Dr. Price is a Commissioned Officer currently working in the Behavioral Health Program at Phoenix Indian Medical Center. She is dual board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She holds a BA in Political Science and African Studies and has completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Public Health (MPH). Special research interests include suicide prevention and intervention and disaster public mental health. She currently coordinates a Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI), serves as a Team Leader on a Tier II Mental Health Team, and is on the clinical faculty at Arizona State University College of Nursing.
Dr. Diane Pond is a United States Public Health Service commissioned corps officer serving the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. She is board certified in Anesthesiology and is a member of the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the International Association for the Study of Pain. She conducts pain management lectures on addiction and substance abuse, and chronic pain management.
Dr. Bengson is a board-certified dermatologist working as a full-time clinician, seeing both adult and pediatric outpatient and inpatient consultations as well as maintaining an active dermatologic surgery service that includes slow Mohs surgery excisions and facial-plastics repairs following removal of various types of skin cancer. Dr. Bengson also runs a regional teledermatology program that has provided consultations to various remote clinics in Arizona, Montana and Wyoming. Dr. Bengson received his medical doctorate from the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences and his dermatology specialty training from the John Hopkins Hospital/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Bengson is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Bengson also received a Master’s degree in Health Policy & Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Prior to his medical school training, Dr. Bengson worked for various public health organizations such as The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The National Association of County & City Health Officials through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Barents Group Health Economics Practice and KPMG Consulting where he was heavily involved in public health and health systems planning, leadership and process improvement initiatives.
Dr. D’Andrea is an attending physician of emergency medicine at Tsehootsoi Medical Center(TMC) in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Since arriving to the Navajo Nation in 2015, Dr. D’Andrea has served as Chief of Emergency Medicine and Director of Medical Services at TMC. He is the co-founder of the Native American and Rural Emergency Medicine Consortium and has an ongoing interest in developing collaborative networks among emergency medicine practitioners with the goal of raising the quality of emergency care for Native American communities.
Ann Bullock, MD is a board-certified Family Physician who has worked with the Indian Health Service and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians since 1990. From 2000-2009, she was the Medical Director for the tribe's Health and Medical Division and now serves as its Medical Consultant. She is also the Clinical Consultant for the IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention. Her main interests are related to diabetes prevention and treatment, including the role of prenatal and early life risk factors in the development of chronic disease. She has been an author on a number of IHS Diabetes Best Practices, Standards of Care, and Clinical Guidelines. Dr. Bullock is interested in the development of interdisciplinary programs, including complementary approaches and integrating services which address stress, trauma and depression. She is the course director for Indian Health’s annual primary care conference, “Advances in Indian Health”, which occurs each spring in Albuquerque.
Dr. Amy DeLong is a family physician, Medical Director, and a Ho-Chunk tribal member who works for the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Health and has since 2006. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Michigan, completed medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed her training in family medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. She earned her Master’s in Public Health in the maternal child health track while completing an adolescent health fellowship through the University Of Minnesota Department Of Pediatrics. Her passions include public health efforts to prevent chronic disease like obesity, especially in childhood, promoting healthy pregnancy outcomes, reducing health disparities by diversifying the workforce, and being outdoors with her family.
Geriatrics and Palliative Care - Blythe Winchester, MD
Dr. Blythe Winchester is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, NC. She practices at Tsali Care Center and Cherokee Indian Hospital in her hometown. Her interests are in maintaining function and quality of life in all tribal elders. Her focus is on dementia, frailty, fall risk, traditional medicine, advance care planning, and transitions of care. She is also interested in symptom management and chronic disease management for all populations.
Infectious Disease - Jonathan Vilasier Iralu, MD, FACP
Dr. Iralu is the Indian Health Service Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases. He has a special interest in HIV, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease care in rural communities. His research has focused on undifferentiated febrile illness in the American Southwest and on rural HIV care delivery. He has worked at Gallup Indian Medical Center since 1994 and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Global Health Equity in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jennie Wei has been working as an Internal Medicine Physician at Gallup Indian Medical Center since 2012, spending half of her clinical time as a hospitalist and half as a primary care physician. She received her undergraduate, medical degree and master of public health at Harvard and completed Internal Medicine residency and Chief Residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. In addition to general medicine and primary care, her clinical interests include substance use disorders and transgender health.
Dr. Andrew Narva worked as a physician in Indian Health Service from 1981 through 2006. In 2006 he became Director of the National Kidney Disease Education Program and Senior Scientific Advisor at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Narva continues to provide clinical care to IHS patients through telemedicine.
Dr. Mike Stitzer is a board-certified neurologist who has worked with Indian Health Service in Navajo Area since 2012. His areas of interest including migraine, epilepsy, stroke, improving access to rural neurological care, teleneurology, and education. He has been a member of the ABPN's Physician Burnout Task Force, AAN's Diversity Leadership Program, and AAN's Health Care Disparities Task Force. He is also an enrolled member of the Enterprise Rancheria Estom Yumeka Maidu tribe.
Dr. Jean Howe is the Chief Clinical Consultant for Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN CCC). Dr. Howe is very interested in establishing a dialogue and/or networking with anyone involved in Women's Health or Maternity Care, especially as it applies to American Indian or Alaska Native Women or Indigenous Women around the world.
Dr. Dawn Clary, a Captain in the United States Public Health Service, is the Chief Clinical Consultant for the IHS Optometry Program. She started her career with the Indian Health Service, in her hometown of Gallup, NM, at the Gallup Indian Medical Center as a staff optometrist until her transfer to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. For the past 17 years, Dr. Clary has been practicing at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center serving as a staff optometrist, Acting Chief of Optometry, Area Chief of Optometry and Director of the IHS/JVN Tele-ophthalmology National Reading Center. She has presented multiple posters and lectures on the topic of Diabetic Retinopathy.
CAPT Tom Faber, MD, MPH, FAAP is the Clinical Director of the Zuni Indian Health Service Hospital, where he has served since 2006. He cares for children and adolescents in primary care as well as inpatient, newborn, and emergency department settings. His interests are adolescent medicine and integrating trauma informed principles into the care of children and families. Dr. Faber is also the founder and Executive Director of the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (ZYEP), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the mental and physical health of Native children. Over the past 11 years, ZYEP has grown to serve more than 700 youth with year-round programming. Dr. Faber has been recognized with the 2018 Hero for Health Award by the Con Alma Foundation, the 2016 National Indian Health Board Local Impact Award, and the 2014 F. Edwards Rushton Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics. He graduated from Tufts Medical School and the Harvard Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program in Boston, MA.
Benjamin Olmedo is currently a Senior Physician Assistant assigned to the California Area Indian Health Service and working with the Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic. He started his career in Alaska working in primary care, rural medicine and emergency medicine with Southcentral Foundation, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Alaska Native Medical Center and the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council. Read more about Benjamin from the Physician Assistant History Society.
Dr. Paul Pierce is a psychiatrist working through the Oklahoma City Area Offices of Indian Health Service providing telehealth services to rural clinics in Oklahoma since 2013. He is a board-certified Psychiatrist having completed his B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin, medical school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a general psychiatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Pierce has received multiple teaching awards from medical students and residents he has supervised over the years. Additionally, he completed a 7-year term as a Board Member of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Dr. Pierce’s professional interests include office-based treatment for opioid dependence, mindfulness meditation, the role of controlled substances in the treatment of mental illness, and the limits of our knowledge in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Hosselkus is a Commissioned Officer currently serving as Chief of Radiology and Chief of Staff at the Claremore Indian Hospital in Claremore, Oklahoma. She is a Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist and holds a Medical Doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Hosselkus has authored peer reviewed journal articles and conducts original research. She is also an active member of the Northeastern Oklahoma Commissioned Officers Association.