New Employees at Utah Navajo Health System Inc.
Utah Navajo Health System Inc., has added several new employees in the past few months, many of whom are serving patients at the Monument Valley and Navajo Mountain Community Health Centers.
We’d like to welcome those new members of the UNHS family and let our readers know who they are.
There are five new members of the Monument Valley Community Health Center staff including:
Bernadine is an RN and now serves as the Diabetes Control Project (DCP) Coordinator at Monument Valley. She lives in the Narrow Canyon area near Kayenta, Arizona, where she was raised.
Bernadine graduated from Nursing School at the College of Eastern Utah – Blanding Campus, as an RN, in 2009, and went to work for UNHS as the DCP Coordinator at Monument Valley. She worked for UNHS for three years and then took time off to be with her family. She has two sons and two daughters. She returned to her job as DCP Coordinator in December.
Bernadine said she enjoys working with the diabetes patients and with Dr. Albert Noyes and his staff. Noyes is the Clinical Pharmacist Coordinator for UNHS. She said she works with a lot of patients with diabetes, trying to educate them about preventing and managing diabetes.
“It’s pretty prevalent in the Navajo Nation. We’re just trying to educate them, and get them to be healthy and exercise and take their medication,” she said. “It’s a very rewarding job.”
Megan Black recently began working at the Monument Valley Community Health Center as an EMT/Medical Assistant. She screens patients when they come to the clinic to see a provider and is on call as an EMT, while at the clinic.
Megan was raised in Blanding and graduated from San Juan High School in 2010. She is the daughter of Dr. Paul and Lisa Mcdonald. She attended Utah Valley University, in Orem, Utah, and received a Bachelors Degree in Biology. While in Orem, Megan also trained to be a Basic EMT and received her license last September. Her goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant
(PA). Megan is married to Peyton Black, son of Lloyd and Blythe Black, of Blanding. The couple now lives in Blanding, where Peyton is a volunteer fireman with the Blanding Fire Department. He is also a Wildlands Fire Fighter in the summer. Peyton is studying to get his degree in Emergency Services Administration.
Natasha Cly has been a Medical Assistant/Screener at Monument Valley since last October. She is another Monument Valley native, who has returned home to work with the local people. Natasha graduated from Monument Valley High School in 2002.
She and her husband have five children – 2 girls and 3 boys, ages 12, 9, 6, 5 and 2. Before working at the Monument Valley clinic, Natasha worked as a Medical Assistant in Billings, Montana, where she and her family were living. Now that the family is back in Monument Valley, Natasha said she plans to change directions in her career path. Instead of going on to become an RN, she plans to start Radiology training through Weber State University in the fall.
She said she likes her current job and plans to continue working while she goes to radiology school.
Tommy Yazzie is the newest transport driver at the Monument Valley Community Health Center. He began his job in January as a part-time driver, making three runs each week to Blanding. He is also taking the UNHS EMT course.
Tommy was born and raised in Monument Valley. Prior to joining UNHS, he worked in the grocery store at Gouldings Lodge as a stockman, clerk, meat cutter and jack-of-all-trades. In fact, Tommy has a wide range of experience in everything from Data Processing to Law Enforcement and construction. He worked with the Navajo Nation Police for thirteen years, until a series of injuries forced him to leave the force. He’s also worked in the security business.
Tommy graduated from Monument Valley High School in 1986 and attended Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he got a degree in Data Processing.
Being a transport driver for UNHS is rather tame compared to running down escaping prisoners, but Tommy said he enjoys driving for UNHS and he’s enjoying the EMT course.
Rachelle Black began working as a Lab Tech at the Monument Valley Community Health Center four months ago. She is also a native of Monument Valley and a 2012 graduate of Monument Valley High School.
Rachelle initially went to University of Arizona, in Tucson, and was part of the school’s rodeo team. She later transferred to Utah State University, in Logan. She hopes to become a Physician’s Assistant. She still needs a couple of semesters to finish her Bachelors Degree, but she elected to come home and work for UNHS and save money for college.
She said working in the lab is, “A pretty neat experience. You have daily interactions with patients and learn new things. In the lab you get familiar with what tests are needed for what type of diagnosis and what goes with what.”
Rachelle wants to go back and finish her studies and pursue a career as a PA, but for now working for UNHS actually great, she said.
“My supervisor, Alicia Johnson, is very good about teaching me new things and helping me learn.”
Navajo Mountain Community Health Center has seen a few staff members leave, and a few new staff members join the team in the past several months and we’d like to welcome these new staff members.
Tiffany Whitehorse joined UNHS in 2012 as a Lab Assistant and began learning to be a Lab Tech. She started working as a Lab Tech at Navajo Mountain in October 2014.
Tiffany was born in Shiprock, New Mexico, and grew up in Red Mesa. She started high school at Shiprock High School, before her family moved to Salt Lake City in 2007. She finished high school at Hillcrest High in 2008.
Tiffany has two sisters, who still live in Salt Lake City. She also has a brother in Kirtland, New Mexico. She said she likes working at UNHS, and enjoys her job at the Navajo Mountain Community Health Center.
Although Red Mesa is still home, Tiffany said she likes Navajo Mountain, and she said the people of Navajo Mountain are really nice.
“The scenery is absolutely gorgeous,” she said.
Roxanna Yazzie is the newest Dental Assistant at the Navajo Mountain Community Health Center, joining the team in August 2014. She grew up in Navajo Mountain and was a member of the Navajo Mountain High School Class of 2007, the largest graduating class, ever, at NMHS.
She graduated as a Medical Assistant from Everest College, in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2012. She said she chose the medical field because she wanted to help people. After graduating from Everest, she worked as a Medical Assistant in Page, Arizona for a year. She later trained under Dr. Ted Woodmansee DMD, at Navajo Mountain, and learned to be a Dental Assistant. Roxanne enjoys being a Dental Assistant and working at Navajo Mountain because she can be home with her family. She has four brothers and two sisters. One brother, and one sister, still live in Navajo Mountain, along with their parents. The other siblings are in Phoenix, Arizona and Farmington, New Mexico.
Rachelle Tallman is also a native of Navajo Mountain. She has been a Dental Assistant at the Navajo Mountain Community Health Center for two years. She attended her early years of schooling at Navajo Mountain, but her family moved to Hurricane, Utah, when she was in the Eighth Grade. She graduated from Hurricane High School in 2008 and then attended Salish Kootenai College, in Pablo, Montana, where she studied to be a Dental Assistant. She graduated in 2011.
“I was planning to be a nurse. But I decided not to be a nurse because everyone was becoming a nurse,” Rachelle explained. “But when they had the orientation I learned about the Dental Assistant program and I liked that. I love being a Dental Assistant.”
Her job at Navajo Mountain also allows her to be close to her family. Her parents and one brother now live in Navajo Mountain. Her other two brothers still live close by. One lives in Kaibeto, Arizona and another lives in Kayenta, Arizona.
“I love it here. It’s nice to be home and close to my family,” she said.
Ella Yazzie is also a native of Navajo Mountain, who started working with Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. four years ago. She is the Lead Patient Transport Driver. She said she enjoys working at UNHS and enjoys her job.