Lori Peterson, DVM
Dr. Lori Peterson is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is excited to be joining the staff as an Associate Veterinarian at Countryside Animal Health Center. She is returning to private practice after most recently serving in the field of academic and private research animal care, as well as an occasional relief veterinarian. Dr. Peterson worked full time in private practice in the Midland area for over ten years. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science from Kansas State University before moving to Midland in 1989 and has been involved at least part-time in the veterinary field since 1982.
Dr. Peterson was involved in breeding and training Labrador Retrievers, and then West Highland White Terriers for both conformation and obedience while living in Kansas and during her first few years in Michigan. This experience helped cultivate her special interests in reproduction, dermatology, canine behavior, as well as the human-animal bond. And, although she is not actively showing, her life would not be complete without at least one black lab and one westie.
Dr. Peterson and her husband, Adam, have no worries that their lab, Trinity, and their westie, Emmie, are ever lonely. They also have a calico cat named Hedwig, and a black cat who goes by Bruce Wayne; two hamsters named Alex and Charlie; a red-eared slider turtle known as Tuck; and several tropical fish. Add this menagerie to their four “two-legged” children ranging in ages from 16 years to 9 years old, and you understand why nobody in the Peterson household is ever bored.
Libby Dudas, DVM
Dr. Libby Dudas graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 after completing a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Montana in 2013. She is originally from the Detroit metro area.
Her areas of interest include internal medicine, dermatology, and diagnostic imaging, particularly ultrasound. She also has an emerging interest in canine and feline rehabilitation medicine.
Dr. Dudas lives in Linwood with her husband Chuck who is also a veterinarian. They have two rescued cats, Noel, and Lucy along with 2 ferrets, a Russian Tortoise, and multiple saltwater fish. Dr. Dudas’s hobbies including hiking, kayaking, and gardening.
Samantha Brickel, DVM
Dr. Samantha Brickel was born and raised in the tri-city area. She completed her undergraduate work at Albion College and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
She has a special interest in feline medicine and educating owners in preventative care to help them enjoy a long healthy life with pets.
In Dr. Brickel’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Andy in the great outdoors. She also raises Scottish Highland Cattle. Call to make an appointment to meet with Dr. Brickel today!
Dr. Benson has been part of the veterinary field since 2003; first working as a licensed veterinary technician and now, after graduating from Lincoln Memorial University in May 2018, as a veterinarian. She has a passion for leadership and obtained her Masters in Business Administration in 2008. The loss of her cat, Rock, and her dog, Sweet Pea, during veterinary school, led her to a love for the end of life care for pets and helping people cope with the loss of their beloved companion.
She is working to become certified in hospice and palliative care and plans to start an in-home euthanasia business. Dr. Benson has 3 dogs (Chomper and Littlefoot, Dachshund mix brothers, and Maverick, a Rottweiler) and a cat (Jazz, a tortie). She loves spending time with her pets, as well as her niece and nephew. Dr. Benson has been known to get a little crazy cheering on the Michigan State Spartans, especially during March Madness (Go Green!). She looks forward to her journey as a veterinarian and seeing what life has in store for her!