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

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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

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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

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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

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Bio coming soon.


Practice Managers


Patrick Lovely

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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

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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.