Veterinarians

Dr. Alea Robinson

Dr. Alea Robinson was born in Bethel, AK, and raised in Eagle River, AK. She left Alaska to attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, and obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology. After her undergraduate studies, Dr. Robinson returned to Alaska, where she worked for Alaska Department of Fish and Game and…

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Dr. Katherine Kilpatrick

Education Undergrad: Harding University, Oklahoma State University, DVM: Oklahoma State University Dr. Kilpatrick grew up in Carrollton, TX and completed her bachelors in Graphic Design at Harding University. Later she decided to make a career change, leading her to Oklahoma State University where she completed her pre-veterinary courses and her DVM. She decided to move…

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Dr. Samantha Johnson

Dr. Johnson grew up in the redwoods of Felton, CA and completed her bachelors degree in Animal Science at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She first came to Alaska to start veterinary school at University of Alaska Fairbanks through the combined program with Colorado State University. Her professional interests include emergency medicine and improving…

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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….

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Dr. Bentley Richards

Education: Undergraduate: Northern Arizona University Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine: North Carolina State University About Dr. Bentley Richards Dr. Richards was born in Seattle and grew up in Southern California. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with honors in Dermatology in 2015. She especially likes working with patients involving preventative medicine, dermatology, pain management, and…

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Dr. Josh Link

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…

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Dr. McKayla Dick

Education Undergraduate Degree: Purdue University  Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine: St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine  About Dr. McKayla Dick  I was born and raised in the multicultural city of El Paso,TX. At an early age, I began traveling the world as an Airman in the United States Air Force. After serving in the United…

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Dr. Dawn Brown

Dr. Dawn Brown first started racing sled dogs as a junior in the Northeastern US in 1982. She first came to Alaska as a veterinary student in 1993, and later drove the Alcan Highway multiple times to work in Interior Alaska as a relief veterinarian and a sprint race competitor while practicing in upstate New…

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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…

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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…

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