The Dena’ina Wellness Center is an integrated medical facility offering a holistic approach to care. Our customers, who we call Un’ina – “those who come to us” – receive access to all our services beneath one roof. This includes medical, dental, behavioral health, chemical dependency, wellness, physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy support and traditional healing. The building also features a gym, classroom space and wellness kitchen. Alaska Native and American Indian people have access to all programs, while programs that receive state funding – primarily behavioral health – are open to the entire community.
Spanning 52,000-square-feet, the center opened in 2014 at an early Kahtnuht’ana Dena’ina village site in Old Town Kenai. The building’s design supports our whole-person approach to care, with integrated workspaces allowing care teams to collaborate on treatment plans and customize them to each individual. Architectural details throughout the building represent the history of the area and our people. Century-old Douglas fir planks reclaimed from a Kenai River cannery span much of the interior. The ocean is depicted in blue across the floor near the main entrance; agates inset in the flooring were collected by tribal members; and Dena’ina names are used throughout the facility.
The tribe earned a coveted Indian Health Service Joint Venture Award in 2011 to cover the building’s operational and maintenance costs for at least the next 20 years. The Dena’ina Wellness Center achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.
508 Upland St.
Kenai, AK 99611
Building: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Dental: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Closed 1:00 to 1:30 for lunch) Monday through Friday
Medical: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Behavioral Health: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Activities Area: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday