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Dolores A Flores Hiak Hitevi

Traditional Healing Program

Program Details

The Traditional Healing program strives to help improve the health status of the Yoeme people, and to promote the learning of traditional knowledge for future generations of Yoeme people. The program has been embraced by community members of the various Yoeme communities which is evident by the consistently high levels of usage of its services.

Currently, Marcellina Lucero is the administrator of this program. She helps transport the healers to and from Mexico, makes sure the Healers have their supplies, and helps them while they work at the Health Department with translating, scheduling, and anything else that they need.


To promote the healing of the Mind, Body and Spirit with Traditional Yoeme Practices through entrustment of the Divine Creator and adhering to the Universal Laws of Healing.

The types of services and therapies provided by the Traditional Healing program include:

  • – Spiritual and emotional consultations and counselling
  • – Smudging
  • – Limpia (cleansing)
  • – Massage
  • – And other traditional healing rituals
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PYT healer
PYT healer
PYT healer
Andres Velazquez Nuncio

Started as an athletic massager at baseball games in Sonora. He cared for the injured baseball players. Massager of the musculoskeletal, muscles, tendon nerves system and stress related pain.

Also works on childhood illnesses, digestion, massaging the musculoskeletal, stress, tendon, nervous system, spiritual blessings, spiritual counseling, a light herbalist and dream interpreter, etc.

Faustina Buitimea Gotobapicio

Worked as an interpreter for Healer Maria Matus of Sonora, a well-known Healer. She learned Herbal medicines while working with Maria Matus for many years.

Herbalist, massage for stress, digestion, infertility, diabetes, hypertension, female illnesses and spiritual cleansing, etc.

Silvia Zavala Garcia

Started as an apprentice under the direction of Tiofila Mendoza Molina and assisted Tiofila with clientele care.

Light herbalist and massage for stress, digestion, bladder, head/nose/ears/throat, hypertension, infertility, childhood illnesses, infants and spiritual cleansing, etc.

Tiofila Mendoza Molina

Raised in a home of Healers, learned as a child the herbs and healing properties, assisted in the healing process using herbs on cliental.

Herbalist; healing digestion, fevers & infection, infertility, skin disorders, head/ears/nose/throat, childhood illnesses, infants, women and male disorders, diabetes, hypertension and spiritual cleansing, etc


In 1997 the Tribal Council formally approved the establishment of the Traditional Healing Program; it was originally overseen by Dolores A. Flores who the center is now named after. A number of years later the Tribal Council approved additional funding to support the bringing of Traditional Healers from the Yoeme Pueblos in Sonora Mexico, to Tucson and Guadalupe to provide their services at the clinic.


Yoeme Traditional healing is defined by a practice that is inherently holistic in nature where nothing is compartmentalized or isolated. There is a relationship that develops between a client and healer based on trust and faith in the cultural and spiritual values of traditional healing.

There is no fee for services rendered during regular business hours. The Traditional healer’s utmost concern is to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the patient. Their practice are based on keeping with cultural values, and similar to other complementary and alternative healing practices, on the relationship that develops between healer and the client. Communication defines this relationship and is a means to diagnosis.


Any Pascua Yaqui Tribal member, their spouse (or common law partner), and their minor dependents regardless of residence, and any Pascua Yaqui Tribal employee (does not include their non-tribal family members).

Pascua Yaqui Tribe – Health Department

Dolores A Flores Hiak Hitevi Traditional Healing Program

Tucson: 7490 S. Camino De Oeste, Tucson AZ, 85757
Front desk: (520) 879-6129 or (520) 879-6206
Guadalupe: 9405 S. Avenida Del Yaqui, Guadalupe, AZ 85283
Front desk: (480) 768-2000 or (480) 768-2062

9 AM – 4:30 PM
12:00 – 1:00 Closed for Lunch
TUCSON; 7490 S. Camino De Oeste
January through November (December closed)
GUADALUPE; 9405 S. Avenida Del Yaqui
(Quarterly) January – April – July – October

Dolores A Flores Hiak Hitevi

Integrative Medicine Clinic

Dolores A Flores Hiak Hitevi Center

The Integrative Medicine Clinic provides services to the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Community by offering Naturopathic and Chiropractic care. Our intent is to support well-being and longevity by helping one achieve and maintain their health. We are general practitioners and so can help with many health issues including chronic conditions such as diabetes and chronic pain, as well as acute conditions such as colds, flu, and ankle sprains.

We use herbs, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, nutritional supplements, chiropractic adjustments and other treatments to help our patient’s bodies find their own innate balance. In other words, we strive to aid the body in healing itself.

Eligibility: Any Pascua Yaqui Tribal member, their spouse (or common law partner), and their minor dependents regardless of residence, and any Pascua Yaqui Tribal employee (does not include their non-tribal family members)

Philosophy of treatment

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): We strive to help identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate the inherent self-healing process.
  • Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): We seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): We follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
    • Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects;
    • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
    • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere): We educate our patients and encourage self-responsibility for health, and recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

  • Treat the Whole Person: We treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, we encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.

  • Prevention: We emphasize the prevention of disease and aim to make appropriate interventions in partnership with our patients to prevent illness.

Services Provided

The Integrative Medicine Clinic provides services to the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Community by offering care from a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor, and a Registered Dietician.

We work to find the best solutions to medical issues in order to decrease or eliminate the need for prescription medications with the help of:

  • Acupuncture
  • Botanical medicine (herbs)
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Homeopathy
  • Essential Oils
  • Flower essences
  • Low level laser
  • Frequency Specific Microcurrent
  • Myofascial release techniques
  • Nutritional Intravenous therapy

New and established patients:

Appointment scheduling:

30 minutes for Dr. Krause, ND

30 minutes for Dr. Garcia, DC

15 minutes for Dr. Peterson, DC

30-60 minutes RD (Nutritionist)

15-60 minutes for the Nurse’s clinic – run by staff Ruth Davis LPN, Ivy Valenzuela MA depending on treatment requested

Doctor visits:

Appointments may be scheduled for Dr. Krause and nurses (Monday-Friday), Dr. Peterson (Tuesdays and Thursdays), and Dr. Garcia (Wednesdays). RD schedule varies.

Nurse Clinic:

Appointments and limited walk-ins are accepted for Biometrics, Ear nada (ear acupuncture), and a variety of other simple acute issues (i.e. cold, allergies, styes of eye).

In order to have an appointment on the nurse’s schedule for an IM shot, IV, or Orthoplus laser and/or microcurrent, one must have a standing order from the Naturopathic doctor or the Chiropractor.

Refill line:

(520) 879-6271
Please leave your name and each supplement you need refilled. Refills will be completed within 3 business days. You will get a call when your refill is ready.


  • Dr. Apryl Krause – Naturopathic Doctor
  • Dr. Jeff Peterson – Chiropractor
  • Dr. Maria R. Garvia – Chiropractor

Support Staff:

  • Evelyn Garcia – Front desk
  • Ivy Valenzuela – Medical Assistant
  • Ruth Davis – Licensed Practical Nurse

Apryl Krause, N.D.

Dr. Apryl Krause is the manager of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Integrative Medicine clinic and practices medicine there as a Naturopathic Doctor. She has enjoyed working for PYT since 2007 in both the Integrative Medicine Clinic and as the manager of the Diabetes Program. Before coming to PYT she worked as a primary care practitioner in various offices in metro Phoenix, AZ. She has extensive experience working in Integrative Medicine and enjoys working in multidisciplinary clinics. In addition to clinical work she is the Accreditation co-coordinator for the PYT Health Department and participates on many committees for the PYT Health Department. She received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado, she completed studies in Naturopathic Medicine at the Southwest School of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, and received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is currently enrolled in The University of Arizona’s Fellowship for Integrative Medicine

Jeff H. Peterson, D.C.

Dr. Peterson attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he studied biology and pre-medicine. He continued his education at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York, graduating early with honors. He performed his internship in Cheektowaga, New York, a suburb of Buffalo, before moving to Arizona in 1996. Dr. Peterson began his first practice alongside his chiropractic mentor Dr. Mitchell, in Phoenix in 1996. He moved to Tucson and opened Superior Chiropractic on May 1st, 1998. His practice has evolved through the years from only chiropractic care, to adding acupuncture, and now massage therapy. Dr. Peterson was honored to join the Pascua Yaqui team in August of 2012, where he works two days a week in the Integrative Medicine Clinic.

Maria R. Garcia D.C.

Dr. Maria R. Garcia, is native to southern Arizona. She is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and a Chiropractic Physician who has provided services to the Pascua Yaqui Communities since 1999. Dr. Garcia has provided services to the Yaqui communities in Tucson and Guadalupe-Phoenix areas. She was program manager of the Alternative Medicine Program and had the honor to work with Dolores Flores and the Traditional Healing Program. She received her higher education at Pima Community College, the University of Arizona and at Park University and Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri. She obtained degrees of Doctorate of Chiropractic, Bachelors in Human Biology and Associate Applied Science. She holds licenses to practice chiropractic medicine, acupuncture and physical manual modalities in Arizona; plus she holds certifications in acupuncture and as a Loomis digestive health specialist. Dr. Garcia enjoys learning how the human body functions, how to implement healing principles to maintain and restore health. She believes in the concept of holistic medicine and the innate intelligence of the human biology to heal itself.

Dolores A Flores Hiak Hitevi Integrative Medicine Clinic

7490 S Camino de Oeste
Tucson AZ, 85757
Located in Health Department I

Phone: (520) 879-6129 | Fax: (520) 879-6215 | Refill: (520) 879-6271