Dr. Southard, Sr.
Dr. Southard, Sr. attended local schools as a child. He was entered into the Hall of Fame as an Evening Post All-star Football Player in 1962 and is also an Eagle Scout. His undergraduate work was done at Clemson University and he graduated from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968. After graduating, he served in Vietnam as Port Veterinarian in Cam Rahn Bay. He was awarded the Bronze Star for service by the United States Army. After his tour in Vietnam, he and his wife, Willa, settled back in Charleston where he worked with Drs. Sample and Kemmerlin until 1971, when he opened the doors of Air Harbor Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Southard has 2 children - James Jr. and Heather. Collectively, they have 6 grandchildren, all of whom are very loved and spoiled!
Throughout his career, Dr. Southard Sr. has been very active in serving his community. He has been on the Board of Directors for the local Humane Organization for 37 years and served as President of that Board for 6 of those years. He has served the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians (SCAV) is various capacities including 4 years on the Board of Directors and 1 year as President of the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. In 1990, SCAV recognized him as “Veterinarian of the Year,” and in 2004 again recognized him, this time as “Distinguished Veterinarian.” Dr. Southard Sr. is an active member of the St. Andrews Rotary Club. He was recognized by this club as “Rotarian of the Year 1991-1992” and has served as President of the club. As a Paul Harris Fellow, he serves his Baptist church as Sunday School Teacher, Chair of the Deacons, and other committees in years past.
Dr. Southard Sr. has been active in the Boy Scouts of America for 50 years, receiving numerous awards and recognition as an Eagle Scout and he thoroughly enjoys collecting Boy Scout patches.
Dr. Southard, Jr.
Dr. Southard, Jr. grew up at Air Harbor Veterinary Clinic – literally! Always an independent thinker, he earned the honor of being an Eagle Scout when in high school. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia and graduated from veterinary school at Tuskegee University where he earned an Academic Performance Award. After graduating and becoming licensed in 1996, he returned to the family business and joined his father as a veterinarian. Presently, Dr. Southard Jr. is a member of the St. Andrews Rotary Club and sits on the Charleston County Planning Commission. In 1998, he and his wife Terri welcomed their triplets, Abby, Bailey and Jamie into the world. Their fourth child, Jordan, was born in 2002. They have 2 dogs at home, a malti-poo, Charlie, and a peka-poo, Logan.
Gina Cheatham - Office Manager
Gina has been in the veterinary field since 1982 and has been with AHVC since 2000. She has always had a strong passion for animals. As a youngster growing up in Warrenton, Virginia, she was very involved in showing horses (hunter/jumpers). In adulthood, she became an avid exhibitor of Labrador Retrievers at AKC conformation shows. She was blessed to have had and bred a few of the top winning labs in the nation. With the birth of her children, Gina no longer has time to show dogs, however, her daughter, Sydney, has followed in her footsteps and is actively involved in showing horses.
Gina grew up primarily in Virginia but also spent several years living in Germany and Iran. She was married and settled in Charleston in 1982. She and her husband Charlie have two children, Cole and Sydney. Her family is her pride and joy. Also included in that family are Thyme and Mosey (Labs), Mr. Hobbs (cat), Strawberry (horse), and 6 chickens.
After all the years in this field, Gina still loves working with the animals and “their people” as much as she did the first day.
Katherine Mott - Assistant Office Manager
Born and raised in SC, Katherine had a love for animals early in life and began riding horses at age 8. While earning her bachelor’s degree in North Carolina, she continued riding and competing in horse shows on her college’s IHSA and “C” level teams. In 2010 Katherine graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now called St. Andrews University) with her BA in Business Administration specializing in Equine Studies. In June 2012, after working with horses for two years, she relocated to the Charleston area and started working at Air Harbor. Katherine lives with her husband, dog name Xena and their cat named Bandit.
Haley was born and raised in Highland, Utah. She recently moved to the Charleston area to be with her sweetheart, Nathaniel, as he completes Naval Nuclear Power Training Command school. Haley is currently working on her Bachelors of Science. She spent the last year studying physiology and developmental biology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Haley has always had a deep love for animals and is passionate about healthcare, medicine, and science. She also enjoys rock climbing, camping, gardening, and playing the violin.
Tiffany was born in Virginia Beach, VA. However, both of her parents were in the military, so they spent a lot of time traveling and also lived in Washington and Michigan. She has always had a love for animals and is excited to be a part of the Air Harbor team! Tiffany lives in Charleston with her chocolate lab, Rudder, and two cats, Ferris and Emmie. She enjoys spending her time on the boat, camping, and traveling.
Holly was born in South Carolina, but raised in beautiful upstate New York. In May of 2016 she earned her bachelors degree in Animal Science with a canine concentration from the State University of New York at Cobleskill. She has experience training a variety of dogs from pet to military and police canines in basic obedience and tracking. Ever since Holly was little she has had a love for all animals and veterinary medicine. She is also certified in pet CPR and first aid. Holly is a proud owner of an all black German Shepard named Zaeghan.