Dr. Karen Bryant

Dr. Bryant is a 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and went on to advance her education with a one-year, small-animal internship in Washington, DC. Recently, she completed an Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Program by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

She started To Your Door Veterinary Health and Wellness, a housecall practice, in 2009 in order to care for those pets and owners who have difficulty going to a clinic. To Your Door Vet provides medical and preventative care to pets in the comfort of their homes.

Over the years, it was common to help patients and their families navigate through the end-of-life process providing pain relief, nutritional support, and assistance with in-home euthanasia. However, in 2017, the need for a more formalized hospice and palliative care program was highlighted when Dr Bryant’s beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Cooper, was diagnosed with cancer.

“It was like a kick in the gut when we found his cancer. Cooper wasn’t a dog, He was THE dog, a great dog. Living with Cooper was like living with a superstar. Everyone in the neighborhood and beyond loved him. Strangers would stop their cars so their kids could get out and pet Cooper. In the winter he would hold court, sitting regally on top of a snow drift in sub-zero temps just to watch the neighborhood. He loved the cold and the snow. He was a loving and gentle soul and will be forever missed.“ —Dr. Bryant

Cooper received excellent medical care from his oncologists after his diagnosis of bone cancer, but sadly there is no cure for this type of cancer and the true need for palliative care hit home. Dr. Bryant set about learning everything she could to make her beloved Cooper comfortable. She developed a regimen of medication to control his pain and employed an IV therapy to strengthen his cancer-ridden bone. She also addressed his social needs by keeping him active as much as possible and doing the things he loved, which included walks in the local dog park and a last vacation to the Porcupine Mountains in Upper Michigan.

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Heartfelt Hospice's passion is to fill the gap when curative medicine is no longer an option and the end of life is near.

 

Chelsea Brodsky, CVT

Chelsea is 2014 graduate of the Veterinary Technician program of Globe University. She worked at veterinary emergency service before, during and after completing the technician program. There was a lot to learn practicing in emergency. She learned a lot about medicine and disease process. Many of the hardest moments were patients who had chronic medical conditions. They would arrive in severe crisis that the patients and the owners had no time to prepare for. The passion behind starting a hospice program is for these people. To prepare and support our clients through a progression of a disease or just the process of aging is a huge goal for our program. We just want to educate the pet owners and make sure our patients are comfortable and supported through and during their last days. This program is an out reach to pet owners that they do not have to feel alone in such a difficult time.  

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