DR. KATHY DUFORD
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 an interest in alternative therapies and natural diets. She also enjoys practicing preventative health care. Some of her fun hobbies are running, playing ukulele and pickle ball!
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.
DR. JENNIFER DEMCHUK
Dr Jenn joined our team November 2017. She attended Ross University and did her clinical year at Auburn. Love of the water and kayaking drew her to the beautiful Coastal Carolina area. Jennifer has a menagerie of much spoiled critters. Rescue pooches Tootsie, Peter and Sass, feline gang of Chibbs, Tigg, Annie and Bear, and to top it off Sumi the turtle and Lychee the tortoise! Her menagerie of critters and working on her hobby farm keep her busy. Her interests in preventative care, senior care and pain management has earned her the label of having “healing hands”. She looks forward to meeting you and serving your critters!
DR. LORI JONES
Dr Lori is a native of North Myrtle Beach so that makes her our true “Local”! Dr Lori went to undergraduate in Nebraska and Vet School in Kansas State. Her passion for dogs and cats doesn’t end there, she has a deep love of wild life and the environment. She holds a Master Naturalist Certificate in Nebraska! Dr Lori loves to travel and explore new places and meet new people.
DR. KEVIN SMITH
Dr Kevin grew up in the upstate of South Carolina. His hometown, Gaffney, is famous for its peach water tower and high school football. During his childhood, he was interested in all things related to science, especially astronomy, aeronautics, and biology.
After high school, Dr. Kevin attended Clemson University. He graduated with a degree in Biological Science, with honors, in 1998. At Clemson, Dr. Kevin was a member of the University Choral program and also took voice lessons.
Upon graduation, Dr. Kevin practiced veterinary medicine in Marion, SC from 2005-2009. He then started doing relief veterinary work, mostly in the Grand Stand and Pee Dee regions. In 2019 he took a full time associate position in Conway, SC.
Dr. Kevin joined our Waterway team August, 2021. He is delighted to have found such an amazing place to work. His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry and internal medicine.
He is married to Dr. Meg Sykes, also a veterinarian. They have two children, 3 dogs,2 cats and a lot of succulents. He is passionate about music and loves going to concerts with his wife. He is also a video gamer, reader, Lego builder, and a walker/jogger. Dr.Meg and Dr. Kevin are huge fans of the Clemson Tigers and have attended many games.
Jenni was born and raised in a small Pennsylvania community called Ruffsdale. As far back as she can remember there have been animals in her life. From kittens being born in her sisters sleeping bag, to their pet crow sun bathing along side of her brother, there was always some sort of excitement for young Jenni! She knew growing up that she wanted to do some sort of office work. Therefore you can image how thrilling it is for Jenni to come to work everyday! She says that working with animals and helping them each day is both a joy and blessing.
Technician / Practice Manager
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, Aoife and her family moved to SC. Aoife grew up with a Connemara pony, dogs and cats. She loves spending time with her husband, her mini Aussie Boulder Bear and her crazy cat Kona!
Receptionist / Client/Patient Liaisons
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 loves to travel, hike, and spend time with her 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. On most days you can find Lucy 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.
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.
Chris has been grooming pets for 25 years and joined our waterway team March 2011 as our first and only groomer. Before pursuing her grooming training , Chris was a banker. She grew up in Up state New York. Chris and her husband David have their own little hobby “farm” with horses , dogs and several rescued cats.
Taylor 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.
Taylor started her career of working with animals at a local humane society in 2017. She came to Waterway in October 2020! Taylor attended Horry Georgetown Technical College to receive her Veterinary assistant certificate. She is currently enrolled in her first year at Penn Foster, studying to receive a Certified Veterinary Technician degree. Taylor shares her home with her family and their 4 adopted dogs. In her free time, you can find her outdoors, she loves fishing and being on the water!
Say hello to Meghan! We welcomed Meghan to our team in June 2021. She has been working in the veterinary field for more than 15 years as both an assistant technician and a receptionist. She enjoys working with animals. Growing up and living in Maryland for 35 years, she decided to make a big change by moving to the Myrtle Beach area in 2019 to be closer to her family. During her free time you’ll find her spending time with her family, pets and cheering on the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Capitals! Meghan enjoys photography, collecting vinyl records, and listening to her favorite music. September of 2021 Meghan’s beloved chocolate lab Flacco went over the rainbow bridge. Saying goodbye to her baby boy Flacco was not easy. Meghan has two cats (Starr and Chirp), a dog (Baby Belle), and her brother’s dog (Raven) to keep her company they give her love!