Meet the Team of Stonewater Veterinary Hospital
Meet the founding team at Stonewater! We have opened our doors with a very skilled team with great customer service. Make sure to say hello to Shelly and Mimi, our Client Liaisons, Ryan and Melissa, our Veterinary Medical Assistants, and Bayleigh, our Groomer. We are all excited to meet new patients and Clayton families in our community!
Jaime Barta, DVM
Stonewater Veterinary Hospital Support Staff
Jaime Barta, DVM
The east coast beaches of Florida is where I grew up swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. My early jobs found me working in restaurants, where I worked my way up from waiting tables to eventually managing 5-star dining at country clubs while in college. The restaurant management business taught me hospitality and customer service, however, once I adopted my first dog as a young adult and started taking him to the vet, I realized I had found my career passion. I then changed my major, left my restaurant career and started working in animal hospitals. I am grateful enough to have worked as a kennel assistant, a veterinary assistant, and as a receptionist. As a practicing veterinarian, I find it very beneficial that I have worked in all the positions as it has provided me insight into how every position contributes to the care of your pet.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude with my undergraduate degree in Biology and Business from the University of North Florida, then went on to graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Go Gators! My future goal was then to own my own hospital and intertwine my hospitality career with veterinary career after first taking the time to gain extensive veterinary experience.
After graduating, I spent many years practicing small animal medicine in Florida before following my husband’s career which eventually landed us in North Carolina in 2015. We absolutely love it here and find it a wonderful blend of the mountains while still getting to enjoy the ocean, which is how the name Stonewater was created. Although moving around a bit had its challenges, the benefit was gaining valuable experience diagnosing and caring for a wide variety of cases, as well as seeing many different hospital management and team structures.
After practicing in the Fuquay-Varina area for several years, my husband and I began working on my future dream of starting my own veterinary hospital. We have two daughters who are excited to help out as well as a standard poodle mix at home named Sunshine Guacamole. We enjoy good times with friends and family, the great foodie experiences of living in the Triangle region, the outdoors, and traveling. As someone who is extremely passionate about veterinary medicine, I am continuously seeking education opportunities which allow me to deliver the best treatment for my patients. Throughout the year, I attend continuing education events to stay up to date on the latest in animal health. My current memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, I am an Accredited Veterinarian with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services and a Certified Volunteer with the ASPCA National Field Investigations and Response Team. I have volunteered my time to help with veterinary exams, treatment, and even surgeries of large volume hurricane rescue operations as well as hoarding police seizures. Being a part of my local community and giving back is something I want to continue to provide where I can.
I am excited to get to know the people of Clayton and build my vet family. It is important for me to provide the best veterinary care possible in a general medicine setting while having a friendly and fun work atmosphere. Having happy employees includes creating a practice with a work life balance where we are all refreshed and love coming to work every day and is something I am passionate about infusing into Stonewater. I look forward to building a strong dedicated team who are proud to be part of the Stonewater Family and a practice where you are comfortable bringing your beloved family pet.
Ryan, Veterinary Assistant
I look forward to making this hospital a memorable and fun place for anything your furry friends will need.
Hobbies: Reading, Soccer, Video Games, Traveling
Favorite color: Yellow
Lizzie, Veterinary Assistant
Hobbies: Reading, playing piano, finding new coffee shops
Favorite Color: Blue
Caleigh, Veterinary Assistant
Hello! My name is Caleigh and I am a vet assistant at Stonewater Veterinary Hospital! I have two dogs of my own and a crazy cat as well. I have worked as a vet assistant for a couple of years now and hope to continue to help people and animals here at Stonewater.
Hobbies: Reading, Video games, Hiking
Favorite Color: Pink
Shelly, Client Liaison
I look forward to meeting all of you and building a lasting relationship with you and your pets.
Hobbies: Baseball with grandson, soap making, camping
Favorite color: Flamingo coral/pink
Melissa, Veterinary Technician
I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies soon!
Hobbies: Reading & spending time with family
Favorite color: Green
Mimi, Client Liaison
Hobbies: Playing music, sewing, reading, cooking, and making mini models
Favorite color: Rose gold