ABOUT NORTHWOODS FAMILY MEDICINE
Dr. Adam Greathouse, DO
Dr. Adam Greathouse moved to Alaska in 1981 and spent his high school years on Adak in the Aleutian Islands. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He spent several years after college back on Adak where he coached basketball for his high school alma mater. They won the Alaska 2A championship in 1993 while he was coaching there.
Dr. Greathouse attended medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa. He then returned to Alaska and completed residency at the Providence Family
Medicine Residency in Anchorage. He has been seeing patients in Wasilla since 2002.
Adam enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities including: fishing, running, and biking. He tries to drag his family along on his adventures as often as possible.
Don Smith, PA-C
Don Smith graduated from Penn State in 1991 with a degree in microbiology and clinical laboratory science, and quickly felt he wanted to do more with direct patient care, so it was off to PA school. He moved to Alaska with his wife Laurie in 1994 immediately after graduating from the St. Francis College PA program in Pennsylvania.
His first job was in orthopedics with Dr. John Frost, specializing in knee injuries and surgery. He started working in primary and urgent-care clinic in Wasilla in 1999.
“As my professional life matured, I came to truly appreciate what a honor and blessing it is to go through the medical journeys with my patients.”
Don grew up in Pennsylvania, and fell in love with the outdoors through hunting and fishing, which helped draw him to Alaska. “I continue those traditions in Alaska with my wife, daughters and family. I also enjoy snow-machining, gardening and a good game of adult league ice hockey.”
Kara Boothby, PA-C
Kara Boothby was born in Colorado and moved to Alaska in 1993. She graduated from Chugiak High School in 2000 and moved to the Mat-Su Valley in 2001. Kara graduated from the University of Alaska – Anchorage with her Bachelor of Health Sciences, and then completed her Physician Assistant program through MEDEX Northwest, University of Washington in 2020.
She brings a wealth of experience in critical and lifesaving care to our clinic. Kara has been working in the Mat-Su Valley healthcare system for over 19 years. She has served as a Critical Care paramedic, firefighter, and EMS battalion chief with the Matanuska-Susitna borough.
Kara enjoys rafting, hiking, fishing, and exploring Alaska with her husband and three children. She also takes pleasure in making various crafts and reading.