Owner, Home to Heaven
Dr. James Dye was born and raised in Casper 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 Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Northern Colorado. Ultimately his plan was to become a veterinarian, and his dreams came true when he graduated from Colorado State University 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 began work with Home to Heaven in September of 2012. In addition, Dr. Dye is passionate about alternative treatment approaches and became a certified veterinary acupuncturist, which allows him to further help both large and small animal patients with this alternative medical approach.
After he had been with Home to Heaven for several years Dr. James purchased Home to Heaven in 2016 from Dr. Kathleen Cooney. Dr. Cooney was ready to transition her career path and it seemed like a perfect opportunity for Dr. James to continue the mission of Home to Heaven. He leads the company with kindness, passion, and the commitment needed to help northern Colorado families and their beloved pets.
His wife, Sheila, has been by his side through schooling and career changes and the two have 3 amazing children, Olivia, Jackson, and Zofia. Their family also has three 4-legged kiddos – Foxy, Wilson and Zeke – all three were rescue pups needing another chance at a forever home.
In addition to his love of being a veterinarian, his pastimes include fishing, cooking, and spending time with family & friends. Whenever possible the family ventures on camping trips and loves traveling and spending time in the outdoors.
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.
My parents are both from India, and my brother and I both grew up in CT. I received my veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and performed an internship in Austin, TX, where I lived with my wife for the past five years. We recently moved with our daughter to the Northern Colorado area to be closer to family. I am excited to learn more and contribute to the growing field of animal hospice. My other professional interests include radiology and wildlife medicine. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, which usually includes some form of cooking, hiking, swimming, and other outdoor activities.
Dr. Stephanie Freed is originally from the east coast. She up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and completed her bachelors of science at Northeastern University in Boston. In 2012 she relocated to California to obtain her DVM at the University of California – Davis. Having always had a love of all things outdoors, after graduation, she decided to fulfill a long term goal of moving to Colorado. Throughout her professional education, she found her veterinary passions lie in end of life care and assisting clients through the difficult decisions of pet parenthood. In addition to her work for Home to Heaven, she continues to practice general medicine locally in northern Colorado. She has settled in Loveland, with her rescued rez dog, Xana, and her 2 cats, Mercedes and Benz.
Home to Heaven is excited to welcome Dr. Sorensen. Biography coming soon.
Dr. Stephanie Porter was born and raised in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She attended the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) as an undergraduate, and obtained a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Stephanie then completed veterinary school at Colorado State University, and fell in love with all that Colorado has to offer. She loves working with animals of all species, and is honored to help pets and their people as part of the Home to Heaven team. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and practicing yoga, as well as running and hiking with her dog Cooper.