Staff

Meet the friendly staff at Halifax Veterinary Center!

  • Dr.
    Kathleen Bartos

    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. 

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  • Dr.
    Amanda Millikan
    Veterinarian

    Amanda K. Millikan, D.V.M. completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree at the University of Florida in 2011.  She studied veterinary acupuncture with Dr. Shen Xie at the Chi Institute in Gainesville, FL, is certified in laser therapy.  

  • Dr.
    Nicolle Schultze
    Chiropractor

    Dr. Schultze joined our team in January 2019.  She graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College right here in Port Orange.  In addition to her human chiropractic practice, she is certified in animal chiropractic and works with us three Wednesdays each month.  On the days she is not here, you can find her at her human practice in Port Orange or at a stable adjusting horse and rider. 

  • Sue Bennett
    Practice Manager

    Sue started at HVC as a Client Services Representative in 2015.  After a couple of years as Lead Client Services Representative and Office Manager, she became 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!' 

  • Kathy Tavenner
    Assistant Practice Manager

    Kathy joined our reception staff in 2002.  Kathy is a vital part of our team, acting as Assistant Practice Manager. She keeps all our staff on their toes, as she is tasked with making sure charts are handled correctly.  Kathy's dog Isaac is a frequent visitor for grooms.  

  • Val Bennett
    Inventory Manager/Client Services Representative
    I am Valorie. I have been at HVC since July of 2009. I started as a receptionist and now I am the inventory manager. I have also been a client of the practice since February 1991. I currently have two Siamese cats, Mischief and Poppet. They keep my husband Al and me on our toes. We have always been dog people and know how to speak dog. Cat language is a whole different ballgame. Speaking of ball games, I am also a big Gator fan. I have just recently been introduced by my coworker Sue on the awesomeness of professional hockey. Go Rangers!
  • Nikki Reed
    Veterinary Technician

    Nikki has been a technician at HVC since 2013.  She is not only a fantastic tech, but a great person with a wonderful smile.  Nikki is a highly knowledgeable and skilled Veterinary Technician. Nikki will rescue any animal she finds who needs rescuing. 

  • Stephanie
    Veterinary Technician

    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.   

  • Kyrstin
    Veterinary Technician

    Kyrstin has been a Veterinary Technician for many years.  We are happy to have her skill and knowledge as part of our medical team.  She has a soft spot for all animals and can often be found helping animals in need.

  • Liliana
    Veterinary Technician

    Liliana joined our technical staff in September 2018 .  Her smile will light up any room.  Her love of cats knows no bounds.  She does love the doggies too though.  She speaks Spanish and can translate for the doctor and help schedule your appointment over the phone if you don't speak English.  Ella habla Espanol. 

  • Teresa
    Kennel Team Member and Veterinary Assistant

    Teresa is a member of our kennel team and a veterinary assistant.  She loves our boarders so much that she actually cries when they go home.  She will play with, do arts and crafts, medicate, and love your pets.  She is always happy to use whatever key words or commands you want her to use with your pet.  She speaks Spanish and can translate for the doctor or help schedule your appointment over the phone if you need her to.  Ella habla Espanol. 

  • Janina
    Kennel Team Member and Veterinary Assistant

    Janina is a member of our Kennel Services Team anda veterinary assistant.  She has been a great addition to the HVC family.  She loves our patients and caring for our boarders as her own.  She especially loves to play , do arts and crafts projects, and photo shoots with our boarders.   

  • Melissa
    Senior Client Services Representative

    Melissa greets every client and patient with a smile.  She has loved animals her whole life and is currently enrolled in school to become a certified veterinary technician.  

  • Megan
    Client Services Representative

    Megan moved to Florida from Indiana to marry the love of her life, a Daytona Beach firefighter.  Indiana's loss is HVC's gain!  Her smile makes every client and patient feel comfortable as they arrive for their appointment.  

  • Marylou
    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.