Our Team - old

Our Team - old

Kristina Douthett, DVM


Originally from a small town in Western North Carolina, Dr. Douthett realized that she had a deep love and respect for animals, whether she was caring for her family pets or for stray animals in the neighborhood. However, she never dreamed that this love of caring for animals could turn into such a huge part of who she is.

She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a degree in Biology. Unsure of where she wanted to go next, she began working for Duke Medicine in a human medical laboratory. As she began to feel something compelling her to work with animals in some capacity, she took a job as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital in Raleigh, NC, where she discovered a deep passion for the exciting and fulfilling world of veterinary medicine. She began working towards a graduate degree in animal science at North Carolina State University. She also continued exploring different careers working with animals, including research, and she ultimately decided that she was meant to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Douthett completed her pre-clinical curriculum at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and returned home to North Carolina to complete her clinical rotations at the North Carolina School of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated with the distinction of highest honors. Following graduation in May 2016 she had been working as a small animal veterinarian, providing care to beloved pets throughout the triangle, and joined the wonderful team at Dogwood Veterinary Hospital in 2019.

Dr. Douthett’s special interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, dermatology, and palliative/hospice care. Additionally, she is a huge advocate of preventive care to preserve the health of our furry family members for as long as possible. Additionally, as a fear-free certified practitioner, she strives to provide an individualistic approach to working with every pet, minimizing stress, and working towards happy veterinary visits!

Dr. Douthett and her husband, Dennis, have two Shih Tzu’s named Frankenstein and Banjo, and two cats named Winston and Abigail. And in 2020, Dr. Douthett’s family grew even more with the addition of twin baby boys! When there is free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family, as well as DIY crafts and re-purposing projects.

Rachel Herwehe, DVM


Dr. Rachel Herwehe was raised in Tennessee and moved to the Triangle in 2016. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Science in 2009, then from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Since then, she has consistently worked in small animal veterinary practices.

Her special interests include the human-animal bond, preventive medicine, and internal medicine. She is very excited to join the Dogwood Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort team, and is looking forward to developing lasting relationships with all of our wonderful clients and their pets!

Dr. Herwehe’s pets consist of two rescues: Ephraim, a Borzoi, and Deianira, a German Shepherd/Great Pyrenees/Akita mix. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time outside, and cooking.

Corisa Cheston, DVM


Dr. Corisa Cheston grew up in a small town about 20 minutes outside of Dallas, TX. As a little girl, Dr. Cheston always loved animals and dreamed of owning lots of pets. She and her best friend talked about becoming veterinarians when they grew up and in 2012, she completed her undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Zoology. At that time, she thought her path was going to be in zoo animal medicine, however, after taking a few years off and working as a veterinary assistant she decided she wanted to pursue large animal medicine in rural parts of NC. When Dr. Cheston graduated from NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 that’s exactly what she did. Dr. Cheston worked as a large animal veterinarian for 2 1/2 years with some amazing doctors and staff.

Dr. Cheston’s love of small animals’ and her keen interest in internal medicine and providing palliative care for those older pets at home led her to Dogwood Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort. Dr. Cheston spends most of her free time at home on her farm with her husband, two kids, and their chocolate lab, Brody. She would love to have more animals at home and is planning to get ducks soon!


Practice Manager

Kimberly was born and raised in Northern Virginia where she attended George Mason University and graduated with a BA in English. Her professional career in animal care began 20 years ago when a stray dog wandered into her yard and she took it to a local animal shelter in the hopes of reuniting him with his owner. Since that time, Kimberly’s passion for animal welfare grew stronger as her experience and knowledge became more diverse.  Kimberly has held just about every job there is at an animal shelter – Animal Caretaker, Animal Control Officer, Deputy Chief of Animal Control, Volunteer Coordinator, Adoptions Manager, and as Shelter Director for a high-volume shelter in Washington, D.C.  Kimberly has also worked at The Humane Society of the United States where she was the Animal Sheltering Manager; a position where she focused on creating best practices for animal shelters across the nation. After her son was born, she worked at an emergency veterinary hospital as both a client care representative and nursing assistant in the ICU/Critical Care Department.

Kimberly recently moved to Chatham County with her husband, son, and two dogs; Henry, a boxer and Lucy, a pitbull mix.  In her free time she enjoys watching her son play baseball, spending time with friends and doing just about anything outdoors.


Nursing Assistant

Laurin was born in New Jersey but has spent most of her life in North Carolina, from the sands of North Topsail Beach to the verdant forests and hills of central NC, which she loves to explore on day-trips and hikes with her husband, Chris. They live with their best friend, Franny, a black American shorthair angel.


Medical Supervisor, Registered Veterinary Technician

Twelve years ago, Joie was working as an assistant to the Vice Principal in a high school. On a whim, she applied for the veterinary receptionist job at Dogwood. She worked her way up to a veterinary care provider, and then attended veterinary technician school while working full time, pregnant, and with a toddler! She has lived on her 7-acre spot in Hillsborough with her husband, two children, two cats, and two dogs for the past 15 years. She has a special interest in working with senior pets and also works part time as a consultant for an animal toxicity service. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, eating, crafting (especially costumes and mini dioramas), and reading. Joie is a huge fan of Prince and UNC basketball.


Registered Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!


Nursing Assistant

Rishjaun was born and raised in Durham, NC but his family is originally from Newark, NJ. Before working in the veterinary field, he worked at Duke University for six years. Rishjaun is the father of two boys and a girl. His hobbies are traveling, playing Call of Duty: Warfare, and going to car meets in the Triangle area. He has a deep passion for cars since he was young, especially the ones that go fast, and his favorite place to travel is Florida because he is a big fan of the beach.


Resort Manager

Jordan is a graduate from UNCW with her bachelors degree in Business Administration and a focus in Entrepreneurship. She has worked with animals since the age of 17 at several different animal care facilities and has loved every minute of it. Her free time is mostly spent with her hound dog, Rango, and pitbull, Chance. They can usually be found on a trail somewhere when the weather is gorgeous! She is looking forward to growing with Dogwood and expanding her knowledge in pet care!


Client Services Specialist

Bio coming soon!

Anyelin 'Angie'

Client Services Specialist

Angie has lived her whole life in North Carolina, born and raised in Chapel Hill. Some of her hobbies include trying new foods and experiencing new adventures. Angie loves visiting her family in Asheville where the mountains and waterfalls are beautiful. She loves working at Dogwood because it gives her a chance to help and get to know our clients pets, as well as play with them.


Pet Stylist

Heather grew up in Hickory, NC, surrounded by pets. As the daughter of a veterinarian, she enjoyed a childhood with dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, horses, geese and goats. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and graduate of UNC-Greensboro with an Masters of Science in Exercise Science. Her first career was as an exercise physiologist , but her overwhelming love of animals and innate creativity led her to her current career as a pet stylist. She attended Nanhall School of Grooming where she learned AKC breed standard grooming and pet style grooming as well as how to groom cats. She loves caring for dogs and cats and creating a positive, calm and safe grooming environment. Her favorite aspect of grooming is taking the the unique characteristics of each pet and bringing out his/her best attributes. Heather lives in Durham with her fur kids. She spends her spare time doing home improvement projects, gardening/landscaping her home, hiking with her dogs and practicing yoga.


Pet Stylist

Kristy recently moved from Michigan to North Carolina with her husband of 10 years, her Shih Tzu, Walter, and her cat, Lentil. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Arts Education. However, she found her true passion was working with animals. She was a dedicated dog groomer for over 7 years. She later became a Surgery Assistant at Blue Pearl Animal Emergency and Specialty Hospital. Kristy’s other passions include nutrition, playing at the beach, and all things yoga. In 2015, she completed over 200 hours of training to become a certified Yoga Instructor.


Resort Assistant

Cadence grew up surrounded by animals and currently has a dog, two cats, and is in the process of adopting a leopard gecko. After graduating high school in Spring 2022 with an Associate’s in Science, Cadence plans to enroll in CCCC’s Veterinary Medical Technology program with the hopes of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. Cadence absolutely loves spending time with animals of all shapes and sizes and couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the staff here at Dogwood!

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