Wahji Kasten is Denesuline and a member of the English River First Nations. She currently works at Klallam Counseling Services as a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist. Dr. Kasten has been an integral component to the KCS mission of providing whole person care. She works with patients on improving physical health by addressing acute and chronic medical issues. Wahji works to remove barriers to standard medical care, integrative medicine and traditional treatment modalities, such as herbal medicine and acupuncture. With the disproportionate impact of substance use disorder in Native American communities, Wahji’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples everywhere.
Klallam Counseling Service (KCS) is an outpatient substance use disorder (SUD) treatment program operated by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. KCS provides culturally competent and trauma informed SUD services to native and non-native clients in a rural community. Treatment at KCS focuses on whole person wellness by providing clients with the structure and support to make the lifestyle choices and changes that empowers them to improve their quality of life. This is done through incorporating traditional, evidence-based and cultural practices into their comprehensive treatment. KCS strives to improve access to treatment, provide community outreach and integrate services to support people in their recovery journey.