I started caring for pets as a Technician in 1987, graduated from North Carolina State University in 1999 and have served as a Veterinarian ever since. I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, and Greater Louisville VMA.
I am a native of Jeffersonville, Indiana and moved back to the Kentuckiana area from Raleigh, North Carolina in 2008 to be closer to my family. I have a wonderful husband and two young children at home to support me.
I began the journey into A Friend’s Farewell several years ago when my 14-year-old, beautiful little Border Collie mix named Harley started to face end-of-life issues. As I contemplated how I would navigate her last days, there was only one answer that felt right; she would only be comfortable in her own bed at home. She was slightly neurotic and became extremely anxious - shaking, salivating and “putting on her brakes” when we would go to the veterinary clinic for any reason. There was no way I could make that her last memory on this earth when I was able to help end her suffering at home in her own bed. I realized through this heart wrenching situation that there must be others out there that felt like Harley and I did. That experience was the catalyst for putting me the path to help others have the same experience.
A Friend’s Farewell has come to be out of a true love for pets and a strong belief that being in the comfort and security of home is where pets really want to be in their final moments.