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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.


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.


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.)


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.


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.


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.


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.


Providers at Sault Tribal Health & Human Services Center:

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.


Christopher White, DDS
Christopher White was born and raised in west Michigan, in a town called Belmont, Michigan which is just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He began his studies at Michigan State University, focusing on Human Biology. He then was accepted into the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry program in 2011, where he studied and received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) in 2015. He currently lives in the area with his wife and absolutely loves the fresh air and nature that this location provides. He is looking forward to providing the best service and treatment possible, while establishing himself as a member of the Sault Tribe Health and Human Services team.


Dr. Schroeder-Anderson
Dr. Schroeder-Anderson was born and raised in New Albany, IN across the bridge from Louisville, KY. Dr. Schroeder found an opportunity to work for the Sault Tribe of the Chippewa Indians as the Chief Solo Dentist at the St. Ignace Sault Tribal Health & Human Services. She and her husband decided it was an opportunity they could not pass up. Her family of three packed up and moved to the U.P. in April of 2018. Dr. Schroeder graduated from the University Of Louisville School Of Dentistry in 2012. She worked for 8 months as an independent contractor dentist in Corydon, IN and in June of 2013 she purchased a dental practice in Floyds Knobs, IN. Dr. Schroeder owned, managed and was the sole dentist for her practice, Schroeder Dental for 4.5 years. Dr. Schroeder and her husband had never been away from home and saw the benefit of the wonderful opportunity and adventure that awaited. Dr. Schroeder is a lifetime Girl Scout of 25 years and is eager to become a volunteer for the local Girl Scouts in the U.P. Dr. Schroeder was a Board Member (elected 3 year term) and the Vice Chair of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Board of Directors (elected 1 year term). Dr. Schroeder-Anderson and her husband love the outdoors, hiking and snowboarding.


Keith D. Smith
Keith Smith, traditional healer, is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa from Minnesota and moved to the U.P. with his wife over a year ago. He began practicing with Sault Tribe in 2011. Traditional healing practices come in the form of guidance and providing traditional medicines to those who request help with a wide range of physical and mental health issues. He enjoys singing and drumming with various drums and is a member of two Anishinaabe societies. His leisure activities include fishing, relaxing by waters and traditional crafts with an emphasis on wood and stone carving.


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.


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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