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.


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 associate’s degree in Business.

Tarah lives in Ninety-Six with her son, Garrett. The Grahams have four 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.


Veterinary Technician, Receptionist

Debra Morrow works at CAH as a receptionist after 28 years as a veterinary technician. 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 husband, 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.


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 Assistant

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, newborn son, and four fur babies Wesson, Drake, Bailey, and Natty. Kaitline enjoys photography and many outdoor activities, but her favorites are hunting and bow fishing.


Veterinary Assistant

Madison rejoined our team in April of 2022. She enjoys meeting all of the exotic pets, puppies, and kittens; but thoroughly enjoys working critical and emergency cases when needed.  Madison loves to spend her free time with her boyfriend, Alex, and her fur babies. She has four dogs and seven cats.


Veterinary Assistant

Lauren joined our team in August of 2021.

She loves meeting all the kittens and wants to take them all home. Lauren enjoys monitoring anesthesia during surgeries, and helping with our hospitalized patients. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has two dogs and five cats that she spoils.


Certified Veterinary Assistant

Colbi began her veterinary career in 2015 as a volunteer at a wildlife rescue. There she gained experience with waterfowl and raccoons. She has worked in grooming, and preventative veterinary clinics, and is now a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She graduated from the Animal Behavior College in 2021 and is currently continuing her education online at Penn Foster to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Colbi joined our team in January 2022.

In her free time, Colbi enjoys spending time with her husband, Sidney, daughter, Amelia, and all of their animal babies. The Haneys have ten dogs, eight cats, and various pocket, reptile, and arachnid babies.


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.


Resident cat

Slick Rick came to Chinquapin in October of 2021 as a stray kitten. He developed a nasty eye infection and underwent surgery to remove his bad eye in December. Rick has been with us ever since. He is a sweet boy.