New Behavioral Health Director

Jessica Kell hired as Behavioral Health Director

Jessica Kell joined KANA this winter as our new Behavioral Health Director. Jessica is a chemical dependency and mental health counselor with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Trinity International University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the States of Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Hawaii. Ms. Kell holds a National Counseling credential and a Chemical Dependency Counselor I certification and has been in practice since 2005. 

Her clinical expertise is in individual counseling with adolescents and adults and in couples counseling. Her specialty areas  include substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and recovery from grief and trauma. She also addresses family dynamic concerns such as parenting, communication, and relationship building.

Ms. Kell has been in practice for over a decade, most recently serving with Iliuliuk Family Health Services in Unalaska. “I’m originally from Germany and spent my childhood in West Africa,” she said, “and I’ve called America my home since 2000. In 2009, I became an official transplant to Alaska from Washington State and truly hope to never live anywhere else.” 

In October, KANA was awarded the Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I) grant from the IHS. The funding will provide the opportunity expand our family medical home to create a more connected and personalized experience. Jessica elaborates: “One way you will see us accomplish this is through Samantha and Michael—our two new integrated behavioral health consultants—who will be working alongside medical Providers. KANA is becoming dynamic in its approach to total wellness. This includes helping patients make the behavioral changes needed to reach their health care goals.” 

For Behavioral Health questions, call KANA at 907.486.9800.

Jessica Kell