Meet Our Office Staff

Confederate Ridge Receptionists are all here for you! Friendly, professional and happy faces on the phone and in the office with a cup of coffee always ready for you. Come meet our receptionists- I am sure they will make your visit great from start to finish!


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    Ashley Dougherty

    Hi! My name is Ashley. I recently re-joined the CRAH family again this December 2018. I get to work as a receptionist and as an assistant. You may see me at the front desk and you may see me snuggling your pets when you pick them up from boarding. 

     I first started at Confederate Ridge in 2005 as a receptionist. I left when I joined the Air Force. I recently retired from the Air Force and moved back home to Fredericksburg. I am so happy I was able to come back and work with such a great team again!

     When I am not petting puppies and making appointments, I am raising my two amazing little boys, Jack & Clark.  My fur baby is my 12 year old cat, Lily.  I adopted her from Confederate Ridge when she was a kitten.
    I look forward to helping you and your pets! Come meet me!

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    Krystal Simmons

    I guess you could say I am the bookie, at least that is what Dr. Witter called me. My sweet dog, Sam and I love to come to work and see all our friends. We make it a fun place to work. Sometimes heart breaking, but a good feeling at the end of the day- knowing we are doing the best that we possibly can for our patients. 

    My husband and I have Sam,  Noble BOAZ our wonder horse and 2 rescue kitties named Thelma and Louie, all live on a farm in SpotsylvaniaCounty. I love to create all kinds of things. I love to paint and do crafts. I Love road trips, spending time with family, friends and working in my yard.

      I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Witter for many years. In the early 80's I worked for Doc and Dr. Dunlap. What a pair, I can't remember them ever having a disagreement. When the time came for Doc to slow down, he had a lot offers, none of which he would even consider. He was just physically unable to work so hard and be here so much. He wanted his CRAH family taken care of, which consists of 20 employees at any given time, for almost 50 years.  Second was his client family, he wanted a human to answer all phone calls not a machine, and someone on the other end of the line that truly cared and would do whatever it took to take the best care of their wants and needs for each pet. He felt he had an obligation to the history of his practice.  Fortunately, the buyer came from within, groomed by Dr. Witter himself. Dr. Newman put it all on the line to carry on the tradition of treating all pets as if they were our own, and all clients and employees as family. Come on by and let me show why I am so proud to be a small part of Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital.

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    Lia McCarthy
    Hospital Manager

    For as long as I can remember I have had a love for animals. There is something so special about the connection and unconditional love that they give to us. I have always wanted to work with animals and things all fell into place for me when I moved to Fredericksburg from Pittsburgh, PA in 2009. Shortly thereafter I began my career at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital. I immediately fell in love with the work, staff, and of course all our furry clients! I felt at home here at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital from the second I started, and I knew this was the place for me. I truly enjoy coming to work everyday and being able to be around our amazing clients and staff! I feel truly blessed to LOVE what I do every day. When I'm not at work, I love spending time with my husband, Chris and our two children, Kennedy and Gunnar. Our daughter, Kennedy is very active in gymnastics and we love watching her any chance we get. Our son Gunnar is all boy and enjoys playing outside and anything to do with superheroes 😊 We have 3 dogs, Colby, Rooney, and McCutchen and 2 cats, Kladah and Finn who we love to snuggle. We love spending time with friends and family and of course anything Pittsburgh! Thank you so much for choosing us to care for your furry family. I promise to give them extra love and snuggles and treat them as if they were my own! 

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    Pat Preston

    As a native of Fredericksburg, Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital has taken care of all my animals since I was a child. I had both dogs & cats growing up as well as horses and Dr. Witter was their vet. As an adult my passion for cats grew and most people know me as the crazy cat lady! I owned The Cats Closet, a cat lovers emporium, for 27 years. After 'retiring' I realized I missed being around people who loved animals as much as I did and I was fortunate to become a part of the CRAH family that I already knew & loved.  I enjoy coming to work every day and being around dogs & cats as well as their owners & our staff. You couldn't ask for a better place to work or bring your fur child.  We treat every pet like they were our own. 

    I've been married to my husband Chuck for over 30 years.  Little did he know when I told him  'Love Me, Love My Cat' what that would evolve into! When I'm not working I enjoy volunteering with the cat rescue Operation Hood, going to the beach,  VT football games, horseback riding and spending time with friends, family & my cats!

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    Dorothy McKeithan

    Receptionist at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital since 1999!

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    Shannon Wholey

    My name is Shannon, I started working at CRAH in February of 2017. This has been by far been my favorite job. When I'm not at work I'm typically just out with friends, doing karaoke, trying to find new places to explore or at home hanging out with my pup Murphy, he is a Yorkipoo. I've always loved animals but I didn't get my first dog until I was 14yrs old which is my dog Murphy. I've always been really excited for when I'm older so that way I can have my own animals, especially rescues. I'd also really love to foster some animals when I'm older. I can't wait to expand my fur family as the years go on and to bring them here where everyone is treated like family. You really couldn't ask for a better group of people to help take care of your pets! 

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    Margaret Singh

    Hi, my name is Margaret! I grew up with a strong love of animals and knew they would always play a big role in my life. I started riding horses at the age of 6 and once I could drive, I was at the barn every day. I also had a pet pig when I was younger and have been obsessed ever since. In my free time I enjoy working out, traveling, and spending time with my husband and dog. 

    I started working in the veterinary field in 2012 as an assistant. I recently joined the Confederate Ridge team in August 2021 as a receptionist. I am very passionate about helping animals, as well as their owners, in any way possible! 


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