Alaska Family Medicine Residency
Alaska Family Medicine Residency

Faculty Members


Lani Ackerman
David Baines
Tonya Caylor
Elizabeth Clawson
Robin Cooke
Casey Gokey
Amy Hoger
Sarah Dewane
Harold Johnston
Janel Kam-Macgruder
Robert McAlister
Anne Musser
Virginia Parret
Michael Samaan
Jacquelyn Serrano
Kimberly Thomas
Allene Whitney
Lani Ackerman, MD
Associate Director of Academic Affairs

Dr. Ackerman graduated from Texas A & M College of Medicine and completed her family practice residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. She joined AKFMR in June 2012 as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs. Dr. Ackerman has previous teaching experience at both the graduate and post-graduate levels, as well as domestically and internationally. She has extensive international experience and was the director and founder of the Jyoti Niwas Orphanage and Jyoti Jiwan Children Sponsorship program in Asia.
David Baines, MD
Dr. Baines is originally from Metlakatla, Alaska. He graduated from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota then completed his Internship at King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Baines completed his Residency in Family Practice at the Cheyenne Family Practice Program in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He enjoys black powder and archery hunting and traditional American Indian medicine.
Casey Gokey, MD
Dr. Gokey was born in Wisconsin and earned her MD degree in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her family medicine residency at AKFMR in June 2013. She is serving as the program’s 4th Year Chief Resident for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Tonya Caylor, MD
Dr. Caylor graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 1996; and, completed her residency at the University of South Alabama , Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine three years later. She worked in a multispecialty group practice, before helping establish a free clinic and serving as its medical director for the uninsured in Florida that served 2,000 patients a year. She has an interest in international relief medicine and has traveled to Southeast Asia a number of times. Dr. Caylor moved to Alaska from Florida with her husband, who is also a physician, and her two daughters. She enjoys hiking, reading, and travel.
Elizabeth Clawson, DO
Dr. Clawson graduated from the University of  New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000.  She then completed her family practice residency in 2003 at the National Capital Consortium Family Practice Residency at Dewitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  In 2007, Dr. Clawson moved to Alaska and began working at Southcentral Foundation’s Primary Care Center providing medical care to the Alaska native population not only in Anchorage, but in the villages of King Cove and Cold Bay as well.  She joined the Alaska Family Medicine Residency in October 2012.
Robin Cooke, PharmD
Dr. Cooke moved to Alaska in 2009 after spending 32 years practicing pharmacy in Charlotte, NC. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is board certified in geriatric pharmacy. Her hobbies include golf, hiking, gardening, and reading. She has two daughters, one of whom will be spending time with her in Alaska during college breaks.
Sarah Dewane, PhD
Dr. Dewane helps coordinate the residency’s behavioral science program. She earned her PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology through a joint program with the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2010. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has many publications, research and workshops to her credit.
Harold Johnston, MD
Program Director

Harold Johnston, MD, is a lifelong Alaska. He received his medical training through the Alaska WWAMI Program and Swedish Hospital Family Practice Residency in Seattle. Dr. Johnston worked as a staff physician and Medical Director at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, while participating in the development of the Alaska Family Medicine Residency. He was the founding director of the only residency program in Alaska, which accepted its first class of residents in July 1997. The Parker J Palmer "Courage to Teach Award" from the National Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education was presented to Dr. Johnston in 2003. He is active in statewide physician training and recruitment.
Janel Kam-Macgruder, MD
Never without a smile, Janel Kam-Macgruder helps the residents and faculty maintain the spirit of aloha. Before medicine she planned on becoming a wildlife ecologist in Puerto Rico but through a public health trip to the Philippines she found her calling. Janel can usually be found picking berries on her summer days off and skate skiing during the winter. Her husband (and fellow graduate of the residency program) dragged her here initially. However, her skiing addiction and desire to raise her children amidst such beauty keeps her in Alaska. She regularly returns to her home state of Hawaii for rest with her family.
Robert McAlister, MD
Dr. McAlister received his MD from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine and completed his internship in Oregon, as well. He then practiced as a primary care physician (including almost four years in Nome, Alaska) until 2004 when he joined AKFMR to complete his residency training. He worked at Southcentral Foundation until 2009 when he returned to AKFMR as faculty.
Anne Musser, DO
Associate Program Director/Medical Director

Anne Musser was drawn to Alaska by the spectacular country and many opportunities for outdoor activities, as well as the challenge to obtain dual accreditation (MD/DO) for the Alaska Family Medicine Residency Program. She grew up in Solana Beach, California, attended medical school in Kansas City, Missouri, and did her osteopathic internship and family medicine residency in Phoenix, Arizona. Her practice experiences include solo private practice and academic medicine. She is an osteopathic family physician and incorporates the use of osteopathic manipulation in her clinical practice. She has a special interest in caring for adults with disabilities. In addition to clinical care, Dr. Musser’s main professional interests include medical education, grant writing, and curriculum development. She enjoys hiking, biking, backpacking, and spending time with her dogs.
Virginia Parret, PhD
Dr. Parret serves as a Behavioral Scientist at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency in Anchorage. She graduated from the Joint UAF-UAA Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D. Program after completing her dissertation titled: Meeting the Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors in Alaska: Survivors’ and Healthcare Providers’ Perspectives. Her clinical interests include the relationship between psychology and health-related behaviors. She finds the challenge of identifying the link between the way people think, feel and behave and the impact it has on their physical well-being intriguing. She enjoys the challenge of attempting to improve health through psychosocial interventions. Ginny is a life-long Alaskan who enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends doing Alaskan outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing).
Michael Samaan, MD
Dr. Samaan received his MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Austin, Texas; and, then completed his family medicine residency at Austin Medical Education Programs. Dr. Samaan moved to Ketchikan in 2008 and remained there until joining the residency in January 2011. He enjoys fishing and photography.
Jacquelyn Serrano, MD, MPH
Dr. Serrano earned an MPH from the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health and followed that up a few years later with her MD from Stanford University School of Medicine. She then completed her training at the North Memorial Family Practice Residency Program at the University of Minnesota. Originally from Fairbanks, Dr. Serrano was happy to return home to Alaska and join the residency in May 2011. She is fluent in sign language and is currently learning Spanish.
Kimberly Thomas, MD, MSPH
Dr. Thomas earned her MSPH from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and four years later earned her MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Thomas has experience teaching residents and recently moved to Alaska from Pennsylvania. She enjoys camping, hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing with her husband and two children.
Amy Hoger
After 12 years as a nurse, Amy Hoger returned to college for Physician Assistant training through the University of Washington’s MEDEX program. She completed her undergraduate degree at Boise State University. Since graduating in 2003 she has had a wide range of experience, caring for a diverse multicultural population of patients of all ages. Amy moved to Alaska several years ago from Michigan. She worked in Fairbanks for a couple years before joining the faculty at AKFMR last year. Amy enjoys hiking, biking and dog walking on all the wonderful local trails here in Anchorage and looks forward to continuing to explore this beautiful state.
Allene Whitney, MD
Dr. Whitney graduated from the University of  New Mexico School of medicine in 2002.  In 2005, she completed her residency training at the Tacoma Family Medicine Residency program in Tacoma, Washington; and, then furthered her studies by completing an Obstetrics Fellowship at the Swedish Family Medicine program in Seattle.  Dr. Whitney joined the Alaska Family Medicine Residency program in September 2012.  Her interests include: bicycle touring, backpacking, running, skiing and spending time with her husband and young daughter.