Who We Are

 

​​Eastside Vocational Services is a family of hardworking professionals who combined, have over 50 years of experience in the Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling industry. Among us are Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC), Certified Disability Management Specialists (CDMS), Certified Ergonomic Specialist (CEAS), and administrative staff.

Our owner and supervisory counselor, Michelle Jensen, has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor since 2000 and started Eastside Vocational Services in 2003. Through the years Eastside Vocational Services has blossomed from a one woman business operating out of Yakima, WA, into a multi-counselor firm operating at locations across Washington State. 

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Kaydee Gilbert, BS, CDMS has been with Eastside Vocational Services since 2004; Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Deborah Allemand, BA, CDMS, CEAS has worked with us since 2006; Lori Black-McIntosh, BS, CDMS has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with us since 2008 and worked three years before that as administrative staff. We also are proud to say that Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Krista Kilpatrick, BA, CDMS whom has been with us since 2011 is our most recently certified vocational counselor; and finally, the newest member of our team is Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern Adriane Bendzak, BA who has been with Eastside Vocational Services since 2013 and is currently working to become a certified vocational counselor.


We are proud to say that our vocational firm takes part in many different programs and opportunities to not only benefit injured workers whom are taking part in vocational services, but also to assist the Department of Labor and Industries in managing the efficiency and care of each claim involved in these services. We believe very strongly that if we can help to make a difference in the way claims are handled during the vocational process, it will make the process smoother, more effective, and more successful for all parties.


Each vocational counselor with our firm is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP). IARP is an international and statewide association directed by a board of professionals in the vocational rehabilitation field and supported by its members. Our vocational counselors attend conferences on both levels; attending the Washington state conference annually in Tacoma and also attending the international conference held in Puerto Rico in 2012. Michelle Jensen is not only the firm's owner and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor herself; she is an active and engaged board member for IARP’s Washington State chapter. All members of IARP, including our own vocational counselors, play a major role in the continued improvement of vocational counseling techniques and methods as rehabilitation professionals.

Eastside Vocational Services is also pleased to say that our ergonomics division, Healthy Workforce Ergonomic Solutions, has made a name for itself all on its own. We have three Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialists on our staff and each of them take great pride in serving our workforce, doing our best to lower the risk of workplace injury. We started Healthy Workforce in an effort to take a more preventative approach on injuries occurring within the workplace, and in doing so build relationships with employers and workers to assist in this journey to making each workplace a safer and more enjoyable environment​.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Kaydee Gilbert, BS, CDMS has been with Eastside Vocational Services since 2004; Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Deborah Allemand, BA, CDMS, CEAS has worked with us since 2006; Lori Black-McIntosh, BS, CDMS has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with us since 2008 and worked three years before that as administrative staff. We also are proud to say that Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Krista Kilpatrick, BA, CDMS whom has been with us since 2011 is our most recently certified vocational counselor; and finally, the newest member of our team is Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern Adriane Bendzak, BA who has been with Eastside Vocational Services since 2013 and is currently working to become a certified vocational counselor.


We are proud to say that our vocational firm takes part in many different programs and opportunities to not only benefit injured workers whom are taking part in vocational services, but also to assist the Department of Labor and Industries in managing the efficiency and care of each claim involved in these services. We believe very strongly that if we can help to make a difference in the way claims are handled during the vocational process, it will make the process smoother, more effective, and more successful for all parties.


Each vocational counselor with our firm is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP). IARP is an international and statewide association directed by a board of professionals in the vocational rehabilitation field and supported by its members. Our vocational counselors attend conferences on both levels; attending the Washington state conference annually in Tacoma and also attending the international conference held in Puerto Rico in 2012. Michelle Jensen is not only the firm's owner and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor herself; she is an active and engaged board member for IARP’s Washington State chapter. All members of IARP, including our own vocational counselors, play a major role in the continued improvement of vocational counseling techniques and methods as rehabilitation professionals.

Eastside Vocational Services is also pleased to say that our ergonomics division, Healthy Workforce Ergonomic Solutions, has made a name for itself all on its own. We have three Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialists on our staff and each of them take great pride in serving our workforce, doing our best to lower the risk of workplace injury. We started Healthy Workforce in an effort to take a more preventative approach on injuries occurring within the workplace, and in doing so build relationships with employers and workers to assist in this journey to making each workplace a safer and more enjoyable environment​.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Kaydee Gilbert, BS, CDMS has been with Eastside Vocational Services since 2004; Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Deborah Allemand, BA, CDMS, CEAS has worked with us since 2006; Lori Black-McIntosh, BS, CDMS has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with us since 2008 and worked three years before that as administrative staff. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Krista Kilpatrick, BA, CDMS has been with us since 2011.  Adriane Bendzak, BA has been with Eastside Vocational Services since 2013 and recently became a certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.

Our Vocational Intern staff includes: Leslie Corollo, B.A., Katrina Marquardt, M.S., CFLE, Ryan Bury, B.S., Nathan Thomas, B.F.A., and Maika Matalomoni, B.A.


We are proud to say that our vocational firm takes part in many different programs and opportunities to not only benefit injured workers whom are taking part in vocational services, but also to assist the Department of Labor and Industries in managing the efficiency and care of each claim involved in these services. We believe very strongly that if we can help to make a difference in the way claims are handled during the vocational process, it will make the process smoother, more effective, and more successful for all parties.


Each vocational counselor with our firm is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP). IARP is an international and statewide association directed by a board of professionals in the vocational rehabilitation field and supported by its members. Our vocational counselors attend conferences on both levels; attending the Washington state conference annually in Tacoma and also attending the international conference held in Puerto Rico in 2012. Michelle Jensen is not only the firm's owner and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor herself; she is an active and engaged board member for IARP’s Washington State chapter. All members of IARP, including our own vocational counselors, play a major role in the continued improvement of vocational counseling techniques and methods as rehabilitation professionals.

Eastside Vocational Services is also pleased to say that our ergonomics division, Healthy Workforce Ergonomic Solutions, has made a name for itself all on its own. We have three Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialists on our staff and each of them take great pride in serving our workforce, doing our best to lower the risk of workplace injury. We started Healthy Workforce in an effort to take a more preventative approach on injuries occurring within the workplace, and in doing so build relationships with employers and workers to assist in this journey to making each workplace a safer and more enjoyable environment​.