Behavioral Health

Chikilax̂ (Eastern)

Saxaĝux̂hat (Western)

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Behavioral Health Services

  • Individual, family, and couples counseling
  • Groups including Alcohol Anonymous
  • Alcohol and Drug Information School (ADIS)
  • Psychological assessments
  • Telebehavioral health services
  • Adult and Child Psychiatric Medication Evaluation and Medication Management through Contract Psychiatrist
  • Tobacco cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy

 

Intake Paperwork

If you are a new patient, please click here to access the new patient registration form.

Please complete the registration form prior to your first appointment.

 

 

Meet Our Providers

 

Cody Chipp, Ph.D.

Cody Chipp, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, holds a doctoral degree in Clinical-Community Psychology, with a Rural and Indigenous Emphasis, from the University of Alaska.  His professional background includes research in rural settings, with an emphasis on service delivery and health outcomes of underserved populations.  He has multiple peer-reviewed publications in the areas of nutrition and rural clinical practice, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.  As a direct service provider he helps to address both short-term and long-term mental health and substance use concerns, such as addiction, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress, as well as addressing behavior change to live a healthier life (such as weight loss, stopping smoking, diabetes management).  He also specializes in psychological assessment to help client’s meet their needs, such as assessing for ADHD, Special Education and Individualized Education Plans (IEP), learning disorders, vocational rehabilitation assessments, traumatic brain injury effects, dementia, and academic giftedness.  Dr. Chipp has experience working with people across the lifespan.  His therapeutic approach is centered-around evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialect Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement, Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

 

Mark Holman

Dr. Mark Holman is a Clinical and Health Psychologist.  He has been licensed since 2007 and has worked in rural areas of Georgia, New Mexico, and Alaska.  He holds a Doctorate of Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology.  He has worked in hospital and outpatient settings providing assessment and treatment for a culturally and clinically diverse variety of clinical presentations.  Prior to joining APIA he worked with veterans and helped to integrate the primary care and mental services of the Alaska VA Healthcare System.   He provides both direct patient care as well as supervision and consultation.  He has provided multiple trainings and consultation in evidenced practices for treating chronic insomnia as well as in Motivational Interviewing.  Dr. Holman utilizes research based practices and works with individuals across the lifespan as well couples and families.  He primarily uses brief dynamic, existential, and cognitive therapy modalities to help patients enact meaningful change and recover from suffering.  Dr. Holman resides in Anchorage with his wife and two young sons.

 

Thelma Serrano

My name is Thelma Serrano. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology at Virginia Intermont College. I moved to Florida in 1987, where I worked in the social services field. My last 7 years in Florida I worked at Park Place Behavioral Center; it is a crisis unit for individuals experiences a mental illness. I loved working there.  In Florida, I completed a Master Degree in Counseling and Psychology. Two years ago I moved to Philadelphia and worked in a residential treatment center for adolescents, while there I was trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), BTrem, and GTream. In all, I have been in the social services field since 1986. I have experience working with children and adults. I am scuba diver certified, and I like hiking and exploring. I am a mother of two great young adults and a grandmother of one beautiful little girl. I am new to Unalaska, and I am looking forward to work with APIA and the people in Unalaska.

 

Gabrielle Poon, Ph.D.

Gabrielle Poon, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in diversity and community mental health from Palo Alto University. She is currently completing her post-doctoral residency and working toward licensure as a psychologist in Alaska. She provides face-to-face and telehealth clinical services under the supervision of Dr. Mark Holman. She conducts mental health and substance use assessments and utilizes evidence-based practices targeting a variety of mental health and substance use difficulties. Dr. Poon also works part-time as program coordinator, in the Community Health Services Division, assisting with grant-related projects. Her professional interests include suicide and interpersonal violence prevention and the development of culturally-sensitive treatment programs.

 

Tracy Stewart

Tracy Stewart currently holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). She is also enrolled at UAA pursuing her PhD in the Clinical-Community Psychology program with an emphasis on rural and indigenous populations. Over the next year she will be completing her pre-doctoral internship at APIA, which involves providing behavioral health services under the supervision of Dr. Cody Chipp. Tracy has experience providing individual, family, couple, and group therapy. She has clinical knowledge working with individuals that experience chronic and severe mental illness, as well as knowledge working with individuals who have a history of complex trauma. Tracy is a proud Aleut, as her grandmother is from the Aleutian Island’s region. She is honored to be a part of the APIA organization and excited to provide behavioral health services over the next year.

 

Jocelyn Hernandez

My name is Jocelyn Hernandez and I am a Behavioral Health Aide Trainee in Unalaska. For the past years I’ve mainly worked in the Fishing industry as a Fishing Vessel Accountant, which opened me to a diverse group of people from every corner of the world. I’ve always had an interest in the mental health field and am very happy and excited for this new opportunity. I was born in Los Angeles, CA and lived there until I was 8 years old traveling back and forth to Unalaska before moving to El Salvador and living there for 3 years. I’ve lived in Unalaska for 15 years now, and consider it my home. My parents are Salvador Alvarado and Candida Rivera, who are truly top notch parents. I have one younger brother, Erik, who’s a pretty decent sibling. In the summer months, I can be seen out more often, going berry picking, exploring the newly green mountains and just enjoying the lovely weather Unalaska has to offer. During the cold months I retreat to the indoors, where I try to take on a new hobby or catch up on my shows. I’m looking forward to everything this new career has to offer and being able to put back what I learn to help my community.

 

Rosemary Savage

My name is Rosemary Savage, I am a Behavioral Health Aide Trainee working my way through the BHA program to get my certification. I am also an RHS student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, graduating in May 2017.  I have worked in the Behavioral Health field since 2004 within the Alaska Native Tribal Health systems. I am Athabascan and Spanish, born in Anchorage. My mother is Grace Savage, and my father is Robert Lopez, my grandparents were Pius and Ellen Savage from Holy Cross and Shageluk. I have one older brother, Robert and two younger brothers Jerry and Nathan. I am a mother of seven awesome children, and a grandmother of five wonders. We like to spend our time outdoors mountain biking, snow kiting, hiking, fishing, running, and snow machining. Sewing and berry picking too!  I enjoy sharing traditional ways of knowing with children, one of the many ways I have done this is, in 2006, I co-founded the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. My approach and passion to healing are culturally based alternatives to some modern therapies. I enjoy helping others to heal themselves, so that they may bring their healing to others. My hope is to achieve and provide holistic services as a Tribal Doctor to strengthen the Alaska Native people achieve wellness in all areas of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ways. Ana Bassee (Athabascan Thank You)!!

 

Tara Ford, Ph.D., Community Health Services Regional Administrator,

907-222-4222 or taraf@apiai.org

Cody Chipp, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist,

907-222-4238 or codyc@apiai.org

Jocelyn Hernandez, Behavioral Health Aide Trainee

907-581-2751 or jocelynh@apiai.org

Millie Prokopeuff, Atka Community Wellness Advocate,

907-839-2256 or milliep@apiai.org