Gaines School Animal Hospital513 Gaines School Rd. Athens, GA 30605 706.549.1708

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Robert Brewster, DVMDr. Bob Brewster, DVM.Dr. Brewster considers himself a Georgia native despite the fact that he was born in New York City (which technically makes him the only Yankee in his family). Before moving to Athens, he earned an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. After volunteering at local veterinary clinics and riding around with a horse veterinarian, Dr. Brewster attended the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine and finished his DVM in 1988. Subsequently, he spent three years working as a veterinarian in Asheville, North Carolina. He and his wife then made the decision to move back to Athens. He worked at the Dekalb/Gwinnett Emergency Hospital for a year, then opened Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital in 1992. In 1997, Dr. Brewster purchased Gaines School Animal Hospital. He practiced at both hospitals for ten years. Although he is still involved in the Barber Creek practice, he now spends most of his time at Gaines School. He, his wife, and children have six goats and two dogs. While they would like to have cats at home, their dogs have vetoed the idea. As a result, he has several cats that make Gaines School Animal Hospital their home.

Dr. Lisa Ekman, DVMDr. Lisa Ekman, DVM.Dr. Ekman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 1997. She then attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she completed a Masters degree in Animal Science, studying the impacts of stress on animal behavior and physiology. In 2000, Dr. Ekman returned to Athens to attend the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, completing her DVM in 2004. Since then, she has practiced veterinary medicine around northeast Georgia, either as an associate or a relief veterinarian (filling in when other veterinarians have to be out of the office). Dr. Ekman was doing relief work for Dr. Brewster when he asked her to join the practice as a permanent employee, and she couldn't have been more thrilled to join the team. She works at both Gaines School Animal Hospital and Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital. She, her husband and children live with a dog, Bailey, and two cats, Andy and Sarah.

Dr. Beth Yash, DVMDr. Beth Yash, DVM.Dr. Beth Yash joined Gaines School Animal Hospital and Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital in 2013 after moving back to Athens from Portland, Oregon. She holds degrees in Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Biology and received her DVM from the University of Georgia in May of 2010. Dr. Yash has a special interest in animal behavior and alternative medicine. In her sparetime, Dr. Yash enjoys jogging, camping, hiking with her dogs, Mila & Lulu, and relaxing with her cat, Slinky Pete.

Liz, Hospital ManagerLiz, Hospital Manager. Liz first began working for Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital in 1998 as a Kennel Tech. In between working at Barber Creek and Gaine School Animal Hospital, she pursued other opportunities, including joining Americorps. She lived in Anchorage, Alaska, working at a GED lab and then lived in St. Croix for a year working at a foster home. Other adventures include pursuing a veterinary management job in Boulder, CO. She is now back at Gaines School as the Hospital Manager. Liz has three dogs, Edward - a lab; Myrtle - a terrier mix; and George - a chihuahua.

Lindsey, Receptionist and Veterinary AssistantLindsey, Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant.Lindsey began working at both Gaines School Animal Hospital and Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital in July 2014. She is originally from Sylvester, Georgia and moved to Athens to attend the University of Georgia, graduating in May 2014 with a bachelors degree in animal science. Lindsey loves being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. She has a horse and has been riding for about ten years.

Joe, Veterinary AssistantJoe, Veterinary Assistant.Joe has worked at Gaines School Animal Hospital since 1997. He has two dogs, Jackie, a Border Collie mix, and Jessie. He also has two cats named Josh and Justin.

Khiry, Veterinary AssistantKhiry, Veterinary Assistant.Khiry works at both Gaines School Animal Hospital and Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in zoology. He came to Georgia for a change of scenery and hopes to attend vet school. He has two pit bull mixes, Nimbus and Mamba.