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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Alexander R. DeYoung, DDS

 Haines 

Alexander R. DeYoung, DDS

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.

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.

Kelly Erickson, Physician Assistant

 Juneau 

Kelly Erickson, Physician Assistant

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

National Commission of Physician Assistants

Education 

Kelly earned a Master of Physician Assistant degree from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

Special Interests: 

Kelly practices Family Medicine acute care. She has a special interest in providing preventive medicine and in treating teenage patients.

Shannon B. Farr, OD

 Juneau 

Shannon B. Farr, OD

Specialty 

Optometry

Certification 

Diplomate status with the American Board of Optometry and Fellow with the American Academy of Optometry.

Education 

Dr. Farr earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. She also holds certification in infant vision and aviation vision. She is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Before moving to Juneau, Dr. Farr worked at the Norton Sound Health Corp. in Nome from 2001-07, at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. in Bethel from 1997-2001, and she completed a Navajo Nation residency in Winslow, Ariz., from 1996-97.

Awards & Honors 

Dr. Farr has won various U.S. Public Health Service awards, including an achievement medal, unit commendations, hazardous duty and isolated hardship awards.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Farr has an interest in ocular disease, such as common inflammations known as "iritis." She also enjoys shooting billiards/pool and volunteering in the community.

Sandy Fogel, DDS

 Juneau 

Sandy Fogel, DDS

Specialty 

Dentistry

Education 

Dr. Fogel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Spanish at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and following that, earned Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.  She completed a two-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency through Lutheran Medical Center spending the first year in Maui, Hawaii and the second year in Sitka, Alaska.

Sandy volunteered a great deal as she studied to become a dentist. She was a student mentor, volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission as well as with American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile program.

Special Interests: 

Sandy enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and spending time with friends.

Steven Forde, Physician Assistant

 Klawock 

Steven Forde, Physician Assistant

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Education 

Steven completed his undergraduate and physician assistant education at the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. Before joining SEARHC, he spent 17 years working in internal medicine, geriatric care and acute care in a hospital setting at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring, Fla. He also was a medic in the U.S. Air Force.

Awards & Honors 

Steven received the Gold Seal award from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants for being in its top 10 percent of applicants.

Special Interests: 

Steven has special medical interests in acute, intensive care unit and cardiac care, and internal medicine. He also enjoys spending time with his family, baseball, hiking, hunting and fishing.

Anna Frisby, Physician Assistant

 Hydaburg 

Anna Frisby, Physician Assistant

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants

Education 

Anna has been with SEARHC since 1995, when she started as a community health aide in Hydaburg. She later was promoted to community health practitioner (the highest level in the CHA/P program). In 2010, Anna entered the University of Washington School of Medicine’s MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies Program, which now has a University of Alaska Anchorage campus. She graduated from the program in the summer of 2012 and passed her physician assistant certification board exams from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants that fall. During her her second year of MEDEX studies, Anna spent time working in urgent care at the SEARHC S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka during one of her clinical rotations. To complete her Alaska physician assistant license, Anna worked under the direct supervision of Dr. Ellen Kemper at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock for four weeks before being able to work independently as the supervisory midlevel provider in Hydaburg.

Awards & Honors 

Anna received the 2009 “Shining Star” Health Aide of the Year Award from the directors of the Alaska Community Health Aide Program. During her 2012 graduation from the MEDEX program, Anna received the Anchorage Underserved Award, which goes to a student who has demonstrated a strong dedication to ongoing service to underserved communities.

Special Interests: 

Anna’s medical interests include disease prevention and health promotion. She also loves volleyball, hiking, cake decorating and crocheting.

Jeffrey Fultz, DC, PT

 Juneau 

Specialty 

Physical Therapy

Certification 

Diplomate Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists; Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties; and Manual Trigger Point Therapist, American Institute for Myofascial Studies

Education 

Jeff received his Bachelor of Science Biology from Allegheny College; Doctor of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College; Master of Community Health Education/Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University; Master of Public Health with concentration in Community Health and Preventive Medicine from University of New Mexico.

His previous career stops include: the US Army – 45th Station Hospital in Vancouver, Washington; the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conneticut; the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle, Arizona; the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico; and the Four Corners Regional Health Center in Red Mesa, Arizona.

After his arrival at SEARHC, Jeff said "I am glad to be here. In the time that I have been here in Southeast Alaska I have really appreciated the kindness of the people I have met. The cultural traditions and way of life here is quite a change from what I experienced in the Navajo Nation."

Awards & Honors 

Jeff's awards in clude two USPHS Commendations; two USPHS Achievement Medals; four USPHS Unit Commendations; two Surgeon General’s Certificates of Appreciation; two Army Achievement Medals; two Navajo Area Director’s Awards; and the Shiprock Service Unit Special Recognition Award.

Special Interests: 

At work Jeff's special medical interests are Orthopedics, Manual Therapy, Myofascial-origin pain syndromes and Headaches. Outside work his interests are hiking, running, fishing, soccer, mountain biking, music, kayaking, camping, reading and astronomy.

Lylith Grody-Patinkin, MD

 Haines 

Lylith Grody-Patinkin, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

Dr. Grody-Patinkin 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. Dr. Grody-Patinkin served as a community health aide trainer with the Norton Sound Health Corp. in Nome. Prior to moving to Haines she worked as a family physician for SEARHC in Sitka and Hoonah.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Grody-Patinkin’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. 

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