We as veterinarians attend continuing education yearly and keep current on new modalities and treatments for our patients. Some health issues may entail long term medical care and support for your pet. We feel education and communication is very important for the veterinarian/patient/client relationship. Please feel free to ask questions so that we can help you understand your pet's health so that you will feel confident in the care they receive.
Dr. Denali Lovely (Henderson) was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She left Alaska after high school and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Botany from the University of Montana.
Montana is where she met her husband Patrick. She and her husband worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service for a few years when Denali decided to go to veterinary school. They both moved to Pullman, Washington where Dr. Lovely obtained her DVM in 2001 from Washington State University. Dr. Lovely's interests are dermatology, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. She and her husband reside in Fairbanks with their two daughters and two dogs.
Dr. Melissa Rouge was born and raised in Colorado where she was active in 4-H dog obedience, AKC obedience and sled dog racing. She graduated with her DVM from Colorado State University in 2004. After graduation she did an internship in a virology research laboratory working mostly with West Nile Virus.
She moved to Alaska in 2005. Her interests include surgery, working dogs and reproduction. Outside of work, she enjoys running her sled dogs, competing in agility with her German Shepherd Deena, playing viola in a string orchestra and trail riding.
Dr. Dawn Brown first starting racing sled dogs as a junior in the Northeast US in 1982, and still maintains a competitive limited class sprint team. She first came to Alaska as a veterinary student in 1993, and later drove the Alcan Highway several times to work as a relief veterinarian and as a race competitor.
In 2012, she finally made the move to Interior Alaska a permanent one and joined the team at North Pole Veterinary Hospital. She is a contributing author to Mushing Magazine's "Vet Check", and has several publications in Dog and Driver. She also enjoys running distance races and target shooting. Dr. Brown practices small animal medicine and surgery with an interest in emergency medicine. She is a 1995 graduate of The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
Dr. Mercedes Pinto grew up in the mountains of southern Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University Vet School in 2002. The summer after graduating from vet school she flew to Fairbanks to visit a friend and immediately decided she wanted to stay. She has lived and worked in and around Fairbanks for the majority of her time since then and enjoys the variety of people and pets she meets here. Dr. Pinto has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a small child and read All Creatures Great and Small. She loves being a veterinarian and is especially fond of pocket pets and emergency medicine. Dr. Pinto joined NPVH in March of 2015.
Dr. Pinto and her German Shepherds enjoy many Alaskan hobbies; hiking, camping, skiing and snow machining as often as they can. Her cats prefer her indoor hobbies of cooking and reading. When not spending time with her pets, Dr. Pinto may be found hiking in the South American Jungle or providing veterinary care on a sled dog race.
Dr. Estabrook-Russett is originally from Vermont and relocated to Alaska with her husband and her Basset Hound, Lemon. She loves to travel and thus opted to pursue her studies abroad, spending several years living in Scotland while attending the University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, graduating in 2016. Her experiences afforded her several opportunities to participate in foreign veterinary projects including providing wildlife care for an orphaned white rhino in South Africa, and assisting with a spay & neuter project for street dogs in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Estabrook-Russet joined NPVH in July of 2016. She is interested in dermatology and is looking forward to expanding her skill in soft tissue surgery. Outside of her work she enjoys photography, writing and horseback riding.