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.


 

Jorge Hernandez, LCSW

Jorge has been a counselor for 46 years to date. He received his MSW in 1974 and became and LCSW in 1977. Jorge specializes in working with families, the elderly, substance abuse, and bereavement counseling. He has worked with all age-groups and both inpatient and outpatient facilities. Jorge also provides gestalt therapy with cultural emphases, and crisis intervention. Previously he has worked with the Native communities in Los Angeles for approximately 6 years and has worked with women’s medicine and has served in a variety of perinatal clinics. He continues to work with both victims and perpetrators in child abuse facilities.


 

Suzanne Yeomans, LCSW

Suzanne is honored to serve the native community and partners with individuals in their healing through attachment focused, somatic psychotherapy rooted in the mind-body connection. Suzanne’s trauma informed approach includes EMDR, EFT, as well as other modalities including: mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (MB-CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Suzanne holds a BA in psychology and a master’s in clinical social work (MSW), with a mental health, recovery paradigm focus on underserved populations.


 

Amanda Stanitsas, LMFT

Amanda Stanitsas is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist who grew up in San Diego and has lived in the Bay Area since 2012. Amanda got her master’s in counseling psychology with a specialty in Expressive Arts Therapy at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. This degree permits her to utilize music, movement, visual art, written and spoken word, as well as drama to accompany the practice of talk or play therapy. Amanda was hired at SCIHP in 2019, and prior to that she worked in the Oakland Public School system for 5 years providing therapy to youth ranging in age from 4-14. Amanda has experience working with people of all ages who have experienced grief and loss, or illness in a clinic setting. Prior to moving to the Bay Area Amanda worked and volunteered with survivors of domestic violence providing art workshops to process strong emotions. One thing Amanda enjoys about her work as a therapist is supporting clients in utilizing their internal and external resources, sourcing strength and resiliency from within themselves and within the community, as well as connecting with others in a deep and trusting level. When she’s not at work or volunteering at different community organizations you can find Amanda hanging out with her dogs reading a good book or enjoying some local art or music.


 

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.