Meet our Team:
MWI's Leadership Team
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.
Clay Pavlis, M.D., Psychiatrist, Chief Medical Officer
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 regularly evaluates psychiatric evaluations of veterans through QTC, as well as provides oversight for providers and processes of our suboxone clinic. Dr. Pavlis also serves as Medical Director and treats patients at Western Mental Health Center in Marshall, MN, serves as Medical Director and treats patients at Capital Area Counseling Service, and he regularly sees patients at Human Service Agency in Watertown, SD, and Community Counseling Services and Bethel Nursing Home in Madison, SD, oversees mental health treatment at Windom Area Health in Windom, MN, and sees patients and consults for SD Department of Corrections, SD Women’s Prison in Pierre, SD, and Pennington County Jail in Rapid City, SD.
MWI's Mental Health Providers
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, graduating from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2015, with a Doctorate Degree. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Dione 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 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.
Susana Njuakom, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Susana B Njuakom is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in both Minnesota and South Dakota 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.
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 in both Minnesota and South Dakota 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. 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, and South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, SD. She is also working in a clinic setting with patient appointment availability at Community Area Counseling Service in Pierre, SD.
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, with experience as an LPN at an assisted living facility and nursing home. She started her career as a Registered Nurse in Correctional Nursing before continuing on for a Masters Degree in Nursing with focus on Psychiatric Mental Health. Diane graduated in 2019 as a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Golden Key International Honor Society and is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Joining us in February 2020 under a collaborative agreement with Dr Pavlis from northern Nebraska, she treats inmates at SD Women’s Prison in Pierre, SD, and is our primary NP 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 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.
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 16 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.
Kristin Gilbertson, MS, LPC, QMHP
Kristin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Qualified Mental Health Professional in South Dakota, earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Northern State University in 2008 and 2011. She has specialized in working with individuals with severe mental illnesses in correctional care facilities, accruing nine years of experience working with the most challenging cases in the prison’s acute mental health unit. Kristin has also worked with court-ordered mental health for adolescents and individuals with a wide range of disorders from mild anxiety to severe schizophrenia. Kristin has a warm, compassionate, and straightforward clinical approach, and joins the MWI team in October 2020.
MWI's Nursing Staff
Chris Wellman, RN
Chris is a licensed Registered Nurse, supporting the team’s nursing needs as well as adeptly handling additional administrative tasks in the Flandreau office. Joining us in May 2019, Chris has brought amazing organizational skills, an aptitude for solving technical issues, project management abilities, and has a true passion for caring for both our patients and providers. Working at our main MWI office in Flandreau as the friendly face that our patients see when they arrive for an appointment, 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 with 22 years of experience. She joined the MWI team in June 2019, providing remote nursing support for our providers serving the inmates at the South Dakota Department of Corrections facilities.
MWI's Support Staff
Amber Dresbach, Administrative Support Specialist
Amber joined the MWI team in July 2020 to support the increasing administrative tasks of our growing organization. Working on-site in our main office in Flandreau, Amber provides consistent customer service to our patients and contract partners. With twenty years as an Administrative Assistant and experience working in correctional facilities, her knowledge and skills pair well with the focus of MWI. We are pleased to have Amber as a member of our cooperative team of support staff!
Stephanie Korver, Scheduling & Communications
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 website management, provider scheduling, communication with contract partners, Excel spreadsheets, marketing design, and IT support. She is nicknamed, “The Fixer”, 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.”
Cindi Pavlis, Invoicing & Outreach Coordinator
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.”