Providers

Our highly qualified providers are devoted to delivering the best health care possible, honoring SEARHC’s mission and values. Our medical staff offers a wide range of specialties to handle just about all your health care needs.

Please use the search boxes below to learn more about our providers.

Jerry Z. Ainsworth, MD

 Sitka 

Jerry Z. Ainsworth, MD

Specialty 

Ear, Nose and Throat

Certification 

American Board of Otolaryngology

Education 

Dr. Ainsworth earned a medical degree at Baylor Medical School in Houston, Texas and completed a fellowship in otology at Baylor Medical School.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Ainsworth has a special interest in ear, nose and throat treatment.

Noble E. Anderson, MD

 Juneau 

Medical Chief of Staff, ELMC
Noble E. Anderson, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

Dr. Anderson earned his medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine (Philadelphia). He completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville, VA). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in premedicine from The Penn State University (State College, PA). Before moving to Juneau, Dr. Anderson worked at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka and as the Medical Director in Haines. He also has worked as a locum tenens physician (traveling physician) with stops in Sitka, Bethel, Kotzebue and Ketchikan in Alaska, in addition to other assignments in Washington State and California.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Anderson’s special interests include general family medicine, obstetrics and evidence-based medicine. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, photography and mountain climbing. 

Jeff Arndt, LPC, CDC II

 Sitka 

Jeff Arndt, LPC, CDC II

Specialty 

Behavioral Health, Clinician

Certification 

State of Alaska Board of Professional Counselors

Education 

Jeff holds a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University. Before moving to Sitka, Jeff served as a counselor and executive director for Alaska Human Services, an outpatient substance abuse program in Anchorage. Jeff also formerly lived in Kotzebue and has worked in Latin America.

Special Interests: 

Before entering the counseling field, Jeff spent two decades as a wood turner and sculptor. He is an ultradistance runner, a gardener, and he plays classical and jazz flute. Jeff works at the SEARHC Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít Mental Health Clinic (The House for Healing Your Inner Most Being). He has also worked as a behavioral health clinician with the Gunaanastí Bill Brady Healing Center/Déilee Hít Safe Harbor House adult residential substance abuse treatment programs in Sitka. He is married to Mary Barrett, a family nurse practitioner at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

John A. Baciocco, MD

 Sitka 

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

Dr. Baciocco earned a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed a residency in general family practice at San Joaquin, Calif. 

Special Interests: 

Dr. Baciocco offers a full range of family practice and obstetrics. He has a special interest in helping patients manage their diabetes.

Mary Barrett, Nurse Practitioner

 Sitka 

Mary Barrett, Nurse Practitioner

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

Mary is certified as family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) by the Alaska Board of Nursing

Education 

Mary holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and environmental science from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. An Alaskan for 30 years before joining SEARHC in July 2012, Mary previously worked in family practice and urgent care with clinics in Palmer and Wasilla, worked in urgent care in Anchorage, was an outpatient department registered nurse (RN) and public health nurse (PHN) in Kotzebue, and a RN at the Providence Hospital Thermal Unit and Progressive Care Unit in Anchorage. Mary specializes in family practice and urgent care, and she will work in S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital’s urgent care department.

Special Interests: 

Mary is interested in preventive medicine, especially through nutrition, exercise and stress reduction. She enjoys running (she has completed the New York and Boston marathons), botany, bird-watching (and learning the species unique to Southeast Alaska), plant-based cooking, hiking, biking, singing, dancing, reading and playing with her two cats. She is married to SEARHC behavioral health clinician Jeff Arndt, who works for the Gunaanastí Bill Brady Healing Center.

Karl Bausler, Physician Assistant

 Juneau 

Karl Bausler, Physician Assistant

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Education 

Karl was trained as a family nurse practitioner and physician assistant at Stanford University and completed a residency in emergency medicine at Los Angeles County trauma center.

Special Interests: 

Karl enjoys working with teens.

Jeffery L. Bentley, PA-C

 Sitka 

Jeffery L. Bentley, PA-C

Specialty 

Urgent/Emergent Care

Certification 

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), August 2009. Wilderness Advanced Life Support – Wilderness Medical Associates International 2012.

Education 

Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Medicine, Portland, Oregon. Master of Science degree with emphasis in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Southern Oregon University. Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion/Fitness Management from Southern Oregon University.

Prior to physician assistant school Jeff work for the Klamath Tribes of Southern Oregon managing their diabetic and pre-diabetes programs. His experience there spurred his desire to become a medical provider and therefore he sought physician assistant school in Portland, Oregon. During his clinical training Jeff completed a rotation at the Haines Medical Clinic under Dr. Russ Bowman. Jeff’s medical experience prior to moving to Sitka was with several specialty practices in Southern Oregon. He assisted the general, vascular, and bariatric surgeons at Oregon Surgical Specialists for several years. During that time he performed duties with the trauma service, first assisted in the operating room and cared for patients in the hospital and clinic. He also worked several years with Southern Oregon Internal Medicine, a outpatient adult internal medicine practice specializing in Endocrinology.

Jeff is excited about the variety of medical conditions presenting to Mt. Edgecombe’s emergency and urgent care departments and enjoys exploring Southeast Alaska with his family.

Awards & Honors 

Most Outstanding Graduating Senior in Health Promotion Program – Southern Oregon University; Graduated Cum Laude – Southern Oregon University; Three time NAIA Academic All-American; Three time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Track & Field All-American; Five time Track & Field Cascade Collegiate Conference Champion; Cascade Collegiate Conference Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year - 2001.

Special Interests: 

Jeff's medical interests are wilderness medicine, expedition and remote medicine. Also health promotion/disease prevention of American Indian and Alaskan Native people.

Outside MEH, Jeff enjoys time with his wife and three children. He is active in sprint triathlons and bicycle riding. Jeff enjoys outdoor camping, archery hunting, fishing and waterskiing as well.

Jeannette S. Berry, Nurse Anesthetist

 Sitka 

Jeannette S. Berry, Nurse Anesthetist

Specialty 

Anesthesia

Certification 

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Education 

Jeannette earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Seattle University and a Master of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She earned her Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist credential from the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program. She spent 15 years working in intensive care units and critical care units with the U.S. Navy before coming to SEARHC.

Awards & Honors 

Jeannette has won several military medals.

Special Interests: 

Jeannette has medical special interests in respiratory physiology and pharmacology. She enjoys spending time with her family (including a young granddaughter), dog training, quilting and fiber arts, music, gardening and animal husbandry.

Mel Bingham, Physician Assistant

 Klawock 

Mel Bingham, Physician Assistant

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants

Education 

Mel holds a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from Rocky Mountain College (Billings, Mont.).

Special Interests: 

Mel practices Family Medicine and has a particular interest in rural health services.

Tom Bornstein, DDS

 Juneau 

Tom Bornstein, DDS

Specialty 

Dentistry

Education 

Dr. Bornstein earned a dental degree from the University of Maryland and completed a residency in advanced general practice at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Dr. Bornstein is the director of dental services for SEARHC.

Awards & Honors 

SEARHC's Gumboot Award.

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