Michele Arnold, MD
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Michele L. Arnold, MD, FAAPMR, FAANEM


Dr. Arnold graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University, attended Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine, then completed residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she served as chief resident.

Dr. Arnold is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialties in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, and completed a Health IT Certificate from the American College of Physician Executives.

She has a special interest in neuromuscular disease, including ALS, peripheral neuropathies, and plexopathies, and is a passionate supporter of patient engagement, medical informatics, process improvement and ensuring access to health care for vulnerable populations.

She is actively involved with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) Pain and Neuromuscular Council and was among the inaugural class completing the AAPM&R Leadership Program in 2015.  She serves as a volunteer reviewer for PM&R, author for PM&R Knowledge Now, and serves on the Membership Committee, Nominating Committee, and Leadership Program Steering Committee. She is also active with the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) and serves on the Quality Oversight Committee, Quality Measure Subcommittee, and Primary Care Task Force.

Dr. Arnold joined Swedish Medical Group in 2013 and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Swedish Rehabilitation & Performance Medicine, as well as chief of Swedish PM&R.

Before joining Swedish, Dr. Arnold previously served as Chief Medical Informatics Officer and VP of Nonsurgical Services at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  She also previously served as the Nebraska State Liaison to AANEM.

Dr. Arnold lives in Issaquah, WA with her husband and two daughters.  She enjoys running, music, mountaineering, hiking, downhill skiing, and serves on the Board of Directors of Timberlake Church, and Recovery Beyond Paradigm, a nonprofit organization focusing on fitness and mountaineering as an addiction recovery tactic for the homeless. Her inspiration for pursuing a career as a rehab physician was her grandfather, who suffered from ankylosing spondylitis and lived 17 years with traumatic quadriplegia.