Meet Our Vets
Our Hinesville veterinarians have a wealth of personal and professional experience working with animals and veterinary medicine, so you can be confident in the level of care that your pet receives while at our practice. Please give us a call if you have any questions about our team or if you’d like to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Christa Parrish-Ahrens
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, Liberty Veterinary Medical Center 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. Jim R. Rich
Dr. Rich grew up in a pet loving family and doesn’t remember a time in his life that didn’t include at least one furry family member. He graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and immediately entered private practice. The years since then have involved working in Tennessee, Thailand, Texas, and now Georgia. Jim has traveled extensively, participating in mission trips and providing veterinary care to underserved peoples and pets in underdeveloped areas. He has been a practice owner and also has experience in large animal medicine. Dr. Rich most recently worked in Brunswick before joining our team, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our practice. His interests and areas of expertise involve advanced dental care for pets, including using dental x ray to effectively diagnose problems under the gumline, advanced dental extractions and oral surgery. Dr. Rich also enjoys certain soft tissue surgical procedures and dermatology, but enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and feels the profession provides new challenges and opportunities with every patient. He is married to Monica, has two children, Annie and Joshua, as well as two canine companions, Lissie and Bonnie. When not working Dr Rich loves kayaking, camping, fishing, music and all things family.
Dr. Brynn Davis
Dr. Brynn Davis is the newest addition to the Liberty Veterinary Medical Clinic staff. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in May 2016. Brynn is a local and grew up down the road in Richmond Hill, GA. Her parents were very supportive of her love for animals and allowed her to have a range of pets, from geckos to ferrets, to cats and dogs (as long as she took care of them, of course).
She decided to take a different path for her undergraduate work, and attended Warnell’s School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Throughout Warnell, she participated in various research projects, which included trapping and taking samples of various animals, like raccoons, possums, turtles and even rodents. Most of these projects looked at parasite transmission and had a component in public health and zoonosis.
It was a dream come true when she was accepted into UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “I am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to join the LVMC team after graduation,” she said. “I was attracted to the quality of the medicine practiced here and the high standard of care Dr. Ahrens implements. I want to be able to provide the best medicine possible and help as many furry critters I can. We get into veterinary medicine because of our love for animals, though some days are hard and test you mentally and physically, there is nothing else I would want to be doing. Animals are my passion and my love.”
Brynn has five pets of her own: three dogs and two cats. She continues to love the outdoors and spends many weekends on the boat or in the woods. She is engaged to be married to her high school sweetheart, Tony Huggins, in April 2017.