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Owner/Chief Veterinarian Dr. Rob Bruner grew up around animals and veterinary medicine. His father was a longtime veterinarian in Harlowton, Montana. Pursuing a love of medicine, Dr. Rob graduated from the University of Montana then served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Malawi (Africa) for more than two years. After graduating from Colorado State University’s Veterinary Medicine & Biological Science program in 2000, he practiced for three years at an all-animal clinic in Flagstaff, Arizona. In 2003, he brought his new bride, Cynthia, back to the state he loves. Dr. Rob and Cynthia developed a plan for a small animal clinic that would meet all the needs of small animals in a compassionate environment, and in 2005 they built Big Sky Pet Center. At home Dr. Rob is surrounded by animals and a couple two-legged critters (Kyra and Ret), and no matter what time of year it is, when he’s not home you can bet he’s fishing.
Dr. Sonya Whiteley has been an important part of Big Sky Pet Center’s medical team since 2007. She earned her DVM at Colorado State University in 1984 and has earned certification in the practice of acupuncture. With her extensive knowledge of integrative veterinary medicine, she offers alternatives to the usage of traditional western medicine alone. She takes a comprehensive approach to Veterinary medicine that combines the best of conventional western medicine with complementary and alternative therapies such as: acupuncture, cold laser therapy, herbal remedies, and various other homeopathic treatments. With her knowledge of complementary and alternative medical treatments we offer an integrative approach to keeping your pet whole, happy and healthy!
Jordan joined our team in the Summer of 2020. She was born and raised in Billings and is a certified Veterinary Technician, having graduated from Pima Medical Institute in the Spring of 2020. Jordan enjoys animals, video games, anything fantasy related and playing Dungeons and Dragons. In her spare time, you can find her playing video games, hanging out with her two dogs, or just being a homebody.
Wendy is our office manager. She joined our team in the Summer of 2011. Originally from Minnesota, Wendy moved to Montana in 1975. She has a cat name Guy and enjoys spending time with her husband and granddaughter. She is also our music lyric encyclopedia.
Tara joined our team in September of 2018. She was born and raised in Billings and has recently moved back after twenty years of being gone. Her family always had cats and/or dogs. She served in the military for nine years doing admin/reception type work and enjoys working with people. In her off time she takes long walks with her dogs, reads, and loves playing word games on her phone.
Lacey joined our team in the Summer of 2020. She was born in Montana and never left the beautiful state. Wanting to mix things up a bit, she found a new interest and love for working at a practice with animals. In her down time, you can bet that you would find her spending quality time with her two doodles, her cat, her fiancé, or family. She also loves all outdoor activities and doing crafty projects.
Jackie started with us in September of 2019. She was born in Michigan and moved to Texas in 2001. While growing up she had all kinds of critters; horses, cows, goats, ducks, rabbits, hamsters, cats and dogs. When she was little she always wanted to be working with animals. Working with animals is the most interesting job ever. In her time off she watches movies with her dogs, does photography, and spends quality time with family.