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

  • 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.  He speaks English and Spanish fluently, and has a basic knowledge of American Sign Language.  

  • 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
    Former Assistant Practice Manager

    Kathy joined our reception staff in 2002.  She retired in March 2020 as Assistant Practice Manager.  We will always be grateful to Kathy for being a vital part of our team. 

  • 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.   Stephanie makes us laugh everyday! 

  • 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!  

  • Ashley Anderson
    Veterinary Technician

    Ashley joined our HVC family after moving to Volusia from the Jacksonville area. She is a skilled veterinary technician who fit right in with our staff from the start. 

  • Angela Li
    Veterinary Assistant

    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. 

  • Tawatha Valentine
    Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Services

    Tawatha, or T, as we like to call her, rounds out our Kennel Services Team.  She is a music student at Daytona State and hopes some day to help calm animals with music.  A bedtime lullaby may be just what our boarders want.  She has kennel experience and brings a sweet, respectful personality to our HVC family.

  • Melissa Cospito
    Senior Client Services Representative

    Melissa greets every client and patient with a smile.  She has loved animals her whole life. If Melissa answers your phone call, be prepared to be told a corny joke. 

  • 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.  She's got a sweet midwest way about her and calls everyone 'Hon.'

  • 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.  If you are admitting your pet for treatment, be sure to tell him or her that Lily will become his or her best friend. 

  • 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

    2007-2020