our approach is based on a combination of leading-edge techniques, the latest research and proven clinical methods. 

Meet Our Team

Dr. Julie Carkin, MD

Julie Carkin MD

Dr. Carkin has practiced rheumatology in Seattle since 1993. She is board-certified in rheumatology and internal medicine, and has built special interest and expertise in osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and management. A Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont, she went on to receive her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. During her internship, residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Carkin was recognized with the Robert S. Evans award for outstanding resident in internal medicine. She subsequently completed fellowship training in rheumatology at the University of Washington and at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Carkin is the medical director of osteoporosis services at Northwest Hospital and Medical Center and is also a member of the clinical faculty of the University of Washington. Dr. Carkin has been repeatedly chosen by her peers as one of "Seattle’s Top Docs," in an annual issue of Seattle Magazine. When not treating patients, Dr. Carkin is an avid Seattle Mariners fan and as a native of Massachusetts, she is still a member in good standing of the "Red Sox Nation". She also enjoys mountain and road cycling, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Heather Kramm, MD

Heather Kramm MD

Dr. Heather Kramm joined The Seattle Arthritis Clinic after relocating to the area from Boulder, Colorado where she practiced for the past five years. She graduated at the top of her class from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She was selected to be chief resident after completing her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. She remained there to complete her rheumatology fellowship. In addition to internal medicine, Dr. Kramm is also board-certified in rheumatology. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. Dr. Kramm is particularly interested in the prevention and management of osteoporosis and is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist. Her clinical interests also include the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease, particularly inflammatory arthritis. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling.

Dr. Richard Jimenez, MD

Richard Jimenez MD

Dr. Jimenez has a long history of clinical research and treatment in rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, pain management and other conditions. Dr. Jimenez received his medical degree from the Medical University of Ohio. He took his residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and completed a subsequent fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Washington. In addition to his work at The Seattle Arthritis Clinic, he is also medical director for Evergreen Clinical Research Associates. Dr. Jimenez is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington.

After escaping the Midwest, Dr. Jimenez has spent his leisure time pursuing typical Northwest activities, including hiking, mountaineering, snowboarding, fly fishing, biking and boating. He leaves the horseback riding to his wife and two daughters.

Philip Moberg, MD

Philip Moberg MD

Dr. Philip Moberg is a board-certified rheumatologist and internist. He earned his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco, where he also completed his internship, residency and, later, his fellowship training in rheumatology. He has been invited to present at the Society of General Internal Medicine and is a frequent lecturer on inpatient internal medicine and rheumatology topics. He has completed special training on treating patients with systemic lupus and is committed to offering his patients multidisciplinary care and treatment for a variety of rheumatic diseases, including arthritis, osteoporosis, tendonitis, bursitis, and autoimmune disorders. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, who is also an internist, and their daughter.

Dr. Steven Overman, MD, MPH

Steven Overman MD, MPH

Dr. Overman has practiced rheumatology in Seattle for more than 30 years. He received his medical degree with AOA Honors from the University of Alabama Medical School, then completed his board certification in internal medicine and rheumatology at the University of Washington, where he was chief resident and completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars health services research fellowship. He also earned a master’s degree in public health at the University of Washington, where he is currently a clinical professor of medicine.

Dr. Overman served as medical director for the Providence Arthritis Resource Center and Network Health Plan, most recently in musculoskeletal planning and development at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, where he is rheumatology division head. Dr. Overman is a founding member of The Seattle Arthritis Clinic, is board certified in quality assurance and has been active in the American College of Rheumatology. He has frequently been named one of "Seattle’s Top Docs" in various Seattle magazines.

Dr. Overman's book, You Don’t LOOK Sick! Living Well With Invisible Chronic Illness, originally published in 2005, has been completely revised and updated. It is available online from www.DemosHealth.com, www.Amazon.com or www.BN.com, as well as in bookstores. The book helps patients and providers deal with the four challenging, but navigable, phases of the chronic illness experience: getting sick, being sick, grief, and acceptance and living well.

Dr. Overman loves to travel and enjoys outdoor activities with his wife, Holly, and his three adult sons.

Dr. Jeff Peterson, MD

Jeff Peterson MD

A Puget-Sound-area native, Dr. Peterson earned his medical degree from the University of Washington. He took a residency in internal medicine at Internal Medicine Spokane and followed with a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Washington. Dr. Peterson has been a medical technology consultant and a research associate at ICOS Corp, which discovers and develops treatment for inflammation and other diseases. He frequently lectures and has published research on a wide variety of diseases and disorders.

Dr. Peterson is active in clinical research and is currently a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington. He is President of the Washington Rheumatology Alliance, an organization that is devoted to patient and physician education and advocates for patient access to quality rheumatologic care. Dr. Peterson has a passion for all manner of outdoor activities and is an avid gardener, cook and woodworker. He enjoys antiques and is currently learning to make wine.

Dr. Andrew Solomon, MD

Andrew Solomon MD

Dr. Solomon received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine/ New York State Program at Tel Aviv University. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Greenwich Hospital Associate/Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in rheumatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Solomon’s years of experience treating rheumatology-related conditions have included positions at Lehigh Rheumatology Associates in Allentown, PA, the Hospital for Joint Diseases/ Orthopedic Institute, New York, and the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Bronx, NY. Dr. Solomon is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington.

Dr. Solomon is married with three children. Away from his practice, he is an active rock climber, backpacker, skier and cyclist. A dedicated movie collector, Dr. Solomon is also an avid audiophile and music lover.

Francesca Licciardi, RC, BS

Myla Morales-Tomas MSN, ARNP

Myla Morales-Tomas is the nurse practitioner at The Seattle Arthritis Clinic. A Hawaii-native, she earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and worked in clinical research before pursuing her Master’s Degree in Advance Practice Nursing from Seattle University. She has worked as a research nurse at the University of Washington and a nurse at local community clinics. Prior to joining The Seattle Arthritis Clinic, she focused on family care treating patients at a walk-in clinic. Myla is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as well as the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.

Myla supports the team of physicians by assessing, diagnosing, and monitoring disease progression and medication tolerability of patients with rheumatologic conditions. She provides educational visits for many patients who are starting medications and also serves as the practitioner for those needing urgent care for same-day appointments. Myla enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter, and has just recently learned to snowboard.

Don Uslan, MD

Don Uslan MA, MBA, LMHC

Mr. Uslan is a medical psychotherapist and certified rehabilitation counselor who specializes in the treatment of patients with chronic medical conditions and related psychological, disability, legal and occupational problems. He provides individual, group and integrated care programs as part of TSAC, and assists the physicians in case management, planning and coordination, and the integration of other health services into their patients’ care. Mr. Uslan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He has a master’s degrees in psychotherapy and counseling from Antioch College and in business administration with an emphasis in healthcare program development from City University.

Mr. Uslan presents at a wide variety of conferences and is frequently published in the areas of disability, integrated care, rehabilitation and mental health. Mr. Uslan is married with two sons. The family enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and visiting with family and friends, and are very active in the religious, educational and cultural life of their community.

Heidi Turner, MS, RD, CD

Heidi Turner MS, RD, CD

Heidi Turner, MS, RD is the Medical Nutrition Therapist at the Seattle Arthritis Clinic, helping those with autoimmune and degenerative diseases decrease their pain by implementing nutrition practices based on current research. She specializes in food allergies, digestive disorders, disordered/emotional eating and anti-inflammatory nutrition.

Heidi earned her Masters degree from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. She speaks at numerous universities and venues on a variety of topics and is dedicated to educating both the patient and practitioner on the vital role nutrition plays in our health. She has been a faculty member and clinic supervisor at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, owned her own private practice FoodLogic, and is a member of the Advisory Board for LeViv, Inc. in Washington DC. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association and the Washington State Dietetic Association. Her previous career path has been diverse, spending 25 years as a professional media/stage actor and 12 years as Contributing Editor for Conde Nast Traveler magazine where she researched the Ombudsman column and traveled the country presenting to the leaders of the travel industry.