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.
Advanced Practice Nursing – Deputy for Midwifery - CAPT Kimberly A. Couch, DNP, CNM, FNP-BC
Captain Kimberly Couch is a Nurse-Midwife, Nurse-Practitioner and the Director of the Women and Infant Service Line at Phoenix Indian Medical Center. She is a Native to Arizona and has been working in various roles at PIMC since 1998.
Kimberly is also a commissioned officer in the United States Public Service. She has deployed numerous times in support of Hurricane response and disaster relief.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Northern Arizona University, and her post graduate degrees, including Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Frontier Nursing University.
She serves as a Deputy Chief Clinical Consultant for advance practice nurses and nurse midwives in IHS and is a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology board for rural and Indian Health Care. She is a participating board member of the Arizona State Maternal Mortality review committee, making recommendations to the Governor of Arizona and legislature to improve maternal and fetal outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Dorothy Sanderson is the Chief Clinical Consultant for Internal Medicine. She is very interested in networking with other clinicians providing primary care and hospital based care to Native Americans, and welcomes contact by phone or email.
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 Diana Dunnigan, MD joined the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) Pediatric Department in 2002. She was the Chief of Pediatrics from 2012-2017 and is currently the Acting Pediatric Practice Manager. Her special interests are in access to care, childhood obesity, and literacy. Prior to becoming the Chief of Pediatrics CAPT Dunnigan developed a childhood obesity workshop at the PIMC which served over 30 families in the course of 5 years. In addition, through education and peer review she improved the diagnosis and management of childhood obesity amongst her colleagues by almost 600%. Upon CAPT Dunnigan’s arrival to PIMC she implemented the early literacy program “Reach out and Read” and the department has maintained this over 14 years. In addition, she increased the age of patients served in Pediatrics from 14 to 18 years old. From 2015-2017 she served as the Chair of the Medical Executive Committee, representing all medical staff leadership to the executive team and the Governing Board. CAPT Dunnigan completed her Bachelors of Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, obtained her medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and completed her Pediatric residency at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Integrated Pediatric Residency Program. She remains active in the Phoenix pediatric community through her involvement with the Arizona chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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.