Meet The Team


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.


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.


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).


Hospital Administrator

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.


Front Office Manager

Maggie Justesen has been employed at CAH since November of 2010. She is the Front Office Manager. 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 husband, Gordon, and their Belgian Malinois, Lycan and Dachshund, Lily. She also has three cats, Louis, Gandalf and Archer. Maggie enjoys reading and comic book conventions. She is also an avid movie enthusiast.



Kaitline joined Chinquapin Animal Hospital in March of 2019. She has always had a passion for animals. Before calling CAH her home, she was employed at an animal hospital in Rock Hill. She lives in Calhoun Falls, SC with her husband and four fur babies Wesson, Drake, Bailey and Natty. Kaitline enjoys photography and many outdoor activities, but her favorites are hunting and bow fishing.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Tabby rejoined our team after working at the Animal Emergency Center in Greenville for over a year. She completed the Veterinary Technology program at Piedmont Technical College in 2016 and has an Associates degree in applied science.

Tabby enjoys continuing education in small animal medicine and pathology. In her extra time, she loves spending time with her three children and husband, and reading.


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.


Veterinary Assistant

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.


Veterinary Technician

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.



Cricket, also known as Chirp, joined our family in July of 2019. She is a dainty girl who is very vocal. Cricket is loving and playful, and sometimes has a feisty streak. She is two and a half years old.


Resident cat

Bunny joined CAH in September of 2019. She came to us as an owner surrender with injuries to her tail and leg. Her tail was amputated; and she wore a splint to heal her leg. Bunny is nearly two years old. She is aloof and not often seen in the reception area, but a sweetheart nonetheless.