Meet our Team

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. 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 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: Hobbes, a 7-year old all round 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. 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.


Erin Hannah (Licensed Veterinary Nurse)

Erin came to Fredericksburg in the late 90’s to attend Mary Washington College. After graduating with a
BS in Psychology she took a part time job as a receptionist in a local animal hospital where she fell in love with veterinary medicine. Erin obtained her Veterinary Technician degree in 2005 from C
edar Valley College and sat for the national boards to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician that winter. Erin worked in general, emergency, and specialty practices before joining the team here at Four Paws in the spring of 2020.

When not working Erin is involved in the state and national Veterinary Technician associations and helps in educating LVT students for an online veterinary technology program.

At home Erin stays busy with her family and enjoys gardening, reading, and cheering on her kiddos in their many extracurricular activities.


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.

Krista is temporarily taking a leave of absence to try her hand at being her kids’ “teacher” at home during virtual learning thanks to COVID. She is hoping to come back to work as soon as she is able. Hurry back Krista – we miss you!


Catherine Dunham (Licensed Veterinary Nurse)

Catherine obtained her degree from Sanford-Brown college in 2013 and started working for Four Paws in 2019.

Catherine Dunham, LVT

She has two cats, Vaan and Chaos, and a senior chihuahua/min-pin mix named Dutch. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, hiking, and teaching her cats to do tricks.

She believes all creatures deserve compassion and empathy, and works hard to make sure all her patients feel safe and comfortable.


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.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson (Veterinary Assistant)

Marie started at Four Paws in 2015. She is one of the most compassionate and kind-hearted people we have ever known.

She lives with her husband, kids, dogs, cats, and horse in Partlow. She enjoys listening to country music and spending time with her extended family.

Beth Neidrauer (Senior Veterinary Assistant)

Beth Neidrauer and Khan

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.

In her free time she likes hiking with her dogs, kayaking on our local waterways, and is interested in learning sign language.

Garnetta Taylor (Front Office Assistant Manager)

Garnetta Taylor, 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.”