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Shoreline, WA 98177

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Dr. Alexandr Chatilo, Physiatrist

 

Dr. Alexandr Chatilo, MD, physiatrist, has joined the medical team at Richmond Beach Rehab as an attending physician and rehabilitation consultant.

Physiatry, also known as Physical Medicine and Rehab, is a medical specialty that focuses on treating the person as a whole, not just an ailment. After suffering from musculoskeletal or neurological trauma and disability, a physiatrist would implement unique, patient-specific interventions with the goal to enhance and restore that individual’s quality of life through rehabilitation, medication, adaptations, and non-surgical techniques.

Dr. Chatilo joins Richmond Beach Rehab with over 30 years of medical experience, earning his Doctorate of Medicine at the Leningrad Medical Institute in Russia where he practiced Internal Medicine in several hospital settings. After moving to the United States, he completed a Psychiatry Clerkship at Stanford University School of Medicine and a General Surgery Internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In 2005, he received his PM & R Board Certification at the University of Washington School of Medicine and continued his practice in the greater-Seattle area within hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and acute inpatient rehabilitation. He has also been a consulting physician at Richmond Beach Rehab since 2006.

“I enjoy PM & R because it is more person-related than problem-related,” Dr. Chatilo states, “I prefer working with this population. My objective is to extend patient involvement in rehab activities, to improve the quality of life and outcomes of clients and educate them and their families. It’s not just saving lives, it’s about making lives better.”

This includes solidifying the communication between the interdisciplinary team within the facility, primary care providers, and hospital specialists to promote successful rehabilitation results.

“Over the years, it’s been absolutely wonderful observing him work and interact with our patients. His demeanor is professional and his suggestions are very effective. Also, there is at least one occasion during the visit where the patient is grinning ear to ear or laughing. ‘Treating the person’ is a facet of healthcare that should never be lost, and he exemplifies this, ” says Dianne Mangio, Rehab Operations Coordinator, “It’s a rare opportunity to work so closely with a physiatrist in a skilled nursing facility, so we are all excited about the positive contributions he will make for our patients.”

Dr. Chatilo’s interest in medicine began early, being encompassed within the healthcare environment as his mother was a physician as well. His proactive outlook also transitions to an active lifestyle outside of work, as he enjoys hiking, biking and cross-country skiing –he also took part in the Antarctic Soviet Expedition.