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.

Jerry Z. Ainsworth, MD

 Sitka 

Jerry Z. Ainsworth, MD

Specialty 

Ear, Nose and Throat

Certification 

American Board of Otolaryngology

Education 

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

Special Interests: 

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

John A. Baciocco, MD

 Sitka 

John A. Baciocco, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

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

Special Interests: 

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

Jeannette S. Berry, Nurse Anesthetist

 Sitka 

Jeannette S. Berry, Nurse Anesthetist

Specialty 

Anesthesia

Certification 

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Education 

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

Awards & Honors 

Jeannette has won several military medals.

Special Interests: 

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

William Beutel, MD

 Sitka 

William Beutel, MD

Specialty 

General Surgery

Certification 

American Board of Surgery

Education 

Dr. Beutel earned his Medical Doctorate and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and a Master of Science degree in biology from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Dr. Beutel spent three years as a staff surgeon at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Surgery in Iowa City, Iowa, then moved to the Charlotte, N.C., region where he had a private surgical practice for 23 years.

Awards & Honors 

While in college, Dr. Beutel was selected for the James Scholar Program of Independent Study at the University of Illinois. He also participated in the Medical Assistance Programs-Reader's Digest International Medical Fellowship Program in India.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Beutel has special medical interests in gall bladder disease, nutrition and wound healing. He also enjoys hiking, fishing and reading.

Elliot J. Bruhl, MD

 Sitka 

Medical Director, Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital
Elliot J. Bruhl, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

Dr. Bruhl earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, and completed his residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and a Master of Science degree in hydrology from the University of Idaho School of Mines in Moscow, Idaho. Dr. Bruhl was at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital from 1998-2006, then spent 2007-08 as a physician and medical director at Sitka Community Hospital's Mountainside Family Healthcare. He returned to SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in April 2009. Before returning to school to become a physician, Dr. Bruhl lived in Alaska and was a wildlands firefighter at the Chugach National Forest Seward Ranger District and a commercial fisheries worker/deckhand in Homer.

Awards & Honors 

Dr. Bruhl was elected to the Sigma Xi science honor society while at Carleton College and the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society while at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He also won the 1997 F. William Barrows Resident of the Year Award from the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Bruhl's medical interests are dermatology, orthopedics, men's health and sports medicine. During his personal time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing and gardening. Dr. Bruhl also enjoys providing medical care for Sitka sports teams, including the Sitka Youth Football League junior, senior and Sitka High School football teams, the Sitka High School soccer team and at the state Class 1A-2A-3A state wrestling championships (held December 2007 at Mt. Edgecumbe High School). Dr. Bruhl serves as Chief of Services Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He also administers the University of Washington medical residency program at the hospital.

Robert F. “Bob” Crochelt, MD

 Sitka 

Robert F. “Bob” Crochelt, MD

Specialty 

General Surgery

Certification 

American Board of Surgery

Education 

Dr. Crochelt earned MD and PhD degrees in medicine and gastrointestinal pharmacology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and he completed a five-year surgical residency at the University of California at San Francisco. He also earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, awarded magna cum laude (with high honors) from Columbia College in New York City. Before moving to Sitka, Dr. Crochelt worked as a surgeon in rural Minnesota, Ketchikan and rural West Virginia.

Awards & Honors 

Dr. Crochelt is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Society of Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract, the Alaska State Medical Society, and he is a member of the executive council of the Nafziger Surgical Society.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Crochelt's professional interests include biliary surgery, trauma systems and patient care, pacemakers and endoscopy. Besides spending quiet time with his wife, Dr. Crochelt enjoys fishing, hiking and fiddling with computers and cameras.

Somerset M. “Somer” Dunn, AuD, CCC-A.

 Sitka 

Somerset M. “Somer” Dunn, AuD, CCC-A.

Specialty 

Audiology

Certification 

American Academy of Audiology

Education 

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, 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.

Valerie S. Edwards, MD

 Kake 

 Sitka 

Valerie S. Edwards, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

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 field work 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, adolescents and disease prevention. She also enjoys outdoors activities such as hiking, skiing and kayaking, traveling for the cross-cultural experiences and knitting. In addition to working at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, Dr. Edwards will provide services to the community of Kake.

Janice L. Hamrick, LCSW, BHP.

 Sitka 

Janice L. Hamrick, LCSW, BHP.

Specialty 

Behavioral Health, Clinician

Certification 

Association of Social Work Boards and Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners

Education 

Janice holds a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a social work emphasis, both from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Janice is certified in Alaska as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and as a Behavioral Health Practitioner (BHP). Before joining SEARHC, Janice spent five years as Director of Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic and Village Services with the Bethel-based Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. (YKHC), where she has extensive behavioral health contacts throughout rural Alaska. At YKHC, Hamrick supervised the outpatient mental health clinic in Bethel and provided services for 46 villages, including emergency services, the Family Spirit Project and the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) program. She is the chair of the Alaska State Behavioral Health Academic Review Committee and serves as co-chair of the Behavioral Health Aide Manual Committee that is developing a manual the recently adopted state criteria for the Behavioral Health Aide/Practitioner program.

Awards & Honors 

While working in Mississippi, a boys group home was named "Hamrick House" in honor of Janice's work there, she was recognized as a Delta Point of Pride for her work with developmentally disabled adults, and in 1997 her peers named her outstanding clinician.

Special Interests: 

Janice's special interests are learning about the culture of areas and empowering front-line workers in remote locations with few resources to feel confident in the services they provide. She also has an interest in family recovery vs. providing treatment for individuals. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping and just walking. Janice is based in Sitka where she supervises SEARHC's Community Family Services program, which provides behavioral health care services in nine communities - Angoon, Craig, Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Kake, Klawock, Klukwan and Petersburg.

Richard W. Hart, OD

 Sitka 

Richard W. Hart, OD

Specialty 

Optometry

Education 

Dr. Hart earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. He practiced 14 years in Logan, Utah, prior to coming to SEARHC.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Hart provides primary eye care services to patients of all ages, with special interest in contact and geriatric eye care. In addition to optometric experience, Dr. Hart spent years in the optical business.

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