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.
Masters of Clinical Health Services, MEDEX Northwest, University of Washington
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Alaska Fairbanks
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.
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 medical 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.
Bachelor’s Degree (BS), Exercise Science, Utah State University
Medical Degree (MD), Eastern Virginia School of Medicine
Residency, Alaska Family Medicine
Dr. Isakson enjoys hiking, sea kayaking, downhill and cross-country skiing, trail running, and traveling.
Dr. Bruce Kiessling founded Primary Care Associates – on St. Patrick’s Day – in 1985. For decades, he served as Owner/Medical Director and has now launched his 50th year of patient care.
He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1973 and after postgraduate training promptly came up to Alaska and established his practice here. Today thousands of Alaskans recognize his voice – as the host of the long running “Just a GP” radio call-in show – or have been personally touched by his care and commitment to the community.
Dr. Kiessling says that nothing else matches the intellectual and emotional satisfaction and enjoyment as the practice of medicine. For him, it’s a privilege.
Education & Certification
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature with Minor in Zoology, University of Michigan
Doctor of Medicine, University of Michigan (1973)
Residency, Presbyterian Medical Center, Denver, Colorado
Board Certification, American Academy of Family Medicine, Beginning 1977
Community Service & Awards
Host of “Just a GP” – his weekly medical call-in radio program (and podcast) for over 36 years on 650 KENI. The show is reported to have over 7,000 weekly listeners, including a lower 48 and international audience.
Award-winning Interview Show Guest – Dr. Kiessling is the permanent Wednesday guest on “The Mike Porcaro Show” on KENI-AM radio. The station won a Goldie Award for broadcast excellence for its segment with Dr. Kiessling.
Alaska Physician of Year for Community Service
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Gold Pan Award
Anchorage School District Award for Community Service.
When Dr. Kiessling isn’t helping patients in the office or on the air, he’s likely out fishing, hunting, biking, boating, hiking and/or gardening with his family.
Leslie Langum, PAC, holds a master’s degree in physician assistant studies and has been practicing in Alaska for many years. Every day she enjoys helping people of all ages deal with all sorts of urgent medical needs and, as a family medicine providers, welcomes patients in need of routine health care.
Bachelor’s Degree (BS), Psychology, University of South Dakota
Masters of Science, Physician Assistant Studies MSPAS)
When not helping other folks live the Alaska life, she’s out doing the same, hiking, fishing, knitting, traveling, camping, walking her dogs, and chasing after her very athletic toddler.
When Dr. Hale Loofbourrow meets with his patients, he looks at the whole person and why they have come to see him. He listens carefully, asks questions, and takes the time to understand and address their concerns directly and thoroughly. When it comes to choosing a treatment plan or course of care, he encourages patients to take an active role in decision-making, which leads to more effective care.
Areas of Interest
Healthy eating & lifestyles
BS in Biology at University of British Columbia
Medical Degree (MD) at the National University of Ireland, Galway
Family Medicine Residency, Alaska Family Medicine
Graduate with Honors
Dr. Loofbourrow was born and raised in Juneau and moved back (to Anchorage) after medical school in 2014. He enjoys running, biking, skiing (cross country, downhill and backcountry), and hiking. He also speaks “a little” Spanish.
Dr. Miknich has committed his medical career to taking care of his fellow Alaskans, both in the exam room and as their advocate in the health care delivery system. As PCA’s Medical Director, he was instrumental in PCA becoming 100% Alaskan physician owned, which in turn helps patients enjoy a more robust and locally directed family practice.
Dr. Miknich is a lifelong Alaskan, and is dedicated to continuous improvement of communication, care and patient outcomes for both the practice and his individual patients.
Areas of Interest
Traumatic Brain Injuries
BA in English, Washington State University
Medical Degree (MD), University of Nevada School of Medicine (1995)
Family Medicine Residency, University of Nevada, Reno (1998)
Dr. Miknich is a graduate of Service High School and a big hockey fan. When he’s not helping Alaskans regain and maintain their health, he enjoys outdoor Alaskan activities, playing hockey, and watching his children grow and develop.
Wezzie Munthali is a board-certified Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) with a master’s degree in nursing. Her career began over two decades ago in Southeastern Africa when she graduated from the University of Malwai’s Kamuzu College of Nursing.
After coming to the USA in 2000 seeking more academic and career opportunities, she went back to school to get credentialed in U.S., and was soon working as a nurse again while she pursued her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
She moved to Alaska in 2010 after being captivated by astonishing mountains, wildlife, culture, and diverse population.
Over the years, she’s worked critical care, research, surgery, and over a decade in family medicine, serving the needs of the Alaskan Medicare patients. She’s also become a leader and trainer in the nursing profession.
Today as a family nurse practitioner at PCA, Ms. Munthali focuses on her first love – direct patient care – and is dedicated to delivering excellent, compassionate, and patient-centered care to Alaskans.
Master of Science in Nursing – Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Walden University Accredited Online College, Minneapolis, MN (2021)
Bachelor of Science: Nursing, Goshen College, Goshen, IN (2010)
Associate Degree: Nursing, Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI (2007)
Diploma: Nursing, University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi (Southeastern Africa) (1999)
Certifications & Memberships
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Alaska Registered Nurse, November 2010 – current
BLS provider certified, American Heart Association
ACLS provider certified, American Heart Association
Malawi Registered Nurse license, May 1999 – current
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, member 2019-22
Finalist, Alaska Nurse of the Year Awards – Case Management & Managed Care Category (2019)
When not helping patients, Ms. Munthali is likely playing volleyball, hiking, camping, fishing, and/or exploring Alaska with her husband and two sons.
Mary Perez has been helping Alaskans get and stay healthy for over a decade. Many folks from Southcentral area high schools and athletic organizations will recognize Mary from her athletic training days. Perhaps she’s managed your concussion, put your shoulder back in place, or helped you rehabilitate from knee surgery.
Mary graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mars Hill University with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and went on to earn two master’s degrees – Applied Nutrition with a concentration in Sports and Fitness Nutrition from Northeastern University and Clinical Health Studies from MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program.
Today as a physician assistant, she offers urgent care, family medicine, and nutrition education to all family members and individuals in the community. She believes compassionate, holistic, patient-centered care is important in achieving positive health outcomes. She knows the value of living an active lifestyle and works hard to help patients of all ages and abilities do exactly that.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Master’s Degree (MS), Clinical Health Services, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program, University of Washington
Master ‘s Degree (MS), Applied Nutrition, Sports and Fitness Nutrition, Northeastern University
Bachelor Degree (BS), Magna Cum Laude, Athletic Training, Mars Hill University
Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Alaska Athletic Trainers Association, Vice President
Honors & Awards
Alaska State Activities Association Hall of Fame – Orthopedic Physicians Alaska Athletic Training Outreach Program
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Gold Pan Award (2014) for Distinguished Community Service – Orthopedic Physicians Alaska Athletic Training Outreach Program
Anchorage School District Gold Star Award for Outstanding Partnerships (2013 & 2018) – Orthopedic Physicians Alaska Athletic Training Outreach Program
In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters. They can often be found in a local gym at a sporting event or out fishing and glamping.
The spirit of osteopathic medicine is at the center of Dr. Seakit’s philosophy of care. He believes good health can only be achieved by focusing on the body as a whole. The body is a unity of mind, body and spirit and he tries to focus on all of these aspects when treating his patients.
Areas of Interest
Bachelor’s Degree (BS), Physiological Science., University of California Los Angeles
Medical Degree (DO), A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO
Residency, Alaska Family Medicine Residency
Once upon a time, he was a breakdancer. Nowadays, Dr. Seakit enjoys pursuing new adventures and various hobbies, especially with his wife and kids, including outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, and traditional archery. He also speaks Thai.
Dr. Simono enjoys interacting with patients and developing trusted relationships over time. Her practice focuses on getting to the root of problems instead of simply treating current conditions. She gives her patients the tools and support they need to recover from, reverse and prevent a wide variety of diseases and conditions through lifestyle changes.
Areas of Interest
Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Biochemistry, University of Vermont
Medical Degree (MD), University of Washington School of Medicine
Family Medicine Residency, Duluth Family Practice
Dr. Simono has lived in Alaska since 1974 and graduated from Bartlett High. Her “hiking claim to fame” is climbing Denali in 2002 with her husband, unguided, and raising two active boys. Today in her spare time she enjoys hiking with her Samoyed, running, cross-country skiing, and cooking.