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.
George Hightower, MD - Medical Director
Dr. Hightower grew up in the inner city of Los Angeles. He dreamed of becoming either a doctor or a professional basketball player. He almost achieved both goals. At Whitter College, In 1978 he was named Whittier College Athlete of the Year. That same year he was named Captain of the Basketball Team and led his team in representing the U.S. in the Jones Cup Tournament in Taiwan. Eventually, he was twice inducted into the Whittier College Athletic Hall of Fame.
After college, he got serious about his other goal. In 1985, he was named a Health Professions Scholar by the U.S. Navy and was awarded a full scholarship to the medical school of his choice.
In 1989, he graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. During his tenure there he was awarded the Commonwealth Fellowship Fund Scholarship for research in Pediatric Oncology at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda M.D. In addition, he was named to the George Washington University Admissions Committee and honored with the Outstanding Student Leadership Award.
After graduation, Dr. Hightower completed his internship at the Naval Hospital San Diego and served our country during the 1st Persian Gulf War. During his 12-year naval career, he was awarded 2 Navy achievement medals and a Navy Commendation Medal. After his naval career, he completed another post-graduate year in at SDSU/UCSD School of Medicine in Preventive Sports Medicine.
In addition to the U.S. Navy, Dr. Hightower was on staff at Oasis sports medical group, the then team physicians for the San Diego Chargers. He and his wife Linda started and successfully pioneered a thriving Occupational Medicine practice in Williston, ND. They sold that practice in 2017 and moved to Alaska for their next adventure.
Dr. Hightower and his wife Linda love the outdoors. Fishing and hiking are among their favorite things to do.
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 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.”
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
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.
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.