Meet Our Pediatric Surgical Team
At Alaska Pediatric Surgery we have a team to help your child and your family through the surgery process. This means that you may see one or many of us through the process of your visit to our clinic, the day of surgery, time in the hospital and follow up afterwards. That is a lot of opportunities to meet someone different! Please allow us to introduce ourselves and we look forward to meeting you along the journey.
J. Brent Roaten, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Brent Roaten is an 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 Primary Investigator for Surgery Children’s Oncology (COG) program.
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 children’s 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, Dr. Roaten is spending time with family, friends, and Murphy, his Irish Wolfhound.
Kristi Davis, Chief Operating Officer
Kristi Davis was born and raised in Alaska. She has an extensive background in business development and operations. Kristi has her Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Alaska Anchorage and is active in the Alaska Medical Group Management Association.
Kristi is passionate about bringing high-quality healthcare services to the children and families in her home state.
When Kristi is not working or volunteering, she enjoys running, camping, traveling and spending time with her family.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Taylor, PA-C
Betsy has a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University- Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has a professional background in Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Radiology. Betsy and Dr. Roaten have been working together since 2013.
When Betsy is not helping kids at work, she enjoys camping, hiking, curling and exploring Alaska with her husband, their two sons, two dogs and cat.
Sean Walsh, PA-C
Sean Walsh was born and raised in Alaska. He graduated from the University of Washington MEDEX Physician 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 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 three sons who keep her very busy! During her ‘free’ time, Linda enjoys hiking with her Australian Sheep dog, skiing, knitting and spending time with her family.
Shamaira Gray, MA
Shamaira Gray was born in Alaska and raised in Seattle. At the age of one, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is the most common childhood cancer. It occurs when a bone marrow cell develops errors in its DNA. After successfully going into remission over two decades ago, she graduated from Alaska Community College as a Medical Assistant in 2015. She has worked as an MA since then at a variety of clinics in Anchorage prior to joining Alaska Pediatric Surgery. She is continuing her degree at University of Alaska Anchorage to become an RN and plans to continue to work within the pediatric medical field.
When Shamaira is not working, she enjoys spending time with her son and her mother. She loves to shop, eat and enjoy life!
Jen Cudmore, Revenue Cycle Manager
Jen Cudmore grew up on the Columbia River Gorge in a tiny cabin in the woods – with no electricity. After earning a BA in Psychology, she started a family and left the Pacific Northwest for Alaska. She has been a resident of Anchorage for over 20 years and worked in various medical clinics. After 17 years in medical billing for orthopedics, she is thrilled to expand her knowledge with new specialties, and is currently working toward her CMPE certification.
Her hobbies include reading, writing, traveling, watching sunrises, and taking photos of family. She believes her greatest accomplishment (so far!) is her two adult children.
Susi Meunier, Front Desk/Admin Assistant
Susi came to Alaska in 1981 when she attended UAF studying Marine Biology. Her studies eventually turned from little marine critters to children, and she finished her studies with a Bachelors of Elementary Education from UAA.
She has been blessed as a stay-home mother raising two girls. Her youngest is currently attending UAA. She and her husband have a combined family of six adult girls and four grandchildren. Family comes first and that’s why she works with her new family: the APS team!
- Dr. Roaten originally studied archaeology in college.
- In high school, Jen was ASB president and the mascot at sports events (cougar).
- Susi had a pet monkey when she was a kid.
- Sean has ridden the World’s Longest Outdoor Escalator in Hong Kong. He did not get a t-shirt and regrets it to this day.
- Shamaira fell on the treadmill in front of the whole gym.
- Betsy was once chased by a yearling moose in the Providence hospital parking lot.
- Betsy dropped calculus in high school. She promptly looked for something to do with her life unrelated to math.
- Linda was married on the Ruth Glacier, pretty darn Alaskan there.
- Betsy played rugby in college.
- Sean had nine dogs growing up.
- Dr. Roaten attempted a climb of Denali, but was weathered out right before he reached the top.
- Shamaira has only been fishing one time.
- Jen once visited Australia, where she fed kangaroos, pet a purring cheetah, walked with a Sumatra tiger, and cuddled a sweet koala.
- There is a street named after Susi in Fairbanks.
- Linda was on the downhill skiing team for her high school.
- Sean played baseball as a kid and only got on base when struck with the ball.
- When Linda was five she wanted to be a race car driver.
- Several years ago, Jen published a couple historical fiction novels and some short stories.