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SEATTLE, Wash. - (March 31, 2008) - Virginia Mason Winslow has hired Alison Kneisl, MD, as a family practice physician. Dr. Kneisl attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed her family practice residency at Providence Hospital in Seattle and the Seattle Indian Health Board. Before joining Virginia Mason, Dr. Kneisl worked for seven years as medical director and physician for the Muckleshoot Tribe.

With the Muckleshoot Tribe, Dr. Kneisl helped transition the tribe's community health program from a small trailer to an 80,000 square foot facility. She worked extensively in patient care for newborns to the elderly. She was also a driver of preventive care and diabetes management, as well as responsible for policy, administrative and supervisor duties.

Excited about her new role as a family practice physician at Virginia Mason Winslow, Kneisl said, "I was intrigued. The health care system in the United States is struggling, and I'm excited that Virginia Mason is trying to find a model that works for all patients and still ensures high quality care."

Kim Leatham, MD, medical director of Virginia Mason Winslow says, "We are very excited to have Dr. Kneisl join us. She is a wonderful person, excellent physician and a great addition to the VM Winslow team."

Currently, Dr. Kneisl lives in Seattle but is planning on moving to Bainbridge Island within the year. She is excited to get involved in community groups on the island. Dr. Kneisl is also very interested in integrative medicine, which she says, "Pulls from the strengths of many healing modalities, such as acupuncture and naturopathy, not just western medicine, to help achieve optimal well-being."

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Kneisl enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, reading, cooking, Seattle Mariners baseball and spending time with family and friends and her 1-year old daughter, Jaime. 

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

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