Dr. Garby grew up in the sun-drenched mountains of the front range of Colorado. Before responding to the call of medicine he engaged in an eclectic variety of pursuits, from teaching to traveling to working in a fish cannery to driving a cab! He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in History, minoring in Biochemistry. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he was active in the Family Medicine interest group. He discovered psychiatry late in his medical studies and fell in love with it. He served his intern year at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, studying both Family Medicine and psychiatry. After one year, however, it became clear to him that, though he may admire family medicine, his passion lay in psychiatry. He completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, including an additional year of studies in a community mental health center, and then served as Chief Resident at the University of Colorado Psychiatric Hospital. Since completing his residency program he has worked as a psychiatrist in communities in Idaho and Alaska, in both in-patient and out-patient settings. He served as Medical Director for Good Samaritan Counseling Center in 2005. Beginning in 2006 he established Greatland Clinical Associates, and has been most fortunate to participate in the care and wellness of the Anchorage bowl community ever since.
Judith Dean, PhD
Judith Dean, PhD
Doctor Dean grew up in Louisiana and earned her BSN from Northwestern State University of Louisiana . Her husband's Air Force career offered her opportunity to travel and work in many different settings including pediatric, medical-surgical and psychiatric nursing. She completed her MSNE at the University of Arkansas and taught in the Associate Degree Nursing program at the University of Central Arkansas at Little Rock, worked in nursing administration and as a clinical specialist in oncology nursing at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson. Her work in oncology nursing motivated her to pursue her Ph.D at the University of Arizona. While in graduate school, she worked as a research assistant/associate in the U of A Cancer Center, Dept. of Ob-Gyn & Dept. of Psychiatry at University Medical Center. After completing her Ph.D., she joined the Psychiatry Department faculty as a Psychologist and focused on psychological testing and mood disorders. She also joined the Cardio-Thoracic Transplant Team where she assessed individuals who were being evaluated for organ transplant and provided pre & post transplant counseling for transplant patients and their families. In 1994, she moved to Alaska to be closer to her family. Since coming to Alaska she has worked in community mental health, independent private practice, psychological assessment, and outpatient psychotherapy. She joined Greatland in 2007. Judi enjoys working with active duty military personnel and military families, individuals with mood disorders, adults having autism spectrum disorders as well as individuals having medical problems.
Mike Blakey, Psy.D.
Mike received his B.S. in Psychology and Sociology and his M.S. in Human Resources Management from the University of Oregon. He earned his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and his doctoral degree from Alaska Pacific University in Counseling Psychology. At Greatland Clinical Associates he provides psychotherapy to adults. His clinical interests include working with depression/mood disorders, anxiety, difficulties with mood regulation, interpersonal trauma/adult survivors of childhood verbal, physical and sexual abuse. He has cofacilitated numerous psychoeducation and process oriented groups for survivors of relational/childhood trauma. Mike has actively pursued training and consultation in a variety of clinical areas including Acceptance and Commitmant Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. He is also interested in the growing field of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and other Mindfulness based approaches and their implications for therapy practice.
For more information about Mike and his approach to therapy visit his website at: www.mikeblakey.com
Ron Feigin, MD
Ron Feigin, MD
Ron and his family first came to Alaska for six months as part of a special program in cross cultural studies during his psychiatry residency. The Feigins fell in love with Alaska and, after his training was completed, they returned for what they thought would be a five year stay. Thirty-nine years later they still find great pleasure living and working in this great state.
Ron was Board Certified in Psychiatry in 1977. He was awarded the Distinguished Life Fellow status by the American Psychiatric Association in 2010 (DLFAPA). He has served in a number of positions in the Alaska Psychiatric Association including Ethics Committee Chairman and Alaska State Representative to the National Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition he has taught medical students as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington, and he has taught at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
His private psychiatric practice has been directed toward the treatment of out-patient adults with a focus on individuals experiencing anxiety, biologically based mood disorders such as Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder, as well as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. He believes quality care involves attention to a person's biological, social and spiritual needs. Greatland had the great good fortune of having him join our team of excellent physician, mental health clinicians and staff, where he continues to offer quality care in a collaborative, supportive environment.
Royal Kiehl, MD
Royal Kiehl, MD
Doctor Kiehl, a poet at heart, was born on the Great Lakes during the time of burning rivers and the sea lamprey invasion. He grew up in a nearby agricultural community notable mainly for the fact that not very much ever happened there. Eventually he made his way to the Ohio State University, bidding the delicious blue pike of his youth an eternal farewell.
After an additional year at the Georg August University in Gottingen, Germany, and still searching for the excitement of the Midwest, he obtained his medical degree at the University of Chicago. He did his internship at the University of Iowa, where he focused on internal medicine. Eventually coming to the realization that the midwest might not be as exciting as he had hoped, he headed east to the University of Rochester where he completed his specialty training in psychiatry. He then moved to Alaska where he was appointed the Chief of Psychiatry at the Alaska Native Medical Center. He studied for three additional years of advanced training in short term psychotherapy from the faculty of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has been in private practice in Anchorage ever since, first at the historic Alaska Clinic and the Anchorage Community Hospital, then in solo practice, working with close friends and colleagues ever since.
Dr. Kiehl has specialized in the outpatient treatment of mood and anxiety problems, and the treatment of people with complex medical issues complicating their psychiatric problems. One of his interests is in providing counseling to those who are also taking medications, recognizing that medications are often helpful, but that the human relationship between the therapist and patient is often the most important factor in healing.
Dr. Kiehl is experienced working with adults with ADHD, military veterans with PTSD, clients of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation with medical disabilities, and doing evaluations for the Social Security Administration.
He has special interests in photography and all things Alaskan. He has a wealth of psychiatric experience as well as general life experience that he hopes may be useful to patients in need.
Francis Hearing, LPA
Frances Haering, MS, LPA
Frances grew up in England. She graduated from the University of Exeter and then launched upon a lifetime of exploration, living and travelling extensively throughout Europe before discovering Alaska. She fell in love with our state, with its grandeur, its culture and its challenges. She trained in the Counseling Psychology program at APU, completed an internship at Southcentral Foundation, and then received her Master's Degree in 1977 and became accredited as an LPA. Since then she has worked as a school counselor, with people with disabilities and with foster youth. She has taught in the psychology departments of both APU and UAA. She had been in private practice for three years prior to joining GCA. She has particular areas of interest and expertise in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief and loss, attention deficit and behavior disorders, developmental and stage of life issues. She enjoys working with both adolescents and adults, and provides individual, couples and family therapy. In addition to her professional accomplishments she is an outdoor enthusiast; she runs, cycles and hikes. She is an accomplished guitarist. She emphasizes the maxim 'healthy mind in a healthy body,' or mens sana in corpere sano, both in her practice and in her personal life. This philosophy led her to Alaska, to the field of psychology and even up Mount Marathon! And now she has found her way to GCA.
Karen Graber, LMFT
Karen Graber, LMFT
Karen Graber, LMFT was born and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Portland State University, and completed her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of LaVerne in 1993, when she became a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist in the State of Alaska. She has worked over 35 years in social services and mental health in the Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, and, since 1988, in Alaska when she and her husband moved here. Her clinical experience includes working with inpatient adolescent and child populations, home-based family interventions, community mental health, and over the last 17 years, in private practice. She has taken these experiences with diverse populations and age groups to design individual strategies and interventions for people across the life span. Her Training and clinical experience allowed for a natural progression in developing effective cognitive/behavioral treatment interventions. Areas of interest and expertise include the treatment of mood disorders , anxiety, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. She also works with individuals in stress management, and coping with major life changes that occur in relationships, in work, and with grief and loss. Her Major emphasis is with individual adults, families and couples. She views counseling and therapy in large part, as assisting her clients with improving emotional regulation, problem solving, coping and problem management, time management, and improving communication skills. She adheres to a treatment philosophy that was described by one of her mentors, who said that "cognitive behavior therapy does not often teach us what we don't know, but rather, reminds us of what we need to do; it is not so much learning new things (though that can be very important too) as it is remembering what we already know". Her interests outside of work include a passion for dogs, gardening, photography and hiking.
Rick Graber, Ph.D.
Rick Graber, PhD
Dr. Graber was born and grew up in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. He attended Oregon State University for 3 years and then the University of Oregon, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. He got his Master's Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, along with completing and internship in Clinical Psychology at the American Lake VA Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years, with experience providing outpatient therapy to military personnel and their families at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Family Service Center in Bremerton, Washington as well as in-home family crisis counseling in a program funded through the State of Washington's Office of Children's Services. He and his wife (also a mental health professional) moved to Alaska in 1988, where he worked for 14 years as a psychologist at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services. During this period he was responsible for setting up and running the new 24-hour Community Emergency Mobile Mental Health Service Program. He also worked in the Geriatrics Services Program at ACMHS, Inc. and the Adult Services Program. providing outpatient therapy and psychological testing services. since 2001 he has worked in private practice, focusing on cognitive-behavioral treatment of outpatient adults, and psychological assessments for adults, adolescents, and children above the age 7. He has extensive experience in the psychological treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. In addition, he provides psychological testing and assessments to assist with treatment planning, to help with the accurate diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other mental health issues, and to provide mental health assessment for persons who are candidates for bariatric surgery. He is a lifelong music lover who has played the guitar since the age of 7 and classical guitar since the age of 12. Over the years, he and his wife have greatly enjoyed being in Alaska and experiencing the estate with their dogs, which currently includes 2 Australian Shepherds.
Masao Yanagida, MD
Masao Yanagida, MD
Dr. Yanagida, AKA Dr. Y was born and raised in Tokyo Japan. After graduating from Keio University, for eight years, he was a teacher and a tutor for the age groups from 13 to 18 year-old before he moved to the United States in 1986. He finished Post-baccalaureate from Columbia University, in New York, then he finished his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He finished his internship at the University of Louisville and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of North Dakota and was board-certified two years after the residency program. He then worked for Mayo clinic in Minnesota in four years and moved to Anchorage Alaska eight years ago.
He is very interested in helping students who are struggling academically due to the lack of confidence, lack of motivation, conflicts with teachers and schoolmates, and well as those who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD. As a recovered ADHD person, he can offer a lot of skills he has acquired to study effectively and improve each client’s grades. He has helped his clients enter Veterinary school, Medical school and Law school in the United States. He is also trained to provide Cognitive Behavioral therapy with problem solving, he uses these skills to help clients who suffer depression, mania, anxiety, panic attacks, social phobia, specific phobia, Post-Traumatic Stress disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive disorder. He received training at the Eating Disorder Institute in North Dakota. He would like to help clients with eating disorders, especially bulimia and binge eating disorder and he is willing to see a client who has weight issues. He can provide, psychotherapy, medication management, diet and exercise education to help him or her lose weight. He is also a serious athlete who used to take part in triathlon races, and he can also provide sports psychology for those athlete who have lost confidence.
Ann K. Yates, ANP
Ann Yates is a Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) who received her BSN from Washington State University and her MSN/ANP from University of Alaska/Anchorage. Before obtaining her MSN/ANP, she worked for 14 years as an RN in various settings, including labor and delivery, chemical dependency, medical/surgical, public health, and psychiatry, gaining a wide range of experiences and knowledge about health, illness, and wellness. She comes to Greatland Associates from Anchorage Community Health Services, where she has worked with much enjoyment for over 5 years. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty for the BSN program at UAA, teaching psychiatric clinical rotations at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute
Ann is very interested in adding mindfulness practices to medication management for a whole and lasting recovery. She uses mindfulness practices that are straightforward and can easily be incorporated into full and busy lives, including basic yoga that can be done in a chair as well as on a mat, simple music and mantra meditations, and acceptance/reframing skills. Medication and mindfulness are best done with a good understanding of how our brains work and change in response to our life events, and this is something Ann includes in her practice. She is continuing to develop her training in trauma work that supports dealing with current problems that originated in childhood or adult trauma.
Aryeh L. Levenson, MD
Dr. Levenson, Board Certified in General, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, grew up running around the forests of Massachusetts and exploring the waters of coastal New England. Despite being part of Red Sox Nation, he was always fascinated by other cultures and lands far away.
Dr. Levenson, who goes by his first name Aryeh (pronounced like the three letters: R.E.A.) left his home in New England to obtain his undergraduate degree at Cornell University.There he studied religion, cross cultural psychology and anthropology, and came to a realization that he would never become a professional polo player.After obtaining his degree, his wanderlust took him to Jerusalem, Israel; where he underwent Rabbinic studies before deciding to go to Medical School at Tufts University in Boston.After graduating in 1990 and completing two years of volunteer work in Israel, he went onto a general psychiatric residency and a child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Systems in Baltimore.Given his love of the wilderness and interest in cross cultural work, he brought his family to Alaska to work in the Indian Health Service, where he spent over 20 years practicing in Sitka and in Anchorage.In addition to working in Alaska, Aryeh has had the opportunity to live and practice psychiatry on the Hopi, Fort Apache, Havasupai, and Red Lake Chippewa Reservations; and work internationally in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Israel.
Aryeh frequently serves as an expert witness for the Alaska State Court System and has extensively worked in the Alaskan bush.He has lectured on a wide array of subjects that include mind-body and natural medicine, spirituality and mental health, cross cultural psychiatry and more traditional psychiatric topics such as the use of psychotropic medications, the treatment of psychological trauma, and topics in both child and addiction psychiatry.
Aryeh’s treatment approach integrates medical psychiatry with psychotherapy, mindfulness, and holistic practices such as diet, non pharmaceutical supplements, yoga, and exercise.He equally focuses on developing relationships with his clients while accompanying them on their search to find meaning in their lives.
He specializes in the treatment of a wide array of mental health conditions throughout the lifespan, the treatment of psychological trauma, and assisting people as they overcome personal challenges, difficult life transitions, and spiritual crises.
Now that his young adult children have inherited his wanderlust and left Alaska, he lives in Anchorage with his wife, youngest son, foster daughter and golden retriever—who sometimes accompanies him to work.Aryeh enjoys photography, studying Buddhism and meditation, practicing yoga, reading, and traveling the world.When he’s not at work he can generally be found spending time with his family, hiking and backpacking the Alaskan wilderness with his dog, or at the gym.He currently is working with charitable projects in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Yvette Westlake, MD
Biography to come...
*Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Chris Haskell, ANP
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