Veterinarian & Owner
Rob, a Massachusetts native, attended Tuskegee University and NC State University. He first realized he wanted to be a small animal veterinarian in the third grade. His passion was to have a deeper connection with both clients and patients but other animal hospitals didn’t allow the time that required. Rob founded Hayes Barton Animal Hospital in 1987 and from the beginning scheduled 30 minutes for each appointment. Rob is married and has two beautiful daughters, two loving dogs, Lilly and Fenway, and a great cat, Mowgli. His hobbies include painting, traveling, and cheering for the Boston Red Sox.
Veterinarian, Chief of Staff
We’ve been very lucky to have Charlene with us since 2003. Her dedication to this special calling of veterinary medicine helps us ensure you won’t be able to find a more caring vet hospital. She was born in Michigan and grew up in Florida. Charlene received her BS in Animal Science and her DVM from Purdue University. She has two dogs and one cat, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Teresa has been with us since 2006. A Minnesota native, she attended the University of Minnesota. When not at work, Teresa likes spending time with her husband, three children, and two cats (Roxy and Reef). In her rare free time she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and being outdoors.
Kristen came to us in 2010 very excited to work with some of the best vets in the area. A native of Wilmington, she attended Duke University for undergrad and NC State for vet school. Kristen’s husband Stephen owns a food truck (and she has been spotted by a few clients working on his truck!) and together they have two children, two tabby cats, and one elderly greyhound. When she can find the time, Kristen’s hobbies include photography and cycling.
Client Service Specialist
Melinda, the undisputed queen of vet hospital client service, has been with us since 1990. She’s a native of Cary and attended Cary High School. When she’s not in the office, Melinda enjoys working outside in her yard during the spring and summer, spending time with her family, and attending music concerts. She also enjoys the company of her four crazy dogs and one even crazier cat.
A Raleigh native, Valerie attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a bachelor’s degree in Biology. After several years working at other local animal hospitals Valerie joined the Hayes Barton family in 2010. She has two crazy rescue dogs: a big hound mix named Miles and a husky mix named Ella. She enjoys seeing live music, spending time at the lake and beach, and hanging out with her husband and her son, Mason.
Lea has been a member of our team since 1997. She has two dogs and a cat. In her free time she enjoys creating mosaic art, baking, working with the NC State Turtle Team as a foster, and competitive archery.
A Registered Veterinary Technician, Elizabeth attended Mars Hill College for Zoology and Central Carolina Community College for Veterinary Medical Technology. Elizabeth loves working with animals and has three of her own (a cat named Tora and dogs named Pitch and Tatum). Her hobbies include reading, outdoor activities with her dogs, and watching television.
Bumper came to us as a kitten after being bumped by a car — hence his name. We were not sure he would survive, but he proved early on that he was a fighter. His hobbies include sleeping in boxes, supervising surgeries from the observation area in the next room), hip hop DJ’ing (you should hear him scratch!), and keeping the other office cats in line.
Veronica was born outside of Philadelphia and graduated from Queens University of Charlotte. Veronica has two adopted pit bulls and enjoys weightlifting, painting, playing piano, and cooking.
Sarah, a Raleigh native, has been with our team since 2010. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNC and a Master of Toxicology from NCSU. Her family includes two dogs, Logan and Jeff, and two cats, Dexter and Dylan. She enjoys fresh apples and fine cheeses, DIY projects, and reading.
Becky, a Colorado Certified Veterinary Technician and Canine Therapeutic Massage Therapist, is a graduate of Kansas State University, the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, and the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. She’s from Omaha, Nebraska and enjoys horseback riding, making jewelry, going to the beach, traveling, and yoga. She also loves spending time with Pepper, her blue heeler, and Harley, her tabby cat.
Out of a litter of stray kittens we adopted out, Seymore was the one who won our hearts and took up permanent residence at Hayes Barton. He is a sensitive boy who easily gets his feelings hurt. Most days he can be found playing in his favorite black satin sheet, squirrel watching out the side window, or hoarding toys and plastic. Seymore also has an affinity for small white dogs and loves jazz clarinet.
Kaleigh, a Raleigh native is a North Carolina State University graduate with a degree in Animal Science. Kaleigh has an English Mastiff named Harley and an Appendix Quarter Horse named Jumper. She loves spending time horseback riding and reading.
Shawna has been with us since 2000. She grew up traveling the world and attended the University of Florida. Although she’s moved on to a career in accounting, she loves the patients and clients here at Hayes Barton so much she still works with us on the weekends. She has one dog and six cats and enjoys hiking, camping, geocaching, quilting, and gardening.
Julie joined us in 2015. Originally from Florida, Julie attended Appalachian State University. She has two dogs and one cat. In her free time she enjoys horses and reading.
Eleanor was adopted from a rescue organization as a younger companion and weight loss aide for Seymore. She is small in stature but large in personality. When not begging for human food, she can be found relaxing on a high perch supervising the daily hospital activities or following Seymore around. She also enjoys cultivating heirloom strains of catnip.