Chuck Barry, DVM

Dr. Barry graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1984 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Aiming toward becoming a veterinarian since fifth grade, he has always had a gentle love for people and animals. In 1997, after a decade in private practice, he and his wife opened Lifetime Animal Center and began his mission of “caring for all God’s creatures.”

Dr. Barry and his wife, Denise, have four children, Madison, Mason, Miles, and Maxwell. The family enjoys several pets including the family dogs Marley and Bentley, the cat crew of Max, Griffon, and three horses, Sierra, Sophie and Prince. Dr. Barry enjoys family activities including softball, hunting, fishing, camping, cycling, and horseback riding.

In his spare time, Dr. Barry is active in the community with Grover Park Baptist Church, Rotary International, the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, and is a Troop Committee Member for BSA Troop 513. He has served as Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Chairman of the Board of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and is a past President of the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practitioners. He has also previously served as Chairman of the Board for the Missouri Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. Dr. Barry is also a member of the MVMA, AVMA, and the Missouri MVAMA Delegate to the AVMA.

  • Years in Practice: 31
  • Education: B.S. in Agriculture, D.V.M., C.V.A.
  • Interests: Critters and anything outdoors!
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Sharon Keairnes, DVM

Dr. Sharon Keairnes grew up in Kansas City and decided on a career in veterinary medicine at the age of twelve. She graduated from Stephens College in ’95 with a BS in Biology and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in ’99 at the University of Missouri. Directly out of school, she began working as a veterinarian in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She then realized she wanted to come back ”home” and has been with Lifetime Animal Center since August 2002. She is a member of the AVMA and the MVMA.

Dr. Keairnes, her husband John (Smith) and her three children, Elizabeth and Connor, and Sarah, are happy to be close to family in the Kansas City and Columbia areas. In her spare time, she enjoys canoeing, camping, cars and family time. She has cats, a dog, chickens, horses, and fish.

Morgan Wilkins, Practice Manager

Morgan began her journey at Lifetime Animal Center in May of 2016 as a volunteer. Morgan then worked as an assistant in 2017 and loved the opportunity to work hands on with patient care. She pursued her veterinary technician degree at Penn Foster University in 2019. She continued working at Lifetime and changed her position to a receptionist in 2022. She enjoyed helping clients with their needs but knew she wanted to be more involved in management and leadership in the hospital. Morgan was presented with the opportunity to become the practice manager in June of 2023 and is pleased to be in this position currently. In her free time, she enjoys camping, gardening, and spending time with her husband. Morgan has three dogs, a snake, and four rabbits and lives on her family’s farm.

Madison, Lead Receptionist

Madison was born and raised in Warrensburg. She has been at Lifetime Animal Center since 2017 as a receptionist. She is married to Ashton who works as a lineman and she currently resides in Grain Valley, Missouri. She has two cats, Lankford and Londyn, and one dog, Oakley. Her hobbies include trying new coffee shops, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Katie, Assistant

Katie started at Lifetime Animal Center in July of 2019 as the weekend kennel technician. She happily joined the team with two years of prior experience in the veterinary field. It brings much joy to her to be able to care for and bond with clients’ pets. Katie finds it very important to build positive relationships with your animals to ensure a happy and stress- free stay while in our care.

Now you can find Katie working timelessly alongside Lifetime’s amazing veterinarians. From vital monitoring during surgeries to loving on your pets during their appointments, and even collecting samples and running diagnostics. It is such a rewarding experience for her to exercise her talents and knowledge every day.

In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her many pets and her wonderful husband. She has a huge passion for rescuing and rehabilitating animals. Katie and Zack currently have three dogs, four cats, a snake, a gecko, and two rabbits. Katie hopes to start her own rescue someday and even run a boarding and grooming facility from her home.

You can catch Katie working hard to provide your pets with the utmost care and comfort while at Lifetime Animal Center.

Payton, Kennel Tech

Payton started volunteering at Lifetime Animal Center in 2021. While she was a volunteer, she fell in love with the veterinary field and knew she wanted to make it her career. She has always had a passion for animals and knew this was her calling. In May of 2021, she began working as the morning kennel technician. She then began working at the receptionist desk in December 2021 and continued fulfilling the kennel technician position. In March of 2022, Payton was offered a veterinary assistant position and was happy to be more hands on with the patient medical care. Payton wanted to further her knowledge in the field and began her education at Penn Foster University to pursue her veterinary technician degree. In Payton’s free time, she loved to ride horses with her mom, take her two dogs to the dog park, and spend time with her husband, Cameron. You can catch Payton working with our patients to help them have a better quality of life.

Brianna, Assistant

Bri started working at Lifetime Animal Center as a volunteer in 2020 and found a passion for the field. She is currently pursuing her veterinary technician degree. Bri has two dogs, a three-legged cat, and a chicken. In her free time, Bri enjoys being outdoors and reading. You will see Bri assisting the doctors to help your pets feel better!

Rachael, Assistant

Rachael started working at Lifetime Animal Center when she was in high school. She became a medic and pursued that career for 13 years. She joined the Lifetime team again in 2021 as a veterinary assistant. Rachael has a huge passion for animals and always seeks to help them in every way she can. In her free time, Rachael spends time with her rescue horses and her dog Teddy.

Willow, Lead Receptionist

Willow started at Lifetime Animal Center in March of 2020. She started as a receptionist and cross-trained as an assistant. She is now our lead customer service representative and leads the operations at the front desk. She has always had a connection to animals and says that “working at Lifetime has been an absolute dream come true.” She loves being able to help people and animals every day. She feels that “love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.” You will see Willow’s smiling face at the receptionist’s desk!

Jessica, Receptionist

Jessica began her career as Lifetime’s morning kennel technician in December of 2022. She has changed positions to become a receptionist. She enjoys caring for the patients and keeping the clinic clean for our patients, staff, and clients. She graduated from State Fair Community College in May of 2024. She has two dogs, two cats, a parrot, and a colony of outdoor cats she cares for. When she is not working, she enjoys photography, spending time with her pets, and hiking. She would like to thank all our clients for their trust in us caring for their beloved pets.

Amanda, Veterinary Assistant

Amanda started working at Lifetime Animal Center as a kennel technician in May of 2020 with a passion for working with animals. She graduated from the University of Central Missouri with her bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus on pre-veterinary studies in May of 2022. Amanda moved positions and began working as an assistant in October of 2022 to work with patients on the medical side of the clinic. She has always wanted to work in this field since she was young and being able to do so has been rewarding in many ways. Amanda and her husband have three cats, Penny, Stella, and Ember, and a dog named Nova. In her free time, Amanda loved reading, enjoying coffee, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

Emily, Veterinary Assistant

Emily joined the Lifetime staff in 2022 after moving to the area from Minnesota; she is greatly enjoying the warmer winters! She comes to us with a BA in Communications and four years of experience in shelter and veterinary medicine. Her passions in the clinic include client education and cytology. In her personal time, Emily enjoys crafting, adventuring outdoors, and learning! She loves spending time with her crazy family, her boyfriend, and playing fetch for hours with her Australian Cattle Dog Tango. Emily is currently pursuing an associate’s degree in veterinary technology with the intent of becoming a licensed technician in the coming years.

Sierra, Lead Kennel Technician

Sierra started at Lifetime Animal Center in November of 2023. She came to Lifetime with four years of experience in the field. She previously worked at a hog farm, a boarding facility, and an animal shelter. Ever since she was young, she has wanted to work with animals. In 2019 working at a boarding facility, she realized she wanted to work in the veterinary field for the rest of her life. She would like to work toward becoming a registered veterinary technician. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her dog, Roxi and spending time outdoors with her friends and family.