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Meet The Team

Welcome to Chinquapin Animal Hospital, your local veterinarians in Greenwood, SC.

We’re pleased to provide a wide variety of veterinary services for animals in Greenwood and surrounding areas.

 

Michael Ridgeway, DVM

Dr. Michael Ridgeway is a Georgia Dawg. He was born in Athens, Georgia and grew up on a farm in Cedartown, Georgia. He attended North Georgia College and graduated from Emory University. After graduating from vet school at UGA, he practiced for nine years in central Florida before moving to Greenwood in 1981. Chinquapin Animal Hospital opened in April of 1982.

Dr. Ridgeway has two daughters, Lori and Gentry, and is married to Glenda.  His favorite passtime is fishing. Dr. Dawg enjoys trout, bass and striper fishing and has several boats in which to do so.


Paula Watkins, DVM

Dr. Paula Watkins graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a minor in Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Wildlife Management. She graduated from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine, which is located in the British West Indies. The years following graduation brought her more experience in small animal general practices, equine care, and emergency clinics. She joined the staff at Chinquapin Animal Hospital in July of 2007.

Dr. Watkins lives with her five furry kids, which includes a dog and a cat from the Carribean Island of St. Kitts (home of Ross University), two labs and an Australian Shepherd, as well as her husband, Jim, son, Jackson and stepson, Brett.


Caitlin Cochran, DVM

Dr. Caitlin Cochran joined Chinquapin Animal Hospital in May of 2016.  She grew up in Honea Path, SC.  Caitlin attended Clemson University from 2009-2012 with a major in Animal Science before graduating from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.  Caitlin currently lives in Honea Path with her husband, Jacob.  Together, they enjoy watching football and spending time outdoors.

Their furry family members include a Labrador Retriever (Deuce), a Bloodhound (Cooper), two mixed breed dogs, (Buddha) and (Diesel), two cats (Gracie and Finn), a potbellied pig (Oliver) and numerous chickens.


Tarah Graham

Hospital Manager

Tarah has been the hospital manager at Chinquapin Animal Hospital since October of 2005. She began her career in veterinary medicine as an assistant at CAH in May of 2005, after having an interest in the field for many years. She attended Ninety Six High School, Lander University and Piedmont Technical College. She has an Associates Degree in Business.

Tarah lives in Ninety Six with her thirteen year old son, Garrett. The Grahams have an English Springer Spaniel, Chesney, a Cavalier King Charles, Pistol, a Labrador Retriever, Brody and three cats, Tater, Howie and Rudy. She enjoys reading, decorating, shopping, little league baseball, and horses.  She also owns two quarter horses, Jackson and Summer.


Caicos

Receptionist

Caicos is one of our two hospital cats. He is a 13 year old orange tabby. Caicos and his littermates were rescued from the Turks and Caicos islands (hence his name) by Dr. Ridgeway in 2002. He is a very loving cat. Caicos spends his days napping in numerous office chairs, greeting clients, and begging for treats.  We all love him!


Marvin

Receptionist

Our other hospital cat is Marvin. He is a 14 year old, very handsome, gray and white, long haired cat. Marvin was given to Dr. Ridgeway by a client whose dog was too jealous of him. He is very laid back and tolerates anything. Because of his appearance, we consider Marvin famous! His picture has been in our local newspaper numerous times as well as on our billboard and other hospital advertisements. Dr. Ridgeway says that Marvin is the best cat he has ever owned.


Maggie Wideman

Receptionist

Maggie Wideman has been employed at CAH as our receptionist, since November of 2010.  Maggie has an extensive background in customer service and has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Piedmont Technical College.  She lives in Saluda with her Belgian Malinois, Lycan.  She also has two cats, Louis and Gandalf.  Maggie enjoys comic books and comic book conventions.  She is also an avid movie enthusiast.


Lauren Toole

Assistant

Lauren Toole began her career in veterinary medicine at the age of 12 in a large animal practice in Aiken, South Carolina. She first volunteered to help during surgery and later began working as a nurse anesthetist and a night nurse. She started working at Chinquapin Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant in August of 2006.

Lauren grew up raising and showing horses on a national level. She was President of the South Carolina Palomino Exhibitors Association – Youth for many years. She graduated from South Aiken High School and then attended Winthrop University and Piedmont Technical College. She has an Associates Degree in Science. Lauren and her husband, Jeremy, have a ten year old son, Jeremiah. The Tooles have four cats and several dogs. They also show and breed American Staffordshire Terriers.


Debra Morrow

Technician

Debra Morrow began her career at Chinquapin Animal Hospital in January of 2011. She is a certified veterinary technician and has been in the veterinary field for 20+ years. Debbie is also certified in veterinary dentistry. She has two sons, Wesley and Stephen. Debbie enjoys riding motorcycles, camping, hiking, and spending time with her family and pets. She has one dog, Raeghmi, and two cats, Egypt and Cleo.


Melissa Waters

Assistant

Melissa Waters has been employed at CAH as a veterinary assistant since September of 2013, after graduating from Piedmont Technical College’s veterinary technician program.  Melissa and her husband, Heath, live in Abbeville.  They have three dogs, Louie, Bella, and Willie Billie, and two cats, Sloda and Nez.  She enjoys spending time with her nephews and niece, shopping, and staying fit.


Paige Rutland

Technician

Paige Rutland graduated from Piedmont Technical College in 2014 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science, majoring in Veterinary Technology.  She joined our team in May of 2016. Paige lives in Ninety Six with her fiance' Chris and daughter, Mykayla.  They have one fur baby, Lexie who is a Boxer mix that they rescued two years ago.  Paige enjoys time spent on the lake with family and friends.  She also enjoys golf, pool and softball in her free time.