Meet the Team

Dr. Erica P. Vaughan

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 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, their dogs ChiChi, Wally, Murray, Monty, and their cat Lava. Come visit her any time at Copper Ridge Animal Hospital.

Dr. Kate Stauffer

Dr Stauffer does relief work with CRAH, and also practices full time on nights and weekends at Veterinary Emergency Services in Verona. She is a 2012 graduate of the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and did a senior year extern rotation with CRAH shortly before earning her degree. She has three big dogs of her own, and enjoys crocheting, reading, and traveling with her husband and children.

Renea Carter

Renea Carter is our Office Manager and has been a veterinary receptionist/office manager for many years. She absolutely loves her job getting to know clients and their precious pets. Renea lives in Waynesboro with her husband, their dog Cody and 3 cats Dixon, Oakley, and Bella who rule the house now that their 3 children have grown up and left home. Renea enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and time at the beach.

Amber Meeks, LVT

Amber is a 2011 graduate of BRCC Veterinary Technology Program and joined the CRAH family in July 2019. She resides in Augusta County with her husband, Matthew, and their three children, and numerous pets. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends locally. Special interests include performing diagnostics and treatments to aid in healing patients, surgery, and emergency medicine. Amber also enjoys client communication to further educate pet owners. She will be starting a new hobby this fall in pottery. Amber is very excited to continue her LVT career here at CRAH.

Asher Riddle

Asher Riddle is a kennel attendant at Copper Ridge. He is currently a college student and plans to graduate in 2027 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. In the mean time, he joined the team at Copper Ridge because of his love for animals. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his horse George and participating in extracurriculars at college.

Iris & Raven Fantauzzi

Iris is a receptionist at Copper Ridge. She has been a part of the team since 2021. Her love for animals and enthusiasm for Veterinary medicine make her a perfect fit. Iris resides in Harrisonburg with her 5 animals : A dog Raven, a cat Waffles, a parrot Fred, and 2 crested geckos Cozmo and Ivy. In her spare time, she enjoys pet sitting, shopping, and spending time with friends. She plans to continue pursuing a career in Veterinary medicine. Raven is also a daily fixture at Copper Ridge and is loved by all. You will find her most days hanging out with her friends in the boarding facility. When asked what she does here at Copper Ridge her reply was “woof, woof, woof, woof, woof!

Lizzie Purtell

Lizzie is one of our receptionists, she joined the team in 2023. Lizzie was born and raised in Wisconsin and moved to Virginia in 2022. She currently resides in Staunton with her horse Riddler and her dog Quinny. Lizzie is also a working student for an equine professional and enjoys learning the ins and outs of equine behavior and training. In her free time, Lizzie enjoys spending time with her animals, hiking, and exploring local breweries. However Quinn and Riddler will happily fill all of that time. Lizzie’s love for animals and extensive knowledge of veterinary medicine makes her a perfect addition to the team.

Ashley Good

Ashley is one of our kennel attendants but tends to help out wherever needed. She graduated with honors from Spotswood High School in 2022, while there she also completed the Veterinary Science program at MTC. Ashley joined the team at Copper Ridge shortly after graduating. It is safe to say that she is quite the animal enthusiast and is a great friend to all of our boarders. Ashley resides in Harrisonburg with 10 pets (3 pictured).

Chloe Stidham

Chloe is one of our assistants and has been cross trained to help out in all departments. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster University to earn an associates degree in Veterinary Technology and plans to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has two dogs, Lokki (pictured) and Harper a Golden Retriever. When not at Copper Ridge, she enjoys doing schoolwork, playing with her dogs, and watching movies. Chloe is dedicated to providing the best care for all animals and continuing to speak for those who have no voice.

Madison Ostrowski

Madison is one of our receptionists at Copper Ridge. She joined the team in 2023. She is also cross-trained to help out in other departments when needed. Madison is from Maryland but currently resides in Harrisonburg where she is studying at James Madison University. Madison is also attending some classes at Blue Ridge Community college where she plans to apply to the Veterinary Technician program for the fall of 2024. She plans to pursue a future career as a Veterinary Technician. In her free time Madison enjoys hiking, cooking, and hanging out with friends. Madison’s passion for animals makes her a great asset to the Copper Ridge team!

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