Dr. Douglas Brammer


DDS

Douglas Brammer, DDS, is a Doctor of Dental Surgery in the State of Oklahoma. Dr. Brammer attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree, he attended Louisiana State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and completed his doctorate at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Dr. Brammer joined the team at Northeastern Tribal Health System in May 2016.

 

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


APRN, FNP-C

I have been a Family Nurse Practitioner with NTHS since 2008. I received my associates degree in nursing from NEO in 1999. I 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. I r received a Bachelor of nursing from Southern Nazarene university in 2004 and a masters in nursing from university of Oklahoma in 2007. I have been certified by AANP since 2007. I am married with one child. I love to read, spend time with my family and pets.

 

Gina Francisco


APRN-C

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. Dianne Hardy


M.D., J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Dianne Hardy (maiden name Miller) has followed an unusual path prior to joining the NTHS medical staff.  She considered Veterinary school at OSU because she was influenced by her father who taught Agriculture courses for many years at NEO and raised cattle.  After she finished two years at NEO, she went to OSU in Stillwater to finish a BS in Microbiology.  She then went to OU Health Sciences Center in OKC and received a Masters of Science degree in Parasitology and Laboratory Practice and a Ph.D. in Pathology.  She then took an Assistant Professor position at the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977.  Through a long teaching career, she did teach for 5 years at ORU in the Pathology Department ultimately returning to the Osteopathic Medical School where she served as Chairman of the Pathology Department as well as continuing her teaching career. While continuing to teach pathology, Dr. Hardy and her husband Rich attended law school at the University of Tulsa.  Never wanting to practice law, Dr. Hardy did serve on several committees at the medical school and taught seminars.  The urge to do more in medicine loomed very large and Dr. Hardy and her husband matriculated to Saba University where they both taught in the medical school and Dr. Hardy received an M.D. after completing clinical rotations in Kansas City, MO.  Residency in Family Medicine was completed in Anderson, SC in 2009 and Dr. Hardy and her husband moved back to Oklahoma.  She practiced in Grove, OK for 2 years and then did Hospital Medicine for 3 years at various hospitals.  She accepted a clinic position at the Cherokee Nation Vinita Clinic and remained there until the position opened at NTHS thus going full circle to come back home.

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. 

Suzanne Mallatt


APRN, FNP-C
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


RN, MSN, CPNP
My name is Kara North, proud Peoria Tribal member and Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  I have over 19 years of successful professional nursing experience with the past 10 years as an Advanced Practice Nurse focused primarily on pediatrics.  I obtained my 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).  I am certified by the Pediatric Certification Nursing Board.  During my early career as a Registered Nurse, I worked in the Newborn Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatric Departments at Freeman Health System.  I am 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 my goal as I am 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 accolades/achievements include:
Doctorate of Optometry
Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry
Certification in Public Health
Two Public Health Commendation Medals
Two Public Health Achievement Medals
One Public Health Citation
Field Medical Readiness Badge
Commander, U.S. Public Health Service

For most of his tenure at NTHS, he has served as the Credentialing Officer for the Medical Staff.  He oversaw the transition to the new building where space was expanded and many equipment upgrades were realized.  Thanks to some of these technological acquisitions, we are able to provide advanced glaucoma care in addition to many other services that would otherwise require patients to travel significant distances. 

Dr. Brian Smith


D.O., Osteopathic Physician
Dr. Smith is a 1996 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his Family Practice residency training at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, CO.  He is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. 

Andra Walker


PA-C, Physicians Assistant Certified
Andra Walker completed her Physician Assistant training at Missouri State University with an emphasis in Family Medicine.  She has been in practice since 2008 and joined Northeastern Tribal Health System in 2012.