Our Team

Our Doctors:

Dr. Peter Heidmann

E: peter@mtequine.com

Dr. Peter Heidmann grew up with working draft horses and learned horsemanship from old time horsemen. Dr. Heidmann has been Board-Certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine since 2005, with special emphasis on neonatology, infectious disease, and ultrasound. In addition to his core internal medicine interests, Dr. Heidmann’s practice also includes advanced performance evaluations. Dr. Heidmann sees referrals and consults on cases from veterinarians throughout our region, and has served as an expert witness in many legal, welfare, and insurance cases. He served as the Internal Medicine Specialist for the 2011 Pan-American games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and participated as one of the founding veterinarians of MSU’s Bioregions program to Mongolia in 2014 (www.bioregions.org). He is Adjunct Faculty at WSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, and Affiliated Faculty at Montana State University, Bozeman. Dr. Heidmann is the Owner and Hospital Director of Montana Equine. He enjoys speaking to small groups and larger formal seminars. Please call or email Peter to arrange bookings for your group or meeting.

Dr. Al Flint

E: al@mtequine.com

Dr. Al Flint is a 4th generation Montanan born and raised in the Flathead Valley. Growing up, he explored the Bob Marshall Wilderness on horseback during both Summers and Winters. He completed a Masters degree in Reproductive Physiology and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University prior to entering the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Flint is the head of Equine Surgery and has been providing surgical services for 8 years at Montana Equine. He brings passion, experience and expertise to his work. Dr Flint’s professional interests include equine sports medicine, surgery, and reproduction. Dr Flint focuses on maximizing patient outcome using western medicine and complementary alterrnatives. When not at work, Dr. Flint enjoys riding, hiking or skiing Montana’s backcountry and time with his daughter.

Dr. Jack Snyder

E: jack@mtequine.com

Dr. Jack Snyder has been a foundation of our specialized surgical and lameness work, and continues to provide his skilled oversight to our programs. He regularly evaluates performance, lameness, and surgical cases, and provides Montana Equine with special skills and a rich background of experience. Dr. Snyder has been board-certified in equine surgery since 1987. After a 30 year career as a professor of equine surgery at the UC Davis, Jack has moved exclusively into private practice. In addition to working locally at Montana Equine, he continues to travel worldwide to examine and treat equine athletes of the highest caliber. He has served as Head Surgeon and Hospital Director at numerous PanAmerican Game and Olympic games since 1991, and served as FEI president for the World Equestrian Games in Lexington. Jack brings this level of expertise to every case he sees, but despite his world-class background, his down-to-earth attitude serves him well with people from all walks of life. Depending on the season, Jack surfs, skis and mountain-bikes, or rides his snowmobile or quad.

Dr. Casey Cooper

E: casey@mtequine.com

Dr. Casey Cooper was raised on his families’ horse ranch on the California/Arizona border of the desert.  He began riding with his family at a young age and participated in 4H programs and trail riding.  During high school, Dr. Cooper spent his summers with elite performance horse trainers in Scottsdale, Arizona.  These valuable mentorships prepared Dr. Cooper for competitively showing his own reining horses in youth and amateur AQHA and NRHA events across the country. Dr. Cooper attended Colorado State University (CSU) and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Bio-medical science.  During graduate school, Dr. Cooper served as the lead teaching associate of the gross anatomy lab and helped undergraduate students reach their potential. Dr. Cooper completed the DVM program at CSU in May of 2015 and joined Montana Equine as an intern.  He is excited to continue working with Montana Equine as a full time staff veterinarian beginning in June of 2016 and also working as an ambulatory vet in the Helena area for Montana Equine’s satellite company.  During his free time, Dr. Cooper and his wife, Frannie, enjoy fly fishing with their Aussie, “Midge”, and listening to Vin Scully call a Dodgers game.

Our Interns:

Dr. Lauren Watson

E: lauren@mtequine.com 

Dr. Lauren Watson is from Vancouver, WA where she learned to ride horses starting at 4 years old. Having ridden mostly in the dressage discipline, Lauren showed horses most of her childhood. She has always had a passion for helping animals but working with horses has never failed to give the greatest satisfaction. Dr. Watson had wonderful veterinary role models in the region she grew up in and their passion soon rubbed off on her. She received her Bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oregon State University in 2013 with a chemistry minor followed by her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, running with her lab/heeler mix, Zoey, and spending time with her 29-year-old horse Goliath.

Dr. Amanda Butler

E: amanda@mtequine.com 

Dr. Amanda Butler was born in Victoria, British Columbia where she grew up riding horses.   Amanda completed an undergraduate in environmental biology at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.  During her time at UPEI she participated in a research project investigating dune plants and their role in beach habitat.  In 2017, Amanda completed her veterinary degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada.  Amanda’s equine veterinary interest include reproduction, dentistry and endocrine diseases. After her internship Amanda hopes to complete a residency in large animal internal medicine.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Molly and Finn, snowshoeing, and gardening.

Our Staff:

Megan Rae Triplett

Practice Manager

E: megan@mtequine.com

Megan, has been in the Three Forks area since her family moved here in 1981 from Fort Collins, Colorado. Her family ran a dog boarding facility until August 2012 when her parents sold their property and moved to Great Falls. Megan’s family has always been big into hunting dogs; her father is a well-known trainer and breeder. Living on a small farm there was always at least one horse that was in need of attention and, as a kid, that is normally where you could find Megan. Megan’s spare time is now spent chasing her kids to their various sporting events and after school activities, spending time with her family, friends, her dogs, along with  doing as much outdoors activities as possible.

Kaydee Eppler


E: kaydee@mtequine.com

Born in California, Kaydee spent the majority of her teenage years and early adulthood in southern Arizona- but has also lived on various ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Idaho.  She was blessed to have been born into a family with a long tradition of horsemanship.  From breeding and training, to ranching and racing, to rodeo and horse shows; all had a heavy influence on her upbringing. Kaydee and her boyfriend Bill moved to Three Forks in 2013.  Equal opportunity animal lovers, they are the proud parents of nine horses, three dogs, and one cat.  In their free time you can find them enjoying the outdoors or hitting the occasional team roping or barrel race.

Audria Bloch


E: audria@mtequine.com

Audria is a Montana native from Thompson Falls and has called Three Forks her home for over 10 years.  She and her husband Dan currently spend a lot of their time together in bleachers watching  their 2 children participate in school sporting events.  When she has spare time, she enjoys family, hunting, camping, skiing, riding in the back country, cooking and gardening.  Her extended family also requires attention which include 5 horses, a handful of cows, 4 labs and 4 cats.  Life is Good!!

Sirsa Helvey

Veterinary Assistant – Certification Pending

E: sirsa@mtequine.com

Sirsa Helvey  was born and raised here in Bozeman and developed a true passion for animals at an early age. Growing up, she was an active member of pony club for 8 years, and traveled and trained with Olympic trainers locally and abroad. After working for years in a local dressage barn, she graduated in May of 2012 with Veterinary Technician degree from the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls Idaho. Sirsa joined the team at Montana Equine soon after. In her free time she enjoys chasing cows, roping and fishing as well as playing with her dog Etta.

Shawni Hansen

Certified Veterinary Technician

E: shawni@mtequine.com

Shawni Hansen grew up in Twin Bridges, MT. She attended Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming were she graduated with an Associates in Animal Science. Upon graduation Shawni attended Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming obtaining her certificate and later certification as a Veterinary Technician. For pleasure, Shawni is an avid hunter, and enjoys spending time with her family and animals.

Katy Jordan

Veterinary Assistant

E: katy@mtequine.com

Katy, born and raised in New Jersey, made her way to the Rocky Mountains after living in both New York City and San Diego. After a short career in marketing, she decided to pursue her dream of working with animals and began volunteering at an equine rescue in Southern California where she adopted both of her horses, including an off-track Thoroughbred. Katy and her husband later moved to Montana where she worked for a small animal veterinary practice and helped start their family business. They also have a miniature horse, two chocolate labs and three cats. Katy enjoys riding in the mountains, camping, skiing and hiking with her dogs.

Katie Combs

Certified Veterinary Technician

E: katie@mtequine.com

Katie was born and raised in upstate New York. She attended State University of New York in Delhi where she graduated with her associated degree in Veterinary Science Technology and later obtained her license as a veterinary technician. Katie started out working in a small animal practice and a year later moved to Bozeman, Montana to pursue another degree in Animal Science. After graduating from MSU she then decided to pursue a care as a Certified Veterinary Technician working with horses. In her free time Katie enjoys riding, hiking and camping.

Amber Gonzalez

Barn Crew

Amber grew up in a small town in Washington.  After graduation Amber went to Yucca Valley, CA to become certified as a natural horsemanship trainer through Ed Thornton. Amber moved back to Washington where she trained horses for many years and spent her spare time as a 4-H leader.  Amber worked at several performance show barns and a saddleseat barn where she got the chance to work with saddlebreds.  Amber, her husband, and two children moved to Montana in April 2017.  Her family also includes 5 horses, a holstein steer, a mini horse, 4 dogs, and a cat.  In her spare time Amber enjoys just about anything horse related, listening to music, and getting together with friends and family.