Primary Care Teams

CAIHCWe have adopted the Care Team method for providing services to strengthen our plan towards offering high-quality, comprehensive health care for our patients. Under this method, patients are matched with a dedicated team of doctors, physician assistants, care coordinators, nurses and unit clerks, which they will visit each time medical care is needed.

The Care Team model of care follows national best practice standards and will help foster a trusting relationship between patients and medical providers. Every attempt will be made to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider, or a member of their care team. Providers are available for same day appointments, which can be scheduled by contacting central scheduling at 451-6682 or 1-800-478-6682, (select option 1 or enter ext. 1053).

If you have after hours emergencies or medical concerns please contact CitraHealth at 451-6682 or 1-800-478-6682

For urgent follow-up appointments deemed necessary by a medical provider, or to assist in travel preparation from the villages, our staff will offer a limited number of advance appointments. Our main goal is to provide same day access; therefore, we would like patients to call on the day they would like to be seen.

Patients are encouraged to become familiar with your Primacy Care Provider and their Care Team. Please free to contact us and visit us while you are in Fairbanks.

There are three Care Teams, and the Urgent Care Clinic, who are dedicated to working together to help you get the best possible care you need, when you need it.

 

Team Deneege (Moose)

Summary: Team Deneege (Moose) is a Primary Care Team made up of dedicated doctors, physician assistants, care coordinators, nurses and unit clerks which work together to provide high-quality healthcare to everyone of our patients they provide care for.

Dr. Rayette Casiano joined team Deneege in August 2013. She is originally from Virginia, and she obtained her undergrad at University of Maryland in College Park. She then went on to complete medical school and an Internal Medicine Residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1999.  Her interests include dance, as in the past she has preformed ballet, jazz, tap, and hula, as well as piano and sewing. She is the mother of six, and is happily married.

Dr. Katie Tsigonis joined team Deneege in September 2016. She is originally from Valdez, AK. She completed her medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine and residency at La Crosse Mayo Family Medicine in La Crosse, WI. Her interests include enjoying the outdoors with family, fishing and camping. She is the mother of 4 children and happily married to the TCC General Surgeon, Dr. Abraham Tsigonis.

Scott Miller, PA-C, attended Barry University and graduated in 2002.  He has been at CAIHC since 2006. Scott serves as our Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner supervisor and his clinical interests are cardiology and family medicine. He enjoys the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Elena Larranaga, PA-C, attended the University of Washington Medex PA program. She was born in Ohio, but raised in Fairbanks, AK; where she is now raising her family of two beautiful girls. Her interests include spending time exploring Alaska’s outdoors; camping, hiking, fishing and traveling.

Clinical Support Staff

    • Katrina Seavey, Team RN
    • VACANT, Case Manager
    • Christin Lee, Care Coordinator

Primary Care Provider & Care Team Information

    • To choose or change your Primary Care Provider (PCP), please speak to any one of our staff members and they can assist you with choosing a provider.
    • When you call for your next appointment or your child is sick, we will offer you the next available appointment with your PCP.
    • If your PCP is not available, we will make an appointment with the other providers on your care team so that you will be able to see the same group of people each time you come in.
    • If you are not able to make an appointment with your primary care team, CAIHC Urgent Care Clinic is available for all of your urgent needs.

Team Teekona (Wolf)

Summary: Team Teekona (Wolf) is a Primary Care Team made up of dedicated doctors, physician assistants, care coordinators, nurses and unit clerks which work together to provide high-quality healthcare to everyone of our patients they provide care for.

Dr. Deborah Minnick-Shearin attended the University of North Texas HSC at Ft. Worth, Texas graduating Medical School in 1998.  She completed her residency at Texas Tech University in Amarillo, Texas in Family Medicine 2001.  She practiced Rural Health Medicine in New Mexico prior to moving to Fairbanks, Alaska 2008.   Her family decided to move to Fairbanks due to their love of the great outdoors where she served the Interior Veterans at the VA Fairbanks CBOC until the summer 2013.   Dr. Minnick-Shearin desire to expand her knowledge of the Alaska Native Culture brought her to work for CAIHC June 2013.

Dr. Shannon Wiegand attended University of Washington and graduated in 1994. She has been at CAIHC since 2009 and her clinical interests are in Family Practice.  She grew up in Fairbanks and worked in our medical records department in high school.  She previously worked for the Alaska Family Medicine Residency Program in Anchorage.

Dr. Christina Wright is a 1996 undergraduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) with a BS in BioMedical Engineering.  She graduated in 2000 with an MD Residency from Northwestern University Medical School (Chicago, IL) and graduated in 2003 in Family Medicine from the Family Residency of Idaho (Boise, ID).  Dr. Wright moved to Fairbanks initially in 2003 and worked at ICHC, CAIHC and Bassett Army Community Hospital, then work in Flagstaff, AZ, in a private family medicine clinic before moving back to Fairbanks.  Her interests include caring for her two children, camping, hiking, gardening and cross country skiing.

Marilyn Van Hatten, PA-C, attended the University of Washington Medex PA program and graduated in 1992. She has been at CAIHC since 1996.  Her interests include nature, beading, walking, reading, and the love of the holy bible.  Marilyn says, “Quality patient care includes taking care of what the patient comes in for and good customer service.”

Tammy Webb, PA-C, graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine, located in Houston, Texas.  Webb practiced in Texas, Maine and Georgia before an Alaska vacation lead to a decision to move to Alaska in 2016.  She strives to empower patients to take control of their health and works to provide them with the tools to do so. Webb believes that listening to patients is the most important thing she can do for them.  Her interests include hiking, camping and spoiling her three cats.

Suzanne Jones, NP

Clinical Staff Support

    • Emily Atchison, Team RN
    • Deb Kokrine, Case Manager
    • Bridget Wood, Care Coordinator

Primary Care Provider & Care Team Information

    • To choose or change your Primary Care Provider (PCP), please speak to any one of our staff members and they can assist you with choosing a provider.
    • When you call for your next appointment or your child is sick, we will offer you the next available appointment with your PCP.
    • If your PCP is not available, we will make an appointment with the other providers on your care team so that you will be able to see the same group of people each time you come in.
    • If you are not able to make an appointment with your primary care team, CAIHC Urgent Care Clinic is available for all of your urgent needs.

Team Tudi (Eagle)

Summary: Team Tudi (Eagle) is a Primary Care Team made up of dedicated doctors, physician assistants, care coordinators, nurses and unit clerks which work together to provide high-quality healthcare to everyone of our patients they provide care for.

Dr. Meg Carlson

Dr. Gabe Schuldt obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa.  He graduated with a medical degree from Tulane University and completed his residency at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Michigan.  After moving to Fairbanks, Dr. Schuldt worked at at Interior Community Health Center, TVC, and Laser Vein Center of Alaska.  His interests include running, skiing, camping and spending time with my wife and 2 boys.

Dr. Gail Norton grew up in Fairbanks and Barrow, then graduated from medical school at University of Washington.  She completed her family and community medicine residency at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Norton worked in various clinics in New Mexico before returning to Alaska. Her hobbies include music and cross-country skiing. 

Garrick Olsen, PA-C, grew up in Chugiak, Alaska and attended graduate school at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. He has practiced in Minnesota and Florida, and is happy for the opportunity to return to Alaska. He enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and fishing with his family.

Ben Turman, MPAS, PA-C, was born and raised on the north shore of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. After completing undergraduate studies at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth he went on to complete his general medical training and Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Ben worked in Internal Medicine primary care on the Oregon coast in Tillamook for 3 years before moving to Fairbanks, Alaska in 2016. Ben works at Chief Andrew Isaac Health Clinic in Fairbanks practicing general family medicine, with primary interest in geriatric internal medicine, and disease prevention. Outside of work Ben enjoys mountain and trail running, nordic and backcountry skiing, hunting and fishing.

Clinical Staff Support

    • Trinity Marrapodi, Team RN
    • Kim Bower, Case Manager
    • Sandy Koyukuk, Care Coordinator

Primary Care Provider & Care Team Information

    • To choose or change your Primary Care Provider (PCP), please speak to any one of our staff members and they can assist you with choosing a provider.
    • When you call for your next appointment or your child is sick, we will offer you the next available appointment with your PCP.
    • If your PCP is not available, we will make an appointment with the other providers on your care team so that you will be able to see the same group of people each time you come in.
    • If you are not able to make an appointment with your primary care team, CAIHC Urgent Care Clinic is available for all of your urgent needs.

Urgent Care

Summary: Urgent Cares goal is to provide walk-in patients, who have an injury or illness that requires immediate attention, high quality ambulatory care. We are made up of dedicated doctors, physician assistants, care coordinators, nurses and unit clerks which work together to provide high-quality healthcare for all of our patients.

Patients with urgent/emergency needs who do not have an appointment with their primary care provider may be seen in the Urgent Care Clinic at CAIHC.

Examples of health care needs that are treated during the CAIHC Urgent Care Clinic are:

    • Urinary Tract Infections
    • Prolonged vomiting/diarrhea
    • Ear infections
    • Minor rashes
    • Lacerations
    • Minor trauma
    • Infants with fever over 101 F
    • Shortness of breath
    • Orthopedic injuries

We do not provide routine health care like physical exams, pregnancy tests, refills of chronic medication (including pain management) or immunizations on the weekend.

Patients should request medication refills during normal business hours and before holidays so they do not run out of medicine when the clinic is closed.

Dr. Alisa Alexander

Dr. Stephen Gerrish

Mara Becker, PA

Ju-Lin FitzGibbon, PA-C

Audrey Frone, NP

Janet Whatley, NP

Sean Penaranda, PA-C