Veterinarians



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. McKayla Dick

Dr. McKayla Dick was born and raised in El Paso, TX. After serving in the United States Air Force as an in-flight refueler she earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Purdue University and her DVM degree from St. Georges University, Grenada. Dr Dick’s interests are internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, cardiology, and emergency medicine. Fairchild AFB, WA is where she met her husband Vance who is originally from North Pole. After moving all over the United States they made it back to settle in Alaska with their 2 dogs and 2 cats. They enjoy traveling, hiking, fishing, camping, flying, and wine.


Dr. Josh Link DVM

Dr. Josh Link grew up in eastern Pennsylvania and attended Lebanon Valley College for his bachelor’s degree in Biology.  He first came to Alaska in 2015 for veterinary school and is a member of the first class of veterinarians to graduate from the combined program between University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado State University.
His previous work experience includes working with small animal patients in addition to small ruminants, dairy cattle, musk ox, caribou and reindeer. Dr. Link’s professional interests include small animal surgery, sled dog medicine, and livestock medicine.  Outside of veterinary medicine Dr. Link is an avid outdoors man enjoying skijoring/bikejoring with his two dogs Loki and Odin, backpacking, hunting and rock climbing.


Dr. Bentley Richards, DVM

Dr. Richards was born in Seattle, WA and grew up in Southern California. She graduated with degrees in Criminology and Sociology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in 2002. Following an exciting career in law enforcement, she went back to school for a new career path and obtained her DVM from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!) in 2015. Dr. Richards moved to North Pole in the summer of 2019 with her Air Force pilot husband and two young daughters. In her spare time Dr. Richards enjoys outdoor sports such as horseback riding, camping, 4-wheeling and snow machining, and anything having to do with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Bunsen. Dr. Richards loves practicing all aspects of veterinary medicine but is particularly interested in Behavior and Dermatology as well as hospice care and pain management.


Dr. Katrina Backus

Dr. Katrina Backus came to North Pole Veterinary Hospital in November of 2020. Dr. Backus was born and raised in a small rural Northern Idaho town. Dr. Backus spent her undergraduate studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. While Dr. Backus loves all things vet medicine, she has a particular interest in orthopedic surgery and wound care management. Dr. Backus, her husband and their adorable little girl along with their 3 dogs and 2 cats have spent the last few years in various locations due to his job in the United States Air Force but have ultimately found they love Alaska and hope to maybe one day retire here. When not at the vet Dr. Backus loves to spend her days with family while outside doing things such as exploring Alaska in their side by side. Dr. Backus hopes to continue to grow her extensive knowledge and experience while looking forward to all the exciting challenges Alaska has to offer.


Dr. Heather Harrison

Dr. Heather Harrison joined the North Pole Veterinary Hospital team in May of 2021. Dr. Harrison was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York and at age 6 knew she either wanted to be a vet or a rock star with pink hair. Dr. Harrison obtained her Bachelors degree in Business concentration in vet practice management and later in 2014 went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in St. Kitt in the Caribbean. Dr. Harrison and her husband Dustin, who she met in Clarksville, Tennessee relocated to Fort Wainwright for his job in the United States Army. When not at work she loves to craft such as painting and quilting but when she is looking for that feel of the outdoors, she enjoys hiking. Dr. Harrison has two dogs, Diesel the lab mix and AB the pug and one cat named Calypso. Dr. Harrison enjoys seeing a variety of patients but has particular interest in wellness, internal medicine and dermatology. We sure are glad she decided to go with the dream of being a veterinarian and we are excited to have Dr. Harrison as the newest member of our team.


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 earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental science from the University of San Diego. She moved to Fairbanks in the spring of 2002. After working for a dog musher Alli continued in the veterinary field and became a licensed vet technician in 2005. Alli continues her love for veterinary medicine and this fall of 2021 will be celebrating her 15th year at North Pole Veterinary Hospital. Outside of work, Alli enjoys traveling, scuba diving, sports, the outdoors and cabin life. Alli loves participating in agility with her dogs as well as cooking, baking and of
course eating all the good things she makes


Brent Moore, CVT

Brent has worked in veterinary medicine since 2001, he worked at a specialty hospital for 7 years before joining our hospital in 2018, he is a true asset to our growing team of professionals. When Brent isn’t working he likes to fish, hunt and be outdoors.


Krystal Todd, LVT

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.


Victoria Yost, LVT

Vickie was born and raised in North Pole, Alaska. She has a passion for animals and loves helping the local community with their pets. In her spare time Vickie enjoys Alaska with her husband, their daughter, a pack of Malamute and Siberian husky dogs and two horses.


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.


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Mara Renneberg

Mara is from Tok, Alaska. She has a bachelor’s 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.


Katie Fredericksen

Katie came to Alaska because of the military. She joined the NPVH team in 2017. Katie spends a large part of her free time caring for her animals which include the snakes Cornflake and Cinnamon, the cats Jack, Kitters, Lager, and Stout, and finally the Bernese Mountains dogs Abby and Porter. Her leftover time is spent with her 2 children and husband.


Kira Chapman

Kira is a dog musher who loves all things medicine and patient care. When not at work, she enjoys training her dogs and playing outdoors.


Brianna Kot

Brianna has been a military brat her whole life, but has made Alaska her home for the past 7 years. She aspires to be a veterinarian, but for now is working on her bachelors degree in biological sciences. In her free time, she enjoys life with her boyfriend Zachary while playing with her cat Smokey and her malamute puppy Athena.


Olivia Arenz

Olivia grew up in rural Illinois where she went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Illinois. Olivia and her husband moved to North Pole, Alaska in May of 2020 while he is currently stationed at Fort Wainwright Army base. Olivia is passionate about animal care with special interests in senior care and radiology. In her free time, Olivia loves to bake and travel. Olivia has enjoyed her time so far working at the vet and cannot wait to meet you and your pets at North Pole Veterinary Hospital.


Denver Evans

Denver was born and raised in Alaska. When not working, she can be found running her dog team, kayaking, and writing novels. She also enjoys training her Malinois and doing yoga.


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Nelcy Evans

Nelcy was born in Colombia but moved to Pennsylvania when she was 12. Nelcy and her family have enjoyed living in a multitude of places thanks to her husband’s career in the United States Air Force. Nelcy, her family and their 2 dogs love to be in nature hiking, camping and anything that helps them feel more connected to Alaska. Nelcy hopes to one day obtain her veterinary technician licensure which she is working towards currently by attending the Penn Foster Vet Technician Program. For now, Nelcy spends her days working in the clinic, enjoying time with her family and seeking to enjoy all the adventure Alaska has to offer.


Natasha Pomeroy

Natasha joined the North Pole Veterinary Hospital team during May of 2021. Natasha was born in Oregon but relocated right here to Alaska where she spent most of her childhood and has remained into adulthood. Natasha has an M. Ed. in Counseling, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (KA) through APDT and is currently in school to obtain her Veterinary Technician licensure. Natasha hopes to finish school with her licence while continuing to build her dog training business with a focus on behavior modification and relationship-based dog training. Natasha loves helping owners build better relationships with their beloved pets and is excited to be able to do so right here at North Pole Veterinary Hospital. When not at work Natasha loves to spend time with her dogs Dinah, a Saint Bernard and Olaf, a Newfoundland. Natasha is looking forward to growing her relationships and skills within the clinic.


Angie Niles

Angie joined the North Pole Veterinary Hospital team in June of 2021. Angie was born and raised in Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) and moved to Idaho in 2018 before moving to Alaska in April of 2021 with her husband due to his job in the United States Air Force. Angie earned her masters degree in dairy reproductive physiology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison doing work with both artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Angie also spent some time being a fitness instructor. Angie hopes to one day earn her Master Scuba diver certification. Angie has 3 dogs and one horse. Angie’s favorite animal is the horse closely followed by the manatee. Angie and her husband hope to get another horse someday soon.


Katrina Pawlaczyk

In 2004 Katrina moved to Alaska from Upstate New York to learn about dog mushing. After competing in several long-distance races and working as a mushing guide on a glacier in the summer she finished her BS degree in wildlife biology from UAF. She worked around the country as a biologist and moved back to Fairbanks in 2020 with her sights on the UAF veterinary program. Katrina has been part of the NPVH team since August of this year and particularly loves meeting all the clients and their pets as this is a rare moment in her life that she is petless.


Allison Wolff

Allison started working at North Pole Veterinary Hospital in October of 2020. Allison and her husband Jesse are originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin but due to Jesse’s job in the United States Army they are currently stationed here at Fort Wainwright. Allison has a bachelors degree in biology and is currently working on her application to vet school. Allison and Jesse have two dogs, Emerald and Freya as well as one cat named Ruby. When not at work Allison loves to go on runs and adventure around Alaska with her husband and her animals.


Stephanie Kelly

Stephanie was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and after marrying her high school sweetheart Christopher, has remained in the area ever since. Stephanie has been grooming with her family since she was a junior in high school and has been grooming at North Pole Veterinary Hospital for about 2 years. Stephanie, when not grooming, helps around the hospital with all patients and doctors by assisting in the treatment area. Stephanie is a huge animal lover but particularly loves to spend time with all of her animals. Stephanie has Wooka the shih tzu, Blazer the Australian shepherd, Turbo the pembroke welsh corgi, Pumpkin the orange tabby, two turtles, a few chickens, and a few goats. When not working Stephanie loves to go on adventures, especially fishing adventures with her husband Christopher. Stephanie is so excited to continue to grow her vet skills and knowledge.


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.


Brianna Cady

Brianna recently moved here from the lower 48 with her husband and two dogs Tito and Bear. She spends her free time exploring her new home, cooking, and hiking.


Caitlyn Elgin

Caitlyn grew up here in North Pole, Alaska and has been working in the veterinary front office for three years. Caitlyn and her husband John are pet parents to dog Leo and cat Ivy who keep their lives full of entertainment. Outside of work Caitlyn enjoys all of the outdoor activities Alaska has to offer such as camping, fishing, hiking and skijoring. Caitlyn could not imagine calling everywhere else home.


Sydney Koontz

Sydney has just moved back to North Pole from attending college in Colorado, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree that she hopes to use to get into graduate school. Sydney is from South Carolina, and hopes to open her own clinical psychology practice in North Carolina one day with her fiance and 2 dogs.


Monica Leitzke

Monica joined the North Pole Veterinary Hospital team in July of 2020 after spending 12 years working as a groomer. Monica has spent most of her life after high school working in the animal field. Monica was born and raised right here in North Pole, Alaska. She and her fiancé Carl own a few pets which include a pug, a rabbit, a hamster and a rooster all of which they love to spend time with. When not working Monica loves to spend her time baking and loving on her pets. Monica absolutely loves working in the animal field and hopes to work towards becoming a licensed veterinarian technician.


Olivia Armond

Olivia joined the reception team at North Pole Veterinary Hospital in May of 2021. Olivia was born and raised in Washington where she met and eventually married her high school sweetheart, Ben. Olivia has found herself living all over the place due to her husband’s job in the Air Force but they particularly love Alaska as this is their second time being stationed in the state. Olivia is a lover of many animals but particularly loves dogs, cats and rats. Olivia has three black labs and one tuxedo cat at home. When not at work Olivia spends most of her time with adorable 2 year old son enjoying their everyday adventures. Ultimately Olivia and her family hope to retire in southern Alaska on a lot of land with many animals and maybe even a hot tub to relax in.


Hannah Elgas

Hannah moved from her hometown in Michigan and joined the North Pole Veterinary team during the summer of 2021. Hannah wanted a new adventure and scenery so she and her boyfriend moved here to North Pole. Hannah plans to further her vet knowledge and experience by beginning to take her first vet technician courses, she hopes to ultimately become a licensed veterinarian technician. Hannah has a big love for animals, especially elephants and her two dogs at home. Hannah, when not at work she loves to spend her time with her dogs relaxing and occasionally baking them some delicious treats.


Brittney Turner

Brittney comes to North Pole Veterinary Hospital from Tucson, Arizona with her dog Trigger. She found her way to Alaska due to her boyfriend’s job in the National Guard and has fallen in love with it ever since.

Brittney loves spending her time being outdoors through activities like hiking, fishing, four wheeling and bonfires. Brittney believes there is no other fishing like the fishing you can do right here in Alaska. Ultimately Brittney hopes to further her vet knowledge and perhaps one day use it to become a licensed vet tech. For right now Brittney loves working at the vet and expanding her knowledge until she goes off to bootcamp in the upcoming year for the Air National Guard.


Abigail Bostic

Abbey has been with North Pole Veterinary Hospital since August of 2021. Abbey was born and raised right here in North Pole, Alaska where she attended Star of the North. Abbey has always had a soft spot for animals and ultimately hopes to one day obtain her veterinarian technician licensure. As a kid growing up here locally Abbey spent a lot of time being involved with 4-H club where she participated in raising market projects to show at the Tanana Valley State Fair for auction. Abbey and her husband now own a production farm of sheep and lambs to breed and sell to local 4-H kids to use as their market and breeding projects. Abbey also owns a Llama and alpaca, 4 geese and too many chickens.


Mehgan Howard

Mehgan became a member of the North Pole Veterinary Hospital team in August of 2021. Mehgan was born and raised locally in Fairbanks, Alaska where she attended West Valley High School and is currently continuing her education at University of Alaska Fairbanks where she hopes to earn her BA in Justice. Mehgan has two dogs and 3 ferrets but loves to be around all types of animals. Within the veterinary field Mehgan hopes to pursue a career where she can work even more with small exotics and large animal medicine. Mehgan loves working at North Pole Vet and cannot wait to continue to meet all the wonderful animals that come into the clinic every day.


Managers



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Patrick Lovely

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


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Suze Nolan, LVT, MEd

Suze has been a licensed veterinary technician since 2008 and Practice Manager since 2019. Her professional interests include education, behavior, and the human-animal bond. Suze and Kevin enjoy exploring Alaska’s trails and waterways with their dogs Cootie the Shih Tzu and Bug the Doodle. Brunhilde Plumbum Feline Extraordinaire keeps the house in order while they are out and about.


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Shar Smith

Shar has her MBA in Business Administration and has been working in the veterinary field since 2020 on the office management side. When she is not at work; Shar enjoys woodworking, baking, and exploring Alaska with her husband and two sons. She also loves hiking with her two Golden Retrievers, Riley and Chewie. Her family’s dream is to have a homestead here in Alaska with all sorts of different animals.


Groomer


Sara Holland

My name is Sara Holland and I was born and raised in North Pole, AK. I am a certified Pet Groomer; I have been grooming for 2 years. I have 2 dogs, a Miniature Dachshund named Rosie Nugget and a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Allie.