Staff

Bethel Family Clinic 

LaTesia Guinn – Executive Director     

LaTesia started work here at the Bethel Family Clinic on May 1, 2006. In 2003 she got her Paralegal Degree at the American Institute of Paralegal Studies, Inc. and in 2010 she received her Health Care Executive Program from UCLA/ Johnson & Johnson. She is responsible for the ongoing success of the health center. Provides vision and leadership to plan, administer, implement, direct, and monitor all aspects of the organization in accordance with Board-developed policies, strategic goals, and objectives. Monitors the national, state, and local political environments. Establishes and maintains strategic relationships. Assures adherence to all regulatory, funding, and operating requirements for the establishment and continued accreditation as a Health Center Program Grantee FQHC. Assures all operations are financially viable, consistent with the mission, strategic plan, applicable laws and regulations, and principles of professional and business ethics. Acts as non-voting, ex-officio member of the health center Board of Directors; accountable to Board. Supervises the upper-level health center leadership. Along with her duties at BFC, she is also the Board President of the Alaska Primary Care Association, Board Secretary for the North West Regional Primary Care Association, VFW Aux. President 1998-1999, 2014-15, Aux. 10041 Treasurer 2006-present.

 

Rayette Casiano M.D.- Medical Director

Dr. Casiano joined our team as the acting Medical Director in September 2017. She is currently working for the Tanana Chiefs Conference at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks where she provides outpatient acute, chronic, and preventive medical care in a multi-specialty clinic as well as rural Alaskan villages. She maintains accurate medical records using electronic health records from multiple facilities while empowering patients using verbal, written, and online educational tools that explain plans of care. Rayette is a member of committees designed to improve performance at a departmental and organizational level. As well as collaborating with other medical and behavioral health providers to deliver team-based, patient-centered healthcare. Rayette works with various community service organizations in Fairbanks. Here is a couple: Awesome Breastforms – Provides knitted & crocheted breastforms for mastectomy patients. Team Leader of Days for Girls Fairbanks Alaska Team – Sewing charity dedicated to sewing feminine hygiene products to distribute worldwide. 2014-present.

Medical Providers

Allen Freudenthal

Allen Freudenthal M.D.

Dr. Freudenthal has been working in the YK Delta region for over 30 years. He started working in the region in 1979 and stayed for 16 years. He then went to work with the Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage from 1991-2002. After working with the Southcentral Foundation he came back to Bethel in 2002-2005. Dr. Freudenthal tried to retire in 2005 but with the increasing need for physicians in the region he came in 2008 to be the Medical Director at Bethel Family Clinic and he still makes regularly scheduled visits while trying to retire for real this time.

 

Nadege Nerette, PA

Nadege is a Physicians Assistant who joined our team in February 2017. Nadege has her Master of Science, Physician Assistant degree from Rutgers. She moved to Bethel from Texas where she was working as a Physician Assistant in Neurosurgery where she was doing Pre/postoperative care for neurosurgical patients, inpatient management, and outpatient care. Nadege is also fluent in verbal French-Creole and enjoys hiking and traveling.

 

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                        Behavior Health 

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Joan Dewey, LCSW

With the growing need here at BFC for behavioral health services, Joan joined the staff on a full-time basis in December of 2015. She holds dual roles as a Behavior Health Clinician and a Behavior Health Consultant to the medical staff. She holds dual degrees in social work obtaining both her Bachelors Degree of Social Work in 1996 and Masters Degree in Social Work in 1997 from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Joan has traveled extensively throughout the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Region of Alaska since 1997 during which time she developed her appreciation and regard for the Yup’ik traditional way of living having worked with tribal, state and non-profit organizations to promote family and community health.

Dennis Raines, CDC II

Dennis was born in Farmington, New Mexico in 1974 and spent the first 2 years of his life on the Navajo and Apache reservations in Arizona. He grew up in several different villages after his parents transferred to Alaska and lived here from 1976 to 1990 from the age of 2 until 16 due to his parents being teachers and moving around a lot. Some of the villages he grew up in were Quinahagak, Kotlik, Kwigilingok, Napakiak in the Yukon Kuskokwim delta region and Point Hope in the North Slope region. He speaks some Yupik Eskimo language and have developed lifelong friends and relationships with the people in the YK delta region and all over Alaska. February 19th, 2013, he married a beautiful Yupik/Athabascan woman from the village of Stony River, AK.  In 1990 his family moved to Arkansas, where his parents were originally from and finished school a Ridgecrest High School in 1992.
After nearly 20 years of battling and overcoming addictions to alcohol and drugs he developed a strong passion to come back to Alaska to help others who suffer from addictions. He have been clean and sober now for 11 years thanks to God and Louisiana Adult and Teen Challenge. He attended and completed the Korean Bilingual Crossroads Discipleship Training School, School of Evangelism, and School of Strategic Missions at (YWAM) Youth With A Mission, Tyler, TX from 2009-2010. He has 13 years of experience in the Department of Behavioral Health as a professional and about 20 years of personal experience at the School of Hard Knocks. He came back to Alaska in 2010 and started working at (YKHC) Phillips Atagnirvik Treatment Center as a substance Abuse Counselor offering both residential and outpatient counseling services. In 2014 him and his  wife moved to Anchorage to start Adult and Teen Challenge which is a 1 year residential treatment program for men and is now open and has a capacity of housing 28 men. After they planted Adult and Teen Challenge they moved to Anchor Point, AK to train leaders to host and facilitate recovery small groups. After training the leaders they moved to Fairbanks, AK where they promoted, raised funds, and trained leaders to facilitate recovery small groups with the organization of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) – Fairbanks, AK. In May of 2016 they moved back to Bethel, AK where he started working as a residential substance abuse counselor at Phillips Ayagnirvik Treatment Center. September 1, 2017, he started working at Bethel Family Clinic as a substance abuse counselor.
“I love working at Bethel Family Clinic. I get to help people not only here in Bethel, but all over the Yukon Kuskokwim delta region. I have the privilege of traveling to villages and speaking at schools on the topics of bullying, alcohol and drug prevention and awareness, and suicide prevention. I do individual counseling, group counseling, Substance Use Assessments, facilitate AA meetings, facilitate Smart Recovery meetings, and go around to different organizations and facilities and give presentations on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol on the fetus, pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. I want to be a blessing to the people and a bright shining light to offer hope, love, life,  truth, and healing to the people in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Region.”

Angel Alexie, BH Case Manager 

Angel grew up in Bethel Alaska, and joined the Bethel Family Clinic team beginning on Sept 11th 2017.  Angel has 3 years experience serving as a Psych Tech at  Phillips Ayagnirvik Treatment Centert in Bethel, also allowing her to counsel a few individuals. Her favorite hobbies are being with her kids, picking berries, and  boating. She strives to continue pursuing higher education in the Department of Behavioral Health and five back to the Bethel community.

 

Medical Staff

Roy Alexie Jr, MA

Roy attended the University of Alaska Anchorage Licensed Practical Nurse program that was offered here at KUC in 2003. He has been working here at the Bethel Family Clinic since June 2013 as a Certified Medical Assistant.

 

 

David C. Smith, LPN Medical Supervisor

David joined the Bethel Family Clinic in March of 2017 and was promoted to Medical Supervisor in August. He is a Cherokee Native, who grew up in Mexico and speaks Spanish fluently.  He is married to Cassandra, a Yupik native from Aniak and they have seven beautiful kids. He served honorably in USN 1981-1987. While in the Navy he received two Letters of commendation.

Moving from San Antonio Texas to Bethel, including Nome and Kotzebue, he has worked in the Alaskan YK Delta area since 1994. David started at the YKHC Emergency Department as the Acting Medivac Director and staff nurse. He has been to all of the villages in the Delta.

Throughout his career, working as an EMT-P and a nurse; he has accumulated over 30 thousand hours of Emergency medical experience. David has more than 10 different Instructor Certifications for Healthcare providers including US Army Instructor 91W/B/C.

Some of his experience includes working on a Pediatric – Neonatal Transport Team, trauma team leader at a Level 1 Trauma Center , San Antonio  EMS, and Chief of Emergency Response Services for Barrick Gold, a gold mine with over 7,000 employees in the Dominican Republic. He was appointed as a consultant in Emergency Medical Services for the country of the Dominican Republic in 2010. David has volunteered with the Mexico EMS for over 25 years.

David is always looking for new adventures and challenges.  He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

 

LeShel Campbell, LVN/LPN

LeShel graduated from Nursing School at The College of the Redwoods, Crescent City, CA in 1998. She is licensed as a Practical Nurse in 5 states, with 18 years experience, she has worked in numerous institutions including, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Community Clinics and Urgent Care Facilities. The elderly/Geriatric population being one of her favorite fields to work in. LeShel, began working at the Bethel Family Clinic, October 2017.

 

 

Tiana Williams, MA in-training  

Tiana was born and raised in Bethel. She recently joined the Bethel Family Clinic in October of 2017. Tiana attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School (in Sitka) from 2008-2012. She obtained her EMT I certificate in 2015, and is pursuing a Medical Assistance Certification. Tiana’s hobbies include traveling, the outdoors,sports, and helping others.

 

Office Staff

 

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Jehona Kadriu, Finance Manager

Jehona has been with the Bethel Family Clinic since January 2011, she started as an Accountant/ Billing Specialist and eventually moved to the Finance Director’s Position. Jehona attended Stafford-shire University in Stroke-On-Trent of which in 2012 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management. She is responsible for the management of the financial health here at BFC. Such as providing and interpreting financial information, managing the company’s financial accounting, monitoring and reporting systems, liaising with auditors to ensure annual monitoring is carried out, monitor and control the flow of cash and disbursements, State, and federal tax filing, holding finance committee meetings for a better financial oversight of the organization, holding security meetings with Security Officers. In addition, she holds responsibility for all duties that would relate financially to this organization.

 

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Kyle McGrath, Operations Director

Kyle started at BFC in the Fall of 2013 as a front desk staff for village travel, then was later asked to stay on full time as a billing specialist. Kyle was a billing specialist for about a year before moving into his current position as Director of Operations. In his current position, he oversees the everyday operations of the clinic, helps with grant writing, attesting to various reporting agencies such as NCQA and CMS Meaningful Use, oversee’s various projects that are being done around the clinic both construction and operation workflow, helps with IT solutions and our Electronic Medical Records system. Kyle has a B.B.A with a focus in Finance and Organizational Management from the University of Minnesota Duluth,  certified in 3 areas of Drug Testing: Urine, Breath, and Hair. He is also a Nextgen Certified Professional in both Practice Management and Electronic Health Records. Kyle also has a certificate of completion from the Alaska Primary Care Association’s Quality Improvement Academy.

 

Louise Michael, Receptionist

This is Louise Carroll, she is Athabascan from Fort Yukon. She graduated from the Fort Yukon high school and moved to Bethel in 1998. Since then Louise has met a lot of wonderful people. She loves sewing beads and enjoy’s every minute that she gets to interact with her children. Louise started working here at the Bethel Family clinic on February 20, 2017, she enjoys working with her co-workers and enjoy the calm and quiet atmosphere here at BFC.

 

Sayler Dorn, Receptionist

Sayler moved to Bethel March 1st 2017 and obtained a spot on the BFC team that same month. She is originally from Puyallup Washington, specializing in Project Management at a corporate level for custom manufacturing companies in the Seattle area. She joined our team to assist on Village Travels  throughout the YK Delta region providing admin support for our Physicians conducting sports physicals to students in the spring and fall months.  Sayler has an adventurous spirit and enjoys all things outdoors including camping, hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing and swimming. She has embraced meeting new people from all walks of life and the change in culture, pace and scenery the Kuskokwim area has to offer.

 

 

Board of Directors
Don Black –President,
Perry Barr-Vice President,
Jon Cochrane-Treasurer,
Sue Trantham-Secretary

Board Members: Joel Bowels, Amanda Cheif, Francine Chiklak, Delbert Egoak, Eileen Hendrickson, Ana Patricia Jones, Mike Riley, Dean Swope, Katie Krings,  and Susan Taylor.

 

 


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