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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Diane E. Hill, Physician Assistant

 Klawock 

Diane E. Hill, Physician Assistant

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Education 

Diane earned an associate's degree in nursing from Anchorage Community College (now part of the University Alaska Anchorage). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in general studies and completed her physician assistant certification training at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, N.D. She spent 25 years as a registered nurse (RN) at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, including the last 20 years as an emergency room nurse. She holds a certified emergency nurse (CEN) from the Emergency Nurses Association. She also spent 10 years as a certified sexual assault nurse examiner in Fairbanks.

Special Interests: 

Diane's medical interests are emergency and internal medicine. She enjoys ornamental horticulture, swim-ming, biking, reading, politics and the study of human behavior. She holds regular office hours at both the Alicia Roberts Medical Center and the Thorne Bay Health Center. Her practice includes a focus on women's health.

Jessica M. Holland, R.D., L.D.

 Sitka 

Jessica M. Holland, R.D., L.D.

Specialty 

Nutrition

Certification 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Dietitian

Education 

Jessica Holland received a B.S. in Psychology from Northwestern State University, Louisiana. She received her B.A. in Dietetics and completed a Dietetics Internship at Idaho State University. Jessica also received practicum experience at Eastern Idaho Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, Idaho Falls Kidney Center, Pocatello Cardiology, and Pocatello Cancer Center.

She says "It has been a great opportunity to be a part of the SEARHC community. I enjoy being able to help provide healthcare to the wonderful people of Southeast Alaska."

Special Interests: 

Jessica's professional interests are nutrition and diabetes.

Kristen L. Homer, Nurse Practitioner

 Sitka 

Kristen L. Homer, Nurse Practitioner

Specialty 

Primary Care

Certification 

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Education 

Homer holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree and certificate in nursing from the Yale University School of Nursing. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and anthropology from Middlebury College. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Before joining the staff at the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe High School Student Health Center, Kristen spent 6 1/2 years working at the U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka Medical Clinic. Before that she was a public health nurse with the state's Sitka Public Health Center and a community health aide/practitioner supervisor/field clinician for SEARHC. Kristen also has worked with Planned Parenthood of Alaska. She first came to Sitka as a health-planning intern with the SEARHC in 1990. Before that, she worked in tribal health with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa in Michigan.

Special Interests: 

Kristen has medical interests in pediatrics, adolescent and women's health. She also enjoys reading, hiking, running and spending time with her family.

Kim N. Hort, DMD

 Juneau 

Kim N. Hort, DMD

Specialty 

Pediatric Dentistry

Certification 

Diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Education 

Dr. Hort earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Albright College of Reading, Pa. After working at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center from 2000-05, Dr. Hort took a leave of absence to go to Anchorage to complete a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Alaska Native Medical Center that is administered by Lutheran Medical Center of Brooklyn, N.Y. She returned to the SEARHC Juneau Dental Clinic in August 2007 after completing the program. She now heads SEARHC’s pediatric dental program, which provides special Denali KidCare clinics throughout the region.

Awards & Honors 

Dr. Hort received the Clinical Excellence Award for Dental Specialist 2012 from the National Oral Health Council Executive Committee. The award honors performance while providing clinical services, providing clinical consultations, program development, clinical presentations and contributions to continuing education, and clinical impact. Dr. Hort also won the Richard C. Pugh Award for scoring in the top 3 percent on her American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification exam.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Hort has a special interest in the prevention of childhood caries (tooth decay) and raising cavity-free kids.

Grace T. Hwang, MD

 Sitka 

Grace T. Hwang, MD

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

Dr. Hwang earned her medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. She returned to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in spring 2008 after spending 3 1/2 years working in Fargo, N.D. Prior to that, Dr. Hwang spent seven years working all over Alaska, including Sitka, Juneau, Haines, Craig, Ketchikan, Wasilla, Dillingham, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome and Barrow. She also has worked in Hawai'i, Colorado and Oregon.

Awards & Honors 

Dr. Hwang won 2007 and 2008 North Dakota Diabetes Care Provider Gold Awards from the North Dakota Department of Public Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

Special Interests: 

Dr. Hwang has a special medical interest in obstetrics. She enjoys hiking, traveling, fishing, reading and spending time with her family. "I am excited to be a part of the SEARHC community again," she said.

Keegan Jackson, MD

 Juneau 

Specialty 

Family Medicine

Certification 

American Board of Family Medicine

Education 

Dr. Keegan Jackson earned her medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. She completed the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program in Duluth, Minnesota before joining SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. Dr. Jackson's special medical interests are geriatric medicine, women's health and preventative medicine.

Special Interests: 

Outsite the office Dr. Jackson enjoys traveling, hiking and curling.

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.

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