Dr. Charles CurieOwner
I am an Ashtabula County native. My family has been here since the 1800’s. They came here to farm and raise their families in the beautiful wooded North Country of Ohio. After graduating from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978 I decided that my ancestors had the right idea and I too returned home to raise a family and practice veterinary medicine.
The faculty at OSU bestowed upon me the great honor of being the most outstanding large animal veterinarian in the class of ’78. I practiced large animal medicine and surgery almost exclusively for the next 20 years. I had built the Country Doctor Veterinary Clinic in 1983 and my associate veterinarians attended to small animals for many years while I stayed focused on the areas dairy and horse farms.
In 1996 a horse that I was working on attacked me and severely injured my neck. I was forced out of large animal practice and transitioned into small animal medicine and practice management. I love this every bit as much as my large animal days.
Over the years our clinic has evolved from a premier large animal practice into a premier small animal practice which has been nationally recognized for excellence in patient care and practice management.
I truly believe that our incredible staff deserves most of the credit for our success. I have had many amazing people work with me over the years and this has been the greatest pleasure of my long career. If you think about it; a veterinary clinic is just brick, mortar, medicine and equipment. It is the people that set it apart and I have been blessed with the greatest staff on the planet!!
The clients have been wonderful as well. We have over 13,000 clients in our data base and I can truly say that it has been a pleasure to know and work with so many people who are dedicated to their animals. We are really in the people business……..the animals don’t bring themselves to the Vet! Thankfully through the people we get to meet and help so many wonderful animals.
Dr. Emily Miller
As an Ashtabula County native I am proud to be part of the Country Doctor Veterinary team. I am a summa cum laude 1996 Geneva High School, summa cum laude 2000 Lake Erie College and 2004 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I have a variety of interests within veterinary medicine. I join our practice with a unique background of fifteen very successful years in equine veterinary medicine. I excelled and focused on sport horse medicine, reproduction, neonatal care and geriatrics. My favorite companion animal areas of interest are preventative wellness care, dermatology, musculoskeletal disease and the human animal bond. I am enthusiastically committed to educating owners to provide knowledge that will enhance the quality of care to our animal companions.
Dr. Melanie Richards
My name is Dr. Melanie Richards. I am an Ashtabula native who graduated from Edgewood High School. During high school, I started shadowing at Country Doctor as part of the Ashtabula Education Service Center Mentorship Experience. I guess they liked me here, because they kept me around. I worked as an assistant through undergrad and veterinary school. In between I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry form Lake Erie College. I was also president of IDA (our dressage riding team) and a tutor for Organic Chemistry. After graduating from The Ohio State University 8 long years later, I came back to work here as an associate veterinarian. I am fortunate to work in all four of our fantastic clinics with all of our amazing team members.