Amanda has her diploma as an Animal Care Specialist, she is a certified pharmacy technician, she has her A.A. from Daytona State College, an A.S. in Veterinary Technology, B.A.S. in Business Management, and is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager.
Amanda has worked in every area of the clinic. She has a special interest in radiology and assisting in surgery. As Countryside’s practice manager, she is dedicated to employee management, patient care, and open client communication.
Amanda was born and raised in Deland. She enjoys spending time with her 2 kids, family, and friends. She also loves pit bulls!
Amanda is “an oldie but a goodie.” She was a newlywed and client when she started here in 1998. You might remember Amanda from her friendly sarcastic humor and hyper attitude. She has been accused of always being right about everything, but she’ll disagree with that. She enjoys the fast-paced receptionist work and getting to know our clients. Amanda is a strong and caring asset to our team and we expect to have her as part of the Countryside family for 21 more years to come!
Amanda was born and raised in Deland, and graduated from DeLand High School in 1995. She and her husband of 20 years recently relocated to a new home with their 2 kids. Her daughter attends DHS and is involved in the ROTC. Her husband and son are active in Cub Scouts. Her kids are her pride and joy, and she loves being a mom. Because of her furry family, she has a special fondness for Boston Terriers and snowshoe Siamese cats. In her spare time, she also enjoys photography.
Brittney joined the receptionist team because she has a large spot in her heart for caring for animals, and she couldn’t imagine doing it anywhere else. She graduated from Deland High School and attends Daytona State College. Brittney enjoys being a homeowner in DeLand with her rescue dog "Yeti."
Brittney grew up in a close family that took care of injured animals and rescued everything from kittens to squirrels, which sparked her passion for pets. When she’s not at work, Brittney enjoys crafting and spending time outdoors fishing and kayaking.
Brittney carries on the Countryside tradition with the great attitude of treating all your pets as if they were our own.
Dominique worked at a medical office with Shelby before joining the Countryside receptionist team.
Dominique is originally from Tasmania, Australia. She is the youngest of 6 children. She and her husband are first time homeowners in Daytona. They love their wiener dogs, Sizzles and Brisket (check out their Instagram page @SizzlesandBrisket).
In her spare time she enjoys taking spontaneous vacations with her husband, cheering on WVU and Cincinnati Reds, playing trivia, and going to concerts.
Erica’s love for animals and her desire to pursue a career working with them is what brings her to Countryside. She has customer service experience and is really enjoying learning new things, getting to know our clients, and playing with the puppies of course.
Erica lives in DeLand with her twin sister. She says her parents are her role models, and her basset hounds “Ollie” and “Fettywap” are her babies. Erica graduated from DeLand High School and has her associate’s degree from Daytona State. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida.
All of Erica’s spare time is spent in New Smyrna Beach. She enjoys working out, spending time with family, and going to concerts.
Team Countryside since: 2016 (previously 2013-2015)
Katherine is Countryside’s international jet-setter. She took a year off to teach in Costa Rica and work as an au pair in Italy. She has spent time in over 10 countries, including Ireland, England, Scotland, South Korea, and France.
Katherine was born and raised in Deland. She graduated from Deland High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Florida. She has enjoyed working in animal hospitals that care for both large and small animals. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and going to the beach. As a new homeowner in DeLand, she spends all her spare time painting and remodeling.
Team Countryside since: 2018
Originally a client when her dog injured his knee and our veterinary team performed orthopedic surgery, Natalie was working as a groomer before she joined the Countryside receptionist team.
Natalie was born and raised in Deland. She graduated from Deland High School in 2010. She has a degree in photography and continues her education at Daytona State College.
Natalie spends all her time with her 2 dogs, a pair of shepherd/corgi brothers. They run 5k races together and visit the Farmer’s Market downtown. She also enjoys taking her horse on trail rides, she rides English and Western disciplines.
Team Countryside since: 2005
Melissa has over 20 years of experience with veterinary clinics, zoos, and rescue work. In her 15+ years at Countryside she has worked as a lab tech, receptionist, surgery and anesthesiology assistant, laser therapist, and in office management. She takes a special interest in managing Countryside’s social media and website, being captain of the bowling team, and coordinating volunteer and fundraising events.
Melissa loves DeLand and everything our small town has to offer including charity events, craft shows, riding bikes, shows at the Athens, restaurants, and ice cream shops. Melissa and her husband recently bought their dream home on an lake in Deltona with their 2 young children. She has an army of dogs including a senior pug, spunky chihuahua, special needs Weimaraner, and rescue dobie puppy. She also has 3 rescue cats that have all broken their legs and a one-eyed kitten. Melissa is very close to her family, they enjoy playing board games, reading books, visiting theme parks, and going to the beach.
Team Countryside since: 2003
Terri is originally from Georgia where she worked for 10 years in veterinary medicine before coming to Countryside. She has a Surgical Technician degree from Daytona State. Everyone knows Terri as the “little blonde girl up front.” She greets everyone like they’re a friend and she loves all of our patients. She sets the standard for Countryside receptionists with her smiling face and sparkling attitude.
Terri follows a fitness routine that includes Crossfit training, running 5k’s, mud races, and a healthy diet. Her Florida-grown husband is a retired Florida Fish and Wildlife officer, serves in the National Guard, and works at Stetson University. Terri spends time with her 5 awesome kids and 5 grandchildren! They enjoy going to theme parks, concerts, boating, and to the beach. She has a Bengal kitty, an American bulldog, and “hotmess express” bull mastiff.
Team Countryside since: 2012
Vanessa filled out an application at Countryside based on a recommendation from Amanda Mills. She has pharmacy experience, she is a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration with a minor in Business, and is working towards her MBA at Stetson. She works full time at Stetson University, but she is an essential part of our weekend receptionist team. Vanessa prides herself on keeping the reception area, charts, paperwork, and supplies organized and stocked.
Originally from Miami, Vanessa is a true Florida girl. She has been in DeLand for over 10 years, she has 1 dog and 5 cats. Her new husband is a coach at CrossFit DeLand where they both enjoy working out. She also enjoys cruising, going to Disney and the beach.