Dr. Amy Charlton
Dr. Amy Charlton was born in a small town in upstate New York, as the youngest of 2 children and the daughter of a fire fighter she learned early the value of life and how precious it is. She always had a love of animals and knew early on that she wanted to be a veterinarian. At the age of 13 she got involved in a 4-H pre-vet club held at the local animal shelter. Her father felt that it was important to see both sides of Veterinary Medicine, and to realize that not all animals have loving homes, some needed to be euthanized solely due to the lack of available homes to care for them. Undeterred Dr. Charlton went on to pursue her undergraduate work at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX in pre-Veterinary Medicine. While in Texas she worked at a Veterinary emergency clinic as a technician at night and during holiday and school breaks she worked as a technician for Neal Animal Hospital. Also while in Texas she met her husband Bruce, who in which she married on May 16th, 1992. After completing her undergraduate requirements Amy and Bruce moved to Sand Springs, Oklahoma where she worked full time at a day practice as a veterinary technician. She applied and was accepted to Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she worked in the small animal hospital as a surgical technician until she graduated with her DVM in 1997. Wanting to be closer to her family, Dr. Amy took a position in Edison, New Jersey as her first job as a Veterinarian working for a very large twelve doctor practice called Raritan Animal Hospital, the birthplace of Science Diet Pet food. It was here that she gained invaluable experience dealing with a large caseload and long hours.
Dr. Amy’s parents were snowbirds to Florida in 1989 then moved to Florida full time in 1998. When her father became ill and sadly passed away, she and her husband decided that Florida would be their family’s permanent home in order to remain close to her Mom. Dr. Amy worked in Orlando for 5 years before opening Countryside Animal Hospital in Saint Cloud, where her home has been since 1999. While in Orlando Dr. Amy started pursuing additional training in alternative medicine, herbal therapy, and (at the prodding of her mentor) Acupuncture, in order to try and improve the outcomes of her cases and to offer more natural ways to treat the common problems encountered in daily practice. Since then Dr. Amy has completed the Acupuncture course at the CHI Institute in Reddick, FL and has taken additional courses in herbal therapy. Dr. Amy loves learning new things and mentoring aspiring future veterinarians.
As a Christian Dr. Amy believes that God has given each of us talents, not only for our benefit but for the benefit of others. With this in mind she has a strong sense of community and giving back. Countryside Animal Hospital proudly supports multiple missionaries throughout the world on a monthly basis as well as local groups such as the Police department’s anti-drug programs, The Florida Baptist Children’s home, youth rodeo programs and numerous sponsorships of youth activities in Saint Cloud. She has volunteered her time to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine admissions committee from 2010 to 2013 as well.
Dr. Amy has three children, two sons, and a daughter. Clayton born in December 1995, Kazimara born in October 2000, and Malcolm born in December 2007. In her spare time she loves to watch all her children compete in rodeo, Kazimara compete in volleyball, and Malcolm competes in martial arts. She also enjoys the beach, traveling, horseback riding, and snow skiing with her family. She has one lab named Doc, three cats- Bobbi, Meeshu, and Barbi, four horses- Rebel, Dash, Diesel, and Tom, and three chickens.
Erika Weiss – Technician/Wildlife Rehabilitator
Erika has been working in the veterinary field since 1995. She has been working alongside Dr. Charlton since 2000. Erika is certified in wildlife rehabilitation and specializes in neonatal care. She has attended the Chi Institute and is a certified technician in acupuncture and herbal therapy. She is also trained in Tui Na (medical massage) and is certified in basic RECOVER CPR. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Cassie Oliveri – Technician
Cassie has been part of our team since 2010. She has been in the veterinary field since 2001. She attended Valencia Community College and obtained an A.A. degree in business management. She has also attended the Chi Institute and is a certified technician in Chinese medicine and acupuncture and was trained in Tui Na (medical massage). She is also certified in basic RECOVER CPR. Cassie has a special interest in alternative medicine and food therapies. Cassie has one daughter named Gracie. They have two cats, G.G. and Kingston. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, the beach, cooking, spending time with family, & THE DALLAS COWBOYS!!!!
Jamie Blair – Technician
Jamie moved to St. Cloud in 2014, originally from Detroit, Michigan. He has worked with animals for over 10 years and has owned animals of all sorts throughout his lifetime. He has two sons named Ryker and Tucker, two cats named Cheddar and Gary-Ann, a dog named Waffles and several fish. In his (small amount of) spare time Jamie enjoys photography, art, and is currently working on writing his first novel.
Alysia Miller – Veterinary Assistant
Alysia began as a volunteer in 2010 and joined the staff later in 2016. She graduated from the Osceola County School for the Arts as an Orchestral major and has an A.A in General Studies from Valencia College. She has two Chihuahuas named Shaun. In her leisure time, she enjoys researching Ethnobotany, gaming, and playing the violin.
Sophia Vermeulen – Technician
Sophia has been part of our team since July 2016. She graduated from the Harmony High School Veterinary Assisting program. She is currently attending UCF majoring in Biology with a minor in Business. She plans to obtain her Bachelor’s degree and then continue to grad school to get her master’s degree. She has a pet tortoise named Ravioli and a cat named Sahara. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, climbing trees, walking her tortoise, and longboarding.
Jessica Czipulis – Veterinary Assistant
Jessica began as a volunteer in August of 2017 and joined the staff in June of 2018. She graduated from Harmony High School and is attending the University of Central Florida. She plans to dual major in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications. Jessica has a special interest in large animals and she loves to show livestock. In her free time, she volunteers her time at local schools.
Anastasia Freytes – Technician
Anastasia has been a part of the team since August 2019. She has been in the veterinary field for 5 years. She obtained her A.S from Penn Foster in Veterinary Technology. She is now attending Valencia College to begin her path to becoming a veterinarian. She has two rabbits, Moo and Bear. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, napping, and going to Universal Studios.
Juliette Buduen – Veterinary Technician
Juliette has been with the practice since October of 2018. Originally born in South America, she has been a local to Saint Cloud for most of her life. She started her career in Veterinary medicine by volunteering and in interning at the local animal shelter for three years, gaining experience in both small and large animal medicine. She is now working on her undergraduate degree and plans to go to Veterinary School. She has three fur children named Roxy, Cici, and Lena. In her free time, Juliette enjoys watching movies with her dogs, figure skating, and reading a good book on the beach.