Meet Our Staff
The veterinarians at Countryside Animal Hospital are skilled at what they do. Their involved education and years of experience bring you the best healthcare services available.
Our team of doctors includes:
- Dr. Catharine Speights
- Dr. Kerry Hoobler-Riek
- Dr. Stacy Latelle
- Dr. Katrina Morgan
- Dr. Ann Vestal
Dr. Catharine Speights
Dr. Speights is the founder and owner of Countryside Animal Hospital. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1989, then worked at another private practice for three years before starting 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!). 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. Speights has an adorably affectionate black cat named Joe.
Dr. Kerry Hoobler-Riek
Dr. Hoobler-Riek also graduated from CSU, in 2001, and has been at Countryside since 2007. She 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 other “children” are Sally, the adorable Chihuahua mix, and Gracie the old lady cat. Dr. Hoobler-Riek has special interest in dentistry, surgery, and pain management. In her free time she enjoys doing anything outdoors; skiing, hiking, running, gardening and playing with her kids!
Dr. Stacy Latelle
After spending the first half of her life growing up in Vermont, Dr. Latelle decided it was time to spread her wings and explore new places. With her sights set west and determined to attend veterinary school and become a veterinary doctor, she quickly found herself feeling right at home in Fort Collins. In 2003 she graduated from Colorado State University with her degree in Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing along the Front Range since 2005. Dr. Latelle enjoys educating and interacting with clients and has a special interest in caring for our aging companions. She shares her free time with her two amazing children, drummer husband, big orange cat, crazy calico cat, poorly behaved little dog, and soon to be gigantic puppy!
Dr. Katrina Morgan
Dr. Morgan is a Colorado native who has been practicing in the Ft.Collins/Loveland area for the past 12 years. She has lived in Ft. Collins for 22 years and earned her degrees from CSU. Though her primary interest is in preventive care and dentistry, she is proficient in all aspects of general practice. She and her husband Ben love to cycle, hike, ski, snowboard and go camping. She reads whenever she can and enjoys gardening. Her young daughter and son keep her very busy, as do their 2 adorable kittens, “Meatball” and “Rosie”. The kittens are constantly harassing their Beta fish, “Sparkles Spiderman”.
Dr. Ann Vestal
Dr. Vestal graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2007 and joined the Countryside team in 2017. Dr. Vestal spent the first five years of her career in Montana, continuing general practice and surgery in Chicago and Colorado. Dr. Vestal obtained her small and large animal acupuncture certification in 2014, also completing her first physical medicine and rehabilitation internship in 2016. She is passionate about expanding her views and ways of practicing veterinary medicine. In her free time, she loves the outdoors, yoga, horses, and being with her family and beloved dogs: Bella, her wonderful Golden Retriever mix and Sushi, her delightful little Pug.
Sharon is the front office supervisor at Countryside. She moved here from Starkville, Mississippi in August of 1998 and has worked at Countryside since. Sharon enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and their four dogs, Gill – a retriever/poodle mix, Willis – a big black shaggy mix, Sprout – a tiny Chihuahua, and Chicken- a small energetic terrier mix.
Molly moved to Fort Collins from Southern Colorado to go to CSU where she received a degree in theater in 2005. While attending school here in Fort Collins, she fell in love with the area and decided to make it her permanent home. She also attended culinary school in 2013/2014 and works as a personal chef in her spare time. Some of Molly’s interests, other than animals and cooking include bowling, craft breweries, the Denver Broncos and hanging out with family and friends. Molly has two super cute Poodle mixes named Clover and Ginger!
Originally from Denver CO, Amanda moved to Fort Collins in 2001 to attend Colorado State University. She graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in French and minor in Anthropology. She has always had a great passion for helping animals! Amanda loves knitting, reading, traveling, nature, and photography. She is a proud mama of her smiley, adventuresome toddler Robert. Amanda and her husband Stephen also have a loving Siamese cat named Nori, a giant Maine Coon cat name Digits, and a cuddly older cat named Smokey!
Originally from California, Molly moved to CO in 2010 to attend CSU and graduated with an Equine Science and Business Administration Degree in 2014. Loving Colorado, she now lives in Wellington with two crazy Yorkie mixes, Daisy and Gus, a handsome kitty named Esteban and a horse not too far away! Molly enjoys gardening, refurnishing furniture, along with endless crafts and projects. Currently, Molly is in school to become a veterinary technician.
Victoria grew up in Fort Collins and returned after living in Montana. Following a career in newspapers that started in high school, continued through college and a degree in graphic communications, Victoria is now following her heart and passion—working with animals and their people. She is an avid reader, knits and crafts and enjoys time spent with friends. Her constant companion is Emmett, a rescued terrier mix.
Technicians and Assistants
Laura is our Lead Technician and has been a part of Countryside Animal Hospital since 2001. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2005, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and has been working as a veterinary technician since 1999. She is passionate about providing superior patient care, supporting and strengthening her team of technicians, and continually furthering her education and understanding within the field. Outside of work, Laura spends her time on the lake or trail with her husband and senior pets. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to work with the finest professionals and paraprofessionals in the field of veterinary medicine.
In 2008 Darlene moved from San Diego to Fort Collins, but she is originally from Scottsdale, AZ. Growing up her family raised German Shepards, and until the age of 13 she competed in dog shows all over the country (including The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!). In 2008 she began her time at Countryside as a receptionist, but after four years she was given the opportunity to become a veterinary technician. In her free time Darlene enjoys playing volleyball, camping, traveling and spending time with her husband Jonny. Her “children” are a Pug named Lily and a Boxer named Bart. Darlene hopes to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in the next few years because she loves working with animals.
Born and raised in Fort Collins, Lindsey always knew she wanted to work with animals. She has grown up with animals big and small her whole life and currently has one pug named Oscar. As a junior in high school she took the Animal Technology and Research Program at Front Range Community College and became a certified veterinary technician assistant. As a senior in high school she was invited back into the program and was able to complete a 400 hour internship at various animal clinics. She started her first internship at Countryside in 2009 and her second in 2011. She totaled over 600 hours of internship and volunteer hours before she was hired as a veterinary technician in 2012. She plans on continuing her education to become a veterinarian in the near future. In the meantime she is very happy to be a part of the Countryside family!
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 and her husband Jake have a friendly cat named Penny Lane and a very cute dog named Ringo!
Sarah was born and raised in Loveland, Colorado. She’s loved animals ever since she can remember, and always knew she wanted to work with them. In May 2014, she graduated from the veterinary technician program at Front Range Community College and became a CVT in August 2014. After being employed at a clinic in Lafayette for 8 months, Sarah joined our Countryside team in January 2015. She and her family have two golden retrievers, Trixie and Harley, one horse named Honey, and a cat named SuzyQ. When not at work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, church family, friends, and animals.
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 Khushi, a Lab/Golden mix, Gracie and Noodle, both Siamese cats, and a bearded dragon named Rex. Natalie enjoys tennis, running with Khushi, camping, and skiing.
Sue was born and raised in Rockford, IL, graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences, and moved to Colorado in 1995. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2007 with a special interest in Rehab/Physical Therapy and Internal Medicine in addition to General Practice. In her free time she volunteers for Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, Accent Care Hospice and The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. She has a 3 year old schnauzer mix named Roo who is a certified therapy dog and enjoys visiting nursing homes and hospice patients. Also in the family are dogs Andy, Bean and Jumo and kitties Macy, Cricket, Gypsy and Raphaela. Sue also enjoys gardening, walking, golf and any activity involving her pets.
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