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


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Improve psychiatric services in under-served areas

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, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. 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 at mwihealthceo@gmail.com can assist your organization with evaluating your needs and offering solutions for provider care.


Mission Statement

We are dedicated to the wellness of individuals by focusing on mental health needs, 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. 


We provide the highest level of independent psychiatric analysis to veterans and legal professionals.

Dr. Pavlis is experienced in providing independent psychiatric evaluations for Veteran’s Affairs (VA) services, as well as court-ordered forensic psychiatric evaluations, and strives to offer an unbiased, knowledgeable, and professional evaluation. 


We are certified for suboxone treatment, giving hope for people addicted to opioids.

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.


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 then attended Medical School at the University of Minnesota – Duluth before transferring to the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. Dr. Pavlis went on to become 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 lead professional, Dr. Pavlis’s specialties include independent psychiatric evaluations, VA services, forensic evaluations, correctional behavioral health, workers’ compensation medical evaluations, aging mental health care, medication management, addiction medicine, neuromodulation, and psychopharmacologenomics.

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

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

Kyle retired from active-duty Air Force service in Dec. 2018, bringing new insight to a civilian leadership career at MWI. He earned a B.S. at SDSU in Brookings, SD,  and was commissioned as an officer through AFROTC, later earning his MBA from University of LaVerne. 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. 

Kyle has a special interest in leadership development and organizational transformation, and leads MWI’s organization with defined goals, ambition, and focus on the future.


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 Registered Nurse in the surgical fields of general surgery, plastic surgery, and ophthalmology. In 2010, she returned to South Dakota State University to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and graduated with her doctorate degree in August of 2015. Abbey’s specialty is guiding individuals through the battle of opioid addiction at our Suboxone treatment facility in Flandreau, SD.

Abbey Kitto, DNP

Abbey Kitto headshot


Paula Tofte, originally from Golden Valley, ND, 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. Paula has special interest in working with individuals in correctional facilities with a focus on mental health care.  Paula 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.


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.  She serves a diverse population of clientele throughout the lifespan from pediatric to geriatric.  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.

Dione currently provides psychiatric care to female inmates at the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre, South Dakota. 


Dione Rowe, DNP, PMHNP-BC


Susana B Njuakom is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist in Marshall, Minnesota. Graduating with honors in 2015, she brings experience and understanding to psychiatric evaluations and medication management for  adults with depression or anxiety symptoms, offering them on-going treatment options with on-site and telehealth visits available through both Western Mental Health Center in Marshall and Human Services Agency in South Dakota.


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 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 to the underserved region of Flandreau, SD.


Darla Huffman, MS, LPC-MH, QMHP

Chris Wellman, RN

Chris is our Administrative Assistant, as well as a licensed Registered Nurse. Joining us in May 2019, she brings great organizational skills, project management abilities, and brings a true passion for caring for people. Working at our main office in Flandreau, she makes sure our organization is able to offer quality psychiatric services, supports our providers, and takes care of the needs of our clients.


Becci is a Licensed Practical Nurse, and also our most recent addition, joining the MWI team in June 2019. With a take-charge personality, she is quickly taking over a variety of nursing responsibilities to support our providers, with an emphasis on correctional facility support. Working remotely and in our main office in Flandreau, Becci brings 21 years of nursing experience, a willingness to help in whatever role she is needed, and a wide array of skills that complement our other team members.


Becci Christenson, LPN

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