April 03, 2017
Rehabilitation Options of Issaquah Joins Overlake Medical Clinics
Bellevue, Wash. (April 3, 2017) – Overlake Medical Clinics (OMC) and Rehabilitation Options of Issaquah (ROI) announced today that as of April 3, OMC is acquiring ROI and will become Overlake Medical Clinics Musculoskeletal Medicine. The clinic will continue to focus on prevention and treatment of disabling conditions, such as low back and neck pain, auto injuries, workplace conditions, neurological conditions and sports injuries.
Physiatrist and ROI founder Dr. Michael Hatzakis will assume the role of program medical director. Dr. Hatzakis has been practicing physiatry in the Seattle community for nearly 20 years. He started his career as an academic professor at the University of Washington, building multidisciplinary programs for veterans with neurological disorders and spine conditions.
Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation and are skilled at coordinating treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the spine, bones, joints, muscles, nerves, brain and spinal cord. These physicians carefully coordinate care with therapists, primary care physicians and surgeons. Physiatrists are essential to optimizing patient outcomes early and throughout patient care. The staff also includes physical therapists, psychiatrists, nutritionists and massage therapists, working together to ensure the best possible outcomes.
“We are very enthusiastic about what this means for our patients. By combining resources with Overlake, we will be able to expand the effectiveness of team-based, multidisciplinary coordinated care that is the core philosophy of physiatric medicine,” said Dr. Hatzakis. “The partnership will give our patients more access to a greater range of providers and care options.”
“ROI’s long-standing holistic approach to its patients mirrors the approach we have at Overlake,” said Dr. Dennis Rochier, CEO of Overlake Medical Clinics. “We are especially looking forward to integrating the work we are doing in our Neuroscience Institute with the work Dr. Hatzakis’ team is doing.”
“We work with all age groups and focus on getting patients back to the activities most important to them,” said Dr. Hatzakis. “Patient goals can be as simple as living independently at home, to high-level athletics, to returning to work. Physiatrists also focus on injury prevention – the best medical care is one that prevents future medical care, such as surgery or treatment for chronic conditions. The result is cost-effective care with the best possible outcome for patients.”
ROI is accepting new patients at its location in Issaquah at Highmark Medical Center, 1740 NW Maple St.