Doctors & Staff

Our Doctors

We want you to be involved in your pet’s health care and choices. We spend the extra time to thoroughly discuss your pet’s health and medical conditions so that you can make educated choices about their health care needs.

By integrating the best of traditional veterinary medicine/surgery with holistic medicine, we are able to offer your pets the best of both worlds. It affords you greater flexibility and choices for your beloved pet.

Click on each doctor’s photo to learn more about them.


Richard A. Barr, D.V.M., B.S., M.S.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – Zoology

  • Ohio University, 1972
  • Associate degree in Chemistry & Microbiology
  • Cum Laude honors

Master’s degree (M.S.) – Nutrition

  • Ohio State University, 1973
  • Suma Cum Laude Honors

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

  • Ohio State University, 1977
  • Phi Zeta Honors

Practice Emphasis

  • Small Animal & Equine Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Reproduction

Dr. Barr is originally from Columbus. Ohio. He is married and has four children. He lives on a farm in Maribel and enjoys the beauty and tranquility of country life. His other interests include ‘tinkering’ with cars, woodworking and spending time on his farm. You may also see him riding his Harley in the summertime! He has many animals including horses, steers, dogs, and cats.


Karen Strickfaden, D.V.M., B.S., C.A.C., C.V.A.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – Biology

  • University of Michigan, 1989
  • Cum Laude honors

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

  • Michigan State University, 1993
  • Phi Zeta Honors

Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist 1995

Certified in Animal Chiropractic 1996

Practice Emphasis

  • Holistic medicine

Post Graduate Courses and Training

  • Bioresonance Therapy
  • Western & Chinese Herbology
  • Flower Essence Therapy
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Osteopathic Animal Normalization Therapy

Dr. Strickfaden’s  interest in holistic medicine has stemmed from her personal experiences and medical issues. She enjoys the challenge of helping an animal that no one else could. She is originally from Troy, Michigan. She is married and has 2 wonderful children. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, horseback riding and running her kids to activities. She has 3 horses and various dogs and cats that find their way into her home.

Aili V. Heintz, D.V.M., B.S.

Bachelor in Science (B.S.)-Science in Agriculture

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities,  2000
  • Magna Cum Laude Candidate

  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

  •  University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 2008
  • High Honors

 Practice Emphasis

  • Exotic Medicine
  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Heintz has been practicing both small and exotic animal medicine since her graduation in 2008. It has always been her passion to help all animal members of the family whether furry, scaly, or feathered to be able to lead long and healthy lives. Dr. Heintz is originally from the area and grew up just outside of Howard. She is married and has 2 energetic boys at home. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, family adventures, and outdoor activities including fishing and swimming.  She shares her home with a dog named Mimi.

Our Staff

Get to know our staff – we all love animals!

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Business Manager

Becky, countrycare animal complex

Client Coordinator

Team Coordinator

Social Media Specialist

Kyle countrycare animal complex

Head Client Care Specialist

Kaitlynn, countrycare animal complex

Certified Veterinary Technician

Brooke, countrycare animal complex

Certified Veterinary Technician

Sami, countrycare animal complex

Certified Veterinary Technician

Certified Veterinary Technician

Certified Veterinary Technician

Sarah, countrycare animal complex

Veterinary Technician

Shawn, countrycare animal complex

Certified Veterinary Technician

Samantha, countrycare animal complex

Veterinary Assistant

Christa, countrycare animal complex

Client Care Specialist

Client Care Specialist

Client Care Specialist

Animal Caretaker & Receptionist

Animal Caretaker 

What People
Have Said

"At Countrycare we received very excellent care from the entire staff. Dr. Barr is incredible, honest and full of wisdom. We have had two of our Prized Great Danes to see him. His approach to alternative treatments was very welcomed as well as his belief in traditional care and tools. Both dogs are doing great, and we will continue to seek his wisdom and expertise."
- Harold & Laura G., Luxemburg