Our Team

Dr. Michael Montano

Dr. Michael Montano is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who joins the Mat-Su valley from Connecticut. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and served as a division one starting pitcher for four years as well as team captain during his final year.

After college, Dr. Montano matriculated through the University of Connecticut Medical School and later completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts. During his residency, he assisted in the orthopedic care of the Boston Red Sox AAA affiliate in Pawtucket, RI as well as many of the surrounding college and professional athletes in Worcester, MA.

Dr. Montano then went on to complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship in Aspen, CO where he studied and learned the latest techniques in minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder, hip, and knee surgery. He also has experience with robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery. He has been involved in several research projects and has recently written a chapter on Imaging of the Hip in the newly published DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine textbook.

When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Montano enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and fishing in the great outdoors here in Alaska. He and his fiancé, Katie Sullivan, live in Palmer with their two dogs, Gunther and Rosie.

Dr. Charles Haggerty

Dr. Charles Haggerty went to college at Johns Hopkins University, earned a Masters at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and then went to Loyola Medical School in Chicago. His orthopedic residency was in San Antonio, Texas with the U.S. Air Force. After finishing his training in 2008, he was assigned as the chief orthopedic physician at Osan Air Force Base, South Korea. Upon finishing this assignment in 2009, he was transferred to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he provided orthopedic care for veterans, cadets, and active duty military. During his time at the Air Force Academy he was a team physician for multiple collegiate teams, including Varsity Football and Hockey. In 2012, Dr. Haggerty deployed to Afghanistan as the Commander of the 966 Forward Surgical Team, where he provided wartime trauma care to U.S. Soldiers and NATO Allies. His efforts in Afghanistan earned him numerous awards, including a Bronze Star. After returning to Colorado Springs and finishing his military service, he was Honorably Discharged from the United States Air Force in 2014. He then spent most of 2015 in three French Shoulder Fellowships, studying the latest open and arthroscopic shoulder techniques. In addition to his expertise with shoulder surgery, his interests include orthopedic sports medicine, hip and knee joint replacement, knee arthroscopy, and orthopedic trauma. 

Dr. Haggerty returns to Alaska to be with his wife Dr. April Arseneau, a local Chugiak High School graduate, and their daughter Samantha.  He is passionate about mountain biking, snowboarding, and learning the secrets to great Alaskan fishing. He looks forward to providing state of the art orthopedic care to Alaskans and serving his community.

Dr. Gregory Strohmeyer

Dr. Gregory Strohmeyer is an orthopaedic surgeon who was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska. He is the Matanuska Susitna Valley’s only specialty trained fracture surgeon. After graduating from Colony High School where he was a four-year varsity letter hockey player, Dr. Strohmeyer attended Montana State University where he studied biochemistry and graduated with high honors. He then attended Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois for medical school. Following medical school, Dr. Strohmeyer completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he received a broad education in orthopaedic surgery. After residency, due to his interest in broken bones, he pursued an additional year of training in orthopaedic trauma with the Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons of Northern California in Roseville, California. During his fellowship year, Dr. Strohmeyer studied the most up to date techniques for treatment of complex fractures in the upper and the lower extremities, as well as the pelvis and acetabulum. He gained experience treating post- traumatic complications including non-unions (where the bone doesn’t heal), malunions (where the bones heal in an abnormal position), post-operative infections, and post traumatic arthritis. His fellowship also gave him expertise in hip arthroplasty surgery, including the direct anterior approach for total hip replacement, as well as exposure to revision total hip arthroplasty. In addition to treating fractures, Dr. Strohmeyer interests include total knee replacement, shoulder and knee arthroscopy, foot and ankle surgery, pediatric orthopaedics, and hand surgery. Throughout Dr. Strohmeyer’s education, he has been active in research and has been published in multiple journals including Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal, Foot and Ankle International, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, and the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Dr. Strohmeyer is excited to be home in Palmer and is accompanied by his wife Cindy, who was also raised in the Mat-Su Valley. They are joined by their two sons Carter and Andy. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Strohmeyer enjoys hunting, fishing, flying, backcountry snowmachining, playing hockey, snowboarding, and mountain biking. He is eager to have the opportunity to return home and serve the community he was raised in.

Our Palmer Staff

At Pioneer Peak Orthopedic Surgery, we select only the best of the best to serve our patients and their families. All of our staff members are friendly, knowledgeable, and highly proficient in their office duties. Should you have any questions or concerns before, during or after a visit to our Palmer orthopedist, do not hesitate to visit with one of our staff members. They are readily standing by to address your needs.