Call us at 843-663-4500

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, Charlie Brown and Lucy, and their 3 cats…Gigi, Zuzu, and Mango. 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 8 year old Australian shepard named Phoenix!





Debbie is a receptionist and technician  with over 28 years experience . She has been a member of our team since March 2011.  Debbie and her husband, Keith are passionate about travel, hiking and movies and adore their 7 grandchildren.




Diane is one of our receptionists who will greet you at the front desk. She relocated to Little River from Pennsylvania in 2013. She graduated from Valley Hospital School of Radiography in Ridgewood, NJ, in 1986. She has over 30 years in patient care and administrative work. Before working with us, Diane was a client who regularly brought in her pets to Waterway knowing they would be well cared for and decided to expand her horizons and became a member of the Waterway team in January 2014. Diane is married and has two wonderful daughters that she is very proud of. She enjoys walking on the beach with her dogs, watching the sunsets with her family, and traveling to new places.



Part-time Receptionist

Joyce, who just happens to be Dr. Kathy’s mother, works as a part time receptionist. She also has been with us since 2006. She grew up in Michigan and worked many years as a receptionist in a dental office. She and her husband, John, came to the Carolinas for their retirement. They have two dogs, Buster and Dolly, both Shih Tzus. You’ll find them both snoozing under her desk in the front lobby.




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.