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Four Paws Animal Hospital & Wellness Center Veterinary Team
At Four Paws Animal Hospital & Wellness Center, we are proud of our highly trained, experienced, and compassionate staff. Get to know our team members and why we love what we do so much!
Veterinarian in Fredericksburg, VA
Meet Our Veterinary Leadership Team
We are solely dedicated to your pet’s care! We look forward to getting to know you, and we hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.
Our Senior Team Members
Once our team members have been with us for five years, they are inaugurated into our “Four Five Club.” (Four Paws, Five Years). These special individuals have proven their dedication to the profession and the patients they serve. Their longevity has allowed them to get to know our clients very well, facilitating an even higher level of customized customer service. We are privileged to have them as part of our team.
Our Veterinary Care Team
Dr. Kathy Kallay
Dr. Kathy Kallay believes that animals should be cared for in a conscientious, responsible manner. Education is an important part of her relationship with clients because better-informed clients have longer, healthier relationships with their pets. As the owner of Four Paws, she is committed to providing exceptional customer service and the highest quality medical care.
Dr. Kallay’s medical interests include Internal Medicine, Behavior, Dentistry, and Surgery. She has received advanced training in all of these disciplines. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and Phi Zeta, a veterinary honor society.
Outside of work, she enjoys reading, walking her dogs, kayaking on our local waterways, and painting. She is also an avid photographer and has won multiple awards in amateur competitions. In the Fall of 2018, she started learning Spanish. Ella estudia cada dia.
A native of Southern California, she moved to Fredericksburg in 2001 following graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. She has been practicing veterinary medicine locally since 2001. Four Paws opened in 2006 as a result of her desire to provide high quality, compassionate, and professional hospital closer to her home in Spotsylvania County.
Dr. Kallay adopted all of her pets from animal shelters or rescue groups: Hobbes, a 7-year old all-around mutt, Willow, a 7-year old Border Collie mix, and Domino, an adult black and white domestic shorthaired cat.
Community service is a way of life for Dr. Kallay. She has been a puppy-raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) and has performed therapy visits in the community with her previous dog Scarlett. She was a Big Sister with Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteered with Team River Runner helping wounded veterans.
Dr. Cara Langfitt
I have loved and had an interest in animals since I was little and that naturally developed into a veterinary career goal. From my start as a kennel assistant at a veterinary clinic in high school, my hobbies and summer jobs have always involved animals. This included summers raising fawns at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA, working at a wildlife rehab center in Milwaukee, and working at a small animal emergency hospital. I graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in animal ecology and graduated from ISU’s college of veterinary medicine in 2010. I worked at a small animal clinic in Missouri for 12 years, and am happy for the opportunity to continue practicing in Virginia. When I’m not working, I enjoy being outside as much as possible and love to hike and bike. I’m looking forward to exploring Virginia.
Cindy’s two great loves are veterinary medicine and accounting! Her journey to Four Paws Animal Hospital has been circuitous, having first managed veterinary hospitals in California, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Maine. Cindy graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1993 with a B.B.A. in accounting. Following graduation, she gained experience in the field of accounting while still maintaining her position as a veterinary practice manager.
In 1997, Cindy joined the Ohio accounting firm of Owen E. McCafferty, CPA, a firm specializing in veterinary tax, accounting, and consulting. While employed with Owen McCafferty, she sat for and passed the CPA exam in 1998. In 2003, Cindy joined the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) as a Practice Consultant. AAHA is a voluntary professional association designed to help veterinary hospitals achieve outstanding standards of medicine. After spending several years in the accounting/consulting arena, Cindy returned to private veterinary practice. “One of the most wonderful things about Four Paws Animal Hospital & Wellness Center, aside from the great doctors and staff, is that it is privately owned. Our ability to be truly creative, innovative, and flexible is due to that fact. I feel privileged to be part of this great team!” When not working, Cindy enjoys just about everything, especially her dog Sky, her three “special-needs” kitties, and two baby mice.
Stephanie joined as Practice Manager in 2013, coming to us with 13 years of human medical management experience. Her genuine love for fur babies, their people, and her great team at Four Paws shines daily in her role as Practice Manager.
Currently, she is pursuing her degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resources. She enjoys working out, healthy cooking, and going to concerts in her free time. Spending time with family and friends is a top priority, and whenever she gets the chance, she heads to the beach.
Emma-Lee grew up loving all animals, and knew she wanted to work with them eventually. Emma-Lee graduated with an AAS in Early Childhood Development, and certificate in American Sign language. Emma is also a certified Cat Behavioral Trainer, and is currently pursuing her certification in Canine Behavioral Training. After that, Emma-Lee plans to pursue her AAS to becoming a Veterinary Technician. Emma-Lee has the pleasure of sharing her home with two cats, Dylan and Alfred, and Laddin, her Service Dog in Training (SDIT). In her spare time Emma-Lee loves to hang out with family or friends, go hiking, paint, read and train her cats and pup.
Brittany obtained her Veterinary Technician degree from Blue Ridge Community College in 2012. She lives in Spotsylvania with her husband, and two kids, Temple (pitbull) and Hazel (cat).
Brittany has experience in emergency, shelter, and general practice medicine and enjoys all aspects of the job. She has a particular interest in companion animal nutrition and geriatric patient care.
As a working mom of two young kids, she doesn’t have a lot of time for hobbies but enjoys reading and taking her family on outings and adventures.
Brittany worked for Four Paws from 2013-2019 and is so happy to be back working with such caring and wonderful people.
Lead Veterinary Nurse
Patrick Dunham, LVT
Patrick obtained his degree from Sanford-Brown college in 2013 and started working for Four Paws in 2019.
He has one cat, Chaos, and a senior chihuahua/min-pin mix named Dutch. He enjoys drawing, hiking, and teaching his cats to do tricks in his spare time.
He believes all creatures deserve compassion and empathy and works hard to ensure all his patients feel safe and comfortable.
Front Office Manager
Cyndi Vera joined Four Paws in October 2020 as our Front Office Manager. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2005, so there isn’t much she doesn’t know about how to provide excellent care to our four-footed friends!
She is a native Texan but has been living in Virginia since 1987. She now has an extended family that includes some grandbabies that are the joy of her life.
She enjoys skiing, camping, and watching movies in her free time. She says her secret Super Power is being an awesome Mom! She does not have any of her own pets currently, so when you bring yours in, be sure to give her a chance to love on yours!
Keely has always loved animals since she was a little kid. Keely started out with pet amphibians and reptiles, and then worked her way up to furry animals! Keely resides in Fredericksburg with her husband, their new baby, their dog Hank, a rabbit, and two guinea pigs.
Keely has had experience in shelter, emergency, and internal medicine, having recently joined Four Paws Animal Hospital from Virginia Veterinary Centers. Keely has loved every aspect of working with animals and looks forward to working in general practice with the great team at Four Paws!
Emily was born and raised in Virginia, where she loved wildlife and domestic critters. Later, she graduated with a biology degree and joined the US Forest Service as a wildlife technician in Idaho. After two years, she came home to work at Four Paws Animal Hospital, where she discovered her enjoyment of animal medicine. Emily is currently working on her veterinary technology degree, hoping to become the best veterinary nurse she can be! Emily has a mischievous cat, a spoiled dog, and an elderly rabbit. In her spare time, Emily can read, work on a creative project, or enjoy time with family and friends.
Client Service Representative
After graduating high school, Rachel got her first job working at a boarding facility. Rachel remembers, “I fell in love with taking care of animals! I worked at several SPCA facilities before landing my first veterinary job, and I fell in love!” Rachel has been with Four Paws as an Assistant and Client Service Representative since 2018. She owns three cats, all of which are rescues, and their names are Kitten, Dan, and Camry. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games with her husband, and collecting Pokémon cards!
Marie started at Four Paws in 2015. She is one of the most compassionate and kind-hearted people we have ever known.
In Partlow, she lives with her husband, kids, dogs, cats, and horse. She enjoys listening to country music and spending time with her extended family.
senior veterinary assistant
Beth had already been working in the veterinary field for over 20 years when she joined the Four Paws team. She has lived in CA, LA, FL, and Japan before coming to Virginia. Her menagerie at home includes dogs, cats, pocket pets, and her husband.
She likes hiking with her dogs, kayaking on our local waterways, and is interested in learning sign language in her free time.
Maureen is a lifelong resident of Virginia and has lived in Fredericksburg for 28 years. She has many years of bookkeeping experience, primarily in the medical field. Maureen has a passion for animals and at one point housed four dogs and six cats, all strays that found her. So, she is right at home at Four Paws! Besides being a rescuer of animals, Maureen is also a rescuer of vintage furniture and décor that is in need of upcycling and repurposing.
front office assistant manager
Garnetta grew up in West Virginia and lived in Fairfax for about 20 years before moving to Fredericksburg in 1995. She joined the Four Paws Team in 2015. Despite having no prior veterinary experience, she has moved up quickly through various positions and now is our valued Front Office Assistant Manager.
She enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her human family and her “grandpets.”
Client Service Representative
Growing up in England, Rosie started volunteering at a local pet hydrotherapy unit when she was just 15. Rosie went on to volunteer at the RSPCA and grooming salon in England before moving to the US and Virginia in 2013. Once Rosie moved to the States, she began working at the local animal shelter and quickly realized that “rescuing” was her passion. Over the last nine years, Rosie has developed experience in the veterinary field and has been working as an Assistant and Client Service Representative. Rosie continues to be passionate about educating the public about the benefits of pet adoption and population control. In her free time, Rosie enjoys spending time with her own pets, which include her six chickens, two dogs, and two cats!
Client Service Representative
Growing up on an Alpaca farm, Rachel has enjoyed working with animals since a very young age. Rachel began working in the veterinary field in 2018 and joined the Four Paws team as a Client Service Representative in July 2021 after moving from Delaware. In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, visiting family and friends, and playing with her dog Zeus. Rachel has recently welcomed a new kitten into her family, known as “No Ma’am”!