Dr. Mike Cromer DVM
Dr. Mike Cromer joined our staff in 1990, and in January 2016, became the sole owner of Westwood. He grew up in Churchville, Virginia and graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Dr. Cromer owns Shorthorn cattle, chickens, 3 barn cats, 'Chuck' (Miniature Dachshund) and 'George' (Terrier). His family includes wife - Susan, and 4 sons, Kyle, Craig, Brian, and Tom. His veterinary medicine special interests include soft tissue surgery, ambulatory large animal and bovine herd health.
Dr. Don Cromer opened Westwood Animal Hospital along with Dr. William Hunter and Dr. John Wise in 1975. He grew up near Durbin, West Virginia and graduated from Ohio State University in 1968. Dr. Cromer owns several horses and 2 barn cats. His special interests in veterinary medicine involve most all areas of the Equine profession; racing, breeding, pleasure, and showing. Dr. Cromer's interests outside of work include family, church, farming, and horses. Dr. Cromer's family includes wife-Judy, 2 sons Michael and Jon, their wives Susan and Amy, 8 grandchildren, and daughter- Leslie.
Dr. Giles began working with us in 2016. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2014. After growing up in the small town of Fort Valley, VA, she went to Fort Collins Colorado for 8 years of undergraduate and Veterinary school. She enjoys all large animal ambulatory work but especially food animal herd health and reproduction. Dr. Giles likes working in the agricultural industry and community. She lives with her husband Ryan, son Sawyer, and “Roo” a Ridgeback mix, “Mayble” a lab mix, and “Nifti” a horse. Outside of work, Dr. Giles enjoys bow hunting, fishing, music (playing guitar), horseback riding, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. William Hunter opened Westwood Animal Hospital along with Dr. Don Cromer and Dr. John Wise in 1975. He grew up in McDowell and Staunton, Va and graduated from University of Georgia in 1966. Dr. Hunter owns 'Buffy' (cat), 'Timmy' (cat), 'Daisy Mazel' (Terrier)'Bandit' (bull), and 40 cows. His special interests in veterinary medicine mostly involve bovine medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Hunter keeps busy on his farm. Dr. Hunter's family includes wife- Pat, daughter- Anne, son- Lee, 2 grandchildren- Emily and Jonathen.
Dr. Hannah Plaugher
Dr. Hannah Plaugher joined our hospital in 2018. She graduated from Potomac State College with an A.A. In pre-veterinary medicine, then received a B.S. In Animal + Nutritional Sciences from West Virginia University. Dr. Plaugher graduated from Mississippi State University in 2018 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
She received the “Gentle Doctor Award” from Mi. State in 2018, and is a proud member of the AAEP, AVMA, VVMA, and WVVMA. Dr. Plaugher's veterinary interests include equine reproduction, ophthalmology, wound management, nutrition, preventative medicine, and end-of-life care/pain management. She also enjoys community outreach and education in her home town 4H horse club, or showing prospective/current students what being an ambulatory vet is all about!
Growing up in the small, rural town of Franklin, WV on a tiny horse farm, she often took in strays of various sorts (puppies, calves, lambs, goat kids) of which can still be found living on her parents farm!
Dr. Plaugher has 3 rescued Weimaraners named “Wrigley, “June Bug”, and “Captain Jack”. She also has a bottle-raised goat named “Hank” and last but not least, 4 horses, “Oliver”, “Mayberry”, “Truvy”, and the horse that inspired her to pursue veterinary medicine, “Kodak”.
Outside of veterinary work, Dr. Plaugher enjoys horseback riding (showing), fishing, photography, being outdoors with her dogs, spending time in WVA with her family, and watching WVU Mountaineers and MSU Bulldogs play football!!
Dr. Jen Ratigan
Dr. Jen Ratigan joined our staff in 2016. She grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Dr. Ratigan was awarded the Health Professions Scholarship by the U.S. Army for her last 3 years of veterinary school. Upon graduation, she served full-time in the U.S. Army for three years as a Captain. She has lived in Waynesboro since 2004. Dr. Ratigans professional interests include internal medicine, nutrition, and wellness care. Her family includes her husband, Chris, daughter, Autumn, and sons, Chase and John. They share their home with “Aspen”, a husky, and “Hokie”, an orange tabby kitty! Outside of work, Dr. Ratigan enjoys cheering at her childrens' soccer games, reading, and volunteering at church and school.
Dr.Christine Smith Smith
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Dr. John Wise opened Westwood Animal Hospital along with Dr. Don Cromer and Dr. William Hunter in 1975. He grew up Augusta County and graduated from University of Georgia in 1965. Dr. Wise owns 'Rudy' (cocker spaniel), 'Jerry' (pony), 'Charlie' (TN walker), 'Doc' (TN walker), and 'Cookie Dough' (pony). His interests outside of work include trail riding and collecting 2 cylinder John Deere Tractors. Dr. Wise is married to wife- Wanda, and has 2 daughters; Tracey and Christy, and 1 son; Derek. Tracey is married to Joe Sherill and has 2 children; Adam and Leah. Derek is married to Dr. CJ Wise and has 1 daughter; Sage Winter.
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Dr. Tom Cromer .
After working at Westwood on and off over the past 8 years, Dr. Cromer graduated from VMRCVM in 2020 and joined the practice as a veterinarian working beside his father (Dr. Mike Cromer) and grandfather (Dr. Don Cromer)! He enjoys beef cow/calf and equine medicine. Dr. Cromer lives with his wife Madeleine and son Owen. They share their home with 2 three-legged cats, “Chester” an orange tabby, and a gray tabby “Lenny”. Outside of veterinary work, Dr. Cromer enjoys caring for their cows and chickens, hiking & camping with his wife and son, and is active at St. Francis church in Staunton.
Dr. Ashley Nelson .
Dr. Ashley (Kyle) Nelson returned home to Augusta County to join the Westwood team in February of 2020. She is a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in animal and poultry sciences. She received her DVM from the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Nelson’s practice interests include bovine herd health and reproduction, small ruminant medicine and small animal surgery. She is currently serving as the 2020 President of the Virginia Academy of Food Animal Practitioners. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Nelson enjoys hiking, kayaking, is an avid Hokie football fan and enjoys spending time with her husband – Isaac, and three dogs – Iris (basset hound), Violet (basset hound) and Tilly (mountain cur).