Meet our Providers
Dr. Seth Green is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Commander in the United States Public Health Service. He has worked in this capacity in Texas, Georgia, and Alaska. He holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University. Prior to joining APIA he worked with the Norton Sound Health Corporation in the Bering Straits region of Alaska for five years and before that with the Department of Defense with US Army Special Operations 75th Ranger Regiment and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment as an embedded battalion psychologist for a number of years. He has also served since 2014 as the Training Co-Director of the Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium for psychology interns. In addition, he serves as an instructor at Ilisagvik College for behavioral health aide trainees. He primarily uses interpersonal psychodynamic therapy modalities to facilitate corrective emotional experiences. Dr. Green is married with two young children.
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 clientele. Prior to joining APIA he worked with veterans and helped to integrate the primary care and mental health 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 based 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Keri Boyd is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist born and raised in Alaska. She earned her doctoral degree from the UAF Clinical-Community Ph.D. program with a rural and Indigenous emphasis, and completed her pre-doctoral internship in Nome. Keri has worked in Community Mental Health, Tribal Health, Hospital, intensive outpatient, and educational settings in rural and urban communities throughout Alaska. She has experience providing individual and group psychotherapy with a variety of adults and teens across a range of clinical conditions including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, relational distress, and identity development. Her approach to treatment is collaborative and relational with grounding in short-term dynamic and existential psychotherapy. Dr. Boyd has been with APIA since 2018 in a variety of roles and is currently providing direct care as well as supervision. She is passionate about living and working in Alaska and committed to supporting the health and well-being of all Alaskans.
Cheri Johansen is from Alaska (born and raised) and is originally from the Bristol Bay region. She earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alaska, MSW Program in Anchorage, Alaska. Cheri is a tribal member of the Curyung Tribal Council. She is currently working for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association and Eastern Aleutian Tribes as the Behavioral Coordinator for the Awakuxtxin, IOP program. Cheri has extensive experience in substance use disorder treatment including direct care services and program management, both in urban and rural communities.
Dr. Ali Marvin is a Clinical-Community Psychologist. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and is of Tlingit, Mexican, and Chinese heritage. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural Indigenous Emphasis from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her passion is serving Alaska Native communities and underserved populations. Her research and clinical work has focused on individuals who are unhoused and in recovery from substance misuse. Dr. Marvin primarily uses an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach informed by the Triphasic Trauma Model to provide psychotherapy. Her work with youth is rooted in the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency framework. She enjoys providing psychological testing and assessment to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning. Ultimately, Dr. Marvin enjoys helping people navigate life’s hardships in order to lead a meaningful and value led life. For fun, she is refreshed by all things outdoors including biking, hiking, and basking in the beauty of Alaska.
My name is Rosemary Savage and 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)!
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.
My name is Alisha Wenger and I am a Pre-Doctoral Intern at APIA. I look forward to serving and walking alongside you and your communities and families as you navigate life. I have worked with a wide range of ages, from 2 years up to someone in their late 90s. Each stage brings its own unique experiences. My past training includes working in emergency departments to manage the risk and care of patients and family related to mental health issues. I also have experience providing therapy at an urban high school, a university campus, and a family primary care and urgent care clinic. No matter the setting, I hope to be a genuine presence that truly sees each person and community. From grief to sleep issues, suicidality, family hardships, parenting and life transitions I have worked with a wide range of people and their concerns. I am also passionate about holistic health, body image, and spiritual based issues.
Pua Nalua’I is a Doctoral Practicum student here at APIA. She grew up in Hawai’i then joined the Army after college. She is currently working on her Doctoral degree in Psychology after completing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from APU. Her experience includes over two years working with at-risk adolescents in residential treatment centers focused on substance abuse and trauma providing individual, family, and group therapy sessions. She applies humanistic and holistic approaches to help clients identify personal strengths and values that will help with their healing, overcoming challenges, and building resilience.
Douglas is a Nurse Case manager working for both Behavioral Health and Primary Care. Primary focus is integration of services to provide more comprehensive care model for our clients. Douglas Graduated in 1990 from Norther Arizona University with a degree in physical science with a minor in Anthropology. He worked as a math, science teacher for eight years and in health care for the next 20 years. He earned a bachelor’s in Nursing in 2018 from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has worked for two years as a Nurse. Douglas is concentrating on substances use disorder, and Diabetic Nursing. When not traveling to the region or working in the office Douglas enjoys bicycling, subsistence fishing, camping with his wife and two children.
Gabriel is originally from Cameroon and has lived in Alaska since 2010. He completed his bachelors in sociology at the University of Buea . He has over 10 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including outpatient , crisis intervention, structured outpatient programs, inpatient psychiatric, large nonprofits settings in rural and urban communities throughout Alaska. He is very passionate in supporting individuals in rural /urban communities engaging in addictive behaviors how to modify their behavior with the intention of full recovery. Gabriel also believes in a strengths-based approach that is holistic, eclectic and guided by the individual needs of the participant.
My name is Christine Heller, and I am thrilled to be doing my pre-doctoral internship in psychology at APIA. I will be finishing my PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Existential-Phenomenology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA in 2021. I am originally from Seattle, WA, and my mother was from Ketchikan, AK; I am looking forward to getting to know Alaska, a place that is new to me but holds familial roots. I offer my clients a heart-centered approach to psychotherapy that integrates depth-oriented, relational-cultural, and gestalt traditions within a trauma informed and culturally responsive framework. I am particularly called to working with grief and complex trauma. I have previously worked in end-of-life care, and before that I did political advocacy work around LGBTQ+ issues. I find it important when relevant to connect personal struggles with collective, historical, political and ecological contexts, as our suffering and joy is always in relationship with the world around us. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking whenever I can, spending time with family and friends, making pottery, and cooking.
My name is Melanie Prokopiof and I was raised on St. George Island in the Pribilofs. I was away for a very long while until moving out here in 2008 to teach. My mother was Ann Mcglashan Prokopiof and my father is Alexis Prokopiof, whom still lives on St. George. My mother was from Akutan, Alaska but was raised on St. George from a young age. I was a Community Health Aide before transitioning to behavioral health. I feel my strengths are working with clients and serving their behavioral health needs and community wellness. I look forward to this journey as it is a very different path for me from anything I’ve ever done.