Our team of veterinarians
Dr. Teresa Beck
Dr. Beck is co-owner of North Star Animal Hospital. Dr. Beck was raised in Palmer, Alaska and is a graduate of Palmer High School. Dr. Beck completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1996. Dr. Beck and her husband have three daughters and they enjoy swimming, cross country skiing, and being outdoors. The Beck family has a cattle dog, “Charlie”, a Labrador Retriever Mix, “Jasmine”, two cats, “Jack” and “Jenny”, chickens and sheep.
Dr. Shauna Henry
Dr. Henry opened the doors of North Star Animal Hospital in 2006 with Dr. Beck. Dr. Henry grew up on a cattle ranch in Southern California. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Montana in 1996. Dr. Henry completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University in May 2004. Dr. Henry is happily married and has three sons. Their family enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, boating and being in the great outdoors. The Henry family has a German Shepherd Dog, “Bosko”, a Goldendoodle, “Scuppers”, two kittens, two box turtles and a Chinese Water Dragon.
Dr. Milissa Knox
Dr. Milissa Knox is a new veterinarian at North Star Animal Hospital. She earned her DVM at Washington State University while focusing on mixed animal medicine. Her interest in agricultural animals stems from her upbringing on a small dairy farm in southern Maine where she was surrounded by a variety of animals. Milissa is excited to get know the folks and animals of the Matsu valley and feels fortunate to work in such a gorgeous area. When she is not in the clinic, you will find her exploring the trails with her husband, Justin, and their two furry running buddies, Eska and Rhu.
Dr. Chelsea Grimstad
Chelsea grew up in Palmer and is glad to be back in her home community. She completed her undergraduate training in 2010 with a bachelors in Animal Science at Andrews University in Michigan before “hopping the pond” for veterinary school. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK in 2015. After two years of working at a predominately small animal clinic in Kodiak, she is excited to settle down in her home town. Her professional interests include internal medicine and anesthesia. When she’s not at the clinic, you will find Dr. Grimstad pursuing all things outdoors in the Alaska backcountry, usually accompanied by her adventure buddy, an enthusiastic Malamute mix named Kiva.
Meet our staff
Jill – Practice Manager, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jill grew up on a hobby farm in her home state of Minnesota. Jill has always had a big passion for animals of all types. She decided at a young age that working with animals is what she wanted to do. In 2001 she graduated with an AAS in Veterinary Technology from Ridgewater College. Jill worked at a small animal practice in Minnesota until she moved to Alaska in 2005. Jill became an active part in opening the doors of North Star Animal Hospital in 2006, and has been a vital member of our team ever since. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and taking care of her two French Bulldogs “Bell” and “Bianca”, a Goldendoodle “Pilot”, and cat “Tessa”.
Cynthia – Customer Service Representative
Cynthia grew up in North Carolina and moved to Alaska with her family in 2001. She is a graduate of the Veterinary Assistant program at Mat-Su College and plans to continue in her education to become a Veterinary Technician. Cynthia joined our hospital during her college practicum in February 2014. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three cats, a cockatiel, chickens and the newest member of their family, Karma, a lab mix.
Miranda – Customer Service Representative
Miranda was raised in Colorado and moved to Alaska with her husband and three boys in 2013. Miranda joined the North Star team in September 2014. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and their Great Dane, “Jake”, and Labrador Mix, “Abbey”.
Jennifer – Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jennifer was born and raised in central Ohio. She later attended Columbus State Community College, graduating with an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology in 2006. After college, she and her husband relocated to rural Nevada, where she worked as an veterinary technician and office manager for a mixed animal practice. During the fall of 2015, Jennifer, her husband and their one year old baby girl made the move to Palmer to open a new chapter in their lives. Other family members include their dog, a Sharpei-mix, “Brutus”, an overly-confident orange tabby, “Arnold”, along with his girlfriend, a brown tabby, “Sequioa” and “Oscar” the bunny. Jennifer joined our team in October 2015. Away from the clinic, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family, gardening, photographing and floating in her kayak.
Mary Ann – Veterinary Assistant
Mary Ann is a graduate of the Veterinary Assistant program at Mat-Su College and is currently enrolled in Penn Foster College’s online Veterinary Technicians Program. She has three dogs; “Mishka”, an Akita mix, “Red” a Miniature Dachshund and “Buster Brown”, a chocolate lab mix. When not working or studying, Mary Ann enjoys spending time with her two teenage sons and gardening.
Amberlyn – Veterinary Assistant
Amberlyn is a 2015 graduate of the Veterinary Assistant Program at the Mat-Su College. She was born and raised in Illinois. She moved to Alaska in 2010 and she can’t imagine living anywhere else. Amberlyn has one dog, a great dane named “Shamus”, one cat named “Cole”, and a ferret named “Leta”. Amberlyn loves her job, hiking, reading and being around family and friends.
Taylor – Veterinary Assistant
Taylor grew up in New York and moved to Alaska in 2015. Prior to joining the North Star team, she worked in a busy emergency and specialty animal hospital in New York as an ER customer service representative and a dermatology assistant. She finds working in the veterinary field to be fun and rewarding, and hopes to someday become a veterinary technician. In her free time she enjoys playing piano and guitar, drawing and hiking.
Brittany – Veterinary Assistant
Brittany grew up in Two Rivers Alaska and has just recently moved to the Palmer area. She worked for Sonny Lindner for 12 years taking care of sled dogs. She and her family raise many different species of livestock for 4-H. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding.
Melissa – Veterinary Assistant
Melissa was born and raised in the Palmer area, and is a graduate of the Veterinary assisting program at Mat-Su College. She is currently working on a bachelors degree in Biology and hopes to one day pursue a career as a veterinarian. Melissa has three dogs; “Filmore” a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, “Teddy” a dachshund mix, and “Suzy” a schipperke mix, along with “Cosmo” a tortoise, “Sunny” a rabbit and “Rosie” a ball Python. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling and camping.
Therese – Veterinary Assistant
Therese graduated from the Veterinary Assisting Program at Mat Su College in 2017. She is working on her associates degree to get into a Veterinary Technician school in the fall 2018. She was born and raised in Alaska. She has two dogs, a Shitzu “Coco” and a Chocolate Lab “Mocha”. She likes to go hiking, running, and camping.
Alyssa – Veterinary Assistant
Cara – Customer Service Representative
Cara was raised in Georgia and relocated to Alaska in 2003. For the past 30 years she has been working in the dental field. Her love of animals sparked an interest to pursue a position at North Star. She has two daughters and a grandson in Georgia, which she visits yearly. Cara stays busy taking care of her five dogs Cocoa, Kiana, Kiko, Nanook and Gracie, and she also has two cats, Bubby and Phoebe. Cara enjoys spending time with her Alaskan family fishing, camping, four wheeling and hiking.
Cecilia – Veterinary Assistant
Cecelia was born in Eugene, Oregon and moved to Palmer, Alaska in 2002. She graduated the Veterinary Assisting program at Mat-Su College and gained practical experience working in the veterinary field at a local animal hospital for several years prior to joining the North Star team in 2017. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, crafting and fostering animals.
Logan – Customer Service Representative
Logan was born and raised in the Mat-Su Valley. Throughout high school, she was involved with 4-H club, and today she continues to use her animal husbandry skills when helping others to deliver piglets. She currently shares her home with one dog—a chihuahua/shih tzu mix named Rugie. In her spare time she enjoys working out at the gym and spending time outdoors.