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 transitions. She is a member of the International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care (IAAHPC), the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), the MVMA, the WMVMA and the West Michigan Academy of Small Animal Practitioners (WMASAP). Dr. Brush is among the first 100 graduates to receive advanced Certification as a Hospice & Palliative Care Veterinarian through the IAAHCP.
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.
Kim became a part of Heaven at Home in May of 2018. She has worked in the veterinary field for the past 15 years, in both general practice and at emergency hospitals. Kim feels very fortunate to be able to help families with end of life decisions for their furry family members and is proud to be a member of the Heaven at Home team. She and her husband recently had to say good-bye to their own senior pittie and have not been quite ready to bring a new puppy or dog into their lives. Luckily, they still have the company of their 3 bunny rabbits to make the day brighter! When Kim is not playing with her bunnies or working on their “fixer-upper” in the woods, she loves to travel the world and hike with her hubby.
Kathryn joined Heaven at Home in November of 2018. She was born and raised in Grand Rapids and has always had a passion for animals. In high school, Kathryn had an opportunity to do an internship at a local veterinary clinic for a year. After that internship ended, she was hired as a veterinary assistant and worked there throughout much of her time in college. She is a big advocate for animal rescue and adopted her kitty from a shelter almost 6 years ago. Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys the outdoors, baseball and spending time with family and friends.