Our Providers

  • David Garcia, LMSW

    Behavioral Health Director

  • Josette French, MD

    Physician

  • Jesse Klebba, DO

    Medical Director

  • Alicia Steele, MD

    Family Medicine Physician

  • Jessie Lucero, LBSW

    Case Manager

  • Emily Numbers, BA

    Case Manager

  • Iris Luna, LLMSW

    Behavioral Health Therapist

David Garcia, LMSW

Behavioral Health Director

David is of Native American and Mexican American heritage. His father is from the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. His mother is from Mexico and would be related to the Tarahumara tribe of Copper Canyon, Mexico. He has his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University. His journey on the Red Road began in June of 1994 and he practices the Lakota Teachings of Spirituality. He has been privileged to participate in teachings and ceremonies with Elders from the Dakotas, Canada, Central American, the Andes and the Amazon. He is a Fire keeper, Piper carrier, Sundancer and Water Pourer of the Inipi ceremony. Dave grew up in a Mexican community in Saginaw until he was 5 when his family moved to rural Chesaning. He currently lives in Bay City and has two adult children, Elizabeth and Aaron and 3 dogs. Dave has over 25 years of sobriety and believes that through indigenous teachings and ceremonies, we can help heal the indigenous people. Dave’s idea of a vacation is to travel and spend a week with an Elder participating in ceremony. Mitakuye Oyasin

Josette French, MD

Physician

Josette French, MD is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan. Her tribal roots are tied to Sugar Island on her grandmother’s side and Saint Ignace on her grandfather’s side.

She is a board-certified family physician and earned her ten-year recertification in 2015. Dr. French received her Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University in New Haven, CT in 1991 and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL in 1995. Dr. French completed her family medicine residency at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI in 1998. She has worked at AIHFS since 1998 and is dedicated to trying to lessen the health disparities seen in the Native community.
In her leisure time, she enjoys spending lots of time with her family, getting outside to walk and bike as much as possible, relaxing on Michigan’s beautiful beaches, and staying centered with daily meditation and yoga.

Jesse Klebba, DO

Medical Director

Jesse Klebba is a board-certified family physician who joined American Indian Health and Family services as the medical director in February 2022. Born and raised in south east Michigan he graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology followed by medical school at Michigan State University. After graduating medical school, he pursued a career in Indian health working with the Puyallup tribe. He attended the Puyallup tribal health authority for residency and later signed on as a full spectrum family medicine faculty member. As a faculty member he worked and trained residents in both inpatient and outpatient medicine including obstetrics. He also worked as the tribal correctional facility doctor and was actively training to become the lab Director. He was a member of the EHR committee and the core competency committee working to both to improve the medical records and enhance resident training. As an osteopathic physician he approaches health with a mind, body, and spirit perspective and plans to bring his experience as a mentor with him into his position as medical director.

Alicia Steele, MD

Family Medicine Physician

Doctor Alicia Steele, born and raised in Michigan, is grateful for the opportunity to serve at American Indian Health and Family Services in Detroit. Alicia has been deeply inspired by her family, a Zapatista indigenous community, an indigenous community in Pembroke, NC and the community of Detroit, Michigan. Her passion for community health justice led her to study medicine in a universal healthcare model in Cuba, at the Latin American School of Medicine. In Havana, Cuba, Alicia honed an ability to weave biological, emotional, cultural, and social needs into medical care. Following medical school in Cuba, Alicia returned home to complete her 3 year medical residency in Detroit. Alicia deeply believes in loving kindness, joy, justice, wellness and that clean water, cultural respect and understanding and healthcare are human rights. She can be found in her Southwest Detroit community enjoying delicious local food, art, music, dancing, playing sports, laughing, and smiling with her family, friends, and mother nature. Alicia is also a mother to two kittens, Vaquito (little cow) and Koalito (little koala) and many plants.

Jessie Lucero, LBSW

Case Manager

Jessie Lucero is an enrolled member of Taos Pueblo. She is an urban Native and has spent her life living in Detroit. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Social Work, with specializations in geriatrics and cultural studies. Throughout her college career, she participated in MSU’s North American Indigenous Student Organization, and served as a cultural programmer and co-chair. 
Jessie is a licensed social worker and has over 10 years of working in the healthcare industry. She has a deep passion for social work, and is honored to work for the agency which has enriched her life in many ways. 
Jessie is walking on the Red Road. In her free time, she enjoys attending community social and spiritual events, powwows, and round dances. She is a women’s traditional dancer, and enjoys making beadwork. 

Emily Numbers, BA

Case Manager

Emily (she/her) is originally from Ohio and now calls Detroit home. She uses person-centered, trauma-informed, and solution-focused approaches to foster personal growth and to connect individuals with resources. She feels passionately about social justice and the role of community in healing trauma. Emily earned a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Social Thought from the University of Toledo in 2014. Since then, she has worked to make the criminal legal system more just and fair for those navigating it, including through arts interventions, advocacy and policy change, and research and technical assistance. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Wayne State University where she is preparing to practice individual psychotherapy to help individuals heal from trauma.

When she’s not at work, you can find her rollerblading, riding her bike, or exploring arts and cultural events around the city.

Iris Luna, LLMSW

Behavioral Health Therapist

Iris is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Peshawbestown, Michigan. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan with a specialization in the welfare of children and families. Iris is passionate about serving the Native American population and others in the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) community. She is honored to have the opportunity to assist those who seek support from AIHFS.

In her leisure time, Iris enjoys visiting her hometown of Traverse City, going to powwows, practicing yoga, hiking, trying new food, and hanging out with friends and family.

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