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Health Care Providers

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

Alexa Jones, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
Alexa began working for the Tribe in 2020 as an outpatient Therapist. 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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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 LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
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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Christina Reynolds Burlak, LMSW, MS Clinical Social Worker
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 - LMSW, 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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Denise Porter, BS, Perinatal Care Coordinator
BS in Criminal Justice/Psychology from NMU in 1998. I spent 16 years in law enforcement in Minnesota before returning to my home town (SSM) in 2017. I began working for the Sault Tribe in 2019 as a Probation Officer in Tribal Court. I was a member of the Gwaik Miicon Drug Court team while at the Court. I was trained in MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) and conducted classes for both adults and juveniles. I also was certified as a Domestic Violence Intervention Trainer (Duluth Model). In my free time I enjoy spending time with family/pets, scuba diving and traveling.

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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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Dr. Zara Masood, Contractual Psychiatrist
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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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Heather Hemming, B.S., ACSM-EP-C & CIFT
Heather Hemming is the Health Education Supervisor and the Project Coordinator of the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country and Tribal Practices and Wellness in Indian Country grants with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology from Lake Superior State University. She is also an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist and Inclusive Fitness Trainer, a Certified Lifestyle Coach and she is highly skilled in facilitating community coalitions. Heather is currently finishing her Masters in Health Administration from Louisiana State University – Shreveport. Heather, who is a Sault Tribe member and long-time tribal employee, is the PA Referral Program's lead developer. She says the program's intentions are to promote prevention, self-management, and treatment efforts among tribal members diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other chronic diseases. With more culturally appropriate programs like this, Heather would like to see the CHE team continue to work as a cohesive unit to provide the best services to Sault Tribe members. In her spare time, Heather enjoys running, playing sports, hiking, kayaking, and taking her dog Sadie for walks.

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Jasjit Pataria, FNP
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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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Josh Firack, ACSM EP-C, LMT
Josh Firack is a 1996 graduate of Northern Michigan University with a B.S. degree in Health and Fitness Management. Josh was first certified as a personal trainer in 1997 through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and he maintained that certification until 2014. He is well versed in many facets of the health and fitness industry, as he has experience as a personal trainer, physical therapy aid, massage therapist and exercise physiologist. Josh has also managed outpatient physical therapy clinics as well as commercial fitness centers and has been the owner of a fitness center. He has worked with individuals ranging from 13 to 97 years of age, all with different physical capacities as well as various fitness/wellness goals.

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Kristin Kempf-Roffers, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Kristin graduated from Lake Superior State University with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, in 2011. After a brief hiatus from academia Kristin pursued her Master’s in Social Work, which was offered locally by Grand Valley State University. She completed her internship at the Diane Peppler Resource Center where she continued to volunteer after graduating. Immediately after graduating in 2016, Kristin accepted her first Social Work position as a family services worker at the local Head start program, where she worked until fall 2017. Kristin also worked as an outpatient counselor for Weber and Devers during the spring/summer of 2017. Kristin then accepted a position in Madison, Wisconsin working as one of the Social Worker/Case Managers at a residential home for women with severe mental illness. During the summer of 2019, Kristin returned to Sault Ste. Marie, MI to be closer to family. She accepted a position at War Memorial Hospital as the Medical Social Worker. This was a valuable experience as she got to work with crisis intervention clients, dialysis patients, and inpatient discharge planning. Kristin took the opportunity to return to her passion; providing therapeutic services at the Sault Tribe Behavioral Health Center at the end of 2021. Kristin specializes in CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, and art therapy techniques. Her focus is on trauma survivors. Kristin works with children, adolescents, and adults with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, and concurrent substance abuse issues. In her free time she enjoys traveling, adventures, road trips, nature hikes, and stargazing. She also enjoys arts and crafts, writing, reading, listening to music, cooking with her fiancé, hanging out with her friends, family, and pets (2 wild kittens, and a lop eared rabbit).

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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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Lenny Walker, BS, Behavioral Health Counselor
Lenny graduated from Bay Mills Community College in 2020 with her Associate of Social Science and graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a double minor in counseling and substance abuse counseling. She is continuing her education at the University of Michigan to obtain her Masters of Social Work with a focus in Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse. She has worked with The Sault Tribe in many areas, including the Chippewa Tribal Court through the WIOA Program, the Big Bear Summer Recreation Program and the Youth Education and Activities Program. She has previously worked as an Addictions Counselor with Great Lakes Recovery Centers for almost two years and as a Legal Advocate with Dianne Peppler Resource Center for a year. She is currently working toward her CADC and works primarily with adults diagnosed with substance abuse and mental health disorders. She is an enrolled member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and is passionate about creating positive change within her community and Tribe. In her free time, Lenny enjoys spending time with her family and 2 dogs, reading, beading, sewing, and spending time outdoors.

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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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Lyndee Zeigler, B.S., ACSM-EP-C, EIM2, TTS
Lyndee Zeigler is a Community Health Educator who loves watching how cultivating a culture of wellness, rest, healthy nutrition, and physical activity can transforms lives. Lyndee has been in healthcare and wellness for five years – specializing in exercise testing and prescription, health education and health coaching, cardiac rehabilitation, tobacco cessation, and corporate employee wellness programs. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornerstone University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Biology, respectively. While attending Cornerstone University, Lyndee was a four-time national indoor qualifier and two-time national outdoor qualifier in track and field. Lyndee works primarily from the Sault Tribal Health & Human Services Center in Saint Ignace, Michigan. She is part of Nicotine Dependence Program and Physical Activity Referral Program, and helps with community outreach and the local coalition groups. In her free time, Lyndee enjoys antiquing, reading, cooking and baking, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her husband, Jason, and two puppies, Leya

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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 Clinical Social Worker
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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Melissa Curtis-Hagen, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Melissa graduated from Lake Superior State University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services. She continued her education and went on to graduate with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2001. She has worked as a children’s protective services worker, child & adolescent therapist and private practice therapist. Melissa began working for Sault Tribe in 2006 providing social work services at Sault Tribe Youth Facility. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. In her free time, Melissa enjoys time with family, paddle boarding, yoga and being in nature.

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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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NeTausha Moran-Bergsma, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
NeTausha graduated from University of Michigan-Flint in 2006 with dual Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice. In 2016 she completed her Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. NeTausha completed her internship with Sault Tribe Behavioral Health Outpatient Treatment Services and has been working with Sault Tribe Behavioral Health ever since. She specializes in Child Play Therapy, Auricular Acupuncture and is a part of the Chippewa County Mental Health Team through the 91st District Court. She works with all age groups. In her free time, NeTausha enjoys spending time with her family.

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Nicole Kozal, LLMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Nicole graduated from LSSU in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and went on to finish her Masters in Social Work in 2021 from Michigan State University. Nicole has worked for Sault Tribe Victim Services for 11 years and interned with Great Lakes Recovery Center for a one year and Anishnabek Community and Family Services for one year. She specializes in CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. Nicole enjoys spending her free time with her family and watching her children’s sporting events.

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Pete Andersen, Pharmacist
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Physical Activity Program Staff
Back row: Charlee Brissette, Josh Firack, Lyndee Zeigler Front row: Maddy Lamma, Heather Hemming

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Rachel McCord, Peer Recovery Coach
Credentials: CCAR/ Peer Recovery Coach/ 5 years in recovery from a heroin addiction Work Experience: Peer 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 Clinical Social Worker
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 Social Worker
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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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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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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