Meet our Staff

Dr. Kathy Kallay (Owner/Veterinarian)

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 provide 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.

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 a 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: Merlin, a 17-year old Hound/Border Collie mix; Hobbes, a 6-year old all round mutt, Willow, a 6-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. Kallay has been hosted on Business Link.  Hear host Frank Hammon ask Dr. Kallay about keeping your pets healthy.  Part 1 (26MB MP3). Part 2 (27MB MP3).

Dr. Maggie Derakhshan (Associate Veterinarian)

Dr. Maggie Derakhshan recently moved back to the Northern Virginia area. She grew up in Chantilly, VA and then moved to Florida in 2003 with her family. She received both her Bachelor’s degree and Veterinary degree from University of Florida. Dr. Derakhshan completed a small animal emergency and rotating internship at VCA Newark Animal Hospital in Newark, Delaware and worked in emergency medicine for 2 years. Dr. Derakhshan is very excited to join the Four Paws team and looks forward to establishing long term relationships with her clients.

Dr. Derakhshan feels privileged to witness the human-animal bond and to help people and their pets in their times of greatest need. She shares her home with a three-legged Chihuahua named Bitty, Pom Mix Charlie and her three handsome cats, Moose, Weanie and Stubs. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Derakhshan enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking/biking on trails, traveling, and being near the water.

Stephanie Starner (Practice Manager)

Stephanie Starner (Practice Manager) has been with us since 2013. She has over 13 years experience in Medical Management. Currently, she is pursuing her degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resources.

Stephanie lives in Stafford with her husband David. In her free time she enjoys healthy cooking, reading, spending time with family and friends and likes visiting the beach whenever she gets a chance.

Lisa Svoboda (Licensed Veterinary Nurse)

Lisa graduated from Suffolk County Community College with an A.S. in Animal Science in 2000. A native Long Island, New Yorker, Lisa moved to Virginia in 2005. She has been working as an LVT in emergency medicine for over 15 years. By joining the Four Paws family, she is very much looking forward to creating long term relationships with her patients.

Krista Atwood (Licensed Veterinary Nurse)

Krista joined the Four Paws team Spring of 2018.

She has been a licensed nurse since 2003, and spent 3 years working at the Akron Zoo.
With a husband, 4 kids, 4 ferrets, 2 dogs, and a cat, she says she does not have enough free time to have any hobbies, but enjoys taking her family swimming and to the local parks to play.
Her secret pleasure is watching reality shows on tv after the kids have gone to bed.

We love having her smiling face and positive attitude around the hospital.