Learn more about our group of experienced medical professionals below.
Dr. Erickson has lived in the valley since 2000 with his wife Heather. They started Capstone Family Medicine LLC and Eye Clinic LLC in 2003. Since that time, they have traveled to Sri Lanka for tsunami relief. Each year thereafter they added a child to their family for a grand total of four active boys! Dr. Erickson was born and raised in Minnesota where he attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth Medical School. He attended MacNeal Family Practice Residency in suburban Chicago with emphasis in Obstetrics and Sports Medicine. He has been the team physician for the Matsu Miners since arriving in the valley and has served as chief of the medical staff at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center where he continues to remain on active status. When he and Heather are not chasing toddlers they enjoy traveling abroad, skiing, big game hunting, fishing, and beer. He enjoys treating the whole family and providing the widest range of services possible to his patients.
Dr. Jill Valerius has been practicing in the Mat-Su Valley since 2004,at Capstone Family Medicine in Wasilla. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed a residency in family medicine. Her undergraduate degree in athletic training was obtained at University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, and she’s been a Certified Athletic Trainer for over twenty years. She has a special interest in sports, preventative and functional medicine. Dr. Valerius grew up in Minneapolis/St. Paul area and enjoys fishing, biking, running and soccer. Her most recent athletic endeavors have found her kayaking Prince William Sound and biking the Fireweed 200.
Dr. Heather Jones and her family moved to Alaska with the United States Air Force and they have lived here for over 5 years. After deciding to leave Active Duty to allow more time to be with her family, she settled in the Chugiak area to enjoy all Alaska has to offer. She is a member of the Air National Guard and plans to be a permanent resident. She has always enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing, camping, biking and walking or running. She also enjoys off-roading in the numerous open access areas with her family. She is originally from California and still enjoys the sunshine occasionally. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Nebraska/Offutt Air Force base combined program in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr Jones has been a provider at Capstone since January 2009.
Mark E. Andrews joined Capstone Family Medicine in February of 2008. Dr. Andrews is a Licensed Professional Counselor and active member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. His counseling focus centers in trauma-related therapy and christian disciplines. Having his own successful practice in Palmer for eight years, Dr. Andrews brought his existing practice to our location. The merging of clinics allows Dr. Andrews to focus his time on his clients rather than the daily routines of running ones own business. As a noted point of interest - Dr. Andrews is a recognized watercolor artist. He recieved his basic art training from the School of Visual Arts (NYC) followed by a B.A. in Art Education. The public is invited to view his web page www.alaska-gallery.com
Dr. Jachimiec was born in Chicago and raised in Wisconsin. She graduated from the CEBU Institute of Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley. She moved to Alaska in 2006 and worked as a contract physician at Elmendorf Air Force Base prior to joining Capstone in January 2010. While she prefers warmer climates, Dr. Jachimiec is learning to appreciate the Alaskan outdoors - fishing, hiking, camping and kayaking in Prince William Sound. She enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, cooking, traveling and cross country skiing. Dr Jachimiec has been a provider at Capstone since January 2010.
Dr. Hennemann originally hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She moved to North Pole, Alaska in 2007 with the United States Air Force, in which she served 10 years. When her military commitment was complete, she and her family decided to make Alaska their permanent home. With five children of her own, Dr. Hennemann has a particular interest in maternal/child medicine. She is a strong proponent of family and loves that her specialty truly covers "cradle to grave". Dr Hennemann has been a provider at Capstone since November 2010.
Dr. Kelley moved to Alaska in 1997 with the US Army after completing medical school at the University of South Dakota and an internship at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 2004, he completed a residency at the University of Wisconsin where he met his wife, Jessica. After a tour in Iraq, he returned to Alaska in 2005. He left the active army in 2010 and is a member of the Alaska Army National Guard. He and Jessica live in Wasilla with their young daughter. Dr. Kelley enjoys working on their family cabin and restoring his '55 Chevy. Dr Kelley has been a provider at Capstone since Jan 2011.
Karen Gardner has been a resident of the Mat-Su Valley since 1989. She received her Bachelors of Nursing from St. Joseph's College of Maine and Masters of Nursing from Gonazaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is board certified as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the Alaska Nurse Practitioners Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Holistic Nurses Association. Karen lives on a small farm in Palmer with her husband, Vaughn, where they raised their two college-aged children. Karen enjoys spinning, knitting, and weaving her sheep's wool as well as horseback riding, biking, kayaking, and hiking. Karen has been a provider at Capstone since August 2010.
Billy and his wife Melissa moved to Alaska in 1999, with their 3 month old son, Isaac, from Oklahoma to pursue ministry opportunities. Along the way, Billy continued his career in the medical field with Mat Su Regional Medical Center for 11 years. After completing his Master of Business Administration in Leadership from Liberty University, Billy joined Capstone as Chief Operating Officer/Practice Manager in September 2010. He continues his ministry endeavors within the community as well as speaking engagements and youth camps throughout the U.S. Billy and Melissa have added 2 more sons, Levi and Reagan, as well as a little girl, Kenzlee, to their family. They are also in the process of finalizing their adoption of a baby girl from Ethiopia. Billy enjoys all sports, coaching his kids and relaxing with family.
Kerry was born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. She completed her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training Education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM and she has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2009. Kerry had the opportunity to work with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots baseball team for three years as an athletic trainer which is also where she met her husband, TJ. She worked in physical therapy for 2 years before attending physician assistant school at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. She is thrilled to be back in Alaska and to be able to practice in her hometown. She is currently living in Chugiak with her husband and her dog, Dixie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, snow machining, and enjoying all of Alaska’s outdoor activities. Kerry has been a provider at Capstone since October 2012.
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