Our Doctors

Dr. Brian Keller

Dr. Brian Keller was born and raised in Medford, Minnesota. He attended pre-veterinary medicine at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. While there he was involved in various clubs as well as varsity wrestling. He entered Veterinary School at the University of Minnesota graduating in 1990. He has been a member of the Countryside Veterinary Clinic team ever since. His veterinary interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and ophthalmology.   While Dr. Keller spends most of his time in the clinic working with small animal clients, he also enjoys working with our farming community.

Dr. Keller and his wife, Debbie, have 2 children, Jon and Kathryn.  Debbie just retired in 2020 from her teaching career at the River Falls Middle School, Jon works in the IT field in Eden Prairie and Kat lives in Denver, Colorado working as a CNA.

Dr. Keller and Debbie have a full house of pets:

Hope – Yorkshire Terrier who is the boss and "in charge" of all the other pets in their home!
Harli – Yellow Lab - she is everybody's friend.
Mikey & Pebbles – 17 year old litter mates.  Pebbles is the snuggler and loves to cuddle up, whereas Mikey demands his attention each night!

Dr. Keller enjoys most outdoor activities including hunting, fishing including ice fishing, gardening, biking, bee keeping and water skiing. He sure likes to stay busy! He also helps out with the youth wrestling programs in New Richmond. Dr. Keller can also be seen spending time with his family! He enjoys watching sports as well, his favorite teams include the Minnesota Twins, Viking and Gophers.

Dr. Meredith Smith

Dr. Smith and her husband Mark, have three wonderful children - Lauren who is attending UW-Milwaukee, Carson and Erika - both students at New Richmond High School.


They share their home with 5 pets.  Gypsy is a Boxer/Coonhound mix, who seems to be a bit on the lazy side, you can either find her on the bed or couch.  Lilly is an English Setter who makes picture taking a bit of a struggle, she always likes to close her eyes whenever the camera comes out!  Boo is also an English Setter, unlike Gypsy, Boo loves to spend her day chasing any mice or birds that may find home within the yard.  Meredith also has lots of chickens, all of which are named so she can tell them apart. She also has Felix the Hamster. Felix however can be found hanging out in Erika's room. Erika shares the love of animals just like her mom (future Veterinarian in the making?). She also has Chester the Gecko and numerous fish tanks all around. I'd say the Smith household is very busy!

In her spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, photography, spending time with family, camping, hiking, or any other outdoor activity.  Her favorite sports teams are the Minnesota Twins, and Gopher Basketball.

Dr. Corey Johnson      

Dr. Johnson graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Johnson and his wife, Samantha along with 2 daughters - Evelyn who is 2 1/2 years old and Gwenyth who will celebrate her 1st birthday soon - moved to the New Richmond area and are happy to be close to his family - who live in Stillwater MN.

The Johnson family have a few pets:  Viggo - a mixed breed who is know to the family as "The Policeman", Jasper - a domestic short-haired tuxedo cat who is the all-around trouble maker in the family and Sybil - a domestic short-haired tabby cat who looks like a cat but acts like a dog.

When Dr. Johnson has spare time he enjoys camping, fly fishing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and home repair & remodeling.  Whew!

Unfortunately Dr. Johnson has not listed himself as a Green Bay Packer Fan - but we will assume the best there! He reports that his entire family is Die Hard Packer Fans and his father-in-law plans to buy him Green Bay Packer license plates as soon as he becomes a true Wisconsinite.   He doesn't watch too many sports but when he does - he enjoys watching the All Blacks - New Zealand's rugby team.

Samantha and the rest of the family say that Dr. Johnson's special talent is that he is able to quote movies verbatim.  Cool.  We'll be testing him.

Dr. Rachel Juelsgaard

Dr. Rachel Juelsgaard is from Iowa and now resides in good ole’ Wisconsin. Aside from her parents, she grew up with three brothers, and currently has two nieces.

She attended Iowa State University for her degree in Veterinary Medicine. Fun Fact: Dr. Juelsgaard attended veterinary school with Dr. Johnson!

Dr. Juelsgaard currently has a domestic-longhair cat named Louie! She also has an awesome dog puppy named Bruin who loves people and will roll over for belly rubs at a moments notice. A warning has already been given that she WILL acquire more animals the longer she works here.

In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family in Iowa, hiking, horseback riding, exploring local restaurants, wineries, & breweries, as well as working on home renovation projects.

She is a fan of the ISU Cyclones. We’ll slowly but surely convert her to a Wisconsin Badgers fan. 

Dr. Alicia Butler

Dr. Alicia Butler grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota with her parents and younger brother. She now resides in New Richmond with her fiance Andrew Keller and fur children. Dr. Butler attended the


University of River Falls for undergrad and then the University of Minnesota for Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Butler has a black lab named Willow who keeps her busy and in shape with all his energy. Willow loves to hunt and train for hunting tests. She also has Mel who is a quarter horse who has been her buddy for over 17 years. He was her favorite 4-H project growing up and now is her favorite trail companion. Mel loves his treats and lazy trail rides through the hayfield.

When she is not at the clinic, you can find Dr. Butler relaxing at the barn with her horse, going on adventures with her fiance, hunting and spending time outdoors (especially during the fall weather!).

Dr. Butler likes to stay true to her Minnesota roots when it comes to sports teams. Her favorite team is the Minnesota Vikings!

Fun Fact: Dr. Butler absolutely loves the fall season and everything it includes. It could potentially be labeled her favorite (well besides Christmas of course, her favorite holiday!)

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