At Millcreek Animal Hospital you’ll find a special skilled veterinary staff dedicated to compassionate care for your pet. Made up of primary animal health care providers and seasoned veterinarians, you’ll find people who show love and compassion to animals.
Veterinarian and Owner of Millcreek Animal Hospital
Dr. Barkley received her BA from Wake Forest University in 1991 and graduated magna cum Laude from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Immediately after graduation, she joined Millcreek Animal Hospital. Five years later, Dr. Barkley was presented with the opportunity to purchase the clinic – allowing her to continue doing the job she loves most while pursuing the dream of owning her own business. Today, Dr. Barkley is still an active part of the clinic. She specializes in small animal surgery and medicine and thrives on helping her patients live the happiest and fullest lives.
She has been married for 19 years and has three beautiful daughters. The Barkley family has two dogs – a gentle Golden named Erica who was adopted from The Seeing Eye and a spunky, mixed breed named Peedee. Six cats round out the family – Elvis, Eva, Tripod, Oliver, Cooper and Pirate.
When not working, Dr. Barkley is an avid runner and gladly donates her time and expertise to charitable organizations – most notably Carolina Wildlife and The Heartworm Project.
A native of North Carolina, Dr. Brooks attended undergraduate school at Vanderbilt University followed by veterinarian school at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the staff of Millcreek Animal Hospital in 2004, previously having practiced at Sunset Animal Clinic and Kingstree Animal Hospital. Dr. Brooks is especially interested in small mammals and wildlife cases.
Her devotion to animals continues outside of the clinic. She has served as the president of the Greater Columbia Association of Veterinarians, served on the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians Executive Board and is presently the Chairman of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Dr. Brooks is married and has two young children. The Brooks’ share their house with a multitude of animals which dogs, cats, fish and a guinea pig.
Dr. DiPietro graduated from Clemson University in 2013 with her BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. She then received her DVM from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, located on Virginia Tech’s campus, in 2017.
Her first job, as Katie Doerring, was at Millcreek Animal Hospital. During her summers, she would return to work and surround herself with the profession she loved. It was a perfect fit to return to South Carolina and Millcreek to practice Veterinary Medicine. Dr. DiPietro couldn’t be happier at Millcreek – the place where her passion all began.
Dr. DiPietro is married to her college sweetheart, Nick, and they live in Lexington. They have a Cavalier King Charles-Poodle mix named “Louie” who rules the house. When she is not caring for client’s pets, Dr. DiPietro enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Armstrong grew up in Lexington and graduated from White Knoll High School. She obtained her B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) and received her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Armstrong’s clinical interests include ultrasonography and soft-tissue surgery. In addition to cats and dogs, she is especially interested in working with exotic companion animals including small mammals, reptiles, and birds. She also has an interest in wildlife cases and completed a clinical externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia during her final year of veterinary school.
At an early age Dr. Armstrong developed a passion for animals and has always wanted to be a veterinarian. There were always cats around the house while she was growing up and she currently has a furry feline named Marlow. Her hobbies include photography, listening to records, and watching sports like soccer, rugby, and Clemson football.