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 moonlighting at North Care, an urgent-care clinic in 1997, and worked for Dr. Frost full time until 1999 when he had the opportunity for ownership in a new urgent-care clinic, Wasilla Medical Clinic. He continued to work for Dr. Frost part-time until the opening of Northwoods in 2017.
Don enjoyed the urgent care setting and the variety it brought. He is still part-owner of Wasilla Medical Clinic. “I suppose that all providers gradually build a following of ‘regular’ patients even in an urgent-care setting,” says Don. “It became a challenge to balance the urgent care patients with my regulars.”
Northwoods Family Medicine developed as a way to provide better service and care for those regulars. “As my professional life has matured, I came to truly appreciate what an 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.”