Meet Our Veterinary Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team at Countryside Animal Hospital. We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Get to know our veterinary team!

We are solely dedicated to your pet’s care. We look forward to getting to know you, and we hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.


Dr. Kerry

Dr. Hoobler-Riek is the owner of Countryside Animal Hospital, graduating from CSU with a BS in 1996 and a DVM in 2001. She has been at Countryside since 2007 and purchased the practice from Dr. Speights in 2020. Dr. Hoobler-Riek has been a small and a large animal veterinarian in the past, but her true love is for dogs and cats. She and her husband, Mike, have two daughters, Mackenna and Addie.Her pets are a silly new orange tabby kitten named Wilbur aka Beans, Baloo, a cuddly sweet kitty, and a laid-back Great Pyrenees mix named Finn. Dr. Hoobler-Riek has a special interest in dentistry, surgery, and pain management. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything outdoors – skiing, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her kids.

Dr. Catherine

Dr. Speights is the founder and former owner of Countryside Animal Hospital. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1989 and started with a private practice. After three years, Dr. Speights started working at Countryside in 1992. She has been married to Dave since 1986, and they have one daughter, Sarah (born the day before graduation from veterinary school!), and an adorably affectionate cat named Puck. Dr. Speights is an ultrarunner, competing in marathons and 50 and 100-mile trail races. Dr. Speights enjoys client interaction and education and has a special interest in internal medicine.


Dr. Huval graduated from Whittier College in California and received her DVM from CSU in 2001. She has a passion for fast paced, quick-thinking emergency medicine, as well as a focus on preventative health care. Dr. Huval has worked in mixed animal, specialty and small animal practices. Dr. Huval loves writing, nature, and spending time with her furry critters.


Dr. Spicciati graduated from Penn State University and spent several years as a statistician and social scientist in Washington D.C. After becoming interested in the One Health Initiative, Dr. Spicciati moved to Colorado so she could attend veterinary school at Colorado State University. There, she earned a Master’s degree in Public Health along with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2017. Her professional interests include affordable and accessible companion animal medicine, and the intersection between human, animal, and environmental health. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and two wonderful children. She has a special place in her heart for Newfoundlands and other giant breed dogs.


Dr. Susan Plaza graduated from Colorado State University with her DVM in 1996. She has practiced in several small animal clinics along the Front Range, as well as serving as a Clinical Trials Coordinator at the Animal Cancer Center. Her goal is to practice the highest quality medicine with compassion while working with families to provide a treatment plan that best suits their needs. She has a special interest in endocrinology, oncology, and preventative health. She enjoys running and hiking with her Welsh Springer Spaniel named Radish, as well as landscape and wildflower photography.


Dr. Rothman is a Colorado native who received her DVM from Oregon State University in 2011. She has worked in emergency and specialty medicine, non-profit medicine, and spent over seven years at a small animal general practice in the Denver area. Her special interests include surgery, urgent care medicine, and preventative health. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, hiking, and camping, as well as spending time with her husband, kids, and two scruffy terrier mixes named Bernie and Otis.

Dr. Kristen

Dr. White was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona. She received her DVM from Colorado State University in 2013 and has been working as a small animal practitioner in Denver for the past 8 years. Dr. White enjoys working with clients and patients to develop individualized health plans for each patient. She believes that client education is important in achieving this goal. Dr. White’s professional interests include internal medicine, preventative care, dentistry, and end-of-life/hospice care. In her free time, Dr. White enjoys traveling, swimming, hiking, and gardening. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Eli and Everett, and a two-year-old Labrador Retriever named Hattie (aka “Batty Hattie”).



Laura is our Practice Manager and has been a part of Countryside since 2001. She earned a BA in Biological Sciences in 2005, a Master’s degree in Education in 2008, and an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 2019. She is passionate about providing superior patient care and supporting and strengthening her team of technicians and receptionists. Outside of work, Laura loves to spend time with her husband and furry babies, exploring all that Colorado has to offer. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to work with the finest professionals and paraprofessionals in the field of veterinary medicine.



Darlene was born in Arizona and always had a huge love for animals. She moved to Fort Collins in the Spring of 2008 and started at Countryside almost immediately. She has worked in several positions here, including Customer Service Representative, Veterinary Technician, and has now found her niche as Countryside’s first-ever Client Care Coordinator. She loves Client Education and has a soft spot for all the patients and owners she has gotten to know over her 14 years at Countryside. Darlene and her family have a rescue Boxer named Bruce. She loves camping with her family, traveling, cooking, and gardening during her free time.



Mariah is our lead receptionist. Originally from Wisconsin, Mariah moved to Colorado in 2019 to create a more fulfilling and adventurous life. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and road trips. At home, Mariah has two adorable cats named Tigger and Rue. She is thrilled to be a part of the Countryside team and have the opportunity to share her love for animals.


Karen is originally from Wisconsin and has a Master’s degree in Structural Geology from the Center for Technophysics at Texas A&M. She began her career as a geologist with Texaco and then moved to the Pacific Northwest to work for a geotechnical engineering firm. After that, Karen took time to raise a family, move to Fort Collins, and began volunteering with local schools and philanthropies. She loves art and music and her family often takes time to travel, hike, camp, and enjoy the outdoors. Her family’s current fur baby is a one-eyed Pittie mix named Meeka.

Kiona is originally from Prescott, Arizona. After graduating High School, she attended Yavapai Community College where she completed her Associates of Arts. In 2019, she moved to Tucson to earn her Bachelors Degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Arizona. After graduating the U of A in May 2022, she moved to Fort Collins to start her next chapter! She is the proud owner of a fish and a snail. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her new home by hiking, kayaking, and taking road trips. Kiona is very excited to start her career with us in the industry, and to be a part of our team!
Rachel L.

Originally from California, Rachel moved to Colorado in 1995 in the middle of a historic snowstorm. Rachel has always been surrounded by animals growing up and spent her childhood rescuing stray or injured animals. She loves to spend her free time with her children and family members. She has one dog named Gruffy, and one cat, Fireball.

Diana is originally from Torrance, California. She moved to Fort Collins when she was only 3-years-old and has called Colorado her home since. Her love for animals has been a huge part of her life and is what brought her to join our amazing team at Countryside Animal Hospital. She’s currently working towards her bachelor’s degree at CSU. Her hobbies include reading, yoga and hiking; however, much of her time is spent cuddling her two adorable puppies. 

Autumn is originally from St Cloud, Florida. She moved to Fort Collins from Chattanooga, Tennessee, after completing her Associate of Science Degree. She likes to spend her free time exploring the mountains. Her hobbies are photography, hiking, camping, and cuddling with her cat, Kayla. She grew up surrounded by animals, which has led her to pursue a career in the veterinary profession. She is excited to be a part of the team.

Certified Veterinary Technicians


Sheila is the Lead Technician and a Fort Collins native! She started at Countryside in April 2018 but has been a veterinary technician since 2012. Sheila enjoys watching football, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and visiting all the breweries Colorado offers. She especially loves cuddling all her fur babies! Sheila takes pride in what she does and loves to give extra special attention to all of our geriatric patients. She is extremely happy to be part of the Countryside team!


Originally from New Zealand, Ellie and her husband moved to Fort Collins in 2019. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2021. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys hiking, crocheting, and baking vegan delicacies. Her passion lies with rescue animals, and she enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters. At home, she has two cats named Deldrick and Rupert, and a sweet Pittie mix named Bonnie.


Rachel was born and raised in Broomfield, CO, and moved to Fort Collins in 2008 to attend CSU. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She enjoys working with kids, gardening, reading, skiing, and watching the Denver Broncos. She, her husband, and two daughters have a friendly cat named Penny Lane, a very cute dog named Ringo, and a bouncy Border Collie named Petey!


Natalie is originally from Louisville, KY and moved to Colorado to attend CU Boulder. She graduated from CU in 1993 and eventually realized she wanted to work in veterinary medicine. She went back to school for a degree in Veterinary Technology and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2001. She spent her early technician years at a Fort Collins specialty practice in the Neurology department and then took some time off to raise a family. She and her husband, Keith, have two awesome boys, Colin and Cooper. Natalie and her family share their home with a sweet retriever named Lexi, a silly Lab mix named Mochi, Siamese cats Gracie and Noodle, and a bearded dragon named Rex. Natalie enjoys tennis, running, camping, and skiing.

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Kelsey moved from Oklahoma to Colorado in May of 2015. She always knew she wanted to work with animals, and wanted to pursue her dream. She found the Veterinary Technology program at Front Range Community College and graduated in December of 2022. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys reading a good book, playing video games, and having cuddle time with her fur babies. Kelsey is excited to be a part of the Countryside team and can’t wait to meet everyone’s furry friend!

Keylan was born and raised in Fort Collins. She’s always had a passion for animals and knew she wanted to play an important role in their lives. Keylan earned her Associates in Veterinary Technology in 2023 from FRCC. She strives to continue to strengthen her knowledge, provide client education, and be an advocate for your pet. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and two dogs, coloring, playing video games, and driving to the mountains. She is excited to work at Countryside and can’t wait to build a relationship with you and your furry one’s.

Veterinary Assistants


Jen moved to Fort Collins from Maryland during the summer of 2021 with her fiance, David. Jen originally studied nursing until discovering her passion in the veterinary field. She one day hopes to attend the School of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. Her favorite pastimes are cooking, reading, and anything outdoors with her two dogs, Harper and Goose. Her favorite part of being a veterinary technician is connecting with her clients and their pets.


Ani moved to Colorado in 2013 to pursue their Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and graduated in 2017. They grew up and co-owned a small sheep farm in South Dakota and entered livestock competitions. Currently, Ani lives here in Fort Collins with their cat, Celeste, which they rescued while volunteering for a local Trap Neuter Return organization. In their free time, Ani enjoys cuddling with Celeste, crafting, costuming, gardening, and playing TTRPGs. Ani’s career passion lies in helping both animals and people, making reception an excellent fit.


Dillon is a Colorado transplant from Houston, Texas. He has been aspiring to be a veterinarian his whole life because it combines two of his biggest passions: animals and medicine. Dillon has earned two master’s degrees in microbiology and toxicology from Colorado State University, where he also completed his undergraduate degree. He loves CSU so much that he aspires to earn his DVM there as well. During his free time, Dillon can be found with his dogs hiking, camping, fishing, and stargazing. He also enjoys game nights with friends and talking about Jeep Wranglers and Texas.


Corey is a Colorado native who recently made the decision to switch careers and pursue her passion for veterinary medicine. Corey enjoys cooking, home projects, gardening, biking, and spending time with her dogs.


Dovvie is originally from Fowler, Colorado, and is a current student at Colorado State University. She has plans to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences and Business Administration. Dovvie began working in a small animal practice in 2018 and intends to pursue a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine following her undergraduate education. Outside of work and school, Dovvie enjoys the Fort Collins lifestyle with her friends and spends time on her family’s horse and cattle ranch.


Meaghan moved from Missouri to Colorado in 2020. She enjoys camping, canoeing, hiking, and trying out all the local breweries that Fort Collins has to offer. She spends most of her free time caring for her large furry family: her sweet senior dog, Hope, and five rescue cats. Meaghan is thrilled to be part of the Countryside team and looks forward to getting to know you and your pets!


Ashley is originally from Austin, Texas. She became involved with horses early on and showed in local hunter/jumper circuits as a child. She moved to Fort Collins in 2019 to attend Colorado State University. She will be graduating in 2023 with a Bachelor’s in Equine Science and Agricultural Business. She is hoping to work in equine reproduction or at an equine veterinary clinic after graduation. Ashley grew up with dogs and cats, and gained a special interest in dog training and care while in high school. In her free time, she enjoys equine photography, art, and hiking with her lab mix, Anya.


Ace is a Colorado native, from Brighton, Colorado. Their love for animals, especially exotic animals,  goes back as far as they can remember. Ace is currently enrolled in the veterinary technician program at Front Range Community College. Ace’s hobbies are reading, spending quality time with their pet rats and rollerskating. 


Originally from France and Vietnam, Marina moved to Fort Collins in 2019 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology with a pre-vet track. She graduated in the Spring of 2023 and is currently working on being a certified veterinary assistant. She is also working as a canine coach at Dogtopia. In her spare time, Marina enjoys reading, painting, cooking new recipes, catching up on TV shows, and spending time with friends and family. She has four dogs who currently live back at her home in France with her family: two labradors named Maxi and Stone, a Samoyed named Sam, and finally, a small mixed-breed dog named Teddy.