Veterinarians

dr.maxineDr. Maxine R. Gilvey, DVM

Veterinarian, Practice Owner

DR. MAXINE GILVEY attended Northeastern University, obtained an animal science degree from North Carolina State University and graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) and has extensive experience and training in advanced ultrasound, advanced dentistry, and laser surgery. She also has a particular interest in preventive care, nutrition, pain management, and therapy laser.

Dr. Gilvey’s time outside the animal hospital includes her work as a volunteer for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids, an annual motorcycle charity event that she introduced in eastern North Carolina. She and her husband, Rod, live in Apex and enjoy riding their motorcycles and time at the beach. She currently enjoys the company of Blaze, a Shetland Sheepdog, and Daisy May, a retired Himalayan show cat. She has two adult children and two grandsons.


katieDr. Katie Smith, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Katie Smith originally is from Rochester, NY. She moved to NC in 1993 and graduated from NCState College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She joins the Parkway Animal Hospital staff subsequent to providing relief veterinary services at a number of area hospitals. Her interests include feline medicine, surgery, and behavior, disaster and rescue medicine, and overpopulation control via feral cat trap/neuter/release and general spay/neuter. Katie and her husband Glen live in Cary with their two daughters and a myriad of cats. When not working, Katie enjoys being with her family, hula hooping, and an occasional geocache.


Dr. Naomi B. Barnea, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

DR. NAOMI B. BARNEA originally hails from Denver, Colorado. She later grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where she attended Towson State University and University of Maryland Baltimore County and received both a Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelors of Social Work. She later did her veterinary education at the University of Missouri-at- Columbia and graduated in 1988. She then moved to Sanford, NC to practice small animal medicine. Dr. Barnea became an associate veterinarian, working part-time, at Parkway Animal Hospital in 1996, while also has worked at Labcorp and Novartis.

Dr. Barnea’s interests include animal behavior and preventive medicine.

She is a member of The American Veterinary Medical Association, and The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.


Rachel M – Veterinary Assistant

rachelVeterinary Assistant with over 6 years experience and has been at Parkway since 2010. She moved to Raleigh from Southport, NC to attend N.C. State University for her Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. She is currently working on Associates in Veterinary Technology to qualify to take the State Boards to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Her special interests include Radiology and Dentistry. Rachel also volunteers with a TNR (trap-neuter-release) feral cat program named Catnip. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and with her two cats, Vito and Cashew. Rachel loves all animals but is particularly fond of felines. Having “grumpy” kitties has helped, in general, with the handling and patience needed for cats in the hospital setting. Prior to moving to Raleigh she rehabilitated a blue jay and baby possum while working under the license of a colleague. When able she enjoys Scuba Diving, Wakeboarding and Ice skating.

“After starting in the veterinary medical field I could not imagine doing anything different with my life. My love for cats, medicine, and learning has furthered this passion and allowed me to enjoy my chosen career path.”


Nicole – Veterinary Assistant


Nicole relocated to Raleigh from Philadelphia, Pa. and first joined Parkway Animal Hospital as a Customer Service Representative. She completed Veterinary Assistant courses, as well as volunteered at the Woman’s Humane Society during her time in Philadelphia and is currently pursuing her degree in Veterinary Technology. Nicole is a proud mommy of two Pembroke Welsh Corgis named Brody and Beatrix. She also spends her time fostering turtles for NC State Veterinary School. Nicole also has a passion for health and fitness. She is a professional competitive bodybuilder and enjoys going to competitions in her free time.


Kayla – Veterinary Assistant

Nicole Kayla recently relocated to North Carolina from the Forgotten Coast of Florida. She is a mother of two Brussels Griffon/Pomeranian mixes named Bonnie and Clyde, an English Sheppard named Norman, and a cat named Pickles. Kayla is an advocate for animal rights and has been a vegetarian since she was 15 and vegan for 2 years. She also has a passion for the arts and works as a freelance makeup artist in her free time. 


Rebecca – Receptionist

NicoleRebecca is a member of our Customer Service team with a long history of working with animals. From a young age she worked with horses and is now a trainer and instructor. Rebecca is a proud mommy of a one-eyed paint horse named Cheyenne, and a Jack Russell/Lab mix named Lucy. In her free time she is an avid reader and loves photography.


Haily – Receptionist

NicoleHaily has 4 years of veterinary experience. She has worked as a kennel technician, veterinary assistant and has joined our team in the receptionist position. Haily is currently working towards her associates degree in business administration at Central Carolina Community College. With that degree and a hopeful bachelors degree, she plans to open up her own dog daycare and grooming facility in the mountains of NC. She has 3 dogs (a black lab, retriever mix and basset hound), a cat and 5 guinea pigs. In her free time she enjoys trying new restaurants around the area, walking around Lake Wheeler with one of the dogs and catching up on her favorite shows on Netflix. 


Debbie – Groomer

Debbie has been grooming over 15 years and joined Parkway over 10 years ago. Debbie has 2 beautiful children and a Jack Russell Terrier named Toby. She enjoys spending time with her husband going to local shows

“I have always loved animals and enjoy making them look and feel great.”