Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Rick Scherr

Dr. Rick Scherr founded Big Sky Animal Medical Center in 1996. He is a 1989 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has previous experience at practices in New Orleans, Bozeman and Great Falls.

Dr. Scherr did a surgical internship at All-Care Animal Referral Center in Fountain Valley, CA from 2002 to 2003. He then went on to attend Slocum Enterprises TPLO program in 2003. Since then he has performed over 3000+ of these surgeries. In 2005 he attended the BioMedtrix Total Hip Replacement course and has performed over 300+ of these surgeries. Dr. Scherr received training on placement of intra-tracheal stents in 2007. In 1999 Dr. Scherr was certified to freeze canine semen through Synbiotics and in 2004 became an AKC-approved center.

Dr. Scherr’s professional interests include orthopedics, neurosurgery and soft tissue surgery. He performs referral surgery at Big Sky Animal Medical Center and travels for surgery in western Montana.

Dr. Brandon Harmon

Dr. Brandon Harmon graduated from Mississippi State University in 2005, and joined the Big Sky Animal Medical Center team in July of 2007.


During his time at Big Sky, Dr. Harmon has focused his surgical skills on arthroscopic TPLO surgeries, orthopedic fracture repairs, soft tissue specialty surgeries, and artificial insemination and reproduction. 

Dr. Harmon enjoys skiing, ice climbing, and kayaking in his free time. 

Dr. Helen Grasseschi

Dr. Helen Grasseschi joined the veterinary staff of Big Sky Animal Medical Center in September of 2003.

Dr. Grasseschi is a 1999 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has previous experience at small animal/exotic practices in Spokane, WA and Glendale, AZ.

Dr. Grasseschi enjoys management of medical cases and wellness programs, and also provides medical and surgical care to our furry and scaly exotic patients.

At home Dr. Grasseschi is an avid equestrian, and spends much of her time starting and training her young horses in English disciplines. 

Dr. Doug Ward

Dr. Doug Ward is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is board certified in surgery. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1980 and completed a surgical residency and post-doctorate degree from Purdue University in 1986.

Originally from Great Falls, Dr. Ward has practiced in numerous states and Canada as well as his home state of Montana. His main interests are general and orthopedic surgery including arthroscopic surgery.

Dr. Ward also consults and performs equine surgical procedures with local area veterinarians as well as across Montana.

Dr. Jani Zirbel

Dr. Jani Zirbel has been with Big Sky Animal Medical Center since September 2009. She graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and practiced in North Carolina and Virginia before moving out west in 2004.

Her experience has been in general practice and emergency/critical care and is a weekend emergency doctor at Big Sky Animal Medical Center.

Dr. Zirbel lives in Missoula with her children and their many pets, horses and sheep.

Dr. Michelle Richardson, CCRP

Dr. Michelle Richardson is a 1992 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Her practice experience includes partnership in a successful AAHA practice in Asheville, NC.

She received certification in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1994, and in 2011 became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

Her practice interests include preventive care, geriatrics, integrative medicine and rehabilitation therapy.

Dr. Matt Blandford

Dr. Blandford graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.

He worked in Helena, Montana as a small animal general practitioner for five years before joining Big Sky Animal Medical Center in 2014.

His professional interests include small animal emergency medicine, critical care, and medicine and surgery of exotic pets and wildlife.

Dr. Joe Adrian

Dr. Adrian graduated from University of Wisconsin - Maddison in 2009.

He worked in Prairie du Chien, IA as a partner in a mixed animal practice for 9 years providing herd management care, on call emergency services, and small animal surgery before joining the Big Sky team in December 2018.  


Dr. Adrian's interests include orthopedic surgeries, TPLOs, and small animal emergency care. Outside of medicine, Dr. Adrian can almost always be found outside. 

Dr. Shelby Adcock

Dr. Shelby Adcock is a Midwestern gal who graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.  She has experience at small and mixed animal practices in northeastern Pennsylvania and in Bozeman.  She also worked as a relief veterinarian before joining the team at Big Sky Animal Medical Center.

Her professional interests include general surgery, ophthalmology, and animal behavior.   

Outside of work, you can find her at the barn with her horse, Scarlett, or exploring the outdoors with her two Siberian Huskies, Milo and Cas. 

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