Our People

Our Providers

Kristen Lee, MD

Dr. Kristen Lee grew up in Eagle River, Alaska.  She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine, then completed Family Medicine Residency in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  As a medical student, she spent 6 months in Soldotna as a WRITE student with Dr. Katy Sheridan and Dr. Kristin Mitchell.  She practiced in Wasilla for 2 years prior to moving back to the Kenai Peninsula.  In her free time, she enjoys knitting, sewing, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Dave Abel, DO

Dr. Dave Abel was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but he progressively migrated west; first to Idaho, and then to Alaska. The Air Force originally brought him to Alaska as part of a four-year enlistment. He met his wife here in Alaska and has made Alaska his home. Dr. Abel obtained his undergraduate degree at UAA and attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Washington. He returned to Anchorage for residency, and now calls Soldotna home. He and his wife have four boys who keep them busy. He loves biking, hiking, skiing, and camping, as well as quiet evenings reading with his family.

Rebecca Schultz, PA-C

Becky Schultz grew up in Olympia, Washington, and studied kinesiology at Washington State University. After graduating, she spent time working with surgical and long-term care patients in a rehabilitation center before moving to Rock Springs, Wyoming where she worked in the operating room at Memorial Hospital. She received her master’s degree to become a physician assistant from Pacific University in Oregon. She is thrilled to call Kenai home and enjoys cooking, fishing, and hiking with her family.

As a PA, Becky is a nationally certified and state licensed medical professional, and she enjoys working as part of a patient-centered medical team.  Her passion is caring for all people throughout the lifespan to achieve their health and wellness goals.

Our Staff

Kate Jefferson

Accounts Manager

Louisa Chavez

Medical Assistant

Melissa Roumell

Personnel Manager

Kaylee Hillis

Medical Assistant

Our Student

Kelly MacWhorter

          Hello! I am from Bainbridge Island, WA, just a ferry ride away from Seattle. My family operates a small organic farm there, where we grow vegetables, flowers, and raise some animals for the local community. It was a great way to grow up, always outside playing with nature’s creatures and eating all the strawberries and tomatoes a kid could dream of. Naturally, this upbringing made me curious about life and passionate about healthy living. So, for college I went to the University of Washington to study biochemistry.
         In my few years between undergrad and medical school, I worked at a community health program organizing leisure activities (art, gardening, and music) for adults with mental illness and physical disabilities. A spectacular job and wonderful way to see the many elements that factor into people’s wellbeing! I’m interested in rural medicine because I love the bonds that form within a small community and as a physician I want to celebrate that and help cultivate health using that.
         What do I do for fun? I love good food, the outdoors and everything art! I am an avid knitter and ceramicist, and have a large collection of hats and mugs in my home.
I am happy to be in Soldotna and look forward to meeting you.

About The WRITE Program

The WRITE program is designed to give selected third-year medical students an appropriate mix of ambulatory and hospital experience during a 22/24-week clinical education experience at a rural primary care teaching site. Throughout the program, the WRITE student has the opportunity to develop a practice style while learning how to treat a broad range of medical, surgical and psychological problems. Learning experiences emphasize the rural physician’s responsibilities of diagnosing, treating, and managing the majority of health problems on a longitudinal basis, while calling upon all the health care resources available in the community.

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