Animal Lovers to Our Core

Caring for your pet isn’t our profession. It’s our calling.

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Physicians. Technicians. Caregivers. Animal lovers. In everything we do, we believe in caring for every pet we see like our own. In everything we do, we believe in making a difference in your life. Now, meet the team by your side.

Doctors

Krislyn DeLeon

Krislyn DeLeon

DVM

Krislyn (Kristi) DeLeon grew up in a small Southeastern Kansas town where there were always lots of animals around. “Some of my best memories are of spending time at my grandparent’s farm and working as a horse wrangler at Girl Scout camp during the summer. My passion for veterinary medicine solidified when at the age of 16 I started working at ElDorado Animal Clinic. I loved being there so much they would have to remind me to go home.”

During her final year at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine she did her externship at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital. During those few weeks she fell in love with the community and returned after graduation in 1995. She cannot imagine living or working anywhere else.

When she’s not at the Animal Hospital you can find her skiing or hiking with her best friend Dolly, hanging out with Snickers (Snicker Doodle Bug) or cheering on her two kids, Kaleigh and Gabe, at their sporting events.

Benjamin Kuhn

Benjamin Kuhn

DVM

Pets: Bingham – “Binghamton of Tok” – Treeing walker coonhound, Eddy – “Sausage”, Karl – “Karluk”

Bingham entered my life as a stray, abandoned in Tok for 2 months to fend for himself. I grew up with hounds in rural Pennsylvania and I knew he’d be the perfect fit for me. He spends most of his time lounging in the sun in the summer or resting on the couch on his favorite white pillow. His favorite past times are sleeping, sunning, chewing his bones, and sneaking up on the bed when my wife Cristen and I are sleeping.

Eddie, a pit bull mix, grew up on the streets of L.A. where my wife adopted him. He built up street cred and then made the journey north to Fairbanks. He and Bingham can often be found sleeping on each other on the couch enjoying his golden years. He loves long walks in the woods and letting every squirrel know that he won’t put up their chatter. Give Eddie a soft blanket and his mom and he will be perfectly content for hours.

Karl, a crafty orange tabby, was also adopted as a stray. He was found roaming Karluk street in Anchorage, hence his name. He patrols our garden to keep away any rodents and considers everyone in our neighborhood his friend. While not on patrol, he enjoys chasing his laser, knocking over things for attention, and napping in his cat tree.

Thank you for spending the time to learn more about my family. I hope to meet yours.

Xiu Min Chen

Xiu Min Chen

DVM

Pets: Eri (Maine Coon mix), Batman (DSH), Viola (DSH), Miles (Silken Wind Hound), and Udon (DLH)

Eri is my first cat and was given to me free from some neighbors. He is my favorite. Batman, Viola, and Udon were surrendered to the clinic for various reasons, all being urinary related. Miles (aka Didi) is my first dog. I’ve always loved sight hounds, probably because they are graceful and most cat-like.

Emily Vaughan

Emily Vaughan

DVM

Dr. Emily Vaughan was raised in Fairbanks. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her degree in veterinary medicine from the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Vaughan is excited to be part of the Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital team.

During her time in Ireland, Dr. Vaughan volunteered at many farms, companion animal, large animal, and equine veterinary clinics around the Irish countryside.

Dr. Vaughan’s interests include small animal internal medicine, ultrasonography, soft tissue surgery, and small ruminant medicine.

Dr. Vaughan enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her best buddy Dave the Dog. She has a cat named Baloo, a Siamese mix, two orange medium haired kitten siblings named Pork and Beans, and an ornate wood turtle named Mike. She raises pigs and chickens, enjoys gardening, playing soccer, and is an avid cyclist.

Sophie Campagna

Sophie Campagna

DVM

Bio Coming Soon!

“No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.”

-Paul Oxton

Management

Emily

Emily

Practice Manager/LVT

I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My plans were to go to vet school but changed my mind and became a licensed veterinary technician. I have been at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital since 2007 and have a special interest in veterinary dentistry and laboratory.

I share my life with my husband, 2 children, 2 cats, and a little dog. My free time is often spent with family enjoying the outdoors in the summer and trying to enjoy the outdoors in the winter.

“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.”

-Pam Brown

Clinic Cats

Antonio

Antonio began his life at Mt. McKinley in 2008. The hospital felt a little lonely having just 1 clinic cat so Dr. DeLeon went to the FNSB animal shelter to look for a new addition. Antonio was a young cat, roughly a year old, and was brought in as a stray cat that had been living in a dumpster. The shelter had named him Antonio after Antonio Banderas from the movie Puss In Boots, and the name stuck. Toni looked very similar to an orange cat named Calvin that Dr. DeLeon used to own and she was in love.

Our dearest Toni is a lover of boxes. Any shape and any size box that you have to offer, Antonio will claim as his own. He is also the king of mischief. Toni will climb up any surface to knock down or chew on the plants within the hospital. He learned the hard way that lilies are toxic to cats.

Binx

Binx joined the Mt. McKinley family in 2006. He came to the hospital as an injured stray cat. A concerned owner found him roaming around with an injured tail. Dr. DeLeon amputated the damaged portion and he remained at Mt. McKinley until he was healed. During that time no one came to claim him so he took up residence.

Binx spends his days at Mt. McKinley making sure patients are fed; he can be found reaching a paw into a kennel to swipe food or opening bags of food to make sure the product is on point. He also works closely with the front staff and doctors. You can often find him sleeping in their chairs causing them to have to sit on the edge or stand to work.