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J. Brent Roaten, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.

dr-roaten-200Dr. Brent Roaten is Alaska’s most experienced, board certified, Pediatric Surgeon. He specializes in general and thoracic surgery in neonates, infants, children and adolescents. Dr. Roaten is also available for prenatal consultation. He serves as the RI for Surgery Children’s Oncology (COG) program. Dr. Roaten is honored to be the founder of the Stephen G. Jolley Lectureship, providing funding for an annual symposium with guest speakers renowned in the field of Pediatric Surgery. The series further enriches Alaska’s knowledge of pediatric care.

Due to his commitment to Alaska and his leadership in the Pediatric Surgery Community his time is in very high demand. When he finds time away from childrens health, he is engaged in technical mountaineering and conservation efforts. He has logged many hours on some of Alaska’s greatest peaks. When at home Brent is spending time with family, friends, Mike and Murphy (Both Irish Wolfhounds, Murphy pictured here with Dr. Roaten.)

Monja Proctor, M.D.

monja-200Dr. Proctor was born and raised in Texas. She trained in general surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is board certified in pediatric and general surgery. Her clinical interests include congenital malformations, neonatal surgery, and laparoscopy.

Dr. Proctor was in surgical practice in Seattle for 12 years before joining Dr. Roaten in Anchorage. She enjoys working closely with families before, during, and after their child’s surgery to ensure smooth, predictable, and coordinated care. Outside of work, Dr. Proctor enjoys traveling, running, and sharing family time, on and off the soccer field, with her teenage sons.

Douglas Katz, M.D.


Douglas Katz, MD is board certified in general surgery, pediatric surgical critical care, and pediatric surgery. He has spent over 20 years focusing on pediatric surgical care and is interested in all aspects of pediatric surgery, especially neonatal, oncologic, and minimally invasive surgeries. He is also very involved in medical ethics and palliative care.

Dr. Katz receives great satisfaction from developing relationships with his patients and their families. He enjoys watching his patients grow into happy, active children.

Dr. Katz spends most of his free time with his wife and adult children. He is an avid cyclist, woodworker, a pretty good chef, and has a great sense of humor.

Chris Williams, Practice Administrator

Chris Williams has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, for-profit leadership, and socially responsible market engagement. He has helped businesses build wealth; companies strengthen productive corporate culture; and leaders develop innovative winning strategies. His expertise includes strategic planning, leadership development, and accountable execution. Chris joined the Alaska Pediatric Surgery team in 2014.

Chris is an avid long distance runner and enjoys taking his labrador, Blue, along with him. He loves volunteering, traveling with his wife and five kids and just about anything outside.

 Elizabeth (Betsy) Taylor, PA-C

Betsy-Taylor-150x150Betsy has a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T Still University- Arizona School of Health Sciences. With her professional background in Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Radiology, we are privileged to have Betsy on the Alaska Pediatric Surgery Team since 2013.

When Betsy is not helping kids at work, she enjoys camping, hiking, curling and exploring Alaska with her husband, their new son, two dogs and cat.

 Jessica Anderson, PA-C


Jessica obtained her physician assistant certification (PA-C) from the University of Washington MEDEX Physician Assistant training program. Her passion for caring for children led her to pursue a career in Pediatric Surgery.  Prior to this endeavor, Jessica began her medical career as a registered nurse after graduating from the University of Montana. Inspired by the pediatric population she worked as a nurse in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.  Jessica joined the team at APS to further help the children of Alaska.

Jessica is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is licensed by the Alaska State Medical Board.

Jessica was born and raised in Missoula, Montana.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, fishing, and downhill skiing.

Sean Walsh, PA-C

Sean Walsh was born and raised in Alaska. He graduated from the University of Washington MEDEX Physician’s Assistant program in Anchorage, Alaska. Prior to PA school, he was a navy corpsman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.

He chose to work in pediatric surgery because of the unique challenges and rewards of working with children. While not at work, he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors with friends, family and his two dogs.

Linda Carleton, RN

Linda-Carleton-150x150Linda was born and raised right here in Alaska. After 17 years of Management in the insurance industry, she returned to UAA to earn her RN. Linda has been working with pediatric surgical patients ever since.

She has two adult sons and recently adopted a 4 yr old little boy who keeps her very busy! During her ‘free’ time Linda enjoys hiking with her aussie, skiing, knitting and spending time with her family.

Jenni Gumbetter, Administrator

jenni-200Jenni is a native Alaskan and enjoys moose sightings and long summer days. She has always loved working with children and spent four years as a nanny before entering the medical field. Jenni has worked as an Administrative Assistant/Biller for over 15 years and loves her job; helping people always puts a smile on her face.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her Maltipoo Daisy, going for walks, traveling, swimming and spending time with friends.

Shanna Salazar, Administrator

Shanna was born and raised in California. She has worked in administration and office operations for the last 15 years and loves it. She is an accomplished administrator with a background managing office operations. Shanna has experience streamlining departmental procedures and practices and is very resourceful.

In her free time she enjoys baseball games, the theatre and hanging out with her husband, 2 teenage sons and the most loveable golden retriever that ever existed, Elvis.

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