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Our Providers

Larry A. Levine, MD

Dr. Larry Levine is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Anchorage and graduating from West High School. He attended the University of Nevada where he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and his Medical Doctorate from their School of Medicine. Dr. Levine completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Ohio State University Hospitals and became the Chief Resident the following year. He returned to Alaska in 1995 and began practicing at Alaska Spine Institute, becoming the Medical Director in 2004. Dr. Levine is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is a Certified Independent Medical Examiner. He specializes in minimally invasive spinal care procedures.

Dr. Levine is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Adjunct Professor at the University of Alaska and guest lecturer for the WWAMI and Medex PA programs. He lives with his family in Anchorage and is an avid outdoorsman competing in both the Iron Dog and Arctic Man snowmachine races.

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Michel L. Gevaert, MD

Dr. Michel Gevaert was born in Belgium and earned his medical doctorate at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He completed an internship at the University Of Pennsylvania Medical School. Upon completion of his residency at the University of Pennsylvania of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he continued his advanced training with a fellowship in Electromyography and later in spine rehabilitation. He was assistant professor at the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gevaert is specialized in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of back pain and neck pain. He published several articles and abstracts in peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic medicine, the International Spinal Injection society and many others. In addition to English, he speaks French, Dutch and Spanish.

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Shawn P. Johnston, MD

Dr. Shawn Johnston was raised in Michigan, attending high school in Kingsford. He received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Johnston went on to complete his residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from the Mayo Clinic in 1999. He then moved to Alaska and began practicing as a specialty physician at Alaska Spine Institute. He is Board Certified in Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Johnston specializes in sports medicine, pain management, electrodiagnostic studies including EMG and nerve conduction studies as well as epidural and facet joint injections.

He lives with his wife and children in Anchorage and is a proud University of Michigan football fan. He enjoys sports, fishing and traveling with his family.

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Erik A. Olson, DO

Dr. Olson grew up in Wisconsin graduating from Lakeland High School in Minocqua. He received his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville Missouri. Dr. Olson’s interest in musculoskeletal pain management and interventional physiatry led him back to the University of Wisconsin where he completed his Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Olson joined Alaska Spine Institute in 2012 and specializes in neuromusculoskeletal medicine, interventional procedures and EMG (Electromyography). When he is not at work you can find Dr. Olson enjoying time with his wife and children in the great Alaskan outdoors. He enjoys hunting, fishing, mountain biking and traveling.

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Hyon Joo, DO


Dr. Hyon Joo joined Alaska Spine Institute in 2018 and is dedicated to aiding her patients to have a fulfilling life with a holistic approach to rehabilitation medicine and pain management.

Dr. Joo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and is a graduate of A.J. Dimond High School. She received her undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation, she served as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps assigned to Honduras, Central America. After completing her time as a Peace Corps volunteer, she was accepted to Tulane University’s Master of Public Health program but chose to attend Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota on scholarship, working as a Teacher’s Assistant and received her Master of Science degree. Dr. Joo attended medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine on a Health Professions Scholarship Program from the United States Air Force.


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