KBIC HEALTH Staff

Meet our caregivers

Welcoming Staff / Receptionist

Brenda Brunk

Medical Records Clerk

Bay Mills Community College in Immersion Language Class. Numerous trainings in Medical Record and HIPPA.

I started working at the medical clinic as a receptionist in 1995-2000, I have been doing medical records since then. I enjoy helping our patients and keeping the continuity of care for the patients, by making sure we have the records we need for their visits.Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Member

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Denise Maki

Clinic Receptionist

I have worked at the clinic for 16 years and participated in numerous trainings in health related topics.

I enjoy the people I work with and the patients that come here.
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Member

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Donna Pawloski

On Call - Clinic Receptionist 

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Janella Whiteman

Clinic Receptionist

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Breanne Fish

On Call - Clinic Receptionist

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Michelle St George

Accounts Receivable/Benefits 

I have been doing my current job for 13 years and have been working in various other departments for KBIC for 24 years. I enjoy helping our Tribal community understand the ever-changing world of Health Insurance!

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Business Office

Carole LaPointe

Health Administrator

I became a Registered Nurse from Soumi College of Nursing in 1986. Then later started courses toward her degree in Business Administration and Management from the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech 2001.

Have worked with the Tribe for 26 years. I started out in Infant Support/Maternal Support Services, Childbirth Educator, WIC Coordinator, Staff Nurse, Accreditation Coordinator, Health Administrator for last 8 years.

I have passion for helping people and assisting them to meet their goals and be the best they can be. I care about the equity and accessibility of healthcare for all of our people.Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Member

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Micah Petoskey

IT Site Manager

ITT Tech/Global Knowledge

I started working in healthcare IT in 1996. I was a network technician for Baraga Telephone in the late 1990's. In 2000 I started working for the tribal natural resources department and I continued working in IT through supporting people and a few local businesses. In 2014 I was hired at the health center as the IT Site Manager.

I have always been drawn to technology. I love helping people in the healthcare setting as I feel I am indirectly helping our patients by helping our providers. That sort of service ads meaning to something I already enjoy. You have to have a passion for this because the technology changes very quickly so you have to be willing to learn and relearn at a near constant rate.
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Wanda Seppanen

VOCA

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Lisa Fish

Billing Clerk

Associate Degree in Health Information Management, Associate degree in Medical Administration Assistant Technology. Worked in healthcare since 1998, seven years as HIM Supervisor, Medical coder for over ten years.

Enjoy working in various areas of health information from coding to billing as it changes a lot and is challenging.

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Rick Shalifoe

Maintenance

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Mike Beiring

Domestic Abuse Intervention

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Tashina Emery

BALAC Coordinator

​A recent graduate. BS-Art & Design, University of Michigan

I am a Keweenaw Bay Indian Community member, so it is great to work directly with my community. I have worked for the Tribe for a year now as the Bemidji Area Leaders Acting for Change (BALAC) Coordinator, supported by the CDC’s A Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Community. Through BALAC, I am able to use policies, systems, and environmental changes to address chronic disease. I facilitate a coalition of community stakeholders, the Ojibwa Inner Strength for Healthy Beginnings. All my work is lead by the insights and feedback of my coalition and community. 

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Member

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Joslyn Haataja

Purchase Referred Care Clerk

I have been working at KBIC Health System for a year and I also have been working with the public for 5 years. I love working with the public and helping them with their medical needs. I do what I do because in the medical field people need our help and guidance and this job is very rewarding at the end of the day, especially when you can help people out and they are so grateful for what you have done for them.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Member

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Shantell Ekdahl

College Intern

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Alisha Swartz

Housekeeping

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Medical Health/Nurses

Susan Ollila

Lead RN

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Mary McCord

Nurse

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Donna Pollard

Nurse

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Debbie Vizina

Clinic Nurse

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Cathy Hebert

Nurse LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

I have been working at the Medical Clinic for 5 years and nursing for 39 years. I enjoy working at the KBIC Health Center with both patients and the staff.

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Michelle Maki

Clinic RN

Graduated Finlandia 2013


It's in my nature to be the caretaker of the people around me. It has been that way since I can remember starting with my younger siblings & helping my mom out at home from a very young age.lt feels good to help people & even better to see positive results in the science of medicine. I am blessed to work with a great of group of people. It's one of the best teams I have ever been part of!If you know me, you know I love to be in the woods or on our boat in the lake. This beautiful place I am blessed to call home runs in my blood & soul!! My family & friends mean the world to me & bring me more happiness than any amount of money could ever do!!

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Medical Health/Doctors

Joseph Zobro

MD

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Sharon Gilliland

Pediatrician

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Jody Jinkerson

FNP-APN

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Dental Health

Brent Johnson

Dentist

Bachelor of Science in Biology from The University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Doctor of Dental Surgery from The University of Michigan.

I have been a dentist for 19 years, all of them with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

Being from Ontonagon originally, I became a dentist so I could return to the U.P. Descendant of Little Traverse Odawa Tribe
What I love the most about my job, is that I have gotten to meet, and learn so much about so many people in our community. A fun fact is that I was a Fisheries Biologist prior to attending dental school.

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Heidi Voskuhl

Dental Hygienist

A.A.S in Dental Hygiene


I have been working here for almost 7 years.


I like having the unique opportunity to positively impact oral health and help patients lead healthier lives to every patient that comes into the dental clinic.

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Theresa Nygord

Dental Assistant

I started working as a Dental Assistant in 1996. I worked for two previous Dentists Dr. Anderson in his Baraga and Houghton/Hancock offices and Dr. Archibald in Houghton. I've been working in the KBIC Dental Clinic since 2002.

I enjoy working in dentistry for a number of reasons. One I like knowing that we are helping people get out of discomfort and helping to get them healthy and have a more confident smile. I also enjoy getting to know our patients as they come in over the years, hearing their stories and getting to know them as individuals. After working for 14 years at the KBIC Dental Clinic I've gotten to know numerous patients and staff many of whom have become friends. I enjoy seeing the children and helping them through their appointments and witnessing their progress over the years.I love spending time with my family and my two Pomeranian's Spunky and Coco.In my spare time I love gardening and fishing. I also enjoy a good book.

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Jayne Perrault

Dental Assistant

Attended ACC in Austin,MN
I have been with KBIC Dental for 3 years.

I have 8+ years experience as a Dental Assistant while living in Wisconsin.

I am married with 3 children and 3 grand children. I enjoy baking, gardening, walking, snowshoeing and spending time with family and friends.

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Behavioral Health

Nannie Beck

Administrative Assistant

I began here at the Med Center as the OVW Administrative Assistant in June of 2010. OVW moved to their own facility and I remained here as the Behavioral Health Receptionist. After 4 years I was promoted to Administrative Assistant to the Health Director and also remain the Behavioral Health Receptionist.

I love the versatility of my job. Some days I work in Medical, some days in the pharmacy. Other days I fill in for the PRC clerk. I love to be kept busy and enjoy the gratification of helping others. At the end of the day I truly feel good about ME!

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Ann Marie Amsler

LMSW (Social Worker)

Masters in Clinical Social Work

I have been working at KBIC for 5 years and have been working in the mental health field for almost 10 years.

Since I was young I knew that I wanted to do something where I could help people, and it wasn't until high school that I figured out I wanted to provide counseling and go into the social work field. I enjoy working here as each day holds something different and I love the opportunity to work with pregnant women and their children.

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Art Schimelfenig

Neuro-Psychologist

PhD in Psychology with a specialty in Neuropsychology

I have enjoyed working in the Health Center and The New Day Treatment Facility for six years.

I was born in North Dakota, raised in Wisconsin and lived in Phoenix Arizona for thirty four years. I moved "home" to the Copper Country twenty years ago. I enjoy seeing all ages in the tribal community, providing psychotherapy, psychological testing and family consultation.

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Brian Kuopus

Audiologist

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Pharmacy

Richard Brantner

Chief Pharmacist

Pharm. D. from Creighton University.

I chose pharmacy so that I could advocate for people's health while also attaining a better career and hence life for my family. I care about individualism and personal freedom. I want people to be able to make their own choices in life. The flip side is that personal responsibility comes with it. Fun fact: I am a musician and have been playing guitar for 26 years.

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Mark Smith

Pharmacy Tech

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Kelsey Syrjala

Pharmacy Tech

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Mike L

On Call Pharmacist

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Tom Brown

On Call Pharmacist

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Deena Misegan

On-call Pharmacy Tech

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Virginia Shalifoe

On-call Pharmacy Tech

A current sophomore attending Northern Michigan University.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Member

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COMMUNITY Health

Kathy Mayo

Community Health Director

Kathleen received her BSN from Northern Michigan University in 1992 and became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2002.
She has worked for KBIC Health System for 22 years.

Kathleen oversees all of community health programming: maternal child health, diabetes, chronic care, community health nursing, medical transportation and public health preparedness. She coordinates the department's public health accreditation activities and is a member of the safety committee, quality improvement team and purchase referred care committee. She enjoys working with individuals and groups providing health education.

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Dale Schmeisser

Registered Dietician

PhD in Nutritional Sciences, Registered Dietitian. I have been a practicing nutritionist/dietitian since 1983 and have been working at KBIC since 1998.

Healthy eating is key to everyone's physical, emotional and mental health, from pre-conception to the end of life. It's fundamental to all of the health care we provide here at KBIC. My goal is to help people achieve their best health by starting with the best diet that works for them. I am very pleased to be part of such a capable team of health care providers where I can help do that .


OK, when I have the time, I love to travel. I will always remember sitting on a rock surrounded by penguins in Antarctica. Penguins eat a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, dontchaknow.

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Kim LeClaire

Medical Transporter

I have worked 11 months with the KBIC Health Clinic. I love my job. I am out meeting new people helping in time of need with medical appointments. Love not doing a desk job!

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Elizabeth Mayo

Community Health Rep

I have been a Community Health Representative for 26 years. I was hired in February 1990 and was trained in Rapid City, South Dakota in March of 1991. I am a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian community and have lived here all my life. I also have a nickname in which I am known by the community as Popcorn. When I am not working I spend time with family and friends.  I love my job and always am looking out for the Health, Safety and Welfare of my community.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Member

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Dawn Kemppainen

Receptionist

I have been working at the Health Center since Sept. 2011. I have always worked in the health field .I did Home Health for 9 years. I also did Rehab on the Skilled Nursing Unit at the old BCMH for 13 years.

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Mindy Lantz

Nurse

Graduated with an ADN-RN from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI with Phi Theta Kappa Honors. I have a Public Health Certificate in Diabetes Research and Prevention, Career Diploma in Fitness and Nutrition, Licensed EMT, and recently became a Wellness Coach.

I have been involved with caring for people with diabetes for the past 14 years. I have been in the nursing role for the past 7 years. I have specialized training in skin care, wound care, fitness, and nutrition.

Diabetes is one of my many passions as my daughter was diagnosed at the age of two. I quickly learned about diabetes and it was my drive to continue my education. I love the community we live in and being able to give back to the community by offering services to the great people is rewarding. I care about the health of our people, I enjoy working with people of all ages, and I strive to make our community healthier. I enjoy figure skating and coaching figure skating with my daughter Anna.
KBIC Decedent

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Jim Chapin

Community Health Nurse

Associates Degree in Nursing


I have been in Nursing for 5.5 years. I love taking care of people. That is why I became a nurse. That is why I love my job.


Tribe of Sault Ste Marie Chippewa Indians

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Mary Dee Shanahan

Community Health Rep, LPN

Graduated from Gogebic Community College in 1980.


Hired as a CHR 02/01/1993, after working at BCMH since graduation. In the past the CHR primarily did home visits and transports. Now, we are coordinators for grants, doing community programs, along with Optical and Audiology Clinics.I take pride in my work, and believe that the Community deserves the best. Having been employed for the tribe for quite awhile, I have personally been involved with several generations of community members!

A fun fact is the Community Health Representatives are the "Jack of all Trades" for Community Health.

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Christine Beauchamp

Family Health Educator

Associates Degree Human Services, Child Passenger Safety Certification, Child Development Associate

2 1/2 years working in this position.

I have a fondness for babies and children. I enjoy working directly with the families in the home visiting facet of my position. I believe you have to love to do your job to succeed at it; when children's eyes light up at a home visit and I watch how eager they are to learn something new, that's when I know I am doing the ideal job.

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Heather Wood

Health Promotions 

Bachelor of Science in Preschool & Family Life Services; many certifications in evidence based curriculums, personal trainer, group exercise, car seat technician, etc.

I've worked at the LaPointe Health Center for over 12 years. During that time I've worked in medical reception and medical records, been the Women's Health Promotions Educator, and am now the Health Promotions Coordinator; which includes coordination of the KBIC Health System Maternal Child Health Programs. During this time I've managed several grant programs and learned a lot along the way. I've been able to develop relationships with co-workers, community members, and other tribal and non-tribal organizations and programs.

I suppose I fell into what I do by always being open to new challenges and responsibilities; and following a path set for me I didn't know about. I love that I get to learn new things, teach people, and help support and improve the services offered at the KBIC Health System. It's something different everyday. I care about our programs and the clients that utilize our services. When I'm not working I love to fish, camp, travel and learn about new/different places and cultures; cruising is a particular favorite.Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Member

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Cindy Miller

MIHP Nurse, RN

I graduated from the Mennonite Hospital College of Nursing in Bloomington, IL in 1982.


I have 14 years experience as an OB nurse, delivering babies and caring for mother and child in the hospital. I have also worked Home Health and done Hospice Cares. In 2013 I came back to my first love - Maternal Child Health - here at KBIC. I make home visits to pregnant women and to mothers and new babies. I really enjoy teaching women to care for themselves and their babies.

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Kristine Maki

Family Health Educator

Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Early Childhood Education from Northern Michigan University. I'm currently working on my MSW at Michigan State University.

I've been working in my current position for 2 and a half years.

I enjoy helping children and their families better their lives in all ways including but not limited to health, safety, education, and culture through tribal home visiting. I also help coordinate fun things for families to do together both during the day and in the evenings through Parent Circle gatherings and other program events. I love seeing children learn and my goal is to make sure they have fun doing so.

I have three children of my own and they help guide me everyday to be the best person that I want to be not just for them but for all the families that I work with. I also enjoy the occasional video game, books, and movies with family and friends.

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Laura Cladas

WIC Coordinator

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