Dr. Joshua Jackson
Dr. Josh Jackson is a board-certified, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Having grown up on a ranch in Northern New Mexico, he developed an early love for all animals. His father’s influence as a General Surgeon for people led to an early interest in surgery. Dr. Jackson went to veterinary school at Colorado State University where he graduated a member of the Phi Zeta honor society. He went on to perform a rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego and a residency in surgery at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Jackson returned to San Diego and founded the surgery service at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital. Under his directorship, the service has grown to seven surgeons performing thousands of surgeries every year. As an active mentor to over 140 interns and residents, Dr. Jackson has helped many young surgeons achieve diplomate status. Dr. Jackson has broad clinical interests in surgery, ranging from total hip replacements to advanced soft tissue and reconstructive techniques. He has lectured nationally and internationally on cruciate ligament disease, total hip replacement and orthopedic implants and published numerous scientific articles on a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic topics. Dr. Jackson was founder of the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Hong Kong, the first specialty referral-only hospital in Asia. He was also founder of FACE, a non-profit organization that has saved thousands of pets in the San Diego region from euthanasia for economic reasons.
Dr. Jackson is now happy to bring his years of experience to the pets and people of Montana. He is excited to bring 24-hr, specialty care to the region and looks forward to expanding the services currently available in the area. His free time is spent exploring the rivers, trails and slopes of Montana with his family and his two black labs, Django and Madison.
Dr. Jason Wheeler
DVM, MS, DACVS
Dr. Jason Wheeler was born and raised in Ft. Myers on Florida’s gulf coast. Dr. Wheeler returned to the University of Florida for a combined master’s degree and residency in small animal surgery. During his residency he won several awards for excellence in clinical research from the University of Florida, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the Veterinary Orthopedic. He has been involved in multiple research studies and has authored or coauthored over 20 peer reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Wheeler has since worked at a large referral center in Denver and co-founded a multispecialty clinic in Virginia. Dr. Wheeler and his wife Marion have 3 wonderful daughters who all enjoy the sense of community and love of the outdoors found in Bozeman.
Dr. Wheeler has a broad interest in veterinary surgery including wound management, cranial cruciate ligament instability, joint replacement, elbow dysplasia, fracture repair and oncologic surgery. In his free time, Dr. Wheeler and his wife Marion stay busy with their girls who enjoy camping, hiking and their corgi, Meatball.
Our Emergency Veterinarians
Dr. Luke Anderson
Luke grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated with his DVM from Ross University in 2012. He has practiced in many settings, from chasing South African wildlife to shelter medicine to day practice. He found a passion for critical care while working in a specialty referral practice for 2+ years as an emergency veterinarian. He loves the science of medicine and helping to guide owners and their animals through hard times. He has always had a dream of combining science and service under one roof. He loves to rock climb, build things, and adventure with his wife, two dogs, and son.
Dr. Cassidy Briggs
Dr. Cassidy Briggs is a Montana native, hailing from Grass Range. She holds a BA in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, earned her DVM and Certificate in Global Animal Health from Washington State University, and is certified in veterinary acupuncture through IVAS. After working for several years in Broadway theatrical management, she returned home to pursue a career as a veterinarian and has never looked back! Along with her partner and her Australian Shepherd, Jackson, she enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga, knitting, and all the other adventures Missoula has to offer.
Dr. Rebecca Kerscher
Dr. Rebecca Kerscher was born and raised in Red Lodge, Montana. She studied wildlife biology in Missoula and graduated as a veterinarian from Colorado State University in 2007. She began work with horses and then moved to Billings where she focused on small animal medicine, surgery, and urgent care at a busy 24-hour care facility. Dr. Kerscher loves providing urgent and emergent medicine when your pet requires it and keeps raising the bar for patient care. She spends her personal time chasing after her two children, baking, hiking, running, and hopes to someday complete her kid’s baby books despite the fact that they are no longer babies!
Dr. Anna Odash
Dr. Odash grew up in Western Washington and began her professional nursing career as an RN for 5 years, mostly in the pediatric field. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University . Her professional passions include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, emergency and critical care, and working with owners to provide individualized care for their pets’ specific needs. Dr. Odash lives in Missoula with her 2 labradors, Dixie and Drake, her Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Brook, and 2 orange fluffballs, Pumpkin and Juice. In her free time she enjoys skiing, fly-fishing, camping, hiking, sports and traveling the world.
Dr. Kaylee Senior
Dr. Kaylee Senior was raised on a small working farm on the central coast of California and graduated with her DVM from the University of California, Davis in 2016. Dr. Senior moved to Montana to work in a mixed practice immediately after school, which she has continued to do full time since graduation, transitioning to emergency medicine and her own rapidly growing mixed practice in Helena in 2018. She lives with her very fluffy and opinionated Malamute, two adorable Australian shepherd gentlemen, and a pair of very spoiled horses. She enjoys travel, hiking, painting, and cuddling her pile of fluffy fur babies.
Dr. Ann Vestal
Dr. Ann Vestal grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and obtained her DVM from Oklahoma State University in 2007. She has practiced veterinary medicine in Missoula, downtown Chicago, different locations in Colorado, and has been back in Missoula for the past three years. She loves emergency medicine and surgery and is honored to be certified in equine and small animal acupuncture. Dr. Ann lives in Missoula with her soon-to-be husband, Trevor, and their beloved dogs, silly horse, and ridiculous chickens. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her beloved family, yoga, hiking, floating the river, paddle boarding, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Dr. Ann is proud to call Missoula her forever home and looks forward to her exciting future with Sentinel.
Dr. Annie Wright
Veterinarian, Board Certified Criticalist
Dr. Annie Wright grew up in Quebec, Canada. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Montreal in 2000. She is a Board Certified Criticalist and has been a member of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care since 2006. Her professional interests include the treatment of shock, acute renal failure, electrolyte disturbances, critically ill cats and diagnostic ultrasound. She is published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and has written chapters in several small animal textbooks. Throughout her career she has been involved in the medical care of military and police working dogs and the training of K9 handlers and medics who work with them. She is a founder and board member of the National Association of Veterinary Medical Services.
Dr. Wright lives in Missoula with her husband and two children. They have one dog, Angie; 2 cats, Blueberry and Don Williams and 2 beta fish. She loves exploring the outdoors, running, riding her bike and photography.
Aliedra (Alie) Norris
Alie has been working in veterinary medicine since 2014. She continued on to achieve her Certified Veterinary Assistant in 2017, and graduated as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2019. A few of her professional interests include the human-animal bond, anesthesiology, emergency/critical care, orthopedics, multimodal pain management, and exemplary patient care. Alie’s future plans include completing a bachelor’s degree as a Veterinary Technologist and specializing in either emergency/critical care medicine, anesthesiology, or both!
Ciara has been working as a technician for four years. She started in the field back home in western Washington in general practice then switched over to emergency medicine here in Missoula during September 2019. She has three of her best friends here with her– her border collie mix, Maya, her cat, Onyx, and her paint horse, Stratus.
Shelby has been working in the veterinary field close to three years now. She has experience with small and large animal medicine. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in January of 2021 and has become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Shelby has an interest in becoming a specialist in either equine nursing or emergency critical care. She spends her free time hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting. She has two dogs, a cat, and a leopard gecko at home.
Shellina started her career in veterinary medicine when she left Montana and moved to Texas. She returned to Montana in November 2019 and now has nearly 10 years of experience in the veterinary field. She is particularly interested in equine medicine and emergency and critical care. Shellina enjoys riding horses or spending time outdoors with her two dogs Pandora and Zodiac when not at work.
Jodie is a licensed technician & has been working in veterinary medicine for 9 years now. In the veterinary field her passions lie in anesthesiology & surgery. Jodie loves to get out & adventure with her dogs, ride dirt bikes with her husband, & spend time with friends.
Sigourney graduated tech school in Spring of 2020 and moved to Montana to pursue her bachelors degree in Animal Science. Growing up she was involved in 4-H. She has a 14 year old cat named Smudge. She is interested in large animal medicine, emergency, and cardiology. In her free time she likes going outside as much as possible and trying new things.