Dr. Thomi was born in Basel, Switzerland and spent most of his childhood near Basel. After graduating from technical school, obligatory military service and working as a machinist for one year, he continued his education first in England and then New York State. When the opportunity arose to work at a rural school in the Dominican Republic, he moved there without hesitation. Dr. Thomi ultimately spent over four years working and living in an isolated community, called Rio Limpio, located in the central mountain range in the Dominican Republic near the Haitian border. After leaving the Dominican Republic he first moved to Maryland and then to Colorado to complete his BS degree in agronomy and DVM.
Shortly after graduating Dr. Thomi moved with his young family to Helena. For the first year after graduation he worked at the Animal Center and completed his acupuncture training at Colorado State University. In 2000 Dr. Barkemeyer, Dr. Fehlig and Dr. Thomi opened the Companion Animal Hospital, a small and large animal hospital, on North Montana Avenue. The Companion Animal Hospital closed in 2010 after Dr. Barkemeyer had passed away. In December 2010 Dr. Thomi and most of his staff moved to the newly constructed Apex Animal Hospital, which was designed as a modern small animal internal medicine and surgical hospital with a state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation facility. Dr. Thomi’s special interests are orthopedic and advanced soft tissue surgery, but he also enjoys challenging internal medicine cases. Although Dr. Thomi mostly works on dogs and cats, he has performed surgery on animals as small as a 6 gram toad that had swallowed a rock, to a Grizzly bear with a fractured jaw.
While Dr. Thomi strives to continuously improve his hospital and provide the best services possible for his patients and clients, he also loves to learn new skills in his free time and challenges himself physically and mentally. He learned to SCUBA dive in 2012 and this spring signed up again for a 130 mile bicycle ride around the Pioneer Mountains (RATPOD). In the winter time he loves to snow board and cross country sky with his dogs. Unicycling, hiking, fishing, sailing and kayaking are some of his other hobbies. Dr. Thomi lives with his wife Jennifer and three dogs in town. His son Oliver is pursuing a BS in wildlife management at MSU in Bozeman and his daughter Sophia moved to Los Angeles last fall to pursue her dream of becoming an actress.