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. Jaime Lehfeldt

E: jaime@mtequine.com Dr. Jaime Lehfeldt grew up in rural Nevada where she raised and showed horses, sheep, and cattle. She showed hunter/jumpers, three-day-eventers, western performance horses, and rodeoed. During summer months, she would work at a guest ranch leading rides and starting colts. Along with her horse experience, the FFA and 4-H organizations taught her leadership, perseverance, business skills, and compassion for the animals and their owners which would be applicable in her career later on down the road. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, she was accepted to veterinary school at Oregon State University which allowed for a hands-on education with a small class size and wonderful staff at OSU as well as Washington State University. Following graduation, Jaime headed to Littleton Equine Medical Center in Colorado for a well-rounded internship. Dr. Lehfeldt did a residency at Oregon State University in Large Animal Internal Medicine doing research on equine metabolic syndrome, and camelid medicine. Following her residency, she returned home to Smith Valley, Nevada where she started a successful referral and general practice, focusing on preventative medicine, infectious diseases, and geriatric medicine. Internal medicine deals with the intricacies of the body, whether normal or abnormal, and how it responds to disease. During Dr. Lehfeldt’s career, her curiosity about ways to help heal the body with a natural approach has developed. This interest spurred her on to get certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture and spinal manipulation allowing her to combine eastern and western medicine for her patients. Jaime met her husband, Erik, a rancher out of Lavina, MT and moved to the area in 2015. She has started a practice in the Billings area as a satellite practice of Montana Equine, Bozeman. The goal is to have a piece of property purchased in 2016 and a hospital built for referral and general medicine.

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. 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. Jessica Quigg

E: jessica@mtequine.com Dr. Jessica Quigg was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania where she grew up riding horses. Her interest in veterinary medicine started when she was young while following the local ambulatory veterinarian that would come to the barn. Jessica grew up showing and jumping Appaloosas; and in 2011, placed second in the nation in non-pro hunt seat equitation over fences. She graduated from Albright College in 2010 with a degree in biochemistry. From there, she was certified in equine sports massage therapy through Equissage Inc. Jessica also worked as a veterinary technician for 2 years at Animal Care Center; Danville, Pennsylvania. In August 2012, she moved out of the country to attend veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts in the West Indies. She completed her clinical year of school at Oklahoma State University. It was in Oklahoma that she met her now fiancé and fishing partner, Joshua. In her free time, Jessica enjoys riding horses, running, and fishing.

 

Dr. Kyle Kelly

E: kyle@mtequine.com Dr. Kyle Kelly was born in southwest Minnesota. He grew up helping out friends’ families with farm work and riding horses at their farms. An avid athlete, Kyle enjoys the pure athleticism that horses display. Kyle received his bachelor’s degree in Biology at Augustana College and pursued graduate studies in physiology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he earned a master’s degree.  While in graduate school Kyle had the opportunity to teach human anatomy labs to undergraduate students and mentor undergraduate lab researchers. He has always enjoyed teaching and helping people work through problems. He attended veterinary school at Colorado State University and focused primarily on equine work spending his free time with the ambulatory service at CSU. He also spent time working on bison and feral swine with the USDA during his time in veterinary school. Kyle enjoys working on lameness conditions, dentistry, and sports medicine. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and his dog, Turbo, outdoors mountain biking, fishing, and skiing.

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

Receptionist

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.

Stacy Miller

Receptionist

E: stacy@mtequine.com Stacy was born in Minnesota, after graduating St. Cloud State she joined AmeriCorps.  She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Helena and fell in love with Montana.  After adopting an escape artist husky mix from the Heart of the Valley, Stacy worked at Montana Murray Kennels and Heart of the Valley in hopes of learning day management skills.  Stacy received a certification in small animal massage from Northwest School of Animal Massage in April 2015.  In her free time Stacy enjoys reading, hiking, and hanging out with her two dogs and two cats.

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.

Tierany Ballard

Veterinary Assistant

E: tierany@mtequine.com Tierany grew up on her family’s ranch north of Mosby in the Missouri breaks, very rural MT. Tierany has always had a passion for helping animals. After graduating from Winnett High School, Tierany went on to pursue animal science at Sheridan Community College. Tierany is now working as Dr. Lehfeldt’s veterinarian assistant; she is working to become a certified veterinarian technician. Tierany just got married June 25, 2016 and spends most of her spare time working on her and her husband Ross’ ranch in Lavina, MT. In her spare time Tierany loves hunting, fishing, really anything outdoors, and spending time with her family and critters.

Emilie Lind

Veterinary Assistant

Emilie is a pre-vet student finishing up her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business. She has worked as a veterinary assistant for the past three years. Outside of medicine she enjoys training and showing reining & reined cow horses. Growing up in Michigan, Emilie competed all along the East coast as a youth winning numerous Regional and National titles. After high school, she moved to California to work under an accomplished reined cow horse trainer. During her time in California, she worked for Plasvacc USA collecting plasma off of donor horses. Emilie also spent two years in Texas working as a breeding assistant and tech for a quarter race horse operation and hospital. New to Montana, she looks forward to working with, and learning from the Doctors & techs at Montana Equine.

 

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.

Tom Bertagnolli

Veterinary Assistant

Tom was born and raised in Montana; Tom developed a love for horses at a very young age while riding his grandmother’s backyard Quarter Horses. At the age of 9, he began taking lessons and showing with a trainer in Billings where his passion grew, sparking a curiosity in veterinary medicine. After joining the barn crew in May of 2013, Tom worked his way to a current assistant job where he enjoys learning from the doctors and exploring Montana on ambulatory calls. Upon completing his senior year of high school, Tom plans on studying Biology at Montana State University, where he will prepare for veterinary school. In his free time, Tom enjoys riding his horses, playing with his dog, snowboarding, hiking, and anything else that involves the outdoors.