"Experience the Future of Medicine"

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Carolyn M. Van de Rostyne, ANP

carolynI am an Advanced Nurse Practitioner with 35 years of experience providing acute primary care, hospital care, and general care. My focus is optimal well being and healthy aging through hormone health and lifestyle awareness. Maintaining healthy hormone levels throughout the lifespan is critical to aging well in terms of heart, brain, bone disease prevention and contributes to an overall sense of well being. Other areas of interest include the emerging realm of peptide therapies, amino acids formulated to mimic or enhance cellular processes that restore and optimize function, and in nutrigenomics, the study of relationships between what we eat and how our genetic profile interacts with input on a molecular level.

I have been in love with Alaska since moving here from Northern Canada, in 1990. I never tire of the beauty that surrounds us, and the endless opportunities Alaska offers us. I have a goal to climb every inch of the Turnagain Arm, and end each hike at the Turnagain Arm Pit BBQ – a family venture my spouse Jack and I started as a hobby 9 years ago.

I am happy to have found a new home with Avante Medical Center, which has provided a healthy team-oriented work environment that is supportive to both its providers and patients alike.

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.

Dorian Slama, LPC, RYT

dorianClinical Experience:

Dori is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has experience working in the mental health field since 2002. She has worked with teens and adults experiencing a wide range of issues, including self-esteem, spirituality, life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, domestic violence, chronic mental illness and chronic pain.

Areas of Specialty:

Dori has taught yoga and mindfulness in the public sector for 9 years and is a registered yoga teacher as well as certified in Accessible Yoga (https://accessibleyogatraining). In addition she's completed the Advanced Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) training created by Molly Kenny (mollylannonkenny.org), which she often incorporates into counseling sessions with clients interested in movement therapy.

Philosophy of Care: Healing begins with a trusting, positive relationship between counselor and client and from there, the possibilities are limitless. The client already has the capacity to evolve when they walk through the door and my role is to assist and support in that evolution. I recognize and value each person’s unique set of strengths, backgrounds, spiritual beliefs and goals and work with the client to co-create the outcome they are looking for.

Education:

Dori is a 3rd generation Alaskan but received her undergraduate degree through the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She returned home to Anchorage to later attend Alaska Pacific University, completing her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2008.

Extracurricular Activities and Personal Interests: Dori makes it a priority to pursue continuing education whether it be through self-study or attending mental health trainings in order to stay informed of the current best practices.

A typical week for Dori is spent horse back riding, doing yoga, going to the gym or a bike ride or hike, listening to a podcast or Audible, spending time with family and if possible, finding the time for “non-doing.”

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