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)


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


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


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


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. Emily Vaughan

Dr. Emily Vaughan was born and raised in Fairbanks. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her degree in veterinary medicine from the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. During her time in Ireland, Dr. Vaughan volunteered at many farms, companion, large and equine veterinary clinics around the Irish countryside. Dr. Vaughan enjoys traveling and exploring the great outdoors with her best buddy, Dave the Dog. She raises pigs and chickens, enjoys gardening, playing soccer and is an avid cyclist.

Dr. McKayla Dick


Bio coming soon.

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

All of our licensed technicians regularly attend continuing education so that they can remain current with veterinary medicine. It is important to us to provide quality, up to date care in pain management and all other aspects of veterinary medicine. We feel that communication between our staff and clients is very important. The technicians will take time to help you understand your pet’s diagnostic and treatment options so that you feel confident in the care they receive.

Alli Pearmine, LVT


Alli grew up on a farm in Oregon before moving to California for college. She received her bachelor degree in Environmental Science at the University of San Diego. After college she moved back to Oregon and began working at a veterinary hospital hoping to gain hands on work experience to begin working with and training Guide Dogs. Plans changed when she met her husband (a born and raised Alaskan) who brought her up to Alaska during the Spring of 2002. She continued in the veterinary field and became licensed in 2004. Currently, Alli enjoys participating in agility events with her dogs. Her special interests at work include radiology, surgery, laboratory procedures and kittens!

Krystal Todd, LVT

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Krystal has been a technician since 2005. She has attended continuing education classes on dentistry and has learned current advanced dentistry techniques to provide high quality dental care for your pet.

Bayleen Shaffer, LVT


Bayleen was born and raised here in North Pole. She has been with NPVH since September 2010 and resides in North Pole with her husband and 3 kids. Bayleen enjoys working with animals and achieved her veterinary technician license in 2016.

Sheena Batac, LVT


Sheena has been a resident of Alaska for 18 years. She is a blessed mother of a young son, Brayden, and together they enjoy the company of their pit bull, Baby Rogue.

Sheena has worked in the veterinary field since 2001. What she loves most about working at NPVH is the opportunity to establish long-lasting relationships with all of the wonderful people and pets that come to our hospital.

Brent Moore, CVT

Brent joined our team in January 2018 after moving to Alaska. With over 15 years of veterinary experience, to include many years at a specialty clinic, he is a true asset to our growing team of professionals.

Christine Kiser, LVT


Bio coming soon.

Veterinary Assistants

Our Veterinary Assistants play an important role in ensuring that your pet receives the best care possible while visiting our hospital. They are a knowledgeable part of our staff and are available to help answer any questions you may have concerning the well-being of your pet.

Mara Renneberg


Mara is from Tok, Alaska. She has a bachelors degree of Arts and Sciences and a minor in education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mara is currently pursuing her veterinary technician license. She is married to Erik and they have a son, Kade. They have nine dogs and a cat. Mara is passionate about animal care and animal behavior.



Brooke moved from Washington State to Alaska in December of 2015. She moved with her husband and two fur babies. Since arriving in the state, her fur family has grown to seven. She began working for NPVH in May of 2016 as a technician assistant. Brooke enjoys work, family and singing.

Kristi Popenoe

Bio coming soon.

Katie Fredericksen

Bio coming soon.

Rayne Sommer, Animal Care Attendant/Technician’s Assistant

Rayne joined our team in November of 2016.

Animal Care Attendant

Victoria Yost

Bio coming soon.

Front Office Staff

Our Front Office Staff is dedicated to making your visit a pleasant one. They are an important liason between our clients and our medical team. They are available to assist in appointment scheduling, medicine refill requests and processing payments.

Michelle Hernandez


Michelle was born in Albany, Georgia. She moved to North Pole, AK in the winter of 2012. Michelle is a dog mom of one, Chief. Camping, hunting, fishing, being outdoors and traveling are all things she enjoys.

Beth Patterson


Beth came to live in Alaska with the Air Force 24 years ago. She recently retired with 43 years of federal civil service, having worked primarily for the Air Force and the National Park Service.

She raised her two children here in North Pole, both of whom have “left her nest”! She has 3 step children and 9 step grandchildren. She and her husband, Kama, raise chickens and bees, and Beth is a regular trail rider on her quarter horse mare, April.

Beth began working as a part time receptionist here at NPVH in July 2016.

Sara Ristow

Sara is an artist and aspiring goat-herd. She is currently living her dream of over 10 years – starting a farm in the hills with her husband.

Kyanna Friend


Kyanna was born in Homer, raised in Wasilla and made the move to Fairbanks in early summer of 2018. She is a jack of all trades, artist, and enjoys ocean wildlife and gaming with her husband.

Skye Parsley


Bio coming soon.

Practice Managers

Patrick Lovely


Patrick has a Masters degree in Education from WSU and is owner of North Pole Veterinary Hospital.

Suze Nolan, LVT, MEd


Suze has been a licensed veterinary technician since 2008. Her professional interests include education, behavior and the human-animal bond. Suze and Kevin enjoy exploring Alaska’s trails and waterways with their dogs Kiwi the husky and Cootie the Shih Tzu. Kaya the cat keeps the house in order while they are out and about.