About Our Providers

Dr Russell
Alex Russell,  MD attended the Medical College of Georgia, earning his MD in 1964. After graduating, Dr. Russell spent three years in the US Navy before returning to Georgia to complete his pediatrics residency at Emory University in Atlanta. After completing his residency, Dr. Russell moved to Anchorage, AK and began practicing family medicine. He briefly returned to to Atlanta in 1970 to complete more pediatrics training, returning to Anchorage in 1971 to work in pediatrics at The Children’s Clinic until 1975. In 1976, Dr. Russell moved to Soldotna and has provided outstanding pediatric care on the peninsula ever since!
Dr Walden
Rachel Walden, MD received her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she also completed her pediatrics residency. She then completed a fellowship in neonatology at Brown University/Women and Infant’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. After completion of training, she worked for five years as a critical care physician with Pediatrix Medical Group in Dallas, TX. She then practiced general pediatrics for four years with John Peter Smith Pediatrics in Fort Worth, TX prior to joining the group at Central Peninsula. Outside of work, she enjoys running, knitting, gardening, and camping with her husband and two children.  
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Joanna Gibbons, DO earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas. She studied medicine at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and spent an additional year completing an undergraduate fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulatory Treatment and Neurovascular Medicine. Following graduation, she and her family moved to California to complete her Family Medicine residency. Dr. Gibbons joined Central Peninsula Family Practice in March of 2021.

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Christine Babcock, ANP (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) earned her Master in Adult Health in 1986 at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon and her Post-Master Certificate in Pediatrics in 2002 at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to moving to the Kenai Peninsula in 2003 and joining Central Peninsula Family Practice, she lived in the Bristol Bay Region of Western Alaska. She initially moved to Bristol Bay in 1989, where she worked for the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation. While with BBAHCshe initially worked in Togiak and later at their hospital in Dillingham. In 1997, she was the proud recipient of the State of Alaska Award for Excellence in Healthcare from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner’s. Christine enjoys traveling the world and learning about new cultures and countries. (photo coming)

Jason Wallentine, MD is excited to be joining the community and medical team at Central Peninsula Family Practice. He is originally from Idaho, where he received his Bachelor of Science in exercise science and physiology from Boise State University. He went on to complete medical school through the University of Washington’s regional WWAMI collaborative as one of Idaho’s five Targeted Rural and Underserved Track (TRUST) scholars. He has personally placed a special focus on community medicine during his education. 

After completing medical school, he moved to Muncie, Indiana and completed his training in Family Medicine at Indiana University’s Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Wallentine developed skills both in outpatient and inpatient medicine across all age groups, and gained a passion for inpatient medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Wallentine is an avid outdoorsman, is married and has three children who enjoy camping and fishing, biking, and building new experiences with each other. They are all thrilled to be building a life on the Peninsula!



 
 
 
 
 
 

Michael Visick, MD is excited to be joining the community and medical team at Central Peninsula Family Practice. Dr. Visick has been a practicing Pediatrician in Logan, Utah for over 20 years. He attended Medical School at the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York before settling down to see babies and kids of all ages in Utah. Dr. Visick enjoys traveling, running, reading, and hiking. He and his wife Liz love spending time with their kids and two little grandsons. Dr. Visick and Liz spend much of their free time volunteering to help doctors and midwives save mothers and babies in Africa and Asia.

Annie Nunley, PA-C pursued her Physician Assistant training at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, complemented by an undergraduate degree in Biology from Portland State University. Annie’s life has been a journey, from growing up on a boat in Central and South America to dedicating 30 years to the Army. While her heart finds joy in Alaska, her extensive travels within the state have led her to establish roots in Soldotna. Beyond her medical pursuits, Annie harbors a deep passion for photography and woodworking, endeavors she aspires to further develop. Her interests also extend to fishing, biking, kayaking, hiking, and, of course, more travel. She has 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren scattered across the U.S. Annie, accompanied by her dog Ollie, can often be spotted exploring the town on her bike and discovering the beauty of the surrounding area.

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