MWI is built on partnerships, with a solid team of providers who join with us to see patients full-time or part-time, depending on their schedule. Together, our providers bring a variety of experiences and a wealth of knowledge, each with direct access to Dr. Pavlis. We strive for good communication and a positive team culture to build a cohesive team with both remote and on-site contracted individuals and employees.
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 portfolio of services, Dr. Pavlis also serves as Medical Director and sees patients at Capital Area Counseling Service and regularly sees patients at Community Counseling Services and 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, SD Women’s Prison in Pierre, SD, and consults with providers at Human Services Agency in Watertown, SD.
Lt Col Kyle Korver, USAF, Ret., Chief Executive Officer / Chief Financial 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 is responsible for contract negotiations, financial planning, invoicing and purchasing supervision, payroll details, and long-range strategic planning for MWI.
Prior to joining the team at MWI after his military retirement, 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.
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 training, assisting, and streamlining processes of the administrative staff, scheduling and aligning providers, and communicating with MWI’s contract partners. The position of COO was developed to add to the depth and effectiveness of MWI’s Leadership Team in December 2020.
Stephanie applies her determination to continue to push MWI in the direction of growth and professionalism. Responsible for HR functions including staffing, website management, scheduling, medical billing oversight, communication with contract partners, training and development, marketing design, and IT support, her breadth of skills touch nearly every area of MWI.
Stephanie’s motto is: “Every problem has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it.”
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 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 is now available to see new patients at MWI Health, with appointments available on this website 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.
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 has made a great impact in working with individuals in correctional facilities with a focus on mental health care as our previous primary prison provider. Currently, Paula is working part-time with us seeing patients 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 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, as well as assisting Dr Pavlis with Veteran Psychiatric Reviews, and she joined our team in March 2020.
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. She also provides psychiatric services to individuals residing in Nursing Homes.
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. 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 learn and complete tasks that others find too challenging.
Her specialty areas include depression, anxiety, ADHD, chronic mental illness, men’s and women’s issues, trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, 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 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 serious schizophrenia, seeing adolescents to adults.
With experiences in organic mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, along with crisis management, Kristin has been a valued MWI 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. 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. Greeting patients with compassion when they arrive for a Suboxone or Medication Management 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, and stepped into the role of TMS Coordinator in 2021. Answering phones, greeting clients with friendly customer service, and supporting our providers with all their office needs, Amber keeps things running smoothly in our Sioux Falls location. 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!
Cindi Pavlis, Customer Service Agent
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, preparing monthly invoices, and initiating bank drafts for independent contractor pay. Cindi also regularly makes reminder calls to our patients, answering their questions and providing the “human touch” that our organization is known for. 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.”