Our Veterinary Team
Dr. Allison Fox
Veterinarian and Practice Owner
North Carolina State University, 1994, B.S. Animal Science
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2000, DVM
Society of Phi Zeta, Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine
American Veterinary Medical Association, Member
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, Member
Dr. Fox was born and raised in Reidsville, North Carolina where at an early age she began actively pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Throughout college, Dr. Fox was employed as a veterinary assistant in a small animal practice. During her professional training, she worked for the Bowman Gray School of Medicine as a clinical research assistant in the primate facility studying osteoporosis preventative medications. While attending the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, she worked for the Orthopedic Surgery Department as a research assistant studying total hip replacement implants in dogs. After graduating with honors from veterinary school, Dr. Fox moved back to Winston-Salem where she was employed as an associate veterinarian at a small animal practice. She worked as a relief veterinarian at various animal hospitals in both Forsyth and Stokes Counties while her practice, River Ridge Veterinary Hospital, was being constructed.
Dr. Fox has special interests in canine and feline endocrinology and complicated internal medicine cases.
She lives with her husband, Matt, a native of Winston-Salem and they share their home with two Ragdoll cats.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Central Carolina Community College, 2005, Associates degree Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology
North American Veterinary Technician Association, Member
North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians, Member
Candace developed an interest in veterinary medicine by working part-time on weekends and after school hours in patient services at a small animal hospital. During high school, she began pursuing a career in human healthcare and earned her certification as a nurse's assistant. Although she enjoyed her work as a CNA, she discovered a career opportunity that she felt better suited her. By working closely with a registered veterinary technician in her part-time job, Candace was able to find a way to bring her medical knowledge together with her love and desire to work with animals. She decided to advance her abilities and responsibilities within the profession by pursuing a degree in veterinary medical technology at Central Carolina Community College so she could become a credentialed veterinary technician. She has been a registered veterinary technician (RVT) at River Ridge Veterinary Hospital since 2005 and is our most experienced technician. In addition to her veterinary work, Candace obtained her real estate license in 2017.
Candace and her husband Brannon have several pets including a Boxer mix and three domestic short-hair cats.
Rusty was completing his junior year at Appalachian State University in pursuit of a degree in history when he decided to change his focus to the veterinary field. He began his experience working in a small animal practice first in veterinary patient care and services and then as a veterinary assistant where he now has over 18 years of experience. He has been on staff at River Ridge Veterinary Hospital since its inception in 2004. Rusty is our most experienced veterinary assistant and when not directly caring for patients, he manages the inventory of our hospital pharmacy, our prescription food inventory and in-hospital supplies.
As many of you may know, Rusty is an avid Wake Forest University & Oakland Raiders sports enthusiast – now that’s a combination! He enjoys spending his time off with his family as well as watching and attending sports events.
As receptionist, Diana’s smiling face is the first person you are likely to see when you come through the doors at River Ridge Veterinary Hospital. After years of working in Asheboro as a sheriff’s department correctional officer, Diana began to search for a way to apply her interpersonal communications skills with her lifelong love of animals and the desire to work in a medical field. She found the perfect position for that combination - a veterinary hospital receptionist. Diana got her start at this job in 1997 at a busy small animal hospital. After 20 years of experience as a veterinary receptionist, she has literally seen it all! In addition to sharing her friendly smile and compassion for the clients and patients she serves, she has acquired expert office management skills and can perform veterinary assistant duties when the need arises.
Diana lives with her son and enjoys being near her daughter's family (including her grandchildren!). Diana, a self-proclaimed cat person, loves spending time with her domestic short-hair cat. Diana is also a passionate UNC Tarheel fan.
US Army Sergeant, Fort Bragg, NC 1976 - 1979, 1983-1986
Darrell began working as a Veterinary Assistant in 2011 due to his love of animals. He joined the River Ridge Veterinary Hospital team in August 2015.
Darrell has twenty-three years of service in law enforcement retiring in 2007 as the Lieutenant-in-Charge of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory. He also has nine year of service with the US Army as paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division with overseas tours of duty in Grenada, Panama and the Middle East.
Darrell and his wife have a special love of Pointers and they are active in volunteering with the Southeast German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue organization. He resides in Lewisville with wife Cindy and their German Shorthair Pointer and their American Pointer.
Matt Fox, MBA
CFO, Co-owner, kennel-boy