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.
Dr. Catharine Speights
Dr. Speights is the founder and former 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 and white cat named Puck.
Dr. Kerry Hoobler-Riek
Dr. Hoobler-Riek is the owner of Countryside Animal Hospital. She graduated from CSU, in 2001, and has been at Countryside since 2007, and purchased the clinic from Dr. Speights in December of 2020. 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, Baloo a cuddly sweet kitty and a laid back Great Pyrenees mix named Finn. 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. Danielle Huval
Dr. Huval has been practicing veterinary medicine for 18 years, graduating from Whittier College in California and receiving 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. She greatly enjoys getting to know her patients and working with their families to find the best plan of care. 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 DC. After becoming interested in the One Health Initiative, Dr. Spicciati moved to Colorado so she could attend veterinary school at Colorado State University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Public Health along with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. 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 2 wonderful children. She has a special place in her heart for Newfoundlands and other giant breed dogs.
Dr. Susan Plaza
Laura is our Practice Manager and has been a part of Countryside since 2001. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2005, 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. Outside of work, Laura spends 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.
Ari is a receptionist here at Countryside. Born and raised in Colorado, Ari graduated from Colorado State University in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. He has always loved working with animals and began working at an animal clinic and an animal ER when he was 13. He is pursuing a masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In his free time, he loves spending time with his Chihuahua mix Gimli.
Felicia is a Colorado native and has a deep love for animals. She graduated from Front Range Community College in 2017 with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology, and shortly after became a Certified Veterinary Technician. After spending a short time working at Countryside as a technician, she found that she thoroughly enjoyed communicating with clients and their fur babies. Felicia has since become a full-time receptionist! She loves being able to use what she learned in school while still having a focus in client relations and seeing their adorable pets. In her free time she enjoys golfing, coloring, reading, and singing on her church’s worship team. She has a very flamboyant Betta fish named Squirt.
Shannon is honored to work with a talented team of professionals at Countryside Animal Hospital in Fort Collins. She originally grew up in the Midwest and it seems her life has always had some type of animal in it; from horses to guinea pigs to even a few baby raccoons! In her free time, Shannon is an amateur photographer, cupcake connoisseur, and has two green thumbs. She takes great pleasure in welcoming new and returning customers and assures them that their pets are under excellent care while in our hands. Thanks for choosing CAH and she looks forward to meeting you soon!
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 growing up and entered livestock competitions. Currently, Ani lives here in Fort Collins with their cat Celeste, of 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.
Katelyn was born in upstate New York but has lived in Colorado since she was 9. She has always loved animals and at a very young age actually helped her mother nurse their tiny dog back to health from a deadly case of E. coli. Since then, Katelyn has years of experience working as a veterinary technician and receptionist. She is also a certified pet sitter. Katelyn loves hiking, camping and kayaking in beautiful Colorado. She shares her home with her musician husband John, their three dogs Coal, Emmett and Raccoon and their small backyard poultry farm and are excited to welcome their baby boy soon! She is very happy to be part of the Countryside team and looks forward to providing you and your pet the best care possible with a smile on her face at your next visit!
Technicians and Assistants
Sheila is our Lead Veterinary Technician and a Fort Collins, CO native! She started at Countryside in April 2018, but has been a veterinary technician since 2012. Sheila enjoys watching football, golfing, spending time with family and friends, and visiting all of the breweries Colorado has to offer. She especially loves canoodling all her fur babies! Sheila takes pride in what she does and is extremely happy to be part of the Countryside team!
In 2008 Darlene moved from San Diego to Fort Collins, but she is originally from Scottsdale, AZ. Growing up her family raised German Shepherds, 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 camping, traveling and spending time with her husband Jonny. She welcomed a son, named Jax, in 2016 and shares her home with a darling, outgoing Pug named Kismet, sweet, shy Boxer named Bruce, and new puppy Tony. Darlene enjoys client education and meeting all the wonderful pets that are seen at Countryside Animal Hospital.
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, 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 Khushi, a Lab/Golden mix, a sweet retriever named Lexi, Gracie and Noodle, both Siamese cats, 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 has 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 is currently studying to become a certified veterinary technician. In her spare time Ellie enjoys hiking, crocheting and baking vegan delicacies. Her passion lies with rescue animals, volunteering at local animal shelters. At home she has two cats named Deldrick and Rupert.
Jade was born and raised in Virginia Beach VA. Moved here in the summer of 2018 to start a new life. She is currently going to school at Aims Community College to get her Radiologic Technology, A.A.S degree. Her passion is being around animals along with cars. In her free time she is exploring everything Colorado has to offer and spending time with her boyfriend’s family. Back home she has two horses and one dog that lives with her family and a cat, Lucia that lives here.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Kelly graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science with a concentration on marine biology. She worked as a divemaster in several countries around the world collecting data for coral reef research. In 2019, Kelly moved to Fort Collins with her two dog children, Rocky and Maya, to follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She is currently working on her application to CSU veterinary school. When she can, Kelly enjoys skiing, hiking, surfing, scuba diving, and traveling.
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