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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Christopher P Jones, PT, MS-PT, CSCS

 Sitka 

Christopher P Jones, PT, MS-PT, CSCS

Specialty 

Physical Therapy

Certification 

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

Education 

Christopher earned a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Miami in Miami, Fla. As an undergraduate, he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he studied psychology and biomedical anthropology. Before moving to Sitka, Christopher previously was licensed and practiced physical therapy in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Florida. His most recent job before moving to Sitka was in acute physical therapy and rural home health at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

Special Interests: 

Christopher’s special medical interests include acute physical therapy and evidence-based care. He also enjoys sharing Alaska with his wife Susan, flyfishing, Trout Unlimited, poker, and spending time with his golden retrievers Brandy and Ginger.

Thomas Jordan, DMD

 Sitka 

Thomas Jordan, DMD

Specialty 

Dentistry

Education 

Dr. Jordan earned a dental degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland and completed a residency in general practice at Denver General Hospital in Colorado.

Ellen Kemper, MD

 Klawock 

Medical Director
Ellen Kemper, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

Dr. Kemper earned her medical degree from Hahnemann College of Medicine (now part of Philadelphia's Drexel University). She completed a residency in family practice in LaGrange, Ill.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Kemper has a particular interest in rural medicine and electronic health records. She serves as medical director at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.

John K. “Kennon” Kirk, MD

 Juneau 

John K. “Kennon” Kirk, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

Dr. Kirk earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He completed a residency in Family Medicine with North Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley, Colo.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Kirk's special medical interests include obstetrics, newborns, pediatrics, hospital work, procedures and family planning. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, running, travel, Barbara Kingsolver novels, folk medicine and fresh seafood.

Richard L. Kraft, MD

 Sitka 

Specialty 

Hospitalist

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

Dr. Kraft earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from South Dakota State University in Brookings. He earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of South Dakota Medical School in Vermillion and completed a residency in family practice at the University of North Dakota in Bismarck. He worked at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka from 1987-95, and returned to SEARHC as a hospitalist in 2008 after 13 years working at Indian Health Service sites in South Dakota (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Standing Rock).

Special Interests: 

Dr. Kraft has special medical interests in dermatology and sports medicine. He also enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, sports and crafts. "The atmosphere of the entire medical staff is wonderful. It is great to be back," Dr. Kraft said.

Loren E. Laybourn, MD

 Sitka 

Loren E. Laybourn, MD

Specialty 

Radiology

Certification 

American Board of Radiology

Education 

Dr. Loren Laybourn received his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington; Medical Doctor from the University of Washington in Seattle; and completed his Radiology Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. He also received a Fellowship in Body Imaging from the University of Washington.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Laybourn's professional interest is medical imaging. His personal interests are fishing, 3D printing, family and reading.

Edward E. Linsell, DDS, MSW

 Juneau 

Edward E. Linsell, DDS, MSW

Specialty 

Dentistry

Certification 

Dentistry

Education 

Dr. Linsell earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan. After 25 years as a dentist in Michigan, he returned to the University of Michigan to earn a Master of Social Work degree. He became the director of the behavioral health program at the Hoonah Clinic from 1999-2004 (when the clinic was operated by the Hoonah Indian Association), and in 2004 he moved to Juneau to work for Shanti, Tongass Community Counseling and Rainforest Recovery. In 2004, Dr. Linsell also began providing dental services on a part-time basis for the homeless patients who receive services from the SEARHC Front Street Clinic.

Pornson P. Linton, Nurse Practitioner

 Haines 

Pornson P. Linton, Nurse Practitioner

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Certification

Education 

Pornson earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado. She also holds Masters Degree in Nursing and a certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Texas-Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas. Prior to moving to Haines, Pornson spent three years as the clinic director at the SEARHC Kake Medical Center in Kake. She also worked as a nurse at two clinics in Texas.

Special Interests: 

Pornson is interested in Family Medicine and preventive care. She also enjoys mushrooms and berry picking.

Kari Lundgren, Behavioral Health Clinician

 Sitka 

Kari Lundgren, Behavioral Health Clinician

Specialty 

Behavioral Health, Clinician

Certification 

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Education 

Kari earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Special Interests: 

Kari is clinic administrator for the Mt. Edgecumbe High School Student Health Center. She enjoys serving as a "floating clinician" for SEARHC's community-based clinics and the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau.

Annelle G. Maygren, OD

 Klawock 

Annelle G. Maygren, OD

Specialty 

Optometry

Certification 

Optometry

Education 

Dr. Maygren holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree (OD) from the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Ore. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Alaska Optometric Association and the American Optometric Society. Dr. Maygren came to SEARHC in July 2012 from Fairbanks, where she spent a year working at Golden North Optics. Before that, she spent eight years working as an optometrist with her father’s optometry practice, Shasta Vision Group, in Mount Shasta, Calif. Dr. Maygren heads SEARHC’s eye clinic on Prince of Wales Island.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Maygren’s medical interests include general optometry and working with kids. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, hiking and reading.

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