Sonoma County Indian Health Project Behavioral Health Team

Getting to know your Behavioral Health Providers
Phone: (707) 521-4550

 

Kurt Schweigman, MPH, Director of Behavioral Health Services (Lakota)

Kurt was hired as the Director of Behavioral Health Services in March of 2018. He has been working in American Indian health care and supportive services for over 30 years. Since Kurt moved to California in 2006, he worked for the California Rural Indian Health Board, Oakland Native American Health Center, and other statewide wellness and health promotion projects. In recent years he managed behavioral wellness and social service programs, to optimize the health and well-being of Native Americans in California. Kurt received his Master’s degree in Public Health Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City. He was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota and is Oglala/Sicangu Lakota.


 

Alison Whitemore, Supervising LCSW (Pomo)

Alison has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Human Sexuality studies from San Francisco State University. She continued her work in family systems counseling focusing on substance use, mental health wellness and healing. She received a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. After graduate school, she worked at the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, partnering with Native communities throughout the country to build sexual and drug health programs tailored to their unique culture, needs, strengths, and sovereignty. Concurrently, Ms. Whitemore served on the Native American AIDS Project's Board of Directors and as a volunteer counselor. She was hired at SCIHP in 2007 and currently provides counseling services to individuals, children and families to promote healing, reduce stressful emotional and behavioral symptoms, and to lessen the effects of historical trauma and institutionalized oppression. Her specific interest and experience is in promoting the health and wellness of Native communities. She takes a family focus in her work moving through trauma, integrating identity, creating acceptance and peace while reaching for culture and spirit as a way to live well.


 

James Dotson, MD, Psychiatrist

Dr. Dotson was born in San Diego and completed his medical training at UCLA. He was a professor at UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital, and directed several Bay Area substance use programs. More recently he has been providing rural health care in Fort Bragg, Gualala and Ukiah. He lives on the Sonoma Coast.


 

Maria Alvarez, PhD, Psychologist

Dr. Alvarez received her professional training through UC Santa Barbara. As a bilingual-bicultural licensed psychologist, she conducts clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and delivers mental health services, group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and play therapy services to children, and families. Client population includes English and Spanish speakers.


 

Rachel Robison, LMFT (Choctaw)

Rachel began working in behavioral health in 2010 coming from a professional background of the performing arts and business. She has focused her work on finding therapeutic tools that address not only the person's symptoms but get to the root of the problem, and strongly believes in a creative approach to psychotherapy. She has worked in a variety of settings and has incorporated Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and traditional practices into her work with clients. She hosted an Indigenous women’s drumming circle in Lake County for several years and ran no-cost equestrian workshops for local Indigenous youth. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and lives in Santa Rosa with her family.


 

Eileen Evind, LCSW

Eileen received her professional training at the California State University Long Beach School of Social Work. Her experience includes assessment, treatment plan development, individual therapy, family therapy, targeted case management, and ongoing plan development through an integrated service system operating across the mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare, and education systems. Eileen has also specialized in therapeutic behavioral interventions for children and youth at risk of hospitalization and/or out-of-home placement.


 

Ana Quiroz, ASW

Ana received her Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach. Before working at SCIHP, Ana worked with adolescents and adults as a Behavioral Clinician at the Petaluma and Rohnert Park Health Centers where she became committed to the practice of integrated medical and behavioral health services. Ana’s previous training was at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Oncology Department as a discharge planner medical social worker coordinating and facilitating a safe transition for patients into the community. Ana also worked for the Roseland School District providing counseling and social services for K-12 students and their families. As a case worker at Legal Aid of Sonoma County, Ana provided case management and advocacy services to women who were affected by intimate partner violence. In her spare time, Ana enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and her dog.


 

Adam Villagomez, AODC-A (Dakota/Chippewa)

Adam is a certified substance abuse counselor and has started working at SCIHP in 2004. He is Dakota/Chippewa and a graduate of tribal college- D.Q. University. He provides individual and group counseling at SCIHP Outpatient Program. He also provides jail diversion services to local jails for Native American inmates who qualify for treatment instead of incarceration. Adam is a member of Native Resistance Drum Group and has been involved in his traditional tribal practices since 1993 when he became clean/sober. He has experienced that the most successful addiction recovery for Native Americans is being connected to their tribal culture. Adam has experienced that everyone is on their own path and is in support of anything that provides support and healing for the person.


 

Kenny Dumbrill, SUDCC (Northern Arapaho)

Kenny has been with Sonoma County Indian Health Project’s Behavioral Health Department since 2012. Kenny Dumbrill provides individual counseling related to chemical dependency and facilitates weekly sobriety talking circles including a Wellbriety Group. Kenny is also native American as he is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe from Wyoming.


 

Emily Luna, Care Coordinator (Pomo/Wailaki/Concow)

As the Behavioral Health Integration Care Coordinator, Emily helps navigate patients for whole-person care to SCIHP clinic and tribal services, and refer to community resources as needed. Emily has 9 years of experience in healthcare and is a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College with degrees in Social & Behavioral Sciences as well as Liberal Arts & Sciences. She is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation and is from Sonoma County. Emily enjoys walking the local trails, running, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog.