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 HOOBLER-RIEK
Dr. Hoobler-Riek is the owner of Countryside Animal Hospital, graduating from CSU with a BA in 1996 and a DVM in 2001. She has been at Countryside since 2007 and purchased the practice from Dr. Speights in December 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 Sally, an adorable Chihuahua mix, 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. CATHARINE SPEIGHTS
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. DANIELLE HUVAL
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. PAM SPICCIATI
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
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. ANNA ROTHMAN
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 WHITE
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emily is originally from Alamosa, Colorado, and is a current student at Colorado State University studying Animal Science. Her educational goal is to pursue a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Emily loves to stay busy, being involved in CSU’s Honors Program, Presidential Ambassadors, Agriculture Ambassadors, and various other activities. When she isn’t engaged in one of these activities, Emily loves to spend time with her family and great dane, MJ.
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TECHNICIANS AND ASSISTANTS
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!
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.
Mallory was born and raised in Loveland, CO and has known from elementary school that she needed a profession in the veterinary world. She has had animals all of her life and fostered animals from the Larimer County Humane Society for over 5 years. She completed Front Range Community College’s Animal Technology and Research Program as a junior in high school. She graduated from Front Range Community College from their Veterinary Technology Program and gained her board-accredited certification in November 2018. She has loved on a black cat name Duke since she was in 2nd grade and is surrounded by 4 other family cats at home. Some of her favorite past times include singing and going on adventures with friends. She is so happy to be a part of the team at Countryside and is excited for the stories and memories to come in the future!
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.
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.
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.
Jack grew up in Florida where she was able to fully explore her love for animals. She showed llamas, volunteered with a horse therapy farm, and worked as a veterinary assistant. She attended Ohio State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. Her passion for veterinary medicine led her to apply and get accepted into Colorado State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. When she is not immersed in her studies, you can find her here, providing superb care to our patients and clients.
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.
Shayna is originally from California and grew up in Northern Colorado. She loves her community and all that Fort Collins has to offer. Initially, Shayna attended college to focus on Emergency Medical Science. Her career path was redirected toward veterinary medicine nearly 10 years ago when she accepted her first job as a veterinary technician. Shayna holds a special place in her heart for her senior and geriatric patients. She has two senior dogs of her own, Glenda and Bear, and a parakeet, Opal. Shayna has two active teenage children that keep her busy. In her free time, she enjoys doing the things most Coloradans love: fishing, exploring Colorado, sipping on craft beers, gardening, grilling, and yard games with friends.
Rosalyn is a California transplant. She moved to Fort Collins in 2018 to attend Colorado State University. She planned on studying wildlife biology; however, she quickly discovered a passion for caring for horses and is now pursuing farrier school. Rosalyn has always been around animals – growing up with dogs, cats, toads, and lizards. After moving away from her four-legged family, she decided to adopt two very loved rescues: Rhye, a senior husky, and Buckley, a stray kitten. Rosalyn is ecstatic to be part of the Countryside team and cannot wait to get to know you and your furry friends!
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.
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.
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