Meet our Team:
MWI's Leadership Team
Dr. Clay Pavlis, M.D., Psychiatrist, Chief Medical Officer
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.
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.
MWI's Mental Health Providers
Abbey Kitto, DNP, FNP-C
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.
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, PMHNP-BC
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 Njuakom, PMHNP-BC
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.
Darla Miles, PMHNP-BC
Darla was born and raised in Southwest Minnesota, with family members still residing in southwestern and central Minnesota. Joining our MWI team in March 2020, Darla has lived in Ohio for the last 25 years with the exception of 2 years practicing in Willmar and Morris, MN. She graduated from Mercy College in Toledo with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and then went on to Wayne State University in Detroit to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Darla has been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2015 and has worked in a mental health urgent care facility with both inpatient and outpatient clientele with a wide range of diagnoses, from depression and anxiety to severe mental illnesses. She believes that mental health treatment is more effective when the patient is given tools and empowerment to heal their body, mind, spirit, and emotions, and she focuses on treating each patient as a person and not as their disorder. Darla is seeing patients via telehealth and on-site at Windom Area Health in Windom, MN, joining our team in March 2020.
Diane Teadtke, PMHNP-BC
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 also makes regular rounds at Sunquest Nursing Home in Huron, SD, and Good Samaritan Society Howard in Howard, SD, where her confident and kind demeanor is enjoyed by the residents.
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 as an on-site therapist in 2018, expanding her area from Sioux Falls, SD, and bringing counseling services to the underserved region of Flandreau, SD. Darla schedules therapy visits for patients of all ages in our MWI facility in Flandreau.
MWI's Nursing Staff
Chris Wellman, RN
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.
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.
MWI's Support Staff
Cindi Pavlis, Invoice Agent & Team Player
Cindi joined the team in 2016, seeing the organization go through many changes during her time with MWI. Cindi is primarily responsible for receiving the time sheets and preparing monthly invoices and initiating bank drafts for independent contractor pay. She is always willing to give her time and effort in any area that is needed, often filling in to support the office staff by answering phones, following up with calls to clients, scheduling patient appointments or rallying staff when organizational changes create the shifting of roles and responsibilities.
Cindi’s motto is: “The difference between failure and success is teamwork.”
Stephanie Korver, Communications Lead
Stephanie joined MWI in 2018, taking over website management, design and marketing through social media. As MWI’s needs change, so have her roles with the company. Stephanie is now primarily responsible for provider scheduling, communication with contract partners, and most things IT-related. She is nicknamed, “The Fixer”, and takes the lead on tasks that others don’t have the time to do or willpower to learn how to do, and she applies her determination to continue to push MWI in the direction of growth and professionalism.
Stephanie’s motto is: “Every problem has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it.”