Our Team

APPOINTMENT

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.

Dr. Christie Cornelius

Founder, CEO

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

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

Dr. Julia Spade

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.”

Dr. Erica Sandberg

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 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 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:

“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” — Roald Dahl

Dr. Jane “Liz” Rowlands

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

Dr. Laura Ron

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.

Rebecca

Licensed Veterinary Technician, Pet Hospice 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

Diana, LVT, SAMP

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

Veterinary Technician

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

Veterinary Assistant, Certified Pet Groomer

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.

Qualifications

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

Betty Rose

Office Manager
Betty Rose's Bio

“Betty Rose was my first employee ever.  She knows about as much as I do about our operations.  She and I have worked a ton of hours together since 2013 on taking this from a single DVM service in the early days (just me, her and a flip phone!) to a busy multi-DVM hybrid practice.  Betty Rose is an expert rockstar care coordinator.” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, founder of Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Betty Rose began working in the veterinary field in 1999 where she was looking for a supplemental income while attending school.  Little did she know that she would be exposed to a whole different level of client services and find a certain joy and sense of purpose that had lacked in previous customer service positions.  She has spent a combined seven years in day practice, five years in animal emergency medicine, and just celebrated her sixth anniversary here at Senior Paws-Last Wishes, giving her almost 20 years of experience in veterinary client services.  

Most of her days are spent with her 8-year-old miniature schnauzer, Grady. Whether he is coming to work with her, “assisting” her at cooking in the kitchen, reading, or even catching up with the latest true crime show, they can usually be found together! 

What are your special interests?

Anything horror related, live music, microbreweries, marine conservation, attempting to master embroidery, and of course, Grady! 

Who was your special pet? 

Oh. Goodness. They’ve all been special in their own ways; however, I would say Nidawi (knee-dah-wee, it is supposed to mean “faery girl” in native American) was my “soul dog.” She was my first dog I had as an adult and my full responsibility.  She was by my side through my 20s when I was lost finding myself, she was consistently there for me in a time of emotional need. 

What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about ocean and marine conservation.  This delicate ecosystem and its creatures are being destroyed day in and day out (mostly) due to laziness.  Also, I would say I am passionate about being there for others, even if it is just as a sounding board. Everyone has something to say if you just listen carefully. 

What do you love about palliative medicine?

I ABSOLUTELY love that palliative medicine offers more than traditional veterinary medicine! Sometimes families call in tears thinking it is time to euthanize their sweet furbaby and really all they need is a customized medical regiment for that particular pet and family.  Veterinary medicine has a lot to offer pets, not every veterinary practice wants to pursue that specialty care and that is okay, that is when we step up!  I’ve learned more about pain management in my six years at SPLW than I have in all my years working in the veterinary field.  Seeing the family-pet bond be extended beyond expectation is rewarding too!  I love talking to our families that call us for one thing or another. 

Qualifications? 

I have 23 years in the customer service industry and 20 of those are specifically in the veterinary field. 

Favorite Quote?

“…marvel that any mortal can take pleasure in the weak sparkle of a little gem or bright pebble, when he has a star, or the sun itself, to look at.”  ~ Sir Tomas More 

Donna

Client Care Coordinator
Donna's Bio

Donna’s patience and caring manner make her a perfect match for anxious or grieving families who reach out to us for help.” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, founder of Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Donna came to Texas from Alabama but considers Houston her home.  She went into the vet field like everyone does because they love helping animals.  Donna recently lost both of her chihuahuas (Harley 15, Chiquita 16) so she can really relate to what families are going through and that’s why she finds the Care Coordinator position so rewarding.

What are your special interests? Game of Thrones, 70’s rock music, True Crime, Travel

Who was your special pet: My late chihuahua Harley – He was a unique blue color and he always had to be right beside me. I miss him a lot, he had a lot of health problems that I took care of so when I lost him I didn’t know what to do with myself.

What else are you passionate about?   Voting – helping others to register and learn about the process

What do you love about palliative medicine? The interaction and collaboration between the family and doctors in caring for the pet.

Qualifications: 15 years in the veterinary field as receptionist and management.

Favorite Quote: “She wasn’t looking for a knight, she was looking for a sword” – Atticus

Jennifer

Client Care Coordinator
Jennifer's Bio

Coming soon!

Drew

Aquamation Technician

Drew's Bio

“I’m pretty sure Drew was born for this role.  His deep love for and dedication to honoring pets after they pass is so special and unique.  Drew is always thinking of newer or better ways of creating lasting memories of pets for families.  He is so gentle and loving with our patients and takes great care of families all over the community.” – Dr. Christie Cornelius, founder of Senior Paws & Last Wishes

Drew Canchola is the primary aftercare specialist here at Senior Paws-Last Wishes. He is the youngest of four children. He believes animals of all species are sacred to earth. When he was old enough to realize his brother was born with Cru DI Chat Down Syndrome and he was able to verbally communicate with the family cat in his down syndrome language, he knew that’s the career field he wanted to work in.  

What are your special interests?
My main special interest would be caring for the families of Houston and surrounding areas with special pet needs. 

Who was your special pet? 
My eight-year-old cat Betty is his most treasured pet. She spiritually keeps him and his home protected. She is beyond special and important to me. 

What else are you passionate about? 
Other than ensuring animals get the respect they deserve as they walk the earth, his passion for them expands to how their final steps of life are handled

What do you love about palliative medicine? 
What I love most about palliative medicine is how equal it is for pets and humans to receive end of care to make the final steps of life comfortable.

Qualifications: I graduated from Sam Houston MSTC, made it on top in the first 20 percent of my class and graduated with honors in Debate. I was the first of my siblings to graduate high school. 

Favorite Quote: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” 

Melina

Aquamation Technician
Melina's Bio

Coming soon!

Marilyn, LCSW, DCSW, CART

Pet Loss Grief Counselor
Marilyn's Bio

Bio coming soon!

Stacy

Stacy's Bio
Bio coming soon!

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