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Avante Welcomes Jenifer Swigart, DNP, ANP, PMHNP-BC

Avante welcomes Jenifer Swigart, DNP ANP PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Jenifer is Blue Cross and Aetna approved and has immediate openings for new patients to her practice.

Her specialties include:jennifer web

• Psychiatric - mental health services
• Treatments for children, adolescents and adults
• Incorporated integrative approaches to traditional psychiatric care
• Offers a range of services to meet patient needs
• Treatment for mental health conditions including, mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety-related disorders, depressive disorders, trauma-related disorders childhood and adolescent behavioral challenges, and more
• Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
• Medication management
• On-site laboratory services, include pharmacogenetic testing
• Psychotherapy (individual, group and family)
• Psychiatric evaluations
• Diagnoses
• Individualized care
• And more…

Jenifer obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Missouri – Columbia School of Nursing.

Jenifer has received additional training in trauma-informed care, the ARC Model and EMDR Therapy.

Many of the local Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners have a three month wait list, as a patient of Avante you will have direct, almost immediate access to her care.

To make an appointment with Jenifer, please call 907-770-6700 or visit the portal at www.avantemedicalcenter.com, where you will also find additional information.

Thank you,

Avante Medical Center, LLC

Avante Welcomes Dr. Patrick D. Brady

Patrick D. Brady, MD is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Brady has extensive experience in internal medicine and urgent care, both in and outside of Alaska. 

After 25+ years of practicing medicine, his warm demeanor and diverse background makes him a perfect fit for what most patients look for when establishing care with a physician. Dr. Brady does not have a background in integrative medicine per se, but works with our certified dietician and will refer when appropriate based on the need and requests of his patients to other members of our medical team or in the community.

After graduation from West Anchorage High School, Dr. Brady received a BS in biology from Gonzaga University, a MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College and later graduated with honors from the University of Washington, School of Medicine. After completing his Internal Medicine Residency from the University of Minnesota he practiced traditional Internal Medicine in Anchorage and Homer Alaska. He has most recently worked as a hospitalist in Fairbanks, Arizona, and Montana.

Most allergies begin – and can be treated – in the gut

 By Jana Nalbandian, ND

Treating the digestive tract helps with decreasing symptoms of most allergies or at least alleviates the severity of symptoms.  Gut health is the cornerstone of naturopathic medicine.  By improving your overall gut health including building up a healthy mucus membrane layer in the digestive tract along with good quality normal flora (probiotics), you can reduce your immune response to allergens. 

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Sleep Pill Warning

 Torrey Smith, ND

In Addition to recently warnings about Ambian doses being to high for women, the FDA now says BOTH women and men should start with ½ the dose for lunesta since it can cause impairment to driving skills, memory, and coordination for as long as 11 hours after taking it without people being aware they are affected.

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Fight Memory Loss with a Smile (or Chuckle)

Source:  Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)


avante photo31Too much stress can take its toll on the body, mood, and mind. As we age it can contribute to a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Recent research has shown that the stress hormone cortisol damages certain neurons in the brain and can negatively affect memory and learning ability in the elderly. Researchers at Loma Linda University have delved deeper into cortisol's relationship to memory and whether humor and laughter -- a well-known stress reliever -- can help lessen the damage that cortisol can cause. Their findings were presented on Sunday, April 27, at the Experimental Biology meeting.

Gurinder Singh Bains et al. showed a 20-minute laugh-inducing funny video to a group of healthy elderly individuals and a group of elderly people with diabetes. The groups where then asked to complete a memory assessment that measured their learning, recall, and sight recognition. Their performance was compared to a control group of elderly people who also completed the memory assessment, but were not shown a funny video. Cortisol concentrations for both groups were also recorded at the beginning and end of the experiment.

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Patient Testimonials

  • "I love going to Avante...they take pride in patient care and are always willing to accommodate... simply the best.."CSL
  • "I have been a patient at Avante for 5 yrs now, and I have only positive things to say about the quality of the care that I receive from the entire facility. From the smiles at the front desk to the efficient lab techs and all of the staff in between. My health has turned around thanks to the care from Kiki Green and Grant Gibbs. Competent, caring and constantly striving for the newest information available to share with me. They embody the best in what I want in Holistic and Modern Medical care - JH 
  • "I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health. I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions." - PM
  • "Finally a doctor is listening to me! I am so very very happy with Avante Medical and so thankful to be getting answers and in the right direction for great health! THANK YOU!" - VW
  • "I have been a patient of Avante's for several years now, and I have only wonderful things to say about their business. The place is beautiful and welcoming, the staff are all very helpful and kind, and the providers, all 3 I have seen, currently Kikki Green and Grant Gibbs, have been intelligent, intuitive and efficient. They care about you and your health. The lab is clean and full service and the nutritional supplements are extensive and high quality. The use of the Patient Portal is outstanding!  Give yourself extra time is my only recommendation as they sometimes get backed up on scheduling." - JH 
I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health.
I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions.

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