Our staff is dedicated to providing your four-legged friends with the same level of care and compassion that we give to our own animals. We respect the special bond that you have with your pets. We focus on ensuring that they receive the best treatment during their stay at our hospital, as well as optimal health and wellness at home with you.

Dr. Braaten was born in Kiev, Ukraine where she also attended and graduated veterinary school. As a child growing up, she brought home a variety of abandoned animals, nursed them back to health and found them new homes. However, more often than not she would end up keeping them herself. Becoming a veterinarian was a natural choice, and she loves coming to “work” everyday. Her main focus is preventative medicine and she believes that many diseases can be avoided with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and her two rescued dogs Tia and Barnacle.

Andrii was trained as a veterinary doctor in Europe and has over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field. He has been working as a technician at Countryside since 2013. Andrii loves all types of animals and he is working towards obtaining his veterinary licence in Canada. When not at work Andrii loves to travel and see new places and try new cuisine.

Karlie was born and raised on the peninsula and attended Stelly’s Secondary School. She has always had a love for animals and volunteered at a horse rescue where she developed a passion for horses. She has also helped with fostering dogs and volunteering for a local rescue. Throughout her life she has had all sorts of animals from dogs, cats, hamsters, rats, a horse, and fish. Karlie is very excited to be working at Countryside Pet Hospital and expanding her knowledge of animals.