Expand mental health services
Be responsive to opportunities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org can assist your organization with evaluating your needs and offering solutions for provider care.
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 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 recently retired from active-duty Air Force service to a civilian leadership career. He earned his bachelors at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, and was commissioned as an officer through AFROTC. He received an MBA from University of LaVerne. During his 21 years of military service, he was a Flight Commander at both Altus AFB, Oklahoma, and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, was a Commandant of Cadets and ROTC Instructor at University of North Dakota, 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, Kansas, 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.
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
Dione Rowe, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Dione Rowe earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from the University of South Dakota in 1994, and her B.S. in Nursing from South Dakota State University in 2010. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, 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. She assisted with the development and implementation of the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant, conducted on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and was instrumental in beginning a psychiatric clinic for students enrolled in classes on the reservation. These students received psychiatric care from a child psychiatrist via tele-medicine on a weekly basis.
Dione currently works full-time in an outpatient clinic serving five rural South Dakota counties, including the Rosebud Indian Reservation. She works part-time for Midwest Wellness Institute providing psychiatric care to female inmates at the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre, South Dakota.
Dawn Marie Van Ruler, PhD, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP is a Medicare-enrolled Nurse Practitioner – Psych/Mental Health. She has 20 years of diverse experiences with mental health clients of all ages. Dawn sees individuals of all ages for diagnostic assessments and medication management. She recently attained a doctorate degree in nursing with emphasis in mental health, and sees patients at Windom Area Hospital in Windom, MN.
Dawn VanRuler, CNP
PAULA TOFTE, PMHNP
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.
Susana B Njuakom is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist in Marshall, Minnesota. She graduated with honors in 2015.
SUSANA NJUAKOM, NP
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 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.
Kaye first graduated from Southwestern Technical Institute in 1996 with a degree of Human Development Assistant, and later returned to school, earning a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2003. After practicing with a general surgeon and working in family medicine, she returned to Southeast Technical Institute and received her Associates Degree as a Registered Nurse. Kaye has been working in Mental Health since 2012 with Dr. Pavlis and joined the Midwest Wellness Institute team in 2016.
Kaye Ehrmantraut, RN
Missy Wells, MA
Missy is a Medical Assistant who graduated from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School in 1996 and then from Minnesota West in 1998 with a degree as a Medical Assistant. Missy has worked in family practice, as well as with a general surgeon. She has worked in psychiatry for the past 13 years with both children and adults.