Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Paul Pifer

    Dr. Pifer graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.  Upon graduation, he spent time working on farm animals in southwest Ohio before moving to Alaska, to work on small animals and horses.  During his time there, Dr. Pifer developed a love for the sport of dog sled racing and has been a volunteer veterinarian on the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 15 times, as well as many other dog races.  During the race season, Dr. Pifer can be seen at many schools and group meetings in the area, presenting his  “Iditarod Talk” so those who never venture to Alaska may also understand these amazing animals.

    In 1993, Dr. Pifer moved from Alaska and began working at Countryside Animal Hospital.  He has a tremendous passion for all animals, but feels he is best at helping owners of aging pets optimize their quality of life.  His special interests include orthopedics, dentistry, sled dog medicine, and spinal manipulation.

    When not working, Dr. Pifer enjoys being outdoors.  He loves the woods and gardening.  He and his wife hike, camp and kayak as often as they can. When he does retire, or at least slow down, Dr. Pifer really wants to get back into arts/crafts, like he did in high school/college.  His two favorites were pottery and jewelry making.  Dr. Pifer has two grown children, Ashley and Benjamin, and two dogs, Sam and Roxie.

  • Kristy W.
    (Office Manager)

    Kristy has been with Countryside since 2001.  She began her career here as a receptionist and became the office manager in 2005.  She loves that every day at the hospital brings new challenges and it is always different.  She especially loves helping clients find solutions to problems - She truly wants to help!

    When not at the clinic, Kristy can be found with her family doing fun activities or at home playing.  She's an avid runner, gardner and really enjoys any activity that can be done outdoors.  Kristy also has a dog, Ellie, who loves to wear pink coats and sweaters!

  • Joné Jaquay
    (Marketing/Social Media Director)

    Joné joined the Countryside family in 2016 with a previous background in the medical and entertainment fields.  She dreams of 'someday' living in a log cabin by a lake (with REALLY good internet service) and raising a garden, goats, and alpaca.  Until then, she is busy raising her puppy pile of 2 female English Mastiffs and a male Golden Retriever (Francis Jean, Ruby May, and the Handsome Mr. Marley).  She has 2 hands and 3 BIG dogs so, she is always on an adventure.  She cannot help it tho, she likes big mutts and she cannot lie! 

  • Renee S.
    (Lead Veterinary Technician)

    Renee has been at Countryside Animal Hospital since 1989.  She loves what she does and with her soft spoken manner, the clients and patients love her.  Renee is passionate about animal dentistry and its importance for pet overall good health.

    Renee and her family love to spend their down time camping with family and friends.  You can find her on the weekends cheering on her stepson, who is an avid hockey player.  Renee is considered the stray pet mama, as she can't say no to an animal in need.  Her husband helps keep her 'hobby' under control, so they only have a dog named Sidney Sue and a cat named Scruff Monkey.

  • Wendy W.
    (Veterinary Technician Assistant)

    Wendy has been a familiar face at Countryside Animal Hospital since June of 2012.  She loves helping patients and really enjoys watching their various conditions improve after treatment.  Wendy graduated from The University of Findlay with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science/Pre-Vet in May 2014.  She plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health at the University of Toledo this fall.    In her spare time, Wendy can be found spending time with her family and playing hide & seek with her Rottweiler, Nero.

  • Liz B.
    (Lead Customer Service Representative)

    Liz has been at Countryside Animal Hospital since  2012.  Her ability to multi-task, makes her an important part of the Countryside family.  She enjoys helping clients understand “doctor talk” and can frequently be found on the floor snuggling with dogs visiting the clinic. Liz is pursuing a degree in Respiratory Therapy, but during her free time she can be found playing with her son, Logan, or watching football.

  • Mike F.
    (Kennel Manager)

    Mike has been a friendly face at Countryside Animal Hospital since 2000.  In charge of our kennel area, Mike develops a one-on-one relationship with each of the animals that come to stay at Countryside.  The animals just love him and he loves how each day brings about new challenges.  His attention to detail and warmth make him an important part of Countryside Animal Hospital.  When Mike has down time, he can usually be found either working in his yard or watching football with his 10 year old Finnish Spitz mix, Zoey.

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  • "We have been taking our dogs here since 1988 & we couldn't be happier with the services we have received!"
    Ellison Weber - Sylvania, OH

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