I grew up in northeast Minnesota. I graduated from The College of St. Scholastica and then obtained my medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. My residency was done at Schneider Children’s Hospital, part of the Long Island Jewish/North Shore Health System. I did my fellowship in Pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Rochester. Part of my fellowship training included spending some time at the Mary Gooley Hemophilia Center.
After completing my fellowship, I came to Alaska and I have been caring for patients with bleeding disorders here in Alaska since 2012. I do enjoy caring for this patient population and I am especially interested in women and girls with bleeding disorders.
I am a member of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the Foundation of Women and Girls with Blood Disorders. I am board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Jason Taylor grew up in California and obtained his MD Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine. He did his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Minnesota before completing his hematology/oncology fellowship in Seattle at the University of Washington. After the fellowship, Dr. Taylor joined the faculty at Oregon Health & Science University where he was Associate Director of the Hemophilia treatment center and led the adult hemophilia program. Dr. Taylor resigned from OHSU in 2010 and now lives in Seattle. He has worked with the Alaska bleeding disorder community for over 10 years and continues to actively see patients in Alaska.
Kyme Groller, RN, has many years of experience as an HTC RN coordinator, including in prior programs in Alaska. Nurse Groller has previously worked at four different centers over the course of her career: Alaska Hemophilia Treatment Center; Ted R. Montoya at the University of New Mexico; University of Colorado, Denver HTC; and the Bleeding Disorder Center of Alaska. At these centers, she has participated in the on-boarding and training of new staff members. She has participated in UDC and ATHN/CDC research and has worked on various education and nursing projects in conjunction with the Mountain States Regional Hemophilia Network.
She was a representing member of the NHF Nurses Working Group from 2006-2009 and received certification in Hemostasis nursing in 2017. She is a member of several Nurse Advisory Boards for the industry. She has been the clinical director of the Bleeding Disorder camp in Alaska since 2012. Nurse Groller also has a long history of working collaboratively with the Alaska Hemophilia Association to provide Alaskans with quality medical, social, and financial resources.
Mary Kay Sorich graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of California San Francisco in 2000. Since graduating she has specialized in working with orthopedic joint injuries and promoting health and mobility across the lifespan. In 2012 she began working with individuals with bleeding disorders and inspired by the amazing community of patients and medical professionals, pursued advanced training in this field and went on to talk at several national bleeding disorder conferences and serve on the National Hemophilia Foundation Physical Therapy working group.
A yearly highlight for her is participating in the annual bleeding disorders camp. In her free time, she enjoys getting outside with her family, spending as much time as she can mountain biking, skiing, and hiking.
Dave Groller, was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Growing up his family has always been close with the Hemophilia community and often gave school educational presentations on bleeding disorders. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. Business-Accounting degree. After graduating he got valuable accounting and life in rural Alaska experience working for the City of Bethel, here in Alaska. Then spent the next eleven years living in Washington State and working within the construction and land development industry.
As Alaska Bleeding Disorder Clinic was starting up in February of 2019, Dave came aboard to help get the office set up and assist the Medical staff with patient administration. He continues to learn all he can about Hemophilia Treatment Centers and strives to make every patient visit as seamless as possible.
Executive Director of the Alaska Hemophilia Association: John Palmatier is a lifelong Alaskan and has been the Executive Director of the Alaska Hemophilia Association since 2013. John has four children and his oldest son, oldest daughter, and wife have hemophilia. He graduated from University of Alaska, Anchorage in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. John has served on various Boards, Commissions, and Trusts both locally and statewide. He has been active politically and with advocacy.
“I love Camp Frozen Chozen,” John reports, “It is amazing the impact Camp has on our children. They meet others forming long-standing friendships and learn to be proactive with bleeding disorders.” John adds that he is especially proud of the Annual Women’s Retreat which addresses a need for many in the Alaskan bleeding community as well as the Annual Education Meeting where the Alaska Hemophilia Association has brought up world-renown speakers such as Jeannie White-Ginder, mountaineer Chris Bombadier, and leading bleeding disorder experts.