Dr. Christa Parrish-Ahrens is our practice owner. She purchased the practice from Dr. Maurice Sweat in August of 2013, which was then Liberty Veterinary Clinic. Liberty Veterinary Clinic previously served the Hinesville community for over 40 years. An alumni of prestigious Auburn University, Christa received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and her Bachelor of Science degree in animal and dairy science from the College of Agriculture in 2001.
Christa has been involved heavily with animals her entire life. She grew up on her family’s farm in Alabama, where she helped her father with a small beef cattle operation as well as raised, bred, and showed horses. Christa was actively involved in 4-H and FFA in her youth and participated in English event riding and showing with her Thoroughbreds. Her life dream was to become a veterinarian, and she was bestowed with the honor of receiving the Samuel Upchurch Endowed Scholarship through the College of Agriculture at Auburn University. Her career was then started, and she has loved every moment!
She has been a veterinary clinician and surgeon for over 12 years, with experience in both small and large animal medicine and surgery, and emergency medicine and surgery, and practice management. Under her leadership and direction, achieved AAHA accreditation in the fall of 2014.
Always focused on providing state-of-the-art veterinary medical care for her patients, Christa’s vision for Liberty Veterinary Medical Center is to continue to expand the practice so that we are always able to provide the best and most updated medical care for our community’s pets.
Christa enjoys horseback riding, spending time in the great outdoors and spending time with her husband and three children. She is married to Kristopher Ahrens, a retired U.S. Army Warrant Officer helicopter pilot. Kris and Christa have twins and an older son together. She also has three furry friends that are members of her household: Brynn von Waldburg, a purebred German shepherd; Aria, a Friesian Sporthorse mare; and Mr. Butch, a dog-like kitty cat she’s had since her days at Auburn.
Dr. Teyah Oshetski grew up in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 which is located on the island of St. Kitts, in the Caribbean. Since graduation, Dr. Oshetski has been practicing as a small animal veterinarian in corporate practice, in both Florida and Georgia prior to joining the LVMC team. Dr. Oshetski has a special interest in veterinary forensics, among others (dermatology, nutrition, cytological evaluation, and dentistry) which motivated her to return to school to pursue a Master’s of Science degree in Veterinary Forensic Medicine from the University of Florida, which is currently in progress. Dr. Oshetski currently resides near the military base, Fort Stewart, with her husband (a mechanic in the United States Army), daughter and pet family, which includes, furry, feathered and finned animals. In her free time, she enjoys simple gardening, reading, long walks, riding roller coasters and spending time with her family.
Dr. Cassandra Martinez McDow is a born and raised ‘Jersey Girl’ originally from Toms River, New Jersey. Growing up on a self-described “farm” with horses, chickens in addition to cats and dogs, Dr. Martinez McDow had a love of animals from a young age.
A lifelong dream of being a veterinarian led her to obtaining her Bachelor of Science (Pre-Veterinary Medicine) from the University of Findlay (Ohio). During this time, she also enlisted in the US Army Reserves and served as a combat medic for 4 years. Dr. Martinez McDow continued her career path at St. Matthew’s University, located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and after completing her clinical year at the University of Georgia, graduated in 2017. She returned to island living and joined a local small animal practice, focusing primarily on cats and dogs with the occasional parrot, iguana, or wild chicken thrown in. Dr. Martinez McDow and her family recently returned to the US in Summer 2021 after living almost 8 years abroad.
Client education, the human-animal bond, and preventative medicine is a foundation that Dr. Martinez McDow strongly believes helps foster a lifelong relationship between clients and their pets. She also enjoys soft tissue surgery, wildlife/exotic medicine and has interests in hospice care and veterinary forensics.
Dr. Martinez McDow currently resides in Midway with her husband, John (also a former Army combat medic and current fishing captain), three children, and furry crew that includes 2 dogs and 4 cats. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time at the beach, lacrosse, and spending time with family.