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Integrative Medicine Clinic

Dolores A Flores Hiak Hitevi Center

The Alternative 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 control of their health. We help individuals address chronic care conditions such as diabetes and chronic pain, as well as acute conditions such as colds, flu, and ankle sprains.

We employ 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, Chiropractors, and a Registered Dietician. We strive to help our patient’s bodies find their innate balance and heal by helping them address chronic health conditions such as Diabetes and pain, as well as acute states such as colds, flu, and ankle sprains.

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

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

New and established patients:

Appointment scheduling:

30 minutes for Drs Krause, ND and Garcia, DC

15 minutes for Dr Peterson, DC

30-60 minutes Dominique Henry RD (Nutritionist)

15-60 minutes for the Nurse’s clinic- run by staff Ruth Davis LPN, Ivy Valenzuela MA, Evelyn Garcia CNA, Jessica Ochoa MA, depending on treatment requested)

Doctor visits:

Appointments may be scheduled for Dr. Krause (Monday-Friday), Dr. Garcia (Wednesday and Friday), and Dr. Peterson (Tuesdays).

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, one must have a standing order from the Naturopathic doctor or one of the Chiropractors.

Refill line:

(520) 879-6271
Please leave your name and each supplement you need refilled. Refills will be completed within 2 business days.

Practitioners:

  • Dr. Maria Garcia – Chiropractor
  • Dr. Apryl Krause – Naturopathic Doctor
  • Dr. Jeff Peterson – Chiropractor
  • Dr. Dominique Henry – RD

Support Staff:

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

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 and the University of Arizona. In addition, 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 Loomis digestive health specialist. Dr. Garcia enjoys learning how the human body functions and 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.

Apryl Krause, N.D.

Dr. Apryl Krause is the manager of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Alternative Medicine clinic and practices medicine there as a Naturopathic Doctor. She has enjoyed working for PYT since 2007 in both the Alternative 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 a volunteer site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board, and is the Accreditation co-coordinator for the PYT Health Department. She received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado, 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.

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 one day a week in the Alternative Medicine Clinic.

Dominique Henry, RD.

Dominique Henry joined the PYT Health Department in August 2018 as a Community Based Registered Dietitian. She has extensive training in community programming and nutrition within urban and rural areas. In her previous role as a nutrition educator, she designed and implemented food-based nutrition curricula, trained educators and volunteers throughout Arizona, and managed and operated a commercial teaching kitchen and established partnerships with community organizations and professionals to offer free diabetes self-management education to the community in South Tucson. Her skillset is utilized to assist the Health department (Integrative Medicine Clinic and Diabetes Program) in delivering one-on-one disease management, delivering evidence-based curricula, training PYT staff on disease management through nutrition, and offering healthy food demonstrations to community members.

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

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