Ms. Saltzgiver – Deputy APN, Kerena Marie Saltzgiver (Parisien), the 12th Native American Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) in the Nation. She is currently in the American Indian Public Health Master’s degree program at North Dakota State University. Being an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and working for an IHS hospital on Navajo nation, Ms. Saltzgiver sees first-hand what a huge impact having this degree will be and how it will help her be more equipped with the knowledge/tools to help serve the American Indian and Alaska Native people and communities. Providing, advocating, and educating women on their healthcare is a core component to her practice. Ms. Saltzgiver utilizes a holistic approach to support the rural, underserved areas. She holds a strong belief in health equity and shares that passion with all communities that she serves to address various social determinate of health. Ms. Saltzgiver’s passion for Indigenous public health and Indigenous health in general is undeniable. She has over six years’ experience as an CNM and over nine years of experience as a Labor and Delivery nurse. Ms. Saltzgiver has helped over 600 families bring their precious babies earth-side since starting as a CNM.
Advanced Practice Nursing - CAPT Deb Price, DNP, MPH
Dr. Price is a certified Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently serving as the acting Chief Nurse Officer at Phoenix Indian Medical Center. She maintains a clinical practice and plays an active clinical leadership role on a U.S. Public Health Service Mental Health Team. This team deploys regularly in response to national and international disaster, including community suicide clusters, community opioid crises, humanitarian crises and natural disasters. CAPT Price completed a BA in Political Science at Amherst College, an MSN and MPH at Yale University, and a DNP at Arizona State University. She began her career in IHS as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Fort Defiance, Arizona and has worked at both urban and rural IHS sites. Her interests include maximizing the role of Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) , removing barriers to practice, increasing the representation of AI/AN in the APN workforce, and advocating for trauma-informed care throughout IHS.
Diane Pond, MD is a board-certified Anesthesiologist, and Pain Medicine Specialist who has worked with the Indian Health Service and Phoenix Indian Medical Center since Feb 1999. From 2003 to Jan 2020 she has served as the Chief of the Department of Anesthesia at PIMC, and the pain clinic medical director. Her main interests are related to interventional pain management and treatment of chronic pain. Dr. Pond is interested in the development of interdisciplinary programs, including complementary approaches and integrating services which address complex issues in chronic pain management. 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
CDR Dena Wilson is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Dr. Wilson received her medical degree from the University of Washington in 2003. She completed both her internal medicine residency and cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Wilson is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Echocardiography.
Dr. Wilson began her career as a staff cardiologist with the Native American Cardiology Program based out of the University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. In 2010, she transitioned the program to Flagstaff Medical Center to provide services to Tribes in Northern Arizona. In 2015, she transferred to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, where she began a cardiovascular service line and worked as a full-time cardiologist. In 2017, she accepted the role as the Clinical Consultant for the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention. She is now the Director of Specialty Services at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center.
Dr. Bengson is a board-certified dermatologist working as a full-time clinician. He sees both adult and pediatric outpatient and inpatient consultations, maintains an active dermatologic surgery service including slow Mohs surgery excisions and facial-plastics repairs following skin cancer removal, and runs a regional teledermatology program providing consultations to remote clinics in Arizona, Montana and Wyoming. Dr. Bengson is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. He received his medical doctorate from the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences, his dermatology specialty training from the John Hopkins Hospital/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a Master’s degree in Health Policy & Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to medical school, Dr. Bengson worked for such public health organizations as The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The National Association of County and 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. Dara Shahon is the Chief of Ophthalmology at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center and Adjudicator for the IHS/JVN Tele-ophthalmology program. She joined the Indian Health service in 2015 after practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona. Originally from Canada, Dr. Shahon attended the University of Toronto medical school, completed one year of internal medicine followed by a residency in Ophthalmology at the Albert Einstein/Long Island Jewish Hospital program. Dr. Shahon has a particular interest in dry eye conditions and telemedicine screening for diabetic retinopathy.
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.
Physician Assistant - Jeremy Parmley PA-C, MPH, MPSA, AE-C
CDR Jeremy Parmley MPH, MPSA, AE-C, PA-C has 15 years of remote and urban IHS clinical and supervisory experience at three service units. CDR Parmley is the Acting Assistant Clinical Director and Provider Preceptor Coordinator at Albuquerque Indian Health Center and was previously the Emergency Department Supervisor at Acoma Canoncito Laguna IHS Hospital. He received his Physician Assistant degree from Drexel University, a Master of Public Health from American Military University, and is a certified asthma educator.
Brian Burt is a Commissioned Officer currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Surgery at Phoenix Indian Medical Center. He has been a practicing PA for 16 years with experience in primary care, urgent care, emergency medicine, wilderness medicine and general surgery. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Emergency Medicine. He is a subject matter expert in vaping and an instructor in Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills for Native Communities. He serves as the Director of Student Services for the department of surgery and coordinates medical and physician assistant students’ clinical practicum. He is a founding member of Rapid Deployment Force Team 3 and has deployed on numerous occasions. He is the president of the Public Health Service Academy of Physician Assistants and holds a Master’s of Science in PA Studies from the George Washington University.
Dr. Topic – Podiatry, Dr. Topic received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University and completed three year surgical residency in Chicago, IL. Dr. Topic joined Navajo Area IHS in 2007. Dr. Topic has started two podiatric programs within the Navajo Area and has served in efforts of reclassification of podiatrists to Title 38. Dr. Topic has been recognized with IHS National Director’s Awards for excellence. Her interests include recruitment and retention thereby maximizing the role of Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons in limb salvage mission, increasing representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Podiatric workforce and establishing podiatrists in leadership roles throughout Indian Health Service.
Dr. Tran – Deputy Podiatry, Dr. Tran is Chief of Podiatry with the IHS Warm Springs Service Unit (WSSU) in Warm Springs, OR. He received his BSN with honors from University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, and his DPM from Rosalind Franklin Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Tran completed his residency training at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of New York University. Dr. Tran is Board Certified in Podiatry and has been an active member of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery, American Podiatric Medical Association, and the American Board of Wound Management. His professional interest is fostering interdisciplinary programs and relationships related to amputation prevention. During his time at WSSU, he has fostered and educated a team of certified wound personnel, instituted a non-invasive peripheral vascular disease screening lab, and instituted advanced stem cell therapy protocols to mitigate the rate of amputations in this community. Dr. Tran has been the lead in the physician video recruitment project at WSSU and the lead in the Registered Nurse retention and compensation project at WSSU. Dr. Tran is a designated Peer Reviewer for contracted Podiatrist by Indian Health Service in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Dr. Tran is a member of the Medical Executive Committee at WSSU and when needed is the surrogate Clinical Director for the WSSU.
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. Johnson – Pulmonary Critical Care, Dr. Johnson received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in 2003. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency/ Emergency Medicine Residency at LSU New Orleans and went on to do a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Johnson is board certified in four different areas: Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Johnson served eight years as Chief Medical Officer for The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. In 2019, she became the Chief Medical Officer for Nashville Area Indian Health Service. Dr. Johnson has been very active in IHS COVID -19 Project ECHO Lecture Series in collaboration with University of New Mexico and United Southern and Eastern Tribes (USET). She has given lectures related to "COVID 19 and Lung Disease " as well as lectures on "Emergency Department and ICU Clinical Management of COVID 19 Patients".
Dr. Johnson currently serves as the Chief Clinical Consultant for IHS's Critical Care Response Team (CCRT) which serves to augment urgent lifesaving medical care to COVID 19 patients admitted to IHS or Tribal hospital's Emergency Department and/or inpatient setting . This team has deployed to several areas within IHS to provide training/clinical education of clinicians to improve their ability to manage critically ill COVID 19 patients. She has been instrumental in the development of the CCRT's COVID 19 protocols which have been shared widely throughout IHS to assist in clinician's response to this pandemic. She has gone through several other major disasters to include being on the frontline in New Orleans' response to Hurricane Katrina and it's devastating impact on the healthcare system. During that time she spent months in New Orleans' Convention Center caring for it's most vulnerable citizens affected by Katrina, as well as in medical tents setup during the disaster outside of New Orleans Charity Hospital Healthcare System. She was also a part of the H1N1 pandemic and used her knowledge and skills to care for the critically ill patients who presented to Tulane Medical Center and MCLNO for care. She drew upon those previous experiences in her establishment of the IHS's CCRT team and will continue to draw upon her previous experiences as she works as a Chief Clinical Consultant for IHS.
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.
CAPT Tarri Randall is an active duty officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. She has worked in the Indian Health Service since 1997, initially in Acoma, NM at the Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna USPHS Indian Hospital where she was the Physical Therapy department manager. Since 2003 she has worked on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation at the Whiteriver USPHS Indian Hospital as a clinical specialist where she currently is the Director of Rehabilitation Services. She was selected as the IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Physical Rehabilitation Services in May 2017. She has been a certified wound specialist (CWS) through the American Academy of Wound Management since 2002 and an APTA board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) since 2005.
Dr. Gregory Jarrin is a Board Certified General Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has served as the IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Surgery since 2015. He has been an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona in the Department of Surgery since 20003. He teaches both medical students and residents in Winslow and Tuba City, Arizona.
Dr. Kieran is a Commissioned Officer who is currently serving as the Clinical Director of Inpatient Services at Phoenix Indian Medical Center. She is Board Certified in General Surgery and completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery from Stanford University. Dr. Kieran has served as the Chief of Surgery, as well as the acting Chief of Orthopedics, ENT, and Ophthalmology. In her nearly 14 year career at PIMC, Dr. Kieran has implemented a multi-disciplinary medical weight loss program, expanded advanced laparoscopic procedures, was the academic liaison for student and resident rotations at PIMC, and was one of the founding members of the HHS Innovates Award-Winning Peri-Operative Surgical Home (POSH), dedicated to ensuring patient safety.