Our Veterinarians

 

Meet our Veterinarians

 Left to right: Christiane Youngstrom, DVM; Darleen Miller, DVM; Bobbi Jo Massic
, DVM; Ken Brown, DVM, Hospital Director; and Bryna Felchle, DVM

Dr. Ken Brown 

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Dr. Ken Brown grew up on the Montana hi-line and attended Montana State and Colorado State Universities where he earned his DVM degree in 1975.

Working in emergency and surgery practices in California and Denver provided the opportunity to develop and improve the necessary skills for his lifelong veterinary passion – providing care and surgery for injured animals.

Returning to Montana in 1981, Dr. Brown started the Animal Clinic of Billings and married Cathy Hansen-Brown, a local actress, musician, and teacher. Cathy put her own career on hold to raise their four children and provided dedicated support to launch the Animal Clinic, enabling Dr. Brown to provide additional emergency and surgical services. Their children Taylor, Hannah, Maddy, and Guthrie reflect their mother’s talent and love of the arts, theatre, and musical performance.

The time spent on his wide-reaching surgical practice and serving as Hospital Director of Animal Clinic of Billings and Animal Surgery Clinic limits the time available for Dr. Brown to provide general practice services. However, he is proud to work with an outstanding team and trusts his associate veterinarians to provide excellent care for general veterinary services.

 

Dr. Darleen Miller 
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Dr. Darlene Miller

Dr. Darlene Miller

Dr. Darleen Miller grew up in Boulder Colorado.  She did her undergraduate work and received her doctorate of Veterinarian Medicine from Colorado State University. She has lived in Montana for nine years and spent two years as an associate veterinarian in Livingston before moving to Billings.  Past jobs include being a wrangler horse trainer at a family ranch; a veterinary assistant prior to veterinary school, an associate veterinarian in Greely, Colorado. Dr. Miller and her husband, Dan, have two grown children. Their son lives in Tacoma, WA, and their daughter lives in Billings. Dr. Miller spends her free time reading, gardening, horseback riding and sleeping.

Pets: ¬†Tigger ‚Äď Orange Tabby

One interesting fact about Dr. Miller: She has ridden a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Favorite quote: Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

                                                            РRalph Waldo Emerson

 

Dr. Bryna Felchle 
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Bryna FelchleDr. Felchle grew up in Billings and Fromberg, Montana.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from MSU Bozeman and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Felchle was a horse wrangler and guide at a guest ranch in high school, and worked for many years as a veterinary assistant.  When she is not working, Dr. Felchle enjoys spending time with her children and riding horses.

Pets: A dogs named Jeta and Gus and ‚Äúfew too many horses.‚ÄĚ

One interesting fact about Dr. Felchle: She’s a big fan of NASCAR.

Favorite quote:  God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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Dr. Bobbi Jo Massic 
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Dr. Massic graduated from MSU Bozeman with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology – Animal Systems.¬† She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University.¬† Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Massic had ‚Äúall sorts of random job experiences” ranging from finishing concrete to a pathology technician at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. ¬†She also served as a veterinary technician for ten years before becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Massic is passionate about the outdoors and loves hunting, shooting her guns, riding her dirt bike, camping, hiking or being on a river or lake.

Pets: A Catahoula Leopard Dog named Thor

One interesting fact about Dr. Massic: Dr. Massic is terrified of flying and gets severely motion sick…yet, she still went sky diving while in veterinary school and loved it!

Favorite quote:  I am in love with Montana.  For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection.  But with Montana, it is love and it is difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.

                                         РJohn Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

 

Dr. Christiane Youngstrom 
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Dr.YoungrstromDr. Youngstrom grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  She received a BA in Biology and Archaeology from Cornell University, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Following graduation, Dr. Youngstrom did a 12 month internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, Virginia.  Prior to college, Dr. Youngstrom was a technician at a small animal clinic and worked as an animal caretaker/handler at a horse breeding farm.  While attending vet school, she volunteered in the veterinary departments of two animal shelters and worked with board-certified specialists in a number of disciplines.  When not working, Dr. Youngstrom enjoys horseback riding, the great outdoor, cooking or curling up with her kitties to read a good book.

Pets:  Isabelle Рsix-year-old Domestic Shorthair cat

         Gilligan and Ginger Рseven-year-old Domestic Shorthair brother and sister

         Wyatt and Monty Рtwo six-year-old registered Spanish Mustang geldings

Favorite Quote: True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.¬† The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach.¬† A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.‚ÄĚ

                                                                                           РSeneca