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Joel R. Hoekema MD

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • PeaceHealth Medical Group Provider

Joel Hoekema, MD, joined the PeaceHealth Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team of providers in September 2018.

Dr. Hoekema seeks to compassionately meet the needs of all patients in need of comprehensive orthopedic surgery, including lumbar and cervical spine surgery.

Dr. Hoekema began his professional life as a mechanical engineer at Boeing after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. Four years later, he refined his choice to mechanics of a different, human kind and returned to medical school to use his skills to serve others.

After completion of his residency at the University of Washington in 2000, he accepted a one-year fellowship in spinal surgery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He has been practicing medicine in the Bellingham community since 2001.

In his free time, Dr. Hoekema enjoys an active lifestyle that includes taking in all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. He likes to bicycle, hike, hunt and fish. He has paddled in the Ski to Sea Race for 22 years. He and his wife, Karin, have three children.

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Ameri Group
  • AmeriGroup
  • CAQH
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Community Health Plan of WA (CHPW)
  • Coordinated Care
  • First Choice Health Network
  • First Health Network
  • Health Net Federal Services
  • Humana Choice Care
  • Kaiser (GHC)
  • Labor And Industries
  • Labor and Industries
  • Medicare
  • Medicare A
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS
  • PNOA
  • Premera HealthPlus-Blue Cross
  • Regence - BC/BS
  • Soundpath Health
  • Triwest
  • United HealthCare Networks
  • WA Medicaid (DSHS)

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • University of British Columbia
    Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
    Degree: MD
    • General Surgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery


  • Orthopedic Surgery

Privileged Facilities

  • PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth United General Medical Center

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  • PeaceHealth Medical Group - Whatcom
    Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
    3015 Squalicum Parkway, Suite 200
    Bellingham, WA 98225-1906
    Fax: 360-788-6042
  • PeaceHealth Medical Group - Whatcom
    1610 Grover Street, Suite C6
    Lynden, WA 98264-1539
    Fax: 360-733-4013
  • PeaceHealth Medical Group - Sedro Woolley
    Specialty Clinics
    1990 Hospital Drive, Suite 100
    Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
    Fax: 360-714-2522
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