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.

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Jerry Z. Ainsworth, MD


Specialty: Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology

Education & Experience:

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.


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Noble E. Anderson, MD

SEARHC Deputy Chief of Staff

Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

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.


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John A. Baciocco, MD, CPE

SEARHC Chief of Staff

Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

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, California. He has also been awarded a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) designation.

Special Interests:

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


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Mary Barrett, Nurse Practitioner


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Sitka →

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 & Experience:

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.


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Karl Bausler, Physician Assistant


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center

Education & Experience:

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.


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Megan D. Bays, PT, DPT


Specialty: Physical Therapy

Location: Sitka →

Certification: Physical Therapy License

Education & Experience:

Megan received her Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science degree from the University of Montana and earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has practiced at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, AK, and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Special Interests:

Professionally, Megan has a special interest in women’s health and yoga. Personally, she enjoys hiking, soccer, snowboarding, outdoor activities with her dog, and yoga.


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Jeffery L. Bentley, PA-C


Specialty: Urgent/Emergent Care

Location: Sitka →

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

Education & Experience:

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, an 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.


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John P. Block, MD


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Block received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine after graduating from the Texas Tech University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. He spent his residency at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Michigan.

Special Interests:

Dr. Block’s medical interests are in geriatrics, women’s health, addiction, pediatrics, and diabetes.

Personally, John enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, traveling, and scuba diving.


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Tom Bornstein, DDS

Director of Dental Services

Specialty: Dentistry

Location: Juneau →

Education & Experience:

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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Emily Bos, DO


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: AAFD, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)

Education & Experience:

Dr. Bos received her Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon and completed her medical school prerequisites at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

She comes to SEARHC from here residency at Alaska Family Medicine in Anchorage.

Outside of her regular academic and medical career, Dr. Bos has been heavily involved in improving the lives of others within her community and in other parts of the world.

In Kansas City, she worked with Score One For Health, a community outreach program providing comprehensive health screenings to low income elementary school children.

Dr. Bos spent time in Sacaya, Peru with Expand Peru as an English and art teacher. There she developed task-oriented games and activities appropriate for daily learning objectives.

As a ski/snowboard instructor for Challenge Alaska, she utilized adaptive equipment to assist individuals with disabilities in downhill skiing and snowboarding.

Dr. Bos also spent time as an English composition teacher at the Malawi Children’s Village in Malawi, Africa.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Bos’ awards and honors include Summa Cum Laude, Kansas City University of Medicine, and Biosciences; American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement; Family Health Foundation Award; Paul McCord, D.O. Humanitarian Scholarship; National Health Service Corp Scholarship.

Special Interests:

Dr. Bos’ medical interests include Osteopathic manipulative medicine, geriatrics, and women’s health.

Her personal interests are spending time with her family, being in the outdoors, and going to the movies.


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Melissa Brooks, FNP


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Klawock →

Certification: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Education & Experience:

Melissa received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and her Masters in the Science of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Cincinnati.

She spent the early part of her nursing career in the lower 48. Before becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner and moving to Klawock, she worked as an RN in the emergency department at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital and was the assistant manager of the outpatient department. Melissa received a post-graduate certificate in Nursing Education and is certified by the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners – DOT/CDL physicals.

Awards & Honors:

International Golden Key Society and Honor Society, University of Cincinnati.

Special Interests:

Rebecca’s professional interests are women’s health, colposcopy, prenatal and routine care. She also enjoys providing instruction on Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for medical providers and community members.

Personally, she enjoys subsistence activities with her family, as well as crafting, and kayaking. She is a member of Ducks Unlimited, and active in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and 4-H.


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Cate Buley, MD

Medical Director, Ethel Lund Medical Center

Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Buley was born and raised in Minnesota and earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and received Family Medicine training in Duluth, Minn. After spending a year in the Howard Hughes Scholars program at the National Institute of Health and three years at the Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue, Alaska, she took the advice of her then boyfriend (who is from Juneau and she later married) and did a family medicine rotation at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. There she found her calling. A transfer to Juneau brought Dr. Buley to ELMC where she has remained and is now the clinic’s Medical Director.

Special Interests:

Dr. Buley enjoys spending time with her three children, Noatak (named after Alaska’s Noatak River), Shea and Georgia as well as her husband, Jerry; the family’s Chief Operating Officer (stay at home dad).


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Kimberly Capp, DO


Specialties: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, EMT-Basic & EMT-Intermediate Certifications

Education & Experience:

Kimberly earned a BA in Foreign Languages and BS in Biology from New Mexico State University – Las Cruces. She earned her medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA. After a one year traditional osteopathic rotating internship, Kimberly entered a four year Internal Med/Pediatrics Residency Program at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Kimberly graduated residency and was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine (ABIM) and Pediatrics (ABP) 2010.

Prior to her coming to SEARHC, Kimberly worked as a rural primary care physician in Seaside, Oregon practicing in the clinic, hospital, and doing community home visits. Kimberly now practices as a full-time Hospitalist at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital is Sitka.

Kimberly was born and raised in San Jose, California and met her husband Trenton from Juneau, Alaska while attending college. The couple have 2 children and are excited about the many activities and opportunities in Southeast Alaska.

Special Interests:

Kimberly enjoys kayaking, swimming, crafting with her two daughters, and the practices of yoga and mindful meditation; she and her husband are science fiction and fantasy fans.


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Somerset M. “Somer” Dunn, AUD, CCC-A


Specialty: Audiology

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Academy of Audiology

Education & Experience:

Dr. Dunn earned her Audiology Doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in psychology and speech, language and hearing sciences. She comes to SEARHC from Colorado, where she worked in a six-physician otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) practice that included four audiologists.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Dunn holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) credential from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA).

Special Interests:

Dr. Dunn enjoys all aspects of audiology. She also loves to ski and hike, and she loves trying new foods.


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Valerie S. Edwards, MD


Specialty: Family Medicine

Locations: Kake → Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Edwards earned her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., and she earned her Medical Doctorate from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She completed her residency through the Alaska Family Medicine Residency program in Anchorage, a program that included fieldwork in Bethel, Kodiak and Unalaska.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Edwards was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity as an undergraduate student.

Special Interests:

Dr. Edwards’ interests include the full spectrum of Family Medicine services, including women’s health, obstetrics, adolescents, and disease prevention. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons, swimming, running, and hiking. In addition to working at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, Dr. Edwards will provide services to the community of Kake.


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Stephen L. Ericksen, DMD


Specialty: Dentistry

Location: Klawock →

Education & Experience:

Dr. Ericksen earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public health from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Before coming to SEARHC, Dr. Ericksen worked for the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, N.M., and the Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome.

Special Interests:

Dr. Ericksen is interested in hunting, fishing, computers, Mexican cuisine, remote control aircraft, and spending time with his family. He provides dental services at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and makes regular trips to the Hydaburg Health Center for clinics.


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Kelly Erickson, Physician Assistant


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: National Commission of Physician Assistants

Education & Experience:

Kelly earned a Master of Physician Assistant degree from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

Special Interests:

Kelly practices Family Medicine acute care. She has a special interest in providing preventive medicine and in treating teenage patients.


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Shannon B. Farr, OD


Specialty: Optometry

Location: Juneau →

Certification: Diplomate status with the American Board of Optometry and Fellow with the American Academy of Optometry

Education & Experience:

Dr. Farr earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. She also holds certification in infant vision and aviation vision. She is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Before moving to Juneau, Dr. Farr worked at the Norton Sound Health Corp. in Nome from 2001-07, at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. in Bethel from 1997-2001, and she completed a Navajo Nation residency in Winslow, Ariz., from 1996-97.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Farr has won various U.S. Public Health Service awards, including an achievement medal, unit commendations, hazardous duty, and isolated hardship awards.

Special Interests:

Dr. Farr has an interest in ocular disease, such as common inflammations known as “iritis.” She also enjoys shooting billiards/pool and volunteering in the community.


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Sandy Fogel, DDS


Specialty: Dentistry

Location: Juneau →

Education & Experience:

Dr. Fogel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Spanish at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and following that, earned Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She completed a two-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency through Lutheran Medical Center spending the first year in Maui, Hawaii and the second year in Sitka, Alaska.

Sandy volunteered a great deal as she studied to become a dentist. She was a student mentor, volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission as well as with American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile program.

Special Interests:

Sandy enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and spending time with friends.


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Steven Forde, Physician Assistant

Medical Director, ARMC

Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Klawock →

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Education & Experience:

Steven completed his undergraduate and physician assistant education at the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. Before joining SEARHC, he spent 17 years working in internal medicine, geriatric care, and acute care in a hospital setting at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring, Fla. He also was a medic in the U.S. Air Force.

Awards & Honors:

Steven received the Gold Seal award from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants for being in its top 10 percent of applicants.

Special Interests:

Steven has special medical interests in acute, intensive care unit and cardiac care, and internal medicine. He also enjoys spending time with his family, baseball, hiking, hunting, and fishing.


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Anna Frisby, Physician Assistant


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Hydaburg →

Certification: National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants

Education & Experience:

Anna has been with SEARHC since 1995, when she started as a community health aide in Hydaburg. She later was promoted to community health practitioner (the highest level in the CHA/P program). In 2010, Anna entered the University Of Washington School Of Medicine’s MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies Program, which now has a University of Alaska Anchorage campus. She graduated from the program in the summer of 2012 and passed her physician assistant certification board exams from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants that fall. During her second year of MEDEX studies, Anna spent time working in urgent care at the SEARHC S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka during one of her clinical rotations. To complete her Alaska physician assistant license, Anna worked under the direct supervision of Dr. Ellen Kemper at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock for four weeks before being able to work independently as the supervisory midlevel provider in Hydaburg.

Awards & Honors:

Anna received the 2009 “Shining Star” Health Aide of the Year Award from the directors of the Alaska Community Health Aide Program. During her 2012 graduation from the MEDEX program, Anna received the Anchorage Underserved Award, which goes to a student who has demonstrated a strong dedication to ongoing service to underserved communities.

Special Interests:

Anna’s medical interests include disease prevention and health promotion. She also loves volleyball, hiking, cake decorating and crocheting.


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Jeffrey Fultz, DC, PT


Specialty: Physical Therapy

Location: Juneau →

Certification: Diplomate Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists; Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties; and Manual Trigger Point Therapist, American Institute for Myofascial Studies

Education & Experience:

Jeff received his Bachelor of Science Biology from Allegheny College; Doctor of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College; Master of Community Health Education/Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University; Master of Public Health with concentration in Community Health and Preventive Medicine from University of New Mexico.

His previous career stops include the US Army – 45th Station Hospital in Vancouver, Washington; the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut; the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle, Arizona; the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico; and the Four Corners Regional Health Center in Red Mesa, Arizona.

After his arrival at SEARHC, Jeff said, “I am glad to be here. In the time that I have been here in Southeast Alaska, I have really appreciated the kindness of the people I have met. The cultural traditions and way of life here is quite a change from what I experienced in the Navajo Nation.”

Awards & Honors:

Jeff’s awards include two USPHS Commendations; two USPHS Achievement Medals; four USPHS Unit Commendations; two Surgeon General’s Certificates of Appreciation; two Army Achievement Medals; two Navajo Area Director’s Awards; and the Shiprock Service Unit Special Recognition Award.

Special Interests:

At work, Jeff’s special medical interests are Orthopedics, Manual Therapy, Myofascial-origin pain syndromes, and Headaches. Outside work his interests are hiking, running, fishing, soccer, mountain biking, music, kayaking, camping, reading and astronomy.


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Lylith Grody-Pantinkin, MD


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Haines →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Grody-Patinkin earned her Medical Doctorate degree from the Medical School for International Health (a collaboration between the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel). She also completed a residency in family medicine at the University of New Mexico. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Grody-Patinkin served as a community health aide trainer with the Norton Sound Health Corp. in Nome. Prior to moving to Haines, she worked as a family physician for SEARHC in Sitka and Hoonah.

Special Interests:

Dr. Grody-Patinkin’s medical interests include women’s health and family planning, preventive health and palliative care. She also enjoys anything outdoors with her dogs, cross-country, and backcountry skiing, hiking, biking everywhere, gardening, and she hopes to start sea kayaking.


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Marnie A. Hartman, PT, DPT, CSCS


Specialty: Physical Therapy

Location: Haines →

Certification: Certified as a physical therapist by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association

Education & Experience:

Marnie earned a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Physical Therapy, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, all from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. Before moving to Alaska in 2005 to start the physical therapy program at the SEARHC Haines Health Center, Marnie worked at the Riverside Community Medical Group SPORT Clinic and the Sports Club Los Angeles/Irvine-Sportsmed, both in California, where she focused on orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, and prevention, including working with professional and developing athletes.

In early 2014, Marnie was invited to join the prestigious faculty with the International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI). She will travel for ISPI to teach continuing education courses on the subject of using Therapeutic Neuroscience Education for the patient with persistent pain. Marnie considers this a great achievement that would not have been possible without support from SEARHC, especially the Haines clinic. “We have put this fundamental education into practice here and have made a great impact on our treatment of chronic pain. If it was not for this experience and the results of the team effort I am sure I would not have been identified as a leader and expert with this international organization,” Marnie commented after receiving the news from ISPI.

Special Interests:

Marnie has an ingrained love of treating the athlete, but as the only physical therapist in Haines, she said she is thrilled with the challenge of treating all in need. In recent years, she has taken a special interest in the biology of pain and the intimate interaction between the brain, pain, and functionality. She strongly believes in the paradigm shift of medical practitioners from a largely biology base to a biopsychosocial approach. When she’s not in the clinic, Marnie enjoys running with her dog on the Haines trails, helping others find their passion for a well and fit lifestyle, and relishing the traditions and surroundings that are Alaska with her partner, Greg.


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Courtney A. Hayashi, MD


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Hayashi earned her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and earned her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine.

She completed her General Surgery internship at the University of California San Francisco and her Family Medicine residency at the Oregon Health & Science University Cascades East.

Special Interests:

Dr. Hayashi’s medical interests cover the full spectrum of family medicine. In her free time, she enjoys bicycling, hiking, running, and almost anything outdoors.


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Diane E. Hill, PA


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Klawock →

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Education & Experience:

Diane earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Anchorage Community College (now part of the University Alaska Anchorage). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in general studies and completed her physician assistant certification training at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, N.D. She spent 25 years as a registered nurse (RN) at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, including the last 20 years as an emergency room nurse. She holds a certified emergency nurse (CEN) from the Emergency Nurses Association. She also spent 10 years as a certified sexual assault nurse examiner in Fairbanks.

Special Interests:

Diane’s medical interests are emergency and internal medicine. She enjoys ornamental horticulture, swimming, biking, reading, politics, and the study of human behavior. She works regular office hours at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center. Her practice includes a focus on women’s health.


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Jessica M. Holland, RD, LD


Specialty: Nutrition

Location: Sitka →

Certification: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Dietitian

Education & Experience:

Jessica Holland received a B.S. in Psychology from Northwestern State University, Louisiana. She received her B.A. in Dietetics and completed a Dietetics Internship at Idaho State University. Jessica also received practicum experience at Eastern Idaho Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, Idaho Falls Kidney Center, Pocatello Cardiology, and Pocatello Cancer Center.

She says, “It has been a great opportunity to be a part of the SEARHC community. I enjoy being able to help provide healthcare to the wonderful people of Southeast Alaska.”

Special Interests:

Jessica’s professional interests are nutrition and diabetes.


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Kristen L. Homer, Nurse Practitioner


Specialty: Primary Care

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center

Education & Experience:

Homer holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree and certificate in nursing from the Yale University School of Nursing. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and anthropology from Middlebury College. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Before joining the staff at the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe High School Student Health Center, Kristen spent 6 1/2 years working at the U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka Medical Clinic. Before that, she was a public health nurse with the state’s Sitka Public Health Center and a community health aide/practitioner supervisor/field clinician for SEARHC. Kristen also has worked with Planned Parenthood of Alaska. She first came to Sitka as a health-planning intern with the SEARHC in 1990. Before that, she worked in tribal health with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa in Michigan.

Special Interests:

Kristen has medical interests in pediatrics, adolescent and women’s health. She also enjoys reading, hiking, running and spending time with her family.


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Kim N. Hort, DMD


Specialty: Pediatric Dentistry

Location: Juneau →

Certification: Diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Education & Experience:

Dr. Hort earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Albright College of Reading, Pa. After working at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center from 2000-05, Dr. Hort took a leave of absence to go to Anchorage to complete a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Alaska Native Medical Center that is administered by Lutheran Medical Center of Brooklyn, N.Y. She returned to the SEARHC Juneau Dental Clinic in August 2007 after completing the program. She now heads SEARHC’s pediatric dental program, which provides special Denali KidCare clinics throughout the region.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Hort received the Clinical Excellence Award for Dental Specialist 2012 from the National Oral Health Council Executive Committee. The award honors performance while providing clinical services, providing clinical consultations, program development, clinical presentations, and contributions to continuing education, and clinical impact. Dr. Hort also won the Richard C. Pugh Award for scoring in the top 3 percent on her American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification exam.

Special Interests:

Dr. Hort has a special interest in the prevention of childhood caries (tooth decay) and raising cavity-free kids.


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Grace T. Hwang, MD


Specialty: Hospitalist

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Hwang earned her medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. She returned to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in spring 2008 after spending 3 1/2 years working in Fargo, N.D. Prior to that, Dr. Hwang spent seven years working all over Alaska, including Sitka, Juneau, Haines, Craig, Ketchikan, Wasilla, Dillingham, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome and Barrow. She also has worked in Hawai’i, Colorado, and Oregon.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Hwang won 2007 and 2008 North Dakota Diabetes Care Provider Gold Awards from the North Dakota Department of Public Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

Special Interests:

Dr. Hwang has a special medical interest in obstetrics. She enjoys hiking, traveling, fishing, reading and spending time with her family. “I am excited to be a part of the SEARHC community again,” she said.


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Keegan Jackson, MD


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Keegan Jackson earned her medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. She completed the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program in Duluth, Minnesota before joining SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. Dr. Jackson’s special medical interests are geriatric medicine, women’s health and preventative medicine.

Special Interests:

Outside the office, Dr. Jackson enjoys traveling, hiking and curling.


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Christopher P. Jones, PT, MS-PT, CSCS


Specialty: Physical Therapy

Location: Sitka →

Certification: Certified as a physical therapist by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association

Education & Experience:

Christopher earned a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Miami in Miami, Fla. As an undergraduate, he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he studied psychology and biomedical anthropology. Before moving to Sitka, Christopher previously was licensed and practiced physical therapy in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida. His most recent job before moving to Sitka was in acute physical therapy and rural home health at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

Special Interests:

Christopher’s special medical interests include acute physical therapy and evidence-based care. He also enjoys sharing Alaska with his wife Susan, fly-fishing, Trout Unlimited, poker, and spending time with his golden retrievers Brandy and Ginger.


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Thomas Jordan, DMD


Specialty: Dentistry

Location: Sitka →

Education & Experience:

Dr. Jordan earned a dental degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland and completed a residency in general practice at Denver General Hospital in Colorado.


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Ellen Kemper, MD


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Klawock →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Kemper earned her medical degree from Hahnemann College of Medicine (now part of Philadelphia’s Drexel University). She completed a residency in family practice in LaGrange, Ill.

Special Interests:

Dr. Kemper has a particular interest in rural medicine and electronic health records. 


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John K. “Kennon” Kirk, MD


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Kirk earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He completed a residency in Family Medicine with North Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley, Colo.

Special Interests:

Dr. Kirk’s special medical interests include obstetrics, newborns, pediatrics, hospital work, procedures, and family planning. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, running, travel, Barbara Kingsolver novels, folk medicine, and fresh seafood.


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Jason Koskinen, DO


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Sitka →

Certification: Board-certified in Family Medicine by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)

Education & Experience:

Dr. Koskinen graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2004 and completed his residency at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Before attending medical school, he earned a BA in Economics with Business from Goucher College in Towson, MD, as well as an AS in Physical Therapy from the Community College of the Air Force.

His clinical experience includes all aspects of Family Medicine, osteopathic manipulation, sports medicine and performing minor in-office surgical procedures. Dr. Koskinen also served as associate professor at the Eglin Air Force Base Family Medicine residency and as medical director of the Physician Assistant Program at Eglin Hospital.

Awards & Honors:

Excellence in Research Award National Capitol Consortium, US Air Force Health Professions Scholarship recipient, elected first year class president and student government president for Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Special Interests:

Dr. Koskinen’s particular medical interests are preventive medicine, osteopathic manipulation, sports medicine, OB/GYN, dermatology, vasectomies, colposcopy, and exercise stress tests.

His personal interests are running and hiking, fishing, eating great food, and spending time with his family.


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Richard L. Kraft, MD


Specialty: Hospitalist

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Kraft earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from South Dakota State University in Brookings. He earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of South Dakota Medical School in Vermillion and completed a residency in family practice at the University of North Dakota in Bismarck. He worked at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka from 1987-95, and returned to SEARHC as a hospitalist in 2008 after 13 years working at Indian Health Service sites in South Dakota (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Standing Rock).

Special Interests:

Dr. Kraft has special medical interests in dermatology and sports medicine. He also enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, sports and crafts. “The atmosphere of the entire medical staff is wonderful. It is great to be back,” Dr. Kraft said.


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Loren E. Laybourn, MD


Specialty: Radiology

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Radiology

Education & Experience:

Dr. Loren Laybourn received his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington; Medical Doctor from the University of Washington in Seattle; and completed his Radiology Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. He also received a Fellowship in Body Imaging from the University of Washington.

Special Interests:

Dr. Laybourn’s professional interest is medical imaging. His personal interests are fishing, 3D printing, family, and reading.


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Pornson P. Linton, DNP


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Haines →

Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Certification

Education & Experience:

Pornson earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado. She also holds Master’s Degree in Nursing and a certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Texas-Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas. Prior to moving to Haines, Pornson spent three years as the clinic director at the SEARHC Kake Medical Center in Kake. She also worked as a nurse at two clinics in Texas.

Special Interests:

Pornson is interested in Family Medicine and preventive care. She also enjoys mushrooms and berry picking.


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Kari Lundgren, Behavioral Health Clinician


Specialty: Behavioral Health - Clinician

Location: Sitka →

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Education & Experience:

Kari earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Special Interests:

Kari is clinic administrator for the Mt. Edgecumbe High School Student Health Center. She enjoys serving as a “floating clinician” for SEARHC’s community-based clinics and the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau.


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Rebecca Malone, APRN, FNP


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Haines →

Education & Experience:

Ms. Malone earned her Bachelor Degree in Nursing from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida and her MSN FNP (Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner) at Kaplan University in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Rebecca worked as a Registered Nurse at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida, Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Florida, Cornerstone Home Health in Haines, Alaska as well as at the SEARHC Haines Health Center.

In addition to serving SEARHC patients, Rebecca serves our country in the Army Reserve where she trains and prepares for the possibility of future military needs.

She is a member of Sigma Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Golden Key International, and Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Special Interests:

Ms. Malone’s medical interests are family and community health as well as hospice care.


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Annelle G. Maygren, OD


Specialty: Optometry

Location: Klawock →

Certification: Optometry

Education & Experience:

Dr. Maygren holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree (OD) from the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Ore. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Alaska Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Society. Dr. Maygren came to SEARHC in July 2012 from Fairbanks, where she spent a year working at Golden North Optics. Before that, she spent eight years working as an optometrist with her father’s optometry practice, Shasta Vision Group, in Mount Shasta, Calif. Dr. Maygren heads SEARHC’s eye clinic on Prince of Wales Island.

Special Interests:

Dr. Maygren’s medical interests include general optometry and working with kids. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, hiking and reading.


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David O. McCandless, MD

Medical Director

Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Haines →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. McCandless earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He earned a Master of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. He earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, and he completed a residency in family medicine at The Washington Hospital in Washington, Pa. Dr. McCandless spent 20 years as a family practitioner with the Alaska Island Community Services (AICS) Tideline Clinic in Wrangell, where he served as medical director from 2004-07. Before joining SEARHC fulltime in January 2012, Dr. McCandless worked part-time for AICS and did locums work around the region, including with the SEARHC Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and Haines Health Center. He also served medical director with Southeast Region Emergency Medical Services (SEREMS).

Special Interests:

Emergency medicine is a special interest for Dr. McCandless. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including visiting his three grown children, river-tripping and hiking.


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Adam C. McMahan, MD


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Haines →

Certification: Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. McMahan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he received his B.A. in Social Medicine. He went to medical school and received his M.D. at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Adam’s residency was completed at Alaska Family Medicine Residency in Anchorage.

During medical school and residency, Adam was fortunate to receive urban and rural family medicine training at sites ranging from Providence Alaska Medical Center to Bethel and Anaktuvuk Pass.

Dr. McMahan said he and his family are looking forward to joining and serving the communities of Haines/Klukwan.

Special Interests:

Adam’s special medical interests are rural emergency and preventative medicine, pediatrics, and palliative care. Outside the clinic, he enjoys spending time with family and dogs, subsistence activities, gardening, trail running, cycling, and bluegrass music. 


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Jennifer S. McNichol, MD


Specialty: Pediatrics

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Education & Experience:

Dr. McNichol earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt., and she completed an internship and residency at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, in Davis, Calif. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Before returning to SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital as a part-time pediatrician, Dr. McNichol worked as a part-time pediatrician at Sitka’s Moore Clinic and as a full-time staff physician for SEARHC.

Special Interests:

Dr. McNichol has a special interest in all aspects of pediatrics.


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Patricia L. McPherson, MD


Specialty: General Surgery

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Surgery, “Indian Health Pathway” certification from The Native American Center of Excellence; University of Washington School of Medicine, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Education & Experience:

Before coming to SEARHC, Dr. McPherson held a position as a surgeon at Claremore Indian Hospital in Claremore, Oklahoma. She earned her medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Dr. McPherson is not new to Alaska, however. She lived in Anchorage for 16 years and worked at Providence Alaska Medical Center as an EKG/CV technician before going to medical school, and received her two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Dr. McPherson has a keen interest in rural general surgery and is very happy to be able to provide exceptional general surgery services to the people of Southeast Alaska.

Awards & Honors:

IHS Scholarship recipient

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society member (UAA)

Special Interests:

Dr. McPherson enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.


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Lúcia H. Nascimento, DDS


Specialty: Dentistry

Location: Haines →

Certification: Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing

Education & Experience:

Dr. Nascimento earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center through Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., and an Associate of Science degree from City College of San Francisco in California.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Nascimento won the 2006 High Achievement in the Undergraduate Curriculum in Dental Care for Persons with Disabilities Award from the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disability.

Special Interests:

Dr. Nascimento has medical interests in prosthodontics and periodontics. She also enjoys wood carving.


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Reeve S. Newton, DDS


Specialty: Dentistry

Location: Juneau →

Education & Experience:

Dr. Newton earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California-Berkeley, and he earned his Doctorate of Dental Science from the University of California-San Francisco. Before arriving in Juneau to work for SEARHC in 2006, Dr. Newton was in private practice in California for 23 years, then he worked for three years in American Samoa, four years in Germany and four more years in California.

Special Interests:

Dr. Newton enjoys the great outdoors. When asked about working for SEARHC, Dr. Newton said he is “impressed by the organization’s efforts to provide the best possible care for our patients.”


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Alice Nunes, DDS


Specialty: Dentistry

Location: Sitka →

Education & Experience:

Dr. Nunes is graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She also completed a two-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry degree from Lutheran Medical Center. Alice received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College/Columbia University in New York.

Prior to working at SEARHC as a dentist, Dr. Nunes was a dental assistant for SEARHC and participated in the Rural Under-Served Opportunities Program through the University of Washington.

Special Interests:

Dr. Nunes is interested in all aspects of general dentistry, especially fillings, crowns, oral surgery, and root canals.

Personally, Alice enjoys outdoor activities such as running and hiking. She has participated in more than a handful of marathons, including the Mayor’s Marathon in Anchorage and the Boston Marathon. She even spent a few years as a dog handler and musher in Bethel, Alaska.


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David Ogilbee, DPT


Specialty: Physical Therapy

Location: Juneau →

Certification: Licensed Physical Therapist, Alaska

Education & Experience:

David received his Bachelor of Science Business in Administration, from California State University Stanislaus in Turlock, CA and his Doctor of Physical Therapy, from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He feels excited and honored to be working in an area that allows him to service the Alaskan Native communities, as well as gain a better appreciation regarding the communities and their traditions.

Awards & Honors:

Indian Health Service Native American Scholarship for Medical Professions

Special Interests:

David’s medical interests are Orthopedics, Vestibular Rehabilitation, and Sports Physical Therapy. Outside work his interests are wood working, fishing and physical fitness.


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Bradelle L. Padon, Nurse Practitioner


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Education & Experience:

Bradelle is a Nurse Practitioner at SEARHC, having earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion/Education from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.

She previously worked on policy and prevention with the “Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska” program. Bradelle then went on to work in women’s health, spurring her interest in pursuing direct patient care. She began working at SEARHC in 2007 as a School and Workplace Coordinator, moving on to become a Patient Care Coordinator. While in nursing school, she worked as an ambulatory nurse at the Ethel Lund Medical Center and joined the team as a midlevel provider in 2013.

Awards & Honors:

IHS Scholar recipient 2010-2013

Special Interests:

Bradelle’s medical interests are in preventative medicine, diabetes management, and women’s health. Her personal interests are spending time outside in any capacity, her dog, cooking, traveling, walking, running, and laughing.


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Jessica A. Porter, MD


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Academy of Family Physicians

Education & Experience:

Dr. Porter received her Bachelor of Science degree at California State University, Chico. She earned her Medical degree at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Porter also received her Family Medicine degree and completed her Obstetrics Residency at the University of California, Davis. In 2013, Jessica joined the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center staff in Juneau. Her special interests in medicine are obstetrics with C-sections.

Special Interests:

Outside the clinic, Dr. Porter enjoys running, hiking, and international travel.


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Pyper M. Powell, LPC, CDC-I

Behavioral Health Program Supervisor

Specialty: Behavioral Health - Clinician

Location: Juneau →

Certification: State of Alaska Board of Professional Counselors

Education & Experience:

Pyper holds a Master of Science degree in mental health counseling from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado, and she took undergraduate courses in communications and theater from Lake Forest College in Illinois. She holds a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential from the state of Alaska and is a credentialed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Before joining SEARHC, Pyper worked as a behavioral health clinician for the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. (JAMHI). She also served as interim director and behavioral health clinician for Metlakatla Indian Community. Before moving to Alaska, Pyper worked for Okanogan Behavioral Health Care in Omak, Wash., where she earned emergency service provider credentials as designated mental health professional and Native American specialist from the State of Washington.

Special Interests:

Pyper’s medical interests include crisis stabilization, cultural competence, respect, and incorporation of spiritual practice in therapy, and trauma-informed care. She enjoys spending time in nature with her husband and two daughters, kayaking, hiking, and berry picking.


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Magil Pratt, PHD, LPC, RPT


Specialty: Behavioral Health - Clinician

Location: Juneau →

Certification: Alaska Board of Psychologist and Psychological Assistant Examiners

Education & Experience:

Dr. Pratt earned a doctoral degree in counselor education from the University of South Dakota.

Awards & Honors:

Invited to present a paper at the 2004 World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression in Greece.

Special Interests:

Dr. Pratt is a registered play therapist and has expertise in treating children who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault.


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Jessica R. Priddy, FNP-C


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Klawock →

Certification: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Education & Experience:

Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

As a Nurse Practitioner, her career has been focused primarily on internal medicine, hospital medicine, and emergency medicine. Prior to that, she worked as an RN for many years in various settings ranging from critical care to home health administration.

Special Interests:

Jessica’s medical interests are in health promotion and preventative medicine. She is also a member of the Wilderness Medical Society. Her personal interests include hiking, hunting, fishing, photography, and enjoying the outdoors with her family.


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J. David (Dave) Purcell, DDS


Specialty: Pediatric Dentistry

Location: Juneau →

Education & Experience:

Dr. Purcell received his dental degree from The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He also received a Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems from Luther College 

Dr. Purcell spent every year since graduating from dental school as a provider for SEARHC in both Juneau and Sitka. He says, “These opportunities have been rewarding on multiple levels, and allowed a unique perspective on the role SEARHC plays in the health of our patients, their families, and the communities we serve.”

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Purcell’s primary focus is pediatric dentistry and providing dental care throughout Southeast Alaska.

Personally, Dave enjoys hiking, biking, running, fishing, snow sports, travel, cooking, adventure, and trying to keep up with his patients!


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Doug Rather, PA


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Education & Experience:

Douglas completed his Physician Assistant studies at Touro University in Henderson, Nev. He also practiced as a chiropractor for several years before going to school to become a physician assistant.

Douglas was an Eagle Scout and completed a Latter Day Saints mission to England.

Special Interests:

Douglas has special medical interests in rural Alaska Family Medicine. He also enjoys flying airplanes (he is a private pilot), stream fishing for coho salmon, boating and spending time with his wife and three children.


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Cora M. Roberts, DHAT


Specialty: Dental Health Aide Therapist

Location: Hoonah →

Certification: Community Health Aide Certification Board, Dental Health Aide Therapist

Education & Experience:

Cora Roberts graduated from Hoonah City Schools. She received her Associate of Arts in Business Administration (AABA) in Visual Communication from American Intercontinental University. Cora completed the Dental Health Aide Therapy Educational Program through the University of Washington’s DENTEX Program in Alaska.

Cora worked as the Food & Beverage Assistant Manager at Icy Strait Point and as the SEARHC building attendant in Hoonah. She now works for SEARHC Dental as the Dental Health Aide Therapist. Cora says “The SEARHC departments and workers in Hoonah work well together to provide the best care for their community. I feel honored to serve my hometown of Hoonah at SEARHC Dental.”

Special Interests:

Cora’s professional interests are striving to prevent and educate about tooth decay. Her personal interests are family, arts and crafts, and subsistence fishing, hunting and berry picking.


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Lauren Sanzone, DDS, MPH


Specialty: Pediatric Dentistry

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Education & Experience:

Dr. Sanzone is board certified and a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery as well as her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. She also received a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. She received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Massachusetts.

Prior to SEARHC, Dr. Sanzone practiced dentistry at a pediatric dental practice in Asheville, North Carolina after completing her pediatric dental residency at University of North Carolina School of Dentistry & University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Special Interests:

Dr. Sanzone’s has a keen interest in making sure patients understand the basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions as well as the prevention of early childhood caries which is the breakdown of the teeth due to bacteria.

Personally, she enjoys running, hiking, biking, skiing, cooking, reading, and is attempting to learn to play acoustic guitar.


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Marna L. Schwartz, MD


Specialty: Pediatrics

Locations: Angoon → Haines → Kake → Klawock →

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics.

Education & Experience:

Dr. Schwartz is a board certified pediatrician. She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. As an undergraduate, she graduated magna cum laude with honors from Williams College in Williamston, Massachusetts and received her Post Baccalaureate Premedical Certificate from Bryn Mawr College, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In 1988, right out of college she moved to Alaska and has been a resident for 20 of the past 27 years.

Dr. Schwartz also completed a one-year distance fellowship in neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism with the University of Alaska Anchorage lend program and had additional training in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) diagnosis. She completed the training on evaluation of child abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect through the Western Region CAC. She is certified as a PALS instructor.

Dr. Schwartz worked as a pediatrician in Seattle at the Department of Public Health as well as in private practice. She worked at SEARHC’s Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau for 6 years and participated in the community pediatric call rotation at Bartlett Regional Hospital during that time. Dr. Schwartz worked as the Program Manager for Alaska Emergency Medical Services for Children. The HRSA grant funded program within Alaska DHSS strives to improve the quality of EMS services for children in the state.

Currently she is a traveling physician at SEARHC, and regularly visits our clinics in communities that do not have everyday access to a pediatrician.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Schwartz is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Special Interests:

Dr. Schwartz is interested in developmental pediatrics, adolescent health, infectious disease, and well-baby, child, and teen health care. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two lovely daughters, Dessa and Tahlia. Reading, gardening and skiing are also personal interests.


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Janice Heaton Sheufelt, MD

Medical Director, Primary Care Clinics

Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Education & Experience:

Dr. Sheufelt earned a medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, and she completed her residency in Family Medicine with the North Colorado Family Residency program in Greeley, Colo. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Washington. Dr. Sheufelt was worked as a family physician at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center from 1997-2000, when she moved to Yakima, Wash., to be a physician and faculty member at the Central Washington Family Medical Center, a residency program run by the University of Washington. When she returned to the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center in 2004, Dr. Sheufelt was hired as the medical director in Juneau. She became clinic administrator/medical director at the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau before assuming her current role as Medical Director of Primary Care Clinics throughout Southeast Alaska.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Sheufelt participated in a faculty development fellowship run by the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. Dr. Sheufelt received the National Impact Award for her service to her Native community during the 2012 National Indian Health Board’s Annual Consumer Conference.

Special Interests:

Dr. Sheufelt’s medical interests include all areas of Family Medicine. Her personal interests include her family, competitive cycling, running, reading and knitting.


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Karen Smith, FNP-C


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Education & Experience:

Karen Smith received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and her Masters of Science in Nursing MSN) from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Prior to coming to SEARHC, Karen was the Director of Telehealth at AMC Health in New York. She also spent a portion of her career as a plastic surgery nurse specializing in breast and chest wall reconstruction for breast cancer patients, a home health nurse, and a post-operative recovery room nurse.

Awards & Honors:

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Patient Educator of the Year nominee, Dean’s List

Special Interests:

Ms. Smith’s medical interests are wound care, prenatal care, and assisting women with breast reconstruction. She was a licensed tattoo artist that specialized in tattooing nipples and areolas as part of the reconstruction process).

Personally, Karen enjoys painting, pregnancy photography, hiking and supporting activities that support women that experience breast cancer.


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Mandie L. Smith, DDS


Specialty: Dentistry

Location: Sitka →

Education & Experience:

Dr. Smith earned her Doctor of Dental Science degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She also completed a two-year residency at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. in Bethel through Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Smith holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officer Corps, and she spent five years at YKHC in Bethel before moving to Sitka to work for SEARHC.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Smith was awarded the Indian Health Service’s Excellence in Clinical Dentistry Award in 2005 and she has won several other U.S. Public Health Service awards.

Special Interests:

Dr. Smith has medical interests in TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues, complex medically compromised patients, complex restorative dentistry, and pediatrics. She also enjoys hiking, fishing, and enjoying her two young sons.


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Parcae K. Soule, LPC, CDC-2


Specialty: Behavioral Health - Clinician

Location: Sitka →

Certification: State of Alaska (LPC), Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (CDC-2)

Education & Experience:

Parcae earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., and she earned a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling (MMHC) from Walden University. She holds Licensed Professional Counselor and Chemical Dependency Counselor 2 credentials from the State of Alaska.

Awards & Honors:

Parcae is a member of the Walden Chapter of Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology.

Special Interests:

Parcae enjoys spending time outdoors. Parcae works as a behavioral health clinician at the Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít outpatient behavioral health clinic in Sitka. Before that, she worked as a behavioral health clinician with the SEARHC Yéil Jeeyáx Raven’s Way adolescent substance abuse treatment program.


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Pamela Steffes, OD


Specialty: Optometry

Location: Sitka →

Certification: Diplomate, American Board of Optometry. Fellow of the American College of Medical Optometrists (ACMO). Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Education & Experience:

Dr. Steffes earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR, and completed internships at Teplick Laser Center in Portland, OR, and The Children’s Eye Doctors in Redmond, Wash. She completed her Master of Business Administration at Washington State University.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Steffes received the 2008 Caplan Award at the Biennial Indian Health Service Optometrist meeting. The award is recognition of “exemplary service and programmatic contributions” to the Public Health Service Optometry Program.

Special Interests:

Dr. Steffes provides a full range of eye care services to patients of all ages, including diabetic eye exams, contact lens services, refractive surgery co-management, and pediatric eye exams. Dr. Steffes also enjoys providing volunteer eye care services to those in need around the world, most recently traveling to Tanzania, Nicaragua, and Ecuador.


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Matt Taintor, MD


Specialties: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: Pediatrics (ABP) Internal Medicine (ACP)

Education & Experience:

Dr. Taintor earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and he completed a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency at the University of Utah. He also holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. Before medical school, Dr. Taintor lived in Juneau where he worked with Juneau Youth Services for a couple of years and spent time as a fly-fishing guide. Dr. Taintor worked for SEARHC in Sitka before his move to ELMC in Juneau. He and his wife are happy to be back in Juneau.

Awards & Honors:

While at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Taintor was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Special Interests:

Dr. Taintor’s medical interests include pediatrics. He also enjoys playing outdoors with his kids, fly-fishing, and hunting.


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Sul Ross “Sr” O. Thorward, MD


Specialty: Behavioral Health - Psychiatry

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (also serves as an examiner in general psychiatry for this organization).

Education & Experience:

Dr. Thorward earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Thorward completed an internship at Providence Hospital in Seattle and a psychiatric residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. In his more than 30 years as a psychiatrist and health care administrator, Dr. Thorward has served as a unit director of San Antonio State Hospital in Texas; director of outpatient and short-term services for Harding Hospital in Columbus, Ohio; chief of behavioral health at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash.; president and CEO of Harding Hospital; administrative director for the Ohio State University-Harding Hospital after the hospital’s merger with the university; a psychiatrist for the Ohio Department of Mental Health; and a member of the Board of Trustees for OSU-Harding Hospital.

Awards & Honors:

In 2008, Dr. Thorward received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a three-time winner of the Outstanding Faculty award from The Ohio State University.

Special Interests:

Dr. Thorward’s medical interests are community health systems, advocacy for mental health and health care financing. His personal interests include the Seventh Day Adventist Church, photography, hiking, theater, and fishing.


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David Vastola, MD


Specialty: Pediatrics

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Academy of Pediatrics

Education & Experience:

Dr. Vastola earned a medical degree from and completed a residency at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Vastola was hired by SEARHC as a pediatrician at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1988, and in 1994 he became medical director for SEARHC Community Health Services, where he supervised medical services provided by SEARHC’s rural clinics. In 2012, Dr. Vastola returned to providing pediatric services at the hospital in Sitka.

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Vastola received the 2011 Sockeye Award from the Alaska Primary Care Association for his work increasing access to primary health care in rural Southeast Alaska.

Special Interests:

Dr. Vastola enjoys adolescent medicine and developmental pediatrics.


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Irbert L. Vega, MD, AAHIVS


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Sitka →

Certification: American Academy of Family Physicians

Education & Experience:

Dr. Irbert Vega completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. He obtained his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Vega completed his residency in the Lancaster General Health, Family Medicine Residency Program in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Vega is excited about living in Southeast Alaska. He finds that the geography, natural resources, and cultures that comprise the area make it an inspiring place to practice family medicine.

Special Interests:

Dr. Vega’s medical interests cover the full spectrum of family medicine. His interests include the care of people who are HIV positive and medical education.


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Gio G. Villanueva, PT, DPT, ATC


Specialty: Physical Therapy

Location: Sitka →

Education & Experience:

Gio earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports medicine from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Gio is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and he worked with Air Force veterans with Air Force Village II and Christus Santa Rosa Medical Group in San Antonio, Texas. Gio also is a certified athletic trainer (ATC). He enjoys fulfilling the needs of SEARHC patients from the villages and communities of Southeast Alaska while incorporating resources to educate them about the preservation and maintenance of their functionality.

Special Interests:

Gio’s special medical interests include physical therapy and athletic training. He also enjoys trekking, traveling and triathlons. Gio serves as the executive director of the Alaska Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.


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Dan C. Weaver, DPT, BSN


Specialty: Physical Therapy

Locations: Hydaburg → Klawock →

Education & Experience:

Dan holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Montana in Missoula, a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Cincinnati. Before moving to Klawock in 2007 to start the physical therapy program at the SEARHC Alicia Roberts Medical Center, Dan spent 12 years working in the physical therapy department at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Dan holds the rank of Commander in the U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps, and he is a certified pedorthist (a person who specializes in using footwear — including shoes, orthotics, and other footwear modifications — to solve problems in the feet or lower limbs).

Special Interests:

Dan has special skills in the prevention and treatment of foot complications among patients with diabetes. Dan enjoys kayaking, bicycling, jogging, biking, camping, fishing, hunting and the outdoors. In addition to seeing patients in Klawock, Dan also travels to the Alma Cook Medical Center in Hydaburg to provide physical therapy.


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Bruce Weeks, MD


Specialty: Behavioral Health - Psychiatry

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry

Education & Experience:

Dr. Weeks earned a medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, N.Y.). He completed a psychiatry residency and a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Montefiore Hospital (Bronx, N.Y.).


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Matthew J. West, DMD, AEGD


Specialty: Dentistry

Location: Juneau →

Certification: Dentistry

Education & Experience:

Dr. West earned an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) credential from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Dr. West went to Northern Arizona University for his undergraduate studies. Before joining SEARHC in 2010, Dr. West was a dentist in Bethel for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. and deputy director of dental services with YKHC from 2006-10. Dr. West oversees SEARHC’s dental residency program through our partnership with Lutheran Medical Center Dental Medicine of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Special Interests:

Dr. West serves as a certification board member for dental services with the Alaska Community Health Aide/Practitioner (CHAP) Program. He also is a graduate of the Kois Center (a continuing education program in esthetics, implant, and restorative dentistry based in Seattle). Dr. West enjoys hiking, snowboarding, running, and being a roller derby referee.


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Kelly A. Whitcomb-Tincher, RD LD


Specialty: Nutrition

Location: Sitka →

Certification: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Dietitian

Education & Experience:

Kelly graduated with honors from Western Kentucky University. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Morehead State University with hospital rotations at The Medical Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital (MEH) in Sitka, Alaska; and Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) in Anchorage, Alaska.


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Shirley Workman, Nurse Practitioner


Specialty: Behavioral Health - Psychiatry

Location: Juneau →

Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center

Education & Experience:

Shirley earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Akron in Ohio. She has more than 30 years’ experience in psychiatric nursing, including six years in Kotzebue with the Maniilaq Health Center.

Awards & Honors:

Shirley won a Veterans Administration Hands and Heart Award.

Special Interests:

Shirley’s medical interests include the holistic approach in improving mental health across the adult lifespan. She specializes in adult psychiatric mental health nursing, and she has extensive experience in treating patients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.


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Iola Young, Physician Assistant


Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Juneau →

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Education & Experience:

Iola earned a degree from the University of Colorado.


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Emily Zimbrich, LPC, CDC II


Specialty: Behavioral Health - Clinician

Location: Haines →

Certification: State of Alaska Board of Professional Counselors

Education & Experience:

Emily earned a Masters in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University in Lake Charles, La. She holds Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Chemical Dependency Counselor II (CDC II) credentials from the state of Alaska. Before joining SEARHC in July 2012, Emily previously was the director of Impact Counseling Services Inc. in Haines, which she founded in 1996. She also worked in residential treatment for adolescent girls in Wyoming, and she briefly worked with Lynn Canal Counseling in Haines and did contract work with a variety of mental health agencies in Alaska.

Awards & Honors:

Emily is in her second term on the Alaska Board of Professional Counseling (appointed in 2006, renewed in 2010), and has been vice chair of the board for the past four years.

Special Interests:

A long-time resident of Southeast Alaska, Emily was born in Juneau and raised in Haines. Her mother, Hazel Englund, was born in Haines to a family that homesteaded in the community. Emily enjoys working with people toward achieving goals they have set and seeing things change for the better in their lives. She also enjoys hiking, fishing, camping and berry picking.