Laura A. Ballou, FNP

Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Wrangell →

Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center

Education & Experience:

Laura earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from Frontier Nursing University and her Master of Arts in Social Anthropology from University of Wales.

Prior to working at SEARHC, Laura worked at the Chief Andrew Isaac Center in Fairbanks, AK and the Iliuliuk Family and Health Center in Unalaska, AK. 

Regarding the SEARHC community in Wrangell, Laura says, “Wrangell is an amazing community and the SEARHC clinic here has exceptional staff who truly embody team patient care.”

Special Interests:

Laura has medical interests in integrative medicine, pediatrics and women’s health. 

Outside the clinic, she enjoys fishing, hunting, gardening and home improvement projects. 

photo of Dr. Victor Harrison

Victor S. Harrison, MD

Specialties: Family Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology

Location: Wrangell →

Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics

Education & Experience:

Dr. Victor Harrison grew up in rural Laupahoehoe, Hawaii. He was inspired to pursue a medical career at the age of thirteen, when diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Harrison earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, then went on to earn his doctorate’s degree from John A. Burns School of Medicine.

While attending medical school he worked briefly under SEARHC provider, Dr. David McCandless. Dr. Harrison said he “was impressed by the breadth of his practice; from a traveling clinic, to managing people in the ER, and end of life care. Because of our upbringing we both have an affinity for and miss the rural atmosphere.” 

Dr. Harrison’s connection to Southeast Alaska didn’t actually start with SEARHC. His wife Kaelene attended high school in Wrangell. After they married, both Victor and Kaelene worked for the Forest Service in Wrangell for two years. Dr. Harrison also lived and worked in Arizona and Philadelphia prior to his arrival at SEARHC. 

When asked what he is looked forward to most as he joined the SEARHC team, Dr. Harrison said “I hope to work hard, play hard and I am grateful for the opportunity to be in Alaska!”

Special Interests:

Dr. Harrison’s medical interests include internal medicine, pediatrics and primary care.