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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American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Certification
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.
Pornson is interested in Family Medicine and preventive care. She also enjoys mushrooms and berry picking.
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Kari earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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.
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.
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.
American Board of Family Medicine
Dr. McCandless earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He earned a Master of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. He earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, and he completed a residency in family medicine at The Washington Hospital in Washington, Pa. Dr. McCandless spent 20 years as a family practitioner with the Alaska Island Community Services (AICS) Tideline Clinic in Wrangell, where he served as medical director from 2004-07. Before joining SEARHC fulltime in January 2012, Dr. McCandless worked part-time for AICS and also did locums work around the region, including with the SEARHC Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and Haines Health Center. He also served medical director with Southeast Region Emergency Medical Services (SEREMS).
Emergency medicine is a special interest for Dr. McCandless. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including visiting his three grown children, river-tripping and hiking.
Dr. McMahan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he received his B.A. in Social Medicine. He went to medical school and received his M.D. at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Adam's residency was completed at Alaska Family Medicine Residency in Anchorage.
During medical school and residency, Adam was fortunate to receive urban and rural family medicine training at sites ranging from Providence Alaska Medical Center to Bethel and Anaktuvuk Pass.
Dr. McMahan said he and his family are looking forward to joining and serving the communities of Haines/Klukwan.
Adam's special medical interests are rural emergency and preventative medicine, pediatrics, and palliative care. Outside the clinic, he enjoys spending time with family and dogs, subsistence activities, gardening, trail running, cycling, and bluegrass music.
American Board of Pediatrics
Dr. McNichol earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt., and she completed an internship and residency at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, in Davis, Calif. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Before returning to SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital as a part-time pediatrician, Dr. McNichol worked as a part-time pediatrician at Sitka's Moore Clinic and as a full-time staff physician for SEARHC.
Dr. McNichol has a special interest in all aspects of pediatrics.
American Board of Surgery, “Indian Health Pathway” certification from The Native American Center of Excellence; University of Washington School of Medicine, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Before coming to SEARHC, Dr. McPherson held a position as a surgeon at Claremore Indian Hospital in Claremore, Oklahoma. She earned her medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Dr. McPherson is not new to Alaska, however. She lived in Anchorage for 16 years and worked at Providence Alaska Medical Center as an EKG/CV technician before going to medical school, and received her two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Dr. McPherson has a keen interest in rural general surgery and is very happy to be able to provide exceptional general surgery services to the people of Southeast Alaska.
IHS Scholarship recipient
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society member (UAA)
Dr. McPherson enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.
Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.
Dr. Nascimento earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center through Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., and an Associate of Science degree from City College of San Francisco in California.
Dr. Nascimento won the 2006 High Achievement in the Undergraduate Curriculum in Dental Care for Persons with Disabilities Award from the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disability.
Dr. Nascimento has medical interests in prosthodontics and periodontics. She also enjoys wood carving.
Dr. Newton earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California-Berkeley, and he earned his Doctorate of Dental Science from the University of California-San Francisco. Before arriving in Juneau to work for SEARHC in 2006, Dr. Newton was in private practice in California for 23 years, then he worked for three years in American Samoa, four years in Germany and four more years in California.
Dr. Newton enjoys the great outdoors. When asked about working for SEARHC, Dr. Newton said he is "impressed by the organization's efforts to provide the best possible care for our patients."
Licensed Physical Therapist, Alaska
David received his Bachelor of Science Business in Administration, from California State University Stanislaus in Turlock, CA and his Doctor of Physical Therapy, from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He feels excited and honored to be working in an area that allows him to service the Alaskan Native communities, as well as gain a better appreciation regarding the communities and their traditions.
Indian Health Service Native American Scholarship for Medical Professions
David's medical interests are Orthopedics, Vestibular Rehabilitation and Sports Physical Therapy. Outside work his interests are wood working, fishing and physical fitness.