Clinic will close at noon on Wednesday (Nov 26) and reopen the following Monday (Dec 1) so our employees can spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with their families.

 

Ptarmigan Pediatrics saw it's first patient on September 18, 2008. Since then we've added numerous staff and expanded our suite.  We're planning for future expansion to keep up with the growth in the Valley!  We are proud to be a successful, thriving, and rapidly growing practice serving the now world famous population of Alaska's Mat-Su Valley, yet we're committed to offering that hometown, small-clinic, personalized service that our patients find so appealing. If you are looking for a pediatrician, our friendly staff will gladly answer any questions you may have. Call 907-357-4kid (4543). Ptarmigan Pediatrics is always just a phone call away, 24/7, through our after-hour answering service. (Set your cell phone to accept calls from "blocked numbers" if you expect a return call from our on-call doctor after hours).

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Pteam Ptarmigan Providers:  Ptarmigan Pediatrics has been the brainchild of US Air Force pediatricians Dr. Laura Peterson, M.D. and Dr. Bruce Hess, D.O. for several years. Dr. Peterson separated from active duty in 2008 and started the practice. Dr. Hess followed in the summer of 2009. Together they have over 21 years active duty military service in pediatrics, most recently at Elmendorf AFB Medical Center in Anchorage. Their service to our country continued as flight docs in the USAF Reserve. Drs. Peterson and Hess are excited to continue providing medical care to the children of southcentral Alaska in private practice.

Pediatric nurse practitioner Randy Twenhafel joined Ptarmigan Pediatrics in December 2010. Nurse Twenhafel served with distinction alongside Drs. Peterson and Hess at Elmendorf AFB Medical Center where he was often the most requested provider. His strong work ethic, excellent bed-side manner and patient care priorities help Ptarmigan Pediatrics meet the immediate needs of a growing patient population. Randy continues to be a very active provider in our clinic. 

Pediatrician Dr. Elowyn Smith, D.O. and family nurse practitioner Lea Anne Abernathy both joined our practice from Providence Matanuska Health Care in August 2011. We are pleased to bring their expertise to our team.

We are sad to report that Dr. John Anderson has moved to northern California to take care of family.  We have greatly enjoyed having him as part of our team these past two years, and we wish him and his family the best as they leave Alaska.  If your child is assigned to Dr. Anderson as your primary provider, we will happily switch you to the provider of your choice.  Just let us know if you have a preference the next time you schedule an appointment.

Family nurse practitioner Janet Shelley joined Ptarmigan Pediatrics part-time in February 2013. Janet was a nurse practitioner student in our clinic for several months and performed admirably. She will help cover acute appointments when our other providers are off the schedule.

 SERVICES:  Our clinic provides routine, acute, and well-child exams, school & sports physicals, immunizations, and immunotherapy injections (for both adults and children in coordination with the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center of Alaska). We also have in-house laboratory tests for strep, flu, mono, rsv, and simple urinalysis. More extensive lab tests can be drawn here and sent outside for analysis.

We can provide in-patient and delivery / nursery services at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer if you specify one of our doctors as your child's personal pediatrician. Are you expecting? We will gladly arrange a complimentary prenatal visit in our clinic so you can meet with one of our doctors and get a clinic tour prior to delivery.  Call our office to set that up.

Ptarmigan Pediatrics uses state-of-the-art electronic medical records for keeping our patients' files. Any prescriptions you may need are electronically submitted directly to the pharmacy of your choice (My Doktor's Pharmacy is even across the hall from our clinic). Be watching for a new "Patient Portal" which will allow our patients to have secure online access to their medical records, lab results, etc., day or night if desired. We look forward to this possibility which is being developed by the Alaska Health Information Exchange in the near future.

Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Clinic of Alaska, LLCWe are pleased to share our suite once a week with the Anchorage-based Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska. Doctor Melinda Rathkopf sees Valley patients in our facility on Wednesdays, saving them that long drive to Anchorage. We continue to be an immunotherapy injection site for their patients of all ages during our regular business hours. Allergies acting up? You can find the local pollen counts and air quality indices for the region on the municipality of Anchorage website.

Why Choose Ptarmigan Pediatrics?

  • Four board-certified pediatricians; the two owner / pediatricians have 21 combined years pediatric experience on active duty in the USAF and currently serve in the Air Force Reserve.
  • Three highly skilled nurse practitioners available for exceptional same-day acute as well as long-term routine care..
  • Accept Tricare and Denali Kid Care / Medicaid. Preferred provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA, and AETNA. Member of the multi-plan network. Other insurances courtesy-billed for you. Self-pay discount available with payment of our billed charges in full.
  • Our providers are Tricare Primary Care Managers for "Tricare Prime" patients.
  • Friendly, helpful, and supportive staff.
  • Sick appointments available TODAY. Call first thing in the morning for best availability.
  • 24/7/365 answering service. Call our office anytime for assistance.
  • Engaging, entertaining clinic where children and parents feel comfortable.
  • Convenient location near Wasilla High School.
  • Electronic medical records. We use "e-MDs."

HOURS:  Our office is open Monday - Friday 8 AM to 6 PM with our last appointment most days at 5:15 PM.  You can call for appointments as early as 7:30 AM.  We are closed Saturday and Sunday as well as some major federal holidays -- all holiday and any other irregular closures are announced on our Facebook page.

LOCATION:  Our clinic is located in the Mat-Su Regional Outpatient Center at the corner of Bogard Road and Crusey Street in Wasilla, Alaska. Enter the main door from the Bogard Road entrance and you'll immediately notice our well decorated clinic on the left across from "My Doktor's Pharmacy." We are in the old AIC / Urgent Care suite which has now moved downstairs.

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Did you know that Willow Ptarmigan is the state bird of the great state of Alaska? We hope you enjoy the ptarmigan and other Alaska wildlife photographs throughout both the clinic and this website. The Alaska State Website can tell you more about our state's symbols, such as the state tree (Sitka Spruce), state insect (Four-spotted Skimmer), etc.

PHOTO CREDITS:  Mother Willow Ptarmigan with chick, Denali National Park, © Stacy Jon Peterson, 22 June 2008
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Drs. Peterson and Hess are proud to serve our military community and gladly accept Tricare. Watch Tricare's promotional video featuring Ptarmigan Pediatrics on the Tricare Provider website.

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