Here at HomeHeart our team of compassionate vets want you to know we understand your questions and concerns. We have all been in your position. We have all asked ourselves the same questions and felt the same doubts and pain.
Our mission is for you to not go through this alone or feeling unsure about your decision. We want to support and help you. All of our veterinarians have been selected for their level of compassion and expertise in this field of euthanasia; we are confident you couldn’t be in safer hands. We know each other well and trust that each vet is unique to being the home euthanasia specialist required at a time so difficult.
If you want to talk to us we are here for you. We have the time and knowledge to discuss your concerns. Compassion and understanding are at our core. Let us know what you need.
Dr. Lori Holland
Dr. Lori Holland grew up in the New England area and knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. During her upbringing, her father‘s career in the government required many moves throughout her young life… the only constant was her immediate family and her beloved dog, Princess. A life-threatening illness almost took Princess from her, and from that point forward she was resolved to become a veterinarian, to help other people in their time of distress.
She thoroughly enjoyed school and soon was graduating from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Over the years, she married, raised six children with her husband of many years, and practiced small animal companion animal medicine and feline only medicine. Eventually, she found her niche in emergency and critical care and practiced in her own facility for more than 25 years.
The time came to move on after the loss of her mother, and Dr. Lori felt the calling to support others as they found themselves at the time of saying goodbye to their beloved pets. She considers it an honor to be able to help.
Dr. David Birse
Dr. David was born in Scotland but grew up in Germany and Dubai. His entire life he has felt an affinity to animals. Having a grandfather who was blind and seeing the powerful impact his guide dog made in his life was extremely impactful to David in his formative years; he always had the idea of becoming a vet in mind.
David attended the Royal Dick School of Veterinary studies in Edinburgh, also David has travelled and volunteered with animal related charities. He spent time spaying and neutering stray dogs and cats in both Mexico and Thailand. David has also spent 7 years in small animal general practice and in leadership roles within veterinary medicine. During this time he has grown to appreciate the importance of end of life care both for Pets and their guardians.
The bonds we form with our pets are extremely strong and guiding people through process of euthanasia is a responsibility he takes very seriously. He knows one day his cat will require the same service and wants his last day to be spent in the peace and comfort of his own home. I know many people like yourself feel the same way.
Dr. Sam Shone
Dr. Sam grew up in England in the countryside. Her nana taught her the beauty of loving animals and encouraged her to spend time helping however she could. Dr. Sam has always been passionate about horses and has made the most of every chance to interact and care for them. Every chance she could get she would volunteer and learn how to care for all different species.
She attended St George’s University in the Carribean and then completed clinical rotation year at Edinburgh University. She helped spay and neuter efforts during university and has volunteered and worked with non profits since. Shelter euthanasia from over crowding really distresses her, so any action to help reduce this is dear to her heart.
Since graduating in 2009 she has worked in an emergency hospital, regular day practice, spay and neuter clinics and providing in home end of life care. It is an honor to help people say goodbye to their loved family member pet at home. Being able to help pets pass peacefully at home is so important to her, her aim is to give these beautiful creatures gentleness and ease when their life has become difficult. She has had to say goodbye to her own pets as the time has come and knows the pain involved with letting go a loved one. She is here to help and support you in any way she can provide comfort.
Dr. Lisa Steinberg
Dr. Lisa Steinberg graduated from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. For over 21 years following graduation, she has practiced veterinary medicine and surgery in central NJ, including 3 years of experience as a general practitioner in an emergency and specialty referral setting, as well as over 7 years of experience helping owners by managing her patients in their homes. Dr. Steinberg has recognized over time how peaceful departures in the home environment can help people and their pets so much, and gets great peace from alleviating animal suffering and solidifying the human- animal bond. Dr. Steinberg and her family share their home with their dog Rosie, cats Harry and Luna, and goldfish Tom and Jerry.
Dr. Carmen Scippa
Dr. Carmen grew up in Houston, Texas and always had a house full of animals. She cherished the bonds she had with each of her pets so pursuing a career in veterinary medicine was a quick and easy decision. She received her veterinary degree from St. George’s University in Grenada in 2015 then moved to New York City, where she has worked as a small animal general practitioner. During these years, Dr. Carmen began to really appreciate the importance of providing a low-stress environment when saying good-bye to a loved one. She feels that being able to stay at home, surrounded by family and good memories, can make this difficult experience as comfortable as possible. Her goal is to ensure that your last moments together are peaceful and loving.
Krystal was born and raised in Queens, NY and has been in the veterinary field since 2005. She has always had a love for animals since elementary school and is grateful for having a job that she loves and enjoys. Being able to help pets and their owners with care and compassion is very rewarding. When she isn’t working, she likes to travel the world, eat a variety of good food, and make time for family and friends.
Steve has been in the veterinary field since 2008 working at different animal hospitals. Currently residing in the Bronx with his wife and 2 dogs, Bowser and Bella, he likes to spend his time being outdoors when possible. When not working Steve pet sits for people when they go on vacation.
Ever since he was young, Justin had a love for animals. His dream was to work in the veterinary field to help all living creatures. Growing up, his house was always considered a zoo! He has cared for a wide variety of animals including reptiles, dogs, cats, and even tarantulas. Justin worked many roles in the animal care field but his favorite part of it is connecting with different families and seeing how people love their pets in many different ways.
Support Staff – Client and Referral Vet Liaison
Jasmine is born and raised in Queens, and during her free time, has spent time helping friends walk their dogs. She recently became a new mom to a baby girl, but she has been a mom to her two Japanese Akitas, Hadouken and Nami, for 5 years now. The growing family now resides in Long Island.*
Phone Support Staff
Jennifer recently graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and is currently studying for the National Board Exam. After working as a project coordinator for many years, she decided to switch careers where she can help improve one’s functional abilities and enhance their quality of life. Jen is compassionate and empathetic, which supports her desire to comfort and connect with clients. When necessary, she will not hesitate to help take care of her partner’s family cat, Coco, who she considers as her own.
Phone Support Staff
Amanda is a New York native with many years of experience in customer service. She is dedicated to fostering meaningful connections with clients and providing a compassionate service. With a sympathetic heart and love for animals, she finds it rewarding to help and comfort pet owners during this difficult time. In her free time, Amanda enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.