Owner Willow Fliginger has a wide scope of duties at Doctor Lawn that in many ways mirrors her varied educational background. She graduated from C.M. Russell High School in 1995, and then earned a degree in psychology from the University of Montana Western in Dillon, graduating at the top of her class. She also studied law at the University of Montana in Missoula. No doubt it all comes in handy as our office manager who juggles customer relations, billing, scheduling crews, and pretty much anything else, including mowing.
Meet the Crew
We’re proud to have a well-rounded, dedicated team that includes various interesting backgrounds as well professionals who have perfected their skills and standards of excellence in the landscape maintenance field ever since they first started cutting lawns as kids.
For owner and founder Jeff Fliginger, mowing lawns as a young man meant more than just earning a little extra cash. It was the start of a lifelong educational and career passion. Even while still in high school, he took his dedication to excellent lawn care and customer service to a new level — he expanded his business from Belt into Great Falls, setting the stage for what would become a large and thriving company. In 1998 he graduated from Belt Valley High School and began working on a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design from Montana State University in Bozeman, graduating in 2002. Jeff’s a hands-on manager who remains involved in every aspect of the business.
Though he’s been with us just since 2013, Tree Specialist Travis Helmey got his start long before. His father was a tree care pro in Billings who started taking 14-year-old Travis along to work “to keep me out of trouble,” then later hired him as a full-time employee. Travis developed not only a great deal of tree knowledge and skill over the years, but has a real affinity for customer service – in fact, his customer satisfaction rating is a solid 100 percent. He says he still feels a strong connection to his dad through the skills he practices, and we suspect, that dedication to a job well done.
As the one-man operator of our new Kalispell branch, Greg Staley necessarily has to do it all, from mowing and plowing to fixing and maintaining equipment to managing new accounts. His work background includes 30 years in construction, 7 years on oil rigs, a few years in metal fabrication, plus lending a hand at Doctor Lawn over the years since we started, so Greg’s good at everything and was the perfect choice for this new opportunity. Though he’s always lived in Great Falls till now, those in Kalispell will know him when they see him – he’s constantly got his dogs with him wherever he goes, a border collie/Australian shepherd cross and a sheltie. He’s also often spotted his Harley or whitewater rafting.
Derek has been referred to as “the trifecta” for his triple-power skills: he’s assistant mechanic on the entire fleet and all equipment; he is certified in Stihl power equipment and serves as primary mechanic on all the small-engine equipment such as mowers, trimmers, chainsaws and the like; and he’s a landscape enhancement expert. Another Great Falls native, Derek picked up experience in this field working for the City of Great Falls. He says he likes the variety of his job, where on any given day he might be addressing a wide range of mechanical issues, handling fertilization or sprinkler systems, or even plowing snow. Off hours, you might find him at the hockey rink or out trap shooting.