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.
Behavioral Health, Clinician
Brett has a Masters of Education degree in educational psychology with a rehabilitation counseling emphasis from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature with a Spanish minor from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and he has an Associate of Science degree in computer science from Weber State. He holds licenses from the State of Alaska as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified Dependency Counselor II (CDC II) and an Approved Counselor Supervisor for Professional Counselors.
Brett's specialties are batterers' intervention and adolescent substance abuse. He is treatment supervisor for the SEARHC Yéil Jeeyáx Raven's Way adolescent substance abuse treatment program. In his spare time, Brett enjoys his family, health, nutrition, exercise, longevity, language, culture and travel.
American Board of Radiology
Dr. Wright earned a medical degree from the University of Colorado in Denver, completed a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin at Milwau- kee and completed an internship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Wright enjoys all areas of radiology.
American Board of Internal Medicine
Dr. Zarley earned a medical degree at the University of Iowa. He completed a residency and internship at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Zarley is particularly interested in cardiology and intensive care.
Behavioral Health, Clinician
State of Alaska Board of Professional Counselors
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
American Board of Family Medicine
Dr. Widmer 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. Prior to moving to Sitka, Dr. Widmer served as a community health aide trainer with the Norton Sound Health Corp. in Nome.
Dr. Widmer’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 back-country skiing, hiking, biking everywhere, gardening, and she hopes to start sea kayaking. In addition to treating patients in Sitka, Dr. Widmer also will treat patients in Hoonah.
Behavioral Health, Psychiatry
Certified as a physician assistant by the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants with a certificate of added qualifications in psychiatry
Terry attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he earned his physician assistant credential through the University of Washington School of Medicine’s MEDEX program and also earned a Bachelor of Clinical Health Services degree. In addition, he holds a licensed practical nurse credential earned at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash. Before moving to Sitka, Terry worked in Bethel practicing primary care and psychiatry with the Bethel Family Clinic. Prior to moving to Alaska, Terry worked as a psychiatric physician assistant at Shasta County Mental Health and for psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Andrews, both in Redding, Calif., and for Frontier Village Family Health Care in Red Bluff, Calif. He also has worked as a psychiatric nurse at Western State Hospital in Steilacoom, Wash., and Pierce County Behavioral Health in Tacoma. Terry is working as a mental health midlevel practitioner at the Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít outpatient behavioral health clinic in Sitka.
Terry said he loves working with the severely mentally ill patients as well as all the other psychiatric patients. He also enjoys hiking, golf, waterskiing, fishing, hunting, ranching and gardening.
National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy
Lois completed her occupational therapy studies at Curtin University in Western Australia. Prior to moving to Sitka, Lois worked as an occupational therapist in Australia and the United Kingdom.
As an occupational therapist, Lois aims to help people optimize their quality of life and independence in the activities and occupations of daily life. Lois enjoys hiking and travel.
Alexei earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Alexei has been with SEARHC since 2000 and was promoted to department manager of physical therapy at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka in 2010. Since becoming department manager, Alexei expanded the department to three physical therapists (Alexei; Gio Villanueva, DPT; and Christopher Jones, MSPT) and a part-time occupational therapist (Lois Denherder, OTR). He also led a renovation of the clinic space, increasing the area for therapeutic exercise and adding substantial new equipment. Alexei holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the USPHS Commissioned Corps.
Alexei won the 2011 and 2004 U.S. Public Health Service Therapist Junior Officer of the Year Award, which honors a U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps junior officer who is selected by his or her peers across the country for “overall performance in the delivery of quality health care and outstanding contributions in the area of clinical health care/health care management.” He won his 2011 award for co-authoring and implementing a business plan (approved by the SEARHC Board) that brings significant upgrades and increased services to the hospital. Alexei won his 2004 award as a clinical instructor for Doctor of Physical Therapy students.
Alexei’s medical interests include outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. He also is an avid cyclist.
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
Christopher earned a Masters 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.
Christopher’s special medical interests include acute physical therapy and evidence-based care. He also enjoys sharing Alaska with his wife Susan, flyfishing, Trout Unlimited, poker, and spending time with his golden retrievers Brandy and Ginger.