Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Countryside Animal Hospital in Mt Juliet, TN! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 615-758-6406 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Doctors

Dr. Robert & Cathy Parsley

Dr. Robert Parsley, originally from Eastern Kentucky, graduated from Auburn University Veterinary School in 2003, and shortly thereafter moved to Mount Juliet. He opened Countryside Animal Hospital in 2007. He and his wife Cathy have two dogs and two cats. He enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling.  
*At this time Dr. Parsley is RETIRED  
Cathy is from central Kentucky and has called Mount Juliet home for almost twenty years. She began her career as a human nurse and now assists in running the clinic’s daily operations and behind-the-scenes work. Dr. Parsley and Cathy attend First Baptist Church Mount Juliet.  Her favorite time of year is Kentucky Basketball season. Go Wildcats!  

Dr. David Lewis

Dr David Lewis, originally from Lexington, Kentucky, graduated from Auburn University Veterinary School in 2009 and joined our practice in 2013. His family has three dogs and three cats. He enjoys woodworking, fishing and being outdoors.

Dr. Jessica Huffman Gilliam

Dr. Jessica Huffman Gilliam, originally from Ohio, has called Tennessee home since 2001 and graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville Veterinary School in 2011 then began her career here at Countryside. She has one cat and two dogs. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family. 

Dr. Octavia Darwin

Dr. Octavia Darwin, originally from New York, graduated from UT Knoxville’s Veterinary School in 2018. She and her husband have 2 dogs (both rescues), a turtle and a snake. They currently attend Cross Point Church. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, piano, and travel. She enjoys getting to help all the pets at Countryside and meeting the owners who love them.

Dr. Juliana Santiago

Dr. Juliana Santiago grew up in Franklin, TN and graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She has two dogs named Todd and Lucy and a horse named Winston. In her free time, Dr. Santiago enjoys riding her horse, doing any outdoor activity, watching baseball, and spending time adventuring with her friends around Nashville. She is very excited to develop long-lasting relationships with both clients and patients!  

Dr. Molly White

Dr. Molly White, originally from rural west Tennessee, attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville for both her undergraduate and vet school careers (Go Vols!). She is our newest doctor to join the Countryside family. She has two dogs, Sunny and Tuck, who keep her on her toes. In her free time, she enjoys all things Dolly Parton, reading, traveling, and anything outdoors with her dogs. Dr. White is extremely excited to join our team and looks forward to the connections and relationships she will build with clients and their pets!

Dr Kaitlyn Zaino

Originally from New York, graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she went back to New York and worked in shelter medicine and general practice until recently when she and her husband moved to Tennessee with her two rescue cats, Milton and Grace. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and cooking

Office Manager

Gerri

Gerri joined our team in 2008 with eleven years of experience in the veterinary field. She also maintains her certification and license as a Pharmacy Technician which keeps us up to date with current medication rules and laws. Her goal every day is to provide the highest level of care for your furry family members. Any spare time is spent with her many dogs, cats and chickens.
P.S. She has a slight addiction to “Poodle Cuddles” – so if you have a Poodle, you have probably already met Gerri.

Receptionists

Debbie

Debbie has been with the Countryside family since 2009. Her primary role is a receptionist, and she also prepares our sympathy cards when your pet passes away and truly takes this task to heart. She is a native of Mt. Juliet with a cat and fish pond. Debbie enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family (especially her grandsons). What Debbie enjoys most about working at Countryside is meeting all the people and their furry families. 

Kayla

Kayla joined us in 2014. Though now a receptionist, she has several years of experience in various roles of the veterinary field. She is from Lebanon and has a Bachelors in Animal Science from MTSU. She and her husband have a cat and two daughters. She enjoys camping, organization, sewing/crafting, and reading. What Kayla enjoys most about working at Countryside is that everyone is treated like family: with compassion and kindness. 

Tyesha

Tyesha joined our receptionist team August 2020. She is originally from Mississippi- The Hospitality State and went to the University of Southern Mississippi. She has two dogs and two cats. She enjoys working out, hiking and spending time with her family. She says that CAH has a wonderful staff that keeps things fun and fresh. It’s shown daily how much we love our jobs and the pets in the community we serve. This makes the job so much easier especially in these times.

Amanda

Amanda joined our receptionist team May 2021. She is originally from Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. She graduated from UT Knoxville. She has one dog. In her spare time she enjoys baking, playing with her son and indulging in some retail therapy. The best part of working here is meeting all the new pets and their owners.

Assistants

Erin

Erin has been with Countryside since opening day in 2007 as a veterinary technician. Her primary roles are to train our assistants and maintaining our laboratory equipment. She is originally from Maryland and moved to Mt. Juliet in the early ’90s. Erin has a Bachelor’s in Animal Science from MTSU. Erin owns seven cats and two dogs, as well as caring for strays around her home. She enjoys gardening/landscaping and shopping. Erin is very much a cat person and loves caring for them here at Countryside. 

Sue

Sue has also been with Countryside since our opening in 2007. Her primary roles are surgical assistant and caring for our clinic cats. She is originally from Washington state. Sue currently has five cats and loves playing with them, reading, and shopping (especially online). Sue is a cat fanatic and caring for them is her favorite thing to do at Countryside.  

Jessica

Jessica has been with Countryside since August 2017. She is from Nashville and attended Wilson Central High School. She has an American Bulldog who she enjoys taking to dog parks as well as a bearded dragon named Jared. In her spare time she also enjoys watching Netflix and canoeing. She enjoys working with her teammates and learning new skills here at Countryside. 

Josh

Josh joined our assistant crew September 2020. He is from Lebanon and is currently attending Trevecca Nazarene University. He does not have any pets at the moment, but grew up with a dog. In his spare time he enjoys shooting, archery, traveling and reading history books. The thing he enjoys most about working here is that there are many learning opportunities as an assistant.

Abbie

Abbie joined our assistant crew June 2020 after first getting her feet wet working in our kennel. She is a Mt Juliet native and is attending Green Hill High School. She has two horses and a bunch of chickens. She is a true outdoors kind of girl and enjoys showing livestock, saddle clubs and barrel racing. Abbie likes the environment here and how we can turn any situation into a learning experience.

Kaitlin

Kaitlin began with us October 2020. She is from Hartsville and is currently attending Vol State. She has one cat. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and boyfriend, go shopping and catch up on Netflix. She enjoys seeing pets everyday and working alongside the nicest co-workers.

Makenzie

Makenzie joined our hospital May 2020. She is a hometown girl and is attending Tennessee Tech as a pre-vet major. She has a dog and a bearded dragon. In her spare time she likes to listen to crime podcasts, read and spend time with family and friends. The best part about working at Countryside is the family here, and how each staff member takes care of one another. And of course seeing all the furbabies.

Shelley

Shelley also began here March 2021. She is from Woodbury, TN and is attending Vol State. She has a farm full of animals including dogs, cats, horses, sheep, goats, cows, fish, chickens and alpacas. When not working, she enjoys hiking, kayaking and exploring. The best part about working here is our family atmosphere and our willingness to train new staff members.

Brailey

Bio and photo coming soon.

Mileka

Bio and photo coming soon.

Kennel Staff

Tina

Tina started working with us in July 2019. She began as a technician and transitioned to the kennel staff and loves it! Most of Tina’s adult life was spent as a restaurant manager, but she wanted to slow down a bit and do something more from the heart. She has six dogs, most of which are rescues. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, fishing, cooking/baking, and spending time with her two grandsons. Tina likes the companionship with the fourlegged friends in her care, as well as the twolegged ones! 

Cherrianna

Cherrianna joined our kennel staff February 2020. She is from Hermitage and was homeschooled. She has a cat and a dog. In her spare time she likes to read, cook/bake and see her friends. The part she enjoys most about working here is socializing with our clients and their pets.

Emma

Emma began working in our kennel September 2020. She is a Mt Juliet native and is attending Green Hill High School. She has a dog and a hamster. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, spending time with her pets and playing tennis. Emma is able to learn a lot from the animals while working here.

Kathleen

Bio and photo coming soon.