Duronda L. Twigg, BSN, RN, CNM, INHC, Clinical Director - Talkeetna
Duronda enjoys serving the communities she was raised in and providing resources for healthier lifestyles. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University in 1989 and received her Certificate of Nursing Management in 2015. Duronda also received a Certificate of Nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Medicine in 2016.
Duronda’s clinical experience includes being a charge nurse for a 24 bed hospital with medical/surgical and ER experience; OB Coordinator; Prenatal Instructor; PALS Instructor; BLS Instructor; Labor and Delivery Nurse; OR Scrub Nurse; Home Health Nurse with Hospice experience; EMT III; Clinical Floor Nurse; Clinical Support Supervisor. She is affiliated with the Alaska Nurse Association, American Nurse Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alaska Wellness Coalition and Integration Nutrition Alumni.
Curtis Harvie, DNP, FNP-BC, CCRN, Clinical Director - Willow
Curtis was raised in Vermont and graduated with a bachelor in Nursing from Norwich University. He lived in a dry cabin for 4 years and worked in critical care/flight medicine as an RN. In 2012 Curtis finished his Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Indiana State University.
Curtis met his wife and spent a month in New Zealand then relocated to Alaska the summer of 2016, got married at Hatcher’s Pass in the rain, bought a wonderful little home in Willow, and welcomed their amazing daughter a few months later.
Curtis plans to spend the next two years learning about evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine and therapies. In his free time, he enjoys carpentry, kayaking, and extended backpacking trips, walking in the woods, hunting, fishing, and when motivated, long-distance running.
Joan Friderici, MD
Anne Yoshino, MD
Dr. Anne grew up in Tuscon, Arizona and speaks both English and Spanish. She looks forward to coming up to Alaska every summer and working in this beautiful state. She says “I enjoy working in Talkeetna and Willow as well as Tucson, to get to know and interact with community members and tourists. I find this very rewarding to be able to work together with people and their health related issues.”
Dianne Maythorne, ANP
Dianne Maythorne is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner who had her training both as an RN and as a nurse practitioner at UAA. Her first job out of NP school was working for SCHC in Willow and she’s happy to be back!
She was born in Washington state but has lived in Alaska since middle school. Currently, she lives in Willow with her husband, three horses, three goats, six chickens, two cats and an intentionally uncounted number of dogs. Her hobbies include reading, podcasting, knitting, spinning her own yarn, and working on getting in better physical shape.
William Frantz, D.M.D., Dental Director
Raised in a small town south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Frantz attended Washington and Jefferson College, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. At the University of Pittsburgh, he attended the School of Dental Hygiene, receiving his R.D.H in 1996, then continued his education to graduate with his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2000. Dr. Frantz’s previous experience as a general dental practice owner and associate is a tremendous asset to SCHC in providing dental health education and care for the families in the community and surrounding areas.
Tyler Mann, DDS
Dr. Tyler Mann attended University of New Mexico, graduating in 2002 with a BA in Biology and then from the University of California Dental School in 2006. He has practiced general dentistry since August 2006. Dr. Mann previously owned 3 dental practices, 2 in Colorado and 1 in New Mexico where he employed 29 people. He enjoys management and coaching a team of employees. Personal interests include the outdoors, hiking, dogs and water or snow skiing. Dr. Mann says, “I am focused on patient care and I enjoy seeing patients of all ages. Some of my favorites are providing dentures and seeing kids. I am excited to be a part of a great clinic and hope to be an asset to the team.
Behavioral Health Providers
Cici Schoenberger, LCSW
Sarah Blanning, LCSW
Deborah Young, LCSW
Deborah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; she earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. She has worked in the field of Behavioral Health as a direct service provider, manager and administrator for 25 years. In addition, Deborah has 11 years tenure with the University of Phoenix. During her tenure she served as Adjunct Faculty, Lead Faculty Area Chair for the School of Social Sciences, Title IX Committee Member and Faculty Trainer. She is an aspiring writer, loves cooking, listening to music and watching movies.
Deborah enjoyed working in Talkeetna and Willow for over a year before returning to the continental United States. Deborah now provides telehealth counseling. Patients arrive at Sunshine, check in with the front desk and are taken to a comfortable room with a large television where they engage in counseling with Deborah. Both the patient and Deborah can see and hear each other similar to Skype videoconferencing.
Heather Gramme, LCSW
HeatherGramme is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She completed a Bachelors in Health and Human Services in 2004 from the California State University of Long Beach and a Masters in Gerontology in 2010 from the California State University Fullerton. She later added a second Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2014.
Heather has many years of experience working as a social worker. Her background includes work in hospitals, home health, palliative care, hospice, corrections, geriatrics, children’s services, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and case management experience. Heather’s passions for social work are in the medical and clinical counseling fields. She has experience with individual counseling, family counseling, and group counseling with several years working in medical social work, and counseling within the medical model with interdisciplinary teams.
Heather moved to Alaska from Southern California in October 2017, seeking a more quiet life, nature, and a smaller town than the previous cities she lived in. She enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, reading, listening to audiobooks, camping, hiking, nature walks, and spending time in nature. Heather says, “I have a true passion for social work, and helping others in need. I am very happy to be part of the SCHC team and excited to become involved in the local communities.”