2022 YQ550 & YQ200 Race Veterinarians

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Cristina Hansen, DVM, PhD - Head Veterinarian

Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska

Nina received her DVM in 2007 and Ph.D. in 2015. During her Ph.D. she studied infectious diseases, and is particularly interested in wildlife disease, and diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people. This will be her 13th year as Head Vet. She believes that a solid training program, good nutrition,   and knowing each dog as an individual are the most important aspects of sled dog care. A memory that exemplifies the excellent dog care during the race occurred at Pelly Crossing years ago. She talked to a musher for half an hour about foot ointments. He was cold, hungry, and hadn’t slept for days. But in that moment, it didn’t matter to him. He wanted to learn as much as he could to make the best decision for his dogs.



Mercedes Pinto, DVM

Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska

Mercedes Pinto grew up and went to school in Colorado, but fell in love with Alaska the summer after vet school, and Fairbanks has been home ever since. Dr. Pinto has practiced small animal and emergency medicine in Fairbanks before transitioning to shelter medicine last year. She was invited to volunteer for the Yukon Quest in 2011, and loved it so much she has volunteered for every long distance dog race she could since then.  Dr. Pinto is very excited to be able to volunteer for both the Alaska, and Yukon sides of the Quest this year.



Mergret Lenfest, DVM

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

Margret is from upstate New York where she is a Veterinary resident in the canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation department at Cornell University. This is her second year working the Quest on the American side. Margaret loves working with athletic dogs as there is no better example of extreme athleticism than endurance sled dogs. The Quest also highlights the human-animal bond between mushers and their dogs which is awe-inspiring. Margaret can't wait to get back on the trail for another great race in the beautiful Alaskan winter.



Mary Beth Hannon - Veterinarian

Hometown: Mobile, AL

Mary is originally from Pennsylvania, but now living in Alabama and practicing Emergency Veterinary Medicine.  She is excited to return to her second Alaskan Yukon Quest this year! Mary’s own experiences as an endurance athlete give her a special appreciation for sled dogs and she loves having the opportunity to work with and learn from veteran mushers, handlers and veterinarians.



Dr. Kathleen McGills - BS, MBA, DVM

Hometown: Bend, OR

Dr. Kathleen McGill,BS, MBA, DVM is a 1994 Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate.  Vet school was a career change from being Vice President of a steel company’s personnel department.  She has been an International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association member since 1997 and a board member from 2009 to 2021. Over the years, Dr. McGill, has served as a trail veterinarian for the UP 200, John Beargrease, Grand Portage, Yukon Quest, Iditarod, Finnmarksløpet and Scandinavian Stage Race. She served as Yukon Quest Head Vet for 8 years and a trail vet for 16 years. Currently she is Head Vet for the Eagle Cap Extreme, Oregon. 

Dr. McGill has owned and mushed Alaskan Malamutes since the mid-1970’s.

Besides sled dog medicine, her other passions are wildlife photography, traveling to see wildlife and hiking to see wildlife.



Sharon Hartshorn - Veterinarian

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Sharon Hartshorn graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Her first dog sled races were the 2011 Copper Basin 300 followed by the Yukon Quest that same year. She lives with a dog, cat and several birds, splitting her time between Soldotna, AK and an RV somewhere in NM where she does relief work. Her hobbies include falconry, hot air ballooning and fishing. After missing the Quest for several years due to severe knee problems, she's excited to return to the race this year with her new ones!



Greta M. Krafsur, DVM, DACVP

Hometown: Wstelline, SD

Greta M. Krafsur, DVM, DACVP, MSc, PhD candidate hails from Estelline, SD where her family owns a 4 generation diversified family farm. Her specialty is feedlot health, specifically bovine cardiopulmonary diseases affecting late fed cattle. The utilization of sled dogs in the exploration and settlement of Alaska has been of great interest so much so that she is returning to work a 7th Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race.

Greta has also volunteered at several Iditarod Sled Dog races and was the 2011 Doc Lombard

Scholarship recipient. She has a keen interest in Arctic exploration and from 2008 until 2013, she spent her summers living and working in Utqiagvik, AK for the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management. She has one Siberian Husky named Nuiqsut Nanuk, two cats and three sons-Joseph (23) and Benjamin and Joshua (22).



Noel Kubat - Veterinarian

Hometown: Elizabethtown, KY

Noel Kubat will be working the American Quest in 2022 as a race Veterinarian. This will be Dr. Kubat’s 5th year with the Yukon Quest.   Dr. Kubat is a native Minnesotan, but currently resides in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  The sled dog’s ability and willingness to run never ceases to amaze me.  I love the individual personality of each dog and how they work together as a team to cover  hundreds of miles. 



Dr. Emily Campbell - Veterinarian

Hometown: Lake Tahoe, CA

"Dr. Emily Campbell is a Northern Minnesota native who recently relocated to South Lake Tahoe, CA. She works as a full time veterinarian, and a part time ski bum. She will be working on the American side of the race, and has been active in sled dog medicine and recreational mushing for the last 6 years."



Chantelle Gordon - Veterinary Technician

Hometown: Pig Pine Key, FL

Chantelle was born and raised in South Africa but has called America home since 2011.

She currently lives in Key West where she manages a clinic for her local shelter. She has volunteered as a technician on the Yukon Quest veterinary team since 2019 and cannot stay away from Alaska for too long. 



Wendy Hawkins - Veterinary Assistant

Hometown: Fairbanks, AK

Chantelle was born and raised in South Africa but has called America home since 2011.

Wendy grew up in Norway, helping her family raise, race and skijor Siberians . She has loved sled dogs ever since. Volunteering with the various races locally allows Wendy to be around these amazing athletes without amassing a bunch of her own.  Wendy knows and appreciates the time and effort that goes into the teams.

She was fortunate to work as a veterinary assistant for the Yukon Quest 300 last season, and is very excited to work the American side of the Quest this season!



Abby Woods - Veterinarian Student

Abby is a fourth-year veterinary student at Cornell University. She is originally from New York and has spent a few years living in Chicago. In her free time Abby likes to explore by hiking with her dog. Abby is planning on going into small animal general practice but has spent her time at Cornell working for and learning from the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation service. Abby loves working dogs and is so excited to join the team on the American race this year!