About Alaska Women's Cancer Care

Our Mission:

Our mission at Alaska Women’s Cancer Care is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, expedient, and outstanding cancer care to all women with gynecologic malignancies in Alaska.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • No woman needs to leave home to find state of the art excellence in gynecologic cancer care.
  • We are patient advocates.
  • Evidence-based medicine guides our practice.
  • Every patient will be treated equally regardless of background or ability to pay.
  • We value your feedback and continually strive to improve.

We Care About You

The doctors at AKWCC are Alaskans dedicated to diagnosing and treating cancers affecting women’s reproductive organs.  Our experienced team of cancer specialists is united in the philosophy of treating the whole woman – not just the disease. We deliver the most advanced therapies while maximizing each individual’s quality of life.  Our patients also have access to innovative therapies and clinical trials both in Alaska and in the “Lower 48.”

Fighting cancer is not a challenge a woman faces alone but rather a team effort that involves family, friends, and specialized healthcare providers.  Together our doctors, nursing, and support staff is the strongest and most passionate group fighting female cancers in Alaska.

Our Team

Our Team

Dr. Joanie Mayer Hope, Fellowship trained, Board certified gynecologic oncologist teamed up with Dr. Thomas J. Burke, expert gynecologic surgeon with 20 years of experience in women’s cancer care to form Alaska Women’s Cancer Care in December 2012.

Dr. Melissa Hardesty, Fellowship trained, Board certified gynecologic oncologist from the University of Washington joined our team October 2013. We are happy to welcome the state’s second gynecologic oncologist.

Dr. Linda Smith, Board certified, emergency medicine specialist and palliative care specialist.

Dr. George Stransky, senior gynecologist, educational instructor, surgical assist, and inpatient surgical hospitalist.

Chrissy Fulcher, RN
Katelyn Hansmeyer, RN
Christy Armstrong, Office Manager 

Avery Wruck, New Patient Care Coordinator

Mike Mullins, Coding, Billing & Financial Specialist 
Candy Deutsch, New Patient Care Coordinator & Surgery Scheduler

Ali Tolman, Office Support & Let Every Woman Know Program Director 

Jennifer Garibotte, Front Desk Support

JJ Kim, Certified Medical Assistant
Leilanie Tacaca, Certified Medical Assistant