Bethel Family Clinic Staff
Board of Directors
Perry Barr –President
Joel Bowles-Vice President
Board Members: Chris Knowles, Dean Swope, Sue Trantham, Mike Riley, Susan Taylor, Raphael Martins, Kathryn Mason
Deborah joined the Bethel Family Clinic team in July 2018. An Alaska resident for the last 8 years, she spent the majority of time in San Antonio, Texas working and raising her daughter. Prior to coming to Bethel, Deborah worked for YKHC, AVCP and Manillaq in Kotzebue. She additionally worked overseas, spending three years in Kuwait. Deborah has both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Human Resource Management and has the national SHRM-SCP certification and is a Certified Public Manager. Prior work experience includes being an Administrator in the healthcare and legal services settings for ‘many’ years, before concentrating in Human Resources. Deborah notes she is glad to be back in this area of work and working with the team at Bethel Family Clinic. As Executive Director she is directing all facets of the Clinic to include expansion of services, financing and asset management.
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 ca;re 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.
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.
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.
Mary Laraux, HR Generalist
Bethel Family Clinic is pleased to announce Mary Laraux has joined our team. She is the Human Resources Generalist. Mary comes to us with extensive experience in Human Resources. Mary is born and raised in the Delta region. Mary has 1 daughter and 2 sons. She enjoys a subsistence lifestyle with her partner, Gerald. Mary is an avid outdoors woman enjoying snow mobiles, boating, fishing, hunting and harvesting. Welcome Aboard Mary!
Ashley moved to Bethel from Central Coast California in 2015 and married her amazing husband in June of 2017. She excitedly joined the BFC team in May this year as the Executive Administrative Assistant. She enjoys crafting and weekend getaways. She believes in the BFC Vision Statement and works daily towards that goal.
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.
Brent is a Family Nurse Practitioner who joined BFC in June 2017. Brent completed his Master of Science degree in nursing from Chamberlain University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Brent has worked in family practice and emergency care settings. His professional interests include preventative care, education, and chronic disease management. Brent enjoys the opportunities which living in rural Alaska brings. Brent is married with 2 children.
John Trimble, DDS
John was born in Vancouver, WA and lived in the Pacific Northwest until moving to Bethel. He graduated from Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry in Portland, OR in June 2017, subsequently moving to Bethel in July 2017 with his wife and two young sons. John appreciates the new experiences and the good community that he has found in Bethel. he enjoys playing guitar, singing, and doing various creative activities/projects. Lastly, John always tries to treat other peoples’ teeth like he would treat his own teeth.
Atalaya Jimenez, Dental Office Manager
Atalaya is a Dental Office Manager who joined our team in September of 2016. Originally from Orange County, California. She moved to Bethel in 1997. She has 20 Years of management and leadership experience in business and healthcare. Strong back ground working with general accounting, Insurance Billing, Federal & State Law billing guidelines. Atalaya has worked in several different healthcare settings including hospital, private practice, and Community Clinics. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, sewing, and traveling.
Julieanna Tinker, Dental Assistant
Julieanna Born in Bethel, raised in Kasigluk. Graduated in the village and moved to Bethel. I’ve been a Dental Assistant since 2006. I have 8 years of experience working with patients throughout the Yukon Delta. I have worked with the Bethel public at YKHC Dental, and Keguta Dental, and Bethel Family Dental since Sept of 2016. My hobbies are beading, singing, and being with family.
Angeline is a Registered Dental Hygienist who joined BFC in April 2018. Originally from Michigan, I came to Alaska in 2011 working for the Coast Guard and fell in love with the state. I have worked in many different dental settings including general, periodontal and public health. Before my dental career which started in 2007, I owned and operated a dairy farm, which my oldest son took over. I have 4 sons, step-son and step-daughter and 4 grand-kids. My passion professionally is to save as many teeth as possible and keep them away from that dastardly dental drill!
Anastasia Streb, Dental Assistant
Anastasia joined our dental team earlier this year, transferring from YKHC Dental. She has been a dental assistant for a little over a year. She is originally from Sleetmute, but moved here to Bethel from Wasilla after she graduated in 2013 and has been living here since then. She loves spending time with her son that she recently had in June, and also her friends and family. She enjoys working and knowing that she’s helping people fix their smile when they need it.
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 has worked with tribal, state and non-profit organizations to promote family and community health.
Dennis Raines, CDC II
My name is Dennis Raines and I am a Chemical Dependency Counselor Level II here at Bethel Family Clinic. I have 15 years experience in Behavioral Health. I grew up in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Region from the time I was 2 years old until I was 16 and returned back to Alaska in 2010 when I was 36 years old. I got married to a beautiful Alaska Native woman, Francina Gusty Raines, from Stony River, AK in 2013. Since being back in Alaska I have started Fire on Ice Ministries in Bethel, AK and some of the surrounding villages which is a nonprofit organization to help people with life controlling problems, I started Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge in Wasilla that is a faith based 28 bed men’s residential treatment center, I helped train people all over Alaska to facilitate recovery small groups, I have helped promote and fund-raise different organizations that help people overcome addictions. I helped start the Level I.0 Outpatient treatment here at Bethel Family Clinic and travel all over the YK Delta Region to give presentations on bullying/drug/alcohol prevention and awareness.
Barbara Force, BH Clinician
Barbara has lived in Bethel since 2013 and has worked with Bethel Family Clinic for the last two years. Prior to working at Bethel Family Clinic, she worked in Emergency Services with the ER staff. As part of her job as a Behavioral Health Clinician and Supervisor, she consults with medical staff and oversees the Substance Abuse Outreach. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University Leadership Program and Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Deaf Cultural Studies from Antioch University. Her passion is helping people to become the best person they can be and to encourage them to pass on what they have learned in their personal growth, to their children. “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell.
Angel Alexie, BHA/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 Center 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.
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.
Nellie Husa, Medical Assistant
Genevieve Maczynski, Medical Assistant
Louise Michael, Receptionist/Billing Specialist/Accounting
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.
Teresa Evans, Receptionist
Daryl McIntyre, Billing Specialist
Katrina Martin has been a member of the Bethel Family Clinic team since May 2018. She was born in Bethel and raised in Tuntutuliak. Katrina attended and completed the office assistant program for Alaska Job corps. A resident of Bethel since 2010, Katrina enjoys outdoor activities, reading and spending time with her family.