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About Us

Northwest Occupational Medicine Center has been providing excellence in functional restoration and clinical care since 1972 in the Portland area. We invite you to learn about our history so you can better understand our business now and as we press on to the future.

Northwest Occupational Medicine Center was founded by Joel Seres, MD, neurosurgeon, and Richard Newman, Ph.D. in 1972 as a part of Emanuel Rehabilitation Services. It became the Northwest Pain Center and moved to an independent status where its offices were located on Cherry Blossom Lane near Portland Adventist Hospital. In 1989 it moved to the west side of Portland Metro Area with it’s main headquarters on SW 72nd Ave near Lake Oswego. In 2000, the founders, after 28 years of pain management services elected to retire their practice from the clinic. Brad Lorber, MD and Michael Leland, Psy.D. have served since that time as Co-Directors.

While serving as Co-Directors, Dr’s Seres and Newman also conducted extensive teaching, published in numerous professional journals, served the professional community, and provided a host of services in the area of pain management.

Since 1972, there have been many physicians, psychologists and therapists who have trained and worked at Northwest Occupational Medicine Center. Most notably, for over 10 years Sharon Labs, Ph.D served as the Chief of Staff directing the day to day activities of the Center. She brought her considerable skills and expertise in Traumatic Brain Injury to the Center and helped to establish a CARF accredited TBI Program that was well known in the Pacific Northwest for providing quality services. She is now in private practice in the Portland area. Richard Kolbell, Ph.D a local neuropsychologist and forensic expert, worked for a number of years at the Center. The late Susan Morton, MD, a neurologist, served for a number of years in the clinic’s TBI program. Kathy Weaver, MD served as the Pain Program Physician, among others. Other local psychologist who have trained and worked at NWOMC including David Gostnell, PhD; Jane Starbird, PhD; Katie Ugolini, PhD; Luke Patrick, PhD; Kate Leonard, Ph.D; Dale Vieth, PsyD; and John Givi, PhD., PsyD.

Northwest Occupational Medicine Center currently maintains a training site for local Universities for students in the fields of clinical psychology, occupational therapy and vocational rehabilitation counseling, including Pacific University, George Fox University and Portland State University.

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