MWI is an organization built on partnerships, with a solid team of providers who join with us to help people live their lives to the fullest.
Our team of mental health providers and staff appreciate the flexibility of MWI, with employment and contracted options that are full-time or part-time, on-site or remote, depending on their schedule and where they live. Sharing a passion for excellence, our providers bring a variety of experiences and a wealth of knowledge and thrive under the guidance of Dr. Clay Pavlis, Psychiatrist. At MWI, we strive for regular positive communication and an encouraging team culture focused on building a cohesive team with a diverse group of contracted individuals and employees.Since we were established in 2012, our organization has experienced many successes and continued growth. We are proud to bring new mental health services such as NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy to the growing community of Sioux Falls, SD.
Meet our MWI Team:
MWI's Leadership Team
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 offering personalized care for residents of South Dakota and Minnesota with a team of providers focused on individualized care was the catalyst for him establishing Midwest Wellness Institute in 2012. As MWI’s chief psychiatrist and medical officer, Dr. Pavlis now leads a growing team of mental health providers, nurses, and staff with organizational core focuses of establishing contracted mental health services through trust-based partnerships, excelling at efficient and thorough independent psychiatric evaluations, and providing patients advanced and comprehensive psychiatric clinic services.
Consistently trying to find innovative ways to improve lives, Dr Pavlis specializes in psychiatric forensic evaluations, independent psychiatric evaluations, Veteran services and evals, opioid addiction treatment with Suboxone, medication management, neuromodulation with TMS, and psychopharmacologenomics.
In addition to managing MWI’s diverse portfolio of services, Dr. Pavlis also serves as Medical Director and sees patients of all ages and as young as 5 years old at Capital Area Counseling Service, regularly sees patients of all ages at Community Counseling Services, and geriatric patients at Bethel Nursing Home in Madison, SD. Dr Pavlis also oversees the mental health treatment at Windom Area Health in Windom, MN, treats inmates and consults for SD Department of Corrections, Sioux Falls Prison, Women’s Prison in Pierre, SD, Minnehaha County Jail, and provides guidance to providers at Human Services Agency in Watertown, SD.
Lt Col Kyle Korver, USAF, Ret., Chief Executive Officer / Chief Financial Officer
After 21 1/2 years of military service in the Air Force, Kyle joined MWI as CEO/CFO in December 2018. He excels in business management, organizational transformation, leadership development, contracting, and maximizing financial growth. Kyle is responsible for financial planning, business development, contracts, and the development of long-range strategy and vision for MWI.
Kyle earned his undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University in 1997 and commissioned as an officer through AFROTC. He earned his MBA from University of LaVerne while serving active-duty. His military career encompassed logistics planning and a variety of organizational leadership positions. Kyle also completed five deployments and was selected as Commander for three different units.
Stephanie Korver, Chief Operating Officer
Stephanie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Sciences from South Dakota State University, minoring in Economics, Sociology, and Human Development, Child and Family Studies. With experiences as a small business owner and as a military spouse leader and mentor, she joined MWI in 2018 while being stationed overseas, taking over website management, design and marketing through social media. As MWI’s needs change, so have her roles with the company. Stephanie’s leadership and organizational management skills have led her to a role of mentoring the admin staff on customer service and medical billing, inspiring internal communication and a team approach, scheduling and aligning providers, forming bonds with MWI’s contract partners, and spearheading MWI’s digital marketing and online presence. The position of COO was developed to add to the depth and effectiveness of MWI’s Leadership Team in December 2020.
MWI's Mental Health Providers
Robert W. Giebink, M.D.
Dr. Giebink studied and gained clinical experience at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion and Sioux Falls, graduating with his medical degree in 1992. He continued his medical training in the General Psychiatry Residency training program at the USD School of Medicine in Sioux Falls, finishing in 1996. He began his full-fledged medical career as a staff psychiatrist working at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls. He would have two stints working there. Between those, he worked at the Human Service Agency in Watertown, one of South Dakota’s Community Mental Health Centers that provides outpatient services. He was the adult psychiatrist and medical director at HSA. Most recently, Dr. Giebink worked at Keystone Treatment Center in Canton, SD, an inpatient/residential facility. In addition to treatment of substance use disorders and gambling addiction, KTC provides psychiatric care for patients who have co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Giebink has a wealth of experience working with adults in many psychiatric settings. He has treated the full range of common psychiatric conditions, including mood disorders such as bipolar and major depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Relationship problems and abuse of alcohol and other substances often play an important role in the mental health difficulties people have. Dr. Giebink has particular interest in helping people with co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse in patients who have mood and/or anxiety disorders. He provides medication management but understands the importance and effectiveness of other treatment modalities, including individual counseling, group therapy and 12-Step programs, and procedures such as TMS and others. He will recommend these to his patients as he deems appropriate.
Jennifer Pipitone, DNP
Dr Jen Pipitone became a part of our team as a preceptorship student and joins us full-time in October 2021. She received her B.S. in Biology from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC, and a B.S. in Nursing from University of Sioux Falls, graduating in August 2021 with a DNP with an emphasis as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Dr Jen provides care to clients across the lifespan in person and through telepsychiatry with emphasize in pediatrics, peripartum, and postpartum
psychiatric care. She is experienced in advanced pathophysiology, health assessments, psychopharmacology, clinical diagnostic skills, psychotherapy, and collaboration of care. Her focus is on the promotion and maintenance of health, differential diagnoses, and disease management through the use of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions, and psychotherapeutic treatment
modalities, and she provides a patient-centered and trauma-informed approach to care.
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 and getting her Psychiatric Mental Health Certification in 2020, she brings experience and understanding to psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents 15 years and older as well as adults with depression or anxiety symptoms. Her patients appreciate her kind, knowledgeable, and no-nonsense approach.
Sue leads our team with an in-house telehealth clinic, with openings for new patients booked online or by calling 605-573-2000. She also provides her loyal patients on-going treatment options with telehealth visits scheduled through Capital Area Counseling Service in Pierre, SD, and is our primary mental health provider for the South Dakota Dept of Corrections, seeing inmates 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.
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.
Diane lives in northern Nebraska and joined our team in February 2020, running a streamlined and efficient clinic for inmates at SD Women’s Prison in Pierre, SD, as well as providing Monday-Thursday care for patients at Community Counseling Services in Huron, SD, offering a mix of on-site and telehealth care. Diane also makes regular rounds at Avantara 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, assists Dr Pavlis with Veteran Psychiatric Reviews, and sees patients in inpatient clinics in Minnesota. Darla joined our team part-time in March 2020 and is full-time as of September 2021.
Brittany Kennedy, PMHNP-BC
Brittany is a native of Mississippi joining the MWI team in January 2021. She currently resides in Texas. Brittany obtained her undergraduate degree from Alcorn State University in 2007 and went on to obtain her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner degree from University of Southern Mississippi in 2017.
Brittany has served the Veteran population for several years as a Registered Nurse. She continues now as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by assisting Dr. Pavlis with Veteran evaluations. She enjoys working with Veterans and adults to meet their mental health needs, currently working with us part-time.
Lori C. Lima, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Lori C. Lima is Board Certified in Minnesota as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center who joins us from Marshall, MN, in fall 2021. Graduating with honors, Lori received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD, and her Master’s of Science Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH in 2020.
Lori is a mental health advocate passionate in providing evidenced-based mental health care to pediatric and adolescents struggling with Autism, FASD, ADHD, anxiety and depression. She utilizes an individualized holistic approach to treatment while empowering and assisting the patient in setting personal wellness goals. Lori is an active listener, with a calm and positive demeanor along with a general interest and respect for her patients allowing her to build and maintain strong therapeutic relations. Lori believes in collaboration and continued education and strives to provide the highest quality of care.
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. Developing client/therapist relationships built on trust and understanding, Kristin has a warm, compassionate, and straightforward clinical approach to the psychology of behaviors. In our Sioux Falls office, Kristin is an amazingly versatile team player, never shaken or deterred by any situation, and she is always eager to jump in to help and complete tasks that others find too challenging.
Her specialty areas for therapy include depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, grief counseling, and reintegration after incarceration. She has extensive experience in working with individuals with serious mental illnesses in correctional care facilities, accruing nine years of experience working in the prison’s acute mental health unit. Kristin has also worked with court-ordered mental health for adolescents and a wide range of disorders, seeing adolescents to adults.
With experiences in diagnostics, crisis management, and behavior modification, Kristin has been a valued MWI behavioral health team member since October 2020.
MWI's Nursing Staff
Chris Wellman, RN
Chris is a licensed Registered Nurse, leading the charge for our team’s nursing needs as well as adeptly handling numerous administrative tasks both in the office and remotely from Flandreau, SD. 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. She greets patients with compassion either remotely over the phone or in the Sioux Falls office, and is trained as a TMS treater. 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 and provides remote nursing support for our providers serving the inmates at the South Dakota Department of Corrections facilities, streamlining communication and the many demands of this extensive contract.
MWI's Support Staff
Amber Pavlis, TMS Coordinator / Administrative Assistant
Amber joined the MWI team in July 2020 to support the increasing administrative tasks of our growing organization, stepping up for the role of TMS Coordinator in 2021. Amber consults with potential clients about our TMS Therapy, explaining the process to them, discussing insurance reimbursements, scheduling, and the potential benefits of undergoing treatment. She is also our lead TMS Treater, greeting our clients with friendly customer service and making their visits as pleasant as possible.
In addition to her role with TMS, Amber answers phones, manages patient intakes, and supports our providers with all their office needs, keeping things running smoothly in our Sioux Falls location. With over 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!
Kimberlee Stroud, Clinical Assistant
Our most recent addition to our Administrative Support Staff, Kimberlee joined our team in our Sioux Falls office to expand our capabilities in the office to offer the best patient care possible in May 2021. With varied work experience, Kimberlee has worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician at the VA Hospital, served as a Residential Counselor, an Office Assistant, and also as a Family Engagement Coordinator. Kimberlee’s experience, compassionate demeanor, and drive to provide others with resources are a great fit for our growing clinic. She takes the lead on the varied Veteran Services appointments through QTC, LHI, VES, and REE Medical.
Current Job Openings:
Mental Health Nursing Support and Competency Restoration Trainer (LPN / MA)
At MWI Health, we strive to find innovative ways to improve lives, providing expert patient-focused mental health care. We are searching for a detail-oriented and self-motivated LPN or MA to assist our providers with remote correctional facility mental health support, regional clinic nursing support, and in-house nursing support. In our office, job duties include welcoming patients, evaluating and updating medical documentation, performing basic vitals, following and understanding treatment protocols, and preparing patient paperwork for providers.Our ideal candidate will be an engaged team player that will represent MWI Health well, primarily offering remote nursing support for our SD Dept of Corrections mental health and a regional clinic as requested by our team of providers, and assisting in the office as needed for a pleasant patient experience while ensuring insurance eligibility, enforcing facility protocols and accuracy of patient info in our EHR, and performing basic nursing needs for medication management, Suboxone treatment, and TMS therapy.We are looking for someone who can start as soon as possible. We have options to work flexible hours from 20-40 hours per week Monday – Friday.