Alyssa and "Tookie"

Dr. Harms examining a 

Red-Tailed Hawk with an injured wing

Deana Puckett


Kellsie is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through Penn Foster College. She joined the staff at Countryside Animal Clinic in 2014. She has now worked in the animal field for 3 years. She resides in Streator along with her husband and daughter. She is the proud parent of 4 dogs, "Paisley" the pug, "Tank" the Chihuahua, "Gracie" a lab mix, & "Wrigley" a pug mix.

"Myrtle" & "Elmer"

Dr. Abbie and her husband, Derek, were married in June of 2014.  Derek currently works as a quality auditor at Vactor.  They share their home with two cats, "Owen" & "Cummins", as well as their two Boxer "Myrtle" & "Elmer".

Dr. Abbie Eiten is a 2013 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her undergraduate work at Illinois Valley Community College and Illinois State University in Normal, IL.  Since Dr. Abbie was born and raised in Streator, and is also the niece of Dr. Schmitt, she has had the privilege of working in pretty much every area at Countryside since she was very young.

Dr. Robert Harms


701 Oakley Ave. Streator, IL 61364     815-672-4576

Countryside Animal Clinic is a full-service, small animal hospital. The veterinarians and staff at Countryside have been providing Streator and the surrounding communities with outstanding veterinary care for over 30 years.  Dr. Susan Schmitt first opened the clinic in 1985, as a single doctor.  Since then, Countryside has evolved to become a modern four doctor practice that continues to provide our patients with the latest advances in veterinary medicine.  All five of our veterinarians are Streator natives and proud graduates of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Clinic Cat "Harvey"

Michael & Hannah with "Waylon", "Buster", and "Duke".

Dawn first started at Countryside Animal Clinic in 1997 as a Kennel Assistant, and now holds the title of our Kennel Supervisor.  Dawn works closely with Streator High School's work program, helping train students in the every-day tasks of being a Animal Care Assistant. 

Dawn shares her home with several rescue cats, a bunny and her three rescue dogs Taco, Chachi, and Pixie.

Animal Care

Danielle Ethington


Dr. Michlik is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduating, she moved back to her hometown of Streator to start her veterinary career at Countryside Animal Clinic.

Dr. Michlik shares her home with a housecat named "Charlotte".

Dr. Susan Michlik

Dr. Susan Schmitt


Dr. Schmitt is a 1982 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  Before going to vet school, Dr. Schmitt attended Illinois Valley Community College.  She then attended Southern Illinois University where she received a bachelor's degree in animal science, followed by a masters degree in reproductive physiology.  After graduating, Dr. Schmitt practiced in Milwaukee for one year, then spent two years in University Park.  Then in 1985, she returned to her hometown of Streator and opened Countryside Animal Clinic.

Dr. Schmitt shares her home with two birds, a Blue and Gold Macaw "Bo", and a Yellow Naped Amazon "Pedro", two cats "Gertrude" and "Sally", and lastly, "Iris" the Bernese Mountain dog.

Dr. Kelsie Allen

Ella & "Gracie"

"Paisley", "Tank" & "Wrigley"

Animal  Care Assistants

Dawn Elias

Danielle first joined Countryside in 2012 as a kennel assistant, but her passion for animals did not end there. She started working as a veterinary assistant in 2014 and couldn't be happier. In her free time she enjoys endless naps with her dog "Lexie" and two cats. 

Kellsie Chalkey

Hannah graduated from the International Business College Vet Tech institute in 2013 where she got her degree in animal science. She started working at Countryside Animal Clinic in 2017 and has been working in the animal field for over four years. Outside of work you can find her hanging out with her husband. They share their home with 3 dogs, two cats, and a lizard. 

Hannah Knox


Dr. Abbie Eiten

Danielle and Dawn with "Emmy" & "Buddy"!


In Loving Memory "Cherokee"

Deana joined Countryside in 2009 as a receptionist in the front office.  Deana and her husband share their home with two Scottish Terriers, "Abe" and "Darby", and two house cats. 

Karie Hallowell

Dr. Kelsie Allen is a 2018 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  Before going to vet school, she attended Northern Illinois University where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology.  Dr. Allen is excited to begin her veterinary career at Countryside Animal Clinic.  
Dr. Allen is the proud parent of a Great Dane, “Grady”, as well as two horses, “Molly” and “Longfall”.

About Our Clinic

Our Animal Care Assistants are dedicated to keeping your pet comfortable during their stay at Countryside Animal Clinic.  They all take pride in making sure your pet's needs are met no matter what, treating each pet as if it was their own.  Some of their daily tasks include feeding, exercising, bathing, brushing, and making sure they have a clean and comfortable place to sleep.  All of our Animal Care Assistants are very conscious of each pet's condition during their stay and make a point to notify the doctors and technicians if anything unusual arises.


 The clinic's newest Mascot in 2015!

Karie joined Countryside in September of 2010 as a receptionist in the front office.  Karie enjoys being the "Grandparent" of the clinic, she said, "I get to play with all of the animals, and then send them back home to their parents"!

Dr. Harms is a 1989 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  Upon graduating, Dr. Harms spent a year as a large animal veterinarian, then joined Countryside Animal Clinic in 1990.

Dr. Harms holds a federal and state license that allows him to medically and surgically treat sick or injured birds of prey, including hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons.