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.
National Commission of Physician Assistants
Kelly earned a Master of Physician Assistant degree from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.
Kelly practices Family Medicine acute care. She has a special interest in providing preventive medicine and in treating teenage patients.
Diplomate status with the American Board of Optometry and Fellow with the American Academy of Optometry.
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.
Dr. Farr has won various U.S. Public Health Service awards, including an achievement medal, unit commendations, hazardous duty and isolated hardship awards.
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.
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
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.
Steven received the Gold Seal award from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants for being in its top 10 percent of applicants.
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.
National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants
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.
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.
Anna’s medical interests include disease prevention and health promotion. She also loves volleyball, hiking, cake decorating and crocheting.
Diplomate Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists; Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties; and Manual Trigger Point Therapist, American Institute for Myofascial Studies
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."
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.
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.
Behavioral Health, Clinician
Association of Social Work Boards and Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Certified as a physical therapist by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association
Marnie earned a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Physical Therapy and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, all from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. Before moving to Alaska in 2005 to start the physical therapy program at the SEARHC Haines Health Center, Marnie worked at the Riverside Community Medical Group SPORT Clinic and the Sports Club Los Angeles/Irvine-Sportsmed, both in California, where she focused on orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, and prevention, including working with professional and developing athletes.
In early 2014, Marnie was invited to join the prestigious faculty with the International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI). She will travel for ISPI to teach continuing education courses on the subject of using Therapeutic Neuroscience Education for the patient with persistent pain. Marnie considers this a great achievement that would not have been possible without support from SEARHC, especially the Haines clinic. "We have put this fundamental education into practice here and have made a great impact on our treatment of chronic pain. If it was not for this experience and the results of the team effort I am sure I would not have been identified as a leader and expert with this international organization," Marnie commented after receiving the news from ISPI.
Marnie has an ingrained love of treating the athlete, but as the only physical therapist in Haines she said she is thrilled with the challenge of treating all in need. In recent years she has taken a special interest in the biology of pain and the intimate interaction between the brain, pain and functionality. She strongly believes in the paradigm shift of medical practitioners from a largely biology base to a biopsychosocial approach. When she’s not in the clinic, Marnie enjoys running with her dog on the Haines trails, helping others find their passion for a well and fit lifestyle, and relishing the traditions and surroundings that are Alaska with her partner, Greg.
American Board of Family Medicine
Dr. Heinz earned a medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed a residency at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, S.C.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Dietitian
Susan completed her dietetic internship at Oregon Health Sciences University. She earned her B.S. in Dietetics and Institution Management, with high honors, at Oregon State University.
In 1984 Susan first came to SEARHC to work as the SEARHC WIC Program’s Nutrition Educator. She left SEARHC in 1989 after the birth of her second child. Susan worked on contract as a dietitian while her children were young -- working for a wide variety of agencies. Her jobs gave her the opportunity to travel across our vast state -- from Metlakatla to Kotzebue to Fort Yukon and many places in-between, particularly throughout Southeast Alaska. Susan returned to SEARHC and the WIC Program in 2000 and served as the WIC Coordinator from 2003-2011. She currently works as the clinical dietitian at SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center.
Susan had the honor of being in Sitka during the celebration when SEARHC and Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital merged in 1986.
Susan is an active member of the Juneau Breastfeeding Alliance, working to support women’s efforts to breastfeed and advocating for their ability to combine work and breastfeeding.
She loves reading, fiber arts and cooking. Susan practices yoga, bikes, snowshoes, and hikes. She also enjoys going on cycling vacations with her family and friends.