Alaska Orthopedic Specialists
Getting You Back to Your Alaskan Lifestyle
Small Practice, Personalized Orthopedic Care
Cutting Edge Orthopedics With a Refreshingly Human Approach
The newly renamed Alaska Orthopedic Specialists combines the expertise of Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder (AKHES) and Rhyneer Caylor Clinic. Our focus continues to be personalized, orthopedic care for you and your family, but now we have even more experienced providers to attend to all your needs.
Our friendly staff welcomes patients of all ages — from infants to elderly adults. We offer comprehensive services, including orthopedic diagnoses and treatment for both lower and upper extremities, fractures, joint replacement, joint revision surgery, and sports medicine. Our providers offer a combined specialty to give you the best care in Alaska so you can get back to the active lifestyle you know and love.
Our Comprehensive Orthopedic Specialties
From head to toe, we’re here for you.
Dr. Michael G. McNamara, MD
Dr. Michael G. McNamara is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon who has 25+ years of experience treating simple and complex hand, elbow, and shoulder problems. In 2002, he established his private specialty clinic for surgery of the hand, elbow, and shoulder in Alaska. He continues to enhance the field of medical research on the upper extremity by developing instruments specialized for the surgical procedures he performs.
Dr. Jason R. Gray, MD
Dr. Jason R. Gray is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon who completed his undergraduate studies at the Louisiana State University. His specialized training includes trauma, sports medicine, arthroscopic procedures of the wrist, elbow, and shoulder, and arthroplasty of the shoulder, elbow, and small joints of the hand. Additionally, Dr. Gray has interests in lower extremity fracture management, and Hip and Knee arthroplasty.
Dr. Mark T. Caylor, MD
Dr. Caylor was born and raised in Florida. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, he finalized his medical training and subsequently his orthopedic residency in 2002 at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, a busy Level 1 Trauma Center. Dr. Caylor went into private practice for five years in Pensacola and had a thriving practice that became known for its excellence in sports medicine, trauma, and the latest in minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Tyler W. Smith, MD
Dr. Tyler W. Smith is a Board Certified orthopedic trauma surgeon who completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri. He specializes in treating fractures of the pelvis, upper extremity, and lower extremity. His clinical practice also includes caring for fractures in the multiply injured patient and management of post-traumatic problems including nonunions, malunions, and osteomyelitis (infections).
Robert R. Thomas, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Robert R. Thomas was the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Detroit Lions from 1990 to 1997. Mr. Thomas moved to Alaska in 2001 and has worked in the orthopedic field since that time. In 2004, Robert joined Dr. Michael McNamara in his practice of surgery for the hand, elbow, and shoulder. Robert is our Senior Physician Assistant, and he provides general orthopedic care of the upper extremity, pre- and post-surgical care as well as First Assist in surgery.
Jonathan A. Metzger, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Jonathan began his medical career as an infantry medic in 2000. In 2003, he served on a spearhead team with the first division into Iraq and gained invaluable orthopedic training while treating battlefield injuries. Jonathan began his professional orthopedic career in Delaware with a primary focus on sports medicine and joint replacement. He joined the Rhyneer Caylor Clinic in 2012. He is well versed in common and complex orthopedic problems.
Dr. George D. Rhyneer, MD – Traveling Provider
Raised in Alaska, Dr. Rhyneer returned to Anchorage after completing his college and medical school degrees in the Northwest. He became a specialist in repair of traumatic injury, including ligament reconstruction, cartilage and meniscus transplantation, shoulder and knee arthroscopy and joint replacement. He started Rhyneer Clinic in 2007 and now serves as a traveling provider for Alaska Orthopedic Specialists.
We strive to care for each of our patients like family. We make it our mission to not just fix injuries and get patients out the door but to heal people. You’ll have the chance to meet with your doctor from the first visit and always be treated with respect. We know you are more than the boxes checked on a form. Don’t be boxed in.
We pride ourselves on our values:
• You are not just a patient but a part of our family.
• You are more than an injury; you are a unique and complex individual.
• You are not just a number.
• You can see the doctor on your very first visit.
• We will assess your concerns.
• We will listen and answer your questions.
• We will alleviate your fears.
• We will help you feel at ease and comfortable in our office.
• We will give you the best orthopedic care without the corporate feel.
• We will offer unique solutions.
I wish there was a better way to thank you and your entire staff: front, middle, and back, for all you have done for us. Your office has set the bar incredibly high for any and all future medical professionals I will deal with in the future. Each and every member of your staff has been kind and patient, courteous and helpful in every interaction we had, for two years. Thank you all very much!Dan, Shoulder Patient