Dr. Laurie Brush
Dr. Brush is the founder of Heaven at Home Pet Hospice. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College (BA) and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Michigan State University. As a practicing vet since 1998, she became involved in the movement toward in-home palliative care and euthanasia, beginning with her own 17-year-old rescue dog, Herkemer. Through her personal experience, she became a passionate advocate for peaceful at-home traditions. She is a member of the International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care, the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), the MVMA, the WMVMA and the West Michigan Academy of Small Animal Practitioners (WMASAP).
Dr. Laura Tay
Dr. Tay grew up in Grand Rapids where she attended Forest Hills Central High School. She has worked as a veterinarian in and around Grand Rapids for twenty years. She earned her BA in biology at Kenyon College in Ohio and her DVM degree at Michigan State University. While at Michigan State, she had the opportunity to travel to Zimbabwe as part of a veterinary student exchange program. This trip fostered a love for the continent of Africa and cross-cultural experiences. She has since traveled back three more times to visit and work, and reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in October of 2007. In addition to her love of travel, Dr. Tay is an avid reader, backpacker, enthusiast for all outdoor activities, and budding cross-country ski racer. Her dogs, Tracer, an Australian Shepherd, and Belle, a terrier-beagle mix, enjoy participating in as many of the outdoor shenanigans as they can talk her into, while her cat, Ivy, is much more sensible and prefers lounging inside on the couch. In addition to her work at Heaven at Home, Dr. Tay also enjoys teaching and feels lucky to work as an adjunct professor in the Biology Department at Grand Valley State University.
Dr. Amy Hoss
Dr. Hoss wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. Growing up, her family had several cats and a family dog, Maggie. Maggie had several health problems that required taking her to veterinary specialists. A young Dr. Hoss made sure to tag along on these veterinary trips to learn as much as she could. It was the appreciation for the way her pets were cared for, along with the fascination at the level of treatment they received that confirmed her desire to enter veterinary medicine. She earned her Biology degree at Central Michigan University and her DVM degree at Michigan State University.
Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Hoss completed a year-long specialty internship program at a large practice in New Jersey. This experience exposed her to the many specialties available in veterinary medicine. Although she enjoyed the experience, she was drawn to general practice, because of her love of the human-animal bond and the relationships she is able to develop with clients and their pets.
While in general practice, Dr. Hoss developed a love for the complex, multi-faceted care of our senior pets. She expanded the options available to her patients by learning different modalities such as laser therapy treatment and stem cell treatment to improve their quality of life. Dr. Hoss joined Heaven at Home in 2017.
Dr. Hoss and her family live near Caledonia. Dr. Hoss has two active senior dogs – Riley, a 14-yr old Jack Russel Terrier Mix and Mya, a 10-yr old Terrier mix. They enjoy spending time with their friends and family, working in the yard and garden, and outdoor activities including bicycling, hiking, and sailing their little Sunfish sailboat. She also loves to curl up on the couch with a good book.
Mary joined the Heaven at Home team in September of 2016. She has worked many years caring for animals both at the Humane Society as well as at various veterinary clinics. During that time Mary developed an acute awareness of the needs of our golden oldie pets. She is very excited about Heaven at Home’s hospice program. Mary enjoys reading, studying canine behavior, anything water related and spending time with friends and family. She lives in an old house in Grand Rapids with 2 cats, 2 dogs and 1 husband.
Nancy has been working in the veterinary field since 2002, recently joining Heaven at Home in August 2017. She has always had a passion for caring for pets and communicating with their humans. She loves spending time with her spunky boston terrier Vera and crazy feline Fender. When Nancy isn’t working, she spends her free time bowling, gardening and spending time with friends and family.