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Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Health Center
2864 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste. Marie , MI 49783
Phone: (906) 632-5200 or (877) 256-0009
Fax: (906) 632-5276

In Sault Ste Marie, we have outpatient medical appointments for newborns through the elderly.  We have for family physicians, one pediatrician, and two nurse practitioners.  We care for acute needs, chronic medical conditions, and health promotion/disease prevention appointments.  Some of our providers specialize in women’s health, others in pediatrics.  We are for many procedures such as wart treatments, simple skin excisions, toenail removal, colposcopy, IUD, endometrial biopsy, LEEP.  There are nurse only appointments available for blood pressure checks, allergy injections, immunizations, injectable birth control, wound care, ABI.  OMT services are offered once a month.

We cater to Sault Tribe members, tribal employees, and Medicaid patients.  We care for newborns through the elderly.

We encourage patients to have a primary care provider.  This provider can help them prevent disease processes, and know them well should they get sick.  We encouraged adults who are otherwise healthy to have a physical exam every five years.  We encourage our patients who are on medications to be seen at least every six months, and more often as recommended by their primary care provider.  Children are seen more frequently: At two months, four months, six months, nine months, 12 months, 15 months, two years, and each year thereafter.

We encourage patients to call our appointment schedulers at 906-632-5230.  Routine appointments can be scheduled in this manner.  If patient’s feel that her symptoms warrant an appointment sooner than can be provided, there is always a nurse they can speak with who can help with this. For Medical Records please Fax: (906) 632-5228.

We invite you to watch the Sault Tribe Health Division video tour of our eight centers. Our informative video will help ou learn about the many services we provide to our members. We thank you for taking your time to tour our great facilities.


Services at Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Health Center:

Acupuncture
We offer ear acupuncture that has proven helpful for Chronic pain and Smoking cessation. Ear acupuncture can be done during routine office visits with Dr. Styer at the Sault Tribal Health Clinic in the Soo. Dr. Styer uses an ear stimulator and not needles when providing this service.

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Audiology
Our Audiology Services include diagnostic hearing evaluations (ages 4 and up), hearing aid consultations, hearing aid fittings and repairs.

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Behavioral Health
The Sault Tribe Behavioral Health Program offers a variety of culturally sensitive outpatient services, including but not limited to: Intake and Assessment; Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Therapy; Psychological Evaluations; Psychiatric Evaluation and Follow-up Care; Crisis Intervention/Urgent Care; Enhanced Outpatient for Substance Use Disorders; Compulsive Gambling Counseling; Auricular Acupuncture; Continuing Care Counseling; Alcohol/Drug Education and Awareness; and Home-Based Parenting Education.

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Clinical Nursing
Registered nurses work at all of our Tribal Clinics to help care for patients presenting to the clinic for a medical appointment. In addition, the registered nurse staff a ‘nurse only’ schedule to provide on-going care to meet some of the patient needs.

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Community Health Nursing
Community Health Nursing is a blend of primary health care and nursing practice with public health nursing. The community health nurse conducts a continuing and comprehensive practice that is preventive, curative, and rehabilitative. The philosophy of care is that care directed to individuals, families, and groups contributes to the health care of the whole population. The community health nurse is not restricted to the care of a particular age or diagnostic group. Participation of all consumers of health care is encouraged in the development of community activities that contribute to the promotion of, education about, and maintenance of good health. These activities require comprehensive health programs that pay special attention to social and ecological influences and specific populations at risk.

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Dental Services
Dental Services available at the Sault Tribe dental clinics: Exams, X-rays, cleanings, fillings, root canal therapy, crowns, extractions, dentures, and many other services are skillfully provided. Your first visit will include the necessary x-rays and a thorough exam. Other treatment will be provided at additional appointments. We will provide as much treatment as possible at each appointment and will try to coordinate appointments in other areas of the clinics to the best of our ability (medical, optical, etc.)

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Diabetes Program
The Sault Tribe Diabetes and Nutrition Programs offer various services to help you deal with diabetes. The Tribe’s diabetes educators (nurses and dietitians) help you learn how to take care of yourself , guiding you through treatment and helping with any fears, issues, and problems along the way.

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General Medicine
The Sault Tribe Health Division offers outpatient medical appointments for newborns through the elderly. We have family physicians, pediatricians and nurse practitioners. We care for acute needs, chronic medical conditions, and health promotion/disease prevention appointments. Some of our providers specialize in women's health, others in pediatrics. We offer many procedures such as wart treatments, simple skin excisions, toenail removal, colposcopy, IUD, endometrial biopsy, and LEEP. There are nurse-only appointments available for blood pressure checks, allergy injections, immunizations, injectable birth control, wound care, and ABI. OMT services are offered once a month.

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Health Education
Located in the Sault Tribe’s Community Health Department, Sault Tribe’s Health Education Services develop and implement effective health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs in order to increase the health of individuals, families, and communities across the Sault Tribe seven county service area. Health education staff focus on promoting, maintaining, and restoring the health of our community members.

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Immunizations
Childhood and adult immunizations are available thru the Tribal Clinics and Community Health Immunization Clinics. The Health Program promotes immunizations as one of the most effective methods to prevent disease and illness in our Tribal populations

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Laboratory
At Sault Tribal Health Laboratory, we utilize state-of-the –art instrumentation and equipment to provide quality, consistent and accurate laboratory results to your physician. Our comprehensive range of testing includes Hematology, Chemistry, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Serology and Microbiology. Most of your laboratory testing will be performed right here in the Sault with same day turnaround time on most tests. However, we also have a partnership with UP Health System in Marquette which provides you with more complex molecular testing, Cytology and Pathology.

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Nutrition Services
Together with a Registered Dietitian you will set nutrition goals to improve your health. Medical nutrition therapy by a registered dietitian includes: a review of what you eat and your eating habits, thorough review of your nutritional health and a personalized nutrition treatment plan.

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Optical
The Optical Department offers comprehensive Eye Health examinations with an emphasis on the prevention of ocular diseases prevalent within the Sault Tribe population. We have the most current, up to date diagnostic equipment including the new OCT Cirrus. This instrument can now offer the early diagnosis and intervention of sight threatening diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

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Pharmacy
We provide Pharmacy Services to patients of the Sault Tribe Health Division. We have three pharmacies located in the health center in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace and Manistique.

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Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can be provided only by licensed physical therapists (PTs) or by physical therapist assistants (PTAs) working under the supervision of a physical therapist.  Many physical therapists today hold a doctoral level degree.  Occupational therapy and speech therapy are also offered at the clinic.

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Radiology
The medical imaging department provides diagnostic radiology, mammography and ultrasound imaging services for eligible patients. The ordering physician or practitioner provides a written request including the reason/diagnosis for the exam desired.

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Smoking Cessation
Every day people quit using commercial tobacco. In fact, today there are more former smokers than current smokers. If you are ready to quit, contact: The Sault Tribe Nicotine Dependence Program at (906) 632-5210. Your local Tribal Health Center. 1 (800) QUIT-NOW, a free telephone support service that provides access to several types of cessation information and services.

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Traditional Medicine
The Traditional Medicine Program, established in 1995, was the first tribal traditional medicine program in the United States integrated into a tribal health delivery system. It has become recognized and accepted within the tribal community and has served as a model for traditional medicine programs offered by other tribes.

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Ultrasound
Diagnostic ultrasound is available at the Sault Tribe Health Center (STHC) in Sault Ste. Marie on a limited schedule – between two to three days each week. The following U/S testing is available. Abdomen, Breast, Vascular studies (e.g., renal, carotids, legs but NOT cardiac), Pelvis or OB, Thyroid and Prostate or Testicles.

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Wellness Programs
Wellness Programs

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Providers at Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Health Center:

Alexa Jones, LLMSW Clinical Social Worker
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 Clinical Social Worker
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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Arianna Brown
“Appointment Programmer Arianna Brown is a euchre aficionado, animal lover, and advocate for pineapple on pizza. She is happy to help with whatever you need!”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Penny Clark (Wilson) B.S.; L.B.S.W.
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Human Services from LSSU (Substance Abuse, Sociology, Human Services Management) Work Experience: Mental Health Case Manager and ACT Team member for HBH, Sault Tribe Wraparound Program, Prevention, Intense Case Management and Foster Care and currently Perinatal SUD Case Coordinator for Sault Tribe. Family First Specialist, DPH Parenting Worker and West Bridge Housing Case Manager. Certifications, Specializations/Focuses: Wraparound Train the Trainers, several parenting programs certificates, MI State Trainings for: Foster Care, Family First, Domestic Violence, Protective Services; Numerous trainings for working with individual/families for treatment. Primary Populations: Families Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, church activities

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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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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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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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