Dr. Ann Nora Ehret is the Medical Director at Iluliuk Family Heath Services, a community health center in the remote and austere Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The clinic serves the community of Unalaska and the port of Dutch Harbor which provides commercial fishing, sea food processing, fleet services and marine transportation including rescue services to a year-round population of 4,000 and additional 10,000 seasonal workers. The clinic cares for patients from 39 countries requiring emergent, urgent and primary care services with the closest hospital and specialists located 800 air miles and three hours in a small plane. She and her staff of PA’s and NP’s handle anything that walks in the door. She travels with critical patients with life or limb threatening cases as needed in USCG medevacs during inclement weather.
Dr. Ehret hails from a Navy family originally from Chicago. She obtained her osteopathic medical degree from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine. She completed her her Family Medicine residency in Anchorage, Alaska, a site affiliated with the University of Washington providing full spectrum training for rural physicians. She worked in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor from 2007 – 2011 and returned as Medical Director in 2013. Over the years Dr. Ehret has worked on the Navajo Nation, inner-city Chicago, tribal Alaskan healthcare facilities and on multiple international projects. She sailed on Semester at Sea in Spring 2000 and Summer 2014, on numerous Enrichment and Reunion voyages and most recently served on the SAS Alumni Board Association as co-chair of the Voyagers Council. Her interests include outdoor adventure and sports such as hiking, skiing and kayaking.