Support Staff

 

Technicians

 

Hilaree Fuchs, CVT

Hilaree grew up in Billings. Prior to earning her Certified Veterinary Technician title, she worked with exotic fowl and primates.  Hilaree has worked with animals since 1997, and has had 16 years of hands-on training and continuing education. During her free time, Hilaree enjoys horseback riding, camping and fishing with her family and friends.

Pets:     Journey and Tani  – BoJacks

             Tuff – a BoJack/Heeler mix

             Keena – German Shepherd

             Shelby – Domestic Shorthair

             Hemi – German Shepard

             Brut, Gracie, JW and Alyssa – Horses

Interesting fact about Hilaree:  She has an identical twin sister.

Favorite quote:  Having kids is like being pecked to death by a duck.

                                                       -Quote on Hilaree’s mom’s wall.

 

Kate Greenwood

Kate GreenwoodKate was raised in Lafayette, IN.  Her job experiences range from working in bars to washing semi-trucks in an oilfield.  Prior to joining the Animal Clinic, Kate earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology.  When she is not working as a technician at the Clinic, Kate camps, fishes hikes, plays disc golf, snowboards, and plays Call of Duty.

Pets: Jake, blue heeler

         Rev, domestic shorthair

Interesting fact about Kate:  She has an identical twin sister.

Favorite quote: Nothing worth having comes easily.

                                                - Dr. Kelso (from Scrubs)

 Stephane Stringari  

Staphane

Stephane grew up in Sidney, Montana.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Equestrian Science from Rocky Mountain College and an Associate Technician Degree from Penn Foster. She is also pursuing specialized training in emergency medicine and anesthesia.  Prior to becoming a technician, Stephane trained horses for 20 years. Her family  includes her husband, Joe, and two daughters, Katlyn and Taylor.  In her spare time, Stephane enjoys trail riding her horses and hanging out with her family.

 Pets:    Sadie – Miniature Pin

              Gemma – Mastiff

              Brittney – Spaniel

Interesting fact about Stephanie:  If asked, she would do anything for someone.  Anything!  No questions asked.

 Favorite quote:  You can’t fix stupid.

                                              – Unknown    

Angie Wolf

Angie

Angie was raised in Sheridan, Wyoming.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from MSU-B. She also has specialized training with Kyon Veterinary Surgical Products. Angie has been a veterinary technician with the Animal Clinic of Billings since 2001.   She is a great technician team leader and scheduler as well as a ‘miss-fix-it’ (or ‘miss-call-who-can-fix-it’).  She loves working with the variety of dogs and cats that come through our practice.  Angie also enjoys participating in surgeries and orthopedics with Dr. Brown.  In her spare time, she spends summers at the race track with her husband.  She enjoys sleeping ;-)  , dirt circle track racing with her husband, and driving her jeep.

Pets: Shiva – Domestic Short Hair

          Chase – Domestic Long Hair

Interesting fact about Angie:  She is extremely hard working and will do anything she is asked (and do it well).

Favorite quote: Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.

                                – Jahzi, Mad Scientist Lyrics

 

New Technicians: Heidi DeGraftenreid, Hailee Toohey, and Misti McTeigue.

 

Wellness Assistants

 

Heather Marie Kovis

Heather grew up on 200 acres of wheat and cherries in Pasco, Washington, where she learned at a young age to change hand lines and wheel lines. She raised and showed sheep for ten years in 4-H and volunteered at a local veterinary clinic during high school.  Heather attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings and graduated with a degree in Literary Studies. She joined the Animal Clinic of Billings in 2007 as a kennel attendant and is now a veterinary assistant.  In her free time, Heather enjoys riding her pony, and hiking with her dogs, as well as working them in rally, agility, obedience trials, and canine nose work.

Pets:   Major – German Shorthair Pointer

           Seamus – Lab mix

           Gideon – Miniature Poodle

            Agent Orange- King of the Felines

            Rockie – Appaloosa Gelding

Interesting fact about Heather:  She loves jewelry.

Favorite quote:  To err is human… to forgive, canine

                                                                   – Anonymous

Linda Kreps-Burkhart

Linda grew up in Illinois, Indiana, and Montana. She started working with animals in 1979 by raising dogs for Beartooth Bassets. She and her husband, John, have lived all over the United States, where Linda received on-the-job training from six different veterinary facilities. Linda also owned a pet sitting service.  Linda and John moved back to Billings to be close to family.  Since 2007, Linda has worked with the Animal Clinic of Billings.  She possesses an incredible knack for calming nervous pets and enticing them to eat. When not working Linda is bird watching, tending to her gardens or camping.

Interesting fact about Linda:  She restored a 1967 Camaro RS that she purchased in 1975.

Pets:  Willow – Domestic Shorthair

Physical Rehabilitation Team

 

Kay Lynn Allen, Canine Physical Rehabilitation Practitioner 

Kay Lynn AllenKay Lynn grew up in Deaver, Wyoming.  She earned her Associate Degree in Science from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming and attended courses for canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee.  She has been with the Animal Clinic of Billings since 1996. In her spare time, Kay Lynn loves barrel racing and riding horses.  She also enjoys driving her daughters all over the west to compete in rodeos.

Pets:   Blaze- Australian Shepard mix

            Teddy – Horse

            Monty – Horse

            Foxy – Horse

Interesting fact about Kay Lynn: She is an avid reader. Her favorite author is Nicholas sparks.

Favorite quotes:

 (1) There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.

                                                       – Roger Staubach

 (2) You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

                                                          – Wayne Gretzky

 Echo Jones

Echo and Fred Very best oneEcho grew up in Joliet, Montana, and has had on- the-job training at the Animal Clinic of Billings since graduating high school in 2010. Prior to joining the Animal Clinic she worked with farm animals and at Zoo Montana. She also volunteered at the Beartooth Nature Center and worked at a Billings veterinary hospital. In her spare time, Echo loves walking and playing with her dog Fred, four-wheeling, snowboarding and fishing, and enjoying outdoor activities with her boyfriend, friends, and family.

Pets:  Fred – Black Labrador mix

         Hansel, Gretel, Dorian – Barn Cats

Interesting fact about Echo:  Echo has a Red Angus pet cow named Hot Donna, which she showed through high school.

Favorite Quote:  Happiness is only real when shared.

                                              ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

 Katie Lynn Allen

KatieKatie was raised on the outskirts of Billings. She is currently pursuing a physical education degree from Montana State University-Billings and working with her mom in the physical rehabilitation department of the Animal Clinic of Billings. Past jobs include working horse sales at Billing Livestock.  When she is not at the Clinic, Katie is barrel racing or attending college.

Pets:   Nikita – Quarter Horse

          Stella – Quarter Horse filly

          Mo – Black lab

          Amos – Hound mix

Interesting fact about Katie: When she was young, Katie was bitten in the eye by a dog and had to undergo eye surgery.  Had the surgery been unsuccessful, Katie’s eye would have constantly produced tears. The procedure was successful and Katie still loves dogs.

Favorite quote:  All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise you, something great will come of it.

   – Matt Damon as the character Benjamin Mee, from the 2011 film, We Bought a     Zoo

 

Receptionists

 

Connie Lynn (no picture/info @ this time)

 Trysten Conway

Trysten

Trysten was raised in Billings and attended MSU-Bozeman for one year.   Prior to joining our reception team, she worked in a movie theater, at Office Depot and in childcare.  When she is not working, Trysten reads, goes to movies and hangs out with her family and friends.

 Pets:    Anakin – Golden Retriever

            Snoopy – Terrier, Corgi Mix

            Shilo – Lab/heeler mix

Interesting fact about Trysten: She has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was four-years-old.

Gillian Mayes

Gillian

Gillian was raised in Seattle, WA, and moved to Billings to attend Rocky Mountain College and earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Pryor to joining the reception team with the Animal Clinic of Billings, Gillian worked in the mental health field with children diagnosed with serious emotional disorders. Gillian changed her career focus to one that centers on working with animals. She plans to return to school to earn her accreditation as a veterinarian technician. In her free time, Gillian spends time with friends and family, takes walks with her dog, exercises, and reads.

Pets:  Domino – Black Lab/German Shorthair Mix

         Delta – Yellow Lab Mix

Interesting fact about Gillian: She is crazy about Italian soccer.

Favorite Quote:  I’m like a cat here, a no name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.

                     – Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Grooming

 

Donna Rae Alexander

Donna RaeDonna Rae Alexander is a professional dog groomer and a graduate with honors from the Montana School of Professional Dog Grooming. She grew up on in a small ranching and farming community in northern Montana, where she graduated from Havre High School.  Donna Rae obtained a two-year business degree from the University of Massachusetts. Her background includes serving as petty officer SK3 with the United States Naval Reserve and a life-long study of dogs. Alexander holds lifetime memberships with the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States.  In her free time, she camps, fishes, and hikes.

Pets:    Dolly Anne – Ninth Generation German Shepherd

           Rebel July – Ninth Generation German Shepherd

           Christopher James – Lhasa/Poodle Mix – Rescue Dog

Interesting fact about Donna Rae:  Donna Rae won a teen rodeo buckle in bareback bronc riding and blue ribbons in barrel racing and pole bending.

Favorite quote:   Treat others as you wish to be treated.

Kennel Staff

 

Tonya Oberg

Pets: Boomer – Mix

Lexi Heffel

Pets: Cinnamon – Chow mix

Tasha Lopez

Pets: Cats

Brenna Haskins

Pets:

Marketing/Customer Outreach

 

Kathleen Benoit Whiteley  

Kathleen has been a client of the Animal Clinic of Billings since it first opened in 1981.  When the opportunity came up in February 2012 to work with us, she jumped at the chance.  Kathleen’s background is in public relations, special event coordination, journalism, strategic planning, and raising dogs, cats, and kids.  She is a fervid supporter of arts and literacy.  Kathleen loves her family, her friends, her animals, and a sumptuous gourmet meal.  Currently, she serves on the boards of the Alberta Bair Theater and Young Families Early Head Start.  Kathleen’s passions are reading, writing, and cooking along with playing the piano (badly) and living in the country with her husband, Craige Whiteley, blacksmith extraordinaire.

Pets:  Benjamin – Airedale/Border Collie Mix

           Waldo – English Border Terrier

          Vincent  Orange Shadow – Domestic Shorthair Male Cat

One interesting thing about Kathleen:  She is addicted to disaster films.

Favorite Quote:  “You humans are at your very best when things are at their worst.”

                                                               – Jeff Bridges, Starman

Accounting

 

Bonnie Kinsfather

Bonnie 3

Bonnie has been involved in the veterinary field since about 1978.  Bonnie grew up west of Billings where her family farmed.  She attended Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Production. She joined the Animal Clinic of Billings in 1990. Bonnie and her husband farm west of Billings. They have two adult children, Rebecca and Jason (who is married to Jennifer). In her free time, Bonnie spends her summers working in her garden and yard and spends her winters reading.

Pets:  Tess- Border Collie

           Chester – Domestic Short Hair 

           Tucker – Domestic Short Hair

Interesting fact about Bonnie: She sings in the church choir.

Favorite Quote: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

                                                                  – Edmund Burke