Providers

All SEARHC health care providers are licensed to practice in Alaska by either the State Medical Board, the Board of Dental Examiners, the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification, or the Alaska Board of Nursing. Besides this state licensing, many of our providers have additional board certification that is listed in their individual profiles.

Kristen L. Homer, Nurse Practitioner

 Sitka 

Kristen L. Homer, Nurse Practitioner

Specialty 

Primary Care

Certification 

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Education 

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.

Grace T. Hwang, MD

 Sitka 

Grace T. Hwang, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

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.

Katherine “Kathy” Ingallinera, Nurse Practitioner

 Sitka 

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Education 

Katherine earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond.

Awards & Honors 

Received RN Excellence In Practice Award in 1988 from the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals.

Special Interests: 

Katherine provides urgent care for all ages and has a special interest in health care for women and adolescents.

Thomas Jordan, DMD

 Sitka 

Thomas Jordan, DMD

Specialty 

Dentistry

Education 

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.

Michelle Kennedy, Nurse Practitioner

 Sitka 

Michelle Kennedy, Nurse Practitioner

Specialty 

Infection Prevention and Control

Specialty 

Women’s Health

Certification 

National Certification Corporation (NCC) as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.

Education 

Michelle earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. She completed a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner certification program through Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which is affiliated with Drexel University in Philadelphia.  She currently is working and preparing to take the Infection Control Practitioner exam within the next year.  Before coming back to SEARHC in 2008, Michelle spent the previous 12-plus years as a public health nurse with the State of Alaska, traveling to Angoon, Yakutat, Pelican and Port Alexander where she worked with CHAPs in providing preventive health care. She has been a nurse for 38 years, with a wide variety of nursing experiences in and out of Sitka.

Awards & Honors 

Michelle received the Public Health Nursing Outstanding Professional Award in 2002 and the 2006 Soroptomists International of Sitka Honored Woman Award.

Special Interests: 

Michelle's medical interests include adolescent reproductive health education and both male/female reproductive health. Her nursing specialty is obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive health.   She worked as one of the instructors in the Community Health Aide/Practitioner training center at SEARHC's Sitka campus prior to her taking the position as Infection Preventionist for the SEARHC Consortium.

Kari Lundgren, Physician Assistant

 Sitka 

Kari Lundgren, Physician Assistant

Specialty 

Primary Care

Certification 

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Education 

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.

Jennifer S. McNichol, MD

 Sitka 

Jennifer S. McNichol, MD

Specialty 

Pediatrics

Certification 

American Board of Pediatrics

Education 

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.

James Mellema, Nurse Anesthetist

 Sitka 

James Mellema, Nurse Anesthetist

Specialty 

Anesthesia

Certification 

Council on Recertification from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Education 

James earned a diploma in nursing and a bachelor's degree in health sciences from the Butterworth Hospital School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Mich. He trained as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in the Navy Nurse Corps at Camp Pendleton, Calif. In addition, James has a Bachelor of Science degree from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and a Master of Arts degree in Computer Resources and Management from the Webster University campus in San Diego.

Special Interests: 

James has a special interest in acute and chronic pain management.

Henry M. “Mack” Owen, MD

 Sitka 

 Yakutat 

Henry M. “Mack” Owen, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine.

Education 

Dr. Owen earned a medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed both an internship and residency at St. Peter Family Practice in Olympia Wash. Dr. Owen provides itinerant services to the community of Yakutat.

Ann D. Patterson, MD

 Sitka 

Ann D. Patterson, MD

Specialty 

Anesthesia

Certification 

American Board of Anesthesiology

Education 

Dr. Patterson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and completed her medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She did her internship and anesthesia residency at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation and at Louisiana State University Charity, both in New Orleans. Before joining SEARHC, Dr. Patterson worked in private practice in Brandon and Canton, Miss., the past three years. Before that, Dr. Patterson spent 11 years as an anesthesiologist in Baton Rouge, La., and four years in Hattiesburg, Miss.

 

Special Interests: 

Dr. Patterson's special medical interests are critical care patient care. She also enjoys spending time with her family, LSU sports, playing Scrabble and her dog Giselle, a Rhodesian ridgeback.

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