Your provider can address current issues, support you in reaching health goals, make sure you complete important health screenings and help you stay up-to-date with your vaccines.
You can discuss anything health-related that is concerning or unusual, your family and health history, any health goals you want to achieve and your current medical well-being.
Sarah Elkins is a physician assistant at Crooked Tree Wellness Clinic. Recently, she graduated from her PA program in August of 2022 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Before then, she completed her bachelor’s in biology at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith while finishing her collegiate basketball career. Sarah was a physical therapist technician for 4 years and has a year of experience as a pharmacist technician. Since she was 8 years old, she knew she wanted to be able to connect with people on a different level and be able to support others through adversity. Through her personal and professional experiences, she realized healthcare would give her a team-centered environment and the opportunity to be a helpful hand in someone else’s life.
Born and raised in Arkansas, Sarah loves to be outdoors whether it be hiking, kayaking, or hammocking with her dog Boseman. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family. Sarah is a Native American of the Chickasaw tribe, which is in Ada, OK. Through Indian Health Services, she was able to bring her knowledge and experience to Northern Michigan not only to serve the community, but also to continue her education through the new clinic. In Sarah’s own words: “I am very thankful for the opportunity to call this community and Petoskey my home. Miigwetch (Thank you) for welcoming me.”
Shanna MacClaren is a family nurse practitioner at Crooked Tree Wellness Clinic. She graduated from nursing school originally in 2014. After graduating, Shanna worked downstate at local hospitals and gained bedside experience. She knew she wanted to have more control over her patient’s care, so she furthered her education. Shanna then went to FNP school and graduated with her master’s degree in 2018. After finishing her FNP program, Shanna moved from downstate up to the Petoskey area. She worked with the hospitalist team at McLaren-Northern Michigan for the past four years and gained profound experience. Shanna decided to switch to outpatient practice to make a difference in the community and to ultimately prevent patients from having to go to the hospital. On her off time, Shanna enjoys being active outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family. She has a dog named Tater that she adores and enjoys taking on frequent hikes.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that specializes in medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults. I have worked as a nurse for many years both in a school-based setting and in a pediatrics office, and I really enjoy working with this age group. I strongly feel that by partnering with children and their families to address mental health needs at a young age we can make a difference that can affect their development, education, and social growth, as well as help to foster a peaceful family life. I can work with my clients to diagnose most mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, ADHD, mood disorders and many other conditions. I will work together with the client and family to create a treatment plan that addresses the needs that we identify together. Emphasis is in keeping up with the latest changes in psychiatry, providing evidenced based care, and a commitment to using the least amount of medication possible to get the optimal results. Care will be provided to all clients, regardless of race, ethnicity, physical ability or attributes, religion, sexual orientation, gender in a compassionate manner.
LMSW, MPA, CAADC, ASC
I’m a licensed social worker born and raised in Conyers, Georgia. I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in social work and completed my Master’s of Social Work and Master’s of Public Administration degrees at Grand Valley State University. I live in Harbor Springs, Michigan, with my partner, our two daughters and our dog, Charlie. I’ve been in the social work field for approximately 15 years. I see all age individuals five and up and utilize different techniques to work through difficult situations from a strengths based perspective including but not limited to EMDR, CBT, MI, ACT, and MRT. I believe that we all have our own journey to walk on and I am here to help you through this part of your journey.
RN, Clinic Manager
Although Lori came to Petoskey via North Carolina, she was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She first obtained a bachelor’s degree, and then returned to Fayetteville Community College in Fayetteville, NC for her nursing degree.
Lori brings 20 years of nursing experience to her current role as Clinic Manager at Crooked Tree Wellness Clinic, where she looks forward to bringing high-quality, personalized care to the Medicaid population of Northern Michigan.
Outside of work, Lori enjoys camping, hiking, boating and cross-country skiing with her husband and two daughters. She also likes to bake, read, and play board games. One fun tidbit – Lori once appeared on the Price Is Right.
Amanda was born and raised in Northern Michigan. She graduated from North Central Michigan College in May of 2021 with Certificate of Medical Assistant and Certificate of Medical Billing and Coding. She became a Registered Medical Assistant through American Medical Technologists. Her accomplishments don’t stop there, she is also a licensed Pharmacy Technician.
Amanda has been a part of the healthcare community since 2017 and brings a diverse background of experience with her. In her spare time, Amanda serves the community by leading the City of Petoskey Women’s Rec Soccer league and volunteering time at the local hockey rink. Her passion lies with playing and coaching soccer. She looks forward to further serving the community through healthcare.
Born and raised in Bay City, Michigan, Teresa moved to Petoskey several years ago after spending her childhood summers in northern Michigan. Teresa brings over 11 years of experience working in various medical specialty clinics and hospital settings such as orthopedics, cardiovascular, and family practice.
When not at work Teresa enjoys making homemade cupcakes, trying new recipes, and spending time with family and friends. Boating on the inland waterway is one of her favorite summer activities. She is a football fanatic mom who has one son playing college football, two doodle dogs and a loving husband.
She is excited to take on this new and exciting journey with the community and give back to the people who make up Northern Michigan, which is where she calls home.
Brianna grew up in a small town in northern Michigan. She worked for the American Red Cross for eight years while going to school. She has obtained her associates in general education and in criminal justice. She moved to North Carolina and worked in a lab drawing blood, where she developed a passion for phlebotomy. There she learned of her desire to form a connection with patients and their health care working in an oncology office as a medical assistant. She then came back to northern Michigan, and started a family. She is excited for the opportunity to serve a part of her community that is so close to home.
While not at work, Brianna loves any outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking and riding in her side-by-side with her family. She has a green thumb and immerses herself in nature.