Arom Evans, MD
Dr. Evans is the Chief Executive Officer of Orion Behavioral Health Network. As a board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist he has a breadth of experience in treating individuals from all walks of life. He grew up in Anchorage and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine Alaska WAMMI program. He completed his adult psychiatric residency at the University of California Irvine and fellowship training at Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills, California. He has practiced in Alaska since 2004 and operated Orion Behavioral Health Network since 2009. He maintains faculty appointments and is committed to training the next generation of doctors, psychiatrists and Physician Assistants for the University of Washington.
Dr. Jennifer DesRuisseau, PharmD
Dr. DesRuisseau is the Chief Financial 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.
Christopher Dietrich, PA-C
Christopher Dietrich is the medical director of Orion Behavioral Health Network. OBHN is located in Eagle River, Anchorage and Wasilla, Alaska. OBHN also serves most regions of Alaska via telemedicine. Mr. Dietrich was trained as a physician assistant from the University of Washington School of Medicine / MEDEX. He currently holds a degree in Master of Health Science in physician assistant studies. Additionally, Mr. Dietrich holds a certificate in additional qualifications in psychiatry with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is currently a doctorate candidate with MCPHS University physician assistant studies/health care administration.
Mr. Dietrich has worked in behavioral health for the past 18 years. He initially began his career in leadership with an organization managing residential homes for those with developmental disabilities in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Mr. Dietrich has helped manage care for individuals with special needs throughout his career. He takes a vested interest in helping manage the medical needs of those with neurodevelopmental differences.
During medical training, Mr. Dietrich was trained in multiple areas of Alaska: Anchorage, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Nome, Sitka, and St. Michael Village. This helped shape his current role in advocacy and bridge care for the behavioral health needs of the state.
Mr. Dietrich is a lead advocate, with the state in virtual care adoption, by decreasing healthcare access disparities. He currently holds board seats with the: Alaska Collaborative for Telemedicine and Telehealth, Alaska Association of Physician Assistants, and PA’s in Virtual Medicine and Telehealth.
Cherise Hug, PA-C
Cherise is the Assistant Medical Director. She 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.
Mercedes Dodge, PA-C
Mercedes Dodge is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant with Orion Behavorial Health Network. She trained as a Physician Assistant at the University of California - Davis Medical School and holds an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley. Additionally, Mrs. Dodge holds a Specialty Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Psychiatry from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She has 12 years' experience as a PA in primary care and behavioral health and takes an integrated approach to patient well being. She is a certified Parent Educator and Coach on "Redirecting Children's Behavior" from the Academy of Parenting Education and Coaching. Mrs. Dodge has served in many leadership positions including Director at Large for California Academy of Physician Assistants and President of the San Diego Physician Assistant Society. She speaks Fluent Spanish.
Michael J. Reed, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist, LPC-S
Dr. Reed completed his psychology and clinical psychology degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage and his doctorate in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University. He completed an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship with Providence Family Medicine Center's Integrated Behavioral Health program. Dr. Reed currently is a licensed psychologist and a licensed professional counselor-supervisor.
Dr. Reed is a life-long Alaskan and an experienced clinical therapist who has worked with young to older adults with a variety of complex presenting problems using evidenced-based cognitive behavioral therapies. He is trained to in various psychological assessment measures and is able to conduct psychological testing for various referral concerns, such as: autism spectrum disorder; attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; cognitive concerns; diagnostic clarification; pre-surgical evaluations; posttraumatic stress disorder.
Wendy Caldwell, LPC, NCC
Wendy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of AK, and a Nationally Certified Counselor offering mental health services. She is Certified in Expressive Arts through the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Institute in CA. Her experience includes working within various school systems delivering SEL programming, providing social skills training for differently-abled populations, and responsive services for crisis events. As an inpatient clinician in a hospital, Wendy worked with adolescent and adult patients to deliver individual, group, and family therapy in crisis stabilization units. She has worked as an outpatient therapist, support group leader, and healing arts workshop facilitator. She is experienced working with children, pre-teens, teenager, adults, and families in therapeutically addressing the following: emotional regulation, distress tolerance, anger management, emotional identification, effective communication, boundaries, codependency, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self- esteem, ADHD, autism, transitions, healthy relationships, grief, and loss. Her experience includes working in collaboration with a treatment team and special education staff in her various positions. Additionally, Wendy has a history of working with military populations within schools, transition services, and nonprofit organizations attending to various stressors including, deployment, PTSD, TBI, maladaptive coping skills, and resilience as pertaining to veterans, spouses, and children. Wendy is client-centered and places emphasis on the mind-body connection in her work. Using an integrative approach, she combines traditional talk therapy with mindfulness, creative expression, CBT, and DBT skills to support you in your treatment.
Desiree Compton, MS, LPC-S, CDC
Desiree Compton completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Alaska in 2009. She is licensed as a professional counselor in the state of Alaska and is board approved to provide clinical supervision. She has lived in Alaska for over 30 years and is passionate about serving children and their families. Desiree is experienced in working with a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, addictions, psychosis, and adjustment issues. She implements evidenced based interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, interactive play therapy, focused acceptance and commitment therapy, and child and family interventions. She has worked in outpatient therapy settings and has experience collaborating with medical professionals in an integrated care system. Desiree is knowledgeable about the mind-body connection and also incorporates mindfulness practice into her approach. She trusts each person as being the expert of their own life and feels honored to be able to witness people as they reach their full potential. Desiree also volunteers as a trauma and resiliency trainer and has taught introductory psychology courses at the university. In her free time she enjoys exercising, music, snowboarding, traveling, exploring the outdoors, gardening, and subsistence activities.
Jessi is the Chief Operating Officer of Orion Behavioral Health Network. She was raised in Nebraska and retired from the United States Air Force in 2016. At that time she transitioned to the Orion team. Jessi is married and has two sons. Jessi likes hunting, fishing, camping, really anything outdoors.