At Your Back

A team that cares.


Caring. Committed. Talented. The team at Country Valley believes that your pet deserves the best care there is. It’s why we get out of bed in the morning.


Crystal C. Murray

Veterinarian and Hospital Owner

Dr. Crystal has loved animals of all shapes, size, and types since she was born. Dr. Crystal is the practice owner and hopes to be around for many more years!. Her earliest memories surround petting cats and sitting on horses. She decided to become a veterinarian when she was 7, and it remains the only real choice for her. Dr. Crystal graduated from Cornell Veterinary University in 1996. She & her family moved from New Jersey to New York in 2006. Crystal spent a few years trying to find the right hospital to work for, and eventually decided that the best thing to do would be to open a practice of her own. Professionally, Dr. Crystal enjoys internal medicine, dermatology, Ultrasound, and practice management. In her spare time, Crystal loves hiking with her dogs, Rainy and Loki, riding her horse, Smokey, reading a book with one of her cats curled up on her lap, skiing with her son, Nathaniel, and playing tennis with her daughter, Katrina. She also enjoys time out with her husband, family, and friends, and doing almost anything active and outside.

Stacey Bunting

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Stacey joined our team in 2015. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Dr. Stacey grew up in southern Illinois on a large farm where she developed a love for agriculture and animals! She would often be found as a little girl playing with the barn kittens. That deep love of animals is exactly the reason she decided to become a veterinarian. At CVVC, Dr. Stacey especially enjoys surgery, ultrasound, and even specializes in pot-bellied pigs! Really – she loves anything with a smush face – she has a Pug and an English bulldog of her own! Dr. Stacey and her husband made the move from Illinois to New York after she graduated veterinary school, fueled by their love of the Northeast. Being from the flatlands of Illinois, they both love mountains and adventure out to hike and explore often. They – along with 3 dogs, a cat, and a newborn baby – reside in Ballston Spa, NY.

Stephanie Rogers

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Stephanie Rogers grew up in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Stephanie to our team this spring, 2019!. She received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University in Nebraska, and then graduated from the University of California Davis veterinary school in 2013. She worked in the San Francisco Bay area for five and a half years before moving to New York. Dr. Rogers has a special interest in dentistry and canine rehabilitation. She spends her free time with her husband chasing after their son. They enjoy hiking and exploring all the area has to offer. They share their home with a hyperactive Lab named Vincent and cranky cat named Luna.

Kelly Spence

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kelly Spence joined the CVVC team in the Summer of 2020. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Rose and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2011. After working in the capital district for the past 7 years, she’s excited to practice veterinary medicine closer to home. Dr. Spence is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and takes a special interest in all things cat. In her free time she enjoys jogging, gardening, and drinking lots of coffee. Dr. Spence lives locally with her husband, three children, and mischievous cat Duckie.

Katelyn Pugliese

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Katelyn Pugliese grew up in Merrick, NY and currently resides in Delanson, NY. She received an undergraduate degree from SUNY Cobleskill and earned a DVM degree from Ontario Veterinary College in 2018. Although she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Katelyn has particular interest in preventative health care and parasitology.

Outside of veterinary practice, Dr. Pugliese enjoys skiing, hiking, and boating. She also shares her home with two dogs, Bailey and Howie, as well as a highland cow named Abby.

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

-AD Williams


Audrey Hichens

Licensed Veterinary Technician and Hospital Manager

Audrey is a Veterinary Technician who graduated with an a.a.s. in Veterinary Technology from SUNY Delhi in 2001. Audrey joined our team in 2013. Audrey was interested in the veterinary field at a young age because of her love of animals. It wasn’t until she was licensed that she understood how important her role as an advocate for the patients would be.

Audrey has had many wonderful pets through the years. She currently has a 9 year old mixed breed dog named Tyler, who was a foster that became part of the family. She also has 2 guinea pigs, Willy and Caesar and 5 chickens.

Audrey grew up locally and now resides in Meco with her husband and 2 daughters. In her free time she enjoys camping, crafting/scrapbooking and taking trips to the ocean.

Katey Rowe

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Katey joined our team in early spring, 2018 as an LVT. She first graduated from SUNY Morrisville in 2007 with a A.A.S in Equine Science and Management, and then went back and graduated in 2013 with a B. Tech in Equine Science and Physical Rehabilitation. She then graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2015 with her A.A.S. in Veterinary technology. Her professional interests include anesthesia, surgery and physical rehabilitation in both equine and companion animal fields.

In her free time, she owns and operates a small equine boarding facility in Broadalbin called GreenLeaf Farm with her husband Joe and their 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses and 6 Nigerian Dwarf goats. She also enjoys riding and snuggling with the fur kids.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Amber is a Licensed Veterinary technician. Amber joined our team in early spring, 2018. Amber started in the veterinary field in 2002 as a kennel worker in Glenville. She then attended the SUNY Delhi animal science technology program, graduating in 2007. Amber chose to work in veterinary medicine because of her love of animals and her desire to help them.

Amber grew up in Scotia where most of her family still resides. Through the years Amber had many different kinds of pets including cats, reptiles, and rodents. Currently Amber has 2 rabbits, 1 fish, and 3 cats.

In the Summer Amber likes to travel to New Hampshire and camp in the woods. Amber also likes to do crafts and to bake for her family.

Stephen Blaha

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Stephen joined Country Valley Veterinary Clinic in August 2019. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2005, and has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2012. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Stephen showed an early talent with animals and has worked with animals for his entire adult life. After working as a veterinary assistant for a few years, he went back to school at the Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in Aurora, CO. There he earned an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology before moving back to New York.

He and his wife, Christine, moved to the Capital Region in 2014. They currently live in Scotia with his their daughter, Marina. They also have a rescue cat, Athena, and a rescue dog, Kiya. Stephen is a self-professed geek, and enjoys reading and writing sci-fi and fantasy fiction in his free time. He also likes playing board games and traveling with his family.

Kathleen Cordero

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Meet Kat, the newest addition to the CVVC team! She went to SUNY Geneseo where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2015 and soon after graduated with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Medaille College in 2018. She has 4 years of experience working in emergency medicine and nearly a year working surgery specialty. During that time she discovered that not only could she help animals in critical condition but she could also assist in translating for Spanish speaking clients! When Kat isn’t doting on our furry patients at work she loves cooking, reading, and hiking with her fiancé and their two pups.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Janelle joined CVVC in June of 2021. In 2017 she received a B.S. in Biology at Ithaca College, then returned to school at SUNY Delhi where she received an A.A.S. in Veterinary Science Technology. She recently became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Her love for animals and passion for veterinary medicine started at a young age. She gained experience throughout high school and college working at local clinics as a kennel hand, receptionist and veterinary assistant. In her free time, Janelle enjoys camping, hiking, paddle boarding and traveling with her friends, family and boyfriend.

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

-Albert Einstein



Veterinary Assistant

Jackie is a veterinary assistant who has been working with animals since 2013. Originally from Long Island, she started out as a groomer before moving to an emergency clinic. In 2017, Jackie moved to Upstate New York where she continued to work in emergency medicine for 3 more years. During that time, she developed a passion for making veterinary visits a more positive experience for pets and got her Fear Free Veterinary Professional Certification in 2019. Jackie has two dogs: a Labrador Retriever named Bodhi and a mixed breed rescue named Vira. In her free time, Jackie enjoys outdoor activities with her dogs as well as video games and video editing.



Bio coming soon!



Rory joined our team as a receptionist in 2020. Rory is currently an online student at Indiana University pursing a B.S. in Mathematics. She grew up working on a large horse farm, using all of her wages to pay for riding lessons. Rory plans on continuing her education and advancing in veterinary medicine. She loves working with animals, and dedicates all of her success to her beloved dog Koda.

Nicollette Sherman

Veterinary Assistant and Customer Care Liaison

Nicollette graduated in 2012 from Suny Cobleskill with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. Growing up on a dairy farm, she knew early on that she wanted to have a career in animal care. Nicollette has two dogs – Kora, a 3 year old Rottweiler, and Pixie, a 7 year old Pomeranian. They love to snuggle together and with her! Nicollette also has a small flock of chickens and 2 bunnies.Nicollette first joined our team in 2013. She moved out of the area in 2014, but when she returned in 2017, she came back to work with us again. She has a certificate in dog grooming and a strong interest in dog training and rehabilitation. In her spare time, if she is not reading a book with both dogs trying to fit on her lap, she will be hiking, fishing, or at the gun range.

Brittany Brower

Veterinary Assistant and Customer Liaison

Brittany is a veterinary assistant who has been in the small animal field for over 12 years. She received her associate’s degree in Web Design from Hudson Valley Community College in but her heart has always been with animals. Brittany has been with us since the beginning, 2010 as it was forming and there is no where she would rather be! When she is not at the clinic, you can find her volunteering with the rescue organization Out of the Pits Inc, spending time with her two rescue Pit Bull Terriers (Petey & Momma/Jenny), camping, or hiking in the Adirondacks.

Anne Marie Dame Hallum


Anne Marie joined Country Valley Veterinary Clinic part-time in 2011 and enjoys seeing all the interesting pets that are taken care of there. She has a degree in Business and has worked in the field for many years. Anne Marie lives in Stillwater with her husband and two rescue dogs, Max and Summer.

When she is not working at one of her many jobs, Anne Marie enjoys spending time with her husband and her three boys and their significant others. When they all get together they like to do outdoor activities. The family goes boating in the summer and they particularly enjoy hiking, fishing, and camping together. They also very much enjoy an annual vacation in North Carolina. In the winter months Anne Marie likes to cross country ski or snow shoe.


Customer Care Liason

Leanna joined our team in 2020 but has been in the veterinary field for 5+ years since her very first job in high school! She moved here from Wisconsin this year to be closer to her fiancé, and loves the small town mountain views of upstate New York. When she’s not working she is either volunteering in a Bible education work or exploring the Schoharie county area. Other than spending time with family and friends, she enjoys cooking, reading, horseback riding, frog hunting, off-roading, or snuggling up in front of a warm bonfire. Her true passion lies in the recovery and well-being of pets, along with the consistent and supportive client care.