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A team of excellence.


Respected. Renown. Talented. The team at Billings Animal Family Hospital is truly a cut above, united in a singular focus: providing your pet with the absolute best medical care possible.


Dr. Edie R Best


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 2003 and 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.

In 2017 Dr. Best also became certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture. She uses acupuncture treatment in her practice for a variety of musculoskeletal and neurologic issues and pain management. Her practice interests include canine reproduction, internal medicine, cancer diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Best purchased Billings Animal Family Hospital in 2008. She and her husband live in the Huntley area and have 2 dogs, 5 cats, 2 horses and a donkey named DumDum. Outside of work she enjoys boating, hiking with the dogs, “glamping” and spending quality time with friends and family. She “jogged” her first half marathon in 2012 and continues to stay active when the Montana weather cooperates!

Dr. Sarah Bruggeman


Dr. Sarah joined the BAFH staff as a veterinarian in 2014 but she has worked here off and on through her college career since 2001 where she started as a receptionist. After she finished school, she left for Missoula to get her Bachelor Degree in Zoology. After she finished her BA, she left for Dublin Ireland to join their AVMA accredited Veterinary Program. She graduated in 2011 with her MVB in Veterinary Sciences and then returned home to Montana. Dr. Sarah enjoys small animal internal medicine/surgery but also loves to work with the more exotic type pets and wildlife. During veterinary school she spent time externing in Santa Barbara Zoo Veterinary department and working as a seasonal animal keeper at our own ZooMontana to further this passion. Her family includes 4 cats: Nadia, Poppet,Widget, and Thor; plus 2 dogs: Maximus and Bandit. On her free time she enjoys reading, baking and spending time doing outdoor activities with her animal friends.

Dr. Jonnae Slade


Dr. Jonnae Slade had been with us since the start of 2018. Her roots are in Loring, MT where her family still farms and ranches. She received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Montana Tech in Butte in 2007. From there, she went on to get her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2012. She also completed certification in veterinary medical acupuncture while in Colorado in 2012. Since then, she has developed a special interest in rehabilitation and pain management. In 2009, she married Jim Slade and they have a son, Kellen (2016); and a daughter, Kenna (2019). Baxter is the gray and white kitty, who has been with her since Butte. He is getting older, but still doing very well. Sally joined the family in 2018. She is a little red mixed breed dog introduced to her by Rimrock Humane Society. When not here at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, helping out with kids ministry at Harvest Church, time in the outdoors, crafts and music.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

-Anatole France



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 while working here became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2006. Although presently there are no pets in her household, she has taken in many in the past and given them loving homes. When she isn’t caring for the animals here, you can find her and her husband enjoying the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and exploring the mountains.


Certified Veterinary Technician Assistant

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. She took on and completed her online course through Penn Foster to become certified as a Veterinary Technician Assistant. 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 a wiener dog, Cotter Jo, which she rescued through Rimrock Humane Society as an abandoned puppy found in a field. Justine also works part-time serving at Bull Mountain Grille, which she also enjoys very much. If she’s not working, she is attending to Cotter Jo, hiking, riding, and enjoying time with her nieces, Braelyn& Harper, family, and friends.


Veterinary Technician Assistant

Capri started working here in 1996 as a kennel attendant while we were still Heath Veterinary Hospital. She continued to work here as a Technician assistant/Receptionist up until starting her family in 2011. When her daughter Carla started attending school in 2018, Capri reunited with our BAFH team. She and her husband Walt are owners of 4 cats, Tucker, Spookers, Peanut, and Doctor; 1 mighty Doberman Delta, gentle Golden called Blue, and lots of chickens, ducks, and turkeys. When Capri finds time away from her crazy household, she enjoys riding horses, gardening, working, and spending time with family and friends.


Kennel Attendant

Franci joined the team at Billings Animal Family Hospital in May of 2019. Taking care of animals come natural for her since she had 2 dogs of her own, Pudz, a Maltipoo and Pearl who is a Chinese Crested/Boston Terrier cross. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends or spend time alone and read. When she heads off to college, she would like to explore her interests in Psychology and how animals affect our lives.


Technician Assistant/Kennel Attendant

Abbi became a team member of Billings Animal Family Hospital in July of 2017 as a Kennel attendant. Within the time she has been with us she has been using her skills to assist the technicians. Abbi has one beautiful Border Collie mix named Cassidy who is her faithful companion. Abbi will continue her love for animals while she joins Carrol College for the pre-vet program with anAnthrozoology Major. When she is not at school or work, she spends her time sewing, keeping up with superhero movies, and volunteering as a youth leader at Faith Chapel


Kennel Attendant/Veterinary Technician Assistant

Angelique joined the BAFH team in September of 2019 as a kennel attendant, beginning her dream career, working in a Veterinary Hospital. Not long after starting she was asked to help out as a Veterinary Technician Assistant, which she eagerly accepted. When not pursuing her passion at work, you can find Angelique with her Chiweenie, Shakira, and her best friend Kirstie, either out shopping or just enjoying the sun!


Veterinary Technician

Bio Coming Soon!

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

–Martin Buber



Office Manager

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, Munch and Minnie, along with 2 horses and 1 pony, that complete her four legged friend collection. Michelle and her husband John own JM Livestock and Trucking LLC, 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 granddaughters, Braelyn Michelle and Harper Joy.


Receptionist/ Technician Assisitant

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 team member as a Receptionist and Technician Assistant. She has 2 furry family members, 1 Pit Bull, Vegas and 1 French Bulldog, Gretta, who keeps her daughters Braelyn and Harper entertained. When Brooklyn isn’t helping at BAFH you can find her spending time with her family or selling her THIRTY-ONE BAGS.



Tryna joined the BAFH team in March of 2020 after being a valued client here for years. She was in Human Medicine for 25 years but decided she needed a change. We started her out as Receptionist but have cross trained her to help as veterinary technician assistant. Tryna has 3 dogs, Bella (pictured) , D.O.G. , and Hank. Finishing out her animal family is 8 chickens who provide the eggs for everyone at BAFH. She is a very avid runner who loves to do 5k’s and 10k’s for fun and recently has taken up 9 Round. When she isn’t exercising she enjoys cooking for her friends.



Magyn joined the BAFH team in November 2020 as a receptionist. She is originally from Panama City, Fl but moved to Billings to be closer to her Dad and Stepmom. She has 2 dogs- Athena (Pitbull mix) and Obi-Wan (Great Pyrenees Mix). Magyn recently graduated from Troy University in Troy, Al with her bachelor’s degree. When she is not working, Magyn enjoys reading and spending time with her family.