Medical Providers

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.

Duronda Twigg, RN
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.

Portriat of Curtis Harvie, Family Nurse Practitioner
Joan Friderici, MD
Raised in Eagle River, Alaska, Dr. Joan graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2004 with a bachelors in biology. After attending medical school at St. George’s University, she completed a family practice residency in Casper Wyoming in 2011. She couldn’t wait to return home to Alaska and started work at Sunshine Clinic in 2011. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, 2 children and dog Ohana.
Portrait of Joan Friderici, MD
Anne Yoshino, MD

Dr. Anne Yoshino graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Biology/Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, and received her degree in Internal Medicine from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. She retired from private practice in Tucson, AZ in 2008. Dr. Anne works part-time at Sunshine Clinic in the summer and at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson part-time. She is a member of the Pima County Medical Society, Tucson Society of Women Physicians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the American College of Physicians.

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.”

Dr. Anne Yoshino

Dental Providers

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.

Bill Ftantz
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.

Portrait of Tyler Mann, DDS

Behavioral Health Providers

Cici Schoenberger, LCSW
Cici Schoenberger arrived in Talkeetna in July 2009 following a four year work experience in Germany as a contractor with the military serving the dependent children of soldiers. Prior to that she lived and worked on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Cici is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her Master of Social Work at Boston College. She has worked in the field of Behavioral Health as a direct service provider and administrator for 30 years and has a specialty in Substance Abuse treatment as well as adolescent services. She has experience with many aspects of mental health treatment and is currently greatly interested in the behavioral health connection with primary health care in general and chronic pain treatment in specific.
Portrait of Cici Shoenberger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Sarah Blanning, LCSW
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sarah graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. She caught the Alaska bug after her first visit, and relocated to Alaska in 2011. She has provided services to a variety of populations for over ten years, including individuals impacted by family or sexual violence, those struggling with addiction, and military members and their families. Sarah obtained her clinical licensure in 2015 and has a special interest in the treatment of trauma and anxiety disorders. In her free time, Sarah enjoys snow-machining, four-wheeling, spending time at her cabin, building and refinishing furniture, and reading.
Portrait of sarah blanning, licensed clinical social worker
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.

Portrait of Deborah Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Tanya Korta, LPC

Tanya is originally from Minnesota and has lived and worked in rural Alaska for the past 25 years. She was formerly an elementary school teacher who evolved into a community behavioral health counselor, working for a tribal health organization providing behavioral health services for the past 8 years. Tanya earned a master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2014 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2017. She has experience working with a diverse group of people impacted by mental health issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and trauma-related stress disorders. I have a special interest in working with children and adolescents. Tanya and her husband have three grown children and enjoy outdoor adventures and small town living.

Tanya Korta, LPC


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