Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital1471 Epps Bridge Rd Watkinsville, GA 30677 706.549.7387

Meet Our Staff


Dr. Robert Brewster, DVMDr. Bob Brewster, DVM. Dr. Brewster considers himself a Georgia native despite the fact that he was born in New York City (which technically makes him the only Yankee in his family). Before moving to Athens, he earned an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. After volunteering at local veterinary clinics and riding around with a horse veterinarian, Dr. Brewster attended the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine and finished his DVM in 1988. Subsequently, he spent three years working as a veterinarian in Asheville, North Carolina. He and his wife then made the decision to move back to Athens. He worked at the Dekalb/Gwinnett Emergency Hospital for a year, then opened Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital in 1992. In 1997, Dr. Brewster purchased Gaines School Animal Hospital. He has practiced at both hospitals for ten years. He, his wife, and children have six goats and two dogs.


Dr. Lisa Ekman, DVMDr. Lisa Ekman, DVM.Dr. Ekman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 1997. She then attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she completed a Masters degree in Animal Science, studying the impacts of stress on animal behavior and physiology. In 2000, Dr. Ekman returned to Athens to attend the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, completing her DVM in 2004. Since then, she has practiced veterinary medicine around northeast Georgia, either as an associate or a relief veterinarian (filling in when other veterinarians have to be out of the office). Dr. Ekman was doing relief work for Dr. Brewster when he asked her to join the practice as a permanent employee, and she couldn't have been more thrilled to join the team. She works at both Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital. She, her husband and children live with a dog, Bailey, and two cats, Andy and Sarah.

Dr. Beth Yash, DVMDr. Beth Yash, DVM.Dr. Beth Yash joined Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital in 2013 after moving back to Athens from Portland, Oregon. She holds degrees in Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Biology and received her DVM from the University of Georgia in May of 2010. Dr. Yash has a special interest in animal behavior and alternative medicine. In her sparetime, Dr. Yash enjoys jogging, camping, hiking with her dogs, Mila & Lulu, and relaxing with her cat, Slinky Pete.

Susie, Veterinary TechnicianSusie, Veterinary Technician.Susie is a registered veterinary technician and graduated from Athens Technical College in 2006. Susie previously worked at the Emergency and Critical Care unit at the University of Georgia but returned to private practice because she loves interacting with clients and their pets. Susie has three mutts that she adores and a five year old daughter with her husband, both of whom she also adores.

Lindsey, Receptionist and Veterinary AssistantLindsey, Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant.Lindsey began working at both Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital in July 2014. She is originally from Sylvester, Georgia and moved to Athens to attend the University of Georgia, graduating in May 2014 with a bachelors degree in animal science. Lindsey loves being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. She has a horse and has been riding for about ten years.

Marybeth, Veterinary AssistantMarybeth, Veterinary Assistant.Mary Beth just recently started working at Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital but has been a veterinary technician at Gaines School Animal Hospital since 2004. She continues to work at both practices. She is currently a student at Athens Area Technical Institute studying early childhood education with the plan to eventually transfer to the University of Georgia. Her goal is to teach Kindergarten. Marybeth first starting working with animals as a kennel assistant at the age of sixteen. She has two dogs, Sugar, a mix, and Roxie, a Pekinese mix. She also has a cat named Tang.

Chloe, Veterinary AssistantChloe, Veterinary Assistant. Chloe began working at Barber Creek Veterinary hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital in 2012. She is originally from Hamilton, GA and has been an avid equestrian since age seven. Chloe has trained horses for 15 years and has competed in nationally recognized three day eventing trials, which is an equestrian triathlon that combines three different disciplines over three days of competition. She has a B.S. in biochemistry from Mercer University, a Masters of Public Health from Mercer University School of Medicine, and plans on applying to veterinary school, specializing in equine medicine. Chloe is a newlywed and has two dogs, two cats, one horse and is expecting a ISR-Oldenburg foal in 2013 - and hopes for a filly!

Sam, Veterinary AssistantSam, Veterinary Assistant. Sam has worked in veterinary clinics since the age of 15, when she got her first job as a kennel assistant. She's worked as a veterinary assistant for over four years and began working at Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital in 2012. As well, Sam has worked as a dog trainer and has a high interest in animal behavior. She is currently a student at the University of Georgia and is pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. Sam has a dog, a cat, and a horse.

Amanda, Veterinary AssistantAmanda, Veterinary Assistant.Amanda has worked as a veterinary assistant since 2009 and began working at Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital in 2012. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in animal science. Amanda loves horses and has been riding them since the age of seven and has been training horses since she was 16. Her future plans include applying to vet school, specializing in large animal medicine.

Gray, Veterinary AssistantGray, Veterinary Assistant.Gray began working at Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital in June 2012. Previously, he attended the University of Georgia, graduating in May 2012 with a B.S. in biology and animal science. Gray's first job working with animals was as a kennel assistant, and he hopes to attend veterinary school with a small animal emphasis. Gray has a Wheaten terrier mix named Jake.

Pennie, Professional GroomerPennie, Professional Groomer. Pennie is a certified groomer and has groomed animals for over 20 years. She not only grooms dogs but also cats. She has eight bulldogs including Lex, pictured here, and a cocker spaniel named Lacie.