Healing House Primary Care
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Closed from 12pm-1pm for lunch
Phone: (360) 394-1350
Fax: (360) 598-2709
What is Primary Care?
Primary Care is a long-term relationship between a person and a primary care physician. Primary care doctors see patients regularly for checkups, take time to get to know a patient and their medical history, and provide knowledge and support regarding long-term and chronic health concerns, including nutrition, stress management and mental health.
Primary Care Services
- Well-child, teen, and adult annual preventive visits
- Minor skin procedures
- Family planning counseling, prescriptions and procedures
- Pediatric and Prenatal care for low-risk pregnancies
- Muscle and joint pain
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, high cholesterol
- Rare and limited controlled substances (benzodiazepines, opiates, stimulants)
- Mental health counseling, medication
- Medication assisted therapy (MAT)
- Follow up after hospitalization
- Later and end of life counseling
- Acupuncture: pain, headaches, menopause, anxiety, sleep, restless legs, nerve pain
Who is eligible to be seen by Primary Care?
Suquamish Tribe Healing House Primary Care Clinic is now accepting new patients from the following groups:
- Suquamish Tribal Members and their families*
- American Indian/Alaska Native tribal members/descendants enrolled in other federally recognized tribes
- Suquamish Tribal Government staff and their families
- Port Madison Enterprises employees and their families
For these patients we accept any insurance. We are also now accepting anyone with Medicaid.
We are currently at capacity for all other patients with private insurance and Medicare.
All patients must provide proof of insurance. For American Indians/Alaska Natives without insurance, please call the clinic for Medicaid enrollment assistance.
Please contact our reception desk for more information regarding eligibility and new patient registration.
*Immediate non-tribal family member of enrolled Suquamish tribal member defined as mother, father, spouse, sister, brother, children, first aunt, first uncle, grandchild, and grandparent, as well as a person with whom a relationship was acquired through marriage or domestic partnership and/or any household member of a Suquamish tribal member.
Primary Care Physicians
Board certification: Family Medicine
University of Washington family medicine
University of California at Davis
University of California at Davis
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California
Kristine Ewing, MD is a board-certified family medicine physician who provides high quality primary care across the lifespan, with an emphasis on preventive medicine, chronic disease management, office-based procedures, and women’s health. She helps her patients manage chronic illness as well as optimize mental health and well-being.
Adult medicine, pediatric medicine and well child exams, chronic disease management, prenatal care, preventive medicine, women’s health, family planning, minor procedures.
Naturopathic Medicine – Bastyr University, Kenmore WA
Masters of Acupuncture – Bastyr University, Kenmore WA
Dr. Kraft is a primary and specialty care physician who has been practicing medicine in the Seattle area since 2004, after graduating from Bastyr University in Seattle. He is a Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Washington, and has owned & operated his own private practice and also worked in a larger integrative medical clinic. He uses a combination of Naturopathic principles, Western medical science, and Acupuncture to formulate individualized treatment plans. With a background in traditional herbal medicine, modern nutritional science, and lifestyle modifications, Dr Kraft meets patients where they are to stay healthy or address chronic or urgent health concerns.
Associates Degree of Nursing and Bachelors Science of Nursing
Washington State Nurses Association
American Nurses Association
Association of Critical Care Nursing.
My career has included bedside nursing in a progressive care unit where I gained a wealth of experience caring for a variety of critically ill patients. I have spent the last few years working in cardiac care. I have spent time working in the hospital setting and now I look forward to serving my community. As a Registered Nurse my role is to serve the community with compassion, respect, and responsiveness while assisting and supporting our physicians in the clinic.
I enjoy working out, road trips, traveling, food, movies, discovering new places, my pups, my family, being happy, and most of all, seeing others happy.
Associates in Pre-Nursing / Pre-Nursing ADA
Certificate of Specialization in Practical Nursing
Jennifer has been a Licensed Practical Nurse for 4 years. She started in long term care, where she had previously worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Jennifer moved into community health to work with pediatrics and primary care. She found that her focus and passion turned to helping patients needing assistance for substance use disorders and spent the last two years working in a program that helps guide them through for success. Jennifer is certified in Mental Health First Aid and is excited to find new opportunities to help within her community.
Certification of Medical Assisting
The Evergreen State College
Bachelor of Arts3
Board Member for the Olympic College Medical Assistant Advisory Board
Member of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the Kitsap County chapter of AAMA
My background includes working in integrated healthcare settings, tribal healthcare, as well as state and federal agencies that promote community health. I have had the opportunity to work in public health in every county in the state of Washington and promote health care initiatives with several Washington state tribes.
As a Medical Assistant my role is coordinating care for patients that is timely, responsive, and respectful. I also have a role in assisting and supporting clinic providers and supporting the clinic with efficient work flows and having all the right tools at the right time.
Healing House Director
Pacific Lutheran University
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Kris Safford’s professional background includes three decades of working in the Seattle Bio Tech Industry prior to becoming an Office Manager for local health professionals and educators. Career highlights include developing medications that have improved the quality of life for millions of people, but nothing compares with helping individuals find the support they need to be happy, healthy and well balanced in their daily lives. She is excited to blend her varied work experiences to support the administrative and business operations at the Healing House.
Kris is passionate about science, fitness, health and nutrition. She enjoys spending time with her family exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, gardening, and completing home improvement projects on the weekends.
Bremerton High School
High School Diploma with Honors
Before coming to the Healing House, I worked for Port Madison Enterprises, in both retail and the hotel. I have also worked for both the Suquamish Tribe and The Port Gamble S’klallam Tribe. Most of my professional career has been in customer service, with a professional goal of pursing a profession in health care. Both my grandmother and aunt work in the medical field, cardiology and registered nursing. Watching them, it has been a dream of mine since childhood to follow that path as well. I spend my free time with my son and furthering my education with a goal of pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in diagnostic medical sonography. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Healing House and it’s opening.
Efficient, organized and friendly reception support, phone duties, and appointment scheduling. Specializing in creating a friendly and receptive office environment for our staff and our patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I see any provider at the Healing House?
Any Suquamish tribal member and most other patients between the age of 12 and 64 can see both Dr. Ewing and Dr. Kraft.
Children under 12 and adults over 65 with Medicare can see Dr. Ewing.
Adults over 65: Suquamish Tribal Members and others with private insurance or a Medicare Advantage plan that allows visits with a Naturopathic Physician can see Dr. Kraft.
Do I need to switch my primary care doctor to see Dr. Kraft or Dr. Ewing?
To be seen at the Healing House, you will need to select one of our physicians as your primary care physician. This can be done with a phone call (even the day of your visit) to your insurance.
Am I able to have both doctors as my primary care physician?
Established patients are able to see either provider, but can only have a single primary care physician.
Can I go online to make an appointment?
At this time, all appointments are scheduled by calling the clinic reception desk.
Does the clinic do pediatric and newborn care?
Yes, Dr. Ewing sees newborns, children, and adults of all ages, as well as patients for prenatal care with low-risk pregnancies. Dr. Kraft sees ages 12 and older.
Acupuncture is a service that is provided – how does acupuncture work?
The origins of acupuncture are from China, and are thought to be approximately 3000 years old. The theory of acupuncture is that there are channels (meridians) in the body which carry energy (Qi). In Chinese medicine, illness or disease happens when this balance or the flow of qi is disrupted, including imbalances of heat & cold, dry & moist, yin & yang. Acupuncture treatment is done by needling specific acupoints along the meridians to help restore balance or relieve pain, with Chinese herbs, or with diet and lifestyle changes. Acupuncture can be used to treat many conditions including pain, headaches, menopause, anxiety, sleep trouble, restless legs, and other concerns.
What is a naturopathic physician?
A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is a primary care physician trained to diagnose and treat patients. Like Medical Doctors (MD), Naturopathic physicians order prescriptions, labs, and radiology studies. Naturopaths tend to focus on preventative medicine and use natural medicines and lifestyle changes when possible.
How can I find the clinic hours and updates for weather closures?
Clinic hours are on the website. The clinic will follow Tribal Government guidelines for weather and holiday closures.
Do I need insurance to be seen at the clinic?
Insurance is required to be seen at the clinic. Insurances accepted include Private insurance, Purchased Referred Care (SQT), Suquamish Employee insurance (SQE), Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare. The only exception is for Suquamish tribal members without insurance who meet certain criteria and have been approved by Tribal Council. With the exception of Suquamish tribal members who have exemptions approved by Tribal Council, you will need insurance to be seen at the clinic. If you don’t have insurance our staff will assist you with obtaining insurance so that you may be seen promptly.
Do I have to wear a mask in the clinic?
To protect the health of our most vulnerable community members we continue to recommend patients wear a mask in the clinic. Clinic staff continue to wear a mask when working with patients.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Insurance cards, Drivers license, Tribal ID card if applicable, all medications and vitamins, and emergency contact information.
What can I expect for my first visit to the clinic when establishing primary care?
Your first visit will be a longer visit. We will ask you a lot of questions about your medical history and current health concerns and do an examination. We may order labs, x-rays, or other tests. Together we will come up with a plan to address your concerns, including a follow up visit or referral, if needed.
Can the clinic run lab tests?
Yes, we have some tests (pregnancy tests, urinalyses, Strep throat, flu and COVID tests, and several blood tests) that we can run in a few minutes. For more extensive tests we send them to an outside lab to be completed. Depending on the test, we may have results back within a day, although some tests may take a week or more.
Does the clinic take x-rays?
No, not at this time. Patients will need to go to Rayus Radiology in Poulsbo to complete x-rays.
How do I get a Covid Test?
Call the clinic to schedule a nurse visit for a test. We will need your insurance card and Tribal ID and will collect some basic information. We will have you come to the clinic, stay in your car, and call us to let us know you are here.
Can the clinic prescribe controlled meds such as ADHD and pain meds?
Yes, in some limited circumstances. Please see our policy on Controlled Substances.
How do referrals work?
Our physicians will need to evaluate you to determine whether a referral is needed, to what specialist to refer to, and the question we are asking of the specialist. Then we can write the referral, send it to the appropriate clinic, and they can contact you for an appointment. The process to get the referral approved sometimes takes a week or two, due to insurance requirements.
How can I talk with my Healing House doctor about a question I have?
For questions regarding prescription refills, recent treatment plans, or to provide information for an upcoming office visit, established patients can use the Healow Patient Portal to send questions to the clinic for their doctor. If you don’t currently use the patient portal please call with questions during clinic hours, and note that return calls may take up to 48 hours. For new health concerns or questions requiring medical decision making, please schedule an office or telemedicine visit to discuss with your physician.
Contact Info and Links
Primary Care Contact Information and Hours
Physical Address: 6968 Enetai Lane NE, Suquamish WA 98392
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Closed from 12pm-1pm for lunch
Healing House follows Suquamish Tribal Government guidelines for weather and holiday closures.
Phone: (360) 394-1350
Fax: (360) 598-2709
Email is for initial inquiries only, not medical care or advice.
Access Health Records
Healing House patients can view their health records, send messages to providers, and access other information via the Patient Portal. New patients should contact the clinic for login details.