Our Veterinarians
Dr. Kris Montgomery

Dr. Montgomery grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate and then the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine for her doctorate.  She practiced in Northern Kentucky for seven years, then moved to Indiana where she worked until moving to Lexington. She has been at Brighton Animal Clinic since 2001 and loves meeting new clients and their pets. Dr. Montgomery currently resides in Lexington with her husband and stepson. In her spare time, Dr. Montgomery enjoys hiking, skiing, walking, and scrap-booking. At the end of the day she goes home to her Shetland Sheepdog, Lizzie, and her cats, Gibson and Layla, which are constant reminders of why she loves animals and her job!

Dr. Julianne Walden 

Dr. Walden joined the Brighton Animal Clinic team in January 2013. Her previous experience includes several years of general practice and five years of emergency medicine, as well as some time spent filling in at several other clinics. Having experienced quite a variety of veterinary clinics, she is genuinely happy to be a part of Brighton. She adds, "not only is the clinic beautiful, but the compassionate staff and their patient-focused philosophy and desire to connect with and educate patient families makes it a great place to do good work."

Her love of animals began at an early age living on a farm in Midway, KY, where she spent many days playing with only her pony, dogs, and rabbits as companions. After a short stint working on a local horse farm where she was exposed to the excitement of high quality veterinary care, she was called to the profession. She completed her bachelor's degree at Oberlin College before going to The Ohio State University for veterinary school, where she obtained her D.V.M. in 2002. Her family shares their farm with an Australian Shepherd named Jack, a mixed breed named Layla, a tripod rescue named Fozzie, and several cats. They spend their free time hiking, looking at wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, and wildlife, as well as kayaking and camping.

Dr. Madeleine Stoops

Dr. Stoops joined our Brighton family in January 2015. She attended the University of Kentucky and Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated in 2007. She brings extensive experience in small animal general practice, as well as a background in emergency medicine to our practice. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and ultrasonography.

In her free time, Dr. Stoops enjoys photography, crafts, and outdoor activities. She lives in Versailles, KY with her husband Ben, son Dylan, daughter Ella, and two dogs - Rocket and Shelby.

Dr. Joan Gariboldi

Dr. Joan Gariboldi graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After school, she practiced equine medicine for 12 years before eventually gravitating more and more towards small animal practice (luckily for us!). Dr. Gariboldi began her practice at Brighton part-time in 2014; we gained her unique perspective and approach to medicine full-time in 2015. Dr. Gariboldi is a Fear Free Certified Professional. When asked what she loves best about her experience at Brighton, she answered, "Working here is the best, because we not only have the most wonderful pet families with the greatest pets, we also have the absolute best team!"

When not working, Dr. Gariboldi spends time on her farm with her family, including her husband (who is also a vet!), and all of her adopted 4 rescue dogs and 5 rescue cats. She also loves riding her horses and competing in dressage.

Dr. Candace Thompson
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Dr. Candace Thompson attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate studies and then graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She came to Brighton for her preceptorship during vet school and officially joined the team in 2020. Dr. Thompson has an interest in dermatology. In her free time she enjoys crochet, knitting, and spending time with her sassy dilute torti, Nutmeg.

Dr. Deborah Newcomb
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Dr. Deborah Newcomb grew up in Chicago, IL. She received her undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Illinois, her master's in animal nutrition from Kansas State, and her DVM from the University of Missouri. Dr. Newcomb has practiced in Northern KY, Minneapolis, MN, and Richmond, KY prior to joining our team here in Lexington. She has interests in internal medicine, nutrition, and dermatology. Dr. Newcomb and her husband, Mark, have 2 grown children, and they live on a hobby farm in Lexington with 3 horses, 2 Gordon setters, 2 cats and 18 chickens. During her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, sewing, and visiting her children.