About Us

Meet our team!

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Dr. Joe Stirn, DVM

Dr. Joe Stirn, DVM

Veterinarian

Meet Dr. Joe Stirn. Dr. Stirn has been with us for just over a year. He was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and has always enjoyed working with animals. His other passion is science, so becoming a Veterinarian was a great way for him to combine his love of both worlds. Doctor Stirn has a degree in Microbiology and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, both from Wisconsin. He has recently introduced acupuncture to our practice and looks forward to educating our community on the value of this therapeutic alternative. When Doctor Stirn is not practicing medicine you can find him cooking and homebrewing. He is a natural sports enthusiast with a love for our Bulldogs, but has a special place in his heart for his hometown team the Badgers. Be sure to ask Dr. Stirn about what special services he can provide your pet that you won’t find just anywhere.
Dr. John Williams, DVM

Dr. John Williams, DVM

Veterinarian

Welcome Dr John Williams, our newest Veterinarian. Dr. Williams joined us in July of 2020 coming from Wisconsin. Dr. Williams completed his undergraduate degree at University of Alabama and obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. As a new transplant, Dr. Williams and his fiance; a current resident at UGA are enjoying our amazing area and are excited to be a part of our community. Dr. Williams loves working with our canine and feline patients providing preventative care and performing an array of surgical and life saving procedures.
Dr. Makenzie Rankin, DVM

Dr. Makenzie Rankin, DVM

Veterinarian

Meet our newest Doctor on board, Doctor Makenzie Rankin. We are very proud to have one of UGA’s finest join our team and she is already making friends with our wonderful patients! Doctor Rankin is here to be a voice for your pets and she absolutely enjoys sending them home feeling their very best. Doctor Rankin has a passion for dermatology and preventative care, and we know we definitely see a lot of itchy pets in Georgia! Please stop by to meet Doctor Rankin and ask her questions about your pet’s needs.
Sandra Canales

Sandra Canales

Hospital Manager

Meet our Hospital Manager Sandra Canales. Sandra has been with us since June of 2020, so Welcome! She moved here recently from Virginia, but has managed veterinary practices in several states. You can find her in both of our Hospitals working with Doctors and Staff to provide the gold standard services our clients deserve. She has been working with animals nearly her whole life, in addition to being a business owner and canine obedience and behavioral trainer. Sandra is dedicated to the evolution of the Veterinary field as she hopes to change the lives of as many pets and pet parents as possible. If ever you need to talk to our Manager, she is always available for you and wants to hear how we can create the best experience possible for you and your loved ones.
Kenne

Kenne

Veterinary Assistant/Client Service Representative

Kenne is a 3rd-year Animal and Dairy Science student at UGA. She is originally from Raleigh, NC, and moved to Georgia since she was in high school. Kenne has a dog (Seamus), a cat (Virgil), and a horse (Levi). She is the youngest (and shortest) employee at Barber Creek and Gaines School! Kenne hopes to go to veterinary school and become a large animal veterinarian. In her free time, Kenne enjoys hanging out with cows, reading, and Georgia football.

Anthony Cole Davis

Anthony Cole Davis

Veterinary Assistant

Meet Anthony Cole Davis. “Cole” has been with us since May of 2018. He is a graduate of UGA, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Pre Vet. Cole is working towards becoming a Veterinarian and has intentions of completing that degree with UGA! Go Bulldogs! Cole’s passion is providing care for declining patient health and being able to provide rehabilitation. Being able to work with our Veterinarians to bring balance and return patients to optimal health is his greatest reward. Cole is also interested in exotic pet care and has two reptiles of his own. You can find Cole most weekdays at our practice loving and caring for your furbaby!
Jasmine Lawrence

Jasmine Lawrence

Veterinary Assistant

Jasmine moved to Watkinsville four years ago to study animal science at the University of Georgia and has been with us here at Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital for more than a year. She hopes to pursue a career as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and enjoys spending time at home with her dog Kobe and her foster animals.
Kylah Quintal

Kylah Quintal

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kylah is our Licensed Veterinary Technician in the making as she is currently enrolled in school to obtain her certification. Kylah graduated from the University of Davis in California with a Bachelors in Science in Animal Science and Management with an Equine emphasis. Kylah has big dreams of not only becoming an LVT but one day running a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding program. Kylah, like all of our staff, has a deep compassion for all 4 legged family members whether they are 2 pounds or 2000 pounds.
Tess Smith

Tess Smith

Lead Client Service Representative

Tess Smith is our Lead Client Services Representative at Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and has been with us since March of 2019. Tess majored in Communications and shows her skills at our practice by helping all of our wonderful clients on a full time basis. Not only is Tess a full time employee she also teaches horse riding lessons and has a passion for our much larger companions. She loves being able to work with people to better their relationships with their animals, and we love having Tess work with our community in Watkinsville. Stop by and thank her for all she does to keep us organized and assure that we get your pets in on a timely manner.
Joe Gwiazdzinkski

Joe Gwiazdzinkski

Inventory Manager

Meet Joe Gwiazdzinkski, he is one of our longest running employees having been with us for 20 years. He is the inventory manager for both of our hospitals assuring we always have what we need to provide the best care for your loved ones. Joe enjoys working with our teams to help us learn about the newest advancements in animal medicine and what are the best products on the market for our patients. When Joe is not at work you can find him walking his pup; Josie, enjoying movies or playing video games.
Katie Chambers

Katie Chambers

Veterinary Assistant

Katie has been in the Veterinary field for 4 years as a career transfer from paralegal studies. Katie is our newest team member with an interest in all animal care. She is especially fond of Boxers and being a part of our surgical team. Katie is a native of Georgia and plans on spending her days helping as many animals in our community as possible.

Taylor Sheridan

Veterinary Assistant

Taylor is a new Georgia transplant coming from Florida and graduating with a Bachelor’s in Science from Florida State University in 2019. Taylor is currently looking to enroll at UGA for her degree in Veterinary Medicine and plans to work in Emergency Medicine. Taylor’s passion in this field is to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Her greatest experience in this profession thus far has been working with spider monkeys, capuchins and coatis during her internship in Bolivia. Be sure to ask her about this unique experience when you meet her!

Pennie

Groomer/Pet Stylist

Photo and bio coming soon!
Dr. Bob Brewster, DVM

Dr. Bob Brewster, DVM

Veterinarian

Doctor Brewster attended UGA and finished his DVM in 1988. Doctor Brewster has long since been the face of both Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital. In September of 2020, Doctor Brewster decided it was time to retire from day to day Veterinary Medicine and focus on enjoying his family, travel, and relaxing at home.

Doctor Brewster has left us with a legacy to carry on in his honor; one of true compassion and love for not just our patients, but our community and the folks that make up our wonderful home. He is and will remain a part of these practices in one sense or another. We embrace his vision in our daily lives and will always ask ourselves; how would Doctor Brewster do it! Stay tuned though… We suspect Doctor Brewster may join us from time to time in the future to catch up with long time friends and check in on some of his patients!

We're proud to serve Watkinsville, GA and the surrounding communities.

We're a full-service veterinary hospital in Watkinsville, GA. Our goal is to create a caring, lasting bond with our clients and patients by providing the highest quality veterinary care with excellent client education and service.

Location

1471 Epps Bridge Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677
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Hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Wed, Sat: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Sun: Closed

Contact Info

Phone: 706-549-7387
Fax: 706-549-4821
Email: contactus@barbercreek.net

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