Dr. Barnes has loved all animals since she was little and wanted “one of everything”. Growing up in West Michigan and participating in 4-H ultimately led her to a career in Veterinary Medicine. She began her undergraduate education at Grand Rapids Community College then transferred to Michigan State University. There she finished her undergraduate studies and graduated from MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She continued her studies in a year-long post-doctorate residency in anesthesia at MSU.
She and her husband then relocated to the Saline/Ann Arbor area for his graduate work. Dr. Barnes feels blessed to have found an animal hospital where she was able to experience general medicine for exotic pets, including pocket pets, birds & reptiles. After her husband, Spencer graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School, they moved back to West Michigan, settling in Hastings, to start raising a family. She worked at nearby Seidl Veterinary Hospital for several years until she made the difficult decision to don a different hat and help open Barnes Dental Care with her husband. This career change gave their family flexibility to raise children, volunteer in their community, and run a local, family-owned business.
Dr. Barnes has been drawn to Senior Pet Care and Home Euthanasia after some very personal experiences with her own beloved senior pets, Toby and Grace, along with Charlie, a very special bunny. With each pet she was able to modify their environment and provide extra care at home to give them and her family time to make more memories together. With each pet she was also able to help them pass with dignity and peace when it was their time. Each one was as unique as the pet that they were. All of these twists & turns in her life have brought Dr. Barnes to Heaven at Home, where she is grateful to be given the chance to provide a similar service to other families & their beloved pets.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Barnes and her husband have 2 children – a son who is in college and a daughter in high school. Their four-legged family includes a horse, Lexi; a dog, Yeti; and 2 bunnies named Sammy & Finn. They love spending the summers at family cottages and going to Disney anytime they can. In her spare time, Dr Kim can be found on the sideline of one of her children’s sporting events, volunteering in Hastings or Grand Rapids, running, and enjoying outdoor life in Michigan.