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.

Misty Rathbun


Misty Rathbun has been a front office team member since June of 2009. She was raised in North Pole and currently resides in North Pole with her family.

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

Bio coming soon.

Emma Daniels

Bio coming soon.

Practice Managers

Patrick Lovely


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

Sarah Nelius


Sarah was born in Fairbanks and has been part of the NPVH team since 2008. Her position as Practice Manager compliments her lifelong adoration of animals and her desire to be of service to her community and co-workers.

She and her two children reside in Fairbanks and enjoy an array of outdoor activities, athletics and family adventure.