Dr. Michael Fischer
A board-certifed Family Physician, Dr. Fischer explores all aspects of a person’s health and wellness. This is based on a philosophy of medical care known as Integrative Medicine. Using this approach, he combines the best of conventional and natural medicine to achieve maximum health and wellness.
Ten years of mental health experience prior to entering medicine have helped Dr. Fischer appreciate the importance of psychological, emotional and spiritual issues in a person’s health. He works to help his patients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their health challenges. Dr. Fischer utilizes all resources, including the full range of health care practitioners available. He employs a wide range of tools such as nutritional and botanical modalities, medical acupuncture and prolotherapy as well as conventional approaches to help a patient bring about the deeper changes leading to health. He has completed extensive training in Prolotherapy, an injection technique for chronic joint pain associated with weakness of ligaments and tendons.
As a family practitioner, he has received specialized training in caring for the full range of people, from newborns through elders. Dr. Fischer completed medical school at the University of New Mexico in 1988. He completed Family Practice residency at the University of Utah in 1991. Following residency, he has extensively studied acupuncture, functional and integrative medicine as well as regenerative medicine including prolotherapy and autologous stem cell therapy. Dr. Fischer is board-certified through the American Board of Family Physicians.
Clara Scott, PA-C
Clara Scott is a certified Physician’s Assistant with over 12 years’ experience in medicine. Although she has primarily specialized in pediatric medicine, Clara has a personal interest in women’s health, wellness and both Complementary and Alternative medicine that leads to healthier lifestyles.
Clara is originally from Olympia, Washington. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Richard, they relocated to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he began serving in the U.S. Army. While in North Carolina, Clara began her medical career as a Paramedic. But wanting to expand and develop a broader medical knowledge base to serve in a greater capacity, she pursued and obtained her Masters in Health Science and graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Duke University in 2001 with honors. Clara has primarily practiced pediatric medicine, caring for and treating newborns up to adolescents. Although she saw a wide range of patients, varying from acute ill visits to well child exams, she had a special connection with her female adolescent patients, guiding them to healthier “holistic” lifestyle choices through self-help solutions.
Clara re-located to Anchorage, Alaska with her family and is excited to be a part of Alaska Family Wellness Center. She loves the outdoors and keeps a busy schedule raising two wonderful boys who are equally grateful for the many outdoor activities Alaska has to offer.
Mark Swircenski, PA-C
Mark Swircenski is a certified Physician’s Assistant with over 28 years experience in medicine. Mark is board certified in Primary Care, having scored in the top 10% of the nation on his board exams. Mark is also board certified in the Clinical Sciences of Anti Aging Medicine.
Mark has a broad base of experience to draw on. Mark joined the Air Force in 1973 and went through training as an Aeromedical Specialist graduating with honors. In 1984 Mark graduated second in his class from the USAF Physician Assistant Program and was commissioned an Air Force Officer. Mark and his family moved from Homestead AFB, Florida to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska in 1989, where he worked in Family Practice. In 1995 – Mark worked for three months in a Cuban refugee camp before retiring from the Air Force with 23 years of service. After his “retirement” Mark began studying and working with a well known Anchorage cardiologist, Gary Archer, M.D., who died in a whitewater rafting accident in 1997.
Mark came to Alaska Family Wellness Center in 1998 well-schooled in traditional medicine. Mark had a strong desire to learn and incorporate alternative and natural approaches to health care into his practice. To accomplish this, he drew on Dr. Fischer’s vast knowledge in this area and also took courses from the Institute of Functional Medicine, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).
Mark has a keen interest in environmental and food allergies. He has received training in sub-lingual immunotherapy and has made this novel treatment available for the benefit of our patients. Sub-lingual immunotherapy is a no-shots allergy and asthma treatment, which is safe, simple and effective. About 80 % of patients experience significant relief of allergy symptoms within three months. Many medical studies have documented its effectiveness and the World Health Organization has recently endorsed this method of treatment.
Mark takes a “holistic” approach in dealing with patients and integrates the best of traditional Western medical practices with the best of what is sometimes referred to as “natural” or “alternative” medicine. By doing this, he focuses on prevention - through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, bio-identical hormones, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
Marsha Brown, LMFT
Marsha Brown is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive experience helping people with change and growth. Since 1986, she has worked in a variety of settings with families, couples, individuals and children. She treats people with concerns such as stress, depression, chronic pain, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, life transitions and emotional aspects of medical problems.
Marsha has a keen insight, combined with a gentle, compassionate and interactive style. She provides a safe and supportive environment for people to explore life concerns and develop a greater sense of personal empowerment. She embraces the clinic’s model of living and giving wellness. As a Kundalini yoga instructor and daily practitioner, Marsha teaches weekly yoga classes and integrates these approaches in to her therapy services emphasizing mindfulness. Her therapy practice is augmented by the presence of Bella, a Bedlington Terrier therapy dog.
Marsha completed her Clinical Psychology graduate training at the Professional School of Psychology in San Francisco, CA. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Earlier in her career, she also attained another Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.
Many people have experienced the healing and soothing nature of animals. At AFWC, we are lucky to integrate Bella into our treatment approach. She is a small, hypo-allergenic, non-shedding, Bedlington Terrier. She joined our clinic in 2006 at the age of 10 weeks old. She has been trained to assist in the psychotherapy process and works in the office of Marsha Brown. Soft to the touch and appropriately cuddly for those who wish to pet her, she quietly engages with many of our patients. When you come to our office, ask to meet Bella – she’ll greet you as a friend!
When she’s not working, Bella is a high-spirited, active dog that loves daily runs and hiking the Alaska wilderness, especially with her owners, Marsha Brown and Dr. Michael Fischer.