Our Team

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.

Hospital Manager


Elizabeth Wilkes

Elizabeth Pixton Wilkes has been involved in animal rescue and veterinary medicine since she was 17 years old. After receiving a degree from HSU in Biology, she moved to Houston, Texas in 2002 to pursue her RVT certification. After graduating from the RVT program and obtaining her license, she worked in the OR at a veterinary referral specialist facility in Houston until returning home in 2010 to raise her daughter, Haley. Elizabeth truly has a passion for animals and is dedicated to Countryside, its staff, clients and patients. When not at work or running her daughter around to all her activities, Elizabeth and Haley enjoy the outdoors and spend lots of time at the lake. They live in Hot Springs Village with their 5 rescues. Three dogs: Grace, Asher, and Happy and two cats: Bruiser and Bruno.



Senior Veterinary Technician/Certified Behaviorist/Client Service Coordinator

Debbie has been working at Countryside for 23 years. A native of Illinois, she started her career in a small animal hospital in Oakbrook and after High School moved to Missouri. She worked 10 years at Warrensburg Animal Hospital and took classes at Central Missouri State University. In her free time she rode and showed Tennessee Walking Horses and Missouri Fox Trotters. Several years later she moved to Kansas and worked at a small animal clinic in Derby, near Wichita. Three years later she moved to Arkansas to be near her family and worked at Edwards Veterinary Clinic here in Hot Springs. After 10 years she took a job with Fort Dodge Laboratories selling biologicals and pharmaceuticals to the veterinary clinics in Arkansas.

Missing the “hands on” work with animals, she came here to Countryside in July of 1994. She earned her degree as a Certified Animal Behaviorist and loves helping our clients with their pets behavioral problems.

She and her husband live with 5 dogs, 7 birds and a large salt water aquarium. Two of the dogs are Boxers; Lyka, and Roxi; a Doberman Apollo; Schnauzer named Hobbs and a “whatchamacall-it” named Jack. They were all rescues except for the fish, which were very expensive!

She loves what she does and her motto is: “Do what you love and love what you do and you will never have a job.”



Certified Veterinary Technician

My name is Emily Crutchfield. I have always loved animals and dreamed of working with them. I went to Arkansas State University-Beebe where I earned an Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. I have been with Countryside Animal Hospital since August of 2012 and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I am blessed to be at Countryside where I can make a difference for the animals I care so much about. While I love dogs, I am truly a cat person. I have an Australian Shepard named Sunny and six cats: Johny, Millie Louise, Tuxx, Izzy, Sipsey, and Ruth.


Amy Jordan

Veterinary Assistant

Amy Jordan joined the Countryside team in 2014 after a long career in Special Education, receiving her Master’s Degree from Henderson State University in 2006. She claims she followed her heart and it led her to us and a new career in veterinary medicine.

Amy moved to Arkansas in 1996 while working with the National Park Service. She has raised her two sons, Lucas and Christopher, and three step children Tristan, Ryan and Simon right here in Hot Springs. Her husband John was the band director for Hot Springs High School for 17 years and still serves as the choir director at St. John’s Catholic Church and has done so for 19 years. John also enjoys playing music at several venues around Hot Springs.

Amy’s love for animals has led to a small zoo at her own house consisting of Reina; an Arkansas Brown - Asia; a Siberian Husky - Lil’Bit; a shi-poo - Winston; an Australian terrier and now she informs us she is on her way to pick up the newest member of her family, Skye; a 1 ½ year old male Siberian Husky. You can’t have just one Husky right? What if we need a sled team this winter?

Come visit Amy and the whole team at Countryside!! We can’t wait to meet you and your fuzzy family!



Veterinary Assistant

Hi my name is Kayla, I have been at Countryside for about 10 years now. I fell in love with this job when I was in high school and started out doing Kennel. Now I’m proud to say I’ve worked my way up to a Veterinary assistant. I’ve grown up working here, it’s not a job to me anymore it’s so much more than that. I love this place, I love the people I work with and I love helping animals. I really do have one of the most rewarding jobs there is. I also have one dog named Lexi and one cat named Wobbles. I adopted Wobbles here at Countryside.


Trina Lies

Veterinary Assistant

Trina joined our Countryside family in 2014 when she and her husband relocated to Hot Springs. She grew up in Wisconsin and lived in Tennessee for 5 years before coming here. Her husband is an animal care inspector for the USDA and Trina has spent most of her life in the healthcare field, working 10 years as an EMT and 3 years as a phlebotomist. Wanting a career change, she came to us at Countryside. She is a passionate advocate for our patients and she shares her home with three dogs and a bird she rescued: a Pug she named Olga, a Chihuahua mix named Bean, a hound mix named Dude and an African Gray named Sparky.


Casey Ollar


Casey has been with Countryside since April 2017. Born and raised in Malvern she always had animals growing up. She currently has a calico cat named Peaches and is eager to open up her home up to more pets in the future. Casey has volunteered with the Humane Society of Garland County since January 2015 and serves as their Volunteer/Event Coordinator. While she has always loved animals, volunteering made her truly realize her passion. She has the best job with the best people and feels very blessed to be here. In her free time she enjoys traveling, shopping, and hanging out with friends.


Alicia Harrington


I have been with Countryside Animal Hospital since August of 2018. I was born in Lancaster California, and moved to Hot Springs in 2007. I have been working with animals for over 10 years, starting in the kennel and working my way up to a vet assistant, and now a receptionist. I have always loved working with animals and the longer that I have worked with them the more in love that I have fallen with them and with my job. I have 3 cats, Poe, an orange tabby rescue who loves to get in to every thing. Sarabi, a Siamese that loves to be left to herself and Mouse, a blue Russian who loves to be lazy. I truly love working at Countryside and all of the wonderful people here, and am so excited for many more years here.


Nichole Gomez


My name is Nichole Gomez. I'm originally from Northwest Arkansas where I had the pleasure of working at a small country veterinary clinic for 10 years! I've always had a love for animals and I'm grateful I was given the opportunity to pursue my passion! I was first a kennel technician and was able to work my way to be a veterinary assistant. I joined the Countryside family in October 2018 and I'm so glad to be here! I have three dogs - an American Bulldog named Brutus, two Shih Tzu's - Meesha and Mr. Wickett, two cats Carl and George and Miss Piggy the pet pig!


Emma Southall

Kennel/Veterinary Assistant 

My name is Emma Southall. I came to Countryside in May of 2018 hoping to find an enjoyable and fun job where I could learn more responsibility and have rewarding experiences with animals and people while finishing high school and college. Here at Countryside, I have found all of this and much more. I have grown up on a cattle ranch with a variety of animals and jobs. My favorite animals have been my dogs, wild hogs, and llama. My favorite jobs have been raising orphan calves and working cows. My current pets are Macky, my German shepherd; Concho, my quarter horse; Louise, my wild hog; Gwendolyn, my Siamese and Lyla, my cat I brought home from Countryside. In my free time I love spending time with my siblings on the lake, kayaking the river, fishing, riding four wheelers, and riding horses.