Providers

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

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Cate Buley, MD

 Juneau 

Cate Buley, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

Dr. Buley earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and received Family Medicine training in Duluth, Minn.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Buley provides a full spectrum of Family Medicine.

Sally A. Caldwell, LPC, MAC, CDCS, CHP

 Juneau 

Sally A. Caldwell, LPC, MAC, CDCS, CHP

Specialty 

Behavioral Health, Clinician

Certification 

Licensed Professional Counselor (national license), Masters in Addiction Counseling (national credential) and Chemical Dependency Counselor Supervisor (State of Alaska)

Education 

Sally earned a Masters of Education degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she completed internships in mental health inpatient treatment for youth, substance abuse inpatient for women with children and in outpatient trauma-informed therapy with child victims of sexual abuse. She did graduate study in special education at the University of Oklahoma, specializing in learning disabilities and emotional disturbance exceptionalities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional writing from the University of Oklahoma. Sally is also an experienced mediator with over 100 hours of training and has provided medication for cases with the State of Alaska Child Custody Investigator’s Office.

Sally is a resource for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Washington, DC. and has provided multiple trainings on Interventions for Adolescents and Children with FASD, including for the Fairbanks North Start Borough School District, the North Slope Borough, Fairbanks Native Association, Alaska Department of Education and University of Alaska and for school districts in Alaska urban and rural communities. Sally is past Mental Health Consultant for the Juneau Multidisciplinary Team, serving the SAFE Child Advocacy Center. In addition to her clinical background, She has been an Adjunct Instructor for the College of Rural Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Trainer for the Overcoming Racism: Embracing Diversity curriculum.

Awards & Honors 

Sally was the first recipient of the Strength Through Diversity scholarship from the Fairbanks North-Star Borough School District for her advocacy in addressing the issues of racial prejudice and discrimination in the school system. She was a nominee for The Arc Distinguished Research Award for her work with FASD and she is a published author who has written on topics related to FASD (including a chapter in the book Fantastic Antone Succeeds and the introduction for Fantastic Antone Grows Up, University of Alaska, Fairbanks Press).

Special Interests: 

Sally specializes in somatic psychotherapy and trauma-informed addiction counseling in her clinical work with the SEARHC Behavioral Health Clinic in Juneau. She works with adults, youth and children and has training and experience specific to working with people who have FASD.

Sally enjoys landscaping and gardening and sailing in inland waters. She enjoys being a community volunteer, and teaches a family-based children's class and facilitates human enrichment study groups.

While working for SEARHC Sally commented “I was honored to be hired by SEARHC in 2009. Not only does SEARHC Behavioral Health hold a high respect among clinical providers in Juneau, but I feel privileged to work in partnership with Alaska native peoples. I appreciate the high-minded values and the cultural traditions, customs and stories that have held a people up for so many, many generations.”

Jeff Chelmo, Physician Assistant

 Hoonah 

Jeff Chelmo, Physician Assistant

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Education 

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D., and attended graduate school at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He earned a Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Omaha, Neb., and was a practicing dentist in southcentral South Dakota for 10 years before suffering a hand injury. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University in Omaha and worked as an emergency room and intensive care unit nurse for 2 1/2 years. Jeff then earned his Physician Assistant degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., and he worked as a PA in northcentral Montana for 11 years before moving to Hoonah.

Awards & Honors 

Jeff was league champion at the Kimball, S.D., Golf Club (Sand Greens) in 1987 and club league champion in 1994 at Lake Platte golf course in Montana. He was most improved bowler in 1982 with Kimball Men's League.

Special Interests: 

Jeff has a special medical interest in rural health care, and he and his wife, Jenni, were trauma medical director and trauma medical coordinator for a small rural hospital in Montana. Jeff's personal interests include his wife and kids, woodworking, gardening, cooking, fishing and hunting.

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.

Cal K. Curt, Nurse Practitioner

 Hoonah 

Cal K. Curt, Nurse Practitioner

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Nurse Credentialing Center

Education 

Cal earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and his family nurse practitioner certification from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Before moving to Hoonah, Cal spent 22 years working for a variety of rural clinics in northern New Mexico.

Special Interests: 

Cal has a special medical interest in rural health care and emergency medical services. Cal's personal interests include hunting, fishing, the outdoors, farming, ranching, reading, and watching his kids and grandkids.

Alexei Desatoff, DPT

 Sitka 

Alexei Desatoff, DPT

Specialty 

Physical Therapy

Education 

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.

Awards & Honors 

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.

Special Interests: 

Alexei’s medical interests include outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. He also is an avid cyclist.

Alexander R. DeYoung, DDS

 Haines 

Specialty 

Dentistry

Certification 

American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX)

Education 

Dr. Alex DeYoung attended Clarion University in Pennsylvania where he received his B.S. in Molecular Biology. At Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). Dr. DeYoung received his Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Lutheran Medical Center. Before coming to work at SEARHC, he provided volunteer service for several Mission of Mercy Dental Service Projects, Give Kids a Smile, and Caritas in Richmond, VA.

Alex shared this comment about his work at SEARHC. "I have been interested in working in the Haines clinic since I moved to Alaska and heard about the long-need call for a full time dentist. I got into this profession to provide quality care where it is most needed and to help as many people as possible. Being able to do it in such a beautiful place, with so much to offer is a blessing I don't take for granted."

Special Interests: 

Professionally, Dr. DeYoung enjoys complex and challenging dentistry, continuing education and village travel. After hours he appreciates outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and mountain biking.

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.

Stephen L. Ericksen, DMD

 Klawock 

Stephen L. Ericksen, DMD

Specialty 

Dentistry

Education 

Dr. Ericksen earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Lousville 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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