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135-A Pinnacle Pl.
Little River, SC 29566

About Us



Owner, DVM

Dr. Kathy Duford graduated from Michigan State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.  She is known affectionately to her clients and staff as just “Dr. Kathy”.  Her gentle nature and soft-spoken words make her a natural with her animal patients.  Dr. Kathy has a growing interest in acupuncture and holistic medicine and is teaching herself to play the guitar.



Owner, Practice Manager

Pert has a background in education, administration and landscaping. Her diverse work history makes her a natural leader as Waterway Animal Hospital’s Practice Manager. She has an immense passion for our feline patients and is known to staff as “The Cat Whisperer”. In her free time she keeps the grass, trees and plants surrounding the clinic looking beautiful!

Dr. Kathy and Pert enjoy going to the beach and pontooning on the waterway. They love their two pugs, Thelma and Louise (aka double trouble!) and 2 cats, Mango and the newest addition Karma, who on a busy afternoon just showed up at the office! Dr. Kathy opened the side door to our office and in walks Karma and here she stayed! In their free time, they like to spend time with friends and family, go on travel adventures, and take walks with their dogs.




Aoife is our senior technician and was the first member of Dr. Kathy’s team in 2006 when Waterway Animal Hospital opened its doors.  Born in Dublin, Ireland, she moved to SC in 1996.  Aoife fondly remembers her very first pet, Silver Lady, a Connemara Pony who first sparked her passion for animals. Aoife has a 2 year old rescue cat named Kona!




Debbie is our lead receptionist and also a technician, with 37 years experience. Debbie joined our team in March 2011. In November 2017 Debbie and her husband Keith adopted a French bulldog from North Myrtle Beach Humane Society. Some days Quincy can be found behind the front desk snoozing (aka snoring loudly) in his bed. Debbie is outgoing, sociable and is very fond of the company of our clients. When she is not at work Debbie and her husband love to travel, sail and hike and spend time with their grandkids.




We are so happy to have Angie rejoin our team in May 2018. Angie has over 10 years of experience as a technician and several of those years she worked with Dr Kathy and Aoife. Angie has 2 beautiful children and a rescue dog named Lucy. Lucy most days you can find behind our front desk snoozing in a bed or greeting our clients trying to bribe them for cookies and cuddles ! Angie also has two cats named Gibby and Precious.




Chris has been grooming pets for eighteen years and came aboard here at Waterway in March 2011 as our first and only groomer!  Before pursuing her grooming training, Chris was a banker.  She grew up in rural New York. Chris and her husband David have their own little “farm” with horses, dogs and several rescued cats.



Assistant Technician

Moriah joined our waterway team in May 2019. A local born in Horry Co, Moriah graduated from Coastal Carolina University and is busy currently pursuing her technician certification course. In her free time loves to hang our with her hound mix Tinker and pit mix Tucker and her many chickens.




aylor joined our team in November 2018. Taylor is a graduate of Lander University with a Bachelors in Biology and is currently working on her Veterinary Technician Certification. Taylor has a rescue dog named Sif who was very ill when adopted and beat parvovirus as a puppy. Sif can sometimes be found behind our front desk with her best friend Lucy! Taylor also has many other pets including cats, reptiles, and amphibians.