Staff at Albemarle

staff at albemarle

Dr. Richard Freedman- Medical Director

Dr. Freedman has been in practice for 38 years. He moved here after graduating from the Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He was born and raised in PA. His enthusiasm for building relationships and bonds between his clients and patients is as strong now as it was in the beginning. His professional areas of interest involve surgery, dentistry, ear disease, rehab therapy and orthopedics. He is an online consultant to veterinarians all across the country. His non professional interests include target shooting, vintage British autos, boating, dancing, and personal training. He has 2 adult children, a daughter and a son, about whom he is proud beyond description.

staff at albemarle

Farah Haynes, DVM

Dr. Farah Haynes was born and raised in northern Virginia. She is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia. She received her veterinary degree from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Haynes has spent the last four years practicing small animal medicine and surgery in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Haynes enjoys the challenges of all small animal medicine and surgery. Her passions include internal medicine, dentistry, feline medicine, and client education. She strives the strengthen the human-animal bond with high-quality medicine and open communication.

In her free time, Dr. Haynes enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter. She also loves to travel, cook, and watch college football. Her furry family members are all rescues from the different places she has lived, and include two cats and one sweet dog!

Our Support Staff

Cherish Kaylor Practice Manager

Originally from Hickory, North Carolina, Cherish has been in the veterinary field for over 17 years. You may see her up front answering the phone or in the back assisting the doctors and technicians.  She is now taking on the role of Practice Manager and continues to grow with her team.  On her days off, she enjoys being outdoors, hiking or swimming and skiing in the winter with her son, Brooks. She also has a Chihuahua named Lucy and a cat named Wolfie!

Aimee Miller-LVT

Aimee has been an LVT and has worked at AVHCC since 1999. She currently lives with her husband, Derek, of 18 years, her 9 year old daughter, Cara, and her 17 year old cat, Nova. In her free time, she likes to knit, do crossword puzzles, and bird watch.

Tori Craig- LVT

Born and raised here in Charlottesville, Tori lives on the outskirts of town on her family farm. She currently has three horses and three Jack Russell Terriers. She graduated from Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technician Program in 2015, but has been in the veterinary field since 2010.

Rebecca Fuller-Lead Tech

Rebecca started working in the veterinary field back in 1992. Originally from Massachusetts she moved to Ft Lauderdale, Florida in 1992 where she first started working in the veterinary field. Then in 1995 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and raised two beautiful children. In 2013 she moved to Waynesboro, Virginia. She has recently joined the team at Albemarle Veterinary Health Care Center. She has 4 cats ranging from 2 years old to 16 years old. In her off time, she enjoys spending time outside hiking the beautiful trails of Virginia.

Morgan Keiser-LVT

Originally from Eastern Pennsylvania, Morgan moved to Charlottesville in January 2018. She earned her veterinary technician degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College in P.A. in 2017. On her days off, she likes to explore Virginia with her boyfriend and dog Rylee, travel, and snuggle with her 3 guinea pigs Remington, Gizmo, and Penelope.

Vanessa Russell- Reception

Born and raised in Charlottesville, VA, Vanessa lives here with her boyfriend Will and their dog, Juda. She enjoys spending time traveling around the area with Juda, cooking, and crafting. When she is not at work you are likely to catch her checking out some of the fantastic food and music Charlottesville has to offer.


Kaila Smith- LVT

Kaila is originally from upstate NY, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology at SUNY Brockport. She has been in VA since 2010, where she earned her degree from Blue Ridge Community College to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She enjoys reading and spending time with her two young boys and manfriend, as well as her furbabies.