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 AVMA, AAEP, AABP and the Society for Theriogenology.

  • 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 horseback riding, camping, cars and family time. Her menagerie of animals includes eight cats, two dogs, three horses and a multitude of fish.

Shannon, Head Receptionist

Shannon joined Lifetime Animal Center in 2003 after completing her BS in biology and working at a local pet shop. Growing up on a farm, she has been around dogs, cats, livestock, and horses all of her life. Along with her husband and two children her household includes the “Pugsters” Presley and Mingo, her cat crew of “Lily,” “Boo,” and “Sky,” as well her horses, “Blessing” and “Duchess.” Shannon enjoys pouring her life into her family and pets. Together they love being outdoors, going on trail rides, and having all sorts of kitty and puppy adventures!

Shannon serves as a vital part of the team at Lifetime by working as our primary morning receptionist and lead customer service representative. It is easy to tell by her smile, and caring enthusiastic spirit that she truly loves working with the clients and pets that come through the front door every day! Be sure to look for her warm and welcoming smile when you come by the clinic for an appointment.

Dawn, RVT

Dawn is a registered veterinary technician who graduated from Maple Woods Veterinary Technology program in ’96. She worked for a small/exotic animal practice for three years before coming to Lifetime Animal Center in ’97. She is past President of the Missouri Veterinarian Technician Association.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, canoeing, swimming, volleyball, and various other sporting activities. She likes to spend time with friends and family and enjoys quiet time reading. She has three cats and a Senegal Parrott.

Dawn really enjoys helping pets throughout their lives with everything from the most routine to the very serious.

Allison, Veterinary Assistant

Allison started at Lifetime Animal Center as a volunteer in 2010 and has since graduated from Truman State University with a BS in Agriculture Science and Biology. Her goals set on becoming a veterinarian and with that in mind; she will be applying to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine with hopes of starting that program in the fall of 2018. Growing up with a military Dad and family, Allison has lived in 5 states and in England. In her free time, she enjoys being with friends and family, rebuilding classic Ford Broncos with her Dad, spending time with her dog “Rocky,” a Saint Bernard mix, and doing just about anything outdoors. Look for Allison as she progresses toward a career in Veterinary Medicine sharpens her skills while working at Lifetime Animal Center as a veterinary assistant and receptionist.

Morgan, Assistant

Morgan started volunteering at Lifetime Animal Center in May of 2016. Volunteering at the Animal Center has made her realize how fulfilling a career in Veterinary Medicine can be. Morgan plans to follow an educational path to become a veterinarian. The skills that she is learning are sure to help her later in life, in her education and her work. Morgan says, “due to all the amazing things I’ve learned here first as a volunteer and now as an assistant, I’ve set a goal to someday work at Lifetime Animal Center as a Veterinarian” Look for Morgan and her sweet smile as she works with the doctors and staff to “make things better!”

Madison, Receptionist

Madison joined the team at Lifetime in 2017 as a receptionist after graduating with her medical coding degree. Madison is a Warrensburg native who grew up on a farm here in Johnson county. Her love for animals started at a young age . She says, “growing up it seemed like we always had critters at the farm and around the house, cows, horses, chickens, cats, dogs, turtles, birds, and even snakes!” For relaxation, Madison enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Austin and their two kitten fur babies “Larry” and “Lambert.” We know Madison is looking forward to meeting you and loving on your fur babies when you visit us at Lifetime Animal Center! 😊

Courtney, Reception

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Shelbi, Assistant

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Lauryn, Assistant

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Christa, Assistant

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Danni, Groomer

Dani spent her childhood in Kansas where she graduated from Gardner Edgerton High School, then started her journey of dog/cat grooming in 2018. She took training in Lee’s Summit and got the opportunity to learn from three different professional groomers before joining our team in July of 2019.

In her spare time, Dani enjoys doing anything that involves her family/friends and spending time with her two dogs Bear and Theodore, who are German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix brothers. She has such a big heart for all animals, including her clients whom she gets the privilege to work with. Dani finds so much joy in her job and looks forward to coming into work every single day, come meet with her to give your pet(s) the spa day they deserve!

David, Kennel Tech

David has been around animals all of his life. Growing up on a farm in Leeton, David helped his father and grandfather work cows and pigs. One of David’s favorite memories during his childhood was raising and bottle feeding bobby calves. His family also bred and raised Doberman Pinschers. David joined Lifetime Animal Center as a kennel tech in 2019. He brings his love of his own pets to work with him every day to care for the pets that are being boarded and cared for at the clinic. David enjoys his work so much, he and his family adopted their dog, Myrtle, from Lifetime after her former owner passed away. David considers it an honor and a privilege to care for your pet as if they were his own.

Rachel, Kennel Tech

Rachel joined the Lifetime Team as a Kennel Tech in October 2019. Rachel grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. In high school, she moved to northwest Ohio where she raised goats and chickens. After graduating high school, Rachel moved back to Missouri to further her education.

Rachel was involved in community service in high school and continues to serve her community in college. She was involved in FFA and 4-H and was an active member of Ag Club and Shooting Club at State Fair Community College. She is currently involved in Ag Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau at the University of Central Missouri. In her spare time, Rachel spends time with her friends and her four dogs.

Rachel previously attended State Fair Community College where she completed her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Agriculture with an Emphasis in Animal Science in May 2018 and her Associate of Arts in Agriculture in May 2019. She is continuing her agriculture education by working towards completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Missouri. After graduation, Rachel will continue her career path in the great world of animals!

Katie, Kennel Tech

Katie started at Lifetime Animal Center in July of 2019 as a kennel technician. She happily joined the team with 2 years of prior experience in this field of work. 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.

Recently, she has had the opportunity to work as a Vet Tech Assistant, which has been very fun and rewarding for her. She really enjoys working in different parts of the clinic and providing different types of care to all the animals she encounters while at work. In her free time, Katie enjoys working with and training her own pets, being outside doing anything active, and hanging out with family and friends. She hopes to one day pursue her interest in animal behavior and training by working with service dogs, military dogs, or police dogs. For now, you can catch Katie working hard to keep your pets comfortable and happy while at Lifetime Animal Center!

Leslie, Volunteer

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Jess, Volunteer

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Michael, Volunteer

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Sean, Volunteer

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