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Dr. Richard E Dunn, DVM

Dr. Dunn is a native Floridian from Daytona Beach, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Biology in 1977, and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1981. Following graduation, he worked in a mixed animal practice in Monroe, NC before returning to Florida to work in a mixed animal practice in Belleview, FL. Dr. Dunn and his wife Diana started Countryside Animal Clinic in 1984 in the old Beverly Hills shopping plaza. The practice grew from its original 1,000 square foot leasehold to the current 4,000 square foot building 10 years later.

Dr. Dunn and Diana have three adult children who grew up with the clinic, as well as three grandchildren. They have one dog named Cleo, (a short haired black & tan dachshund), one cat (Chester), and Merlin, a South American Redfoot tortoise.

Dr. Dunn’s hobbies include fishing, reading, exercising, spending time with the family and “spoiling” his grandchildren. He has a multitude of fond clinic memories, but some of his favorites are helping animals with unusual problems, like the cow that was shot by a bow and arrow, retrieving a needle from a cat’s stomach non-surgically, reversing a cat in renal failure, helping a dog hit by lightning and treating a traveling circus elephant for pneumonia.

 Dr. Dunn and Diana are most proud of and grateful for the exceptional team they have at Countryside. It is a truly unique and talented group of people who work well together as a team, who enjoy what they do, and who derive their greatest satisfaction from helping their clients pets live long and happy lives!

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Dr. Victoria Schad, PhD, DVM

Dr. Victoria Schad was born and raised in upstate New York. She obtained her MS and PhD (Immunology) from the University of Rochester Medical School. Dr. Schad moved to Boston, Massachusetts to pursue a career in biomedical research, including HIV, allergy, and transplantation. She obtained her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and worked in mixed animal practice in southeastern Massachusetts prior to moving to Florida. Currently, Dr. Schad owns three cats and a lot of fish. Dr. Schad is a naturalist, she loves Florida’s flora and fauna, especially the nature coast. She enjoys kayaking, swimming, birding, gardening, and spending time outside.

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Dr. Ashton Hudson, DVM

Dr. Hudson grew up in West Tennessee. She attended the Mississippi State University where she earned her degree in animal and dairy science. She then continued to earn her degree at Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to Citrus County with her daughter in 2015 where they decided to settle down. She met her now-husband Bryan and his son. They tied the knot in 2021. Together, they have three children.

She has a golden retriever named Shadow, and a kitty named Dopey. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.

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Dr. Veronica Buhler, DVM

Dr. Veronica Buhler is a Citrus County native. She was born and raised in Inverness and attended Citrus High School. At the University of South Florida she earned a BS in integrative animal biology with a minor in chemistry. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia where she graduated with honors.

She has recently returned to Citrus County with her husband (Wayne) their dog (Sylo) and two cats (Mia and Motta). She is excited to once again live near her extended family and to provide quality veterinary service in her hometown.

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Dr. Kelli Gibbs, DVM

Dr. Kelli Gibbs was born in Homestead, Florida. She attended the University of Florida where she earned her degree in veterinary medicine. Go Gators! She enjoys going to the beach, natural springs, horseback riding, gardening, and traveling. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and nephews. Her family includes her parents, two brothers, two nephews, and fiancé Matt. When she is not at work loving on client’s pets, she’s at home enjoying quality time with her own. She has two dogs- Bayli and Bo, two cats-George and Nalah, six chicks, and two pygmy goats. Her special interests are in anesthesia and pain management. Her goal is to become more rounded as a mixed practice veterinarian, to better care for all creatures big and small.

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Dr. Alexis Elliott

Dr. Elliott is a Florida native who grew up in Citrus County. She is a triple gator and earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology, Master of Science in Veterinary Science, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (2023) from the University of Florida. 

In her free time, she enjoys reading, CrossFit, and outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking. She also loves spending time with her husband Phil and their Maltese mix named Biscotti.

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Dr. Melissa Raynor

Dr. Raynor was born in West Palm Beach Florida but grew up in Inverness, Florida. She attended the Florida State University for her undergrad and will always be a loyal Nole even though she earned her degree through the University of Florida.  She has two brothers and enjoys spending time with her family. Her hobbies include outdoor activities, especially wakeboarding, jet skiing, and hiking. She also enjoys listening to country music and playing with her five-year-old chocolate lab, Paisley—who happens to be her foster-fail. Within vet medicine, she is interested in surgery, especially soft tissue, as well as preventative medicine and oncology.

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Dr. Alejandra Rodriguez

Dr. Alejandra P. Rodriguez was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She attended the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus where she earned her degree in animal science. Dr. Rodriguez then obtained her DVM from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, she completed a one-year internship at Allegheny Equine in Murrysville, PA where she practiced equine preventive care, reproduction, lameness evaluation, and emergency. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, scuba diving, traveling, and spending time with her dachshund Dumbo, family, and friends. Dr. Rodriguez is fluent in both English and Spanish. 

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Office Managers

Ambry Giattino

Ambry was born and raised in Watkins Glen, New York. She moved to Florida in her early teens. The first animal hospital she worked in was in Coral Springs. Ambry began in the kennel and worked her way up to practice manager. She has had the pleasure of working in many specialty practices and emergency hospitals. Her husband is a fire fighter for Marion County and their family includes their three children, six dogs and one cat. Ambry has brought wonderful leadership and experience to our practice, and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our team.

Samantha Irizarry

Samantha was born in North Miami, Florida. She has five sisters and one brother. Her father wanted to raise his family in the country, so they decided to move to Citrus County. She grew up on a farm and loved helping animals. She obtained her associate degree in animal science at the College of Central Florida. Her passion for animals led her to the doors of Countryside Animal Clinic in Fall 2012. Starting as a kennel technician, Samantha took on any new responsibility with stride. She respected every position and humbly assisted in any way she could.

Samantha had married her middle school sweetheart in February 2015. She and her husband Orlando, welcomed their first child, Nathan, at the end of that same year. Samantha enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Pets include Cat named Chandler and a Leopard Gecko named Banana Split. In her spare time, she prefers to be outdoors and enjoy the warm Florida weather.

After several years of being on the Countryside team, Samantha feels at home. She feels rewarded by the wonderful staff, clients, and patients. Her aspirations are to continue to grow with her team and see where this journey takes her. 

Floor Supervisors

Marie Scott

Marie Scott has been part of the Countryside team for four years. She has a vast knowledge in veterinary medicine and excellent technical skills. She is also a floor supervisor and takes pride in providing excellent customer service. Marie was born and raised in Citrus County. She lives with her father and sister. She also lives with Gabby the lab, Yoko the shorkie, Noodles the dachshund, Meow Meow and Shadow the calicos, Chester the domestic long hair, and Smokie and Miss B (foster fails) the black kitties.

Marie’s hobbies consist of napping, painting, drawing, and enjoying adventures at Disney. Her special interests are dealing with feline patients, especially those with catitudes. She has embraced Countryside’s Fear free philosophy and makes sure each patient that she encounters has a stress-free experience.

Marie attended the Academy of Environment Science and has future goals of either becoming a certified veterinary technician or a veterinarian. She aspires to specialize in veterinary hospice care.

Melanie LaRue

Melanie joined Countryside in 2016. She has seventeen years of experience in the veterinary field and enjoys everything she does. She has two pugs named Turbo (Turbo Spumoni) and Bandit (Bandito Sofrito). Melanie has diverse skills that allows her to work anywhere in the clinic atmosphere. When she is not wearing multiple hats at the clinic, she is enjoying the outdoors. She loves being out on her boat and scuba diving.

Cazi Hockenbury

Cazi joined Countryside with an ambitious attitude. She graduated from Lecanto Highschool before obtaining her prerequisites at the College of Central Florida. She graduated the Certified Veterinary Technician program at St. Pete College in December 2019. We are very proud of her as she earned her Certified Veterinary Technician License in 2021. Her ultimate dreams are to own her own business while running a farm and rehab/sanctuary that benefits all animals. Cazi has three pets; a Pitbull named Hunter, two kitties named Maui and Keanu, and special needs squirrel, Worm. She enjoys listening to music, traveling, riding, mudding, and being on the water. Her special interest includes rehab, surgery, exotic, zoo medicine, and anything that promotes helping/healing animals. Her overall goal is to learn and absorb as much as she can in this field.

Drake Duncan

Drake began his journey at Countryside wanting to further his knowledge about the veterinary profession. He earned his associate degree in computer science from College of Central Florida in 2018. He comes from a large family with nine siblings. His hobbies include spending time with his pets by training them and keeping them active. When he’s not working with animals, Drake enjoys being a musician and likes to focus on playing guitar.

Brooklyn Mojica

Brooklyn grew up in Pinellas County FL. She went to Dixie Hollins High school and moved out at 17 into her first apartment. She then moved to Inverness at 18 to be closer to her grandparents to take care of them. She graduated from Withlacoochee Tech College. She worked at Citrus Memorial for five years before switching to the veterinary field which has always been her passion. Brooklyn has one dog named Malacai plus two cats (Amira and Merlin), and one fish named Jax. Jax is a spoiled Molly in a 30-gallon tank. She enjoys doing yoga, painting, drawing-anything creative, pottery, home improvement, and currently pursuing fire dancing. Her goals are to go back to school to further her career as a veterinary technician.

Chief Financial Officer

Robin Stokes

Robin was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, but grew up in Citrus County. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1998, with a Bachelors’s degree in Accounting. She joined the Countryside Animal Clinic team in 2004, bringing an invaluable wealth of financial knowledge and expertise to the clinic.

She is married to Stephen, and they have two children, Lauren and Austin. Their family pets include one pit bull named Chance and four horses, Wally, Zippy, BB, and J Jay.

Robin’s hobbies are horseback riding, showing horses, and boating.

Client Care Specialists

Suzanne Tobin

Suzanne is a Client Care Representative at Countryside Animal Clinic. She joined our team with experience in equine massage therapy and a passion for large animals. Spending most of her career working in large animal medicine, Suzanne wanted to venture into a mixed animal practice to expand her knowledge. Suzanne was thrilled to learn about the different species Countryside treats. Although learning about small animal medicine, Suzanne hasn’t abandoned her talents for massage therapy. She attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and eventually settled in Citrus County. It brings her joy to go horseback riding, play water sports, attend theme parks/live theater, travel, and nurture her garden. She loves caring for her fur family. She has two horses, one donkey, one cat, and one dog. Her future goals are to compete in horse shows and finish DIY projects around her farm.

Alexia McClellan

Lexi joined the CAC team with a positive outlook. She was hired as a client care representative and has exceeded those expectations. Since then, she is now a veterinary technician. She graduated from Lecanto High School and once she finishes her certificate in Real Estate, she will continue education in becoming a certified veterinary technician. Her hobbies include archery, painting, barrel racing, fishing, hunting, and spending time with her boyfriend and family. Long term goals are to become a mixed animal veterinarian. She has many aspirations and hopes to have a big happy, healthy family surrounded by land and pets. She takes things day by day and is thankful for all she has and plans to have.


Shannon is a client care specialist and joined the Countryside team in 2023 with seven years of experience. She graduated High School at Clover Leaf Senior High School in Seville, Ohio. Together, Shannon and her husband Shawn, have two dogs, Noah (Belgian Malinois) and Faith (yellow lab). Shannon enjoys swimming, hiking, listening to audiobooks, traveling, and learning something new every day.

Jen Metts

Jen has been in the veterinary field for over 17 years. Her passion includes working with animals and customer care. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and riding her jeep.

Melissa Epps

Melissa is one of our client care representatives. She attended Plant City High School and then HCC EMT Fire Fighting Academy. She also earned her certificate for the CNA Program. Melissa wanted to learn more about the animal field and decided to join the CAC team. She enjoys spending time with her husband-Eric, daughter-Madisyn Elizabeth, and son- Brayden Chase. She has two dogs Ryker James and Bentley Bryce. Her future goals are to become a certified veterinary technician to travel with her family and pets around the world. She loves being around animals of all shapes and sizes. It makes her happy to make a difference in the animal community.

Remote Client Care Specialists

Carey Westcott

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Laura Illaria

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Certified Veterinary Technicians

Vicky Stephens, CVT

Vicky was one of the first technicians hired on at Countryside in 1985 in the small shopping plaza across the street. After 6 months of employment, Vicky obtained her veterinary technician credentials and became licensed. Vicky is one of Countryside’s main surgery technicians.

Vicky and her husband live in Ocala on a small cattle farm. Vicky is a huge Florida State fan and enjoys watching them play. Vicky has 3 cats, Junior, Sylvester, and Shelly.

Jamie White, CVT

Jamie lived in upstate New York as a child on a horse and poultry farm. She moved to Brooksville, FL in the 1970’s with her family and met her husband Pete in high school.

Jamie received her AA degree and continued her education at St. Petersburg Community College, graduating as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She joined the Countryside team in 2006, and brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the clinic.

Jamie and Pete have one daughter Leah. Their four-legged family members include 4 horses, 1 cat named Oreo, 2 Anatolian Shepherds (siblings that guard the goats), 20 registered pygmy goats, and two Chihuahuas!  Jamie shows her goats and has won many awards, the latest award earned with a goat named Heavenly Blessings Moonlit Summer, who achieved permanent Grand Champion status.  In the goat world, this is the equivalent to winning the gold in the Olympics!

Her hobbies include quilting, gardening, and basket weaving.

Jamie’s favorite clinic memories were the clinic scavenger hunt, and when a choked horse sneezed all over the Doctor and then recovered nicely.

Amy Burnett, CVT

Amy went to the college of Central Florida where she earned her degree in veterinary science. She then went on to pursue her education and earned her certificate as a Certified Veterinary Technician December 2021. Amy initially began with the CAC team as a volunteer for schooling purposes. Not long after volunteering, Amy became an official team member. Her hobbies include reading, video gaming, and listening to music. Her family includes her mom, two brothers, one sister, and one niece and nephew. She enjoys spending time with her pets that include her ball python-Maru, map turtle, Chumlei, dog, Piper Reese, and two cats, Gwendolyn Stacey and Natasha. Her goals are to specialize in exotics and further her knowledge in exotic medicine.

Jamie Kiernan, CVT

Jamie rejoined the CAC team after years of working specifically with an equine practice. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician and earned her BAS in 2008. She has a husband named John and a son named Tyler. They have two dogs named Ruger and Stitch and a horse named Allie. Jamie enjoys horseback riding, camping, and fishing.

Veterinary Technicians

Donna Posa

Donna is one of the few employees who started working for Countryside when it first began. She was hired on in 1991. Donna is a very passionate technician who has connected and maintained many long term relationships with our clients.

Donna and her husband live on a 20-acre farm in Citrus County with their boxer Wrangler, Cane Corso Twilight, and 4 feline friends. Donna has a daughter who is a medical assistant and a son who has been an active Marine since 2007.  

Donna loves to take vacations on the beach and her future goals are to continue working at Countryside until she retires.

Kayla Hitchcock

Kayla graduated from Crystal River Highschool in 2013. She is passionate about animals and patient care. With knowledge for exotics and small animals, Kayla is willing to help anywhere she can. She is currently focusing on her career and learning skills while on the job. She likes to go shopping, fishing, playing PS4, and listening to music. She also loves spending time with her little nieces. Besides having a love for animals, Kayla enjoys going to historical sites and traveling. When Kayla isn’t tending to clinic animals, she is caring for her pets at home. She has one dog, two pigs, and two cats. Her future goals are to travel more, become a certified veterinary technician, and move up in the workplace.

Mark Ready

Mark was born in Brevard County and attended Valencia Community College for two years. Tracy is his longtime girlfriend, who is now a teacher at Citrus Springs Middle School. They have a lab named Sophie.

He has lived in Citrus County since 2006, and enjoys sporting events, AKC hunt tests, basketball, and football. When not working at Countryside, Mark stays busy working as a referee for high school sports events.

His favorite memories are working with exotics in the past, from big cats to monkeys, but mainly enjoys helping animals and meeting their owners.

Morgan Yerke

Morgan was born in Michigan and traveled the United States with her parents and sisters for most of her childhood. She resides in Citrus Country with her fiancé and dog, Basch. Morgan attended Central Florida and obtained an Associates degree in Art and also attended the Florida International Teaching Zoo.

Morgan has been part of the Countryside team since 2016. She has been in the profession for 14 years.  She is a very diverse technician and wears many hats. She is an excellent dental technician and currently is the clinic’s inventory manager. Her special interests are clay work and digital media. Morgan’s future goals are to continue to grow in the profession and possibly obtain her certification as a technician.

Kelly Hideriotis

Kelly joined the Countryside team in 2018 with an extensive background in wildlife rehab. She attended Keene State College where she earned her B.S degree in biology. She was born and raised in Massachusetts. Kelly continued working with animals throughout her career. She moved to Florida in 2012 where she decided to settle down with her two rescue kitties. When she’s not spending time with her fur-children, Kelly is either drawing or hiking. Her goals are to help save animals one step at a time.

Sara Loebl

Sara initially joined the Countryside team and took on the Animal Care department by storm. Although she did an exceptional job in that ward, her passion is for large animals. She has experience showing horses and enjoys working outdoors with them. After some time, Sara learned the ropes of the large animal truck. Her special interests are working outside on her property and barn. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her horses. Sara attended Valencia and St. Petersburg Community College. Her future goals are to finish building her home and continue to grow as a veterinary technician. Her favorite statement is “you never stop learning”. We are happy to have Sara on our team and look forward to watching her grow.

Lauren Stokes

Lauren began her journey at Countryside in June 2019. She is currently attending the College of Central Florida. When in High School, she enjoyed raising steers for the Citrus County Fair and showing them across the state at local prospect shows. The livestock consisted of swine, cattle, and equine. Lauren is ambitious and will accomplish anything she sets her mind to. Her ultimate dream is to raise her own large cattle corporation and selling prospect calves across the state.

Faith Klass

Faith spent three years at Newtown Highschool. She then moved to Florida from Connecticut where she graduated from Crystal River High School. She is currently taking classes at College of Central Florida. Her hobbies include learning new things, watching movies, tv shows, riding horses, reading, and drawing. Her goals are to further her education at St. Petersburg college and become a certified veterinary technician. She has two horses-Denali and Hershey, one dog- Zoey, and two cats- Cavallo and Sparkles. She lives with her family, mother, father and brother.

Jesse Chiella

Jesse joined the Countryside team with 18 years of veterinary experience. Jesse graduated from Hudson High School in 1999. He went to the University of Florida for five years for Animal Science. He is considering going back to finish the degree. He enjoys watching sports such as NY Mets and NY Giants and UFC. He also enjoys cooking in general. Jesse likes to spend quality time with his two boys-Noah and Leo and their pets. Jesse and his boys have fun playing sports and going to fish/reptile stores. His father lives in Myrtle beach N.C. Jesse’s goals are to continue to grow in the veterinary field and learn new aspects of the veterinary medicine.

Monique Freeman

Monique joined the Countryside team with experience in the human medical field as an EMT. Monique aspires to expand her knowledge in the veterinary field. She attended Rogers High School in Newport, RI. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Bethune-Cookman University. She enjoys spending time with her son Dominic and her pets. Her dogs include Luna Bell, Luna Strong, and John Gotti. Her cats include Billy Black, Johnny Blaze, and Felon. We support Monique and her dreams to learn all she can about this incredible field.

Nicole Brake

Nicole joined the CAC family in 2022. She has long-term goals of becoming a veterinarian and is currently majoring in Animal Biology on the pre-vet track at the University of Florida. She lives with her mom, Patty and sister, Stephanie. They have two dogs—Allie and Oakley. She enjoys riding and working with horses, spending time with her family, and being out on the water. She enjoys doing ‘eventing’ as she is on the UF Events Team.


Grace joined our CAC family with aspirations to learn more about the veterinary field. She graduated from Lecanto High School in May 2023. Her parents are Ruth and John Powers. She has three brothers and one sister. She enjoys spending time with her two chihuahua’s, PenPoint and Ejija. In her free time, Grace likes to go hiking.

Hannah Shortt

Hannah is a College of Central Florida Graduate and will receive her bachelor’s in health science at the University of West Florida. She has three dogs, Ocean, Bella, Sadie and two guinea pigs, Ember, and Daisy. In her free time, she loves going to the beach, playing golf, along with spending time with her family and pets. Her family includes her parents and two older brothers. Hannah loves working at CAC and aspires to become a physician’s assistant or doctorate of veterinary medicine.

Joshah Brands

Joshah received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at Montclair State University. He enjoys hiking, camping, and cooking. When he’s not tending to the hospital critters, he loves taking care of his ten-year-old yellow lab, Sophie. His special interest includes canine behavior.

Allora Donaldson

Allora Donaldson was born in Virginia but has had the pleasure of exploring 27 of the United States as a Homeschooler before settling in Florida to attend college to become a Veterinarian Technician. Allora has always had a passion for wildlife and animals. Her hobbies consist of martial arts, hiking, kayaking, art, photography, and volunteering with a Bloodhound Tracking Team. She also loves spending time with her family and friends or curled up in a corner with a good book.

Nicole Strait

Nicole enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and dog walks. She has two dogs, Tito and Bear. Her family includes her three older brothers. Nicole has a special interest in radiology and ultrasound. Her future goal is to gather certifications in ultrasound.

Maddie Dunlap

Maddie graduated from Lecanto High School in 2022. She plans on continuing her education in general agriculture. She has a Blue Heeler named Nip, three kitty’s named Smokey, Pickles, and Big Kitty. She has cows and two horses named Royal and Skye. In her free time, Maddie enjoys horseback riding, showing cattle, riding four wheelers, and hunting.

Kayla Wallace

Kayla joined our team in 2023. She has excelled as a veterinary technician and considers continuing her education in the field. Sonja is her best friend and happens to be her mother. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time at the beach or exploring makeup and nails. Her pets include two kitties, Cleo, and Citrus. Kayla is initially shy, but later becomes outgoing!


Kristine Bragen

Kristine joined the grooming department at Countryside Animal Clinic in December 2016. She loves her patients and clientele. She was born and raised in Maine. There, she attended Southern Maine Community College. After many years of living in the snow, she and her husband were ready to move to warmer weather. They decided to pack up and settle down in Citrus County, Florida. She enjoys spending time with her husband horseback riding, fishing, and cooking. It’s always a treat when their three lovely daughters come down to visit from up North. They share the love caring for their three cats, three dogs, and four horses. Countryside is appreciative to have Kristine on the team, and they especially love her yummy homemade desserts she brings in. Kristine looks forward to the day the only decision she’ll have to make is which horse to ride.