Our Team

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Hospital Manager

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Elizabeth Wilkes

Elizabeth Pixton Wilkes has been involved in animal rescue and veterinary medicine for 21 years. 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 dogs, Micah and Happy, their cat, Toby, and an African Grey named Sparky (all rescues).

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Debbie

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. 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. Three of the dogs are Boxers; Lyka, Huxley and Roxi; a 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.”

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Emily

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 thrive on being in a position where I can love and help dogs and cats, however none touch my heart more than our feline patients, they are my passion. My precious babies are spread out between my Grandmother's house and mine. Sunny is an Australian Shepherd and Chance is a lab/Pitt mix. Spook, Buddy, Lizzy, Lou, Tucc, Johnny, Millie, Louise, Loreali and Sugars are my beautiful and sometimes fickle felines!

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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!

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Jonathan

Jonathan was born in Utah and moved to Arkansas in 2007. He has 2 fur babies of his own, a 10 year old Chihuahua mix named Chico and a 1 year old Pit Bull mix named Hades. He joined Countryside in 2015 to try something a little different and has found that working with and helping animals is his true calling. He works diligently and compassionately to help care for all of the animals that are in our hospital.

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Trina

Trina joined our Countryside family 2 years ago 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 for 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 clients and is cross-training as a veterinary assistant. She shares her home with two dogs she rescued: a Pug she named Olga and a Chihuahua mix named Bean.

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Shanna

Shanna was born and raised in Arkansas. She has raised her two son's here, Stephen and Gunner.The oldest is leaving for college in Washington D.C. to pursue a degree in sports medicine. The youngest is heading into 7th grade. They share their home with Toby, a Jack Russell and Biscuits, a turtleshell rescue cat. Soon she'll have a chicken coop and will be raising chickens. She loves helping animals and finds it rewarding to help the families of the animals. This is why she loves her job here at countryside.

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Casey Ollar

Receptionist

Casey Ollar has been with Countryside since April of 2017. Born and raised in Malvern, she has loved animals her whole life. Currently she has one cat, a calico named Peaches, but is looking forward to opening her home up to more pets in the future. Casey has volunteered with the Humane Society of Garland County since January of 2015 and serves as their Volunteer Coordinator. This has made her truly realize her passion for animals, and she feels fortunate to have found a job working with them. When not working or volunteering Casey enjoys traveling, going to the movies, and swimming.

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