Dr. Erica P. Vaughan was raised in Oswego, NY. After graduating high school, she attended Virginia Tech with the long-term goal of becoming a veterinarian. In 1999, she received a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Science from Virginia Tech. Upon graduation she continued her pursuit of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Vaughan completed her studies in Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State in 2004. She moved directly to the Shenandoah Valley and has been practicing quality medicine ever since. Another long-term goal was recently achieved with the opening of Copper Ridge Animal Hospital. With the help of a top-notch staff, advanced diagnostics such as digital x-ray and ultrasound, Copper Ridge Animal Hospital promises only the best possible care for her clients. Dr. Vaughan excels at all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, especially geriatric medicine. When not in the office, Dr. Vaughan enjoys time with her husband Brian, their son Archie, and her dog ChiChi. Come visit her any time at Copper Ridge Animal Hospital.
Renea Carter is our Office Manager and has been a veterinary receptionist/office manager for many years and absolutely loves her job getting to know clients and their precious pets. Renea lives in Waynesboro with her husband of 23 years and their children. She also has two dogs “Buddy” and “Cody” that are loved and spoiled by everyone. Renea enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and time at the beach.
Erin Akens, LVT
Erin Akens is a licensed veterinary technician who graduated from BRCC in 2003 from the vet tech program. She was born and raised in Waynesboro, VA where she developed a strong love of working with and caring for animals. She currently resides in Rockingham County with her 2 children and numerous pets. Her areas of interest include emergency medicine and she has been trained on abdominal and cardiac ultrasound. Her hobbies include spending time with family, target shooting, trail riding and raising German Shepherds.
Melissa Brinkley, LVT
Melissa is a 2012 graduate of the BRCC Veterinary Technology program. She was born and raised in Bridgewater, VA and has always had a love for animals. Her areas of interest include surgical assisting and dental prophylaxis. Outside of CRAH she also has a passion for exercise and is a Certified Personal Trainer and coaches CrossFit. She currently lives in Harrisonburg with her 2 dogs (Sassy & Steve), and a cat (Beetlejuice).
Rebecca Hite, LVT
Rebecca is an LVT who graduated from the BRCC Veterinary Technology program in 2017. Her current passion is taking care of our patients and clients to the best of her ability. She resides at home with family, and three cats – Kelly, Chloe, and Akira.
Lauren is one of our Kennel Attendants. She plans to attend Blue Ridge Community College for the Veterinary Technician program in the near future. She lives in Rockingham County with her fur-babies: Jasmine, Baxter, & Ralph (the goat).
Emily is one of our receptionists. A native of southwest Virginia, Emily now resides in Harrisonburg with her three cats Fudge, Puck, and LC. When she isn’t working or spending time with friends, family, and animals, she can be found performing in the Charlottesville area with Fire in the Belly Dance Company, singing, or taking in live music.
Stephanie was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia and just recently moved to Harrisonburg with her calico cat Naomi. She completed her undergraduate work in 2017 and now holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Bridgewater College. She is now in the veterinary technology program at Blue Ridge Community College hoping to soon become an LVT.
Heather has been a Vet Assistant at Copper Ridge since she moved to the area from Richmond in 2012. Prior to moving here, Heather worked as a Vet Assistant for ten years, part of which she also volunteered as an EMT while attending VCU and J. Sargent Reynolds for a degree in EMS. After hiking 500 miles on the Appalachain Trail she decided to settle down in the mountains and start a new adventure with James Smith, his wonderful daughter Hannah, and their baby girl Peyton. Her family also includes Cinder-her adopted Pit Bull, Udo- the goofy German Shepherd, and Vito- the Ball Python.
Lisa Fink is our Vet assistant/Receptionist and currently resides in Penn Laird. She has 10 years experience in the Vet field and loves all animals. She is married and has 4 beautiful boys that keep her busy. In her spare time, she loves to read, draw animals, and ride horses.