Dr. Charles Allen
Dr. Charles Allen grew up on a dairy farm in rural New Hampshire. Coming from a family of veterinarians, his interest in animal medicine was a natural choice as he received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of New Hampshire in 1973, continued his education at Cornell University and earned his DVM in 1977. Chuck immediately started working in the Lowville area after graduation, spending 90% of his time practicing large animal medicine .
In 1997, he became a full time small animal doctor for the practice and by 2003 had developed an alternative technique for ACL repair in dogs. Dr. Allen currently schedules surgery and medical appointments for small animal patients at both Lowville and Otter Lake clinics.
Chuck and his wife Caryn live in Lowville, where they have raised three children (Emilie, Jordan and Braden) In his spare time, Chuck prefers to spend quiet time in the woods fishing, hiking and canoeing.
Dr. Peter Ostrum
Dr. Peter Ostrum graduated from Cornell University with his veterinary degree in 1984. After completing an internship with the ambulatory department at the University of Florida Veterinary School, Dr. Ostrum joined the staff at Countryside Veterinary Clinic of Lowville, NY in July 1985.
Dr. Ostrum enjoyed working on small and large dairy farms, concentrating on dairy production medicine, nutrition, NYSCHAP (New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program) and embryo transfer. Working closely with farm owners and their families was a great source of satisfaction for Dr. Ostrum as the family farm has evolved over the past 25 years.
Dr. Stacy Kenyon
Dr. Stacy Kenyon grew up on a dairy farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York before attending Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1995 and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with DVM in 1999. Stacy joined CVC shortly after graduation and has specialized in mixed-animal practice since then.
Stacy currently schedules surgery and medical appointments for small animal patients at both Lowville and Carthage locations and devotes one day a week to dairy and equine clients.
Stacy and her husband, Barry Widrick, have two children (Kaitlyn and Nathan) and live in Lowville. Favorite activities include camping, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Craig Pauly
Dr. Craig Pauly grew up on a 120 cow dairy farm in South Central Kansas. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Pittsburg State University and continued his education at the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his Master's degree in Biomedical Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Pauly joined Countryside Veterinary Clinic in 2012 practicing both large and small animal medicine. He currently schedules appointments for small animal patients at our Lowville and Boonville (Foothills) offices. He also travels our vast practice area providing large animal services for dairy, beef, and equine owners.
During his time off he enjoys watching, playing and attending sporting events of all kinds with a particular interest in football, as he had played college football when attending Pittsburg State University. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and the great outdoors.
Dr. Colleen MacLachlan-Jenny
Dr. Colleen MacLachlan-Jenny grew up in Boonville, NY. Graduating at the top of her class, Colleen received both her BS and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2001 and 2005, respectively.
Dr. Colleen practices small animal medicine and surgery at Countryside's Otter Lake and Lowville locations. She currently resides in Remsen, NY with her husband (Tim) and son (Trent).
Her interests include hiking the Adirondack High Peaks, skiing, and running.
Dr. Jennifer Howard
Dr. Jennifer Howard graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts and attended Framingham State University (Framingham, MA) where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2004. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in cytology and dermatology as well as being involved in the community.
She splits her time in both the Lowville and Carthage locations practicing small animal medicine and surgery.
Dr. Howard looks forward to getting to know both the clients and patients and feels very fortunate to have found a place like Countryside Veterinary Clinic where she can continue to grow as a veterinarian both in the hospital setting and in the community.
Dr. Howard shares her house with 2 dogs. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, exploring the area, and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Molly Pauly
Dr. Molly Pauly grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from the time she was in the 4th grade.
Molly received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University in 2007, before moving west to Kansas for veterinary school. She completed her DVM degree at Kansas State University in 2011 and has been practicing small animal medicine in Central NY since then.
Molly also met her husband Dr. Craig Pauly while in veterinary school. They married in 2014, and now have two beautiful daughters. When Molly is not helping animals, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, and working on her "side hustle" of crocheting.
Dr. Megan Gargas
Dr. Megan Gargas grew up in Central New York graduating from SUNY Poly in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She continued on to Kansas State University where she received her degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2019. The Lowville area is one of her favorite places and she was impressed by the clinic during her student mentorship and shadowing experiences. Megan joined CVC shortly after graduation and has an interest in mixed-animal practice.
Dr. Gargas practices small animal medicine and surgery at Countryside’s Foothill’s, Carthage, and Lowville locations.
Her interests include hiking, kayaking, camping, reading, singing, playing sports, and spending time with family.
Dr. Kaylee Kreft
Dr. Kaylee Kreft, one of our mixed-animal practitioners, is originally from northern Michigan. She joined Countryside Veterinary Clinic shortly after graduating from veterinary school in 2018. Dr. Kreft was drawn to the team atmosphere at CVC as well as the opportunities to practice both large and small animal medicine.
Dr. Kreft earned her Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University.
In her spare time, Dr. Kreft enjoys all the outdoor activities the North Country has to offer, especially hiking with her dog.
Dr. Katrina Amberg
Dr. Katrina Amberg grew up in the Finger Lakes, spending time with her neighbor’s horses and working on a local dairy farm. She graduated Cornell University in 2015 with her Bachelor's in Animal Science, focusing on dairy cattle. During her time at Cornell, she interned at both large and small animal clinics, furthering her love for creatures of all sizes.
Dr. Amberg graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. There she was able to gain further experience in the dairy industry, as well as work on a nearby sheep farm. She has worked as a mixed animal practitioner in the Finger Lakes, but is excited to be up in the North Country.
Dr. Amberg is interested in dairy production medicine and small animal preventative care. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, music, theatre and spending time with her cat, Miri.
Dr. Sarah Zeger
Dr. Sarah Zeger grew up in Rochester, NY and knew she wanted to become a veterinarian from a young age. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Vermont in 2016 where she focused in dairy science. She went on to attend Cornell University where she received her DVM degree in 2020.
Dr. Zeger joined the CVC team shortly after graduation and is currently practicing both large and small animal medicine and surgery. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking with her beagles Leni and Cricket as well as spending time with her cat Willow and rabbit Nellie.
Dr. Julia Brigandi
Dr. Julia Brigandi grew up in Onondaga county and went to undergraduate at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She fell in love with dairy cows working at a small tie stall herd in Cazenovia, NY while completing her degree. Her passion for horses and all other creatures grew as she did from a very young age. She moved to the north country with her supportive husband, Vinny; their two dogs, Westin and Riley; and her horse, Chalice.
Julia loves camping and hiking with her family when she isn’t at work and is super excited to have it right in her backyard. Her favorite things about veterinary medicine is the diversity of animals and people that you get to work with every day- it’s never the same day and you get to use your mind and skills to help in all sorts of situations. She is excited to work with everyone in the north country with Countryside while still being close to her family!
Dr. Daniel Summerville
Dr. Daniel Summerville grew up on a small family dairy farm in central New York. Part of the sixth generation to call the farm home, Dr. Summerville spent his early life helping out with the day to day chores involved with caring for his family’s herd of Registered Holsteins.
Dr. Summerville earned his Bachelor of Science from Le Moyne College and completed his DVM degree at Cornell University in 2022.
In his free time, Dr. Summerville enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, kayaking and hunting. He also enjoys writing, and someday hopes to publish his series of fantasy novels.
Dr. Amanda Hoffman
Dr. Amanda Hoffman grew up in Carroll County Maryland where she spent most of her time at the horse barn or with her other many small furry pets at home. From a young age, she knew she wanted to work with animals. Dr. Hoffman received her Bachelors of Science (in English Writing!) from Towson University in 2013 and completed her DVM degree at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. She worked as a small animal and pocket pets GP & ER technician in Baltimore, MD for 5 years before attending veterinary school.
Dr. Hoffman followed her husband to Fort Drum where he is stationed as an Officer, and joined the CVC family soon after graduation to practice small animal medicine. Her interests include surgery and a fear-free approach to pet care and handling! In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her Dalmatians, wine-tasting with her husband, and riding her horse, Apache.