Meet Our Providers

Alex Wills MD

      Dr. Wills is the Owner and a Psychiatrist of PERMA Mental Health. He is a native Idahoan, but has also lived in a variety of places including New York, Israel, and Hawaii and has traveled to 38 countries which gives him a well-rounded approach to his patients. He is happy to be serving the community of Boise. He has experience treating all forms of mental health concerns including Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD, ODD, Addictions, and Eating Disorders. His strengths include working well to collaborate with other providers, family members who are involved with treatment, and by ensuring quality care. Dr. Wills provides psychiatric evaluations, therapy, and medication management for children, teens, adults and geriatric patients.
      He is passionate about psychotherapy and amongst several other therapeutic modalities, he has completed his second year of training in Transference Focused Psychotherapy through Columbia University in Manhattan, New York. In the Winter, you will find him snowboarding. Summer time he enjoys hiking, wake boarding and long walks.


       Tauna is an Idaho native with a unique understanding of the physical effects of mental illness.  As an experienced healthcare provider working with patients from all walks of life in both inpatient and outpatient environments over the last eight years, she has learned that many people erroneously believe that mental and physical health can be compartmentalized.  She is passionate about helping people to achieve “total health” by assisting them to honor the connection between the emotional and physical impacts of all of life’s experiences.  Tauna believes that as a healthcare provider who is passionate about promoting total health, it is her duty and honor to provide a safe, judgement-free zone where patients can discuss their concerns in a positive environment. Tauna is committed to life-long learning and promotes various modalities to support wellness. She loves to partner with patients to achieve ”total health” through a recognition of the balance between mind and body.

      In her spare time, Tauna can usually be found with a crochet hook in one hand, undoubtedly while crocheting ridiculous items such as adult onesies or customized cat couches for friends and family.  She loves spending time with her husband and four children, singing in karaoke contests with her in-laws, or laughing at ridiculous jokes with her six siblings.  She is an unabashed music lover and those closest to her laugh that you can that you can always hear her car coming long before you can see it because she is sure to always have her stereo turned up loud.  In summer months Tauna can usually be found going for long runs or walks around Boise, as she simply can’t get enough of outdoor Idaho.

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Julie Akins FNP

Julie graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2007 with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree.  Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Julie spent 17 years working primarily in an Intensive Care Unit. She Spent 8 years teaching at the College of Souther Idaho’s nursing program. Julie is excited and dedicated to work in the Mental Health field with PERMA in Twin Falls. She enjoys knowing that she is able to positively impact the lives of patients.


     Tyson is an Idaho native with a passion for helping patients, especially those afflicted by mental health.  He found this passion for mental health during his undergraduate studies at Idaho State University, which resulted in changing his degree to psychology.  He later graduated from Union University in Tennessee with a nursing degree.  Following graduation, he worked for St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise caring for patients with heart conditions for over 4 years.  He then graduated with a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Northwest Nazarene University.

     Tyson has a calm demeanor and compassionate nature which provides a warm and accepting atmosphere.  He looks at each new patient with a fresh outlook, takes the time to listen, and address their concerns. Tyson is particularly cautious when prescribing and managing medications to ensure the safety of his patients.  He enjoys working with patients of all ages and genders.  He believes in providing a team approach to treatment, involving patient, provider, family, and fellow providers when applicable.

     In his free time, Tyson enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, riding dirt bikes, golfing, snowboarding, wood working, and pretty much anything that involves being outside.

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 Sandra, preferred, Sana graduated from the Idaho State University with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies. Sana became intrigued by cultural anthropology, believing that academics alone did not make a great physician. She was born and raised in Bosnia and immigrated to the United States after the Bosnian civil war. She studied abroad in Cuernavaca Mexico, learning how to become a compassionate, multi-cultural, empathetic and non-judgemental clinician. She studied abroad in Cuernavaca Mexico, learning how to become a compassionate, multi-cultural, empathetic and non-judgemental clinician. Sana speaks Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Spanish.

She is currently studying at  A.T. Still University of Health Science for her Doctorate of Medical Science.  Sana developed a passion for integrated care, knowing a sense of well-being is within the psyche. Sana has past experience working in urgent care and family care settings and experience in managing acute and chronic medical conditions in the adult and geriatric population with comorbid psychiatric illnesses.


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