We the Interior Wellness Healers are Traditional Healers who have joined together to offer healing to our community and to encourage and inspire our youth to follow our traditional ways of healing.
It is our hope that by bringing awareness to the importance of traditional healing, we will apply our combined knowledge to help heal our people.
~Meet Our Healers~
Energy Healing/Nutrition & Substance Abuse Educator
Audrey Sunnyboy is Athabascan Indian/Yupik Eskimo from Nenana. Her mother and father were born and raised on the Yukon River at Tanana and at Pitkas Point, respectively.
Audrey is a Traditional Counselor, a Substance Abuse Counselor, a Traditional healer, and a Pipe Carrier.
Audrey has studied herbs, plants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients since 1969, and substance abuse issues-including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder from 1988 and 1998. She served as Program Director for Tanana Chiefs Conference Alternative/Traditional Healing Program and was the owner/operator of the Sunny Denyaavee Center, a substance abuse treatment center for 10 plus years.
Audrey is now a member of the Interior Wellness Healers and the Alaskan Healers. She was given her Athabascan name Na Zah Aal Deth Naa, (the one who gets things going), by her good, elder friend, Eddie Hildebrand Sr. of Nulato.
Bernice started her Reiki training in 2005 (Usui lineage) with Reiki Master, Cynthia Faust. She received her second degree in 2007. In May of 2008, she graduated from Education for Ministry and also completed a four year theology program from the University of the South in Sawanee, Tennessee.
Bernice also completed Licensed Ministry training through the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska, with the Bishop of Alaska in 2016. She is a "Worship Leader", and "Eucharist Visitor".
Born in Tanana, Alaska, Bernice is a graduate of Mt. Edgecumbe High School and is the proud mother of five children, 24 grand children and 12 great grandchildren.
IWH Community Outreach Advocate
Stephanie Maggard was born in Fairbanks and raised in the Interior. She descends from a long line of Cherokee Medicine Women from the south and her name translates as She Who Carries the Sun (for her people). Her parents relocated to Alaska in 1974 and by 1981, were homesteading in Delta Junction, raising Stephanie on a farm near the Agricultural Project where she learned to appreciate the subsistence way of life. Stephanie received an Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in Naturopathic Chemistry from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Stephanie is the founder of AcuTribe Health & Wellness, a Fairbanks based clinic that focuses on community wellness in Alaska. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is trained and certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Stephanie is a current member of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and has experience treating drug and alcohol addicts in rehabilitation. She is trained in traditional Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture theory and practice, Chinese herbal medicine, biomedicine, professional development, clinical studies, Qi cultivation, and Oriental therapeutic massage, both Sotai, a Japanese form of acupressure, and Tuina, a Chinese form of massage.
Stephanie is also a trained and certified member of Acupuncturists Without Borders and when not in Alaska, can be found doing medical missions around the globe.
Beverly's story begins sitting in Uncle Peter John's home in Minto, Alaska. In her own words, Beverly states that he sat long legged on the floor, Auntie Elsie sat smiling on the couch. Uncle Peter asked Beverly, "What do you know?" Beverly responds, "I have been to the University of Alaska. My teachings are in Rural Human Services, Relapse Prevention, and Neurolinguistics Programming." Again he asks, "What do you know?" Feeling uneasy, Beverly responds, "I'm a Traditional Counselor." Smiling, Uncle Peter said, "What do you know?" Beverly humbly replies, "I don't know anything." to which Uncle Peter, now laughing, says, "Now you know something!"
Beverly states, "I am Beverly Joseph. My mothers are Virginia Roberts and Belina Dick of Tanana and her father is Joe Roberts. Benjamin Joseph is my father and Sam Joseph David is his father and Sophie Hunter of Stevens Village is his mother. I believe in the the healing grace of God the Creator as we ask in faith according to his will. I am a practitioner of Usui System of Reiki Healing, initiated in Fairbanks by Carolyn Winters, Traditional Teaching Master, in July of 1999. My intention is God the Creator is honored."
Instructor for Drum Making and Fishnet Making, Spiritual Leader/Educator/Rural Human Service Counselor, Dance Leader, Language Revitalization/Story
Kenneth was born in Ft. Yukon and raised in the village of Venetie. His his younger years, he was raised out on the land, learning the subsistence lifestyle. He often visited his grandparents out on there land and would spend several months at a time, learning about who he was and how to hunt, story telling and survival skills. He was sent to boarding school in Wrangell at the age of 14 and then went to Chilocco Indian School.
Kenneth served in the US Military for two years and then returned to Alaska. He met his wife Caroline in 1980. He is the proud father of four daughters, two grand daughters, one grandson and one on the way. In 1990, he began learning from the Elders and credits his skills to their guidance and tutelage.
Diane Little Eagle
OMD, LAc, MS, MQP, CCH, CFEP Acupuncture/Medical Qi Gong
Diane is a licensed and certified acupuncturist with a Doctorate in Oriental Medicine. She is also a Medical Qi Gong, Practitioner, Certified Classical Homeopath, Certified Flower Essence Practitioner, Trauma Resiliency Therapist, and a National Acupuncture Detox Provider. She has been in practice for more than 40 years. Diane states, "One of the greatest gifts we can give to another living being is to truly listen not with just our ears but our body, mind, and spirit. When we are truly listened to, we begin to heal. And when we begin to heal ourselves, we begin to heal our families, communities, nations, and the world. "Isn't it time to heal together?"
Caroline M. Tritt-Frank. grew up in Arctic Village, Alaska. She has 5 brothers and 6 sisters. One of her brother passed away as well as her youngest sister. Arctic Village is a small Gwich’in village located northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. Caroline's father was a priest so she traveled and lived in many
different Native villages because her parents would live there for 3-4 years at a time to do church work. Caroline is Gwich’in, fluent in her native language, and spoke her language the
majority of her time because she enjoys using her language. She finally started speaking fluent English in Junior High but struggled for many years to learn the language. Through her hard work and dedication to learning, she received her Bachelors of Education and continued on for her Masters.
Caroline states, "I became a teacher because I realize how hard it is for our Native students in school. I enjoy
every minute of my time teaching my Gwich’in language to our Native students and at the same
time I teach regular classroom. I finish my Elementary in Arctic Village, then I went to Wrangell
Institute to finish my junior high and I move on to Mt. Edgecumbe to complete my high school.
After high school I continue on to University of Alaska. After graduating I got a job with Yukon-
Flats School District and after that I taught in South West on Lower Kuskakum School District. I
worked in the school districts for over 20 years and retired in 2010. After my retirement I learned how to sew beads and worked part time. Kenneth and I got married in 1984 and raised
my two girls. My oldest daughter’s name is Crystal Frank and my youngest daughter’s name is
Tisheena Frank. They both graduated for University and are working. I also consider my niece
Shayla Carney my daughter."