Providers

MediCenter Providers

R. Lynn Carlson, MD, IFMCP

Samuel Schurig, DO

Timothy Miller, DO

Jeffrey Carlson, DPM

Andrea Trescot, MD

Joshua Balch, MD

Tamara Brothers-McNeil, PA-C

Corey Johnson, MD

Jared Wallace, PA-C, CDE

Leah Streich, RD, MCHS, PA-C

Pennie Schuh, FNP

Joanna Walls, FNP

Leon Richard, PT, DPT, OCS

Beka Smith, PTA, LMT, BA

Becca Richardson, MS, Clinical Nutritionist

Laurel Santiago, MBA, MS, BS, CNS

Provider Bios

Portrait of Dr. Lynn Carlson

R. Lynn Carlson, MD, IFMCP

Since the age of three, Dr. R. Lynn Carlson has spent the majority of his life in Alaska. He spent his summers fishing on his family’s beach set-net site and, after school and sports in the winter he and his brothers would weld aluminum fishing boats with his father to sell to other fishermen. He always enjoyed science, and pursued his medical education at the University of Washington. All through medical school and residency, Dr. Carlson helped to fund his education by captaining his fishing boat, the “Connie Jeanne”, during the salmon run each year in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Dr. Carlson completed his residency in Emergency Medicine in Pennsylvania. Soon after he finished, he and his family moved back to the Kenai and he started practicing medicine in his home town. Dr. Carlson has a passion for preventive medicine and focuses on keeping you healthy as well as treating your immediate illness. He is also Emergency Medicine Board Certified. With his experience, he plays a big part in our urgent care portion of the clinic.

In May of 2015, Dr. R Lynn Carlson was certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine as a Certified Practitioner. IFM Certified Practitioners are recognized as clinicians whose rigorous training and evaluation puts them in the top tier of functional medicine practitioners. Functional Medicine is evidence-based patient centered and geared toward investigating the root cause of disease. He looks forward to providing this higher level of care to the community.
Portrait of Samuel Schurig

Samuel Schurig, DO

Dr. Samuel Schurig has been with MediCenter for over four years. He is a long time Alaskan, having come to the state in 1983 with the Air Force. He transferred to the Air National Guard in 1986, and because of his love for the state he opened a private practice in Eagle River. He loves the outdoors and spending time with his family, which is partly why he understands the importance of his role in practicing Family and Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Schurig loves taking care of families and their medical needs. He also takes a special interest in diabetes and the metabolic problems which accompany it. As an Osteopath, Dr. Schurig has a great deal of experience with bone and joint problems and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. He also is very skilled in removing unwanted moles, cysts, warts and lipomas.
Portrait of Robert McRorie, PA-C

Timothy Miller, DO

Dr. Timothy Miller, DO is a Board Certified Alaskan Provider of Osteopathic Medicine who practices family practice and urgent care. Dr. Miller is a full spectrum family practice doctor and he welcomes infants, adolescents, OB, adults, and geriatric patients to his practice.
 
Prior to entering medicine, Dr. Miller grew up in Southern Oregon. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry/Biophysics at Oregon State University, he transitioned from working at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, to managing clinical research trials, and finally building clinical research centers for several medical groups. Desiring to have a greater impact on patient care, he attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Alaska Family Medicine/Providence Alaska Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Miller practiced in bush Alaska at Norton Sound Health Center serving as a family physician in the ER, urgent care, inpatient, outpatient, and emergency air medical transportation settings working with OB, pediatric, adult and geriatric patient populations.  
 
As an osteopathic physician, he has a special interest in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), to facilitate body positioning and tissue function to help alleviate pain and restore proper function. He enjoys the challenge of finding the underlying cause of illness and partnering with the patient to help them achieve their goals of health and wellness in mind, body and spirit. 
 
Away from the office, Dr. Miller loves spending time with his wife, daughter, son, and dog. He is an avid fisherman and outdoors-man. He enjoys hunting, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, rafting, wildlife viewing, surfing, and travelling abroad.
Portrait of Leah Streich, RD, MCHS, PA-C

Leah Streich, RD, MCHS, PA-C

A Certified Physician Assistant and Registered Dietitian, Leah is a passionate teacher of healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. She is excited to utilize her background in nutrition to provide comprehensive family practice care, including functional and natural approaches at our new integrative medicine clinic.

Leah was born in South Korea, grew up in Spokane, Washington and attended Washington State University for her undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Human Nutrition. She completed an internship in Houston, TX and became a Registered Dietitian. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and decided to go back to school and broaden her scope of practice. She graduated from the University of Washington, MEDEX Physician Assistant Master's program and has enjoyed establishing a family practice here on the Kenai Peninsula. Leah has special interests in women's health, bioidentical hormones, thyroid evaluation and treatment, and nutritional guidance.

Leah and her husband Jake are enjoying all of the outdoor activities Alaska has to offer. They welcomed their beautiful daughter Harper in March 2015. Harper was born with Trisomy 21, and has brought so much love and joy into their lives and the lives of others. 

Portrait of Jared Wallace, PA-C

Jared Wallace, PA-C, CDE

After graduating from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009, Jared moved to Alaska to begin his career in family practice. Currently the sole provider at MediCenter North, Jared is committed to creating a medical home for patients and their families.  Jared is a Board Certified Physician Assistant and also a board certified Diabetic Educator by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.  He welcomes minor emergencies, chronic disease, and acute illness or injuries. 

Jared is detail oriented and an excellent listener, believing strongly in Hippocrates’ philosophy that “it is more important to know what sort of person has a disease, than to know what sort of disease a person has.” Jared also enjoys being involved in the community, and serves as the medical provider for the Nikiski Bulldogs football games.

Over the past several years, Jared has developed a passion for preventing and treating diabetes.  He holds a board certification in diabetes education, and continues to stay up to date on the latest research and expand his knowledge.  Although diabetes can lead to an array of complications, Jared works hard to help his patients through both lifestyle modifications and finding the best treatment plan to manage their unique situation. 

When Jared’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their four small kids. Jared and his wife are both avid DIYers, and love to show off the hard work put into MediCenter North’s renovation.
Portrait of Robert McRorie, PA-C

Pennie Schuh, FNP

Pennies Schuh is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of medical experience. As an LPN and on a mission trip in Nicaragua, she developed a passion for medical missions and wanted to have a way to give back more. That trip was the spark that ignited her pursuit in becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. Pennie is not the kind of provider that will just throw medications at a patient. She is more interested in finding the true cause of the problem and treating that illness with a balanced approach. Pennie is also an educator. She will do her best to explain to her patients what is going on and empower them to live a healthy lifestyle. 

Her other passions include animals, art, caving, traveling and medical missions. She loves to ride horses in the mountains and camp with her dog, Woodie, as often as possible. As an artist her favorite mediums include: stained glass, water colors, mixed media and hat making. Pennie is also a world traveler. She has been to Nicaragua, Bolivia and Africa. Medical missions are a very rewarding and humbling way she gives back to the world.  
Portrait of Robert McRorie, PA-C

Joanna Walls, FNP

Joanna is a Family Nurse Practitioner devoted to providing comprehensive family practice care, focusing on functional and natural approaches at the new MediCenter Integrative Medicine Clinic while also spending time at MediCenter Specialties working with our Pain Management team. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Joanna was a Registered Nurse on a Pediatric Unit for six years. She has a great passion for children’s health and disease prevention throughout the lifespan.
 
Joanna was raised in the south. Her roots spread from North Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama, and now to Alaska. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2011 and later continued to obtain a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and decided to advance her current education through training with Dr. Carlson in functional medicine.
 
Joanna and her husband Craig are enjoying all of the outdoor activities Alaska has to offer with salmon and halibut fishing, as well as exploring miles and miles of beauty in nature through hiking and riding trails. Their beautiful daughter EllaDove was born in March 2016 and lights up anyone’s day. She loves the Alaska sun and extra play time it brings.
 
Joanna is looking forward to establishing a family practice here on the Kenai Peninsula with MediCenter Integrative Medicine.
Portrait of Andrea Trescot, MD

Andrea Trescot, MD

Andrea the past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), a former professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and previous director of the pain fellowship programs at the University of Washington and the University of Florida. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina, with internship and residency in anesthesia at Bethesda Naval Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at National Children’s Hospital in Washington. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice, and chair of the US section of the World Institute of Pain. Dr. Trescot is board certified in anesthesia, pain management, interventional pain management and critical care. She was a pain clinic director in private practice for 20 years before she moved to academics. She returned to private practice in 2012 in Wasilla, Alaska and will now be joining MediCenter in Kenai.

Dr. Trescot is available to serve chronic and acute pain patients on the Kenai Peninsula!
Portrait of Robert McRorie, PA-C

Joshua Balch, MD

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Portrait of Robert McRorie, PA-C

Tamara Brothers-McNeil, PA-C

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Portrait of Corey Johnson, MD

Corey Johnson, MD

Dr. Corey Johnson graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in Chemistry. He then attended the Medical College of Wisconsin (formerly Marquette), graduating in 1988. He completed his Family Practice residency in Casper, Wyoming. Following his residency training he returned to his home town where he worked in Family Practice for seven years. He then became a full time Emergency Medicine physician until 2006 when he completed specialty training in Phlebology (vein disease) and opened his vein practice. In 2008 when the American Board of Phlebology was established, Dr Johnson became one of only 248 physicians in the world to be granted diplomat status. He is an active member of the American College of Phlebology.

Dr. Johnson’s family owns a set net fishing camp on the Kenai Peninsula and they spend their summers there running the camp and enjoying the beauty of Alaska. It is while fishing here that Dr. Johnson first noticed the need for quality vein care in Alaska and the idea for Alaska Vein Care was born. Dr. Johnson is also an avid tennis player.

Dr. Johnson has over a 98% satisfaction rate from all his patients treated for Varicose Vein Disease. He is committed to offering only the very best in vein medicine.
Portrait of Leon Richard, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Leon Richard, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Leon Richard is actively heading up our Physical Therapy Department. Leon started his career in Physical Therapy at Husson College in Maine. He graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy with Honors. Leon Richard then earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with Honors from Husson College. Through many of his life experiences in firefighting, law enforcement, weightlifting, martial arts and many other strenuous physical activities, Leon gained an appreciation for the human body and a passion for thoroughly understanding how it works. We are proud to state that there are many patients and providers that would willingly give excellent testimonials on the success he and his patients have had together in improving their physical lives. 

Over the following two years, he worked on, and earned his credentials as an "Orthopedic Certified Specialist" through the American Physical Therapy Association Board of Specialty Providers in May of 2014. Leon is certified in Dry Needling and to the benefits it provides Physical Therapy. Currently Leon was selected by American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) as a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) to be an item writer for a two-year term, for the Orthopaedics Specialty Council. Being that he works in the health industry, he is a firm believer in working himself out of a job. If he doesn’t feel that you are improving with his services, he’ll be the first to bring it up and suggest a change. Leon is results-oriented when it comes to your health and at the same time gentle enough to help ensure a comfortable, fast recovery.

Portrait of Robert McRorie, PA-C

Beka Smith, PTA, LMT, BA

Beka Smith is a licensed Massage Therapist as well as a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant at MediCenter Specialties Clinic. She is the only individual in the state of Alaska who holds a license in both Physical Therapy Assistance and Massage Therapy.

Beka Smith was raised on a tobacco farm in rural southwestern Virginia. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson-Newman College Tennessee in 1991. She went to PTA School at Whatcom County Community College in Washington, graduating in 2003.

Beka moved to AK (in 1992) with a Biology degree hoping to do Wildlife Biology. She says “I had no experience; most of what I heard was ‘Oh, you're the next one on our list, we'll call you.’ Well, I knew if I didn't use my biology education my intellect would get rusty. One of our local Physical Therapists was looking for someone with a biology degree to hire as a Technician (entry level, cleaning, laundry, some hands on). So, I applied and was hired. I was hooked! Talking to people is lots more interesting than counting fish any day!”

Massage Therapists manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of their clients to produce relaxation, improved health and other benefits. Physical Therapist Assistants work under licensed physical therapists to help people with physical injuries or illnesses to regain range of movement and control their pain. She is currently celebrating her 20th year performing patient care in the Physical Therapy/Massage Therapy field.   
  
Beka specializes in Medical Massage, Swedish Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Reiki, and Trigger Point Technique. Her completed trainings include Fibromyalgia Massage.    

Her favorite things about Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy include a close, personal relationship with her patients, seeing her patients improve and resume doing things they love, and working with other health care professionals as a wellness team. 

Beka enjoys fishing, dancing, travel, and reading. She is a member of American Massage Therapy Association and the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute.

Portrait of Becca Richardson, Health and Wellness Educator and Director of Health and Wellness

Becca Richardson, MS, Clinical Nutritionist

Becca grew up on the Kenai Peninsula and graduated high school from Nikiski High. She received her Bachelors in Exercise and Wellness from Brigham Young University and then went on to complete her Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. During her educational experience she had the opportunity to be taught by world-renown leaders of functional and integrative medicine, such as: Mark Hyman MD, Kristi Hughes ND, Jeffery Bland PHD, and Alex Vasquez DC, ND, DO. From trainings to conferences, she has been taught how to look at the body as a whole. As an avid believer of preventative medicine, and with her love for health and exercise, she has a deeper knowledge of how important nutrition is and wants to share it with everyone.

This experience makes her an optimal MediCenter care coordinator working under the direct observation of providers. She conducts follow-ups with the patients to gather information by adhering to a protocol created for the individual by our providers.

Becca also loves the outdoors, exercise, and sports. She is always looking for adventure and getting others involved is one of her strong points. Her commitment to you is excellence, she knows how hard it can be to change the way you eat but believes that it will change the way you feel and if you can do that, life is limitless.
 
“It is the most rewarding job to see people change their lives, getting rid of disease and becoming a healthy individual full of life and making a difference in the world every day.”
Portrait of Robert McRorie, PA-C

Laurel Santiago, MBA, MS, BS, CNS

Laurel has lived in Morristown, NJ for over 25 years and has worked in both the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. After years of clinical pharmacy experience, Laurel continued to advance her education with a Masters in Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport, to understand ways to create an even greater impact on patient health. Science is now able to understand from a biochemical and molecular level why foods can be healthy for some people but not others. Genetics, lifestyle, food choices, medicines, and any presence of chronic illness can influence health outcomes. Through her own journey, she understands how difficult it can be to modify diet and lifestyle. Her great joy is celebrating with patients as they achieve their health goals and lead more vibrant lives.

In her spare time, she enjoys being active in outdoors, as well as practicing and teaching yoga.
Portrait of Becca Richardson, Health and Wellness Educator and Director of Health and Wellness

Jeffrey Carlson, DPM

Dr. Carlson is originally from Alaska. Growing up, he spent his summers working in the salmon commercial fishing industry. He spent time on boats, set netting, and in his grandparents’ cannery. One summer he even spent time in the oil field to help pay for college.

As a college athlete, Dr. Carlson learned the significance of the feet and the important role they play for the rest of the body. This is what sparked his interest in the field of Podiatry. With more than a decade of traveling around the country with his wife Alison, they are excited to share his knowledge and expertise with the residents of Alaska. 
 
Dr. Carlson earned his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa before completing a three-year surgical residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. This residency program provided the advanced training needed to be considered an expert in the treatment of all ailments of the foot and ankle, including reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, pediatric, diabetic and geriatric lower extremity care. 

The last several years, Dr. Carlson has been practicing in both Ohio and Utah. He has enjoyed being able to devote quality time and effort to his patients and ensure they understand their treatment plan. More recently he has been focused on the use of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine. He currently serves on the board of directors for World Access to Regenerative Medicine, a non-profit organization.

Dr. Carlson is a fluent Spanish speaker and enjoys using this in his medical practice. He has served the people of Guatemala and Spain and plans to perform more medical missions in the future.

Spending time with family is also important; Dr. Carlson, his wife, and four children love to visit local attractions and activities, spend time outdoors, and attend athletic events.

Dr. Carlson is welcoming new patients and all insurances,including children under 21 for Medicaid and all Medicaid/Medicare (Medicaid currently does not offer this benefit with the exclusion of the above). 
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