Our TEAM

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.

Jamie Mark, ARNP

Neurology Nurse Practitioner 

Jamie joined Inland Northwest Research in 2018. She is as an advanced registered nurse practitioner in clinic and is especially interested in deep brain stimulation (DBS). 

She has achieved national recognition for her work in the programming and management of DBS patients and works closely with the care team of the Spokane DBS Program in collaboration with Dr. John Carlson MD, PhD of Providence Medical Center and Selkirk provider and movement disorder specialist Dr. Jason Aldred . She travels around the nation educating providers about DBS programming and care management for DBS patients. She is dedicated to speaking with patient groups interested in exploring DBS as a treatment option.

Jamie graduated from the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing (INC) in Spokane where she obtained her bachelor of science in nursing and registered nursing degree. She later went on to receive her masters of science of nursing and advanced nurse practitioner degree from the same institution.

She is a dedicated provider of quality neurological care and her patients greatly enjoy her knowledgable and amiable approach in addressing their needs.

Jamie is currently on the Parkinson’s Resource Center of Spokane’s board of directors and is a former board member of the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. 

Jill Ciccarello, CEO and Research Program Director

Jill is a native of the northwest. She has been working in biomedical research for the past 19 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 17 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 16 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.

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 KIEFER, bs
rESEARCH ASSISTANT

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.