Meet the Team


Paul and Mary Ann  McCann<Br>Veterinarian, Owners photo

Paul and Mary Ann McCann
Veterinarian, Owners

Paul was born and raised on a ranch near Harlem (50 miles east of Havre). He attended Montana State University-Bozeman and graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1992. We moved back to the Hi-Line in 1994 and in 1995 we bought Bear Paw Veterinary Service. Mary Ann does the bookkeeping for the practice and fills in as necessary within the clinic. We have 4 children; Jenna, Morgan Marie, Simon, and Ben. We enjoy the Havre community and it is a pleasure raising our family here. In 2014 Paul became certified in Equine and Canine Chiropractic Medicine. He enjoyed this certification to help animals in need for some "adjusting". The community has been good to Bear Paw Veterinary Service and it has grown from a staff of 3 ½ employees in 1994 to a staff of 15 in 2018, to provide the services that you request. We have a great team and we truly appreciate being your Bear Paw Veterinary Team.

Mike Whitmore<br>Veterinarian photo

Mike Whitmore

My name is Dr. Mike Whitmore. I am excited to be the new associate veterinarian at Bear Paw Vet. I recently graduated with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Washington State University. My main areas of interest and background are beef cattle and horses. I particularly enjoy reproductive aspects of both species and look forward to working with the areas many producers. I also have an interest in small animal medicine and particularly in developing my small animal orthopedic surgery skills.

I was raised in the Fairfield and Augusta areas of Montana. I graduated from Fairfield High School and enjoyed playing multiple sports while in high school. I then went on to Montana State University in Bozeman and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. I have a beautiful wife, Michaela Whitmore, and she is a practicing Physician’s Assistant in Havre. We have two awesome cattle dogs, Hank and Duke. In Augusta, we are involved in my wife’s family’s purebred Charolais operation. Outside of being a veterinarian and ranching I enjoy riding horses, playing golf, hunting, and fishing. I look forward to meeting and serving everyone in Havre and the surrounding area. If you see me running around the clinic, feel free to introduce yourself and say hello!


Dixie  Mack<br>Office Manager photo

Dixie Mack
Office Manager

I started out as a part time receptionist back in 1995, then moved to being an assistant part time which of course led to full time!!! I was an assistant for many years and then had the opportunity to become certified as a Veterinary Technician. I really enjoyed the technical work that was involved in the clinic. To this day, I greatly enjoy this aspect of the clinic. About 8 years ago a new opportunity came my way; that was to become the Office Manager. This has been a challenging position, but enjoyable. Having the opportunity to work in all areas of the clinic prior to this has allowed me to have a very good understanding of what successes, challenges, and rewards come with each area. Working here is very stimulating, as each new day brings a new case - there is never a dull moment. My husband Doug and I have been married for 31 years and have lived in Havre for 25 years. We have 2 adult children; Andrea- a statistician in Idaho Falls, ID. Christina- a nurse in Helena. We also have a granddaughter, Lacey-who is tons of fun! We have a dog named "Gus". My name is Dixie, but I am not from the south! I am actually from White Sulphur Springs.

Lita  Thisselle<br>Ambulatory Vet Technician, Inventory Manager photo

Lita Thisselle
Ambulatory Vet Technician, Inventory Manager

I am married to Wayne and we have 2 adult children, Allen & Jessica. I also have a wonderful son-in-law, Ryan Sorenson, and two perfect grandsons - Christian and Isaac. We also have 2 cats, "Sassy" & "Mississippi" and 2 dogs, "Cooper" and "Cara Louise". I love working with animals large and small, but especially enjoy bull testing and taking "Boo" the donkey for walks. I keep the clinic stocked with all the medications and pet foods for your pets!

Jewelia  Hicks<Br>Veterinary Assistant photo

Jewelia Hicks
Veterinary Assistant

I am excited to be a part of this clinic as a Veterinary Assistant.  I went to school in Colorado at Pickens Technical College to receive my veterinary assistant degree.  I loved it so much that I knew this was the career for me!  I love playing with my many animals and love reading.  My favorite thing to do is learn.  I love learning and getting in as much knowledge as I can!  I hope to continue learning and passing the knowledge onto others!  I am currently working on my CVT degree online through Penn Foster.  I married to Matthew Hicks in September 2019.  I also enjoy spending time with my family, many animals and flying kites!

Jim Gabriel<br>Early Bird photo

Jim Gabriel
Early Bird

I take care of all the hospitalized animals first thing in the morning by taking them for walks, cleaning up, and feeding them. I am at the clinic from 7-1 everyday and assist in many ways! I have 2 dogs - a Boston Terrier named "River" and a Maltese named "Molly".

Mary Beth  Blankeship<Br>Receptionist photo

Mary Beth Blankeship

I grew up in Chinook, Montana just a hop and skip down the road. I dabbled in Theater and English at the University of Montana and then Education later at Montana State University, Northern. I'm an animal lover to the bone with 2 dogs and one kitty cat at home. I look forward to building relationships with all of our patients and their humans too!

Kelsey Batin <br/>InFlow Receptionist photo

Kelsey Batin
InFlow Receptionist

I am originally from the Flathead Valley.  I am a very family-oriented individual.  Usually, in my free time, I’m visiting with my 2 little nephews.  I also enjoy going camping, hiking, and fishing.  I am very excited to start a new journey in my life with Bear Paw Veterinary Clinic!   I will enjoy getting to meet everyone and their fur babies.

Jessica Ford </BR> Cleaner photo

Jessica Ford

I’m excited to be a new team member here at Bear Paw Vet! I help assist the team where it is needed, and clean up at the end of the day. I’m originally from Texas, but my small family has moved around quite a bit recently, following my husband’s work with the railroad. We now call Havre home. I earned my Bachelor of Science-Animal Science from Texas A&M. I am married to Jacob Ford, and we have a 2-year-old daughter named Jennifer. We also have 4 fur-kids; two Miniature Dachshunds (Ahri & Teemo), a German Shephard (Trinity), and a Belgian Malinois (Riddick). When I have the time, I enjoy hiking, camping, video games, puzzles, and crafting.

Sheridan O’Neil  photo

Sheridan O’Neil

Hi, my name is Sheridan O’Neil and I was born and raised here in Havre! I went down to Dillon, MT to get my associate's degree in Applied Science, or also known as a Vet Tech Certification. I was an active member of the local 4-H community for over 12 years! I have always had a huge heart for animals so why not make a career out of it. I am very excited to start my journey here at Bear Paw Veterinary Service and enjoy the company of you and your animals!

Sierra Robinson</br> Veterinary Assistant photo

Sierra Robinson
Veterinary Assistant

I’m proud to be a new member here at Bear Paw Vet! I was raised in Glendive, MT which was also where I attended my first year of college. I then transferred to the Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in natural science. I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. I have future plans to expand my education in this field. I also was a member of the college rodeo team as a barrel racer & team roper. I have 2 great dogs: Maverick (blue heeler) and Steel (German Shepard). I own a few of my own horses as well (far too many!) My hobbies include riding and training colts in my free time, and I also love to draw! I look forward to working with the amazing team at Bear Paw Vet and hope to be here for years to come!

Greta<br>Greeter  photo


Back in the day I was a "project dog" see, I came to clinic in a bag from the dumpster - very young, very starved, full of mange, and a strong desire to live! Dr. McCann took me on as a "project" to see if he could nurse me back to health and find me a good home. It worked !!! I found a GREAT home - living with Dr. McCann!

Captain<Br>Rodent Patrol Captain  photo

Rodent Patrol Captain

I am an abnormal cat living in the large animal building. I handle most of the rodents, but I am stronger in that area due to the fact I am polydactyl. Extra toes up front give me the advantage.

Malibu<Br>Rodent Pontrol- Trainee  photo

Rodent Pontrol- Trainee

I am new to this job but soon I will be rocking it! I live in the large animal building and love to play with Dixie (although I should really be working on my mousing skills).

Bear Paw Veterinary Service

5051 U.S. Highway 2 NW

Havre, MT 59501

Request Appointment

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

(406) 265-8901
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Fax: (406) 265-2309

For after-hour support, call us at:

(406) 808-8901

Telephone Hours
8am - 5pm

Clinic Hours

Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed