Arom Evans, MD
Dr. Evans is the Medical Director of Orion Behavioral Health Network. Board Certified as both and Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Evans has a breadth of experience in treating individuals from all walks of life. He completed his training at Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills, California and has worked in Alaska for the last 8 years. He is a lifelong Alaskan and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine WAMMI program. He maintains faculty appointments training the next generation of doctors, psychiatrists and Physician Assistants for the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Jennifer DesRuisseau, PharmD
Dr. DesRuisseau is the Chief Operating Officer of Orion Behavioral Health Network. She attended the University of Florida for undergraduate studies and then in 1999 obtained her doctorate of pharmacy degree at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She also completed a residency program at the Long Beach California Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in 2000. The primary focus of her residency was ambulatory care. Prior to working for Orion Behavioral Health, she was a clinical care specialist at the VA focusing on anticoagulation and hyperlipidemia. In her spare time she enjoys jogging, hiking and spending time with her family.
Chris Dietrich, PA-C
Chris is the Assistant Medical Director of Orion Behavioral Health Network. With over 15 years of behavioral health experience, he completed Physician Assistant training through the MEDEX University of Washington/ University of Alaska Anchorage Program. Training was completed throughout the state: Anchorage, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Nome, Sitka and many remote villages throughout the Norton Sound area. Prior to coming to Alaska in 2009, Chris was overseeing residential facilities, day program treatment and after-school programs for severely mentally ill individuals as well as individuals with developmental disabilities. Additional experience includes: acute inpatient psychiatric care for Adults and Children in both Arizona and Alaska.
Cherise Hug, PA-C
Cherise was raised in a military household. She moved around frequently before finally making Alaska home in 2005. She worked in primary care prior to attending PA school at the MEDEX Northwest training program through the University of Washington. After graduation Cherise gained experience in psychiatry working at an acute inpatient care facility.
Shigone Beighle, PA-C
Shigone was raised in the rural Alaskan village of Aniak, where she received training in Rural Human Services Community Counseling program through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She then became a paramedic and worked in EMS in several different parts of the country and overseas prior to attending Physician Assistant training at the MEDEX Northwest School of Medicine through the University of Washington.
Dr. Jenna Forsyth, PsyD
Dr. Forsyth has been an Alaskan since 1986. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology working with adoptees and their resiliency factors. She has provided therapy services to: children ages 3 and older, teens, transitional youth, college students, adults and families diagnosed with medically fragile cases , trauma exposure, and behavior challenges. The client is provided a personalized care plan with various therapy modalities (Play therapy, CBT, TFCBT, Solution Focused, Humanistic, etc) that best fit the client’s treatment goals. Her clients can learn strategies related to emotional regulation, communication skills, parenting/caretaker support, and how to be more active in life. She values a collaborative approach with medical providers, the client’s support system, and schools as necessary.
Aurora Sidney-Ando, PhD
Aurora grew up in Mexico before moving to Alaska over 10 years ago. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She received her Masters in Counseling from Alaska Pacific University and her her PhD in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology with a certificate in Expressive Arts for Social Change from Saybrook University. Her research focused on empowering at risk populations through education and awareness in efforts to improve treatment outcomes.
Her counseling experience includes working with severely emotionally disturbed children and families, complex trauma, and using creativity and expressive arts towards self discovery and building efficacy. Her counseling modality is founded on the person centered approach in combination with CBT, solution focused therapy, brief therapy, expressive arts, trauma informed care, in accordance with client needs. She volunteers with non-profit agencies to advocate for expanding the realm of visual arts within the Anchorage community in the spirit of peace, creativity, and wellness.
Wendi Compton, LPC
Wendi was born in South America and moved to the U.S. in 1986. She is a 30 year resident of Alaska. She received her Masters in Counseling from Alaska Pacific University in 2014. She has continued educational certificates in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma, Chemical Dependency, and Play Therapy focused on art, sand tray, and puppetry.
Wendi has eighteen years of diverse work experience in the mental health field. She initially started as a foster care provider for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, she started her own assisted living home and provided palliative care for the elderly. In the past four years, she has provided therapeutic clinical services at a middle school and four substance use treatment centers. Counseling populations she has worked with include severely emotionally disturbed children ages five and up, delinquent youth, families, elderly, adults struggling with addiction and transitions, and adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
Her counseling style is collaborative, empathetic, and based on the Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Perspective. She is a mother of two and enjoys outdoor activities that incorporate Mindfulness and physical activity.