Our History

BuildingPicAlaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder (AkHES) is a locally owned and operated orthopedic clinic established in 2007 by Michael G. McNamara, M.D. Dr. McNamara started Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder to offer Alaskans dedicated care of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder in a private practice setting. He brings 20+ years of experience to AkHES. Orthopedic excellence for the upper extremity is what sets AkHES apart as Alaska’s Premier Upper Extremity Surgical Specialists. Our clinic is conveniently located in Suite 201 of the MGM Professional Building on Lake Otis Parkway in Midtown, Anchorage.

AkHES is an orthopedic clinic, meaning we focus on the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves of the body. Since the opening of AkHES in 2007, Dr. McNamara has provided specialized evaluation and treatment for the upper extremity, including hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries and conditions. With the addition of Kevin C. Paisley, D.O., to our team in September 2014, we extended our practice to include specialized evaluation and treatment for sports injuries, conditions of the knee, and fracture care.

We evaluate and treat patients of all ages—from infants to elderly adults—and offer comprehensive treatment for a variety of injuries and conditions caused by sports injuries, disabilities, accidents, or degenerative diseases. On-site services, including x-ray, fluoroscopy, and ultrasound, allow our providers to more accurately diagnose and treat your condition. After diagnosing your injury or condition, our providers often recommend a course of conservative, non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation. We also offer minimally invasive surgical options or more complex surgical options when surgery is deemed necessary.

Like many Alaskans, both Dr. McNamara and Dr. Paisley enjoy an active Alaskan lifestyle in the great outdoors. Dr. McNamara is an avid SuperCub pilot, hunter, fisherman, and skier, while Dr. Paisley is a snowboarder, skier, hiker and cyclist. Since both Dr. McNamara and Dr. Paisley appreciate the Alaskan lifestyle and have experienced orthopedic injuries themselves, they understand the importance of getting you back to your active lifestyle as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Our team at Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder will work for your health and healing and will strive to both relieve pain and restore function in the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, or knee to get you back to your active Alaskan lifestyle.

We invite you to explore our medical services and to call us with any questions!