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Meet Our Staff

Meet the staff from all three of our locations.

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Deborah A. Crowe, DNP, FNP-BC

Degree(s): Doctor of Nursing Practice ('11); Master of Science - Family Nurse Practitioner ('07)
College: Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, KY
Specialty: Family Practice
Special clinical interests: Diabetes, Patient education 
Spoken language(s): English
With CRMC: since August 2011 
Location: Glennallen
Why I work at Cross Road: I have a strong desire to serve God in community missions and love that Cross Road has a faith-based mission to serve the community of Glennallen. The area is absolutely beautiful and the community has been very welcoming to me and my family. We look forward to serving here for many years!  
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Dede Duntze, ANP

Degree(s): MSN ('01), BSN ('86)
College: University of Alaska, Anchorage ('01)
Specialty: Rural health
Special clinical interests: Family medicine
Spoken language(s): English
With CRMC: From 1986-1999 as RN, since 2001 as an ANP
Location: Grizzly Lake
Why I work at Cross Road: It is important to me to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of my patients as I strive to apply the purpose statement and core values of CRMC. I serve at North Country Clinic & in the village clinics of Chistochina and Mentasta to promote a higher level of health in these rural areas..
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James Freuler, PA-C, BS

Degree(s): Physician Assistant, Bachelor of Science
College(s): Bryan College, TN, Travecca Nazarene College University, TN
Specialty: Primary Care, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics
Special clinical interests: Pediatrics
Spoken language(s): English
With CRMC: 1990-1997 and since June 2016 
Location: Glennallen
Why I work at Cross Road: I feel the need to fill the need. And I really like Glennallen.
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Johnathan G. Fraley, PA-C

Degree(s): BA in English Education ('00), Physician Assistant Certificate ('05))
College(s): Cedarville University ('00), Kettering College of Medical Arts ('05)
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Special clinical interests: Trauma
Spoken language(s): English
With IAMC: since September 2014
Location: Delta Junction
Why I work at Cross Road: I want to work in a facility that gives quality care as an aspect of ministry whose focus is glorifying God.
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Melodye Gilbert, PA-C

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science - Physician Assistant College: Gannon University, Erie,
PA Specialty: Family Medicine
Special clinical interests: Preventative medicine, Emergency medicine
Spoken language(s): English
With CRMC: Occasional part-time since 2000; full-time 2005-2008
Location: Glennallen
Why I work at Cross Road: I love the Copper River Valley and the people who live here and enjoy the challenge of providing medical care in a diverse environment. I feel that God has led me here and supplied me with ongoing experience to better meet the needs of our patients.
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Suzanne (Sue) Sarafin, BS, LMT

Degree(s) / Certificates: Kinesis Structural Integration Certification ('06); BS in Sociology, Psychology minor ('96)
Colleges: Kinesis Myofascial Integration, Kinesis Inc., Walpole, ME ('06); New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, Santa Fe, NM ('00); Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA ('96)
Special clinical interests: Postural assessment & movement re-education
Spoken language(s): English
With CRMC: since May 2010
Location: Glennallen
Why I work at Cross Road: To work with a strong team of professionals who are in service to the people of our community.
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Laura Thiesen, LCSW

Degree(s): MSW, gerontology major, addiction treatment minor ('97); BA ('96)
Colleges: New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM ('97); University of Nevada, Reno ('96)
Special clinical interests: Gerontology
Spoken language(s): English
With CRMC: since Mar 2008
Location: Glennallen
Why I work at Cross Road: Social Work is a rewarding career. At Cross Road Medical Center I have the opportunity to connect with people both individually and at the community level. I strive to help individuals in each stage of life to overcome life’s most difficult challenges.

Admin. Staff

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Joel R. Medendorp, MBA, Chief Executive Officer

Role: Joel directs the overall operation of the facility’s activities in accordance with current applicable Federal, State and local standards, guidelines and regulations, to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care is maintained at all times. Joel is also responsible for the planning, organization and controlling of all areas of financial administration of the Medical Center.
With CRMC: since Aug 2010
Location: Glennallen
Why I work at Cross Road: Both my wife and I felt like we were meant to come to Glennallen. We really enjoy the great staff, our wonderful neighbors in the Copper River Basin, and the beautiful area!
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Dr. Donald G. Hudson, D.O., Medical Director

Degree(s): Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Role: Dr. Hudson is on contract with Cross Road as a consultant and oversees quality assurance within our Medical Department. He conducts quarterly reviews of our providers and reports to the CEO. He is also responsible for reviewing and approving Medical and Nursing Department policies and procedures.

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