James Dye, our lovely owner and leader
Dr. James Dye was born and raised in Wyoming. He moved to Washington state with his wife, Sheila, and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Zoology from Western Washington University. He then moved to Colorado to pursue a Masters degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Ultimately his plan was to become a veterinarian, and his dreams came true when he graduated from CSU in 2011.
Dr. James worked as a mixed large animal veterinarian for one year after graduation and then decided to modify his career path. Although his love for large animal medicine is ever present, he is very passionate about hospice and end of life care and has been with Home to Heaven since September of 2012. As a veterinary acupuncturist, he is also able to help both large and small animal patients with this non-traditional,medical approach.
Dr. James purchased Home to Heaven beginning in 2016 from Dr. Kathleen Cooney. Dr. James has been with Home to Heaven since 2012 and felt he was the perfect fit to take over when Dr. Cooney was ready to sell. He leads the company with kindness, passion, and the commitment needed to help northern Colorado families 24/7.
His amazing wife, Sheila, has been by his side through schooling and career changes. He also has three amazing children, Olivia, Jackson, and Zofia. His dog Foxy is a red heeler and has been with the family for eight years and was recently joined by a younger (4-legged) brother named Wilson.
When not working, his loves include fishing, cooking, and spending time with the family. Whenever possible the family ventures on camping trips and loves spending time in the outdoors.
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Kathleen Cooney, founder of Home to Heaven
Dr. Cooney graduated from the veterinary college at Colorado State University in the spring of 2004. That same spring, her family had to say goodbye to their 15-year-old yellow lab, McKenzie. McKenzie passed peacefully under the aspen tree in their front yard. From this experience, Dr. Cooney learned just how important it was for pets to be at home for the end of their lives.
Shortly after this experience, Dr. Cooney and her family relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, she practiced internal medicine and surgery at a small progressive animal clinic. At this clinic, she began performing in-home services for families - particularly cancer patients. After 2 years away, Dr. Cooney and her family decided it was time to return to beautiful Colorado. She started Home to Heaven in the fall of 2006 and received an overwhelming welcome from the community and the veterinary profession.
She has learned a great deal since founding Home to Heaven, having now helped thousands of families. And she looks forward to helping the families of northern Colorado for many years to come.
In the spring of 2011, she completed writing her first book about euthanasia techniques. In 2012, she completed writing the book Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques: A practical guide. Dr. Cooney also finished her work with the 2013 American Veterinary Medical Association's panel on euthanasia guidelines. She is the Immediate Past-President for the International Association for Animal Hospice
and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). She travels frequently to speak on her work and on the current advancements in end-of-life care. Dr. Cooney's Curriculum Vitae
In the fall of 2010, Dr. Cooney opened the first-ever pet euthanasia center in the United States. The center is located on her 35-acre farm in Loveland, Colorado and offers two comfort rooms for pet euthanasia and hospice consultations. It is open year-round for families looking for an alternative to standard clinic or in-home euthanasia/end-of-life services.
Dr. Cooney is honored to be doing what she does. She loves getting to know her clients, hearing their stories, and sharing in the beautiful experience of in-home pet hospice and euthanasia.
Dr. Amber Dove originates from the warm desert of New Mexico. She attended undergraduate and graduate school at New Mexico State University and studied biology and microbiology. Following this, she completed a veterinary degree at Colorado State University in 2004.
She returned to New Mexico to work in a busy general and emergency practice. However, Colorado had won her over. When the opportunity arose, she returned to this beautiful area.
Dr. Dove has been busy in emergency and general practice since returning to the area and joined Home to Heaven in early 2011.
Amber participates in local veterinary medical associations and volunteers for various organizations as time allows. She enjoys spending time with her family, her pets, and plays a little hockey on the side.
Dr. Michelle Reynolds was born and raised in rural southwest Michigan. She graduated from Michigan
State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Upon graduation, she immediately headed west
and began her work in small animal practice in Denver. After starting a family, in 1998, she returned to
Michigan and continued growing her family and developing her career in medicine and surgery. After 10 long
years of missing the amazing sunshine and wonderful Rocky Mountains, her family packed up and headed
back to beautiful Colorado in 2008. Dr. Reynolds is grateful for her career in veterinary medicine and although
she enjoyed medicine and surgery immensely for many years, she is currently focused on her interests in
holistic medicine and end of life care. Her experiences in caring for her yellow lab, Summer, in the last
years of life gave her an invaluable perspective of the challenges and rewards of geriatric care. She believes
what she experienced in Summer’s last days and very peaceful euthanasia, at age 15, has led to her strong
desire to help others through the passing of their own precious pets. Her family consists of her husband, Nathan,
married 15 years, their 3 very energetic children, her 9 year old daughter’s black lab, Willow, and Beta Fish, Harry. When not working, she can be found running, sewing, cheering at her kids’ sporting events, and watching football. Summer’s yellow lab shoes have not been filled as of yet, but she is looking forward to adopting a special yellow labbie in the near future.
Liz St. Clair
Dr. Elizabeth St. Clair was born in Baltimore, Maryland and has a bachelor's degree in psychology from The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has lived in California and Florida and graduated from The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.
Dr. St. Clair practices small animal medicine in Boulder. She is passionate about preventive care, with her greatest interests being in animal behavior, geriatric care and dentistry.
While she had alway thought of herself as a dog person, she became involved in cat rescues while living in California. She currently has two cats (Thurman and Little Man) who have done an amazing job of filling the void created when she lost her 17 year old corgi mix who accompanied her everywhere possible coast-to-coast, on planes and trains as well as out of the country.
Dr. St. Clair is a farm animal lover as well. She grew up riding English, but will never turn down an opportunity to go horseback riding of any kind. She also enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, Zumba and gardening.
Dr. Sharlee Haas is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she completed an internship in Emergency Medicine at Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, MD.After several years in private practice, she began a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, and in 2012, became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary and Emergency Critical Care.
She worked forseveral years at the Colorado State University, as a Clinical Coordinator in the Small Animal Urgent Care Department, supervising interns and veterinary students. She participated in the 2013 Pacific Partnership, and is a member of the Colorado Veterinary MedicaCHl Reserve Corp as well as the Larimer County Humane Disaster Animal Response Team.
Dr. Haas joined Home to Heaven in the fall of 2014. She brings to the team her vast knowledge of crital care medicine and
the ability to help out in unique hours. We are thrilled to have her and hope she can shed light on the benefits of advanced
end-of-life care with her fellow criticalists in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Ankur Gupta is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gupta and his wife recently celebrated the birth of his second child, a beautiful baby boy.
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Dr. Autumn Sorensen is a graduate of Colorado State University. Dr. Sorensen is also an equine vet she loves horses but pigs hold a special place in her heart.
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Dr. Stephanie Freed is a recent graduate and very excited to be a part of our special team.
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