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. 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. Richards is currently the resident AirVet professional available for Telemedicine consultations.
Dr. Greg Pietsch, DVM
While Dr. Pietsch claims to have been ” born in the back seat of a Greyhound bus rollin’ down highway 41″, we all know that he was actually born and raised in Massachusetts where he spent lots of time at his father’s veterinary practice. During college, Dr.Piestsch ventured north seeking fame and glory on the slime line in Bristol Bay. Eventually he made his way to Fairbanks where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology before heading off to the University of Minnesota for vet school. After vet school he did a 1 year internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta. He then practiced for several years in New England before deciding to move with his family back to Fairbanks in 2010. He has 2 dogs, 3 cats, several fish, too many chickens, 2 cockroach colonies, and 2 beehives. He joined North Pole Veterinary Hospital in 2020.
Dr. Katrina Backus
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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!
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.
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.
Patricia McCall, LVT
Patty hails from Colorado, where she received her AAS in Veterinary Technology in 2005 at Colorado Mountain College. She moved to Fairbanks in 2006 with her husband and loves the opportunities Alaska has to offer. She loves being the mom of two sweet boys and three dogs, and spends as much time as she can outdoors, gardening, camping, and hiking.
Lauren Billard, LVT
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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 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 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.
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.
Elaine moved here in 2017 with her husband James and young daughter Leighton from Nevada with the Air Force. Since being here, she has gotten her assistant certificate and added to her family, her son Jamie and Aussie dog Happy. She shows interest in working with pets and clients on the importance of preventive medicine. When she’s not a smiling face doing scheduled appointments, Elaine is helping handle patient care here at NPVH.
Bri has been a part of the NPVH team since 2018. She is studying and working towards her LVT, with a primary interest in Radiology. A born and raised Alaskan, she enjoys spending as much time in the sun during the summer months as she can, riding motorcycles with her husband Cody and going on photography adventures with her two Pit bulls. During the winter, riding snow machines, snowboarding and watching Disney movies are what get her through the dark and cold months.
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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.
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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.
Skye was born and raised in Alaska. She likes working and competing with her four horses; Blizzard, Dez, River, and Kingston. Skye also enjoys spending time with her dog, Flint.
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 grew up in North Pole and enjoys many activities Alaska has to offer – camping, fishing, hiking, and skijoring. She and her boyfriend John have a dog named Leo whose favorite thing is fetch. Caitlyn studied at the University of Montana for 2 years, but her hometown called her back and now she looks forward to staying in the veterinary field here.
Aimee is brand new in the veterinary field. She came from Ohio in 2018 due to the military. She has studied Biomedical Engineering in the past, but is excited to try something new. Aimee enjoys hiking with her dogs Honey & Butter and exploring Alaska.
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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, but changed to become a Veterinary Receptionist. I have 2 dogs, a Miniature Dachshund named Rosie Nugget and a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Allie.
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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.
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