Jeffrey Copeland, DO

Armed with a medical degree, a keen interest in emergency medicine and an unwavering commitment to help others at home and abroad, Dr. Copeland joined the U.S. Marines. He served first as a general medical officer and then soon as a full scope family medicine physician. He was stationed in California and Guam and periodically deployed around the world. He served patients and communities in Iraq, Liberia, Guam, earning several awards along the way.

Today he is proud to serve the people of Alaska. As a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, he brings a whole-person approach to his practice.

Areas of Interest

  • Family Medicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BS), Biochemistry, University of Florida (1998)
  • Medical Degree (DO), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic (2002)
  • Military Training, Field Medical Service School, Camp Pendleton, CA (2003)
  • Military Training, Combat Casualty Care Course – Camp Bullis, TX (2002)
  • Residency, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency, Jacksonville, FL (2007)
  • Internship, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency, Jacksonville, FL (2003)

Other Certifications

  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Committee at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Member
  • Maternal/Child Health Committee at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Voting Member

Fun Stuff

Dr. Copeland has a long history of helping others in his spare time, including serving as an emergency department volunteer at the University of Florida, Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop on Guam, and a musician for the University of Florida Marching Band. Today he embraces the Alaska life and enjoys hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, and spending time with family.

Ashleigh Farris, PA-C

Ashleigh Farris Certified Physician Assistant with two degrees and a passion for helping people. She treats every patient with the same time, dedication and commitment she would invest in her own family, friend and those closest to her. In addition to being a family medicine practitioner, she has special interests and training in diabetes management and nutrition. Ms. Farris is a longtime Alaskan, having moved to Kenai in the eighth grade, and enjoys helping her fellow Alaskans stay healthy.

Special Interests

  • Family Medicine
  • Diabetes management
  • Nutrition
  • Urgent Care

Education

BS, Dietetics, University of Northern Colorado
BS, Health Sciences, University of Washington

Fun Stuff

Ms. Farris loves the outdoors and enjoys fishing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her spouse and two children.

Mary Ann Foland, MD

Dr. Foland is an award-winning family physician with a special interest in women’s care and helping patients with eating disorders or chemical dependencies. Regardless of her patients’ health issues, she enjoys caring for and getting to know them over time.

Special Interests

Family Medicine

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, University of Colorado
  • Medical Degree, Colorado University Medical Center
  • Family Medicine Residency, Mercy Hospital in Denver, Colorado

Professional Service: 

  • Anchorage Medical Society, Past President
  • Alaska Academy of Family Physicians, Past President & Past Board Member
  • Alaska State Medical Association (ASMA), Past President & Board of Trustee Member 
  • American Medical Association) (AMA), Past Alternate Delegate
  • Medical Services Review Committee for Worker Comp Issues, Member
  • Medical Review Advisory Committee for MIEC, Member & Co-director
  • Physicians Health Committee of Alaska, Member and Medical Director for decades.

Community Service: 

  • Alaska Seatbelt Coalition, Member
  • Child Abuse Community Education Committee, Member
  • “Tar Wars” anti-smoking program in grade schools, Speaker
  • WAMI and Family Practice Residency,  Speaker
  • STOP For Smoking Cessation, Founding Member
  • Providence Community Breast Cancer Conference, Speaker

Honors & Awards

  • Channel 11 Doctor’s Choice Award for Family Practice
  • Best of Alaska Award for Family Medicine
  • YWCA Women of Achievement Award, 2001
  • Alaska Academy of Family Physicians, Physician of the Year Award,  2006

Fun Stuff

Dr. Foland enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and walking her dog. She moved here for just 2 years…but did it in 1977.

Christi Froiland, PA-C

Christi Froiland, PA-C, has been treating families, athletes and individuals for decades. After earning her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine & Recreation, she launched her medical career at the University of Nebraska, where she earn earned a master’s in Athletic Medicine – and helped the Huskers get to the Orange & Fiesta bowls as an athletic trainer.

Over the years she’s treated athletes of all ages and abilities and their families. She has also developed an interest in dermatology and today helps Alaskans with skin conditions as well.

At PCA, Ms. Froiland enjoys the variety and the team atmosphere. She believes that colleagues working together ensures patients get the best possible care. She also believes direct, forthright communication is essential; it empowers patients to make informed healthcare decisions and helps build a trusted provider-patient relationship over time.  

Areas of Interest

  • Family Medicine
  • Medical Dermatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urgent Care

Education

  • Bachelor Degree (BS), Sports Medicine and Recreation, University of South Dakota
  • Master’s Degree (MEd), Athletic Admin / Athletic Medicine, University of Nebraska
  • Master’s Degree (MPAS), Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Fun Stuff

Ms. Froiland is a Service High School graduate and enjoys Nordic skiing, traveling, and hanging out with her family.

Mari Hately, MD

Dr. Mari Hately is a board-certified family physician, a member of the Association of American Indian Physicians and a life-long Alaskan. She’s been helping families get and stay healthy for many years.

Education

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine (WWAMI Program)

Memberships

  • Member of the Association of American Indian Physicians
Josh Hedberg, PAC

Joshua D. Hedberg, PA-C

Josh Hedberg, PA-C, specializes in occupational medicine and has provided employment screening and occupational health evaluations for local and remote Alaskan workers for many years. Employers count on him for comprehensive annual occupational health surveillance for employees who perform safety-sensitive, remote, and/or strenuous work throughout the state.

He administers many different types of fit-for-duty tests and is skilled at reviewing and interpreting lab and other diagnostic test data –  including comprehensive bloodwork, x-rays, ECG, PFT, audiograms, respirator questionnaires, and more.

When it comes to evaluating and treating worker compensation injuries, he prioritizes quality patient care that allows patients/workers to quickly return to a full and active lifestyle. Mr. Hedberg’s care is backed by years of experience primary care, sports medicine, men’s health, sports, orthopedics, dermatology, geriatrics, and more. In a nutshell, he works hard to get patients back on their feet quickly – and safely.

Special Interest

  • Occupational Medicine

Education

  • Physician Assistant Certification, MEDEX Physician Assistant Program, University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Sciences, University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Environmental Science, Alaska Pacific University

Certifications & Memberships

  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Alaska State Medical Association, Member

Awards

  • Mayors Award for Community Service, Municipality of Anchorage, 1997
  • Ship Creek Enhancement Project Award – for service on a citizen-based task force charged with developing a plan for the enhancement of Ship Creek.

Fun Stuff

When not helping others live a full Alaskan lifestyle, he’s out doing the same – fat biking and gravel/road bike racing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, boating and fishing in Prince William Sound with his wife and two young boys.

Shawna Hickel, DO

As a family medicine physician, Dr. Hickel is excited to assist her patients in leading long and healthy lives – and is honored to be a central part in their lifelong healthcare. In addition to offering primary care for patients of all ages, she has special interests in travel medicine and women’s health.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Medical Degree (DO), Western University of Health Sciences
  • Residency, Providence Alaska Family Medicine Residency

Areas of Interest

  • Family Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Travel Medicine

Fun Stuff

Dr. Hickel loves skiing, hiking and mountain biking in the beautiful Alaskan backcountry. She is a proud 4th generation Alaskan and attended high school at Grace Christian School.

Mary Perez is a certified PA and athletic trainer

Sarah Bigelow-Hood, PA-C

Sarah Bigelow-Hood is a certified physician assistant with over a decade of experience. Her medical career started in 2002 as a certified medical assistant (right here at Primary Care Associates) and was inspired to get involved in direct patient care.

She went back to school and earned a bachelor’s of science in clinical health from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her physician assistant certification from the University of Washington.

As a PA-C, Ms. Bigelow-Hood practiced family medicine in Anchorage for over 10 years before taking on the challenge of remote work in family, occupational and emergency medicine. She worked for various clients in places like Prudhoe Bay, Naknek and Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Today, she’s back in Anchorage with PCA’s occupational medicine team.

Education

  • Bachelors of Science (BS), Clinical Health (2013)
    University of Alaska Anchorage
    Anchorage, AK
  • Physician Assistant Certification (2009)
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA

Certification History

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)
  • Advanced trauma life support (ATLS)

Fun Stuff

When she’s not testing, treating, caring and working hard for Alaskan workers and their employers, Ms. Bigelow-Hood enjoys gardening, as well as traveling to new countries, sailing and hiking with her husband. 

Portrait of Ealum Howe, PAC, from Primary Care Associates

Ealum Howe, PA-C

Physician Assistant Ealum Howe is a long-time Alaskan, having grown up in Fairbanks since the age of four. After earning his bachelor’s of science in biochemistry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, he completed a master’s degree in clinical health services from the University of Washington’s MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program. Along the way, he has collaborated with physicians and other physician assistants in a variety of settings, including cardiology, sleep medicine, neurology, dermatology, hospital intensive care, and emergency medicine. 

Today at Primary Care Associates, he brings a well-rounded foundation and patient, compassionate approach to his own practice. He is excited to care for – and better the lives of – his fellow Alaskans.

Special Interests

  • Family Medicine
  • Urgent Care

Education

  • Masters of Clinical Health Services, MEDEX Northwest, University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fun Stuff

When not working, Ealum enjoys spending time with his wife and three children getting outside to run, hike, ski, camp, fish, play ultimate frisbee, and generally take advantage of all Alaska has to offer. 

Kevin Isakson, MD

Dr. Isakson is a board-certified family medicine physician, with subspecialties in urgent care and preventative medicine. He moved here in 2010 to do his medial residency and never looked back. Today patients give him top ratings for his care and his ability to make people feel at ease through both compassionate care that’s never rushed and good humor.

Special Interests

  • Family Medicine

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BS), Exercise Science, Utah State University
  • Medical Degree (MD),  Eastern Virginia School of Medicine
  • Residency, Alaska Family Medicine

Fun Stuff

Dr. Isakson enjoys hiking, sea kayaking, downhill and cross-country skiing, trail running, and traveling.