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.

Jasmine  Haynie<Br>Veterinarian photo

Jasmine Haynie

I grew up helping with everything from cattle to crops on my family's farm outside of Circle, Montana. I received my bachelor's degree at Montana State University Bozeman and completed my veterinary education at Washington State University. I enjoy working with all creatures large and small, but my particular interests include preventative care for both small and large animals, dermatology, and internal medicine. I call Big Sandy, Montana home these days and enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, including running and hiking in the Bears Paw Mountains. Any spare time away from work I spend with my husband Kyle and pup Millie at our home in Big Sandy.

Brenee  Peterson<br>Veterinarian photo

Brenee Peterson

Hello! I am a new veterinarian fresh out of school! I was raised on the family farm north of Havre. Growing up on a ranch I decided to pursue veterinary medicine to support the agricultural industry. In 2014, I received my bachelors degree from Montana State University. When it came time to attend veterinary school, the WIMU program though Washington State university attracted me. Currently I enjoy working with all animals but specifically like working with cattle, small ruminants and camelids.

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!

Shandell  Sando<br>Head Technician photo

Shandell Sando
Head Technician

I am the Head Veterinary Technician here at Bear Paw Vet. I am originally from Butte Montana, but now live in the Big Sandy area on a farm and ranch. I have previous veterinary experience from an animal clinic/emergency hospital I worked at in Rapid City, SD. I graduated from Penn Foster College with my Veterinary Technician Degree in May 2015. I then earned my Veterinary Technician Certification in August 2015. I have always had a strong love and passion for animals which led me into this profession. I have an assortment of my "children" at home. They consist of a dog, a goat, cats, cows and horses. This career is very rewarding as it allows me to improve the lives of every patient we are given the opportunity to work with.

Amanda  Lindsay<Br>Certified Vet Technician photo

Amanda Lindsay
Certified Vet Technician

I recently moved to Havre from Portland, Oregon area for my husband's career. I have been a certified Vet Tech since 2012, but I have worked with animals since 2007. I am owned by 2 dogs: Bella and Batman, both are rescues. In my free time I enjoy snowboarding, hiking and spending time with my husband.

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".

Michele  Manhart<Br>Out Patient Veterinary Assistant  photo

Michele Manhart
Out Patient Veterinary Assistant

I grew up on a family farm in small town Iowa. We grew corn, soybeans, alfalfa, raised a cow/calf herd, and a ran a feedlot. I graduated in 2013 from Iowa State University with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Ag Business. After graduating, I spent six months in Kentucky working with racehorses for the breeding and foaling season before moving to Montana. In 2014, I started working at the IX Ranch, and recently, in 2018, began working towards my Vet Tech degree. I made the career change to Bear Paw Vet and am excited for what the future holds.

Amber  Wager<Br>Inpatient Assistant photo

Amber Wager
Inpatient Assistant

Hey, my name is Amber Wager. I grew up in Malta, Mt on a sheep farm. I recently married Nathan Wager! I have 4 fur kids at home, all four cats named Toulouse, Marie, Berlioz, and Oliver. Animal's have always been my passion, and no matter where I go in life, I will do what I love & love what I do, and continue to love and work with animals, big and small.

Jewelia  Roen<Br>Veterinary Assistant photo

Jewelia Roen
Veterinary Assistant

I am very excited to be part of this clinic. I went to school in Colorado at Pickens Technical College to receive my vet assistants degree. I loved it so much that I knew this was the career for me. I love playing with my many animals and love to read. I also love to learn, and getting in as much knowledge as I can. I hope to continue learning and passing that knowledge onto others.

Rachel  Pace<Br>Receptionist photo

Rachel Pace

I recently moved to Havre from Helena to be with my boyfriend. I love animals so working here at Bear Paw will be a fun new experience. When I am not at work I am usually home with my boyfriend and our fur baby Zooey. She is a dachshund that is extremely photogenic. I have an associates degree in accounting so I also enjoy math a bit.

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!

Sable Swinney<br>Veterinary Assistant photo

Sable Swinney
Veterinary Assistant

Hello I’m Sable. I’m an assistant here @ Bear Paw Vet. I started volunteering here while I was in High School & eventually started working full-time. I left for a little while to gain some more experience in Great Falls, but definitely missed it here on the Hi-Line. I have a dog named Tuff & lots of horses. I have a lot of love for creatures big and small.

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!

Boo<Br>Resident Mini Donkey, Clinic Ambassador  photo

Resident Mini Donkey, Clinic Ambassador

I am a Christian burro (notice the cross on my back). My job is to keep the stud horse, "Athlete", from getting cranky and lonely. Besides that my diplomatic duties include making visitors to the clinic smile with my awesome cuteness. If we haven't met, I ask you to meet me the next time you are at the clinic. When not working, I enjoy going for walks in my neighborhood to keep in contact with my constituents. Everyone enjoys seeing me as they are out and about.

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
Email Us:
Fax: (406) 265-2309

For after-hour support, call us at:

(406) 808-8901


Monday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Thursday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed