Our Team


Meet Our Wonderful Team!

Our team consists of veterinarians certified in hospice and palliative care, licensed mental health care providers, licensed veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, veterinary care coordinators, licensed pet sitters, pet groomers, a professional artist and pet aftercare specialists.


Christie Cornelius, DVM CHPV cCAETA

Dr. Cornelius' Bio

Dr. Christie Cornelius developed her love, compassion, and concern for animals while growing up in a small city surrounded by farms in eastern Iowa. Her first pet was a pair of parakeets named Bert and Ernie. She also grew up with cats and dogs and learned quite a lot about the human-animal bond very early in her life. She loved science and math as a kid, and at age nine, she began wondering if there was a way she could learn how to make sick animals feel better.

Dr. Cornelius graduated with honors from Loras College, in Dubuque, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then began a Master’s Degree in Zoological Sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. During this time, she became a research assistant for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. While working on her Master’s thesis, she was accepted into Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cornelius graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and moved to Houston, Texas to begin her career.

Dr. Cornelius has fifteen years of experience in companion animal medicine and surgery, including seven years as a hospice and palliative care provider. In 2017, Dr. Cornelius received her certification in Veterinary Hospice and Palliative Care from the IAAHPC (International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care). She serves as moderator for the IAAHPCs Business Circles Group and enjoys speaking to other veterinary professionals about senior pet care, hospice, the art of euthanasia, and environmentally-friendly forms of pet aftercare.

She is a member of the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management, American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, the Houston Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Houston GLBTQ Chamber of Commerce. She is an advisor to the board of The Dog Lodge in Houston, TX.

Dr. Cornelius founded the Last Wishes Fund, a 501c non-profit organization, in 2016. The donations collected from our community through this organization are used to assist families who own ailing pets at or near the end of their lives and are having trouble making ends meet at home. In 2017, Dr. Cornelius introduced a more environmentally friendly form of flameless pet aftercare with the addition of Last Wishes Aquamation.

Dr. Cornelius is a strong Human-Animal Bond Advocate. At home, she dresses her dogs and cats in little outfits just like many of you do, gives them more treats than she should, and of course spoils them rotten. Dr. Cornelius believes every pet deserves a life of comfort, joy, and love with the family they share it with – however short or long for either. She is dedicated to making sure the bond her families have with their pets is at its best for as long as possible.

What are your special interests?
Any form of art or comedy – I love to be entertained. My interests are vast and I’m a huge information junkie! I’m always reading anything and everything. I particularly enjoy retro art and furnishings, 70s classic rock and 80s new wave, museums, theater, live music, Rachel Maddow, Simon Sinek, Brene Brown, business and entrepreneurship, and finding solutions.

Who was your special pet?
My heart dog was Molly my rat terrier. She was 15 years old when she passed away. I got her when I was in vet school and she and I were partners through some really stressful times in my young career. I had a deep connection with her and it was so hard to let her go, but I loved her enough to set her free at the end.

What else are you passionate about?
The environment and animal welfare. Equal opportunity for all humans.

What do you love about palliative medicine?
I love helping families keep their senior companions comfortable. I love giving families options, customized care, and finding solutions that work for the pet and the family. I love improving outcomes!

Qualifications: DVM, Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV), 15 years as a veterinary practitioner, 7 years exclusive to hospice

Favorite Quote: “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion” – Simon Sinek


Dr. Cornelius is the Education Committee Chair for the World Veterinary Palliative Medicine Organization.


Pet Hospice Medical Director
Dr. Spade's Bio

“Dr. Spade…what can I say…a superwoman in scrubs.  Dr. Spade and I go way back to almost the very beginning of the company.  She is phenomenal and versatile in treating animal pain while guiding families with the gentle kindness of an angel.” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, founder of Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Dr. Julia Spade grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. From an early age she knew that animals were her passion, and by the age of 7 she had decided she wanted to become a veterinarian.

She attended undergraduate at Kansas State University, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She then attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University graduating Cum Laude in 2011. After veterinary school she did a one year rotating small animal internship in medicine and surgery at a VCA hospital outside of Chicago, IL. She finished her internship earning the award of “Intern of the Year”. She then moved to Houston in the fall of 2012, working in emergency medicine.    She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. She certified in medical acupuncture for veterinarians, through the Curacore, one health company since April 2016. She is also a certified hospice and palliative care veterinarian through the IAAHPC since October 2017. 

Dr. Spade has been working with Last Wishes since April 2013 and is happy and proud to be a part of such a wonderful company because she truly understands the meaning of the human-animal bond. She lost her first dog at age 10, a dachshund named Boris who developed intervertebral disk disease. At that moment she realized her life would never be complete without a dog or cat in her life.

Dr. Spade lives with her husband Geoff, daughter Scarlett and son Wesley.  Her dogs are Choco a chocolate lab mix and Gimli a whippet/pit bull mix. She enjoys running, biking, gardening, reading, traveling and spending time with her family. Her extended family still resides up north in Nebraska and Kansas.

What are your special interests?  Pain management, ophthalmology, oncology, and incorporating the holistic approach.

Who was your special pet? My dog Buddy whom I grew up for 15 years.

What else are you passionate about? Running, gardening, spending time with my children, wine tasting, traveling

What do you love about palliative medicine? I love being able to make my patients feel as good as they can for as many days as they can.  Sometimes, we do compromise quantity for quality, but most families would prefer better days of living than more days of living. 

Qualifications: BS, DVM, cVMA, CHPV  

Favorite Quote: “Live each day to the fullest and tell the people that you love, that you love them every day.”

Erica Sandberg, DVM, cCAETA, Fear-Free Certified

Associate Pet Hospice Veterinarian
Dr. Sandberg's Bio
“Dr. Sandberg came to us in 2018 when we weren’t looking, however, I was so impressed with her resume and credentials, I couldn’t resist asking her to come to see us anyway. I hired her immediately after meeting her in person. She is such a special human being and our team loves working beside her while helping families in need.” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, founder Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Dr. Erica Sandberg is a native Houstonian. She received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dr. Sandberg graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a minor in Marine Sciences. She did her veterinary medical training at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, graduating cum laude in 2011.  While in her final year at A&M, Dr. Sandberg was awarded the Gentle Doctor Award, which is given to a senior veterinary student who exhibits extraordinary compassion, patience, sensitivity, and a gentle manner in her ability to relate to clients and patients. Dr. Sandberg is currently enrolled in the IAAHPC’s Animal Hospice & Palliative Care Certification Course for Veterinarians and is expected to graduate in 2021.

Dr. Sandberg started her career as a small animal general practitioner in the Houston area but has been focused solely on senior pet care, pet hospice, and in-home euthanasia for the last year and a half. In 2019 Dr. Sandberg was awarded a certification in Companion Animal Euthanasia Techniques through CAETA and is Fear-Free Certified. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Sandberg sincerely cares about her patients and their families. She is passionate about giving each pet individualized, comfortable, and painless end of life care.

Dr. Sandberg and her husband are the proud parents of two boys, as well as a Jack Russell Terrier – Dachshund mix named Millie. In her free time, Dr. Sandberg enjoys photography, painting, and reading.

What are your special interests? Pain management, palliative medicine, and hospice care.

Who was your special pet? My senior dog Millie is my four-legged kiddo. She’s a sassy terrier mix that loves to snuggle up under the blankets and is always ready to bark at a cat in the backyard or go for a trot around the block.

What else are you passionate about? Art, music, and animal conservation.

What do you love about palliative medicine? The opportunity to give my patients quality time with their loved ones while keeping them as comfortable as possible until it is time to say good-bye.

Qualifications: Fear-Free Certified, CAETA certified

Favorite Quote: “Treat often. Cure sometimes. Comfort always.” – Hippocrates

Jane (Liz) Rowlands, DVM cCAETA

Associate Pet Hospice Veterinarian
Dr. Rowlands' Bio

“I’ve known Dr. Rowlands for 20 years, and I can tell you she is one of the funniest, yet most tender-hearted human beings I know.  Our team and community benefit greatly from her intellectual skills and passion for caring.” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, founder of Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Dr. Jane “Liz” Rowlands, DVM joined Senior Paws/Last Wishes after nearly 15 years in general practice here in Houston, TX.

Her desire to spend more time focusing on the unique needs of senior pets and their often-complicated medical cases brought her to Senior Paws & Last Wishes as our company expands to take a more active role in early palliative and hospice care in our community.

Dr. Rowlands earned her undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her veterinary degree at Texas A&M University. During her time in College Station, Dr. Rowlands worked with Dr. George Lees studying hereditary glomerulonephritis, a deadly kidney disease in dogs and humans. Her work with these research dogs led her to spearhead Aggie Dogs for Adoption. This volunteer program changed University protocol, allowing retired research dogs, from the kidney project and several others, to be adopted to the general public at the end of their service. This program resulted in hundreds of dogs going to loving homes.

Dr. Rowlands interest in older pets led her in 2006, to serve as an investigator for the FDA drug trial for the now widely used drug, Felimazole. This drug helps treat hyperthyroidism, a frequent and potentially deadly disease common in older cats.

Dr. Rowlands holds a Class I accreditation with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and APHIS. This certification allows Dr. Rowlands to approve animals for import from and export to other countries. Pets needing a health certificate for international travel can be assisted by Dr. Rowlands. Their exam, vaccines, any necessary blood testing and paperwork can be completed in the comfort of their own home.

Dr. Rowlands has received special training in companion animal euthanasia practices and has been certified by the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA).  She has taken an active role in helping address the pet overpopulation problem in Houston. She participates in trap, neuter, release (TNR) programs for feral cats and volunteers for low cost spay/neuter events.  Dr. Rowlands has been interviewed for FOX and KHOU morning shows and Houston Public Affairs radio programs advocating the benefits of spaying and neutering pets. In addition, Dr. Rowlands volunteers with animal welfare organizations, including the Houston SPCA, after natural disasters.

Dr. Rowlands and her family live in Cypress, with three cats. They are hoping to add a dog to the family soon. They feel enough time has finally elapsed since their beloved former dogs have passed, including their own retired research dog, Queen. Dr. Rowlands other interests include working in her vegetable garden, reading mystery novels and traveling. 

What are your special interests?

I love all animals but I have an extra special interest in helping cats. I feel feline patients are often underserved in veterinary medicine. I also love ultrasound.

Who was your special pet?

I’ve had pets my entire life and each of them has held a special place in my heart and taught me something about life and love.

What else are you passionate about?

I’m also passionate about being a mother.

What do you love about palliative medicine?

I love palliative medicine because we can give people more time with their pets without sacrificing the quality of those pet’s lives.

Favorite Quote:

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” – Proverb

Emma Brawn, DVM cCAETA

Associate Pet Hospice Veterinarian
Dr. Brawn's Bio
“Dr. Brawn took the plunge into veterinarian supported pet hospice after a long career in emergency medicine and surgery. We and the community are very lucky to have such a knowledgable, insightful, and compassionate veterinarian to provide these services. She’s a joy to have on our team and has made a smooth transition into hospice. I’m very proud of her!” – Christie Cornelius, DVM CHPV, Founder of Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Dr. Emma Brawn grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio and always had animals in her life. She was able to combine her love of math and science with her desire to work with animals as she pursued a degree in Animal Bioscience at Penn State University. With an early admission to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine she chose to pursue her ultimate goal and moved to central Illinois.

With initial plans to pursue a career taking care of exotic and pocket pets, Dr. Brawn found a love for emergency medicine while working for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. After graduating in 2004 she has worked at emergency clinics in Beaumont, TX, Cleveland, OH and Houston. While she loves stabilizing and managing difficult and critical patients she always missed out on the follow up care and developing an ongoing relationship with the pets and families. Dr. Brawn is excited to be able to work with families to support their human-animal bond.

Dr. Brawn lives with her husband Pete, sons Owen, Caleb and Luke and daughter Rosie. They have two boxers, Chewie and Solo, two snakes and a new kitten, Luna. She enjoys reading, baking and traveling in her free time.

Laura Ron, DVM cCAETA

Relief Pet Hospice Veterinarian
Dr. Ron's Bio

I met Dr. Ron at an emergency clinic we both worked at several years ago.  I was always impressed with her professionalism and gentle handling of families experiencing trauma related to the illness of a pet.  Her seamless acclimation has been brilliant for our team and the community, and her empathetic and kind nature is truly refreshing.” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, founder of Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Dr. Laura Ron was born and raised in the suburbs of Houston. According to her family, she was drawn to animals and fascinated by science ever since she first learned to walk/read/talk, so no one was surprised when she started talking about becoming a veterinarian.

Dr. Ron spent eight years in College Station, TX, where she graduated from Texas A&M University twice: first with her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology (minor in Animal Science) in May 2011, and then with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in May 2015. She graduated with both University and Foundation Honors from undergraduate school and was the recipient of multiple scholarships while in veterinary medical school.

Dr. Ron has always been a person who believes in getting a wide variety of experiences, so she spent her educational years not just studying, but also learning in other ways. She started working/shadowing in veterinary emergency/ICU in 2008, and kept up with it all through school.  She also did a thesis on bioaquatics for the Texas A&M Biology department, raised fawns and corralled ostriches for the Texas A&M Wildlife Center, was a member of many student organizations, and helped with spays/neuters in underserved areas of Costa Rica one summer. Outside of veterinary medicine, she was a musician/vocalist and choir director all through college, volunteered as a health counselor for several years, and helped design graphic art projects for multiple clubs at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduating from veterinary medical school, Dr. Ron spent her first three years as an emergency/ICU veterinarian, working around the clock for Houston’s pets.  Starting in June 2018, she transitioned over to relief work (independent contracting), so she could keep doing emergency/ICU shifts, but also get to help other veterinarians and clinics around Houston.

Dr. Ron has always had a soft spot for older pets as well as end-of-life care and therefore loves getting the chance to work with the Last Wishes family.  When she is not at work, you can find her spending time with her family (including her rescued Border Collie Bright), making/performing music, traveling, and undertaking large cooking and/or “do-it-yourself” projects.

What are your special interests? — Accessible and understandable education for the public about pet health, investigative diagnostic medicine (trying to find “the answer”), and dignity regarding end-of-life care.

Who was your special pet? — My first dog, a Border Collie mix I had for almost 14 years. The last month of her life I did hospice with and for her before I even truly knew what veterinary hospice was.

What else are you passionate about? — Music, family, the meaning of life, and non-dairy cheese that doesn’t taste like styrofoam.

What do you love about palliative medicine? — Getting to give patients a chance at quality of life without being more invasive than the pet or family desires at that decision point.

Qualifications — Over 10 years in veterinary medicine, with 3 years as a veterinarian in ER/ICU (which unfortunately often overlaps with hospice/euthanasia) before coming to Last Wishes.

Favorite Quote — “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” — Mark Twain.

Pet Hospice Support Team

Rebecca Keaton, LVT CHPT cCAETA

Pet Hospice Case Manager
Rebecca's Bio

“Rebecca has helped me realize my dream of having a skilled LVT/Hospice Case Manager as part of an interdisciplinary team.  Families now have better access to managed pet care in the home.  I waited for just the right candidate to come along – Rebecca will be a force in the field of pet hospice and palliative care for many years to come.” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, founder of Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Rebecca Keaton is the Hospice Manager here at Last Wishes. She takes great pride in making sure her caregivers and patients are informed, and comfortable throughout the hospice journey. She has a kind and gentle approach that puts her patients and their caregivers at ease. She enjoys building relationships with her caregivers to help ensure they have support and understanding surrounding their pets care.   Rebecca grew up on a small farm 25 miles east of Houston, TX.  She has always loved being surrounded by animals. In 2011 Rebecca graduated from The Vet Tech Institute and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has worked in two specialty hospitals in the Houston area, working in several departments including emergency/critical care, diagnostic imaging, and oncology. Spending 2 years in the oncology department led Rebecca to realize her passion for hospice/comfort care. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, riding her bicycle, gardening, and cooking.  Rebecca is currently working on expanding her knowledge of hospice and palliative care by working to complete her Hospice Certification with the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. 

What are your special interests? Palliative diets, fear free techniques, household modifications, hospice/palliative pet sitting

Who was your special pet? Camilla (Boxer/Golden Retriever/Chow/Pitbull mix) The absolute BEST dog friend!

What else are you passionate about? Family, Cycling, Cooking, Gardening

What do you love about palliative medicine? Giving caregivers and pets more options based on their needs as a family structure.

Qualifications?   Licensed Veterinary Technician, IAAHPC Hospice and Palliative Care Technician 2019

Favorite quote: “You can always tell a lot about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.”  -Betty White

Amy Edgar, LVT

Pet Hospice Coordinator
Amy's Bio
“Amy’s vast experience as a licensed veterinary technician in the field of veterinary oncology makes her a perfect fit for the role of hospice coordinator for our community. She is a kind, compassionate, organized, hardworking human who helps put families at ease when they are hurting over their ailing pets.” – Christie Cornelius, DVM CHPV Founder, Senior Paws & Last Wishes.

Amy Edgar is a native Houstonian and was raised with a family always loving and caring for animals. She got her first veterinary job at a small animal practice at the age of sixteen and has been working in the field ever since. A graduate of Lone Star College – Tomball with a degree in Veterinary Technology, she soon became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She is a member of the Veterinary Cancer Society and has worked as a medical oncology technician at a Veterinary Specialty hospital for over nineteen years. It was here where she realized the importance of hospice and at-home comfort care. In the summer of 2017, Amy began doing part-time weekend work with Senior Paws. This past August she then became the third member of the Hospice Team as a Hospice coordinator. Amy enjoys the relationship she develops with not only the patient but with the clients themselves. She finds it very rewarding to be able to help support families during some difficult times. When Amy isn’t working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, her two horses “Boon” and “Rusty”, her 5-year-old lab “Dude”, dabbling in real estate and traveling. Amy is very excited about what the future holds in veterinary hospice care and is proud to be a part of such an amazing team.

Favorite quote: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”

Diana Herrera, LVT CHPT cCAETA

Pet Hospice Technician Supervisor
Diana's Bio

“Diana was born for a career in compassionate veterinary care. She is a problem solver and can often think of additional options for families in need. Diana has studied small animal therapeutic massage extensively and she is a great addition to our team!” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, founder of Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Diana was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, and moved permanently to Houston in 2009. She grew up surrounded by different species of animals and her family always had dogs and helped many strays. Diana has been in love with animals as far back as she can remember. She chose to pursue the veterinary medical field because of the special bond she shared with her dog Lanas.

Diana graduated from the Laureate Universidad de las Américas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Medicine. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2013; while there, she completed an externship at the Quito Zoo (Quito-Ecuador) and became a licensed veterinary technician (LVT). Diana has prior experience as a veterinary intensive care unit technician before transitioning into veterinary hospice & palliative care. She became a Small Animal Massage Practitioner through the Northwest School of Animal Massage in 2017 and completed her Rehabilitation Specialty in February 2019.

She is a Free Fear Certified technician, member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork.

Diana lives with Simon, the dog she adopted as a tech student, and her daughter Analia. She loves the Houston art community – during her free time she enjoys attending art galleries, festivals, and events around town. Another of Diana’s hobbies is writing content for her “Notes Of A Hospice Nurse”. Diana joined the Senior Paws & Last Wishes team in March of 2018.

What are your special interests?
I am interested in Animal physical therapy and love massage therapy as an alternative treatment.

Who was your special pet?
My special pet was “Lanas” a poodle mix that was my birthday gift when I turned 15 years old. He taught me about the true human-animal bond.

What else are you passionate about?
I am very passionate about outdoors, love to attend art galleries and festivals and enjoy small road trips around the city with my daughter.

What do you love about palliative medicine?
Having the privilege of knowing our patients and their families, how their lives are and listening to their histories is my favorite part of the hospice and palliative care part of veterinary medicine.

Qualifications: Bachelor in Science, license veterinary technician with over 6 years of experience mostly in ICU. Small Animal massage practitioner with a rehabilitation specialty. Bilingual (Spanish/English).

Favorite Quote: “Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy, ask if they are crazy enough”

Stacie Alves, AIMLA Cert.

Veterinary Technician/Class IV Laser Service Provider
Stacie's Bio

“It would be hard to find someone who has worked harder than Stacie has to get where she is now.  Stacie is skilled in the art of caring for pets and she’s extremely good at calming the fears of anxious families.  Her long legacy of working with senior pets serves as a valuable resource to the community and referring veterinarians.” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Stacie has always been around animals. When she was young, her parents raised her on a horse ranch. During junior high and high school, Stacie did wildlife rehabilitation. After graduating from high school, she got her first veterinary assistant job at a local day practice and fell in love with the idea of helping fur babies. After five years of day practice and looking to further her skill set, Stacie moved on to emergency medicine. She worked in Emergency and Critical Care settings for 10 years. After seeing clients have to say goodbye to their loved ones in a sterile hospital setting, she needed a change. Stacie knew Dr. Cornelius from previous emergency work, and when the opportunity presented itself she made the leap. Stacie has been with Senior Paws/ Last Wishes for almost 4 years now. When not at work Stacie spends time with her 3 dogs, Franny the Great Dane, Eli the APBT, and Simon the crazy Boston Terrier.

What are your special interests? Anything animal related

Who was your special pet? Denali: she was my first Great Dane, she passed from a brain tumor, she is the reason I do this job

What else are you passionate about?  My family, animals, of course, cooking 

What do you love about palliative medicine?  I love that we get to help pets live their best life without having to leave their house 

Qualifications: She is the therapeutic laser technician, certified by Lite Cure in 2016, and works closely with the acupuncturist.

Favorite Quote: “May I be the person my dog thinks I am.”

Kristine McLeod

Veterinary Technician/Certified Pet Groomer & Hygienist/Hospice Unit Assistant
Kristine's Bio

“Kristine is intuitive, kind, and giving.  Her personality is perfectly matched for senior pet care, hospice, and end of life.  She never stops caring!  Our families always get a warm feeling around Kristine.  We are very lucky to have her.” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, founder of Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Kristine is a native Houstonian. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she earned a place on the Dean’s List and was also a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society. While attending the University of Houston, Kristine also attended Golden Paws Grooming School where she earned her Professional Dog Grooming Certification. She plans to continue her education to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

Growing up, Kristine always had pets and a keen interest in companion animals and wildlife. She always knew that she wanted to have a career working with animals but also loved the idea of a career helping people. Last Wishes was the perfect fit and she has been on the Last Wishes team since August of 2017.

Kristine lives with her husband Scot and their menagerie of dogs, cats, and other critters. She enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, volunteering, and reading.

What are your special interests?
I have a special interest in animal rehabilitation. My long-term goal is to get certified in canine rehabilitation.

Who was your special pet?
Fancy was my special pet growing up. She was an Australian Shepherd mix that my family got when I was 7 years old. She was so smart and so patient with us kids and was a best friend to me and my siblings for 13 years. She passed away peacefully at home when I was in college.

What else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about wildlife and wildlife conservation. I volunteered at the Wildlife Center of Texas for some time and loved it!

What do you love about palliative medicine?
I love being able to make animals feel better and easing their aches and pains so that they have a better quality of life and more quality time with their family that loves them so much. There is nothing more fulfilling than a pet parent reporting that we have made their pet feel better than they have in a long time. It’s a great feeling for us when we can get them feeling well enough to do those things that they haven’t felt well enough to do in a while, like going for a car ride, going to the beach, going to the park or even just playing with their favorite toy.


I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and I am a formally trained groomer. I have worked with animals professionally for about 10 years and I can’t imagine my life not working with animals in some capacity!

Favorite Quote
“As a spiritual person, nature for me has always been a healing place. Going back all the way to my childhood on the farm, the fields and forests were places of adventure and self-discovery. Animals were companions and friends, and the world moved at a slower, more rational pace than the bustling cities where I’d resided my adult life.” —David Mixner

Amanda Cass

Veterinary Technician
Amanda's Bio
“Amanda has found her calling as an empath in the field of medicine. She truly understands the human-animal bond and what pet owners feel as they take this long journey. She is the quintessential lover of all animals large, small, feathers, scales, and fur included! She is a very valuable member of our technician team.” – Christie Cornelius, DVM CHPV Founder, Senior Paws & Last Wishes.

Amanda was born in Virginia but moved to Texas at a young age. She grew up in Montgomery with her dog, cat, and various other critters. Whenever needed she would rehabilitate the occasional wild animal, turtles, and baby bats being her favorite. In her teens, she worked with horses during summer breaks, teaching riding basics and trail to younger girls.

It was clear her future was in animal care when was employed by Petsmart at 18. While there, she took the opportunity to work closely with rescue groups, fostering, and counseling at events. That is where her love for the ‘unloved’ animals blossomed into a desire to heal the sick and injured, and help guide pet owners. From Petsmart, she worked in pet resorts and dog daycare, learning canine behavior, teamed with trainers to rehabilitate aggressive or fearful dogs and cats, and helped create a training program for group dog management. She began working as a vet tech 6 years ago, with a ferocious passion for client education and rescue work. Volunteering for a cat rescue, she took on most critical case fosters and bottle babies. Her life changed forever when she and her wife took in a 12-year-old mastiff mix from South Africa named Boesman. She fell in love with the seniors. The sweetness of their souls, the sugar sprinkled faces, and the deep connection that comes from being able to provide love, care, and understanding. After almost 3 years as a lead tech, the doctor she worked with sent the employment opportunity for Senior Paws/Last Wishes and there was no question that was where she wanted to be. She joined the team in January 2020.

During Amanda’s downtime, she enjoys hiking, camping, and crafting. She and her wife have taken in 7 senior dogs in the last 4 years and given them great last years and peaceful passings. Currently, they share their home with 9 cats, 5 dogs, 2 rats, and a guinea pig, spending every day dedicated to providing them the best days.

Adam Tello

Veterinary Technician
Adam's Bio
Bio coming soon!

Camille Perkins, CVT

Assistant Manager Operations
Camille's Bio
“Camille joined our team after working as an operations manager at another end of life practice in Minnesota. She is very organized, motivated and passionate about what our team provides to the community.

Camille grew up in the Midwest surrounded by her dogs, cats, hamsters and newts. All types of animals have always been her passion and joy.

Work History –
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Argosy University in MN and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She worked in a small animal clinic for 5 years before beginning her journey into senior pet care and gentle home euthanasia. Before moving to Texas and joining SPLW, she worked as an Operations Specialist for 2 yrs at DVMcenter/MN Pets, which offers and in home euthanasia service. There she helped to keep the inventory flowing efficiently, the office running smoothly as well as keeping the team of doctors supplied and supported.

Enjoy about Palliative Medicine-
Camille enjoys working hands on with the patients and being able to comfort and support their owners. It is such an honor to be a part of their healing.

Most Memorable Pet-
Camille’s heart was captured most by her pug, Izzy. She adopted her at 1 yr old and was gifted 10 years with her before degenerative myelopathy stole her mobility and made them say goodbye, for now. Izzy’s DM was managed with several years of acupuncture and cold laser therapies which helped greatly in extending her quality of life. Izzy was the first pet she was able to help pass peacefully at home and inspired her focus on helping others with quality senior care and gentle euthanasia.

Favorite Quote – “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

Brittany D.

Operations Manager
Brittany's Bio
Bio coming soon!

Coordination of Care

Kira Henry

Lead Care Coordinator
Kira's Bio
“Kira is an important front-line team member who is often the first person our community comes in contact with when reaching out for help during a distressing time. Her calm, compassionate, and assuring presence is exactly what a worried or grieving pet owner needs while on this journey. ” – Christie Cornelius, DVM CHPV Founder, Senior Paws & Last Wishes.

Kira has been in the veterinary field for 19 years. She started in high school and continued to broaden her knowledge on all aspects of the field and what there is to offer. She has two dogs. ThomasJay, a cuddly Boston terrier & Blanche Deveraux, a sweet standard poodle. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, spending time with Vincent, her son, anything outdoors, riding horses, starting her Etsy store, and anything with pups. She does enjoy being at the beach. If she could be there every day she would!

Mayra Garza

Care Coordinator
Mayra's Bio
“Mayra came to Senior Paws with a long background in emergency medicine and has a large amount of experience helping scared, worried, and grieving pet owners in a critical setting. This experience has proven to be spectacularly useful and helpful during a pet’s journey through hospice. As a care coordinator for Senior Paws, she has strengthened our team to a significant degree.” – Christie Cornelius, DVM CHPV Founder, Senior Paws & Last Wishes.

Mayra began working at a local Houston veterinary ER in 2011 where she spent 8.5 years gaining a unique set of skills in veterinary medicine and client care. Over time, she grew weary of the high number of traumatic cases and felt that a transition to day practice would be a better fit for her mental health. After a year, she realized this was not what she was looking for and learned of an opportunity at Senior Paws where she would be able to assist families with compassion and empathy during some of their most difficult moments.

When she is not at the center she likes to go to Target, spend time with her husband, friends, and family, and snuggle her kitties Navi, Salem, and Pepita.

What are your special interests? I went to a magnet High School for performing and visual arts, so I love to paint and create collages as gifts for friends and family. I’m also a pretty big gamer and stream games on occasion (even though no one really watches haha!). Otherwise, my life is pretty quiet but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Who was your special pet? The first pet that was ever really *mine* was a 6-month-old puppy my coworker found. I named him Link after one of my favorite games. He was the worst puppy but a little after we got him, we lost our elderly dog and Link slept in his brother’s bed for a week even though he was way too big for it. That was when I knew he was just a lover. 3 years after that, I helped a puppy survive parvo and named him Ganon. He truly is the most annoying dog, but he is so funny and dopey and has so much personality. Link and Ganon both live with my parents now because that was their first home — but every so often my mom will call me and say “Come get your dog, he’s so bad! But leave Link because he is such a good boy!”. I do feel guilty because I have 3 cats now and they’re a lot less maintenance, but Link and Ganon are happy where they are – and it’s always a plus when I go to see my parents and my boys are excited to see me.

What are you most passionate about? Openness and honesty. I have been in relationships and work environments where I felt like I couldn’t be open and use my voice, but I feel like it’s important to say what you feel no matter how much your voice breaks. I am a big believer in always telling your friends you love them and always making sure they are safe no matter what they are doing. I’m that friend who will say, “you better text me when you get home!”

What do you love about palliative medicine? I love that it gives families the opportunity to discuss alternative pain management and end of life care for their beloved pet. Coming from a background in emergency medicine, most of the time things happened so quickly that families were not given the opportunity to say goodbye and that was always so devastating to see. I adore this practice because we give families the chance to do that – on their terms and with the dignity their pet deserves.

Favorite quote? “I hope the exit is joyful, and I hope never to return…” – Frida Kahlo

Tiffany Christian

Care Coordinator
Tiffany's Bio
“Tiffany’s kindness and thoughtfulness help our worried pet owners feel safe when needing to make arrangements for care, an essential quality when first reaching out for assistance – this is part of what makes her a wonderful care coordinator for pet hospice here in the Greater Houston Area.” – Christie Cornelius, DVM CHPV Founder, Senior Paws & Last Wishes.

I grew up in a small town in Florida with dogs, cats, birds, and many types of small companion animals. I have always loved animals and knew I wanted to spend my life helping them at a young age. I was always bringing home strays to find them a home or make them part of ours. Today I live in Katy with my husband, daughter, and two fur babies Chili and Shadow.

Brief overview of my veterinary experience: I started working in the veterinary field in 2012. The first clinic that I worked in was a general practice where we saw dogs, cats, and exotics. I learned a lot about a variety of different issues with many species. I have spent the last 8 years in general practice, so I was very excited when I was able to move into a specialty like hospice.

What I like about palliative care medication/working here: I love that we can help both people and their fur babies during their time of need. I love that we help pets live in comfort until it is their time and a lot of the time we can give them more time with their families. Ultimately I love that I can help people and animals when they are in their time of need and we have the medical knowledge to accomplish that when elsewhere may not.

My favorite pet: It is so hard to choose just one to be my favorite pet, I have had many special pets. This one sweet baby was a very special pet, she was really the first pet that I had a very strong bond with her. She was a small black and white mouse who was never very far from me. I had her when I was about 7 years and here 35 years later I still think about how I would sometimes accidentally leave her out while we would go to the store and she would stay where I left her and wait for me to come back for her. She was always sitting on my shoulder and doing everything with me. She was very special to me and will always hold a place in my heart.

Hobbies: My hobbies include playing video games, watching movies, spending time outdoors, I love to go on walks and starting craft projects that unfortunately I almost never seem to have the time to complete. My daughter absolutely loves to help with these projects.

Favorite quote: It’s never too late to be what you might have been – George Eliot

Aquamation Team

Jennifer (Jenny) Haro

Aquamation Supervisor
Jennifer's Bio
“Jennifer is the muscle of our team, but she also has a giant heart and she loves helping grieving families by attending to their every need and requests for special memorialization after their pet has passed. She provides gentle pick up and transport services of pet’s who’ve passed in their homes. She’s a wonderful team player!” – Christie Cornelius, DVM CHPV Founder Senior Paws & Last Wishes.

Jennifer is an animal lover who is funny, friendly and considerate with a genuine outgoing personality. She is very passionate about her work and takes pride in what she does.

Jennifer has previous experience as a CNA, assisting the elderly and disabled. She joined our Senior Paws Team in 2019 to assist in creating cherished memories for families and their pets.

What are your special interests?
Travel, Foodie, and always looking for a new adventure.

Who was your special pet?
My Yorkie Norbit- He is 3 years old, he is very active and keeps me on my toes. He is my very best friend.

What else are you passionate about?
Helping others out and bringing joy and laughter to everyone.

What do you love about palliative medicine?
The compassion and interaction between our Senior Paws family and families that bring in their precious pets.

Ellie Tabor

Aquamation Operator
Ellie's Bio
“Ellie’s love for the environment and her interest in mortuary science brought us together initially. Her role as one of our aquamation operators suits her and our team at Senior Paws wonderfully, and our community is very lucky to have such a gentle, caring, creative and compassionate individual handling our beloved pets after they’ve passed.” – Christie Cornelius, DVM CHPV Founder, Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Ellie was born in Kansas City, Missouri, before moving to Houston 13 years ago. She has always held a strong passion and desire to help families get the proper care and compassion they need while at their most vulnerable. After losing her grandmother at 16, she found herself wanting to know more about caring for families while they are grieving. After graduating from James E. High School, no one was surprised to see her enroll full time at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services. Today, she is completing her Associates of Applied Science and has been recognized as a member of the National Funeral Service Honor Society. Ellie has also always had a strong connection to animals. She is the apparent cause of many foster-fails that include 3 rabbits, 2 fish, and 6 cats from the time she was 4 years old (to her mother’s dismay). Ellie’s best friend and partner in crime is Rugger, the 1.5-year-old GSD-Boxer mix, and they’re glued at the hip. They spend their days off at the dog parks and running around pet-friendly venues across Houston.

Ellie has been continually looking for ways to provide a greener future, and disposition is no exception. Aquamation has been a point of extreme interest for her, so working at Senior Paws to provide these services is a dream come true. Ellie plans to pursue furthering her education while providing families an eco-conscious alternative for the disposition of their loved ones as Senior Paws. She is learning all the ins-and-outs of Aquamation with the hope and desire that one day she can follow in Dr. Cornelius’ footsteps and provide the amazing service of Aquamation for humans as well.

What are your special interests?

I absolutely love the German language and culture. I have studied German for about 6 years now and even got to study abroad for some time.

Who was your special pet?

The pet that started it all for me is Ceretta, the kitten who was sitting all alone by a tree stump when I was 4 years old. She is still going strong at 17, and she taught me the unwavering companionship of humans and animals. Rugger is the first dog I’ve had on my own, and before him, I considered myself a strict cat-lady. He has taught me that man’s best friend is a very accurate saying.

What else are you passionate about?

I absolutely love baking. I’m no professional, but I love spending time with family and friends by making them something sweet that I put a lot of effort into.

What do you love about palliative medicine?

I love that it brings families peace. It’s an opportunity to know your pet is comfortable and happy until the end, and this team is exceptional at providing that for all of us.

Chelsie Restaino

Aquamation Operator
Chelsie's Bio
Bio coming soon!

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Cancellation Policy

Euthanasia, Quality of LIfe, Hospice, Pain Management, DPT: Our cancellation policy applies to all cancellations/reschedules with 6 hours or less notice before the early aspect of your appointment time.

  • If you cancel between 2 and 6 hours prior to your appointment, a $100 cancellation fee will be incurred.
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If the pet passes naturally, no cancellation fee will apply.

All other appointment types: If you cancel within 6 hours of your appointment start time, a cancellation fee of your appointment cost (maximum $100) will be incurred.

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