Calm Animal Care staff are compassionate, dedicated, and gentle professionals who care about your pet.

Barbara Calm and Frisky 12-2015c

Barbara Calm, DVM

Dr. Calm settled in Montana in 1984 after graduating from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, opening a tiny clinic in the woods up Truman Creek. Calm Animal Care moved to downtown Kila in 1985. As the practice grew so did her family, and both of her sons spent much of their childhood in the clinic. In 1997 Dr. Calm began exploring alternatives to traditional veterinary medicine, earning accreditation in veterinary acupuncture and in veterinary chiropractic. While maintaining her diagnostic and surgical skills, Barbara now focuses mainly on the complementary options for treating your pets, receiving referrals from other veterinarians all over Montana. When not practicing medicine, Barbara’s greatest joy is playing music, and you can follow her bands on our Music and Community page.

Dr. Karen

Karen Hartle, DVM

Dr. Hartle grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and received her DVM degree at Washington State University in 1997. Following graduation she practiced in Great Falls and then in Columbia Falls, finally joining Calm Animal Care in 2004 where her primary veterinary interests are surgery, behavioral medicine, birds, and exotic species. Karen is also a devoted mom, keeping up with the activities of four busy children including a set of twins, and all of their pets including cats, rabbits and a dog.

Meg Gordon 12-2015a

Meg gordon, DVM

Dr. Meg grew up in Indiana, and launched into a career as a geochemist studying climate change.  Her field work was done in Antarctica, where she met her husband and decided she’d like a lifestyle that was a bit more stable.  Veterinary medicine was a good fit, and she graduated from Michigan State University in 2009.  Meg practiced in Washington State for four years, and made her home in the Flathead valley in 2013.  She loves the outdoors, sailing, tinkering in flower gardens, and learning about the world at large.  We are so glad that she brought her humor and enthusiasm with her when she joined our practice in July 2015.

Belinda Jones

Belinda Jones
Office Manager

Belinda came to work for Dr. Calm in 1987, helping out with care of her children in the clinic. The two have been working side by side ever since. Since those early days, Belinda has been instrumental in the growth of the practice, involved in every aspect from surgical assistance to human resources and public relations. Now she is the practice manager, and her warmth and professionalism keeps Calm Animal Care running smoothly. An alumnus of Kila School, Belinda has raised her family in Kila. Dogs, cats and peacocks are the favored pets of the Jones household.

Wendy Haagerup

Wendy Haagerup
Veterinary Technician
(with Madi)

Wendy came to work at Calm Animal Care in 2004, with a keen interest in the details of every aspect of the care that patients receive here, from routine examination visits to complicated surgeries, recovery and followup. She is thorough and skilled and holds herself and everyone she works with to a high standard of care. Wendy’s family includes two sons who have grown up helping at the clinic, a husband who pitches in with mechanical expertise, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and horses.

Nikki Winslow 12-2015b

Nikki Winslow
Veterinary Technician

Nikki started at Calm Animal Care in 2012, and is really happy to be here.  Her enthusiasm for learning, and her willingness to take on any new task provided the basis for her training, and she has become a skilled and essential part of our team.  She was raised in Libby, Montana and moved to the Flathead Valley in 2011. Nikki and her husband have a daughter and son, along with a gecko named Skittles and a fish named Breeze, and most recently a black Labrador named Jezreel. The Winslow’s are outdoor enthusiasts, where they enjoy camping and hunting and spending time together as a family.

Marie Modrell cr

Marie Modrell
Veterinary Assistant

Marie has been in the Flathead Valley all her life, and animals and sports are her passions.  She has worked in veterinary medicine for several years and joined us as a veterinary assistant in April 2015.  Training and behavior is Marie’s specialty.  She is a Certified Dog Trainer, and you may already be familiar with Four Footers Finishing School that she established in 2006. Marie loves working with people and their pets, helping to create a human / animal bond that cannot be denied.


Allison Powell
(with Dr. Seuss)

Allison joined us in Fall of 2014, taking on the front desk and all that entails.  She was born and raised in the Flathead Valley, and her grandparents were homesteaders in Glacier National Park.  Allison has four children and a ten year old grandson, all herded by heelers, a Corgi and a couple of cats, and describes her home as a “house of fur.”  Her creative spark is fueled by making art out of anything from food to yarn to glass.  She loves working with the Calm Animal Care team and looks forward to coming to work each day!

Beth Johnson 12-2015a

BETH Johnson
Veterinary Assistant, Reception

Born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, Bethany leaped into Calm Animal Care in November 2014, bursting with enthusiasm and joy.  She has a BS in Agriculture with minors in soil science and animal science from Oregon State University.  Three generations of her family have lived in NW Montana, and the majestic nature of this area has always captured a place in Beth’s heart.  The love and desire to help animals has always been embedded into her greatest passions so the experience and knowledge this job gives completely satisfies her wildest interests and dreams!