Thomas Knolmayer, 50, was born and raised in Ohio. He graduated from the Air Force Academy and received his medical degree from Uniformed Services University in 1994. He joined the Air Force where he served as a military surgeon for 28 years, which included four combat tours to the Middle East. He has lived in Alaska since 2001 and has since retired from the Air Force. He works currently as a trauma surgeon at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He says he’s had dogs all his life and enjoyed running, biking and skijoring for years.” He started his kennel with a group of yearlings from Kelly Maixner and Martin Buser and will take those dogs on the trail in 2018. Tom and his wife, Tina, are the parents of two children, Zane, 12 and Madeline, 10. Thomas is a member of the American College of Surgeons and says he enjoys fishing and camping.