Dr. Barnes was born and raised in Fort Thomas, a small town in Northern Kentucky, where she loved animals and singing. She attended Northern Kentucky University where she started her college career in musical theater, then later received dual bachelor degrees in biology and business management in 2008. Deciding to follow her love for animals, she was accepted into Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013. One of Dr. Barnes’ proud moments at Auburn University was singing the National Anthem at her graduation. Her professional interests include veterinary dentistry, preventive medicine, and emergency medicine. After graduation from vet school, Dr. Barnes lived in the Northern Virginia area for five years with her husband, son, cat and border collie. She moved to Charlotte to be closer to family in January 2019.