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MEDICAL PROVIDERS

Our doctors and medical care providers are the best in the field. Our team comes from top medical universities and have the experience and knowledge to offer you the best possible medical care. More than that our providers love working with patients and will work with you to ensure you feel comfortable about the care you receive.
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Marguerite McIntosh, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine Physician

Education and Training: M.D.C.M. - McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Quick Track program which included undergraduate studies, pre-med and medical school. Medical degree conferred by McGill University. Specialized training in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) through the University of Washington, Seattle
Profile:
Dr. McIntosh is a family practice physician who received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She provides a full range of family practice from neonates to geriatrics, workers compensation cases, and well person physicals including occupational licensing physicals.

She has a special interest in developmental pediatrics and is part of the FAS Diagnostic Team for Alaska which locally holds clinics through Frontier Community Services.

She believes that her medical practice is a partnership with her clients in which she educates, empowers and advocates for them. In return, she believes they educate and inspire her as a physician.

Dr. McIntosh is married and has three children, two adult and one teenager. She volunteers for the Special Olympics and is an active participant in her church. Dr. McIntosh loves the Kenai Peninsula and is grateful to live here.

Jamie Wiseman, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine Physician

Education and Training:
B.S. (Biology) - Texas Christian University
B.A. (Anthropology) - Texas Christian University
M.D. - Ross University School of Medicine
Residency - Mercy Health System Family Medicine, Janesville, WI
Board Certified in Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine

Profile:
Dr. Wiseman is a board certified family medicine physician who provides comprehensive family medicine care to all ages. She particularly enjoys women’s health, children and preventative medicine.
 
She believes health and medicine act as a continuous dynamic between an individual’s physical, mental and emotional well being and feels family medicine helps to promote all of these aspects rather than one over the other. She is privileged that patients allow her to be an integral part of their lives and families. She considers each patient experience to be a learning opportunity for both her patients and herself.
 
Dr. Wiseman is married with two young children and recently relocated to the Kenai Peninsula from the Midwest. She grew up in Texas where she met her husband. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, the outdoors, and hunting. She looks forward to integrating into the community especially through her time at the clinic.

Colette Reahl, MD

Specialty: Pediatrician

Profile:
I began practicing as a General Pediatrician in 2011. My professional degrees were completed at the University of Florida and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  

The settings in which I care for children are: the nursery, outpatient clinic, and hospital. The emphasis of my practice is promoting healthy lifestyle and preventative health-care. Being a General Pediatrician allows me the privilege to care for and advocate for our future generation. By working with PCHS, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our community and impact our future by helping all children who present for our services, including those who have difficulties obtaining care.  

Although I am originally from Jamaica I have grown to love Alaska. My husband and I love to spend time in nature and are excited about the many ways in which we will be able to enjoy the great Alaskan outdoors throughout the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. Apart from work, I participate in Christian Ministries, Local and Foreign Missions, and Music Education. Of all the things I love to do working and caring for children is my favorite. You will always find a smile on my face because I find joy while using my experience and knowledge to care for children. Working as a Pediatrician is not just my job, but my passion. I look forward to meeting and working with all of the precious children of the Central Peninsula.
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Cynthia Kahn, MD

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Peter Hansen, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine, with special training in FAA/DOT/Occupational Exams, Disability evaluations, and International Travel Medicine.

Education: 
Undergraduate education at Eastern Washington University, Cheney WA. Followed by Medical School graduation at University of Washington, Further residency training completed at Ramsey County Hospital, St. Paul MN; followed by preceptorships in Radiology and OB-GYN.

Profile: 
Dr. Hansen delivers personalized medical care to patients of all ages who come from miles around. He has been practicing family medicine in Kenai since 1967, and has been selected as one of the “top ten” Family Physicians in the USA. He has also received the Alaska “Family Physician” of the year award. He is an Eagle Scout, recently receiving the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from his adult peers, and he is actively involved in medical & community organizations.   

 Dr. Hansen provides an array of standard medical testing and services including Annual Wellness Exams - Gynecological Exams – Audiograms - Pulmonary Function testing – Office Surgery – ECG & Cardiac Treadmill Stress Testing – Wax removal from impacted ears – Coast Guard Exams – Circumcision – and much more. He is on the staff Central Peninsula Hospital and takes pride in serving the greater Kenai community.

Dr. Hansen and his wife, who is also an R.N., have raised three children during their years living in Kenai. Their Christian faith has helped them survive the loss of their two sons; their daughter lives in Seward with husband and three teenage grandchildren. Dr. Hansen uses the team approach in working with his patients to keep them healthy; and loves learning, teaching, and inspiring others.

Carlos A. Valenzuela, MSN, ANP, FNP-BC - Director of Medical

Specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner

Education and training: 
Bachelor’s and Master’s of Nursing, University of Tampa

Profile: 
Carlos A. Valenzuela is a family nurse practitioner who has worked in orthopedics, family practice, and emergency care settings for over 12 years.
His professional interests include preventative health, chronic disease management and sports & rehab medicine. Mr. Valenzuela enjoys helping patients and their families understand their health problems to take better control of their lives.
Carlos enjoys the Alaskan lifestyle and looks forward to every opportunity to go fishing, hiking, hunting and exploring the Alaskan wilderness. He is married with 3 children. He was born in Bogota, Colombia and was raised in Tampa, Florida before moving to Alaska 2 years ago.

Tammy LaFrancois-DeGraeve, MSN, FNP-BC

Specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner

Education and training: 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Colorado State University – Pueblo, Colorado.
Master of Science Nursing- Georgetown University, Washington D.C 

Profile: 
Tammy is a board certified family nurse practitioner with over 25yrs of health care experience and 17 yrs as a nurse practitioner. She spent the first 22 years of her medical career serving on active duty in the US Army and retired in 2009. She has a very broad experience base and truly enjoys the full spectrum of family practice because it spans a patient’s entire life allowing long standing patient relationships. She believes in listening to the individual needs of each patient/family to develop a comprehensive, individualized plan of care. She enjoys teaching patients and family members about their conditions and is a strong patient advocate.
Tammy has three sons and one granddaughter. She enjoys a healthy, active lifestyle while spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoys running, skiing, ice hockey, cooking, travel and the great outdoors.

Peter Cannava, PHD

Specialty:  Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Education and training:
BS: Psychology Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
MS: Pacific Graduate School of Psychology Palo Alto, California
PhD in Clinical Psychology: Pacific Graduate School of Psychology Palo Alto, California
Internship: Yolo County Mental Health Sacramento, California
National Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Profile:
Dr Cannava was raised in Soldotna, Alaska. He completed college undergraduate work in Oregon, all Masters coursework at University of Alaska, Anchorage and finally earned Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology in California. During his school years Dr Cannava worked and trained at both inpatient and outpatient settings in Alaska and California. Dr. Cannava returned to Soldotna full time in 2000 and has worked at community health centers in both Soldotna and Seward since. Dr. Cannava works primarily with teens, adults, couples and families.

Lynette Knapp, DSW, LCSW

Specialty: Clinical Social Work 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education and Training: 
Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Social Work ~ Eastern Michigan University and Capella University.

Profile: 
Dr. Knapp is a trauma trained clinician with a strong background in substance use disorders (SUD) and grief/loss recovery. Dr. Knapp completed her action research dissertation on Suicide Postvention in 2014 and most recently post doctoral studies working with veterans through the VA. Dr. Knapp’s clinical experience include both inpatient psychiatry and as a therapist in outpatient specialty clinics. Her professional interests are related to community action/education projects on Opioid Education Naloxone Education (OEND) and The Compassionate Friends (TCF) offering support for grieving families. Her first love for outdoor adventure is ‘island hopping’ with her sea kayak. Dr. Knapp is delighted to return to Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula with her husband, Paul.  

Jed Rigby, MSW, LCSW

Profile: 
Jed is a licensed clinical social worker. Jed completed his graduate studies at Boise State University. During his graduate studies he completed a clinical practicum at an acute psychiatric facility. Jed enjoys working with adolescents and adults struggling with substance abuse and other co-occurring disorders. Jed believes in a holistic approach to treatment and individualizes the treatment process to each client. In his spare time, Jed enjoys hiking, fishing, camping and spending time with his chocolate lab, Dezi.

DENTAL CENTER PROVIDERS

Our dental staff is second to none. We only hire the most qualified and best dental professionals who have top training. You can count on us for quality dental care and excellent customer service. Our dental care professionals are not only top medical minds but love working with you and providing personal attention to ensure you feel comfortable about any procedures.

Jacob Owens, DMD

Specialty:  Family Dentistry

Education: 
BA University of Alaska Fairbanks, DMD University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey

Profile:
Jake Owens was raised in Homer, Alaska. After completing his dental degree in 2013, he worked in Bethel until coming back to the Kenai Peninsula. He enjoys working in public health, and is excited to be living in the area to enjoy all the outdoor activities. When not doing dentistry, he enjoys fishing, fat biking, art, and exploring the outdoors with his dog.

Bill Richardson, DMD

Specialty: General Dentist

Education and Training: 
Bill received his dental degree from University of Florida, College of Dentistry in 2003. Previously, he attended Stetson University and received a Bachelor of Science.

Profile:
Bill grew up in rural Florida with a dream of living in Alaska. After completing dental school, Bill moved to Alaska to work as a dentist. He worked in Dillingham for five years and then Homer for six years.
In 2014 Bill moved his family to Oamaru, New Zealand where he worked as a dentist for a year. Bill and his family had a wonderful time on that trip and met a lot of fabulous people. As is true of all big adventures, it was time for the family to come home and they moved back to the Kenai Peninsula in 2015.
Bill and his wife Sarah have two children. They enjoy fishing, boating, camping and aviation. They look forward to raising their family on the Kenai Peninsula. 
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Zanyce (Zee) Berg, RDH

Specialty - Dental Hygiene

Profile:
Zanyce (Zee) Berg believes all dental experiences can / and should be positive. She is passionate about public health and having the opportunity to serve those who may not otherwise have access to care.

Zee began her career with Aspen Dental back in 2003 as a volunteer while attending college. In 2004 Zee was hired by Aspen Dental Clinic as an Administrative Assistant. In 2005 she was excited to be accepted to University of Alaska Anchorage's (UAA) Dental Hygiene Program and as part of her schooling, was required to complete an externship. Aspen again was happy to have her back for this requirement and she completed it Summer 2006. Zee was awarded an AAS degree from from UAA, May 2007. She was happy to professionally join the Aspen Dental team in 2008 and was excited to begin her dental career in the capacity of a dental hygienist.

Zee has four children of whom she adores and enjoys Aces Hockey!

PSYCHIATRY PROVIDERS

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Jeff Magee, MD

Specialty: Psychiatry

Education and Training: B.S. (Chemistry) - University of UtahM.D. - University of UtahSurgical internship atUniversity of Texas Medical Branch, GalvestonPsychiatric residency at University of Utah Board certified in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Profile:
Dr. Magee is a board certified psychiatrist who received his medical degree at the University of Utah and completed a surgical internship and psychiatry residency. He provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management of behavioral health clients. 

He enjoys his role as a psychiatrist because he believes in his patients' abilities to get better and is honored to participate in their care.

Dr. Magee is married and has two children. He enjoys hunting and the outdoors.
Michael J. Perry, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, ANP
Specialty: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Education and Training:
License Practical Nurse Degree from BOCES in New Hartford, New York 
Associates in Applied Science, Nursing from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York

Profile :  
Michael J. Perry is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner born and raised in upstate New York. He began his nursing career 23 years ago when he received his license practical nurse degree from BOCES in New Hartford, New York. He then earned his Associates in Applied Science, Nursing from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York, before completing his Bachelor of Science, Nursing from SUNY Institute of Technology also in Utica, New York. Michael then completed his Masters of Science, Nursing in the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program as SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York. Mr. Perry is currently enrolled in Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA Doctor of Nursing Program and anticipates graduating in 2015 with his Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Before coming to PCHS, Mr. Perry worked at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, New York as an acute care inpatient and outpatient Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, as well as providing psychiatric consults and medication management to the hospital's medical floor, emergency department and outside agency servicing seniors.
Prior to his time at Claxton-Hepburn, Mr. Perry practiced at Mary Imogene Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York as an acute care inpatient Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
In addition to his work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Mr. Perry has an extensive background in psychiatric nursing including staff nurse, nurse administrator and program coordinator for the state of New York.
In his recreational time, Michael enjoys hunting, fishing, playing guitar and road trips with his wife. Coming to Alaska fulfills a dream Michael has had since he was a child and he looks forward to serving the people of this community.
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Barbara Ransom, RN, BA, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Specialty: Family Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center
Education and Training:
RN: Central Oregon Community College 
BA & MSN: Gonzaga University. Clinical training included: 
Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison with Chemical Dependency services, chronic adult psychiatric care, and sub-acute pediatric psychiatric care.
Profile:
Barbara is a 20-year veteran nurse whose previous work experience includes intensive care, pediatrics, obstetrics, and general acute care nursing as a registered nurse. Recognizing the immense importance of meeting the psychiatric needs of patients, young and old alike, she believes advanced practice psychiatric nursing has combined both the art and the science of her varied practice experience to better care for the whole person across the life span.

Barbara moved to Alaska from Portland, Oregon and her personal interests include cooking, entertaining, traveling, volunteer work, and reading. She has worked and studied in Switzerland and France. She enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and fishing and values time with family and friends.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS

Our behavioral health specialists have the knowledge, training, and skills to offer you the very best in mental health care. We focus on quality and personalized individual service for every patient that walks through our doors. You can trust that our medical care professionals will always provide you the best support possible and can give you the help you need.
Jeffrey Parker, L.C.S.W.,  Emergency Services Clinician
Specialty: Clinical Social Work

Education and Training:
BX Psychology - Loyola University of Chicago
MSW Social Work - Loyola University of Chicago
38 years in Practice
NASW Diplomat in Clinical Social Work
Past Board Certified in Clinical Social Work
Past board Certified in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Profile: 
Over the years, Jeff has worked in mulitple areas of practice, including Medical and Psychiatric Hospitals, Out-Patient Clinics, Regular and Special Education Schools, Managed Care, and Private Practice. Born and raised in the Midwest, Jeff has been in Alaska since 2011 and worked primarily in the aleutian Islands before coming to the Kenai Peninsula in 2014. He is currently a father of 3 adult childdren and a grandfather of 2 young grandkids.
Colleen Nusbaum, L.C.S.W., Emergency Services Clinician
Specialty: Clinical Social Work with multiple populations: Veterans; Military Individuals and/or Families; Trauma; Child Welfare; Substance Use/Addictions; Co-Occurring Disorders; Individuals with Disabilities; Children and Adolescents.  

Education and Training:
B.S. (Psychology) – Wayne State University
MSW - University of Alaska Anchorage
Licensed in Clinical Social Work for the State of Alaska

Profile:
Colleen has been working in the Social Services and Mental Health field since the year 2000. Colleen is strongly driven by community and family values. She is an Alaskan born resident who has lived the majority of her life in Alaska and enjoys working with populations from diverse cultures. She is known to advocate for her clients, family, and community through volunteer work and attending various community meetings when needed. 

Colleen has been married 23 years and has two children. She enjoys outdoor activities, nature, reading, and different arts and crafts.
Daniela Kopec, MA, LPC
Education and Training:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill 
Master of Arts in Community Counseling – Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)
Licensed Professional Counselor
Board Approved LPC Supervisor

Profile:
Daniela is a Licensed Professional Counselor who offers mental health and behavioral health counseling and believes in developing a partnership with individuals struggling with life issues in order to help them on their journey towards healing and wellness. Daniela seeks to help individuals increase their internal and external resources and develop skills and abilities to cope with distress while reprocessing underlying dynamics and trauma that contribute to current suffering and life dissatisfaction. 
She has a special interest in working with individuals struggling with trauma and mood dysregulation and in treating the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. Daniela strives to help individuals establish a sense of safety and trust and develop healthy connections and relationships within themselves and within the community.

Michele S. Scott, MS, CDCII
Education and Training:
Michele received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Great Falls, her License Addiction Counselor (LAC) license in Montana, her Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor II (CDCII) certification in Alaska, and her Master of Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She has worked in the Chemical Dependency field for 16 years, and recently became a Behavioral Health Clinician at PCHS. 

Profile:
Michele has been married to Steve for almost 42 years, and they have 4 grown children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Grand parenting is her hobby and the joy of her life; with never a dull moment! Life is full of joy!
Michele enjoys the work she has done during her career and is looking forward to many more years serving her community. Her favorite part of counseling is facilitating the Co-Occurring groups and interacting with each client on a personal level.
Kristina Goolsby of PCHS
Kristina Goolsby, MS, CDCII
Education and Training:
BS in Psychology, University of Alaska, Anchorage
MS in Professional Counseling, Grand Canyon University, Arizona
Chemical Dependency Counselor II, (CDCII), Alaska Behavioral Health Certification

Profile:
Kristina was born and raised in Slovakia and she came to Alaska in 2003 as an Au-pair. She considers Alaska her home; however she visits her homeland and other European states, every few years. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, biking, hiking, and spending time on the water. 
At PCHS, Kristina works with both; adults and children. She helps adults achieve and sustain recovery from drugs and alcohol using evidence based practices, and offering individual, positive, and non-judgmental approach. Kristina practices Person-Centered Approach developed by Dr. Carl Rogers, along with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness. 
To help children become the best version of self, Kristina strives to offer safe environment, where children are accepted as they come. Through Play and Narrative therapy, children are able to express and experience their emotions and discover their own abilities that can help them resolve challenges they are currently experiencing.  
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if I can let them be…When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner’…I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” —Carl Rogers

Michelle Lesagonicz, MSW
Education and Training: 
Bachelor of Science Degree (Social Work) - Alvernia University, Reading, Pennsylvania
Master of Social Work, Mental Health Emphasis - Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan

Profile: 
Michelle was born and raised in Pennsylvania, recently moving to the Kenai Peninsula in 2013. She has two adult daughters. She enjoys exploring and photographing Alaska, traveling, quilting, and gardening.
Michelle is a behavioral health clinician specializing in adult holistic care of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Michelle has worked with a diverse adult population since 2010. She believes the successes of her clients come from self empowerment, freedom of choice, and working together as a team to accomplish the individual’s goals.
Kelli Knoebel, MS
Education and Training:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – St. Norbert College
Master of Science in Community Mental Health – Southern New Hampshire University

Profile:
Kelli is a Clinical Team Leader who provides mental and behavioral health counseling to youth, children, adolescents and their families across the Peninsula who are struggling with various life issues across domains. She aims to create a trusting therapeutic relationship to assist youth on their journey towards holistic health and wellness by developing a skill set that increases their ability to cope with on going stressors related to underlying traumatic events that are contributing to current life struggles. Kelli has a special interest in working with adolescents to develop a network of both internal and external resources to guide them in their journey towards wellness. Kelli enjoys having a sense of humor, playing and coaching softball, and being an active member of the community aiming to provide a sense of hope to all those she encounters.  

Jenni Brighton, MS
Education and Training:
BA in Education, Central Washington University
MS in Psychology, Walden University
Parenting with Love and Limits system certification

Profile:
Jenni has always believed that education and good support systems are the things that help a person succeed, and over the years she has been involved with both education and social support services in a variety of roles. She is excited to be involved with the Parenting with Love and Limits program because it’s an evidence-based system that empowers families through a combination of teaching skills and building support systems. 

Jenni was raised in the Seattle area and has been in Alaska since 2007. She has a weird sense of humor and also enjoys travel, books, food, knitting, dancing, and getting her hands in the dirt in her garden. She lives with her husband, three children, and a flock of chickens.


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