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. Nine years later she became the proud owner and cannot imagine working or living 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.

Scott Flamme

Scott Flamme

DVM

Dr. Flamme is originally from Canada and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002. He moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in June 2002 and started working for Dr. James F. Satchjen at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital. Dr. Flamme has completed advanced training in orthopedics, laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures. Dr. Flamme also has an interest in regenerative medicine. Dr. Flamme treats sporting/working breed dogs (especially Labs), cats and reptiles. When he is not working, Dr. Flamme enjoys spending time with his son (Matthew) while rafting, fishing, playing hockey, and hunting.

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.

“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

Client Care

Jennifer

Jennifer

Practice Manager

Pets: Priya (DSH), Ron (DSH), Hairy (DMH)

I adopted Priya, 11 years old, after she was surrendered to the clinic due to eye issues. She required drops in her eyes for months, and, though not blind, she now has foggy eyes. Priya is known for being grumpy in the hospital, but she is full of sweetness at home.

I adopted Ron, 10 years old, after he was also surrendered to the clinic due to a head injury. He requires constant contact at home; he has to always be touching someone. He is my son’s favorite cat. They have grown up together.

Hairy, 7 years old, was a foster cat that had a broken pelvis and needed space and six weeks of cage rest. My living room had space. My husband gave me the silent treatment for three weeks after bringing him home, but he is now my husband’s favorite cat.

Lorrie

Lorrie

Pharmacy Manager

Lorrie has been a veterinary technician at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital since 2002. In addition to her dog Daisy, she has a small hobby farm where she raises goats, sheep, and a Jersey Cow. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her four Granddaughters and playing on their hobby farm.

Jessie

Jessie

Receptionist

Bio coming soon!

Mikayla

Mikayla

VA, Receptionist

Pets: Izzy (Long Haired Dachshund), Zoey (Toy Aussie), Pippin (Boston Terrier), Merry (Boston Terrier)

I got Izzy when I was in junior high, and I have had her for nine years. She has struggled with seizures since she was two. In 2012, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and we went through long treatments and steroids and in 2013, it went into remission. She is currently very healthy aside from putting on a little “winter weight” year round. She loves her squeaky toys.

I’ve known Zoey since she was a puppy, but she was not officially mine until a couple of years ago. She is very affectionate and constantly has to have a paw on you. She is very active for being almost 10 year old. Her favorite word is “treat” and her favorite movie is Zootopia.

Pippin is a two year old Boston. She loves playing Frisbee and swimming in the pool during the summer. She is named after my favorite Lord of the Rings character and her personality matches his’ perfectly. She is my little fool of a Took.

Merry was born into my little pack, the daughter of Pippin. She is the voice of reason and tattles on the others when they are being naughty. She is also named after a Lord of the Rings character. She follows Pippin around and likes to copy everything she does. She loves running around the yard but also loves sitting on the couch.

Sierra

Sierra

Receptionist

Bio coming soon!

Mary

Mary

Receptionist

Pets: Hunter – 13 year old lab mix, Bella and Remmy – 2 year old dachshund/lab mix (sibblings)

We adopted Hunter from the animal shelter when he was 2 years old. He is and has always been the sweetest boy. He loves watching animal TV shows and gets scared when there’s monsters on TV. When he was young he tried to find the dog from the TV, outside in the direction it had appeared to go. Today, he spends a lot of time on the couch until an animal comes on and he goes crazy yelling at the top of his lungs, usually scaring whoever is around.

We decided we wanted another addition to our family and we saw someone advertising dachshund/lab mixes so we went to meet them. There was only 2 left in the litter and I fell in love with these little black pups at first sight. But…I couldn’t imagine separating them. After 2 hours of deliberation I decided sadly to only bring the little girl home as much as it broke my heart. What I didn’t know was that my husband secretly paid for both and had his mom pick up the little boy and follow us home. His mom said he cried the whole was home until she pulled in. I didn’t hear or see him until I was sitting in the living room with Bella (his little sister) and he comes running down the hallway and around the corner at us! Of course I immediately broke into happy tears and couldn’t imagine not having both of them in my life.

Josh

Josh

Maintenance

Bio coming soon!

Logan

Logan

Receptionist

I was born in Oregon but moved to Alaska when I was in elementary school. I have dogs, cats, reptiles, and a bunny. My dogs are named Bella ( Labrador retriever) and Ellie ( Australian shepard ) , My cat is named Quil, and I have two reptiles a gargoyle gecko and an African fat-tailed gecko. My interests/hobbies include photography and learning about more in-depth reptile and small animal care.

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

-Anthony Douglas Williams

Technicians & Assistants

Emily

Emily

Licensed Veterinary Technician

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.

Brenna

Brenna

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Brenna began working at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital in 2011 after completing her master’s degree in marine biology at UAF. She and her husband reside in Two Rivers with their recreational sled dog kennel called Kennel Bebop made up of a couple dozen Alaska Huskies and one very spoiled Westie named Jean-Luc.

Haylie

Haylie

Veterinary Technician

Haylie is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota and moved to Fairbanks in June 2018 and has worked at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital ever since. She is currently attending Penn Foster and is working towards becoming licensed. When Haylie is not at work, she enjoys kayaking, hiking with her dogs, and spinning. Haylie shares her dome with her husband, 2 dogs (Gunner and Juno), and 3 cats.. Haylie has a special interest in emergency medicine and working together with clients on disease management.

Sara

Sara

Veterinary Techinician

Pets: Pixie (Dalmation), Bella (Aussie mix), Mishka (Malamute), Cougar (DSH), Sprinkles (Jersey Wooly Rabbit), Navi (Guinea pig)

Mishka is six years old and enjoys Alaska living. Winter is her favorite season; coming from Oklahoma, she looks forward to the snow.

Bella is five years old and was born in my previous clinic. Her mom was an emaciated stray who had puppies during her care with us. Bella is active in competing in agility trials and has earned many titles to include Rally Advanced, Canine Good Citizen, and trick titles. We continue to enjoy achieving more.

Pixie is two years old and loves to be in any activity. Pixie does Conformation Showing and Junior Showmanship, and she has started her performance career in Agility. She will soon be in Rally and Obedience. She, too, has earned her CGC and Trick Title. Pixie also enjoys being involved in 4H and is a frequent flier at the Alaska K9 Center.

Cougar was a stray that chose us as his home after walking through our dog door one evening and never leaving. Sprinkles was adopted from a 4H member who could no longer keep her, and Navi we adopted from the Fairbanks shelter after a visit for a friend turned into an adoption for ourselves.

Breanna

Breanna

Veterinary Assistant

Brenna began working at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital in 2011 after completing her master’s degree in marine biology at UAF. She and her husband reside in Two Rivers with their recreational sled dog kennel called Kennel Bebop made up of a couple dozen Alaska Huskies and one very spoiled Westie named Jean-Luc.

Theresa

Theresa

Veterinary Assistant

Originally from Missouri, I have lived in Alaska for 20 years. I have a blue heeler/Australian shepard mix named Rylee who I adopted from Missouri. I also have a black and white kitty named Kitty who I adopted from Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. The newest addition to my family is a little black kitty named Wakanda – AKA Kanda.

I have worked in the veterinary field for almost 3 years. I went to school in Palmer and received a veterinary assisting certificate and am currently pursuing a veterinary technician associates degree. I enjoy nature, reading, ice skating, hiking, dishing, and of course animals of all shapes and sizes. I hope to continue my career in Alaska for many more years.

Tim

Tim

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Samirya

Samirya

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Matt

Matt

Veterinary Assistant

Matt was born and raised here in Fairbanks. He is passionate about birds and herding breeds; having 2 Aussies and a cat. Tui is a great agility dog and hopes that Kiwi will follow in his footsteps. He enjoys Alaska and experiencing the outdoors with his pack of Aussies.

Michelle

Michelle

Veterinary Assistant

Michelle was born and raised in Indiana. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She has been working in the veterinary field for over a year. She and her husband moved to Alaska 2 years ago with Cam, a 9 year old whippet mix that she rescued in Indian. Cam hates the cold and wears a sweater to survive the winter. Koko is her Alaskan husky that she adopted at 9 weeks old. She loves the cold as well as talking and howling. Together they are learning to skijor and bikejor. She came from parents who ran in the Iditarod and Yukon Quest so pulling comes naturally to her and it shows.

Ellie

Ellie

Veterinary Assistant

I am a certified veterinary assistant and have been working in the vet field since 2017. My plan is to become a licensed technician and specialize in animal behavior.

My husband and I moved from Maryland to Alaska in 2018. We have two dogs that we enjoy spoiling. We love all animals and hope to one day open an animal rescue.

Ashlyn

Ashlyn

Veterinary Assistant

Originally from Colorado, my husband and I moved to Alaska in the winter of 2018. We have a black lab mix named Ulu that we adopted in May 2019 and a black cat named Soot that I’ve had for 14 years. I’ve worked in the veterinary medicine field for 3 years. When I’m not at the clinic I enjoy being outside doing things like hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping. My husband and I are looking forward to exploring all that Alaska has to offer.

“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.