Columbus Countryside Veterinary Clinic

Columbus Countryside Veterinary Clinic has been serving the needs of our small animal patients and their owners for over 40 years.  Our caring, competent staff of veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, receptionists, animal caretakers, groomers, and assistants are here to coordinate your pet's complete care.

We are conveniently located 1 mile north of Columbus, Wisconsin, off of Highway 73 North, with convenient hours to serve your needs.
  • Mon, Wed: 8:00AM-7:30PM
  • Tu,Th,Fr: 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Sat: 8:00AM-Noon
  • Sun: Closed
  • C. David Gerber, D.V.M.

    Veterinarian, Practice Owner
    I graduated from Purdue University in 1976, moved to Columbus, and began practice with the Columbus Veterinary Hospital working with farm animals, horses, and companion animals.  In 1987, I founded the Columbus Countryside Veterinary Clinic, which remained a mixed-animal practice.

    Since 1996, my concentration has been working with companion animals.  In 2000, the clinic switched to solely providing care to companion animals.  I have a special interest in orthopedic surgery and being attentive to alternative therapies that enhance the well-being of our patients.

    I'm married, have four grown children, and eleven grandchildren.  In my spare time, I enjoy tennis, camping, canoeing, and of course, spending time with our fabulous grandchildren.

    Over the years I have enjoyed being part of the lives of a multitude of pets including dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, sheep, snakes, and rescue animals, including birds of prey.  I currently share our home with our cat, Bentley.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1976
    Education:
    Purdue University
  • Carla Twardowski, D.V.M.

    Veterinarian
    I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After practicing in Manitowoc for 3 years, I began my practice here at CCVC in 2002. Prior to veterinary school, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science.

    Here at CCVC, I enjoy working with clients on the best care for their pets, and working through challenging medical and surgical cases.

    Away from work, I spend time reading, gardening, decorating, and watching TV and movies. My husband and I share our home with 6 cats, Chet, Fritz, Goldie, Pete, Midas, and Doom, and our dogs Lefty and CoCo.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1999
    Education:
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Stephanie Brye, D.V.M

    Veterinarian
    I have been a veterinarian since 2003, and have been a member of the CCVC team since 2007.  I look forward to seeing you and your pets soon for routine annual care.  I do also enjoy soft tissue surgery and challenging medical cases.


    I have lived in Wisconsin my entire life, finishing school with a Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. This means I am a Packers/Badgers/Brewers fan and enjoy following my teams very much.


    The majority of my “free time” is spent with my two young children.  They enjoy getting into anything and everything, which means our “furry children” had better watch out!  They are three crazy cats, Charlie, Franklin, and Ellie Mae.  Altogether they are an entertaining group and my husband and I are always kept on our toes. Our house is never boring, never completely clean, and contains very few breakable objects.
    Years in Practice:
    May 16, 2003
    Education:
    University of Wisconsin- Madison
  • Amber Bruhn, D.V.M.

    Veterinarian
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 03, 2017
    Education:
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kristen Christian, CVT

    Practice Manager
    I practiced solely as a technician for many years here at CCVC.  In recent years my role began to shift due to the the clinic's changing needs--I started doing more organizational and advising duties for the practice.  That changed further in the fall of 2010 when I accepted the official title of Practice Manager.

    My goals as a practice manager are:
    1.  Work under the guidance of our practice's mission
    2.  Continue to provide our clients with well-educated staff that are compassionate, friendly, and motivated to give top-notch service.
    3.  To maintain the clinic as an enjoyable place to work for our staff.
    4.  To get to the bottom of my desk!  :)
  • Megan Niehoff, CVT

    Technician
    I began my career at CCVC at the age of 15 as an animal caretaker. Watching the other technicians peaked my interest enough so that I became a vet tech assistant.

    After graduating from Columbus High School in 1998, I went to MATC-Madison for the Veterinary Technician program. I graduated and became certified as a Veterinary Technician in 2000.

    My husband and I share our home with our daughter, Isabelle, our son, Colton, our cat, Willis, and our Golden Retriever, Harbor.  My hobbies include antiquing, decorating our home, and going to the movies with friends.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2000
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Kristen Christian, CVT

    Technician
    My love of animals formed while growing up on a dairy farm in Watertown.  I also worked at a local veterinary clinic during high school, which helped me decide this was the profession for me.  I've always been interested in the emotional bond we form with our animal friends, yet love the scientific and analytical aspect of the profession as well.  

    I earned my degree as a Veterinary Technician from MATC-Madison and passed the Wisconsin licensing exam in 1989.  I've been at CCVC since just prior to graduation.

    In my time away from the clinic, cooking, gardening, and trying to keep up with my daughter and husband keep me more than busy.  Our pets include a Weimaraner (Pippa), three cats (Tux, Kramer, and Elaine), and a duck.

    Additionally, I have a strong interest in sharing my technician knowledge, and started teaching part-time at MATC-Madison in the Veterinary Technician Program in 2008.  It has been very enjoyable to share my knowledge and experience.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 05, 1989
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Elizabeth Brzezinski, CVT

    Technician
    In 2002, I graduated with a BS degree in Biology from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. I emphasized in marine mammals and have worked extensively with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins while living in Cancun, Mexico. I have also worked at the Milwaukee County Zoo with California Sea Lions and Atlantic Harbor Seals.
     
    In November 2004, I joined the CCVC team as a receptionist, tech assistant, and kennel worker. Since then, I graduated from the MATC Veterinary Technician program in May 2009. I then received my certification as a CVT in June 2009 and am now working as a Veterinary Technician.

    I share my home with my daughter, Auburn, and our Labrador retriever, Tracker. My hobbies include camping, four wheeling, running, and traveling; primarily to the Black Hills in South Dakota and St. Germain in northern Wisconsin each year.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2004
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Jessica Dorn, CVT

    Technician
    For as long as I can remember I have wanted to work with and help animals. After graduating from DeForest High School in 2003 I joined the Veterinary Technician program at MATC. I joined the CCVC staff in May of 2007.

    My hobbies include playing softball, horseback riding, coaching youth girls’ basketball, gardening, baking, and going on motorcycle rides with my husband in the summer.

    My husband and I share our home with our son Wyatt, our daughters Autumn and Kora, one very small Yorkie named Stewie, and one cat named Keebler.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2007
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Nichole Showers , CVT

    Technician
    I graduated from Marshall High School in 1999, and went straight to MATC-Madison for the Vet. Tech. program.  I always knew I wanted to work with animals, having grown up with horses, dogs, cats, and many other "critters."

    In 2001, I graduated from MATC, completed the licensing exam and went to work for an animal hospital on the west side of Madison.

    I moved back to Marshall with my young son so we could be closer to my family.

    I joined the CCVC staff in July 2012 as a vet tech.  Since joining the CCVC team I am having a great time learning new tasks and meeting all the wonderful clients and patients.

    I live with my son Logan and our dogs, Chloe and Willow.  In my free time I enjoy walking (with the dogs of course), reading, gardening, and spending time with my son.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 02, 2012
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Kelly Howard, CVT

    Part Time, Technician
    I joined the CCVC team in October of 2003 while in my second year of the Veterinary Technician program at MATC-Madison. Since then, I graduated from MATC, became a Certified Veterinary Technician, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Edgewood College.

    I am also currently employed at MATC-Madison assisting in the Surgical Nursing Lab with 2nd year Veterinary Technician students.

    My love of animals began as a child growing up on a hog farm near Marshall where we had dogs, cats, rabbits, and various pocket pets. My husband and I currently reside in Cottage Grove with our daughters, Kendall and Bayley.  We have a dog named Winnie, and our cat, Gracie.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2003
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Marie Stapleton, CVT

      Technician
    After high school, I attended UW-Platteville for two years and transferred to UW-Madison.  I interned for Jenni-O Turkey Store for three months, and in 2008 I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Poultry Science.  I worked for MacFarland Pheasants for 2 years before deciding to attend Madison College's veterinary technician program.  I graduated in May of 2013, became certified in August, and joined the CCVC staff in November 2013.

    I live in Sun Prairie with my husband, our two cats Zoey and Gizmo, and our dog Max.  I enjoy spending my free time playing board games, camping, playing sports and traveling.
    Years in Practice:
    Nov 18, 2013
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Nicole Frey, CVT

    Technician
    In 2012, I graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology.  After working for a small animal clinic in Madison, I decided to attend the Veterinary Technician program at MATC, and I graduated May, 2015.  I have always been fascinated with animals, and I have a strong interest in animal behavior.  I have been working as an obedience dog trainer at Petsmart for almost 5 years.  I am excited to be a part of the team here at CCVC!

    I share my home with my husband, our son, our dog Loki, and a few reptiles.  My hobbies outside of work include reading, horseback riding, being outdoors, and spending time with my family.



    Years in Practice:
    Aug 27, 2014
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Claudia Katze, CVT

    Technician
    I finished my training in the veterinary technician program at MATC in May, 2017.  I joined the team at CCVC after interning here during the summer of 2016. My love for animals comes from growing up on a farm near Rio, where we raised beef cattle and sheep. My husband and I hope to have a farm of our own sometime soon. We currently have a German Shepherd mix named Letty.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 12, 2016
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Suzanne Bully, CVT

    Part Time, Reception
    Growing up on a pig farm in rural Wisconsin instilled the human-animal bond within me. My husband encouraged me to follow my dream in caring for animals, so I returned to college in my early 30’s and graduated from MATC in 1999. I then passed the WI state board exams to receive my Certified Veterinary Technician license. I enjoy educating clients on animal husbandry and holistic animal care. I have a special fondness for cats and kittens.

    I have been with the CCVC staff for 15 years now and have enjoyed every minute. I also have experience working in an emergency and specialty care animal hospital in Madison, WI.

    Other hobbies of mine include flower and hosta gardening, metaphysics, and spending time in nature amongst furry friends.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1999
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Holly Dehler, CVT

    Part Time, Technician
    I originally started working at CCVC in 1992 as a veterinary technician intern.  I finished the veterinary technician program at MATC, and continued working at CCVC as a CVT until 2003.  I followed my passion for horses and worked at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital in Oconomowoc from 2004-2010.  I currently work part time for my husband at Kaul Refrigeration in Beaver Dam, and am excited to be working part time as a CVT again at CCVC.

    My husband and I live in the country with our 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 5 horses.  In the summer, we enjoy camping and trail riding with our horses, dogs, friends and family, as well as boating and fishing, and like to go on road trips on the motorcycle.  In the fall we spend time hunting, and in the winter we enjoy snowmobiling. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1993
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Karen Gerber

    Reception
    I have lived in Columbus for over 35 years and have worked part-time at the clinic for more than 25 of those years. I have seen the transition from a mixed animal practice dealing with both large and small animals to a totally companion animal clinic. I get the greatest satisfaction being a witness to the love people share with their pets and seeing how they enrich their lives.

    I am the mother of 4 grown children and relish my ever evolving title of “Nana” to 11 beautiful grandchildren. Tennis is a favorite hobby of mine along with traveling and camping.

    My home is shared with a very spoiled cat and a husband, better known as Dr. David Gerber!
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1986
  • Roselynn Uebelacker

    Reception
    After growing up a farm girl, milking cows and “doctoring” my own pets in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, I went to UW-Platteville and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Meat & Livestock. I worked for the USDA Meat Grading and Certification Branch for a summer as a Commodity Meat Grader, and from there went on to work at Covance Laboratories, Inc. as a Study Technician. There, I worked specifically with beagles and cynomolgus macacque monkeys. I have worked in a couple different veterinary clinics and enjoy the atmosphere greatly in both the large animal and companion animal venues. I joined the CCVC team as a receptionist in October 2010.

    Hobbies I enjoy are singing, racquetball, bowling and camping. I live in Columbus with my husband, Nick, our daughter, Aubrey, and our son, Noah. We share our home with a furry feline friend named Zoe, and a Puggle named Marley.
  • Denise Daley

    Reception
    I originally started working at CCVC in 1994 as a receptionist whose duties expanded to bookkeeper.  In 2010, I took a couple of years off and am now back as a receptionist.  If you recognize me, it may either be from here, or from my work at the Columbus Antique Mall. 

    My husband Tom and I raised our two daughters here in Columbus. The girls are now grown and we have four beautiful grandchildren who we love to spend time with.  We also share our home with our cat, Elton, and our Chihuahua, Kiki.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1994
  • Luther Pohl

    Kennel Manager
    I joined the CCVC team in 2003 as the Kennel Manager.  Our boarding guests see me on weekdays.  In addition to the animal caretaker duties, I also help with general clinic maintenance and am one of the groundkeepers at the River Run Dog Park.

    My life away from the clinic keeps me very busy.  I milked cows on our family dairy farm for over 30 years, so hard work is something I'm very used to.  My wife and I have one daughter in college, and as a family enjoy spending time with our dogs, sheep, horses, going to 4-H functions, and going to tractor shows.  I also enjoy collecting farm memorabilia and watching old movies.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2003
  • Laura Nelson

    Animal Caretaker and Technician Assistant
    I am very excited to be a member of the CCVC team, as it gives me the opportunity to do two things I love: work with animals, and clean!  I was born and raised in Beaver Dam, and was unsure of a career field that was the right fit for me until seven years ago, when I brought home a cute chocolate Lab puppy.  He has had numerous medical and behavioral issues, but I fell in love with him in spite of the problems, and knew that working with animals was the right choice for me.

    Outside of work, I like spending time with friends and family, especially my nieces and nephew, watching movies, cooking, baking, volunteering at my church, and doing pretty much anything outdoors. 

    I share my home with my very spoiled Lab, Sam, and three cats: Basil, Indy, and Gabe .
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 26, 2013
  • Melissa Borde, CVT

    Part Time, Technician
    I did my Veterinary Technician internship with Dr. Gerber in 1982.  In 1983, I graduated from MATC-Madison as a Veterinary Technician and started working part-time for Dr. Gerber in April 1985 and have been here part-time every since.

    My husband and I live in the country and enjoy four-wheeling in our Ford Explorer.  We also enjoy traveling and seeing the beauty in the rest of the states.  Our daughters have married, so we are "empty-nesters," and we enjoy spending time with our newly extended family.

    My eldest daughter and I enjoy raising, training, showing, and going to trials with our Australian Shepherds.  We compete in conformation, obedience, and herding.  Our kennel, CarMel Kennel, has produced multiple champions, obedience titles, and stock titles with most of our dogs holding titles in all areas.  We are owned by a pack of Australian Shepherds, a Corgi, and three cats.

    In my free time, I like to relax by reading books and working in my flowerbeds.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1985
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
  • Trisha Roehling, CVT VTS (Anesthesia)

    Part Time, Technician
    I did my Veterinary Technician internship with CCVC in 2002.  After my internship, I worked part-time as a tech assistant/kennel worker.  Upon graduation from MATC in 2003, I worked for another vet clinic for a short time and then came back to CCVC as a full-time CVT in April of 2004.

    I am currently working at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center doing anesthesia for animals, and have specialty certification in Anesthesia.

    My love of animals has been life long with always having animals in my home. My daughter and I have a rat terrier named Finnegan, and a cat,  Penelope.  My hobbies include listening to music, reading, horseback riding and spending time with family, friends and animals.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2004
    Education:
    MATC-Madison
    Interests:
    Anesthesia
  • Sandra Eklof, CVT

    Part Time, Technician
    I began my work with animals as an assistant in my hometown vet clinic at the age of 15. After graduating from Monona Grove High School in 1999, I went on to get my B.S. in biology and international conservation from UW-Madison. I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2005. I joined the staff of CCVC in September 2006.

    My home is shared with three cats--Pinky, Babette and Elsie, and one aquatic turtle named Norman.

    My hobbies include camping, fishing, gardening, baking, crafts and sewing. I put up with winter to enjoy the other three seasons. I’m an avid state park enthusiast and enjoy canoeing and tent camping. Quite often, I use the staff as guinea pigs with my baked goods.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 01, 2006
  • Allison Miller

    Groomer
    I started at CCVC in the fall of 2011 after moving to Columbus with my son, who was born in March, 2011, and our two dogs, Jewels, a Pomeranian, and Finley, a Miniature Australian Shepherd.

    My grooming career began back in 2005 when I started mentoring the groomer that worked at the vet clinic I was doing kennels and assistant work for.   Over the years I learned many techniques, and eventually started working at other grooming facilities and even opened my own grooming business out of our old home in Stoughton.  I've discovered  I have a passion for what I do and a keen eye for detail with the goal of giving the owner what they envision their pet looking like, even if it doesn't meet breed standard.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2011
  • Judy Corbett

    Groomer

    My father, O.R. Corbett DVM, had requests for a groomer at his clinic in Vinton, IA.in the early 1970s& we thought it was something I could do.  I initially learned grooming by working for a groomer as an apprentice.  However, my REAL training came when I became involved in showing dogs!

    I passed all of the testing  sponsored by the Professional Pet Groomers Association in the mid 1980s & became one of the first 50 “Certified Master Groomers” in the country.

    I’ve groomed at numerous veterinary clinics in Minnesota & Iowa.  For much of my professional life I had my own shop in Des Moines, IA. 

     I have owned & shown many breeds including Irish setters, English cocker spaniels, whippets, Pomeranians, dachshunds (wire & long haired varieties) miniature & standard schnauzers, afghan hounds, bulldogs, and other breeds. I am currently licensed by the AKC to judge English cockers, Irish setters, golden retrievers & cocker spaniels (“American”) & Junior Showmanship.  I’ve judged all over the US.  My late husband Pete Bauer was also involved in the canine world as a breeder & AKC judge. 

    As a breeder of English cocker spaniels I have produced more than 70 champions. As a handler I finished at least 200 other dogs for clients.  I bred, owned & showed the top winning English cocker spaniel bitch in the breed’s history. “Witch”  aka ChJaybriar’s Heretic NA ECM, won 7 all breed Bests in Show, 2 National English Cocker Spaniel Club of America specialty shows, Best of Breed at Westminster Kennel Club & the first 2 AKC Eukanuba  shows.  Witch’s other wins were MANY!  She was also a top producing bitch having 26 champion offspring.  She appears in literally thousands of pedigrees of today’s English cockers. 

    I also bred, owned, trained and showed an all breed obedience trial High in Trial winner.  I’ve competed in agility trials & field tests. 


    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
  • Angela Gradel

    Animal Caretaker
    Years in Practice:
    May 26, 2017
  • Sara Tuckwell

    Reception
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 09, 2017
  • Shania Fagan

    Animal Caretaker
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 10, 2016