Our Dedicated Staff

Our staff have advanced degrees and possess all of the qualities required of outstanding health-care professionals: compassion, commitment, intelligence, a positive attitude and a sense of humor!
Peggy A. Downing, MD, FACOG
Peggy An education that shows a commitment to providing optimal women’s health care

Education and Honors:

Education has always been critically important to me. I knew very early in life that I wanted to be a doctor, so fulfilling that dream drove my academic career. I graduated at the top of my high-school class, fourth in my collegiate graduating class and 25th in my medical school class. Doing well in school and in my training laid the groundwork for pursuing perfection in helping my patients be as healthy and happy as they can be. Board Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 1984-87 Internship: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 1983-84 MD: University of Texas Branch, Galveston, TX, 1983 BS: Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX, 1979 Advanced Coursework, Conferences and Seminars: Medical Ethics and Professionalism, Neonatal Resuscitation, Clinical Quality Improvement, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Nursing, New Treatment for Type II Diabetes, Special Needs of Women Over 40, Conference on Women’s Health Care, Premature Labor and Preeclampsia Management

Hospital affiliations:

By remaining active with several hospitals, I can help patients in other areas of the state who may be unable to travel to our practice. Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Palmer, AK, Active Staff since 2006; General medical staff 2006-present; Medical staff Peer Review 2006- present; Maternal Child Health, 2006-present; Surgical tissue Committee, 2006-present; Credentials Committee, 2006-present Valley Hospital, Palmer, AK, Active Staff since 1987-2006; Maternal Child Health, 1987-2006; Surgical tissue Committee, 1987-2006; Credentials Committee, 2004-2006 Providence Hospital, Anchorage, AK, Courtesy Staff since 1988 Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage, AK, Courtesy Staff since 1994


Alaska State Medical Association


Reading, arts and crafts, taking care of my pets and spending time with my son and daughter I knew I wanted to be a doctor from the time I was 3 years old. Being an OB/GYN and providing total women’s wellness care is very rewarding. Each day, I can make a difference in a patient’s health and in turn help a young woman, a mother or a grandmother improve the overall quality of her life. Through education, I can help you make the right decisions about your health care. And through surgery, I can solve the root of a problem. Helping you be the most informed patient means I can also help you be the most healthy.
Ellen D. Faucett, DO, FACOOG
Ellen I’m proud of my educational background, especially because my learning continues today. By earning advanced certifications, I can be an even more valuable health resource, advisor and partner to my patients. The more I know, the better I can educate you about your care. Board-Certified: American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow: American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists Laser, Colposcopy and Hysteroscopy Course: Sinai Hospital, Detroit, MI, 1987, 1989 Residency: Obstetrics and gynecology, Mount Clemens General Hospital, Mount Clemens, MI, 1983-87 Rotating Internship: Mount Clemens General Hospital, Mount Clemens, MI, 1980-81 DO: College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines, IA, 1980 BS: Zoology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 1976

Advanced Coursework and Certifications:

Neonatal Resuscitation Certification, Basic Life Support, Sexual Assault Response Team – training course, Domestic Violence 10-state Train the Trainers – training course, yearly continuing education  

Professional societies:

Professional organizations are great centers of knowledge and camaraderie. The information I gain from being involved in these meetings, conferences and seminars gives me more ways to care for my patients.


American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Alaska Osteopathic Association, Alaska State Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association

Dedicated to serving the community

Through my service at area hospitals, I am also reaching the communities those hospitals serve. My daily job allows me to help the women who rely on me to be their health-care partner, but by being active on hospital committees, the work I do can positively affect a larger percentage of women and children. Mat-Su Regional Medical Center: Palmer, AK, active staff since 2006; General medical staff,2006-present; medical exec. Committee 2006-present; Credentials committee, 2006-present; Maternal Child Health, 2006-present; Surgical Tissue Committee, 2006-present; Board of Trustees, 2006-Present; Valley Hospital: Palmer, AK, active staff since 1991-2006; Credentials committee, 2001-2006; Maternal Child Health, 1991-2006; Surgical Tissue Committee, 1991-2006; Medical Staff Peer Review Committee, 2003-05; Board of Trustees, 2003-2006; Utilization Review Committee – Ethics Committee, 1997-99; Domestic Violence Task Force, 1999 I absolutely love to deliver babies. What more joy could one ask for than to build a career on bringing miracles into the world? I also enjoy the challenges and rewards of well-women care. When I see a patient overcome a condition and progress to full health or am able to help a couple to conceive, then guide them through prenatal care to deliver a baby – that’s as fulfilling to me as a human being as it is to me as a doctor.
Ellen U. Errigo, CNM, ANP, MS
Ellen Errigo Ellen Errigo is highly skilled and experienced in all aspects of nurse-midwifery, including high-risk pregnancies and well-woman gynecological care. She is also a neonatal resuscitation instructor and the mother of two children. Medicine has played a large role in her family; her father is a physician, and both grandfathers are physicians. Ellen dreamt of being a nurse since she was 16 years old. She began her nursing career by serving in the United States Air Force and was promoted to Major. Now, retired from the Air Force: she loves the family focus and teamwork at Generations Medical Center.

Education & Honors:

BS: Nursing Cum Laude Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 1985 CNM: American College of Nurse-Midiwives, Washington, DC, 1993 MS: Georgetown University, Suma Cum Laude, Washington, DC, 1994

Military Medals:

Air Force Commendation Medal in 1990, First Oak Leaf Cluster in 1992 Air Force Meritorious Medal in 1997 Second Oak Leaf Cluster in 2000.

Hospital Affiliation:

Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Palmer, AK, since 2006; MSRMC 2006- present, Maternal Child Health Committee 2006-present Valley Hospital; Palmer, AK, since 2000; MSRMC 2000-2006, Maternal Child Health Committee 2000-2006
Katie Van Atta, CNM, PA-C
Katie joins Generations with a diverse background in health care as midwife and physician assistant. She originally planned to practice rural family medicine, but when she saw her first birth during PA school, she knew she wanted to be involved in birth as well. She completed an OBGYN PA post-graduate fellowship at a large teaching hospital in California and worked there for several years. Then she decided to pursue an adventure in rural medicine and moved to Adak Island, Alaska, where she worked as the only full-time licensed health care professional for the next three years. She became interested in out-of-hospital birth after several of her nieces and nephews were born at home on the farm in Iowa, and decided to pursue additional training in midwifery. She became a Certified Nurse-Midwife in 2018 after completing her clinical training in birth center and home birth at MatSu Midwifery and Family Health. She enjoys primary and preventive health care, women’s health, and attending births in all environments. When she is not working as a midwife, she enjoys working as a PA in rural health clinics and participating in all the outdoor activities Alaska offers.


Education: 2003 BA Biology Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH, high honors 2005 MS Physician Assistant Practice, Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, IL 2006 Arrowhead Regional Medical Center OBGYN Physician Assistant Fellowship, Colton, CA 2015 BS Nursing Science University of Alaska Anchorage 2018 MS Midwifery, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA  
Donna Chester MD, FACOG
Having received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, Donna Chester, M.D. is a Gynecology Specialist whose areas of expertise include Complete Women’s Care, Robotic Surgery, and Minimally Invasive Surgery for Women. Dr. Chester is also Anchorage’s most experienced women’s microsurgery physician. Using the Da Vinci Surgical System, she is able to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures through robotically assisted tiny incisions, while still maintaining the finest in clinical and technical capabilities of traditional open surgery. Dr. Chester has completed hundreds of Da Vinci Robotic procedures in Alaska, and has privileges at Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Mat-Su Regional Hospital, in addition to free standing surgical centers. If you are searching for reliable gynecology services or minimally-invasive surgical procedures, contact us today. We enjoy working with our current patients, always look forward to meeting new ones and we will happily work with your referring doctor. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, simply give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!

Alaska’s Top Gynecological Surgery Specialist

Our highly experienced team specializes in gynecological surgeries and is committed to providing the highest standard of care to each and every patient. Ask us about:

Urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery
Urinary incontinence evaluation and treatment
Endometriosis Adhesion Removal
Premenstrual syndrome management
Uterine endometrial ablation
GYN surgery
Minimally invasive surgery
Advanced Laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery
Da Vinci® hysterectomy
Da Vinci® myomectomy
Da Vinci® firefly
Infertility evaluation and treatment
Menopause management
ThermiVa treatments for vaginal rejuvenation


With our state-of-the-art technology and microsurgery techniques you can relax in knowing you won’t be going through what your mother did with her hysterectomy. This is a delicate technique that utilizes operating microscopes and miniature precision instruments to perform intricate procedures on small and detailed structures. Speak with us today to learn more about our procedures.  
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