Health Services Divisions

Reno Sparks Tribal Health Center
1715 Kuenzil Street
Reno, NV 89502

Tel: (775) 329-5162
Fax: (775) 334-4357
Hours of operation:

  • Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

1st Wednesday of the month, no patient visits from noon- 5 p.m.
Pharmacy opened one hour later at 9 a.m.

We are proud to be your primary point of care.  The foundation of our success is the relationship between our patients, the patient’s family, and our tribal health programs working together to create a healthy tribal community.

Eagle Wings from LK 1787In order to assist in meeting your health care needs, it is important that our patients are informed about the available services within our agency.  We look forward to working with you in achieving your wellness goals so that you might “go in a good way.”

Below are those sentiments in some of our tribal languages.
“Pesa’ too mea”  – Northern Paiute
“Tsa’ sa na gun”  – Western Shoshone
“Mi u ng wa mea esh kay”  – Washoe

Medical :  The medical clinic provides direct outpatient care and nursing support to patients seeking ambulatory services for chronic, acute, and preventative health issues. In addition to routine appointments, the medical clinic offers the following:

Diabetic Clinic: The clinic provides routine care to manage and/or provide interventions of diabetic and other chronic care conditions. Our diabetic clinic focuses on diabetic care issues,   exams, labs, screenings, education, and medication management. Diabetic clinics are held every Tuesday.

Joslin Vision Networks (JVN): Patients with diabetes and/or high blood pressure are at higher risks for eye damage. The clinic provides retinal eye scans to catch early detection of damage. It is important to have a JVN screening at least once a year.

Podiatry: The clinic provides podiatry services twice a month on Tuesdays in coordination with our diabetic clinic. General podiatry services such as basic nail care, and evaluationsFun Walk-Run 019 for painful feet, spurs, and bunions are available for all clients.

Surgeon: The clinic provides a surgeon once a month from the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. Evaluations for surgery are completed with a referral from your RSTHC primary provider. Minor procedures are scheduled and follow-up care is provided as necessary.

Women’s Wellness: The clinic provides Women’s Health and Wellness services, focusing on preventative exams such as pap smears, breast exams, birth control and other female issues.

Pediatric Clinic: The clinic provides pediatric services, providing general pediatric care to patients from birth to 18 years old. The pediatric clinic also provides the Reach Out and Read program, introducing our young patients to the concepts of reading.

OB/GYN: The clinic provides contracted providers for obstetrician and gynecological services. The OBGYN providers work with our prenatal patients, providing initial confirmation of pregnancy, ultrasounds and follow up prenatal care. In addition, our providers are able to provide appropriate annual examinations along with women wellness consultation and treatment.

Cardiology: The clinic provides a contracted cardiologist to provide stress testing, EKG and routine follow up for specialty care services.

Dental:  Dental care is offered by appointment and is also available on a walk-in basis for emergencies only. Routine dental care consists of general oral treatment and includes cleanings,    fillings, extractions, crowns, partials, dentures, and limited root canal treatment.  However, there is a fee for crowns, dentures, partials, etc., to cover lab work and other expenses.

Acupuncture:  Acupuncture has returned starting Jan. 19, 2017 with Dr. Bruce Eichelberger. Acupuncture involves positioning very thin needles on various points on the body depending on the symptoms or pain of the patient. Accurate placement of the needles draws energy to the desired areas and allows for positive energy flow. Medical Acupuncture can be effective for treating both injuries and chronic conditions.  It has been shown to decrease pain, stress, anxiety, and inflammation. Acupuncture is performed by a provider who is trained and licensed in conventional Western medicine. Appointments should be made through medical scheduling at (775) 329-5162, ext. 1983 or ext. 1989.

The underlying premise of chiropractic is that spinal misalignment / subluxations cause nerve interference, and that it is far better for you/your body to free from such interference. This is done by correcting these misalignments with a ‘manual adjustment or manipulation’ (these are delivered by hand and can be delivered to any joint in the body, not just the spine). At the very least, regular chiropractic care can help ensure that your spine is optimally aligned. But there are numerous studies that show that patients of chiropractic experience less sick days, less on the job injuries, less instances of low, mid, upper back and neck pain, fewer and or less severe headaches (tension and migraine), knee pain, hip pain, foot pain, wrist, elbow and shoulder pain.

Chiropractic appointments are available on Tuesday and Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Typically the appointments are booked out one month. Please contact our medical scheduler at (775) 329-5162, ext. 1989, or ext. 1983 to make an appointment.

Dr. Black, Chiropractor
(775) 329-5162

Additional Services:  Specialized treatment such as severe pediatric and oral surgery procedures will need to be completed by an outside specialist.  Because of extremely limited funds for specialty services, only contract health service eligible patients will be considered for approval through the Contact Health Program. Approval for such costs depend on the Medical Priorities of Care criteria and is at the discretion of the Referred and Purchased Care (PRC) Program.

Dental Appointments are typically booked out 3-4 months. Please contact our dental receptionist at (775) 329-5162, ext. 1935 to make an appointment.

Dr. Tara Van Orden, Dental Clinic Manager
(775) 329-5162

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30pm

Walk-ins for dental emergency
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
1- 3 p.m.
Sign in begins at 7:45 a.m.

Medical Imaging:  The newest division to the RSTHC, medical imaging will offer general in-house diagnostic services such as X-ray and computerized axial tomography services.

Audiology:  Audiology exams and services are provided once per quarter and are available on a referral from your RSTHC primary provider. Services fees may apply for hearing aids. Audiology is provided in the optometry division, please contact optometry for service dates, and/or fee information.

Optometry:  Optometry provides routine and emergency eye care, ocular health and diabetic eye exams, and pediatric care.  Walk-ins are for medical eye emergencies only, not for routine care of glasses or contacts. We are pleased to offer glaucoma care inside the clinic, including diagnosis and management with state of the art equipment.

The optometry division also includes a contact lens service and optical dispensary with eye wear offered to the community at a reduced cost.

The opticians are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. –noon, and 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

Annual exams are typically booked out 8-12 weeks. Please contact our front desk for scheduling at 775-329-5162 ext. 1979.

Optometry will no longer be accepting phone calls or written notes from parents / guardians to treat minors.  Minors must be brought in by a parent/guardian or an adult listed on an active consent to treat minors form with HIM in order to be seen for a visit or access the optical.

Pharmacy:  Pharmacy provides original prescription and prescription refill services, a drug “Take-Back” program for environmentally safe disposal, patient counseling and informal Medication Therapy Management for the local tribal community.

24 hour refill phone line: (775) 329-5162, ext. 1699
*Please allow 3 business days for refills

Laboratory:  Laboratory services provide lab testing including urinalysis, urine pregnancy test, rapid strep, hemoglobin, HgbA1c, PT/INR, BNP, micro albumin, H-Pylori Breath Tester and glucose testing.

For laboratory testing not available within the tribal clinic, the laboratory department coordinates outside referral laboratory tests ordered by RSTHC providers for patients seeking medical services for chronic, acute and preventative health issues.

Nelva Terrell, Lead Lab Assistant
Phone: (775) 329-5162, ext. 1985

Community Health: The community health division promotes health education and provides healthy interventions directed at individuals, families and groups within our tribal community.

Services available through community health include care giving, health education and counseling, case management, and patient advocacy.

In addition, medical transportation services for RSTHC appointments and/or referrals are available through the Medical Transports  in the Reno-Sparks metro areas only.

Cordelia Able-Johnson, Community Health Coordinator
Phone: (775) 329-5162, ext. 1920

Annual Health Fair – Sept. 20, 2017 
Contact: Gina Featherstone at 329-5162, ext.

Behavioral Health Services are available and include individual, family, couples and group therapy.  In addition, mental health services provide psychological and psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and consult with other clinic divisions to provide coordinated care.

Veronica Gephart, Behavioral Health Division Manager
Phone: (775) 329-5162, ext. 1969

Our professional staff includes adult psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, postdoctoral psychologist, substance use counselors and marriage and family therapists. Special emphasis is placed on providing services in a culturally sensitive manner.

Please contact our scheduler, Connie Wyatt at (775) 329-5162, ext. 2014 to make an appointment.

Some of our group programing includes:

Life Skills Group, every Wednesday, 9 – 10 a.m.
For more information, please contact, Mary Lask, LADC-S at (775) 329-5162, ext. 2014

Talking Circle, every Tuesday  – Noon – 1 p.m.
Contact Dominic Nardini, III., LMFT at (775) 329-5162, ext. 1961

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling offers a variety of options for adults and adolescents. Services include substance abuse evaluations, individual and group treatments, AA meetings, and DUI School (Levels I, II, II-X, and III).

Referrals are coordinated for eligible clients/patients who need residential inpatient and detoxification treatment. Program staff works closely with the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Court and local-regional federal, state, municipal, and justice courts. Program staff collaborates or refers to other RSIC programs and non-profit agencies, such as Nevada Urban Indians Inc., Indian Health Board of Nevada, and Intertribal Council of Nevada.

  • DUI Classes, every Monday 3 – 4:30 p.m. 

For more information about Behavior Health Services or to schedule an appointment, please contact Connie Wyatt at: (775) 329-5162, ext. 2014

Injury Prevention is an IHS-grant funded program geared to meet specific goals and objectives within the local Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Community.

The Elder Fall Prevention program has four major components:

  1.  Vision referral incentives
  2. Medication reviews
  3. Home assessments and modifications
  4. Exercise incentive program

Our main goal is to prevent death and injury due to elder falls in and out of the home.

The Child Passenger Safety Program distributes car seats to IHS eligible children whose caregiver completes a 30-60 minute educational component.  Our main goal is to prevent injury and death in all ages due to motor vehicle crashes by increase seat belt and car seat usage. Call to set up a car seat check.

Valentine Lovelace, Injury Prevention Coordinator
Phone: (775) 329-5162, ext. 1927

Physical Therapy is available through a referral from your primary provider.

Physical therapy provides general therapy practices that promote mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention.

For more information about Physical Therapy or to schedule an appointment, please contact Vicki Kane at: (775) 329-5162, ext. 1941

Diabetes Prevention Program is a grant program of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI).  The program focuses on diabetes prevention and management through education, nutrition and physical activity.

Diabetes risk tests and education counsels are available on diabetes prevention, including basic and advanced education sessions about diabetes, complications and other chronic disease such as kidney disease, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Education is provided to help empower our patients to achieve their health care goals and increase participation with their healthcare providers. Classes are offered as individual and group sessions and are interactive and informal.

The curriculum used is culturally sensitive to American Indians /Alaskan Natives and meets the American Diabetes Association standards for diabetes care.

Stacy Briscoe, RD, LD, 3 Nations Wellness Manager
Phone: (775) 329-5162, ext. 1945

Nutrition services are provided by a registered dietitian and include medical nutrition therapy, well child nutrition counseling and Head Start assessments, pediatric and adult weight management, WIC referrals, and nutrition counseling for diverse conditions such as anemia, kidney disease, diabetes, hyperlipidemia.  Counseling/education is available by request or on referral from a medical provider to individuals of diverse ages, families and community groups.

The dietitian also provides menu planning to the Senior Nutrition Program using traditional and fresh foods and plans and administers the Reno-Sparks Summer Foods Service Program for children on the Colony and in Hungry Valley.

Kristie Messerli, Registered Dietitian
Phone: (775) 329-5162, ext. 1943

3 Nations Wellness Center
With 50+ pieces of assorted exercise equipment including free weights, hammer strength, dozens of cardio and static machines, indoor artificial turf and rock climbing wall, there is something for individuals of all stages of physical ability including those just starting an exercise program, to a weight lifter or professional athlete.  There are two certified personal trainers and an exercise assistant to assist with exercise requests or needs.

Supervised exercise sessions are readily available to those with any medical concerns by referral from a medical provider. Open gym sessions are available to those with no medical concerns; a physical activity readiness questionnaire must be completed prior to the first open gym session.  Open gym is available any time the exercise facility is open.

Phone: (775) 329-5162, ext. 1942

Group classes are also include yoga, spin class, elder training, walking club, and more.
Click HERE for complete monthly listing of all classes.

Contact: Wali Querta at 329-5162, ext. 1947

Monday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Side entrance to gym is open for use after 5 p.m. and on Wednesdays from noon – 5 p.m.

For more information , please contact Vicki Kane at: (775) 329-5162, ext. 1941

3 Nations Wellness Center is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Nike and its Air Native line to bring Nike and N7 merchandise to our tribal community, as activenike lifestyles assist in preventing the onset of chronic health conditions.

We will be offering Nike footwear at discounted prices (except for the N7 line) to all RSTHC patients, all RSIC employees and all RSIC enrolled members. Seasonal catalogs are available and include merchandise for men, women, and youth.

Contact: Wali Querta at 329-5162, ext. 1947
or  with questions or to place an order.

If you decide to place an order, please have the 6 digit number associated with each shoe you want, the size and the color code. Payments can be made with a money order or by credit card at the clinic.

Phone: (775) 329-5162 ext. 1942