Wellness in Motion, BH Team in Action

Deborah Gilleran – Community Health Worker

What does emotional wellness mean to me; my emotional wellness self-care
practice is:

Emotional wellness for me is to keep my mind on positive people, places, and things. I live in balance by being aware of my emotional wellbeing. I know where to turn if I have difficulty in my life and by having the support of my family, and community I live each day in a positive way. I also make sure to surround myself with positive individuals who share the same values.

Your approach on working with the community

FAIHP is the place for all Native people and I am blessed to be a helping hand and part
of such an amazing community. Culture is prevention and community is positive

Populations you feel you have proficiency addressing

Working with those who have goals in life and that need encouragement and a helping
hand. Things that are causing stress and creating an at-risk environment can be dealt
with together. Nobody ever has to face a situation alone.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”!”

—Audrey Hepburn

Dominique.StaffDominique Carrillo – Care Coordinator

What does emotional wellness mean to me/My emotional wellness self-care practice is:

Emotional wellness is making sure I feed my body with positive energy and surround myself with positive individuals. When I surround myself with family and friends it helps me unwind from the work week. Any chance I have I love spending time with my husband and our kids. My self-care practices at home are curling up with a good book while the kids are asleep or running a nice hot bath with candles for the lighting.

Your Approach on working with the community:

When I work with the community I want them to have a sense of belonging at FAIHP. I want my clients to know that they can trust everyone here at FAIHP. I will take any avenue to help my fellow Natives in their time of struggle. Whatever the community members need I will be there to support them. Dedication is one action I value and honor in my life. I need to be dedicated to my community members if I am going to help guide them down a healthy and positive path.

Populations you feel you have proficiency addressing:

I work with various age groups who struggle with different stressors in their life. Some may struggle with addiction, physical abuse or mental health. I would like to educate the community about mental health so we can reduce the stigma that is attached when reaching out for services. Giving clients the tools to help them succeed in life and to help them build a better future is a key component of my position here at Fresno American Indian Health Project.


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”




Amber Molina, LCSW 78811  Navajo – Director of Behavioral Health Services

What does emotional wellness mean to me; my emotional wellness self-care practice is…

Emotional wellness plays a major role in my life and in working with others. I believe wellness comes in many shapes and forms including mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. I enjoy staying active by walking my dog, hiking, spending time with family and friends, line dancing, reading, and traveling. In order to stay balanced, I practice healthy habits daily and create positivity around me.

Your approach on working with the community

My approach in working within our community is from a Person-Centered (Rogerian) framework. I believe approaching situations or challenges from a strengths-based and emphatic perspective is key in treatment. Through this modality, we are truly able to self-actualize and become more aware of our basic human drive toward growth and feeling fulfilled in life. Additionally, a focus on self-exploration and understanding of authenticity is important for development and progress. I also focus on the here and now experience, typically involving practicing and implementing mindfulness strategies in treatment.

Populations you feel you have proficiency addressing

I provide services in hopes of promoting the well-being of others, healing, and encouraging various components of healthy living. Connecting the mind, body, and spirit is a very powerful part of life and in working within our native community connection and a sense of belonging is crucial; this is what I strive for every day.


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou




Ruben Garcia – Youth Coordinator

What does emotional wellness mean to me; my emotional wellness self-care practice is…

Emotional wellness is to maintain a healthy and positive outlook toward every aspect of life. Having the balance to make it through any challenge and to always grow, learn and teach from any and all life experiences.

My approach to emotional wellness is understanding that it is a process and a lifelong effort. I myself take wellness on as a personal responsibility, a responsibility to be kind, approachable, and devoted to those around me. This is not always an easy thing to do so I remind myself that this is a lifelong process. I also make sure to surround myself with positive individuals who share the same values.

Your approach on working with the community

When working in the community I always try to create a sense of belonging for the individuals and groups of people. Helping them understand that the FAIHP is the place for all Native people and welcome to all those who are interested in learning, sharing, growing and connecting with services and community.

Populations you feel you have proficiency addressing

Working with all those who have obstacles in life that are causing stress and creating an at-risk environment. Also educating on mental health services and mental health prevention reducing the stigma that goes along with accessing any behavioral health services.


“There is enough bad in this world and it’s easy to see, always make the best of every situation and notice the good.”





Dawn Batten  – Billing Manager/ Program Development


What does emotional wellness mean to me?

Emotional wellness is a process and it is a work in progress, something I feel we all strive to do. For me I tend to look for moments that provide me with tension release, like the sound of drumming, writing in a journal some poetry or just to get my thoughts out, a massage, lit candles, sage and meditation. Being able to capture the quiet is so important for the rejuvenation of the soul it’s how we truly connect with our self and the creator.

My work approach is:

I believe that approaching situations with respect and a genuine heart then you show you’re most vulnerable and you also show strength in the ability to be humble. I approach our community as well as my co-workers in the same way, with integrity, honesty, and directly. I am always willing to learn, and I embrace what I do not know so that I can grow from the people of FAIHP and from the people of our community.

I was brought into a unique position to help with the development and growth of the behavioral health and clinical aspects of our organization, through obtaining methods of self-sustainability, billing, networking, and linkages through partnerships. We are working on very exciting ways to grow and expand not only our program but the ability we have to help and reach out to more of the community.

Typical things I deal with on a day to day basis

In dealing with day to day elements/ responsibilities of my job, I will have training webinars on commercial insurance, Medi-Cal, Medicare, for the purpose of seeing steps to becoming participating providers on a state level. I help with Grant research in tracking down additional funding, to promote self-sustainability, I make sure that the county Medi-Cal billing is being done for our clinicians. I help with Systems of Care TRAC database in the collection of data, for purpose and sustainability.

My Hope for the clinic:

My hope for the FAIHP Organization is to continue to grow within the community, bringing Behavioral Health healing to our people. I hope to provide solid knowledge and expertise in the billing, coding, and credentialing aspect of the business side of the organization, assisting all segments as needed to facilitate a positive and flowing environment where Behavioral Health and Medical Health can happen in the same environment.

My Quote:

“Looking behind I am filled with gratitude, Looking forward I am filled with visions, Looking upwards I am filled with strength, looking within I discover peace”

~Q’ero Indians