Our Medical Care Team
NACC Medical Clinic
Kari Rabie, MD
Dr. Rabie is a Family Practice physician and NACC’s Medical Director. She graduated from the University of MN Medical School in 1998, and completed her residency at the HCMC Family Practice program. She spent her first 18 years growing up at a deep rural hospital in South Africa where her father worked as a doctor. The last 18 years she has lived in South Minneapolis, where she pursued her own medical career. From the time she decided to pursue a career in medicine, Dr. Rabie knew that she wanted to work in a community clinic. She was the Medical Director at Southside Community Health Services for 9 years. Dr. Rabie enjoys the full spectrum of Family Medicine. She feels rewarded in providing healthcare to families, working with women through their pregnancies, caring for children as they grow, and helping people to make healthy choices as they move through their lives. At home Dr. Rabie enjoys her two young children, and her extended family.
Mary Raukar, MD
Dr. Mary Raukar is a Family Practice and Preventive Medicine Physician. She attended medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) and completed residency at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Dr. Raukar enjoys working with individuals, families, and communities to foster health and wellness through the various stages of life. She has special interests in integrative and preventive medicine – promoting wellness of mind, body, and spirit; addressing the determinants of health; and engaging in efforts to decrease health disparities.Dr. Raukar also works as the Assistant Program Director for the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Ana Bartz, DNP, FNP-C
Ana Bartz, DNP FNP is a family nurse practitioner who started with NACC in May of 2014. Many patients have already met her over the last two years (2012-2014) during her time as a student while she completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree at the University of Minnesota. She received her nursing degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2007 and worked as a registered nurse at a metro hospital as an inpatient float nurse for 5 years before going back to school. She is interested in mental health issues and has been working to improve depression outcomes for patients at the clinic.
Susan Hibbs, CFNP, CDE
Susan Hibbs received her nursing degree from St. Olaf in 1982. She has her masters degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania where she became certified as both a pediatric and family practice nurse practitioner. She is a clinical preceptor/adjunct faculty member of the University of MN School of Nursing. She has served the Native American community in the Phillips neighborhood since 1985, first at the Indian Health Board and since 2003 at NACC. Susan is a certified diabetes educator. She teaches diabetes care at the diabetes breakfasts and dinners and is a key member of the Full Circle Diabetes Program team. She has a particular interest in teen and child care. Other interests include working with Habitat for Humanity building homes in the Minneapolis area for the last several years.
Jessica Cain, CFNP
Jessica Cain, MSN, NP-C is a family nurse practitioner who started with NACC as a student in May 2016 and was hired officially in September 2016 after completing her degree at Georgetown University. She has previous experience as a registered nurse working in critical care both in neurosurgical and medical intensive care units. Having the nursing experience with such sick patients fueled her passion for preventative medicine. She has a special interest in promoting health and wellness at a young age and hopes to help improve the health of our community by working with families to develop and achieve health goals.
Rebekah Forrest, CFNP
Rebekah is a family nurse practitioner who started working with NACC in July of 2009. She worked as a student at NACC for a year in 2005-06 when she was studying at the University of MN. After graduating with her Nurse Practitioner degree, she worked at the MCRC Runaway Intervention program in St. Paul with troubled teens. She also worked at the Robbinsdale Annex Teen Clinic. Rebekah sees all patients, but has a special interest in working with teens and with women’s reproductive health issues. Rebekah works at NACC two days per week and spends the rest of her time raising three small children. She is also involved in various community volunteer activities.
Our Counseling Providers
NACC Counseling Clinic
Alissa Eischens, MA
Alissa Eischens is a clinical social worker who received her M.A. in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota. Alissa works primarily with adults and adolescents and does individual, group, and family therapy. She has experience working with survivors of trauma and with treating significant mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and complex trauma. Her therapeutic approach is insightful and client-centered and she enjoys working collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals. She is particularly sensitive to the impact of violence and oppression in people’s lives. She helps clients to identify and draw on their strengths and resiliencies so they feel stronger and more successful in their lives and relationships
Dr. Waltman is a postdoctoral behavioral health provider with cognitive testing performed at the Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory (CALM). She trained in both reservation mental health and urban integrated health centers. Dr. Waltman also completed a clinical rotation at world-renowned trauma and addiction treatment center, the Meadows in Arizona. As a 2014 Bush Foundation Fellow, Dr. Waltman studied at the Institute for Applied Neuroscience in North Carolina and trained with Traditional Elders and Lakota Spiritual Leaders to gain competency in healing and wellness to identify as a Neurobehavioral Specialist. The ancient science of traditional medicine and the new approach of neuroscience enhance the capacity for empowered experiences to connect us as human beings in meeting the many challenges of life. Dr. Waltman’s approach to therapy is based on the work evolved by listening to elders, Native American Postcolonial Psychology, Jungian theory through the lens of Vine Deloria, and applying the emerging neuroscience of trauma research. She works with adults, adolescents, and children.
Laurel Bieschke is a clinical social worker dedicated to building collaborative, culturally informed therapeutic relationships. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing with minors in anthropology and international studies from Indiana University. Laurel worked in education for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi before pursuing a Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Texas. She has experience as a community-based clinician primarily serving adults and adolescents with mental health and substance use disorders as well as complex risk factors including trauma, chronic disease, homelessness and incarceration. Her therapeutic approach is strengths-based and solution oriented with a strong focus on social justice and coauthoring new narratives to empower individuals.
Hannah Lussier is a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota where she majored in Political Science and minored in American Indian Studies. Hannah received her M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She focused her master’s paper on the treatment of historical trauma in the American Indian community. Hannah is dedicated to working with the American Indian community through using both preventative and remedial therapeutic interventions. She is committed to participating in culturally competent strategies of effective treatment for the psychological needs of American Indian clients. Hannah’s approach to therapy is from a person-centered orientation with the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy interventions and strategies.
Our Dental Providers
NACC Dental Clinic
Dr. Emily Pietig
Dr. Emily Pietig graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry in 2010, and began working for Children’s Dental Services, a non-profit pediatric practice in northeast Minneapolis. Dr. Pietig entered the first collaborative management agreement with an advanced dental therapist to expand care to children in need. Working with Dental Therapist’s allowed her to focus on providing care to children affected by early childhood caries and baby bottle caries through her operating room privileges at Children’s Hospital. In 2015 Dr. Pietig was recognized as one of Children’s Hospital’s top 50 surgeons. Dr. Pietig continues to work on expanding access to care through speaking about Dental Therapy and the “Minnesota Model”, the University of Florida also engaged Dr. Pietig to speak to dental students about being a dentist in the public health sector. Dr. Pietig began as a staff dentist and then served as Dental Director of Children’s Dental Services 2010-2015. She now has a full time appointment as an assistant clinical professor at the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry, as the Dental Director of The Native American Community Clinic (an FQHC) where she continues to work to expand dental care to those in need.
Dr Eric Mills, DMD
Dr. Mills began his clinical professional career with the National Health Service Corps: he fulfilled a three-year obligation working as an associate dentist at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis; he then served as the dental director there until 2001. In 1997, Dr. Mills began a career as associate clinical specialist at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where he instructed in Oral Medicine and Diagnosis, in Radiology, and in Immediate Care; where he served as interim director of the Division of Comprehensive Care; and where he is currently a group leader of the Comprehensive Care Clinic. In addition to teaching at the School of Dentistry, Dr. Mills is an associate dentist at Valley Dental Group of Golden Valley, a dental faculty at the Native American Community Clinic, and the presiding examiner of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada OSCE.