Scott Wellmann MD
Founder of the Alaska Children's Heart Center, LLC Dr. Scott Wellmann grew up on a farm in a small town in Northwest Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame in 1988, and he graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1992.
He stayed in Cincinnati to complete a residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the renowned Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. When he completed his Fellowship in 1998, he moved to Alaska to begin practice.
Dr. Wellmann enjoys all aspects of his specialty. He is accomplished and experienced with diagnostic and interventional procedures in the Cardiac Cath Lab, including closure of congenital heart defects through device placement.
A strong advocate for the continued advancement of the cardiac health of all Alaskans, Dr. Wellmann sits on the Board of Directors of Alaska Chapter of the American Heart Association.
He has served as the Medical Staff Department Chair of Pediatrics for the Children’s Hospital at Providence. During his tenure, he proposed routine oxygen saturation monitoring of newborns prior to discharge from the hospital as a means to detect cyanotic heart defects. As a result, the screening was implemented at Providence years before it became the standard of care nationally. He currently sits on the Medical Staff Credentials and Pediatric Critical Care Committees at Providence.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, he is an accomplished educator and advocate for excellence in health care. He participates in the selection process and education of the physicians participating in the Pediatric Residency Alaska Tract. He received the “Instructor of the Year Award” from the Alaska Family Practice Residency Program. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners honored Dr. Wellmann with the Advocate of the Year Award for the state of Alaska.
Dr. Wellmann has extensive experience in Pediatric Intensive Care and served as a primary intensivist covering the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for the Children’s Hospital at Providence for six years before he opened Alaska Children's Heart Center, LLC.
Kevin Hinkle MD
Dr. Kevin Hinkle joined the practice in the summer of 2015 with a desire to help Alaskan children and to add his expertise to a highly skilled team. Before coming to Alaska, Dr. Hinkle served as Chief Pediatric Cardiology Fellow at Intermountain Health Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Hinkle’s cardiology training was augmented by additional focused education with extended clinical experience in the performance and interpretation of fetal heart ultrasounds.
Dr Hinkle grew up in rural small town Arkansas, where he learned the value of community and family. As a senior in high school, he spent a month in an impoverished part of Mexico building housing for underprivileged families. This experience in his youth sparked a passion for helping others that has guided his educational and professional choices. He completed a Bachelor of Art in Biology with a pre-medical focus at Hendrix College in 2004. He subsequently attended medical school at the University of Arkansas graduating with a Medical Doctorate in 2008.
Upon realizing his true passion was helping children and their families, he continued his education further and completed pediatric residency at Chilren's Mercy in Kansas City, MO. After becoming a pediatrician, Dr. Hinkle continued on to a pediatric cardiology fellowship. Perhaps he inherited his interest and talent in pump related physics from his father, a pump machinist. Dr. Hinkle is an avid outdoorsman and skier.
Kitty Wellmann DNP, FNP, PNP, ANP
Executive Director, Nurse Practitioner
Brenda McMillan BS, RN
Michelle Webber BS, RN
Susan Etheridge MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, Electrophysiology Specialist
Dr. Susan Etheridge specializes in pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology. She currently practices at Intermountain Health Primary Children’s Hospital and the University of Utah Pediatric Cardiology Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah. She travels to Anchorage, Alaska one week out of every few months to see patients at Alaska Children’s Heart Center.
Dr. Etheridge obtained her degree at Rush Medical College in Doctor of Medicine in 1987. She finished her residency at the University of Minnesota Hospital from 1987-1990, followed by her fellowship at the University of Minnesota Hospital from 1990-1994.
Dr. Etheridge is board certified by AM BD PEDIATRICS and AM BD PEDIATRICS (PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY). She holds professional memberships with the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and the Society for Pediatric Research.
Dr. Etheridge holds the following professional positions: Pediatric Cardiology; Associate Director, Director of Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Vice President SADS Foundation, and Treasure Pediatric Electrophysiology Society.