Fairbanks Diagnostic Team
Fetal Alcohol Community Evaluation Services (FACES)
Fairbanks North Star Borough
Alaska Center for Children and Adults
FACES Team Coordinator
1020 Barnette St.
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
time refers to the time it will take upon submission of all
paperwork to the time of first scheduled appointment.
The mission of
the Fairbanks Fetal Alcohol Community Evaluation Services (FACES)
Team is to facilitate the referral,
screening, assessment and diagnosis of children experiencing difficulties
related to prenatal exposure to alcohol. The team also offers information
and training to community agencies and providers. The team plans to
link children and their families with resources and advocate for services.
The team vision is to improve the quality of life for individuals
and their families, as well as to reduce the occurrence and impact
of secondary disabilities.
The diagnostic process involves medical, psychological,
occupational therapy and speech pathology assessments which look at
the child's ability to function in the home, community and school.
The team reviews referrals, confer with clients, collect records and
coordinate assessments helpful for the diagnosis. Using information
from these assessments, the team evaluates and makes recommendations
Members of the Fairbanks FACES include: Marv Bergeson, Pediatrician; Mary MacFarlane, Pediatrician; Claudia French, Psychologist; John DeRuyter, Psychologist; Kristen Bradshaw, Occupational Therapist; Joan Franz, Occupational Therapist; Charlotte Cannon, SLP; Art Delaune, Tracy Smith, Charles Smith, Jackie Sunnyboy, and Jenn Wagaman all Parent Navigators; Shireen Deitrick, Coordinator.
The FACES Team is targeting children between the ages of five and fourteen.
These providers are from both private, non-profit and community
agencies. The Fairbanks FACES is partially funded by a 5
year grant from the statewide FAS office, in the Department of Health
and Social Services. Some assessments are funded through third party
payment. Several agencies provide in-kind services; however, the team
evaluation is accomplished through the volunteer efforts of providers
on the team.