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05/22/2024 - 8:58 p.m. We are experiencing phone outages in our Alpena County Area, this includes incoming, outgoing and our fax services. We appreciate your patience while we work to resolve the issue. We will do an update once the service is restored. Alpena's Walk-In Clinic is Closed on the afternoon of 5/22/2024. Patients may still phone the office where they are seen to request a same day appointment if available.

Family Medicine Residency Program

 Alcona Health Center

Alcona Health Center is a non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center with locations throughout northern lower Michigan and the eastern UP, caring for over 35,000 patients annually.  We provide medical, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy and recovery services in a Patient Centered Medical Home model of care.

Our Mission – The purpose of Alcona Citizens for Health, Inc. (Alcona Health Center), shall be to promote, develop and operate such facilities and programs as are necessary to provide quality health care to all residents of Alcona County and the surrounding areas, regardless of ability to pay.

About the Program

The MyMichigan Midland Family Medicine Residency Program – Alcona Health Center Campus allows for an opportunity to truly experience the realities of practicing in a rural setting.  For a period of two years, residents split their time between seeing patients at Alcona Health Center in Ossineke and rotations at the newly remodeled MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. The Family Medicine Residency Program launched with Alcona Health Center in June of 2022.  Residents interact with a wide range of patients from newborns to geriatrics and from a diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.  Fairly unique to the area is an Amish community who accesses care at the health center.

exterior photo of alcona health center ossineke clinic

Above: Alcona Health Center Ossineke is located at 11745 U.S. 23 South, a short drive south from the larger town of Alpena, MI. For more information about the location, follow the link here.

Above: Take a virtual tour of the newly remodeled Patient Tower at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena by watching the YouTube video here.

Meet the Residency Leadership Team

John MacMaster, MD – Dr. John MacMaster is the Medical Director for Alcona Health Center. He works closely with MyMichigan Midland and Dr. LaFave during the onboarding process of new residents.

Michelle LaFave, MD serves as the Faculty Provider for the MyMichigan Midland Family Residency Program.  She is passionate about her role as a mentor and teacher in the program.  

Current Residents

As previously stated, the Family Medicine Residency Program – Alcona Health Center Campus launched in June of 2022.  Our first two residents in the program are featured below:

Christian Grant, MD – Resident

David Westphal, MD – Resident

Joining us in 2023, were Arman Salim, DO and Mark Lemanski, MD.  Dylan Haas, MD and Ashton Lewandowski, MD are joining our AHC campus in 2024.


Learn More About the Area


The town of Alpena, MI is located on the coast of Lake Huron at the 45th Parallel.  You can experience the beauty of the scenic route between Alpena (where the hospital is located) and the Alcona Health Center’s Ossineke location where residents practice by viewing the video above. The recently changed name of “Birdsong Bay” reflects the abundance of waterfowl, including Egrets that call the area home.

You can view more about the area by checking out the video above, produced by the Alpena Area Visitors and Convention Bureau. Alpena is known as the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.  There are plenty of outdoor adventures for whatever your pace may be and our downtown district features shopping, art galleries, fine dining, breweries and wineries.

Find out more by visiting the Alpena Area Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Alpena Chamber of Commerce.