Our Staff

                                                    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, 

                                                           committed citizens can change the world;  

                                                            indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

                                                                                                                        -Margaret Mead

Jason Aldred, MD, FAAN

Dr. Aldred is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN). He completed neurology residency at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), serving as neurology chief resident. He then completed an additional two-year clinical research fellowship in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders at the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Educational, and Clinical Center (PADRECC), a collaborative program between the Portland VA and OHSU. Through fellowship training he honed skills in botulinum toxin injection techniques, patient selection for deep brain stimulation (DBS) and post-operative DBS programming, and advanced medication management for movement disorders. Dr. Aldred also completed formal training in clinical research through the Human Investigators Program (HIP) at OHSU focused on design and execution of clinical trials.

Dr. Aldred conducts clinical trials for a variety of neurological disorders through funding sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI), as well as other sources. He provides regional and national education for other neurologists and patients living with neurological conditions. He brings cutting edge clinical trials to the region.

He serves as clinical assistant professor of neurology at the University of Washington in Spokane, teaches neuroscience curriculum to second year medical students, and clinical neurology clerkship for fourth year UW medical students. Dr Aldred also collaborates with Washington State University School of Medicine in telemedicine education, and is the co-founder of Selkirk Neurology in Spokane, WA.

Steven Pugh, MD

Dr. Pugh completed a BS in Neurosciences from Texas Christian University in 1991 where he performed research in behavioral pharmacology and was honored with a Boller’s Scholarship Award in 1990 for his work on animal models of drug self-administration, tolerance, and dependency. He then went on to the University of Missouri – Columbia for medical school, graduating cum laude with a medical degree in 1996. Dr. Pugh completed an internship in medicine, and residency in neurology in 2002 from the University of Washington School of Medical in Seattle.

Dr. Pugh diagnoses and treats all neurological disorders. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is sub-specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis where he has extensive experience with comprehensive MS care and clinical MS research. He started the MS Center at Rockwood Clinic in 2002 when he moved to Spokane with his family. He has also been employed by the Providence MS Center in Spokane and the Providence Neuroscience Institute. He has extensive experience in hospital-based neurology, diagnostic adult neurology, EMG and electrodiagnostics, botulinum therapy, and intrathecal baclofen therapy.

Dr. Pugh is also involved with the development of software applications that allow patients with chronic diseases to be more active in their education and care, as well as providing important feedback to their health care providers. He has also been extensively involved with the MS Society in an advisory role. He is a Clinical Instructor with the University of Washington Department of Neurology and is involved with the education of both medical students and residents, and is the co-founder of Selkirk Neurology in Spokane, WA.

Jill Ciccarello, CEO and Research Program Director

Jill is a native of the northwest. She has been working in biomedical research for the past 18 years. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. She has experience with federally and privately funded research programs. Before coming to Inland Northwest Research, she spent 4 years at a Subject Matter Expert and Science Officer for the US Army Medical Research and Materials Command, working primarily in neurological research, including Parkinson’s, TBI, PTSD and Alzheimer’s. She is proud to help bring innovative neurological research to the Spokane Region. 

Melissa Bixby, MS, CCRC
Project Manager, Movement Disorders

Melissa is the Project Manager for Movement Disorders at Inland Northwest Research. She is a certified clinical research coordinator and clinical lab scientist with over 15 years of experience in the medical field. She has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Towson University and a graduate degree in biomedical science from Johns Hopkins University. She runs many of the large phase 1 and phase 2 interventional trials that include oral, infusion and intrathecal delivery routes. She is a credentialed coordinator with the Parkinson Study Group and Huntington Study Group where she is involved with other collaborative academic trials with sites around the world. She is heavily involved in several community support and outreach groups for Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease and enjoys the time she gets to spend getting to know her patients and their families. Community support, education and access to clinical trials is one largest goals she has for the movement disorders portfolio.

Deann Dickinson, CCRC
Project Manager, MS and Dementia

Deann is a certified clinical research coordinator and has been working in biomedical for the past 14 years. She previously worked in cardiac, gynecologic, and dermatologic research. She has been diligently working to help bring MS, Alzheimer’s and ALS research to Spokane.

Marvin Muruthi, MBA, CRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Marvin has actively been in research for over 7 years. Previously in pharmaceutical research, Marvin has enjoyed the transition into clinical research where he can work more closely with patients. He strives to provide compassionate care and strongly believes that research is crucial to finding more effective treatments for people with neurological disorders.

Bonnie Burgess, MA-P
Regulatory Coordinator

Bonnie has worked in clinical research for 15 years. She spent many years as a clinical research coordinator, with experience in cardiac, arthritis and other therapeutic areas. Most recently she has worked as a regulatory and compliance specialist.

Sarah Brauneis, BS, CRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Sarah comes to INWR from Fred Hutchinson Institute. She has spent the past four years working on grant funded research. She has much interest and experience with patient outreach and education. She looks forward to going out into the community to help patients find resources, support, and of course, research opportunities.


Amanda is a graduate of Gonzaga University, with a degree in Biology. Most recently she worked in the neuro-psychological research department at WSU. She has a strong interest in neurological research and community outreach.