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 pastime is fishing. Dr. Dawg enjoys life in Edisto as much as possible.
Caitlin Cochran, DVM
Dr. Caitlin Cochran joined Chinquapin Animal Hospital in May of 2016. She grew up in Honea Path, SC. Dr. Cochran 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. She currently lives in Honea Path with her husband, Jacob, daughter, Anna Kate, and son, Charlie. Together, they enjoy watching football and spending time outdoors.
Their furry family members include two Labrador Retrievers (Deuce and Tripod) , a Bloodhound (Cooper), a mixed breed dog (Diesel), one cat (Finn), a potbellied pig (Oliver) and numerous chickens.
Christina Weise, DVM
Dr. Christina Weise joined Chinquapin Animal Hospital in June 2021 after practicing for one year in Augusta, GA. She grew up in North Augusta, SC and attended the University of South Carolina Aiken from 2012-2016 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2020 obtaining her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Weise enjoys general practice veterinary medicine with specific interests in preventive medicine, feline medicine, exotic animal care, dermatology, nutrition, ophthalmology, enterology, geriatric management, and pain management.
In her free time, Dr. Weise enjoys painting, hiking, camping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Dr. Weise lives with her husband, Craig, and their four animals—a yellow Labrador (Delta), Blue Heeler mix (Tiny), Beagle mix (Mabel), and their sassy orange cat (Nami).
Tarah has been the Hospital Administrator 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 seventeen year old son, Garrett. The Grahams have three dogs, five cats, and two horses. Tarah enjoys reading, decorating, shopping, traveling and photography.
Lauren 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 son, Jeremiah. The Tooles have four cats and several dogs. They also show and breed American Staffordshire Terriers.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Paige 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 enjoys surgery and has a special interest in emergency medicine.
She lives in Ninety Six with her husband Chris and daughter, Mykayla. They have three dogs and two cats, and enjoy time spent on the lake with family and friends as well as hiking to waterfalls.
Debra Morrow works at CAH as a veterinary technician. She has been in the field for 28 years. She knew she wanted to work with animals from a very young age. Debbie was licensed in Arizona years ago but moved to SC to be closer to family in 2010.
She has two sons and two grandsons. Debbie and her boyfriend Mark enjoy riding motorcycles and having cook-outs with family. They are proud parents of seven fur babies and one feather baby. Their dogs are Raeghmi, Ruckus, Delu, Crews and Klaus. They have two cats, Mirage and Cairo. The feathered baby is a 17 year old Cockatiel named Sunny.