Jennifer Austin is the founder and CEO of Alaska Pediatric Night Clinic, and is proud to serve her community as a nurse practitioner and entrepreneur. She has over 7 years of experience working in pediatrics and a passion for promoting the health and well being of children. After completing her bachelor's degree in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry as a pre-med student, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as well as her MSN/Nurse Practitioner degree from The University of Texas at El Paso. During her nursing career Jennifer has worked with children in the emergency department, inpatient and outpatient pediatrics, the operating room, and especially in the neonatal intensive care unit and the pediatric intensive care unit. She is specialized as a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She and her husband Neil always dreamed of living in Alaska, so they moved to Anchorage in the fall of 2016 with their 4 children and 3 dogs. Currently Jennifer is a primary care manager at JBER Pediatrics caring for the children of military families on base since 2016. Her brother is active duty Air Force, and both of her grandfathers served in the Armed Forces so she is proud to serve the military community. She is determined to bring high quality after hours pediatric care to her community and is extremely proud to serve the children and families of Alaska. As a mother Jennifer understands that waiting in the emergency room when your child is sick is extremely stressful. Her goals for starting a pediatric night clinic are to give parents in our community a comfortable environment centered around kids and to provide an affordable alternative to the emergency room or other adult urgent care facilities when regular pediatricians' offices are closed. Jennifer is right at home in Alaska as she loves all outdoor activities and adventuring in nature with her children (ages 6, 5, 3 and 1.5) and her husband of 9 years.
Christine Hallas, DNP, CPNP Dr. Christine Hallas is a nurse practitioner with 20 years’ experience working in pediatrics. After completing her bachelor of science in nursing, Dr. Hallas worked as a staff nurse in several prominent medical facilities across the United States. Her nursing career has centered around the care of children in the Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Emergency Department, and medical-forensic evaluation of child maltreatment. She advanced through her career earning certification as a SANE-P (sexual assault nurse examiner-pediatrics) and forensic nurse examiner. Travel nursing brought Dr. Hallas to Alaska in 2008, after which she returned to school and earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and board certification as an acute-care pediatric nurse practitioner. Currently employed as a member of the pediatric inpatient hospitalist team at Alaska Native Medical Center, Dr. Hallas is very excited to be part of this much needed pediatric after-hours clinic. Dr. Hallas, also a mother, can appreciate the need for minor urgent medical care and recognizes the importance of keeping our children out of the emergency room when non-emergent needs arise. When not in clinic or hospital, Dr. Hallas enjoys the many adventure opportunities in Alaska: skiing/skijoring, hiking, camping, fishing…. all with her now 10-year-old 4-legged companion Gus.