Medical Providers

Shelis Jorgensen, RN, ND, ANP, Medical Director
Ms. Jorgensen came to work at Sunshine Community Health Center in 1999 as our family nurse practitioner while earning her doctorate in nursing. Ms. Jorgensen has a BA degree in EPO biology from the University of Colorado and received her family nurse practitioner degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Working and living in rural Talkeetna, Alaska, Ms. Jorgensen has become closely associated by profession, as well as, by friendships in the community treating a diverse population of patients of all ages.
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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.
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Keith Kehoe, PA
SCHC is delighted to welcome the Kehoe family back to the community. Keith is now available to see patients part-time in both Talkeetna and Willow starting in February. Keith and Sarah Kehoe have always been an integral part of our community and Sunshine Clinic’s care team and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming back the entire family.
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Curtis Harvie, FNP

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.

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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.

Portrait of Diane Maythorne, Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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.

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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.

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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 MSW 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.
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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.
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Deborah Young, LCSW

Deborah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; she earned her MSW 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
Our Behavioral Health Department is Expanding. LCSW Position Available.

Behavior Health Provider / Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Behavior Health Provider / Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Talkeetna & Willow) – The Behavioral Health Providers at SCHC are considered part of the primary care treatment team. They assist in identifying, triaging and managing patients with medical and behavioral health problems within the primary care setting; and provide more comprehensive and long-term management of patients with complex behavioral health needs. Masters of Social Work from an accredited graduate school of social work or related field from a regionally accredited university required, as well as a current, active license with the State of Alaska as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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