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Proud Sponsor of Happy Trails Kennel

Proud Sponsor of Happy Trails Kennel

Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder and Dr. Michael McNamara are proud to sponsor Happy Trails Kennels, the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser.  Martin is currently the musher with the most consecutive Iditarod finishes, 33 races completed in a row, 36 total finishes.  Buser was inducted into the Iditarod Hall of Fame in 2017 and is a four-time Iditarod champion winning the race in 1992, 1994, 1997, and 2002.  Tim Pappas of Happy Trails Kennel will also be taking a team to Nome this year.  To learn more about Happy Trails Kennels, visit their website at:

Please join us in cheering on Martin Buser (Bib #26) and Tim Pappas (Bib #3) on their journey to Nome!  The 2020 Iditarod Ceremonial start begins Saturday, March 7th starting at 10:00 AM in downtown Anchorage and the Official Iditarod start begins on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 PM in Willow, Alaska.  To follow along the Iditarod trail, visit


2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Part 2

Dr. Mac & Dee Dee 2.2.2016

DeeDee poses with Dr. McNamara

We are proud to sponsor and support Iditarod veteran, DeeDee Jonrowe, in this year’s Iditarod Sled Dog Race. DeeDee is one of the most well-known mushers in the Iditarod, with 33 Iditarod starts. She has had 16 top ten finishes and is a two-time runner up. DeeDee’s “can-do” attitude in spite of life’s challenges is an inspiration–especially as 2015 posed some very difficult challenges for DeeDee and her husband Mike. The Jonrowe family lost their home, vehicles, and mushing equipment in the 2015 Sockeye wildfire near Willow. Thankfully, the Jonrowe’s were able to get their dogs to safety. Also in 2015, DeeDee lost her mother Peg—her best friend and biggest supporter—to cancer. Through all of life’s challenges, however, DeeDee continues to stay positive and to never give up. Please join us in cheering on DeeDee and her team in her 34th Iditarod start this weekend!

To follow DeeDee’s journey to Nome, visit, and to learn more about DeeDee or to donate towards her journey to Nome, visit her website at

Go DeeDee!


2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Part 1

Dr. Mac, Joanne, and Martin Buser 2015

Dr. McNamara & Joanne with Martin at the 2015 Musher’s Banquet

Each year, we are thrilled to support our friend and seasoned Iditarod veteran, Martin Buser.  Martin is a four-time Iditarod champion with 29 consecutive Iditarod finishes, and 31 total finishes. Although he is a spirited racer and a strong competitor in the Iditarod, what makes Martin Buser a true champion is his fortitude and endurance in spite of circumstance.

For those who have not yet heard, one of Martin’s two sons, Nikolai Buser, was in a terrible car accident on January 22nd that landed him in critical condition at Harborview Trauma Center in Seattle, WA. Nikolai had 8 surgeries in 11 days. Up until about a week ago, Martin was at Nikolai’s bedside, comforting and encouraging Nikolai in his long recovery process. Martin recently flew back to Alaska to complete final preparations for this year’s 2016 Iditarod while his wife, Kathy, remains with Nikolai. Thus, it is with much enthusiasm that we proudly cheer on Nikolai Buser in his recovery process, as well as Martin Buser in his 32nd Iditarod sled dog race!

To follow Nikolai’s journey to recovery and to donate towards the family’s high medical bills, please visit the following crowdfunding website: We know that every prayer and every dollar is greatly appreciated by the Buser family.

To follow Martin’s journey to Nome, visit, and to learn more about Martin, visit his website at

Let’s go Team Buser!