PROVIDERS & STAFF

Dental

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Heather J. Sluss - LDH
Dental Hygienist
Heather joined Molokai Community Health Center in July 2011. She graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne with a degree in Dental Hygiene. Interested in working in a rural, underserved area she was excited to work in a community health atmosphere in beautiful Moloka'i.

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Shyla Marie Kansana
Dental Assistant

Shyla was born and raised on Molokai and has been part of the dental team since 2010. She does everything from scheduling patient visits to answering questions about treatment plans and assisting the dentist with procedures.  Shyla is always willing to help patients through any part of their dental visit!


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Keani "Guyz" Kawano
Dental Assistant

Keani joined the dental team in 2011, and has been with us fulltime since 2013.  Like Shyla, Keani was born and raised on Molokai.  she helps the patients schedule visits and payments, and assist the dentist with treatment. Having many nieces and nephews, Keani is great with making children feel comfortable at the dental office!


Wellness Department

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Amanda Meatyard
Ikaika Care Coordinator

Assesses, evaluates, and provides direct services to children birth to age three.  Manages Ikaika database; designed, implemented, and monitors MCHC developmental screening program.  Born and raised in Maryland; taught in Saipan before moving to Molokai.  She’s finishing up her Masters in Education, has two children, and has been with Family Support since 2006.  Considers being at MCHC an excellent opportunity to work directly with medical and behavioral health professionals, supporting the whole child. 


Kelly Wooldridge
Ikaika Teacher

Kelly is a General Educator for the Ikaika Infant & Toddler Development Program and Teddy Bear Corner Program.  Kelly's background includes having worked with the Hawaii Department of Education for the last 7 years as a Substitute Teacher as well as a substitute Student Service Coordinator here on Molokai. For the Ikaika & Teddy Bear Programs, Kelly provides family training and early learning activities for our 0-3 year old population with special needs both in the home environment as well as in group settings.


Tamara Michaelson
Ikaika Education Assistant

Tamara is the Educational Assistant for the Teddy Bear Corner and the back up Educational Assistant for the Ikaika Infant & Toddler Development Program.  Tamara has a background in pharmaceuticals and is a graduate Pharmacy Technician.   In addition, Tamara has coached high school students and worked with college students as a tutor.  For Teddy Bear Corner, Tamara functions as the program's lead support staff for classroom development.


WIC

Sheries "Hana" Spencer
WIC Local Area Coordinator

Born and raised on Molokai, Sheries "Hana" Spencer has been with MCHC since September 2010. She has been a certified nurse aide for 6 years and has worked in medical clinical setting for 11 years in our community. She has experience as a Family Planning Health Educator and trained in Lactation Counseling. 


Debbie L Davis
WIC Clerk

I have been in the Health Professional career for more then 24 years.  Starting as a Ward Clerk for the MGH Women’s Heatlh Center and then at the Nursing Station.  Transferred to Business office after 6 years in the Nursing Dept. Have 20 years of billing experience and am now MCHC Outreach Eligibility Worker.


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Kurt Go
Nutritionist

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  My wife is from Molokai and I moved back here in 2003. We wanted to raise our two children on Molokai.  Presently I practice a a Registered, Licensed Dietitian (RD< LD) in the Stat of Hawaii providing nutrition services for our community.  Previously I worded as the Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC) for Molokai High School and I am registered in the State of Hawaii.  I maintain other related certifications including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT).  I am also a License Massage Therapist (LMT) with the State of Hawaii with training in Lomilomi.  I am certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) as an instructor for the Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers and Heartsaver, First Aid, CPR, and AED classes.  My education includes a Graduate Certificate in Bible from Multnomah Bibical Seminary; Masters of Science in Kinesiology and Leisure Science (KLS) with an emphasis in Exercise Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM); Bachelor's of Science in Food Service and Human Nutrition (FSHN) within the Sports and Wellness option from UHM; and Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from UHM.


Medical

Robert Van Gemert - MD
Provider

Born and raised in the mountains of Northern New Mexico provided me with a deep awareness and appreciation of the power and fulfillment of living in a region of diverse cultural influences.  It was a rural setting void of congestion, traffic, pollution, and serious crime. An area of marked natural beauty and lots of fresh air.  A setting not unlike the island of Moloka’i.

I earned my Bachelor’s and Medical Doctor’s degrees at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  I went on from there to do a Family Practice Residency at University of California, Davis, satellite program in Merced, CA.  I realized at the end of my residency that California was not the place for me.  Western Colorado offered me the wonderful life style I had experienced in New Mexico.  I spent 33 years in private medical practice in Montrose, Colorado.

Beginning in 2008 my wife Laurie and I began vacationing on Moloka’i.  Each year we returned and felt an increasing love for the island.  Now we want to spend as much time as possible in this amazing place.  I feel very fortunate to have gain employment at the Moloka’i Community Health Center.  I look forward to serving the medical needs of the islanders.  My hobbies include fly fishing, hiking, and venturing out to explore new territory.   


Shannon "Malia" Nishihira
Lead Medical Assistant

Malia was born and raised here on Molokai. She has a degree in Nurse Aide and Therapeutic Activity Aide. Malia is active in community league sports and other activities and enjoys spending quality time with her family. Malia joined Molokai Community Health Center in June 2011 and is the Lead Medical Assistant to the Medical Department. She works closely with the Medical Director to establish the department's workflows and protocols to provide better care to our patients.


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Rachel Abshire
Medical Assistant

Rachel Abshire,CNA, Started working with the Molokai Community Health Center in September 2009 as a Medical Assistant. She now serves as your Patient Service Associate ready to assist you in any way possible, whether it’s making appointments with medical or behavioral health providers, collecting payments, or answering any questions you may have.  She is always willing to Help you in any way possible!

 


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Kelsey Maikui Ah Mook Sang
Medical Assistant

Kelsey was hired as a Medical Assistant/Patient Service associate in November 2013.  She originally is from Papakolea, Oahu and decided to move to Molokai because she loves the country lifestyle and the Aloha spirit you feel  while on Molokai.  Kelsey graduated from Heald College with a degree in Medical Assisting and plans to return to college next year to pursue her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. She chose the medical field as her profession because she loves helping others.


Facilities Department

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Gary Otsuka
Facilities Specialist

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Doreen Lima
Custodial Specialist

Navigators

Pilahi Arce
Wellness Navigator

Pilahi has been working in the health care industry since 2005 as a newborn hearing screener at the Maui Memorial Medical Center, at Molokai General as a CNA, and as a Patient Service Representative at the Queen's Medical center.  She moved back to Molokai in 2011 with her son and twin daughters. and is currently finishing up her Bachelors in Health Care Administration. She started at the Molokai Community Health Center in 2013 and is currently working as a Wellness Navigator.


Cedric M Alonzo
Wellness Navigator

Born on the Big Island of Hawaii but raised on Molokai where his roots have taken hold. Graduated from Molokai High School, then joined the USAF, served 4 year term and came home. In March of 2004, He was hired on as a Case Manager and have been here now for more than 7 years. His job entails getting our patients to where they need to go for specialized professional care for their health care and well being.


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Tiana K.Y. Kawano
Wellness Navigator

Born and raised on Molokai, Tiana first started as a Data Clerk/Family Support Aide with the Family Support Services Department. She was a Dental Assistant from April 2009 - May 2013.   She assisted in making appointments and accept payments, she currently is a Wellness Navigator assisting with appointments and referrals.


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Kapono Rawlins-Crivello
Wellness Navigator

Born and Raised on Moloka'i.  Attended Kamehameha High School, went on to College at Boise State University and University of Manoa.  Before working as a Wellness Navigator here, he worked as a Medical Instrument Technician at the Queen's Medical Center on O'ahu.