Dec 24, 2020
Dr. Bree Montana is one of those people who seems to be in constant motion, even if they're sitting in a chair. Bree and I talk about everything from her incredible work with the VIN Foundation and Vets4Vets, to the healing magic of horses, the benefits of doing something you're bad at, why she thinks paying for her entire team to go to CrossFit is actually making her practice more profitable, and how finding yourself in the role of caretaker for someone you love makes taking time for yourself even more important.
You'll absolutely love Bree's energy and heart. See below for her full bio!
For access to Vets4Vets, the Thrive in Five page, the Student Debt Center, and so much more, visit the VIN Foundation page at https://vinfoundation.org/ and you can send Bree a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to give her something to read with her morning coffee.
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Bree Montana, DVM, CCFP is a small animal practitioner and owner of the Agate Bay Animal Hospital and Dog Gone Crazy boarding/training facilities in North Lake Tahoe, CA. Following the completion of a B.S. in Biology at the University of Cincinnati's McMicken College, Dr. Montana graduated from the Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1992. A past member of the external advisory and admissions committees for UC Davis' College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Montana also served as a working member of the VIN Foundation Board.
In 2010, Dr. Montana helped to create the VIN Foundation's innovative Vets4Vets(R) program, a confidential support group providing critical emotional care to veterinarians struggling with all forms of stress/addiction/mental health issues. The program is international and free for all veterinarians and veterinary students.
Working with struggling veterinarians each year, Dr. Montana has gained insight into the habits, choices, and supportive modalities that build resilience and confidence in veterinarians at every stage of their career. Learning to balance the life of a rural solo practitioner, mom, wife, husky wrangler and aspiring dressage queen while coordinating the Vets4Vets(R) program has allowed Dr. Montana to become an expert at thinking outside of the box when advising veterinarians who feel stuck in their careers and personal lives.
Dr. Montana enjoys lecturing on topics at the intersection of personal and professional life balance, including strategies for a healthy mentoring relationship, job seekers' success techniques, and effective communication in the workplace.