Elise Pletnikoff, MD
Dr. Elise Pletnikoff is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and has been practicing at KANA since September 2013. She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed the Swedish Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program through the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2013, including a rotation at KANA. Raised in Kodiak, Dr. Pletnikoff enjoys hiking, berry picking, running, kayaking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. She also really enjoys fishing, putting up food and listening to elders’ stories.
Evan Jones, MD
Dr. Evan Jones is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and has been practicing at KANA since September 2014.
Dr. Jones attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed the Providence Family Medicine Spokane Residency Program in 2014.
Dr. Jones has developed strong ties to Kodiak, having worked at the Kodiak Baptist Mission from 1997 to 2006 before attending medical school. Dr. Jones has made it a practice of serving others. “I think mankind was created to serve one another," Dr. Jones said. "My goal is to truly listen to people and figure out the best way to serve them.”
Greg, Walter, APRN, FNP-C
Greg Walter is a certified FNP with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. He graduated from Yale in 2018 as a FNP with a specialty in Diabetes Management.
Prior to graduating as a FNP, Greg was a Social Worker for six years and still uses those skills to help ensure he is treating the whole person.
Together with his wife, Greg pursued a dream of moving to Kodiak. “I feel very lucky to be living here, exploring the island and getting to know the people.” Greg finds it rewarding in helping patients reach their goals. “KANA’s mission to elevate the quality of life of the people we serve fits perfectly with the reason I do this work."
Karen Millstein, PA-C
Karen Millstein is a Physician Assistant certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Karen has been working at KANA since 1994. Prior to working at KANA, Karen worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife for 8 years in field camps all over Alaska. In addition to serving as a provider in the KANA Clinics, Karen also provides clinical oversight to the Kodiak Child Advocacy Center. Karen completed her Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Duke University Medical School in 1992.
Alison Starr, PA-C
Alison Starr is a Board Certified Physician Assistant (PA). She joined the KANA Medical Team in 2018.
Alison received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Gerontology from Kansas State University. She then went on to complete her Masters in Physician Assistant from Wichita State University, where she specialized in Rural Primary Care. She brings to KANA a great desire to help those in need and to better the health and wellness of the community.
Together with her husband, Alison moved to Kodiak in 2018 following their dream of living closer to nature. “We wanted to live somewhere that provided access to the activities we love most," says Alison. "We get to live our dream every day in Kodiak.”
Paige Buer, PA-C
Paige Buer joined KANA’s Medical team in October. A Board Certified Physician Assistant (PA), she specializes in Family Medicine.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. Following her undergraduate studies, Paige ventured out west to Pocatello, Idaho where she graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies Idaho State University.
Her PA clinical rotations consisted of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Trauma, General Surgery, and Internal Medicine. Paige has a passion for rural health care and looks forward to providing well-rounded, patient-centered care.
Scott Deaton, PA-C
Scott Deaton is a Board Certified Physician Assistant (PA). He joined KANA’s Medical Team in March 2020 as the CHAP Supervising Instructor and member of our Medical Provider Team. He has 14 years of PA experience working with a wide variety of diagnoses in acute trauma hospitals, emergency departments, urgent care, occupational health, internal medicine and wilderness medicine. Scott also recently completed a five-month Village Provider assignment with Eastern Aleutian Tribes. Outside of medicine, he enjoys hiking, climbing, backpacking, skiing and traveling. He grew up in Colorado and loves being in the mountains and looks forward to exploring the mountains of Kodiak and all of Alaska.