Dr Hoekema was born and raised near Bozeman, Montana. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montana State University with a degree in Pre-Medicine. He acquired his Medical Education at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and went on at University of Washington to complete an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine. Subsequently he joined the faculty at the Boise VAMC where he taught as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. His interests there included Emergency Medicine and Nephrology. He returned to Fellowship Training in Pulmonary Medicine and completed this in the 1990’s. He practiced in private practice in Idaho, and in 1998 served a one and a half year Medical Mission to Russia. After Returning from Russia He completed Critical Care Fellowship Training at the University of Mississippi. After which, he joined the Neuro-Critical Care Faculty at the University of Mississippi rising to the level of Associate Professor and Director of the Neuro ICU at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In 2010 desiring to return home to the Northwest for family reasons, he joined the Critical Care Staff at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland Washington. He cultivated his interest in education by appointment to the position of the Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) for Graduate Medical Education and helped develop the Family Medicine Residency there as well as Kadlec’s participation in the development of the Washington State University School of Medicine clinical pathways. In the Kadlec Critical Care Unit he promoted excellence in Neuro-Critical Care and mentored his junior partners in his expertise at performing the “percutaneous tracheostomy.” In addition to continually caring for patients in the Critical Care Unit he shouldered additional administrative responsibilities as the Chief Medical Officer. In 2017 after visiting Alaska several years in a row he became intrigued with the “Last Frontier” and has taken the opportunity to join the The Alaska Hospitalist Group (TAHG) servicing the Anchorage area Hospitals Critical Care team as an Intensivist. His primary duty will include staffing the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center ICU as well as covering ICU shifts at Alaskan Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, and St Elias Medical Center. He will be accompanied to Alaska by his wife Debbie of 41 years.