Dr. Kimberly Parker
Dr. Kimberly Parker was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Albion College in 2000 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 2006. She worked at emergency veterinary hospitals in the area while starting up A Gentle Farewell. She took a brief relocation to beautiful Arizona, but has returned home to continue her passion of helping animals at the end-of-life.
In October 2017, Dr. Parker became the first veterinarian in Ohio to become certified in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care through the IAAHPC.
She is a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC), Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB), Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS). She is also a certified Pet Loss Grief Companion.
Dr. Parker lives in Wellington with her husband, James. They share their home with many critters including 6 dogs, 3 cats, 2 cockatoos, and a lizard. In her spare time she enjoys live music and traveling.
Dr. Lauren Cross
Dr. Lauren Cross grew up on the west side of Cleveland in Bay Village. She attended Wittenberg University to earn her Bachelors degree, and then went on to attain her DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cross has practiced both large and small animal medicine, and now focuses on dogs, cats, and pocket pets in her clinical practice. When not at work, Dr. Cross enjoys spending time with her baby girl and husband, baking delicious treats, and having new adventures traveling.
"I am privileged to be able to help pets in this way- a peaceful and pain-free transition in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by family. It is truly an act of mercy and a way to give back to the pets who give so much to us for their entire lives."
Dr. Anne Soinski
Dr. Anne Soinski was born and raised in the Cleveland suburbs. She attended The University of Findlay for college, then The Ohio State University to achieve her DVM. She loves spoiling and appreciating her pets and family, and enjoys concerts and cooking vegan cuisine.
"I feel drawn to help pets pass in peace at home, surrounded by the love of their family and the comfort of their home. Though many people think this job would be sad, I find myself grateful to be able to give pets and their people this gift."
Dr. Jennifer Kinney
Dr. Jennifer Kinney earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus in May 2011 after spending two years studying for her degree at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Previously, she earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Ohio Northern University in Ada. When not helping clients are home, her areas of veterinary interest are in emergency medicine and surgery. She and her three boys and one girl are active in karate, wrestling, and their local church. They have many pets, including two dogs, Jack and Coconut; two cats, Nemo and Lizzy; six chickens; and two ducks.
Dr. Brooke Manderson
Dr. Brooke Manderson recently moved to Lake Milton, Ohio where she works full-time at a local pet hospital and has started working in the surround community with A Gentle Farewell. She is originally from Canada, graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelors of Health Science, and University of Waterloo with a Masters in Health Science. She then moved to Alabama and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University. Dr. Manderson and her husband have 3 loving dogs that keep them busy. In her spare time, she enjoys watersports, the outdoors, horseback riding, and renovating their home.
Melissa Peterson - Care Coordinator
After high school, Melissa started college in an engineering program before realizing her true passion was with animals. She graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in 2004 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She started her career in shelter medicine at the APL before moving onto small animal medicine. Melissa spends most of her time with her husband and 3 kids, but when she does have rare free time she likes to bake cookies, draw, and organize her house. Melissa also has a Pomeranian and 7 cats who she absolutely adores. She has dedicated her life to helping animals, and will be glad to talk to you about end-of-life care options available for your pet.
Melanie Wesolowski - Care Coordinator
Melanie has been working as a veterinary assistant for many years. She attended a small technical school in Kent, Ohio and graduated with honors in 2009. She has worked at both small and large veterinary clinics, including several years in an emergency setting, and prides herself in delivering excellent client service. Melanie and her husband Edward have a house full of “furbabies” that includes 5 cats and 3 dogs that were all rescued. In her free time, she loves to cook and bake, watch TV and scary movies, and spend time outside with her dogs. She makes delicious treats for special events through her Facebook page, Custom Cupcakes by Mel.