The Doctor team is responsible for each pet's medical needs. A few of their responsibilities include diagnosing, educating, establishing plans of care, prescribing medications, monitoring progress, evaluating states of health, performing anesthesiology, surgery and medical procedures and interpretation of radiographs and laboratory tests. We encourage open communication between pet owners and clinic team members. Our doctor team is at the heart of patient care and provides our leadership in delivering care to your pet.
Dr. Gary Schlapp graduated from University of Champaign-Urbana in 1976. He practiced medicine with his father for twenty years. Dr. Schlapp became the owner of Countryside Veterinary Clinic in 1995. His special interests include orthopedics and general surgery. Dr.Gary Schlapp has been married to Beverly since 1970 and they have two children, Todd and Nicole. His spare time is spent gardening, antiquing, family vacations to Sanibel, bowling, golfing, woodworking and dining out.
Dr.Christine CozenServing Since June, 1996
Dr. Christine Cozen is a 1992 graduate of Illinois State University, where she completed her Bachelors degree in Animal Science. She obtained her DVM from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, and has been working for Countryside Veterinary Clinic ever since. Dr. Cozen has three children and one cat named Star. In her free time, Dr. Cozen enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, gardening, and time outdoors.
Dr.Carolyn ClaytonServing Since July, 2004
Dr. Clayton graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She is married and has two young daughters. Dr. Clayton's dog, Alice, is a rescued Lhasa/ShihTzu mix.
Dr.Karen BockelmannServing Since July, 1997
Dr. Bockelmann graduated from the University of Illinois in 1992 and has been with our practice since 1997. Dr. Bockelmann and her husband have two children, Matthew and Katie. Dr. Bockelmann also has a chocolate Toy Poodle named Rosie, a French Bulldog named Lily, and a cat named Socks. In her spare time Dr. Bockelmann enjoys gardening and being outdoors.