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. Heather Jones and her family moved to Alaska with the United States Air Force and they have lived here for over 10 years. After deciding to leave Active Duty to allow more time to be with her family she settled in the Chugiak area where she is enjoying living. She has two teenage children who get their music abilities from their father. She is a physician in 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 swimming and snorkeling. She is originally from California and still enjoys the sunshine so tries to escape to a sunny location at least once per year. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Nebraska/Offutt Air Force base combined program in Omaha, Nebraska.
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 daughters, cooking, traveling and cross country skiing. Dr Jachimiec has been a provider at Capstone since January 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 daughters. Dr. Kelley enjoys working on their family cabin and restoring his '55 Chevy. Dr Kelley has been a provider at Capstone since Jan 2011.
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.
Megan was born and raised in the Mat-su Valley and has been a Physician Assistant at Capstone Family Medicine and Urgent Care since 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. Following her undergraduate education, she moved to New York City and worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She returned to Florida to attend Nova Southeastern University and graduated with a Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant degree. She is thrilled to be a member of the Capstone community and is committed to the health of her hometown. In her free time, Megan enjoys good food, good books, traveling, and, of course, exploring Alaska in the airplane with some fishing poles.
Ed had worked in the medical clinics on the Alyeska Pipeline, during it's construction phase, and developed a desire to experience more of Alaska. He moved to the Valley in 1981, with his wife, Brenda, and their young son, Edward. He has worked in primary care, and industrial medicine, since settling here and was a partner in a local family practice clinic for 16 years prior to accepting a position with Capstone Family Medicine in April of 2014. He is enjoying this new phase of his career. Ed was born and raised in a rural farming community, outside of Columbia, S.C.. He served as a FMF corpsman with the Marine Corps in Viet Nam, and has maintained a close relationship with local veteran organizations. He attended the University of S.C., and completed the P.A. program with the Medical University of S.C. in Charleston, S.C. in 1973. He is a big college football fan, and has been an avid fisherman throughout his life. Enjoying their home, yard, greenhouse, and summer time on the deck gives Ed and Brenda much enjoyment. Friends and family are always welcome there.
Dr. Jeffrey Copeland, DO is a Family Medicine Physician who is devoted to delivering babies and caring for families. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Florida in 1998 and his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osetopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2002. Dr. Copeland was trained to deliver babies and provide hospital care while serving in the United Sates Navy and is currently an active staff member at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. He is highly skilled in many office procedures to care for as many of his patients as possible. Dr. Copeland is a thorough physician who is extremely loyal to his patients. After serving two tours in Iraq with the United States Marine Corps and three years in Guam, he moved to Alaska with his wife of 21 years and twin boys in 2012. When he is not attending to his patients, he is usually spending time with his family doing an assortment of activities outdoors.
Dr. Cook is a recently graduated physician who is now living his dream of practicing in Alaska. He is from Idaho where he met his wife and started a family. Dr. Cook now has 4 children. He attended medical school at Des Moines University and then completed 3 years of training at Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency. He has a strong interest in obstetrics and osteopathic medicine. He enjoys all types of outdoor activites including hunting and fishing.
Cec (Cecilia) Matlock graduated from UAA with a MSN with a Family Nurse Practitioner certificate in 2002. She has been working at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in various capacities, most recently in internal medicine with the hospitalists service for 8 years. She moved to Alaska in 1986 and has married and raised her family in the Valley. She has 4 sons and one daughter. Her family has flourished in Alaska. Her interests include farming and 4-H in her spare time. She also has a passion for kayaking when there is time and water.
Dr. Krozel was born in Anchorage, to a military family, but grew up in the second largest state, Texas. She attended Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center House, in Houston Texas. She moved to Anchorage to attend residency at the Alaska Medicine Residency Program. During residency, she and her husband welcomed their first child to their family. Dr. Krozel completed her residency in 2002 and moved to Wrangell, Alaska to be a rural physician. While expecting their second son, they moved back to South Central and settled in Wasilla. Dr. Krozel was employed by Providence Matanuska Health Care from 2004 to 2015. She still practices and enjoys full scope family medicine, including obstetrics and loves "fresh" babies and taking care of whole families. Two more children joined the crew to make their happy family complete. Their kids are active in school activities, soccer, gymnastics, basketball, etc which keeps the whole family busy and active. She has no spare time for hobbies but loves dipnetting on the Kenai, camping in the summer, going fishing out of Whittier and watching her kids do all of their activities.
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.
Dr. Thomas Leigh, MD, with his long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Wade Erickson, MD, started Capstone Urgent Care in August, 2012. Dr. Leigh obtained a BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in 1979, and worked at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research in Denver, prior to starting medical school in 1985. He graduated from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine in 1989. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in 1992, and finished a second residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital in 1995.
In 1995, Dr. Leigh came to Palmer with his family and worked at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for 13 years, before changing his practice to Anchorage. He currently continues working in the Emergency Department at Alaska Regional Hopsital. He has been fortunate to work in various Critical Care Access Hospitals as well in Cordova, Wrangell and Homer.
Dr. Leigh enjoys all outdoor activities, with his lovely wife of 21 years, Anna, and his 4 kids and 4 dogs. He especially enjoys cross country skiing, bicycling (mostly in the winter on his fat bike), hiking, kayaking, and camping.
Scott was born in Sandwich, Illinois. He entered the United States Air Force in 1994, recently retiring with twenty years of service. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Inter-Service Physician Assistant Program from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He completed a Master's in PA Studies Family Medicine/Urgent Care in 2001. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, all sports, hunting, fishing, camping and hiking, ATV riding, and enjoying all Alaska has to offer. Scott has been a provider at Capstone since 2013.
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 transitioned to Chief Executive Officer in April 2014. 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 (2001) and Reagan (2004), as well as a daughter, Kenzlee (2010), to their family. Billy enjoys all sports, coaching his kids and relaxing with family.