Behavioral Health

Chikilax̂ (Eastern)

Saxaĝux̂hat (Western)

Whole, entire, intact, safe.

We are here to support your journey.

To Make an Appointment

1-907-222-9764 or 1-844-375-2742 

Dawn Pedersen, Registration & Patient Technician

Behavioral Health Clinics are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

APIA is accredited by the Joint Commission.  Accreditation means APIA complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care and is committed to continually improving patient care.

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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 through Contract Psychiatrist
  • Tobacco cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy

Intensive Outpatient Program

Cheri Johansen, IOP Behavioral Health Coordinator

Keri Boyd, IOP Behavioral Health Coordinator

Referral Form

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.


  • Click here to view Client Rights & Responsibilities
  • Click here to view Consumer Suggestion and Concern form


Meet Our Providers

Mark Holman, Psy.D.







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.


Janece Richard, Psy.D.








Dr. Janece Richard is a counselor who enjoys working with youth and families. She has been working in the field since 2007 and licensed as a professional counselor since 2009. Dr. Richard holds a master degree in mental health counseling, which she obtained from Southern University and A & M College and recently graduated with her doctorate of Psychology from Alaska Pacific University in December 2017. It was her passion to work with youth and families led her in the direction of earning her certification as a registered play therapist – supervisor. In addition to working with youth and families, Dr. Richard also has experience and certifications in working with individual who struggle with substance abuse and with co-occurring disorders. She utilized eclectic based approaches that pulls from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), person-centered approaches, and mindfulness based therapies, just to name a few. When she is not working as a counselor, Dr. Richard is enjoying the Alaskan outdoors with her husband and three boys.


Keri Boyd, Ph.D.

Dr. Keri Boyd was born and raised in Alaska. She earned her doctoral degree from a joint UAA-UAF Clinical-Community Ph.D. program with a rural and Indigenous emphasis in Fairbanks Alaska. She currently works for APIA and EAT as one of two Behavioral Health Coordinators for the Awakuxtxin IOP program. Dr. Boyd has previous experience with substance use disorder treatment including individual, group, and IOP in urban and rural communities in Alaska.


Jim Bakaitis

Jim Bakaitis is a psychotherapist/counselor with experience serving children, youth and adults. He has worked in the field since 1988 and has been licensed as a professional counselor since 1991. Jim holds a master degree in clinical psychology, which he obtained from Eastern Michigan University and later continued his graduate studies at Illinois School of Professional Psychology. 


Jim has worked in a variety of clinical settings: including traditional outpatient clinics; community mental health; private practice; therapeutic day school; psychiatric hospitals; and courts. He primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but also uses other approaches as needed, including psychodynamic therapy, EMDR and biofeedback. He utilizes a research based practice model for treating mood and anxiety disorders. He believes in helping people find meaning and understanding in the state of their health, and use their gifts to achieve the greatest level of happiness in their community. Jim has been married to Megan for the last 30 years, and they have raised four children in the Western and Midwestern United States.


Alice Palen, LPC

Hello! My name is Alice Palen, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy. It is an honor and privilege to work with members of the Aleut tribe as well as the public to bring art into their lives to heal and enhance well-being. My experience includes providing counseling to victims and survivors of domestic violence, individuals in recovery from substance use and addiction, and youth in foster care. I combine Focusing Oriented Art Therapy with Positive Psychology to help individuals identify personal strengths and develop coping skills to meet life’s challenges and crises. At APIA in Anchorage, I lead Expressive Arts Groups and meet with individuals. In Unalaska, I have led Art and Well-Being workshops focusing on developing resiliency skills to combat substance use, and to prevent suicide. In 1991, I moved to Alaska from New Mexico. Many decades before that I was born in Syracuse, N.Y. to Janet and John Palen. Two wonderful children and four grandchildren are joys in my life. I am grateful to be living and working in the diverse environment Alaska offers.



Rosemary Cook, BHA-I

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)!!



Annee Gruver, BHA-T








Hello, my name is Annee Gruver (Smith). I am a lifelong Alaskan, originally from Sand Point, Alaska. I worked in healthcare at ANMC as a NCMA for four years. In October of 2017, I transitioned to APIA as the Centralized Registration and Scheduler Technician. I will be starting a new journey in August of 2018 by going back to school to become a Behavioral Health Aid to better serve our region. I thoroughly enjoy being involved in patient care within the native community and the Aleut people. I have two little girls, Teagan age 7 and Van age 2, who enjoy giving my husband Brinson and I grey hairs. I am very excited to be here and to expand my knowledge within Behavioral Health.



Timothy Booth, BHA-I







Greetings, I am Timothy R Booth, a full blooded Native but not pure blooded.  I am Tsimshian from my Father from Metlakatla, Alaska, and Pima from my Mother from the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona.  I am of the Eagle Clan from the Tsimshian Tribe.  I am also an United States Marine Corps Veteran, and was a Combat Engineer during my service.  I currently am certificated as a Chemical Dependency Counselor 1, Behavioral Health Aide 1, and achieved my Traditional Counselor certification which is available only to Alaskan Natives by the ACBHC Board.  I have 3 adult children, Vanessa, Isabella & Kaleb, and currently have 3 grandchildren; Rayne, Paige & Alexzandyr (Zandyr) with more expected in February 2019.

I am happy to be able to bring a wide variety of experience to the organization, Law Enforcement, Drug & Alcohol Counseling, Division of Juvenile Justice, Tribal Social Work, Alaska Court System, Community Liaison & Tribal Administrator, Suicide Prevention, Behavioral Health.  I’ve worked primarily in Alaskan Native communities and organizations, and also some state agencies since I’ve moved here to Alaska in April of 1990.  I have resided in the following Alaskan communities: Metlakatla, Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, and Prince of Wales Island(Craig).  I am familiar of the diverse Alaskan Native Cultures and have worked with & participated in the Tsimshian, Haida & Tlingit Cultures.  I love learning other cultures and languages.  I do know some of the Tsimshian, Pima, Haida, Tlingit languages, and also know some Sign Language.

I now live in Anchorage since my move in August of 2017 to continue my education.  I’ve attended UAS-Ketchikan & Juneau, Sheldon Jackson College-Sitka, UAF, UAA and am pursuing double major: Social Work & Law Degrees from UAA.



Ariana Moran, MA







Ariana Moran is completing her predoctoral internship at APIA and she will graduate with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in August, 2019. She received her graduate training from Pacific University in Portland, OR, where she lived for four years before moving to Anchorage. Ariana uses an integrated approach to psychotherapy and believes that each client exists within an individualized working map of intersecting cultures and contexts. She utilizes attachment theory for conceptualization. Ariana enjoys working with adolescents and adults and has training in both assessment and psychotherapy. She has experience facilitating community substance use recovery groups, conflict resolution groups for teens, and caregiver support groups for caregivers of gender-diverse teens. Ariana is passionate about gender-related client needs and has worked with Portland’s trans community providing explorative gender therapy as well as gender assessment for adolescents wishing to pursue medical intervention. In her free time, Ariana enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and cat, learning about all the wonder Alaska has to offer. She has a long to-do list of hikes and home projects, and is always reading a good book!



Ryan Malone







I am thrilled to be onboard at APIA for my pre-doctoral internship year!  I recently completed four years of coursework and psychology practicum in Chicago at Adler University prior to moving to Anchorage for the final step of my Psy.D. clinical training.  During my stay in Chicago, I was privileged to work with a diverse array of populations including homeless youth, children and adolescents admitted to an inpatient behavioral health center, individuals recovering from substance-use disorders, and adults with developmental disabilities.  Through my time working with these individuals, I have developed a strong attunement and appreciation for the similarities and differences that exist between any two people.  In sifting through these characteristics, I do my best to highlight a person’s strengths, which I have found are often centered within an individual’s close relationships, life goals, and hobbies.  Inside and outside of my work at APIA, I hope to learn and experience as much as I can about Alaska and Unangan culture as I continue to develop my identity as a clinician and person.



Rebecca Volino Robinson, Ph.D.

Rebecca Volino Robinson, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, holds a doctoral degree in Clinical-Community Psychology, with a Rural and Indigenous Emphasis, from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her professional background includes research with international refugees and individuals who experience homelessness in the American context. She has worked with a variety of community organizations to improve service delivery to these populations and has peer-reviewed publications in these areas. Dr. Robinson’s clinical expertise includes working with adults and communities with histories of complex trauma and problems associated with this history. Her approach includes use of a three-stage trauma-recovery model focused on (1) establishing safety and stabilization, (2) trauma processing, and (3) reconnecting with life in the present. This approach is collaborative, privileging client/community voice and choice and shared decision making at all stages of healing. She is also experienced in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Dr. Robinson is an advocate for work-life balance. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with family and friends, hiking in the Chugach Mountains, or at home reading a good book.