"Experience the Future of Medicine"

Slide background

We offer Alaskans a world class medical center that is focused on providing outstanding care to our clients living with acute and chronic health challenges.

Slide background

We focus on the value of our clients’ experience. We have found that ample time spent with our exceptional medical providers’ results in thorough and comprehensive medical care.

Slide background

Our goal is to educate, empower, and enrich our client's health through a caring, professional, and unique medical experience.

Slide background

Avante's team of medical providers approach your care with world-class medical therapies while providing the time needed to accomplish the results you are looking for.

Slide background

Avante offers a beautiful and healing environment with world-class medical providers, excellent staff, and extensive integrative and conventional medical services for the whole family.

Providers

Jason J. Harmon, ND FABNO - NON-Cancer Care

Jason J. Harmon, ND FABNO

NON-Cancer Medical Conditions

Jason J. Harmon, ND

Are you or a loved one dealing with a chronic complex medical condition? Dr. Harmon’s 20 years of integrative medical care and research provides patients living with complex medical conditions a new perspective with the goal of treating the cause(s) and getting results. From auto-immune to degenerative neurological illnesses, Dr. Harmon combines two decades of experience and compassionate care to help you put the pieces of difficult medical puzzles together, bringing in experts from around the state and country when needed.

If you are interested in seeing Dr. Harmon, please submit a detailed summary of your illness(s) (1 page or less) with accompanying pertinent lab results and objective findings and Dr. Harmon will review. If he feels he can make a positive impact on your care, an appointment will be set up. If he feels there is a better provider for your specific condition, he will advise you to start with them, so you save time and money.

Conditions Routinely Seen:

Autoimmune Conditions

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Colitis
  • Hashimoto’s thryoiditis
  • RA

Allergies

  • Environmental
  • Foods
  • Airborne
  • Unknown

Chronic infections

Metabolic syndromes

  • Diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Wasting syndromes

Jason J. Harmon, ND FABNO - Cancer Care Services

Jason J. Harmon, ND FABNO

Cancer Care Services

One of the nation’s top naturopathic oncology specialists is right here in Alaska!

Jason J. Harmon, ND

Before you consider leaving the state for “comprehensive cancer care”, first consider an appointment with Dr. Harmon. Dr. Harmon provides Alaskans living with cancer a world-class opinion locally with 19 years of working as an expert in integrative oncology

Jason J. Harmon, ND FABNO (Fellow of American Board of Naturopathic Oncology) is a naturopathic doctor who graduated from Bastyr University as a naturopathic primary care physician. He has been board certified in naturopathic oncology for more than 12 years. He is a fourth generation Alaskan who returned to Alaska to practice after graduating in 1999. He has practiced naturopathic internal medicine with a specialty in integrative cancer care. He works side by side with your conventional cancer team to provide a thorough, well-rounded approach to the body while undergoing treatment. Also, in the last eight years, Dr. Harmon has worked in human clinical trials dealing with infectious disease to bring new life saving medicines to market. He co-founded the national Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP), the first board certification entity established in the naturopathic profession. He also co-founded Avante Medical Center, LLC. in 2002. Dr. Harmon works with oncology groups in the Anchorage area and outside Alaska. He will work closely with you and your cancer team to provide strategic and synergistic care.

Cancer care navigation services:

Have you or a loved one been recently diagnosed with cancer and are seeking guidance or a new direction in your cancer care?  Are you looking for guidance in determining top cancer therapies inside Alaska, the US, and overseas?  Have you seen out of state integrative cancer centers advertising holistic treatment options and you would like an unbiased opinion on their validity?  Dr. Jason Harmon can help you navigate your options and help you put together a world class medical team in Alaska or abroad if needed. 

Schedule a treatment guidance appointment with Dr. Harmon to discuss your cancer treatment options and the best therapies available today globally, both conventional and integrative.  Dr. Harmon’s 19 years of working in Alaska, across the US, and around the globe in integrative oncology allows for a unique and impactful contribution when deciding on what therapies are best suited for your specific cancer.  These appointments are for 60 minutes.  It is crucial to provide all appropriate medical documents (office visit notes, pathology notes, scan results, etc.) at least three days prior to the visit so Dr. Harmon can be prepared and maximize the quality of your visit. 

Cancer care medical services:

Starting cancer treatment and would like an integrative cancer specialist on your team? 

Do you need help with cancer treatment side effect prevention, optimization of conventional treatments, assurance that natural/integrative therapies will not interfere with your other medical treatments, help rebuilding the body during and after treatment, etc?

Schedule a medical appointment with Dr. Harmon to look at your entire body and optimize your outcomes and health during and after treatment for cancer.  Our goal is to help you thrive during treatment and rebuild to a better you afterward.  In cases where long term or lifelong treatment is required, Dr. Harmon works to help you support your body and optimize your health so as best to fight your cancer, improve quality of life, and feel better.  Dr. Harmon provides a complete assessment of your cancer diagnosis, treatment options, treatment side effect reduction, addresses entire body’s health, and provides guidance to optimize: 

  • Conventional and integrative cancer therapy assessment and recommendations
  • Cancer treatment navigation options for treatments available in Alaska, the US, and abroad.
  • Cancer therapy side effects reduction. 
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Genetic assessment to individualize the best therapies for you during and after treatment.

Additional services for patients living with or rebuilding after cancer:

  • Physical medicine.  Body pain?  ART/Myofascial therapist and acupuncturist are available for your care.  Surgery, radiation, and other cancer treatments can lead to structural changes that can cause pain and discomfort.  Get moving and out of pain now! 
  • Mental health services.  If needed, meet with a psychiatric nurse practitioner expert in medication intervention for you or those impacted by a cancer diagnosis.
  • Diet and nutrition consults.  Meet with a dietician expert in creating meal plans to create optimal health for those diagnosed with cancer.  Whole foods, great proteins and fats, and fiber rich carbs will be infused into your diet plan.
  • Genetic guidance for foods and health.  Target gene specific nutrients, vitamins, medications and foods with our specialist with over 30 years in the field of medicine.
  • Primary care services that incorporate the whole body.  Avante has some of Alaska’s most experienced practitioners.

Lynn Mulheron, MS, FNP-C ENP-C

mulheron

Lynn Mulheron, MS, FNP-C ENP-C, is a Family Nurse Practitioner seeing patients of all ages, and is board certified as both a Family and Emergency Nurse Practitioner. She has been an RN since 1994 and an NP since 2003. Lynn has extensive experience in primary care, cardiology, and emergency care, and is excited to expand her practice to include more integrative medicine here at Avante Medical Center. She is working on her Integrative Medicine Certification through Functional Medicine University. She is very experienced in managing acute and chronic conditions, has extensive experience in procedures (including joint injections and trigger point injections for pain relief), and derives great satisfaction in solving complex medical mysteries. Her own experiences as a patient make her driven to partner with her patients to find their own answers and path to wellness. She has always advocated the use of herbal supplements whenever possible. Lynn also believes in “unprescribing,” getting people off medication whenever possible as soon as lifestyle goals have been met.

Lynn is a native New Yorker, and has lived, studied, and worked in New York, Massachusetts, and Arizona. After earning degrees in Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences with a concentration in Biology at Simon’s Rock (Early) College of Bard, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and did her graduate work at Columbia University in NYC and Arizona State University. She has earned all of her degrees with various honors and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for nurses. She did her graduate projects in the third world. Lynn studied manual medicine for two years alongside DO students at Midwestern University in Arizona. Her love of travel has led to many locum tenens positions over the years as a nurse and nurse practitioner, in both rural and urban settings, including six years at the Mayo Clinic Arizona. She is a current member of the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Lynn has done medical mission work in Guyana, volunteers at her church, and spent many years volunteering as an EMT and paramedic.

When she’s not in the office, Lynn can be found singing, reading, hiking, or traveling. She’s been to all 50 states and 20+ countries (and counting), but never strays far from the internet and patient portal. She’s excited to be joining some of her family who have lived in Alaska more than 15 years.

 

 

Jenifer Swigart, DNP, ANP, PMHNP-BC

jeniferNEWClinical Expertise:

Jenifer is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Areas of specialty:
• 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 and childhood and adolescent behavioral challenges, and more
• Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations
• Medication management
• On-site laboratory services, include pharmacogenetic testing
• Psychotherapy (individual, group and family)
• Psychiatric evaluations
• Diagnosis’s
• Individualize care
• And more…

Jenifer came to Alaska in 2008 to work in the rural bush setting. Her primary concentration is working with children, adolescents and young adults, but she enjoys practicing across the lifespan.

Philosophy of Care:

“An individual’s mental health is a strong predictor of overall wellness and quality of life. I believe that many mental health conditions can be treated by addressing the underlying cause, whether internal or external factors. I strive to develop a treatment plan with the patient that will improve mental wellbeing and quality of life.”

Education:

Jenifer obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2007 through the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. She went on to complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Nursing. She was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International in 2007. Jenifer is a current member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Neuroscience Educational Institute. She also has additional training in trauma-informed care and the ARC Model.

Extracurricular Activities & Personal Interests:

Jenifer enjoys hiking and volunteers for an organization that aims to help parents hike with their children at any age. She spends most of her free time practicing self-care, hiking and fishing on the Kenai Peninsula with her son and dog.

Ana Verzone, DNP, ANP, CNM

ana2017

Clinical Expertise:

Ana has been a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner for more than 12 years and a Certified Nurse Midwife for more than 9 years. She has a strong conventional medicine background spanning emergency medicine, women’s health, pregnancy and birth, as well as international and refugee healthcare. She has also studied Functional Medicine extensively with the Institute for Functional Medicine, as well as with esteemed mentors such as Dr. Sara Gottfried, among others. She continues her education on an ongoing basis, and is self-described as a "lifelong learner.” Combining the best of conventional, integrative and functional medicine allows her to provide effective, well-rounded care for her patients. 

She specializes in functional nutrition, especially in the management of women's health, chronic disease, weight loss, and in the pregnancy and postpartum phases of life. Ana also has a passion for integrative pediatrics and enjoys helping parents navigate teh unique health issues that children present with evidence-based integrative medicine. She also enjoys natural hormone balancing for women in their reproductive and menopausal years, as well as adrenal imbalances. While she is happy to utilize all tools available to her to help patients improve, she particularly enjoys when patients desire to commit to deep lifestyle changes, and likes helping to empower them to make the dietary, movement, and mindset changes necessary to optimize their health. “It’s how we eat, drink, think and move!"

Philosophy of Care:

“I believe that the deepest healing occurs when we address our entire being, from cell to spirit. Life is meant to be more than just getting by - it’s about thriving, and we need to address the whole self in order to do that. Bio-individuality is also very important in designing the best healthcare plan, since no two people are alike.Therefore, I believe that healing best occurs in a collaborative relationship between me and my patients, where I provide a safe and non-judgmental place to listen to your story - and that unique story often holds the key to your healing. It is not about being healthy per se - it's about what being healthy allows you to do, and how it allows you to be, in this life.”

Education:
Ana graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology in 1996 and was inducted into the PsyChi Honor Society. After working as an international climbing guide until 2001, she went on to the University of California, San Francisco where she received her Master of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2004 and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She then went on to a post-Master’s graduate program for Nurse-Midwifery in 2006 at Frontier Nursing University, the oldest nurse-midwifery program in the country.

Ana continuously adds to her didactic education by regularly attending educational conferences in evidence-based medicine, Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine throughout the country. She is a current member of the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, and the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Extracurricular Activities & Personal Interests:
Ana has a strong commitment to volunteering internationally, and takes 1 or 2 trips a year abroad with her family to keep her fingers on the pulse of international healthcare. Places she has volunteered so far include the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Nepal, multiple countries in Africa, and Mexico. 

Ana has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys mountaineering, skiing, and trail running, as well as all kinds of yoga and dancing - especially to Latin music. She is learning the new skill of traveling with a baby.

FEATURED VIDEOS

Experience the Future of Medicine

"Experience the Future of Medicine" at Avante

 

Latest News