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Shana Johnson, MD

Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation


I’ve worked as a physical medicine & rehabilitation physician for many years. I have cared for pain of all different types–back pain, headaches, bladder pain, and whole-body pain–to name a few. And, pain arising from problems in the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and strokes. I have treated the vast spectrum of injury and recovery.


The most challenging pain conditions I came across involved nociplastic pain, which complicates chronic headaches, back and neck pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic pelvic pain. It is the most common condition no one has heard of.


When nociplastic pain predominates, the treatment approach has to be different. This pain type does not respond to anti-inflammatory medications and procedures or surgery worsen it. The people I have cared for often suffered for three to five years without proper diagnosis, undergoing a host of unnecessary, ineffective, and painful procedures that only worsen their pain.  




Physician, AskDrShana Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 7/1/2020-present
Contributor to Psychology Today, WebMD, and medical news
Maricopa County Medical Society–policy committee, 2024-present


Medical Director, 2015 to 2020 Health Care Authority – Olympia, WA, 2015-2020
Medical Director, Medicaid Fee-For-Service, WA-HCA
Evidence-based medical policy development


Assistant Professor, University of Washington Medical Center – Seattle, WA, 2011-2015
Co-director UW Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Center
Outpatient care-multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spine, and pain management
Research, Teaching residents and fellows
Clinic operations and quality management


Physician, Physical Medicine Clinic, Providence St. Peter Hospital – Olympia, WA, 2009-2011
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation practice
Inpatient rehabilitation care and outpatient clinic care including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spine, pain management, and electrodiagnosis (EMG/NCS)


Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship, 06/2009, University of Washington Medical Center – Seattle, WA
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center – Dallas, TX
Internal Medicine Internship St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center – Indianapolis, Indiana
M.D, Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI
B.S, Biology, University of Wisconsin – Madison – Madison, WI


(2023) Sunbreak: Healing the pain no one can explain
Johnson, S., Kraft G., Eds. (2013) Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of north america multiple sclerosis rehabilitation. 24(4), Elsevier.
Kraft G, Brown T, Johnson S. (2011). Comprehension management of multiple sclerosis. In R Braddom., Ed., Physical medicine & rehabilitation (4th ed., pp. 1233-1252). Elsevier.




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