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Below you will find all of our Sault Tribe Healthcare Providers.

Alexa Jones, LLMSW
Alexa graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2016 with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She continued her education and went on to graduate with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2018. She completed her internship in Grand Rapids, MI where she provided home-based therapy for court-involved youth and their families. She then moved back home to the Sault area where she worked as an outpatient therapist at Hiawatha Behavioral Health for 2 years. Alexa began working for the Tribe in 2020 and has been an outpatient therapist here for over a year. She specializes in Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). She works primarily with teens and young adults diagnosed with mood disorders, personality disorders, and eating disorders. In her free time, Alexa enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, reading, and traveling.

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Alyssia Cruz, LMSW
Alyssia began her career providing psychiatric testing and group therapy for adults in south Texas. She graduated from Texas A & M University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work. She moved to northern California where she provided clinical case management to clients with severe psychosis, personality and mood disorders. Alyssia graduated with a Masters of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley in 2018. She went on to work at a community clinic providing couples, group and individual therapy to all ages. Alyssia started working for the Tribe in 2020 with a focus on supporting trauma survivors. She specializes in Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She works primarily with individuals seeking to reduce trauma, depression and anxiety symptoms. In her free time, Alyssia loves spending time with her family, working out and reading.

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Amy Postma, D.O., M.S.B.S.
Dr. Amy Postma attended Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan earning her BA. Dr. Postma earned her MSBS (Master Physiology/endocrinology from Medical College, Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Postma then attended Michigan State University (College of Osteopathic Medicine) where she earned her D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy). While at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan she did her Internship, Residency and Family Practice. Dr. Postma is a Clinical Assistant Professor from Michigan State University – College Human Medicine since 2015, is currently Family Practice Board Certified since 2008 – OMT, Infant Pediatrics, Adult Medical and Procedures.

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Andrew Rife, PA-C
Medical School: South University in Tampa, FL Year started with Tribe: 2015 Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, Primary Care

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Becky Patzwald, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Started working as a Clinical Social Worker for the Advocacy Resource Center in September 2018 providing therapy to survivors and their families of sexual assault/abuse. In May 2020, accepted a full-time Clinical Social Worker position with Behavioral Health.

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Candace Dennis
Candace chose to put her personal philosophies into action by continuing her education at Boston University where she earned a Master of Social Work in May of 2009. Candace promptly moved from the east coast back to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where she began her career in public service at Pathways Community Mental Health. She has been an outpatient behavioral health therapist for the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians at the Munising Tribal Health Clinic since June 2013.

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Carla Behling, NP
Carla Behling, F.N.P., attended graduate school at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. She began practicing with Sault Tribe in 1997 and has a special medical interest in women's health. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, boating and traveling.

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Carole Hare-MA Counseling, LPC
Carole graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She spent three years teaching in Monrovia, Liberia at an international school with students from multiple countries and cultures. She returned to the states and earned her master’s degree in counseling from Northern Michigan University. She started her counseling career working for Luce County Community Mental Health for two years and later was employed as a K-12 school counselor for Marquette Area Public Schools for 23 years. She retired in Florida for four years where she volunteered working with hospice patients and their families. In 2017 Carole moved back to her home town of Manistique to be near her elder father and began working for the tribe as an outpatient therapist in 2020. She enjoys walking her little dog, spending time in nature, and is continuously learning more about our Anishinaabe culture. Carole’s two adult sons are married and live with their families in Seattle, WA and St. Petersburg, FL. Her favorite times away from work are spent traveling to visit her five precious grandchildren in those two cities.

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Christina Reynolds Burlak, LMSW, MS
Christina Reynolds Burlak Clinical Therapist Christina began her career in Social Services in New York City in 1992. She trained at the City University of New York, Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work obtaining a Master of Social Work (MSW), as well earned a Master’s of Science (MS) at the Milano Graduate School of the New School for Social Research. Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Oakland University, Rochester Michigan.

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Courtney Dombroski
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David Drockton, DDS
David Drockton, D.D.S., studied at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been practicing with Sault Tribe since 1995. He has special professional interests in public health and preventive dentistry. In his spare time, he particularly enjoys family and outdoor activities the region offers.

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Denise Lyons - LLMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Denise graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She continued her education and went on to graduate with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2008. She completed his internship at the Department of Health and Human Services in Sault Ste. Marie, MI where she set up the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative and worked with local stakeholders and adolescents aging out of the foster care system. Denise worked at UPCAP for 4 years prior to working at the tribe. She received a certificate in Gerontology from Wayne State University in 2011 and is currently working on her PhD in Social Work with expected graduation in 2022. Denise began working for the Tribe in 2011 and has been an outpatient therapist here for the last 9 years. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). She works with adults diagnosed with substance abuse and mental health disorders as well as trauma focused therapy with all age groups. In her free time, Denise enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors in the summer, camping, fishing, reading and research.

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Dr. Carrie Schneider
Dr. Carolyn (Carrie) Schneider has been a practicing audiologist in the Sault Sainte Marie area for the past 18 years. Dr. Schneider moved to the UP and began working at War Memorial Hospital and then with Hearing First in Sault, Ontario and Sault, Michigan. She attended Ohio University, Kent State University, and A.T. Still University. Dr. Schneider enjoys working with all ages. She has a son, Tyler (14 years old) and daughter, Lucy (11 years old) as well as two dogs and one gecko (against her better judgement). In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling and being on or near the water.

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Dr. Jill Perry, Chief Solo Dentist
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Gerard Sagassige
Gerard Sagassige is from curve Lake First Nation with family connections to Serpent River.He has been assisting with healing work for over 20 years. He is a Midewiwin Lodge Member and has worked with many teachers through this travels.

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Gloria A Van Klompenberg D.O.
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Residency: Ingham Regional Medical Center Year started with Tribe: 2016 Specialties: Family practice with emphasis on women's health and healthy lifestyle issues

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Jasjit Pataria, FNP
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Jeffrey Lozen, O.D.
Jeffrey Lozen, O.D., studied at Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry in Big Rapids, Mich. He began practice with Sault Tribe in 1984 and has special interests in general practice and contact lenses. His leisure activities include membership in the Chippewa County Sunrise Rotary, hiking, fishing, kayaking and skiing.

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Jessie Skog AU.D, CCC-A
Jessie Skog AU. D, CCC-A attended Western Michigan University. She provides Audiology Services at the Sault St. Marie Health Center.

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Jim Brady, Pharmacist Supervisor
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Joe Garlinghouse, Dr
Dr. Garlinghouse is a board certified Family Medicine doctor with a Masters of Public Health and a Certificate in Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his internship and residency in family medicine at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. Dr. Garlinghouse enjoys time with his wife and four children. He is actively involved in Calvary Baptist Church where he and his wife work as youth “sponsors” – assisting the church’s youth pastor in weekly youth group and activities. He is a self-described computer “geek” who enjoys building and tinkering with computer systems as well as the integration of computers in health care. He sees all ages of patients.

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Joe Syrette
Joseph Syrette is Anishinaabe Ojibwe from Batchewana First Nation located in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Canada. He currently lives in Mt Pleasant Michigan and has had the privilege of working 7 years as a Language and Cultural teacher at the Saginaw Chippewa Academy School.

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Katelynn Griffin
Katelynn Griffin graduated from Bay Mills Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration and Associate of Arts in Business Administration. She began working for Sault Tribe in 2015 in accounting. June 2018, she transferred to the Sault Tribe Health Center as Administrative Secretary for the Behavioral Health department. Katelynn is a mother of three wonderful children, two girls and one boy. Growing with and learning from them is the highlight of her life. Outside motherhood she has become a podcast enthusiast thanks to her co-worker, getting lost in a good book, date nights with her spouse, trying out a new recipe, binge watching the latest Netflix episode.

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Krysta Hinman, O.D., Chief Optometrist
Krysta Hinman, O.D., studied at the Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry in Big Rapids, Mich. She conducted residency in rotations at Detroit Veterans Hospital, Henry Ford and The Wellness Plan. She began practice with Sault Tribe in 2010 and alternates between Sault Ste. Marie and St. Igance. She has special professional interests in all aspects of optometry with special emphasis on ocular disease and contact lens. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and daughter.

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Lowell Lamar Styer, MD
Lowell Lamar Styer, M.D., studied at Temple Unversity in Philadelphia, Pa., and completed his residency at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He began practice with Sault Tribe in 2010 and has special medical interests in vitamin deficiencies and ear acupuncture. Eagle Scout Styer played soccer in college, can still run 5K in less than 30 minutes and enjoys singing in church choir and local musicals.

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Maegan Wickstrom-LLMSW- Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Social Worker began her career in child welfare in 2015. Maegan has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Northern Michigan University and later went on to earn a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree from Michigan State University. Maegan’s primary mode of psychotherapy focuses to teach skills for coping with emotions and how to identify the thinking that leads to feelings and behaviors that may be unhealthy or self-defeating. Maegan enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

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Mallinda S. Lumsden, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Mallinda S. Lumsden, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker, Behavioral Health Supervisor (All Sites) Work Experience: Mallinda has been employed with the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians since 1996. She worked as a Mental Health Technician/Intake Specialist for Anishnabek Community and Family Services. In 2012, Mallinda worked in the Behavioral Health Program as an outpatient therapist after her Masters was completed. She is currently employed as the Clinical Supervisor for the Behavioral Health Program since 2019.

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Margaret Comfort, PA
Margaret Comfort, PA, attended Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y. and conducted her residency in the state of New York and northern Michigan. She began practicing with Sault Tribe in 2014 and has special professional interests in diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and cancer. At her leisure, she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking and her husky, Nutmeg.

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Mark Senkus, LMSW
Mark graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor degree in Human Services. He went on to obtain a Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University. Mark has worked in the fields of behavioral health, child welfare, and substance use disorder treatment. He has worked for the Sault Tribe for over 8 years in total. Mark has training in Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders with adults and adolescents. In his free time, Mark enjoys fly fishing, fly tying, cooking, and reading.

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Michelle Kroupa-Kulik, MD
Michelle Kroupa-Kulik, M.D., attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., and conducted her residency with the Department of Pediatrics at William Beaumont Hospital. She practiced with Sault Tribe from 2001 to 2010 and returned in 2014. She has special professional interests in children, management of obesity and diabetes. The mother of five enjoys outdoor activities, skiing, gardening, coaching science Olympics and foster parenting. She is a life-long resident of the U.P.

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Myrth Condon, NP
Myrth Condon, N.P., studied at Nazareth College where she acquired a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Michgian State University. She began practice with Sault Tribe in 2009 and has special medical interests in family health, women's health, children's health, dermatology and is certified to conduct CDL physicals. In the winter, she loves snowmobiling.

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Pete Andersen, Pharmacist
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Rachel McCord
Credentials: CCAR/ Peer Recovery Coach/ 5 years in recovery from a heroin addiction Work Experience: recovery Coach sault tribe behavioral health, Peer Recovery Coach Hope Not Handcuffs Certifications, Specializations/Focuses: CCAR Primary Populations: Addiction Community Hobbies: Spending time with my family, sports mom, vacations, hairdresser

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Rae Ann Brand FNP-BC
Rae Ann Brand, F.N.P.-B.C., studied at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. She originally began practicing with Sault Tribe in 1999 until 2009 and returned in 2013. She has special professional interests in women's and children's health. She is married for 22 years to Sault Evening News reporter Scott Brand and has two children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, attending her children's sporting events and leading her daughter's Girl Scout troop.

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Rafael P. Aguirre, LMSW
Rafael was born and raised in El Paso, TX. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He continued his education and went on to graduate with a Master’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University in 2006. He completed his internship in Las Cruces, NM where he provided home-based and outpatient therapy. Rafael then moved to Chicago where he worked in the Crisis/Triage department at Community Mental Health for 4 years. He moved to the Sault area in 2010 where he worked as a social worker and outpatient therapist at WMH’s inpatient psychiatric unit for 4 and a half years. Rafael began working for the Sault Tribe in 2018 as an outpatient therapist. He specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing. He works primarily with adults diagnosed with substance abuse and mental health disorders. In his free time, Rafael enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and being outdoors.

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Rebeckah Zaragoza, LMSW- Clinical Therapist
Rebeckah Zaragoza, LMSW- Clinical Therapist began her career in Human Services field in Sault Ste. Marie, MI in 2006. Rebeckah has a Bachelor of Science (BA) from Lake Superior State University and later went on to earn a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from Grand Valley State University. Rebeckah enjoys spending time with her family, loves being outside, camping or going to the beach. Rebeckah is certified in Tai Chi Easy and is working on becoming a Registered Play Therapist.

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Shelby Fox
Work Experience: I started in the Behavioral Health Program as a student worker in the fall of 2014. About 6 months later a full time position opened up. I jumped at the chance and got hired as the Behavioral Health Appointment Programmer. The following 3 years passed quickly, then another position opened up in our program. I applied and got hired as a Behavioral Health Administrative Secretary in the fall of 2018.

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Steven Obreiter, DDS
Steve Obreiter, D.D.S., studied at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, Mich., and has practiced with Sault Tribe since 2008. He participates in dental humanitarian missions to Guyana, South America and Alaska. He enjoys spending time with family, serving at church, following sports and helping his children with 4-H projects.

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Tim Hoffmann, MD
Timothy Hoffman, M.D., studied at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich., and performed his residency at the Detroit Medical Center. He began his practice with Sault Tribe in 2013 and has special medical interests in obesity medicine, mental health and exercise medicine. He enjoys reading, mostly non-fiction such as history, health, politics and religion. He is fond of international travel and enjoys endurance sports like running and biking.

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Vivica J. Fitzpatrick-Sherman, MD
Vivica J. Fitzpatrick-Sherman, M.D., studied medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. She conducted her residency at D.C. General Hospital in Washington, D.C. She began her practice with Sault Tribe in1988 and has special medical interests in children's health care. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sewing, ceramic painting and singing in a drum group.

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W. Carie
Hi I am the driver for the Road to Wellness Program for Behavioral Health. When I’m not at work I’m most likely in my 13 foot kayak exploring our waters or I’m on the couch grinding out my old school Rune Scape account, while watching videos on NASA, Boson Dynamics or Crowder.

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Wm. Lane Barber MA.LPC. NBCC
Wm. Lane Barber has a master’s in guidance and counseling. He is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan along with National Board Certified Counselor, certification. He has 20+ years of experience in the mental health field providing outpatient counseling services.

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