Meet the Team


Dr.Kathleen Bartos

Owner/Medical Director

Kathleen D. Bartos M.S., D.V.M. opened HVC in July 1990. She received her B.S. degree in zoology from Duke University and her M.S. in veterinary physiology from the University of Florida before attending veterinary school. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree at the University of Florida in 1986. She studied veterinary acupuncture with Dr. Shen Xie at the Chi Institute in Gainesville, FL, is certified in therapeutic laser and stem cell therapies, and is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. She is also an active member of the American, Florida and Volusia/Flagler Veterinary Medical Associations. Dr. Bartos and her husband enjoy spending time with their dog Abby (Labrador Retriever) and their cats Kira (Domestic Shorthair), Monsta (Domestic Shorthair), Dax (Siamese), and #1 (Domestic Shorthair).

Dr.Gabriel Abreu

Associate Veterinarian

Gabe Abreu, DVM completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree at the Ross University in September 2019. He studied veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Gainesville, FL, and is trained in canine rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee. Dr. Abreu is Fear Free Certified and speaks English and Spanish fluently, and has a basic knowledge of American Sign Language. Dr. Abreu has three dogs Amelia, Dean, and Oliver (all Australian Shepherds).



Practice Manager

Sue started as a client at HVC in 2013 and was pulled from an exam room and made a Client Services Representative in 2015. After a couple of years as Lead Client Services Representative and Office Manager, she became the Practice Manager in May 2018. Sue came to us from New Jersey, where she worked 30 years in the legal field. She loves cats and 'dawgs,' especially hers, Scar (Husky Mix).


Office Manager

Stephanie joined our technical staff with over 10 years of experience. She is very skilled and knowledgeable. Stephanie loves to help educate clients and can often be found returning client phone calls. Stephanie makes us laugh every day! She and her family own a dog named Max (American Pit Bull), Violet (French Bulldog), two cats, Tom and Jerry (both Domestic Shorthairs), as well as some goats.


Inventory Manager/Client Services Representative

Val has been at HVC since July of 2009. She started as a receptionist and is now the Inventory Manager. She has also been a client of the practice since February 1991. Val is mom to two cats, Mischief and Poppet (both Siamese Mixes), who keep her on her toes.


Veterinary Technician

Angela and her husband moved to Volusia County from the Chicago area, where they attended college. Angela has a B.S. in Biology and is planning on becoming a veterinarian in the future. She is a furmom to Aurora, a sibling of our clinic cat Scotty (Domestic Shorthair) and Ashur (Domestic Shorthair), who she adopted from a litter a client brought in as newborns.


Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!


Veterinary Assistant

Julianne joined us in 2020. Whether your pet is admitted to our hospital for a wellness service, grooming, or for illness, Julianne will be sure his or her stay is as comfortable as possible. She makes sure all our patients are walked and have freshwater. Julianne is a Connecticut native who lives in Port Orange. She would rescue every special need or senior pet if dog if she was able. She and her family are owned by three Westies, Bean Town, Fenway, and Tatum.


Veterinary Assistant

Lexy grew up training dogs & horses, which is where her love of animals started. Lexy then went on to work at a specialty animal clinic for 2 years, and then realized her passion for Vet Med. She is looking forward to gaining more knowledge and experience in the field and hopes to one day become a veterinarian herself! Outside of work you can find Lexy with her 3 dogs- Diego, Mango & Eliza, and with any miscellaneous rescues she has brought home at the time.


Veterinary Assistant

Kiley and her boyfriend moved from Illinois to South Daytona in 2021, where they bought their first house. They are servants to two dogs Sidian (Rottweiler/Pit Bull Mix) and Ony (Pit Bull/Xolo mix). They also answer to their snake Kari (a Ball Python). Kiley worked in animal care for 6 years before joining us.


Client Services Representative

Lily is a New Jersey native and is owned by her dog Scar (Husky Mix) and her Betta fish Pocahontas. She has worked part time with us as a Client Services Representative since 2018. She is a student at Daytona State and hopes to be a teacher in the future.


Administrative Assistant/Client Services Representative

Marylou was Dr. Bartos' first employee at HVC. She can work almost any position in the hospital, except Veterinarian, of course. You have probably received a phone call or mail from Marylou to let you know your pet is due for services. Marylou is mom to Baby Girl (Rottweiler) and Puppy (Domestic Shorthair).


Client Services Representative

Heather came to HVC with many years of client services experience, with four years being in the pet industry. She is a Volusia County native. Heather keeps us laughing with her ``Heatherisms`` and is known to break out into song at times. She is fur mom to Milo and PeeWee (Toy Rat Terriers who are brothers).


Client Services Representative

You may recognize Pam from years ago. Pam was a CSR with us a while back but left when her second grandchild was born so she could babysit him. Well, time flies! Her grandson is now old enough to attend school, so Pam is back! Before working for us years ago, Pam had many years of experience in the veterinary field. She and her husband live in Mims with their two cats Taz and Harry (both Domestic Shorthairs) and a flock of chickens.


Client Services Representative

Kim joined HVC with many years of CSR experience in the veterinary industry in Pennsylvania. She works part-time and spends the rest of her time with her two young daughters and husband. They live locally with their dog Spot (Tree Walker Coonhound), 4 Parakeets, a Cockatiel, a Leopard Gecco, and some chickens.



Mindy joined HVC as a Veterinary Technician in 2013. She came to us with 20 years of technician and grooming experience. After a few years with us, she left her responsibilities as a tech and became our Groomer! We don't want to brag about how good she is, but....she is typically booked out for two months. She spends a lot of time with your pet and puts them at ease. She is referred by other groomers in the area for some of their ``not so groom friendly clients`` and is careful and caring with each of them. If your pet needs sedation to be groomed, let us know when scheduling your appointment. Your pet can have an exam with one of our doctors and, if found to be healthy enough, the doctor can sedate your pet for Mindy to groom. She and her family have a little 5-pound dog named Moxxi (Yorkie Mix) and two cats, Alice and Castiel (Domestic Shorthairs) who are siblings of our clinic cat Scotty and another staff member's cat.

Clinic Pets


Clinic Cat

Trip came to us as a kitten in March 2011. Even though he keeps us all on our toes, he loves to have his big belly rubbed and to share our lunches. He is also often found sleeping in our pharmacy inbox! He was named after Star Trek Enterprise's Chief Engineer Charles 'Trip' Tucker III since we all think he's out of this world!


Clinic Cat

Scotty was born in April of 2020. He was brought in with his litter mates at just a few weeks old. He was picked from the litter to be an HVC clinic cat. His littermates were all adopted by HVC staff members. He is named after the Star Trek Lieutenant Commander Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott. We know he will live long and prosper!


Clinic Cat



Clinic Hamster

Unknown - 2023


Clinic Guinea Pig

Cupid belonged to one of our staff members and came to live with us on Valentine's Day in 2022. He has a giant cage in our reception area and is fun for our staff and clients to watch. He makes the cutest little noises when we hold him as he snuggles up to us.