Meet Barbara

Born and raised in Kingsport, TN, Barbara has spent most of her life in the Appalachian Highlands. She has over a decade of experience as a veterinary assistant and holds degrees from both Tusculum College and Miami University. She worked as a process control engineer for several years after graduation before moving into the veterinary field.

Her hobbies include completing crossword puzzles, geocaching, and playing several games, including Animal Crossing. She is an avid runner who loves racing 5Ks to half marathons. Barbara also enjoys spending time with her children and her 4 small dogs.


Veterinary Assistant

In one word, Oakwell is


Fun Facts

I am addicted to Pokemon Go

I collect heart-shaped rocks and sharks teeth


Dr. Sims and Barbara took very good care of WB and addressed all of his issues with expertise. The clinic has a welcoming atmosphere and brand new state- of -the art equipment. It’s a top notch facility in every way. I highly recommend Oakwell!Alice Armstrong

This was the best vet experience I have ever had. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Sims, Barbara, and I believe their name was Max at the front desk. Everyone here radiates sunshine and love for animals.Jennifer Katanic

We took a new puppy to Oakwell. We had never been there before. She was near death when we arrived. They saved her. Everyone in the office was caring and compassionate. Had it not been for Dr. Maness and Barb she would not have made it. Debbie King

Barbara's Pet Family