About Our Doctors

Dr. Lillian Roberts

Dr. Lillian Roberts graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, and moved to California for a private-practice internship.  In 1989 she went to work for the local Animal Emergency Clinic where she stayed for 8 years, eventually publishing the book “EMERGENCY VET: True Stories From the Animal ER.”  She opened Country Club Animal Clinic in 1996, with the mission of offering customized care to discerning pet owners throughout the Coachella Valley.

After over 30 years in practice, she still loves what she does.  “I’ve known some of my clients for decades,” she says, “And many are personal friends.”  She focuses especially on dentistry and medical cases, but enjoys seeing wellness visits too.  “These are a chance to connect with pet owners and address any minor concerns they may have without the pressure of an active health issue.”

When not at the office, Dr. Roberts enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and bicycling, as well as world travel for nature and wildlife photography.  Many of her photos can be seen on the walls of the clinic.  She shares her home with two middle-aged cats, and two feline senior citizens share her office space.  Dr. Roberts is a long-time contributing member and Member Representative for VIN, the Veterinary Information Network.  She serves on the board of Coachella Valley Animal Network (CAN), and has been a member of the Palms to Pines Rotary Club.

Dr. Laura Huston

Dr. Laura Huston attended prestigious Tufts University in Massachusetts.  After graduating in 1990, she served an internship at Kansas State Veterinary Teaching Hospital before moving to California.

Dr. Huston has worked throughout southern California, but keeps returning to the Coachella Valley.  “It’s my home,” she says.  “I can find everything I need here.”  She has helped us out at Country Club Animal Clinic on a contract basis for years, but in 2021 became an official member of our team.

Dr. Huston’s heart lies in emergency and critical care medicine, and she enjoys working up complicated medical cases as well as soft tissue surgery.  “I still see something every week that I’ve never seen before,” she says, “And it’s just as interesting as when I first started!”  Her spare time is devoted to riding her show-jumping horses, as well as listening to music, and reading mysteries and non-fiction.  She shares her home with two corgis and a cat.

Dr. Mary Hall

Born and raised in East Tennessee, Dr. Hall came to California soon after graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She has been in the desert for five years now and loves the snow-free winters. Her medical interests include dermatology and acupuncture, and outside of work she enjoys playing the saxophone and spending time with her two dogs, one cat and two guinea pigs.

Meet Our Team



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Chelsea has been with Country Club Animal Clinic since 2014, and loves every aspect of veterinary medicine. Earning her Fear Free certificate in 2017, she has a great touch with those nervous cats and dogs who might not be thrilled to see us. Chelsea helps the doctors in exam rooms as well as in surgery, and everything in between.



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After completing her veterinary assistant training, and two years at another local veterinary practice, Scarlett joined our team in Summer 2021. She’s working on her RVT credentials and expects to become certified within the next couple of years. “I knew I was in the right profession,” she says, “When I was excited to come to work even knowing it would be an eventful and crazy day!” She spends her time away from work with her two fur babies and her many friends.


Veterinary Assistant

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Paige joined our front desk in 2019 as a receptionist and immediately showed great instincts in helping people, as of December 2020 she’s been promoted to Veterinary Assistant. Paige will help you schedule an appointment, greet you on arrival and help make your visit great.


Veterinary Assistant

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Onnica joined us from another local practice where she had worked assisting in surgery and dentistry. She likes the opportunity to work in a wider range of patient care while bringing these valuable skills to support our doctors here at CCAC!


Veterinary Assistant

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Kaylee has worked as a veterinary assistant for about 10 years before joining our team in 2021. Her calm personality appeals to nervous pets, who seem to settle down when she holds them. Born and raised in the Desert, she has known she wanted to work with animals ever since elementary school. She enjoys spending her time off in nature, hiking, and exploring away from civilization.


Office Manager

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Joining Country Club Animal Clinic in early 2017, Edna has spent much of her working life in the veterinary field here in the Coachella Valley. When the Office Manager position became available in 2019, she was a natural to step into the position. Between client service and keeping the business office running smoothly, Edna has her hands full!



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Jennie joined our team in early 2022 at the front desk. She has worked with animals since high school FFA, later volunteering at the Living Desert and working at a pet store before making the transition to a vet clinic. She has an AS in Liberal Arts: Math & Science, and is a desert native. She lives with her parents, two sisters, and multiple pets. She enjoys digital media creation, and travel throughout Southern California.



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Clarissa came to work at Country Club Animal Clinic mid-2021. Born and raised in Indio, she has been working with pets since high school. She has lived with pets her whole life, and fostered several. She lives with her parents and three younger siblings, as well as three cats, a chihuahua a bearded dragon and a leopard gecko. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets when not at work.



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Although Zacky’s work is mostly behind the scenes, you can’t visit Country Club Animal Clinic without seeing her work. Filling a difficult position in 2021, she works tirelessly to keep us clean and tidy. She moved here at age two and has spent much of her working life with animals. She lives with her Chihuahua, Chibbs, and loves horror movies and romantic comedies, listening to music, meditating, and creating arts and crafts. She is also a “proud pescatarian!”