Dr. JJ Bae is a seasoned healthcare executive of 25 years with practice management experience in primary and specialty care, FQHCs, Rural Health Clinics, mobile clinics, behavioral health, urgent care, residency clinics, and Native American healthcare. For Indian Health Services and Tribal Indian Clinics, Dr. Bae has over 15 years of experience as the Health Director, Director of Public Health, Chief Operating Officer, and Health Administrator–she has worked in both for-profit and non-profit environments–as CEO, Director of Health Services, Executive Director, and as a provider specialized in Endocrinology. Dr. Bae holds Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration, PhD in Public Health, Medical Doctorate, and Bachelors of Science in Biology. Dr. Bae’s expertise are in AAAHC, NCQA, Policies and Protocols, Grant Writing, QAQI, Risk Management, Recruit and Retention of Employment, Education and Training, Organizing Events, and Leadership Guidance.
Dr Bae’s experience also includes leadership in hospitals, wellness centers, hospice, home health, and managed care. She is married and has a son. Her hobbies are reading, golfing, and spending time with her family.
Ronald E. Johnny, JD, BA, EMT
Ron Johnny is no stranger to Fort McDermitt. Ron is an honorably discharged Vietnam era Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1969 to 1974. Ron’s immediate family included Norma Wasson Johnny, his outspoken grandmother (born to Ida and John Wasson in 1906 here at Fort McDermitt), and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins who live here. After obtaining an Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C. Berkeley (1982), Ron completed his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado (1985), Ron served Indian Country for 27 years in various capacities. Ron says the most memorable years during that period was his involvement with early foundation of what qualities Adult Drug Court Judges should have, and being a tribal court judge who saw greater use of judicial resources by creating intensive, court supervised, outpatient treatment programs for juveniles and adults rather than sending people to jail or juvenile halls. In addition to designing a state Adult Drug Court in northern California, Ron improved Family Treatment Courts in central and eastern Montana. After retirement, Ron was a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. In 2012, Ron retired but saw a need for Indians to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and joined the Pyramid Lake Tribe’s effort to create a team of EMTs since it could take an hour for an ambulance to respond to Nixon. After serving as an EMT, Ron and others saw the need for higher qualified EMTs so Ron and a couple other Indians completed the training to become Advanced EMTs. Ron has also obtained Nevada EMS endorsements to work on an ambulance, teach EMS courses (for people to become Emergency Medical Responders, EMTs, and Advanced EMTs) and to protect the public with immunizations. Ron is also an American Heart Association BLS Provider and Heartsaver CPR courses Instructor. In 2013, Ron was hired by Indian Health Service to provide vacation relief to his cousin, Mike Garfield, and the other IHS Health Technician (EMT) serving Fort McDermitt. After that, and for five years, Ron was a Reserve Advanced EMT with North Lyon County Fire Protection District at Fire Station 61 in Fernley. At North Lyon County Fire, Ron gained incredible experience: responding to many opioid overdose 911 calls (North Lyon County is the second highest user of Narcan in northern Nevada, second only to one area of Reno, Nevada) and caring for elders who had injured themselves by falling, etc. As the Fort McDermitt Wellness Center EMS Manager, Ron’s job is not only to start up the ambulance service but to make self-sustaining. Ron will also be teaching EMS and American Heart Association courses at Fort McDermitt.
Alex Esquibel, LMFT, MS
Hello, I am Alejandro (Alex) Esquibel, LMFT a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Nevada. I was raised in Winnemucca and proudly graduated from Albert M. Lowry High School. I attended the University of Nevada, Reno with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology. I transitioned to Sacramento for my graduate studies where I completed my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant University, The professional School of Psychology. I have a private practice servicing Humboldt, Pershing and Lander Counties. I find it rewarding to work with couples, families, and individuals in discovering the life they desire, enabling them to live life with greater potential. I’ve worked with those who struggled with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, unhealthy dependency, and a variety of life challenges. I have a certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I am working towards a certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I enjoy traveling, adventure and experiencing new things with my wife and two kids. If I am not in session supporting others you can find me spending quality time with family, learning or working towards self-care. I look forward to meeting everyone!
Nurse Practitioners/PA: Cris Smith, FNP, MSN
Cris has over 20 years of experience in Nurse Practitioner–and 15 years in military. Her expertise is in chronic illnesses.
Pam Sherwill-Navarro, NP, RN
Pam has been Medical Librarian most of her life–and became Nurse Practitioner later in her life. She enjoys seeing patients with chronic illnesses and loves to travel with her friend.
Quin Chadwick, NP, RN
Anne Siemens, NP, PhD
Anne is a Family Nurse Practitioner from Colorado. Annette’s degrees include a Masters in Nursing from the University of Wyoming, a Masters degree in Public Health from Loma Linda Universuty, and a PHD in Public Health from Walden University. Annette has worked for the Indian Health Service and various Tribal health entities in Montana, Arizona, Alaska, Nevada, and Washington.
AEMT: Fegus Laughridge & Dylan Angus
Dentist: Dr. Sheri Thomas, DDS
Dr. Thomas has had over 30 years of experience as the dentist.
Licensed Acupuncturist: J. Kang, LAC
- Knowledge of various TCM/Korean methods, including gua sha, cupping, and moxibustion
- Languages spoken: English and Korean; able to read Chinese
- Experience with diagnosis and treatment of wide range of conditions including muscular skeletal pain, infertility, post stroke, and stress management
- Understanding of interactions of different western medications with herbal medicine
Fiscal Controller/Finances: Ione Crutcher
Ione Crutcher grew up in McDermitt, but before coming to the Fort McDermitt Wellness Center, she worked for the Pyramid Lake High School in Nixon, Nevada. She has been with the Clinic and Wellness Center for the past three and a half years. Ione enjoys reading and hanging out with her family at home.
Business Office Manager/HR Technician : Suzette Smart, AA, CC
Home Health Aide: Perla Castaneda, CNA
Purchased, Referred, Care: Maxine Smart, Coordinator
Maxine Smart, a member of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe is the Purchase Referred Care (PRC-formerly known as contract health care) Coordinator. She has been employed within the healthcare field since 2008. She brings to this position, vast employment experience ranging from service learning to administrative accounting. Maxine is family oriented and chooses to spend her spare time with her son and significant other attending powwows and various cultural events throughout Indian Country.
Case Manager/Medical Assistant: Trixie Byron
Trixie has over 20 years of experience as the Medical Assistant.
Patient Registration: Sonya Hinkey, Receptionist
Sonya Hinkey has two children (Andrea and Jayden), and has worked for the Fort McDermitt Wellness Center since April, 2018. Before coming to the Wellness Center, she worked as the Fort McDermitt Human Services Department as the Eligibility Worker for thirteen years. She loves outdoor activities and assisting the Fort McDermitt community.
Billing Clerk/HR Asst, Trainee: Lydia Northrup
Lydia Northrup has been employed as an Emergency Hire Dental Assistant Trainee on January 23, 2019. She hopes to become full time Dental Assistant Trainee when her position opens up. She likes working with the community members and has learned so much within a very short period of time. Lydia has lived in McDermitt all her life with her family, and has two younger brothers, age 19 and 13, and has a big family. After graduating from high school, she worked at the hemp farm from April to November 2018. She likes to spend time with her grandma with babysitting her cousins when she is not at work. Lydia just had a daughter in November, 2019.
Tranportation: Marlene Brown is the Supervisor–Twila Tom, and Brandy Tobey
The Wellness Center is seeking qualified “on-call” Motor Vehicle Operators, starting wage at $10.25/hr. Drivers can earn up to 32 hours per week, depending on patient load. If you are interested in this position, contact, Human Resources at: (775) 532-8522 (Select Option 2), then Human Resources; or come to the Wellness Center and obtain an employment application.
Facility Manager: Si Lincoln
Building Support Worker: Arnell Tobey
Security Guard: Arthur SaBori