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.

Destin, ReceptionistDestin, Receptionist.Destin has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Georgia (UGA) and is working on a masters in public health from UGA. In the future, she hopes to heard a Ph.D. and D.V.M. to work in veterinary pathology.She has two dogs, Dakota, a Siberian Husky, and Ozil, a border collie mix, adopted from the Athens Area Humane Society. She enjoys scuba diving and playing piano.

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 more than ten years.

Marybeth, Veterinary AssistantMarybeth, Veterinary Assistant.Mary Beth currently works at Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital but started as a veterinary assistant at Gaines School Animal Hospital in 2004. Marybeth first began 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.

Khiry, Veterinary AssistantKhiry, Veterinary Assistant.Khiry works at both Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital and Gaines School Animal Hospital but is primarily at Barber Creek. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in zoology. He came to Georgia for a change of scenery and hopes to attend vet school. He has two pit bull mixes, Nimbus and Mamba.

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.