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Infection Prevention and Control
National Certification Corporation (NCC) as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.
Michelle earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. She completed a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner certification program through Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which is affiliated with Drexel University in Philadelphia. She currently is working and preparing to take the Infection Control Practitioner exam within the next year. Before coming back to SEARHC in 2008, Michelle spent the previous 12-plus years as a public health nurse with the State of Alaska, traveling to Angoon, Yakutat, Pelican and Port Alexander where she worked with CHAPs in providing preventive health care. She has been a nurse for 38 years, with a wide variety of nursing experiences in and out of Sitka.
Michelle received the Public Health Nursing Outstanding Professional Award in 2002 and the 2006 Soroptomists International of Sitka Honored Woman Award.
Michelle's medical interests include adolescent reproductive health education and both male/female reproductive health. Her nursing specialty is obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive health. She worked as one of the instructors in the Community Health Aide/Practitioner training center at SEARHC's Sitka campus prior to her taking the position as Infection Preventionist for the SEARHC Consortium.
American Board of Family Medicine
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.
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.
American Board of Radiology
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.
Dr. Laybourn's professional interest is medical imaging. His personal interests are fishing, 3D printing, family and reading.
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.
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.