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. She is also an active member of the American, Florida and Volusia/Flagler Veterinary Medical Associations.

  • Dr.
    Amanda Millikan

    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, and is certified in therapeutic laser.  

  • Sue Bennett
    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 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

    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.  She and her husband currently have two Siamese cats, Mischief and Poppet, who keep them on their toes. 

  • 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.   

  • Janina
    Veterinary Technician

    Janina started with HVC as a member of our Kennel Services Team as a Veterinary Assistant.  She has been a great addition to the HVC family.  She trained hard and worked her way to a Veterinary Technician position.  We're very proud of her. She loves our patients and cares for our boarders as if they were her own.  She especially loves to play, do arts and crafts projects, and photo shoots with our boarders.   

  • Evette
    Veterinary Technician

    Evette came to HVC with many years' experience, especially with cats.  But don't worry, she loves dogs too.  Her calm nature is a real comfort to our feline friends!  

  • Teresa
    Kennel Team Member and Veterinary Assistant

    Teresa is a member of our Kennel Services 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 necessary.  Ella habla Espanol. 

  • Dani
    Kennel Team Member

    Dani came to us with experience from a local shelter and a local boarding facility.  She cares for our patients and boarders greatly.  The time she spends with each boarder is loving and fun.  We are glad to have her as a member of our team.  

  • 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 M.
    Client Services Representative

    Megan came to HVC with many years of client service experience.  She has a warm, friendly personality that makes our clients and patients feel comfortable as they arrive for their appointment.  

  • Megan H.
    Client Services Representative

    Megan joined us in November 2018 and is a great asset to our front desk team.  She is always smiling and happy to help clients with anything they need.

  • Lily
    Client Services Representative

    Lily is our part-time Client Services Representative.  She joined our team in June 2018 and is always willing to help our clients and love our patients.

  • 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. 

  • Tripp
    Clinic Cat

    Tripp came to us as a kitten in March 2011.  He keeps us all on our toes.  He loves to have his big belly rubbed and to share our lunches.  He can often be found sleeping in our pharmacy inbox.  

  • Sisko
    Clinic Cat

    Sisko is a 12 year old tissue eating, staff lunch licking, keyboard sitting, Tripp annoying cat who loves rubbing against you, but not being picked up by you. He lets you know when he wants attention and you better give it to him!