Jean Snyder

Medical Director of Providence Hospice

Jean Snyder MD joined Providence Hospice in the spring of 2011 and took over as the Medical director that fall. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a certificate of additional qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also Hospice Medical Director Certified, a new board since 2014.

She came to Alaska in 1993 to work in Kotzebue looking for adventure and a chance to practice “real” Family Medicine. She left to teach in Anchorage and has been on faculty with the Alaska Family Medicine Residency since 1999. She completed a Faculty Development Fellowship and served as the Associate Director in her last two years of full time work there. In 2005 she went back to working in rural Alaska in Bethel, Kotzebue and Seward on an itinerant schedule continuing to precept at the residency when able.

She completed her residency in Family Medicine in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota North Memorial Unit in 1993.  She attended medical school in Galveston, Texas at the University of Texas Medical Branch from 1986-90. Hers was the 100th graduating class.

Jean was born in Duluth, went to college at Michigan State then worked in clinical labs in Houston for several years before deciding to go to med school.  She sings with a Barbershop Chorus and a Barbershop quartet. She and her husband play in a hand bell ensemble. She has a black belt and is training with a local International Shotokan Karate Federation club in the hope she will finally pass her second degree test. In her spare time she likes to go to yoga, walk the dogs, garden, read, knit or beat her kids at scrabble.