Dr. Douglas Banning

     Graduated from University of Kansas School of Pharmacy 1982
     Graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine  1992
     Completed Residency in Internal Medicine 1995
     Board Certified in Internal Medicine
     Worked as Hospitalist at OSU medical center for 15 yrs. 
     Dr. Banning has 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren

D.O., Osteopathic Physician

Dr. Shirley Chesnut

D.O. Medical Director
Dr. Shirley Chesnut graduated from the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (now known as Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1980 and completed 2 years of residency before receiving her commission in the Public Health Service.  Dr. Chesnut served as a medical office and medical director for the Indian Health Service in Jay and Miami for 12 years prior to going to work for Grand Lake Mental Health, providing behavioral health services and medication management for patients in medically underserved rural areas.  After 17 years with GLMH, Dr. Chesnut is pleased to be back with NTHS.

Miami is the hometown of Dr. Chesnut's husband, Chuck, and together they have raised 4 children.

After work Dr. Chesnut enjoys taking care of her dogs and horses.  

Carol Demond


Carol has been a Family Nurse Practitioner with NTHS since 2008. She received her associates degree in nursing from NEO in 1999. Carol went on to work in critical care at Freeman hospital in Joplin Missouri, St Francis  and St Johns in Tulsa and Medical Centers of Southeast Oklahoma in Durant. Carol received a Bachelor of nursing from Southern Nazarene University in 2004 and a masters in nursing from University of Oklahoma in 2007. She has been certified by AANP since 2007. Carol is married with one child. She loves to read, spend time with her family and pets.


Dr. J.C. Eaton

D.O., Osteopathic Physician
       Graduated from Kansas State College of Pittsburg in 1974 with a degree in medical technology
       Graduated from Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery of Tulsa Oklahoma in 1981 
       Completed rotating internship at Hillcrest Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK in 1982
       Board certified in family practice
       Started private practice during July 1982 in Baxter Springs, KS 
       Dr. Eaton joined NTHS March 2018 after 36 years in private practice 
       Dr. Eaton and his wife Karen have 5 adult children and 6 grandchildren

Dr. Rebecca Enloe

 Dr. Rebecca Enloe joined NTHS Optometry in 2017.  After graduating Quapaw High School in 1998,

  she studied at Northeastern State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in

  Chemistry in 2002 and then a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2007.  She joined the faculty at NSU

  Oklahoma College of Optometry and was the Clinic Chief of Optometry at the Cherokee Nation Sam

  Hider Center in Jay, OK and Director of the Cherokee Nation Rural Eye Program for 10 years. 

  Dr Enloe is married and has two children.

Doctor of Optometry

Gina Francisco


Graduated Illinois Wesleyan University School of Nursing 1978 with BA in Nursing, Minors in Psychology and French

Completed New Mexico School of Enterstomal Therapy in 1997

Nationally credentialed as a Certified  Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse 1998

Nationally credentialed as a Certified Diabetes Educator 2003

Graduated University of Missouri-Kansas City with Masters of Science in Nursing - Familly Practice 2005


Hobbies and interests include: hunting, fishing, jewelry making and raising Registered Texas Longhorn cattle.


Dr. James Hayden

DDS, Chief Dentist
Dr. Hayden received his dental degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He then received a General Practice Residency certificate from the VA Medical Center, also in New Orleans.  Dr Hayden practiced in Helena, Montana and Baton Rouge, Louisiana prior to becoming Chief Dentist for NTHS. He has served on the Louisiana Dental Association Board of Delegates as well as being Past President of the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association.  Dr. Hayden has two adult children.  Josh is a Pharmacy student at Harding University in Arkansas.  Rebecca, a former NFL cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, recently graduated from LSU and is pursuing a career in Nursing.  An avid hunter and fisherman, Dr. Hayden has really grown to love living in Northeast Oklahoma. 

Dr. Douglas Hendrex

M.D., Clinical Director

Dr. Hendrex currently serves as the clinical director for Northeastern Tribal Health System and is an officer in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He grew up in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Northeastern State University and went on to attend medical school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where he graduated in 2009. He completed residency in family medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences AHEC Fort Smith in 2012. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. 

Kristen Hurlbert

LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kristen Hurlbert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Oklahoma and Missouri.  She obtained her Masters of Science at Missouri State University.  Kristen currently provides individual, family, and marital counseling services for adults and adolescents.  Kristen has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is specialized treatment in overcoming trauma and trauma-related symptoms.  Kristen takes a client-centered approach to treatment, and promotes individuality and self-awareness.  She embraces a strengths perspective in assisting others in personal growth. 

Kara Kinsey


Kara Kinsey is a Physical Therapist at Northeastern Tribal Health System's Physical Therapy Department. 

Kara's interest in physical therapy came after a sports injury she incurred while in high school.  Her interest 

soon turned into a passion that has, thus far, taken her on an eighteen year journey.  Kara's first milestone was 

achieved when she graduated Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College in 2000 with an Associates of Applied

Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  She continued to reach her milestones by continuing her education,

first, at Pittsburg State University where  she graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Biology and then, second, 

a Master of Physical Therapy in 2005 at the University of Oklahoma.  In 2013, Kara continued her education 

at the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions where she obtained a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  

In December of 2017, Kara joined the Northeastern Tribal Health System (NTHS) with the ambitious goal of 

building a physical therapy department  to better serve the needs of the patients of NTHS.  Kara brought with

her fifteen years of experience as a physical therapist and nine years experience with business management.

During Kara's short time with NTHS, she has developed a well-rounded, functioning department that averages

180 patients a month and still growing.

Kara is a lifelong resident of Northeastern Oklahoma.  She was raised in Fairland and graduated from Fairland

Public School.  Kara is married to Austin Kinsey and has three children; Aubrey, Brady and Ryker.  The family 

loves being outdoors and spends most of their free time on the baseball  and softball field.

Physical Therapist

Suzanne Mallatt

Suzanne Mallatt, has been a Family Nurse Practitioner with Northeastern Tribal Health System since 2007.  She studied at Missouri Southern State University, and received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing in 1992.  She worked as a nurse for several years at both Freeman and St. John's Hospitals in Joplin, Missouri before returning for her Masters Degree.  She received her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2002.  She has been certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners since 2002.  She is married with two children and they enjoy camping, fishing, and most outdoor activities.

Emory Mitchell

LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Emory Mitchell is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oklahoma.  He obtained his Masters of Art degree at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.  His training encompassed community counseling as well as marriage and family therapy.  He currently provides individual, family, and marital therapy for adults and adolescents.  Emory has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is specialized treatment in overcoming trauma and trauma-related symptoms.  Emory believes in a holistic approach to wellness.  He strives to encourage people to enhance their physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and relational well-being. 

Kara North

Kara North is a proud Peoria Tribal member and Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  She has over 19 years of successful professional nursing experience with the past 10 years as an Advanced Practice Nurse focused primarily on pediatrics.  Kara obtained her nursing licensures from NEO A&M College in 1997 (ADN); Pittsburg State University in 2003 (BSN); and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2006 (MSN).  Kara is certified by the Pediatric Certification Nursing Board.  During her early career as a Registered Nurse, she worked in the Newborn Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatric Departments at Freeman Health System.  Kara is currently the Abuse & Neglect Committee Chair and was recently selected as the 2015 Tribal Merit Award recipient for implementing the Reach Out & Read program promoting early childhood literacy.  Ensuring your child will receive personal, individualized quality healthcare is her goal as she is dedicated to offer health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and common illness management to our Native American youth.

Joyce Payne

LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Joyce Payne is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oklahoma.  She is also a National Certified Gambling Counselor.  She obtained her Masters of Science degree at Pittsburg State University.  Joyce has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is specialized treatment in overcoming trauma and trauma-related symptoms.  Joyce currently provides individual, family, and marital counseling.  Her primary focus is children and adolescents, but also works with adults.  Joyce embraces the philosophy that people thrive in a loving and supportive environment.  She nurtures and strives to inspire others to reach their life goals and improve their relationships. 

Sarah Pearcy

LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Sarah Pearcy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Oklahoma and Missouri.  She obtained her Masters of Science at Missouri State University.  Sarah currently provides individual and family therapy with an emphasis on youth services.  She has had training in treating trauma in children and also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  Sarah also works to empower children and families in overcoming difficult situations.  She believes in helping others identify their strengths so that they may reach their fullest potential.  

Dr. Cameron Scott

O.D., Chief Optometrist
Dr. Cameron Scott currently serves as Chief Optometrist for the Northeastern Tribal Health System (NTHS).  He came to NTHS from the Clinton Indian Clinic in 2008.  Prior to spending 2 years at Clinton, Dr. Scott worked 3 years in a rural Kansas, private practice setting.  

His professional achievements include:
Doctorate of Optometry from University of Houston in 2001
Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry
Three U.S. Public Health Service Commendation Medals
Field Medical Readiness Badge
CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service