Ponderosa Veterinary Hospital

Happy with your service?

Take advantage of our referral program!

It's super easy:
1) Refer a friend
2) You get $20 off your next service
3) They get $15 off their service
4) Repeat

*May not be used with other offers. Restrictions may apply

  • Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sat: Open the first and third 8am-12pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • K.C. Gates, DVM, PhD


    K.C. Gates grew up in the Flathead Valley, and is happy to be back home after many years away. She completed her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth University and veterinary school at Colorado State University, in addition to a PhD in reproductive physiology. She has special interests in companion animal dentistry, nutrition, geriatrics, behavior, feline medicine, and both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. 

    In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, which includes their three kids, two dogs, two horses, and occasional foster pets. 

    Colorado State University
  • Brandon Gates, DVM

    Brandon Gates was born at Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma and raised in Texas. He completed his undergraduate studies and veterinary school at Colorado State University, in addition to advanced training in farm animal medicine and surgery and comparative theriogenology (animal reproduction) at Oklahoma State University. His special interests include reproduction (neonatology, obstetrics, and assisted reproductive techniques), preventive medicine, infectious disease, geriatric and end of life care, and complementary and alternative medical therapies but enjoys all aspects of general practice. He is currently completing advanced certification in animal chiropractic. 

    In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, biking, fly fishing, playing sports, working with his German Shorthaired Pointer and Viszlas, and enjoying all that the Flathead Valley has to offer with his family.           
    Colorado State University
  • Nickole Blake

    Client Care Specialist                   
    Nickole is our shining, happy face at the front desk since November 2009. She and her husband, Randy, have lived most of their lives in the Flathead. She spent several years working as a substitute teacher and going to school at Flathead Valley Community College before joining Ponderosa.

    Nickole and Randy have a 15 year old son, Caleb. They share their home with one dog, Bella, one cute kitty, Coco, and one horse, Dawn. Nickole enjoys scrapbooking, crocheting, knitting and reading. Her family likes to camp, hunt, fish, and ride four-wheelers.
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    Tiffany Downing

    Registered Veterinary Technician
    Tiffany is new to the Flathead Valley, having recently moved here from California where she was a Registered Veterinary Technician. She moved here with her fiance, Chase, and their zoo which incudes 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 geckos a tarantula and 41 snakes! She has had years of experience working with reptiles and has a soft spot for large and bully breeds. She also managed a canine rehabilitation center where she helped dogs recover from orthopedic surgeries, congenital defects, injuries and neurological disorders.

    Tiffany thoroughly enjoys working alongside rescue groups to help save and nurture animals.  Her goal is to provide the highest level of care for each of her patients and to educate our clients in order to extend the amount of quality time they share together.  We are very happy to have Tiffany with us and hope that you stop by soon with your pets to meet her. 
  • Madison Fetters

    Client Care Specialist
    Madison joined our team in 2018. She is a native from the Flathead Valley and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities with fishing and camping being at the top of her list. When she is not at our clinic, her life revolves around her family. She and her partner Gary are expecting a son in May, adding to their crew of three; Maizee, Makenna, and Zaiden. She also has 3 dogs and 2 cats at home. Since she was young she has always had a passion for customer service and being able to assist others when needed. Give her a call to get your furry friend scheduled for their next appointment! 
  • Bailey Erickson