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.
American Board of Family Medicine
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.
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.
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.
American Board of Family Medicine
Dr. Buley earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and received Family Medicine training in Duluth, Minn.
Dr. Buley provides a full spectrum of Family Medicine.
Behavioral Health, Clinician
Licensed Professional Counselor (national license), Masters in Addiction Counseling (national credential) and Chemical Dependency Counselor Supervisor (State of Alaska)
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.
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).
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.”
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
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.
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.
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.
American Board of Surgery
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.
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.
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.
American Nurse Credentialing Center
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.
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 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.
American Academy of Audiology
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.
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).
Dr. Dunn enjoys all aspects of audiology. She also loves to ski and hike, and she loves trying new foods.
American Board of Family Medicine
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.
Dr. Edwards was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity as an undergraduate student.
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.
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.
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.