Keguta Dental LLC & Bethel Family Clinic

With the new additions to the Bethel Family Clinic we are proud to announce that the Keguta Dental office in Bethel will become part of the Bethel Family Clinic. Keguta Dental will continue to provide the great dental care that patients need and want, they provide a wide variety of services such as: root canals, extractions, fillings, sealants, exams, bridges, crowns, clear correct invisible braces, night guards, athletic mouth guards, partials, dentures, and hygienic cleanings. The operations will continue in the same location, next to Stan’s Barbershop and Nicholson’s Auto, Dr. Allgair will continue to visit Bethel to see patients as well. This allows Bethel Family Clinic to apply additional resources to provide greater dental coverage, add another dentist and to see more patients.

Keguta Dental Hours:

  • Monday-Friday 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Saturdays 10 AM – 1 PM
  • Phone Number: 545-3996

Bethel Family Clinic Hours:

  • Monday-Friday 8 AM – 6 PM
  • Some Saturdays 8 AM – 4 PM
  • Phone Number: 543-3773


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Beyond the Blues

Depression is usually lived in silence by millions of people and is not a personal or emotional weakness. When feeling down lasts longer than a few weeks or if you are having troubles getting through daily life, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Depression usually runs in families and could be triggered by stress and/or major changes in life. Heart disease is usually associated with it along with other medical illnesses such as eating disorders, anxiety, low self-esteem, and dependency. Possible causes include a combination of biological, psychological, and social sources of distress. Increasingly, research suggests these factors may cause problems in brain function, including abnormal activity of certain neural circuits in the brain. The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide. The mainstay of treatment is usually medication, talk therapy, or a combination of the two. Increasingly, research suggests these treatments may normalize brain function associated with depression.


Types of depression:

  • Major Depression- fatigue, sadness, guilt, despair, loss of interest in daily life, insomnia or excessive sleeping, unintentional weight changes, irritability, concentration is hard, and thoughts of suicide or death usually are associated with major depression.
  • Dysthymia or chronic/mild depression- sadness, insomnia or excessive amounts of sleep, weight changes, things aren’t as enjoyable, physically restless, feeling hopeless and/or worthless, decision making is difficult, suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death.
  • Bipolar disorder- high energy activity alternates depression and feeling down.
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)- depression like symptoms usually in the winter months only.


How you can cope:

  • Positive support groups
  • Rediscover old hobbies and find new activities that boost your mood.
  • Eating healthy boosts your energy which helps you be a little more active
  • Avoid alcohol or drugs
  • Positive self talks – the more positive things you say about yourself to yourself daily will help you build confidence and make you feel good.
  • Confide in people you trust or seek help professionally
  • Set and reach goals but keep simple and realistic




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Prism Optical of Alaska

Need some new glasses or a new prescription? Just want to check up on your eyes and make sure they’re doing just fine? Well, you’re in luck, Prism Optical is coming in just one week! From July 14th to July 15th Prism Optical will be here at the Bethel Family Clinic seeing patients who would like to come and get their eyes check out. The eye care team that will be here to serve your eye care and eye wear needs,  include Dr. Sima and Ryan King. Optical Prism of Alaska takes most insurance including Medicaid and Denali Kid Care. If you have any questions on about these Prism Optical feel free to call 1-800-478-5510.


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Giving Assistant

In an effort to address currently unmet healthcare needs in Bethel and the surrounding communities, the Bethel Family Clinic has requested federal funding to build a new structure on the lot next to the existing clinic. If approved, the new facility could be open in two years. The proposal includes a handicap accessible two-story facility, which would increase clinical space to accommodate more providers and additional in-house procedures. Furthermore, there would be space dedicated to Dental Services for which additional staff would be hired. The current building, which has already been approved for renovation, is projected to continue housing Behavioral Health, some administrative offices, and temporary quarters for visiting staff. Between the two facilities, clinical space would increase to over 11,000 square feet. Both projects will provide much needed jobs for the local area, both in construction and healthcare. As the new structure is currently awaiting approval, more information will be made available as the process advances. As always, the Bethel Family Clinic is dedicated to being your healthcare home.

Giving Assistant 

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Colorectal Cancer

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal Cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum, these cancers can also be called colon cancer or rectal cancer depending on where it starts. Cancer starts when cells start to grow out of control and can start anywhere  in the body or spread. Most colorectal cancers start as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum, called a polyp. Not all polyps become cancer, but polyps can change into cancer over the course of 7 years.

Types of Polyps:

  • Adenomatous polyp (adenomas): This is called a pre-cancerous condition because these polyps sometimes change into cancer.
  • Hyperplastic polyps and inflammatory polyps: More common and are not pre-cancerous.

When to get it and what it is:

A colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). He /she uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding. Starting at age 50, women and men at average risk, for developing colorectal cancer should get their first colonoscopy.

Types of Tests:

  • Colonoscopy: A longer, flexible tube is used to look at the entire colon and rectum.
  • Stool DNA Test:A sample of stool is checked for certain abnormal sections of DNA (genetic material) from cancer or polyp cells.
  • Double-contrast barium enema: An x-ray test of the colon and rectum.
  • Sigmoidoscopy:A flexible, lighted tube is put into the rectum and lower colon to check for polyps and cancer.
  • Guaic-based fecal occult blood test and fecal immunochemical test:Samples of stool (feces) are checked for blood, which might be a sign of a polyp or cancer.
  • CT colonography: A type of CT scan of the colon and rectum.

Typers of Cancers in the Colon:

Less comon types of tumors in the colon/rectum include:

  • Carcinoid tumors: This starts from specialized hormone-making cells in the intestine.
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs): Start from specialized cells in the wall of colon called the interstitial cells of Cajal. Some are benign and can be found anywhere in the digestive tract.
  • Sarcomas: Start in the blood vessels muscle layers, or other connective tissues in the wall of the colon and rectum.
  • Lymphomas: Cancers of the immune system cells that start in lymph nodes but may also start in the colon, rectum, or other organs.

Most common type:

  • Adenocarcinomas: Start from cells that form glands that make mucus to lubricate the inside of the colon or rectum, this cancer makes up more than 95% of colorectal cancers.

Risk Factors Include:

  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diets high in red and processed meats 
  • Cooking meats in high temperatures 
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use

How to Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer:

  • Eat your daily vegetables and fruits
  • Increase intensity and amount of physical activity
  • Limit amount of processed and red meats
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol
  • Avoid obesity
  • Avoid or lower use of tobacco smoking
  • Get recommended amount of Vitamin D and Calcium



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