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.
Gio earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports medicine from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Gio is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and he worked with Air Force veterans with Air Force Village II and Christus Santa Rosa Medical Group in San Antonio, Texas. Gio also is a certified athletic trainer (ATC). He enjoys fulfilling the needs of SEARHC patients from the villages and communities of Southeast Alaska while incorporating resources to educate them about the preservation and maintenance of their functionality.
Gio’s special medical interests include physical therapy and athletic training. He also enjoys trekking, traveling and triathlons. Gio serves as the executive director of the Alaska Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Columbia Southern University - MBA
When asked about working for SEARHC Stewart shared this comment. "I am honored to have the opportunity and privilege to serve the communities of Southeast Alaska as the program manager of the SEARHC Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít Mental Health Clinic (The House for Healing Your Inner Most Being). I look forward to building our capacities in the services we offer to the individuals and families of Southeast Alaska. Gunalcheesh!"
Stewarts interest include: Subsistence hunting and fishing. Volunteer community services. The local community of faith.
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), August 2009. Wilderness Advanced Life Support – Wilderness Medical Associates International 2012.
Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Medicine, Portland, Oregon. Master of Science degree with emphasis in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Southern Oregon University. Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion/Fitness Management from Southern Oregon University.
Prior to physician assistant school Jeff work for the Klamath Tribes of Southern Oregon managing their diabetic and pre-diabetes programs. His experience there spurred his desire to become a medical provider and therefore he sought physician assistant school in Portland, Oregon. During his clinical training Jeff completed a rotation at the Haines Medical Clinic under Dr. Russ Bowman. Jeff’s medical experience prior to moving to Sitka was with several specialty practices in Southern Oregon. He assisted the general, vascular, and bariatric surgeons at Oregon Surgical Specialists for several years. During that time he performed duties with the trauma service, first assisted in the operating room and cared for patients in the hospital and clinic. He also worked several years with Southern Oregon Internal Medicine, a outpatient adult internal medicine practice specializing in Endocrinology.
Jeff is excited about the variety of medical conditions presenting to Mt. Edgecombe’s emergency and urgent care departments and enjoys exploring Southeast Alaska with his family.
Most Outstanding Graduating Senior in Health Promotion Program – Southern Oregon University; Graduated Cum Laude – Southern Oregon University; Three time NAIA Academic All-American; Three time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Track & Field All-American; Five time Track & Field Cascade Collegiate Conference Champion; Cascade Collegiate Conference Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year - 2001.
Jeff's medical interests are wilderness medicine, expedition and remote medicine. Also health promotion/disease prevention of American Indian and Alaskan Native people.
Outside MEH, Jeff enjoys time with his wife and three children. He is active in sprint triathlons and bicycle riding. Jeff enjoys outdoor camping, archery hunting, fishing and waterskiing as well.
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of HIV Medicine
Dr. Irbert Vega completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. He obtained his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Vega completed his residency in the Lancaster General Health, Family Medicine Residency Program in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Vega is excited about living in Southeast Alaska. He finds that the geography, natural resources and cultures that comprise the area make it an inspiring place to practice family medicine.
Dr. Vega's medical interests cover the full spectrum of family medicine. His interests include the care of people who are HIV positive and medical education.