Meet Our Staff
Billings Animal Family Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Billings, Montana. Formerly Heath Veterinary Hospital, the Center was recently remodeled in 2002 and in 2008 was purchased by Dr. Best.
Dr. Edie R Best, DVM, DABVP
Dr. Edie Best received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Montana State University in 1990. In 1995, she graduated with honors from Colorado State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She then became a board certified Diplomate in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 2003and re-certified in 2013. She is certified in Canine and Feline Practice. The ABVP represents a group of veterinarians who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skill and competency in the care of the "total patient". The rigorous certification process must be repeated every 10 years to maintain these high standards.
Dr. Best's practice interests include canine reproduction, internal medicine, and cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Best purchased Billings Animal Family Hospital in 2008. Dr. Best is married and lives in the Huntley area. She and her husband have two dogs, four cats, two horses and a donkey! Outside of work she enjoys boating, fishing, hiking with the dogs, “glamping”, and spending quality time with good friends and family.
Dr. Sarah Bruggeman
Dr. Sarah Bruggeman (or Dr. Sarah as she likes to be called) is a Billings native, having lived here her entire life with the exception of college.
She is a Billings Senior graduate from 2002. She then attended University of Montana and graduated in 2006 with a BA in Zoology. Sarah attended University College in Dublin, Ireland for a 5 year AVMA-accredited veterinary program. She graduated in 2011 with her veterinary degree.
Sarah has a strong interest in exotic and zoo medicine. She was a volunteer/intern/zoo keeper at Zoo Montana from 1998-2007 during summers and school breaks. She also did exotic animal externships in Ireland and the Santa Barbara Zoo during veterinary school.
Sarah has worked at Billings Animal Family Hospital off and on since 2001; initially as a receptionist and kennel attendant. She did several externships during her later years in veterinary school, spending a week or two with us seeing patients and reviewing cases. She joined us in June 2014 as a part-time veterinarian. She will be attending several continuing education seminars focusing on exotic animal medicine, including small mammals and reptiles. Her interests are in small animal medicine as well as exotic and wildlife medicine.
Her family includes 3 cats, Nadia, Poppet, and Widget, and 2 dogs Maximus and Bandit. On her free time she enjoys outdoor activities with her animal friends.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Liz has been with our team since November 2002. She has an Associate in Science Degree and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2006 and is currently our Head Technician. Liz enjoys most helping with cesarean surgery and helping the puppies take their first breath. “And seeing sick patients get better day by day and knowing you helped with it” keeps her motivated at work. She is surrounded by lots of pets of her own; Troy the extremely intelligent Blue Heeler, Hank and Tallulah the wiener dogs, Lucy the Doberman, Cheetoh, the orange kitty and Steve, the Scottish Fold.. Liz can be seen at Cross Fit after a hard day’s work to revive herself. On her days away from BAFH she is spending time with her husband Karsten and little girl Jovie.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Cynthia joined the Billings Animal Family Hospital team in July of 2000. She has a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry Education and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2006. Cynthia is known for “getting control” of an animal so the doctor can do a treatment. She is particularly fond of the Chow Chow, although her four legged family doesn’t include one as of now. It does include; Dawson, an Australian Cattle dog, and Kelley, a Schnauzer mix. When Cynthia needs to escape the worries of the world, you will find her hiking and enjoying the nature and wildlife with a camera in hand.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Chanda started working in the veterinary field as an assistant after school in high school. After graduating from West High, she moved to Minnesota to pursue her veterinary education. She received an Associate Degree in veterinary technology and took the national exam in 2008 to become certified. She moved back to Montana to work and has been in Billings since. She has special interest in parasites and exotic animals. She worked at the zoo for a year and got to work on many species. She is married and has a son, Hank. She has two rescued Border collie named Major and Tegan. In her free time she likes to volunteer at low cost spay/neuter clinics, watch reality TV and hang with her family.
Technician Assistant / Receptionist
Brooklyn joined the BAFH team back in 2012 while in high school as a kennel assistant, and has helped us cover shifts ever since. Now she has returned to us as a part time employee as Technician Assistant and fill in Receptionist. She has 2 furry family members, a Pit Bull Vegas, and a rescued cattle dog Eli, who keep her young daughter Braelyn entertained. When Brooklyn isn’t helping with the animals, she is working part time at Brewer Dental and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Autumn joined BAFH in April of 2016. She earned her B.S. in Health and Human Performance concentrating in Community Health from the University of Montana. Autumn grew up on a small family farm, which fostered her love of animals. Her furry family includes Cleo, an adorable Siamese cat (who can be a princess at times), Patches, a 10 year old Mini Rex rabbit, and Sophie, a dog who she shares ownership with her parents. When she is not working, Autumn can be found assisting her dad in farm-related activities such as, hauling bales, working with the cattle, and driving equipment. She also enjoys photography, scrapbooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her parents.
Also known as Shelly began working here in October of 2000, as a part time employee. Michelle has a degree in Medical Administration with minor in accounting, which she put into great use when she became Office Manager. Michelle enjoys getting to know the clients and their furry friends. She has one dachshund, Trucker, and two so-called barn cats, Captain Bennett Roo and Cali Jennifer, along with 3 horses, that complete her four legged friend collection. Michelle and her husband John own JM Livestock and Trucking, and partner in National Trucking, which keeps her busy in her off days. When she isn’t doing paperwork, she enjoys photography and spending time with her family and beautiful granddaughter, Braelyn Michelle.
Justine joined the team at Billings Animal Family Hospital in November of 2011, as a kennel attendant and worked her way up to the front desk as a receptionist and food manager. Justine enjoys meeting and helping the clients with their four-legged animals. She also enjoys working and laughing with her BAFH family while she‘s there. Justine has one energetic, accident prone wiener dog Roper. She took on and completed her online course through Penn Foster to become certified as a veterinary technician. Justine also works part-time serving at Bull Mountain Grill, which she also enjoys very much. If she’s not working, she is attending to her needy critters, shopping, and enjoying time with her niece Braelyn, family, and friends.
Taylor joined BAFH July 25, 2016. She graduated from Columbus High School in 2015. After graduation she started online college on Penn Foster to become a veterinary technician and will be attending Colorado State University or Rocky Mountain College to become an Equine Chiropractor. Taylor has two dogs, Miley a 9 year old red merle Australian Shepherd and Pippa, a 3 month old Jack Russell Heeler Mix, also many other furry friends. On her days off she enjoys breakaway roping, barrel racing, camping, riding dirt bikes, and spending time with friends.