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Sault Tribal Health & Human Services Center

Sault Tribal Health & Human Services Center

Sault Tribal Health & Human Services Center

Sault Tribal Health & Human Services Center

Sault Tribal Health & Human Services Center
1140 N. State St. Suite 2805
Saint Ignace, MI 49781
Phone: (906) 643-8689 or (877) 256-0135

In St. Ignace, we have outpatient medical appointments for newborns through the elderly.  We have two family physicians, and one nurse practitioner.  We care for acute needs, chronic medical conditions, and health promotion/disease prevention appointments.  Most of our providers specialize in family medicine.  We provide many procedures such as wart treatments, simple skin excisions, toenail removal, trigger point injections, and OMT.  There are nurse only appointments available for blood pressure checks, allergy injections, immunizations, injectable birth control, wound care, ABI. 

We cater to Sault Tribe members, tribal employees, and UPHP 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 encourage 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 as 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 906-643-8689.  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.

Additional Information: In St. Ignace, we have a clinical  social workers.  We also have a pharmacy, and we have contracted lab and radiology services available for urgent tests..  We have community health nursing Department, dental Department, behavioral health Department. 

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 Tribal Health & Human Services Center:

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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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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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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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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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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Providers at Sault Tribal Health & Human Services Center:

Andrew Rife, PA-C
Andrew graduated from PA school in 2013 from South University in Tampa, FL. He started working in emergency medicine, then in urgent care, and after a few years transitioned into primary care. Andrew is thankful to be working with the Sault Tribe since 2015, and has enjoyed seeing patients at our Saint Ignace clinic since 2017. He is married to Rachel Rife and they are very grateful for their 3 French bulldogs and their 3 month old son named Abel. They enjoy walking their dogs with Abel in his stroller, reading, spending time with each other, and are fairly active with their local church family.

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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
Courtney Dombroski, Pharm.D., attended Michigan Technological University for undergraduate studies. Then she began at Wayne State University in 2012 and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2016. She currently resides in Cheboygan where she was born and raised. Courtney enjoys running, being outdoors and spending time with her husband and three kids.

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Dr. Christine Hamilton
Dr Christine Hamilton grew up in Grand Rapids, with many summers in the Sault visiting grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She started working when she was still in grade school by helping clean and stock at her dad’s gas station. Later she took care of the horses at a family friends’ day camp. Then came “real” jobs, including car-hop, burger flipper, hotel cook, delivery truck driver, auto parts sales, and paramedic. It occurred to her that a career in medicine might work, which led to a DO degree from Michigan State University, and two years of primary care training after that. She had a family practice in northern Indiana for over 20 years, then worked in an Urgent Care setting for over 10 years. For some strange reason she thought a return to the UP would be a good idea, and here she is, working for the Sault Tribe. She loves it here, and hopes to stay for an extended time.

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Dr. Jill Perry, Chief Solo Dentist
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Dr. Wendy White
Dr. Wendy White is a 1995 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and joined us as a permanent staff member in December of 2021. She moved to Petoskey in 2017 after retiring from her solo dental practice on Beaver Island. From there she explored locum opportunities and accepted an assignment with the tribe. Originally native to southeast Michigan, Dr. White loves living near Lake Michigan and enjoys the wide open spaces and cooler temps of Northern Michigan.

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Jim Brady, Pharmacist Supervisor
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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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Pete Andersen, Pharmacist
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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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