WELCOME TO MWI – An organization built on Integrity, Compassion, Credibility, and Respect

MWI's Mission Statement

We are dedicated to the wellness of individuals by focusing on mental health needs and finding innovative ways to improve the lives of our patients.

We are not your average mental health clinic. MWI is a team of independently practicing mental health and medical professionals who are innovative thinkers, client-focused, and dedicated to expert mental health care. We believe that each and every client deserves a personalized approach and must be met in their current circumstance with understanding and compassion. 


* Providing expert Independent Psychiatric Analysis

Dr. Pavlis is experienced in providing independent psychiatric evaluations for Veteran’s Affairs (VA) services, as well as court-ordered forensic psychiatric evaluations for legal professionals, and strives to offer an unbiased, knowledgeable, and professional evaluation.  We schedule quickly and provide reports in a timely manner. Contact us at 605-573-2000 to schedule an evaluation or for more information, or email us at mwihealth.org@gmail.com.


* Expanding Mental Health Services to our Contract Partners

We bring expert psychiatric care to the underserved through a network of providers and telehealth. Widely respected as the regional leaders in mental health services, our qualified professionals provide care in economically and geographically underserved populations. We specialize in contracting with correctional facilities, hospitals and clinics in the region. By providing in-house support and telehealth services, we care for individuals who might otherwise go untreated. We are able to provide contracted psychiatric services to an expansive region because of our network of trusted mental health providers in South Dakota and Minnesota. We may be able to extend support to other states upon request, so contact us today if your facility or organization has unmet mental health needs. Kyle Korver at mwihealthceo@gmail.com can assist your organization with evaluating your needs and offering solutions for provider care.


* Offering hope for people addicted to Opioids with our Suboxone Clinic in Flandreau, SD

Our supportive care team of specially-trained Suboxone treatment providers offer solutions for opioid addiction in our clinic, specially located only 45 minutes north of the rapidly growing city of Sioux Falls in rural Flandreau, South Dakota. Our providers have given addicts new hope through established treatment plans amidst a national opioid crisis, offering in-person and telehealth care to individuals caught in the cycle of pain killer dependence. Our Buprenorphine Certified staff is currently welcoming new patients that are dedicated to getting on the path to recovery. Call now to start on the path to success, 605-573-2000.



Expand mental health services

Be responsive to opportunities

Build partnerships

Improve psychiatric services in under-served areas

In need of organizational mental health support services? Contact Kyle at MWIhealthCEO@gmail.com to learn more about our areas of psychiatric expertise and how we can best serve your organization.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Clay Pavlis, M.D., earned his BS in Biology after graduation Summa Com Laude from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. He attended Medical School at the University of Minnesota – Duluth and the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, becoming board-certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

Dr. Pavlis’s vision for providing personalized care for residents of rural South Dakota and Minnesota, along with the goal of leading a team of providers that are focused on excellence, was the catalyst for establishing Midwest Wellness Institute in 2012. As MWI’s chief psychiatrist and medical officer, Dr. Pavlis’s leadership is vital to our growing team of providers. In addition to specializing in conducting forensic evaluations, independent psychiatric evaluations, VA services, medication management, addiction medicine, neuromodulation, and psychopharmacologenomics, Dr. Pavlis also serves as Medical Director and treats patients at Western Mental Health Center in Marshall, MN, and he regularly sees patients at Human Service Agency in Watertown, SD, Murray County Medical Center in Slayton, MN, Windom Area Health in Windom, MN, SD Women’s Prison in Pierre, SD, Community Counseling Services in Madison, SD and Bethel Nursing Home in Madison, SD.

Dr. Clay Pavlis, M.D., Psychiatrist, Chief Medical Officer

Lt Col Kyle Korver, USAF, Ret., Chief Executive Officer

Retiring from active-duty Air Force service in Dec. 2018, Kyle has excelled in business management, organizational transformation, leadership development, and financial growth for MWI ever since.

Kyle got his undergraduate degree from SDSU in Brookings, SD in 1997,  and was commissioned as an officer through AFROTC, earning his MBA from University of LaVerne while serving. During his 21 years of military service, he was a Flight Commander at both Altus AFB, OK, and Elmendorf AFB, AK, was a Commandant of Cadets and ROTC Instructor at UND, served as the U.S. Transportation Command Liaison Officer to NATO at SHAPE, Belgium, deployed as the Director of Operations, Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron in Qatar, was chosen as the 22 LRS Squadron Commander at McConnell AFB, KS, followed on as the 721 APS Commander at Ramstein AB, Germany, then served as Deputy Commander of the 86 MSG, as well as was deployed to Niger, Africa as the Installation Commander of Air Base 101.


Abbey graduated Magna Cum Laude from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2006. Following graduation, she worked as a RN in the surgical fields of general surgery, plastic surgery, and ophthalmology. In 2010, she returned to SDSU to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and graduated with her doctorate degree in August of 2015.

Driving from Dell Rapids, SD, Abbey guides individuals through the battle of opioid addiction at our Suboxone treatment clinic in Flandreau, SD, as well providing mental health treatment to nursing home residents in Arlington, SD, and adults at a number of different locations including Human Services Agency in Watertown, SD, Johnson Memorial Health Services in Dawson, MN, and Community Counseling Services in Flandreau, Madison and Huron, SD.

Abbey Kitto, DNP, PMHNP

Abbey Kitto headshot

Dione Rowe, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Dione Rowe earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from USD in 1994, and her B.S. in Nursing from SDSU in 2010.  She graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2015, with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Degree and became board certified. Her role in the development and implementation of the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant, conducted on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, was instrumental in beginning a psychiatric clinic for students enrolled in classes on the reservation, providing them weekly psychiatric care via telemedicine.

She serves a diverse population of clientele throughout the lifespan from pediatric to geriatric. Dione lives in Winner, SD, and provides part-time telehealth psychiatric care for MWI to female inmates at the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre, SD, as well as inmates at Pennington County Jail in Rapid City, SD. 


Paula Tofte, from Montevideo, MN, received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, in 1994 and her Master’s of Science Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, in 2011. She is Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Paula’s specialty is in working with individuals in correctional facilities with a focus on mental health care, and she is currently MWI’s primary correctional facility provider, seeing inmate patients via telehealth at Rapid City Minimum Unit in Rapid City, SD, SD Women’s Prison in Pierre, SD, Jameson Annex and C Unit in Sioux Falls, SD, South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, SD, and Pennington County Jail in Rapid City, SD.




Susana B Njuakom is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who joins us from near Minneapolis, MN. Graduating with honors in 2015, she brings experience and understanding to psychiatric evaluations and medication management for  adults with depression or anxiety symptoms. Her patients appreciate her kind and knowledgeable, no-nonsense approach.

Susana provides her loyal patients on-going treatment options with telehealth visits scheduled through Western Mental Health Center in Marshall, MN, and Human Services Agency in Watertown, SD.


Diane Teadtke was a member of Phi Theta Kappa earning both her Diploma of Practical Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE. Prior to obtaining her Associates Degree, she worked as an LPN at an assisted living facility and nursing home. She graduated in 2012 and started her career as a Registered Nurse in Correctional Nursing. In 2016, she started her pursuit of a Masters Degree in Nursing focusing on Psychiatric Mental Health. She graduated in 2019 as a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Golden Key International Honour Society. Diane is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Joining us in February 2020 from northern Nebraska, she will continue to serve those individuals in correctional facilities focusing on mental health care at SD Women’s Prison in Pierre, SD, as well as stepping in as our primary mental health provider for Community Counseling Services in Huron, SD, offering a mix of on-site and telehealth care. Diane will also be bringing her mental health education to nursing home residents, taking rounds at Sunquest Nursing Home in Huron, SD, and Good Samaritan Society Howard in Howard, SD, and she looks forward to getting to know all the new patients.



Darla Huffman, MS, LPC-MH, QMHP

Darla Huffman, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health, QMHP, received a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development from South Dakota State University in 2003. With over 15 years of counseling experience, working with couples, individuals, adolescent/teens and families, Darla focusing on building trust, authenticity, and empowerment with her clients. She joined our team in 2018 to bring counseling services to the underserved region of Flandreau, SD, and schedules therapy visits for patients of all ages in our MWI facility in Flandreau.


Chris is our Administrative Assistant, as well as a licensed Registered Nurse. Joining us in May 2019, Chris has brought amazing organizational skills, an aptitude for solving technical issues, project management abilities, and she brings a true passion for caring for people. Working at our main MWI office in Flandreau as the friendly face our patients see when she checks them in, Chris has been a great asset to MWI, making sure our organization is able to continue offering quality psychiatric services, supporting our team of providers, and taking care of the needs of our clients.


Chris Wellman, RN

Becci Christenson, LPN

Becci is a Licensed Practical Nurse, joining the MWI team in June 2019. With a take-charge personality, she has quickly stepped in to take over a variety of nursing responsibilities to support our providers, with an emphasis on correctional facility support. Working remotely as correctional facility support for Paula Tofte and Dr. Pavlis and assisting Dr. Pavlis on-site at Murray County Medical Center in Slayton, MN, Becci’s 22 years of nursing experience are an asset to our team.


Contact Us

809 West Pipestone Ave., Ste. 8, Flandreau, SD 57028

Phone: (605)573-2000

Fax: (605)573-2002

While our office hours are Monday - Friday from 8 am - 4 pm, our office staff is sometimes working remotely. Please call before stopping in, or leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

mwihealth.org@gmail.com or MWIhealthCEO@gmail.com