Meet Dr. Cherie Buisson and our veterinary team

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Why choose Helping Hands Pet Hospice for your in-home veterinary care?

Pets nearing the end of their lives are often anxious, in pain, or difficult to move. Having our veterinary team come to you is an excellent way to reduce this stress. Dr. Cherie Buisson is Certified in Low Stress Handling® and will do everything in her power to keep your pet comfortable and happy during the visit. Personal observation of your pet’s environment also allows our team to make better recommendations for your pet’s comfort. For many dogs and cats, simple changes to their living arrangements can greatly improve their quality of life. You can also be more confident in the care of your pet, knowing our support is just a phone call, text, or email away.

When the time comes for your pet’s euthanasia, privacy and comfort are of utmost importance. We don’t want you worried about loud noises, curious strangers, or other distractions. Our focus (and yours) should be for your pet only. We want them in their bed, on their favorite couch, or on your lap. We want you to be able to express your feelings without the worry of being overheard. Most of all, we want you, your family, and your other pets to take the time you need to say goodbye. Each in-home euthanasia appointment is scheduled for a full hour, and you can take as much of that time as you want. We respect the bond you have with your pet and encourage you to share how we can help your family feel more peaceful during our visit. Hospice and palliative care appointments last from 1-3 hours.

Dr. Cherie Buisson

Dr. Cherie Buisson

Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian
Low Stress Handling (TM) Silver Certified

Dr. Cherie Buisson is a 2000 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She started making pet hospice house calls in 2011 and found them to be the most fulfilling part of her practice. She is one of the first Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarians in the world, and the first to practice in the state of Florida. DocB is a Dachshund fanatic who enjoys reading, cycling, canoeing, and quilting.

Photo courtesy of Urban Dog Studio.

Dr. Camille Andrews

Dr. Camille Andrews

Fear Free Certified

Dr. Camille Andrews is a 2009 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a veterinary acupuncturist and is completing her certification from the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. Dr. Andrews is obsessed with orchids and enjoys cycling, paddle boarding, and playing the guitar.

Photo courtesy of Urban Dog Studio.

Dr. Rachel Kelly Klemawesch

Dr. Rachel Kelly Klemawesch

Dr. Rachel Kelly Klemawesch is a double alumnus of Auburn University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in German before being awarded a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Dr. Klemawesch is particularly interested in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, ultrasonography, and pain management and also has a passion for animal behavior. She is a graduate of the North American Veterinary Post Graduate Institute’s Intermediate and Advanced Animal Behavior Programs. Outside veterinary medicine, Dr. Klemawesch enjoys spending time with family and friends, loves to read, and is learning to paint with watercolor. She and her husband have two little girls, an 18-year-old Chihuahua named Doody, a lilac point Siamese cat named Kittibun, and Green Wing Macaw Elmo, who Dr. K adopted as a featherless baby bird, 26 years ago.

Candace CVT, CCFP

Candace CVT, CCFP

Certified Veterinary Technician
Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional
QPR Suicide Prevention Certified
Administrative Assistant
Client Care Coordinator

Candace graduated from USF with a degree in Psychology in 2010 and St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technician Program in 2014. She joined Helping Hands Pet Hospice in 2019 after meeting Dr. B at a conference. She is focused on professional wellness and is a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association Wellness Committee along with Dr. B. Candace is a wonderful writer and has a blog for veterinary professionals. She is the Mom of an adorable little boy.

Natalie, CVT

Natalie, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician
Client Care Coordinator

Natalie, CVT graduated from the St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technician program in 2013. She has 3 very spoiled pups and 1 very spoiled cat dog 🐾. Natalie enjoys hiking on her days off, and going to the beach as often as possible.

Jona

Jona

Client Care Coordinator
Fear Free Certified (Shelter)

Jona’s background is in animal shelter management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and certifications in Animal Shelter Management and “Fear Free” Shelter Operations. Jona also founded a hospice dog rescue in 2017 to care for senior, ill, injured, and end of life pets in need. Jona is passionate about helping make the end of life journey for families’ beloved furry companions peaceful and dignified.

Kelly

Kelly

Client Care Coordinator

Kelly graduated with a degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Agriculture from Green Mountain College in Vermont. After working for years with dairy and equine facilities in New England, she moved to warmer weather and the beaches of Florida and fell in love with the animal shelter world. She is Fear Free Certified and continues her animal shelter passion with Friends of Strays in St. Pete. She spends her free time pursuing TNVR for community cats while being a fur mama to 3 dogs and 2 cats and whatever foster may be passing through.

Dr. Cherie Buisson 1

Photograph provided by Laurie Meehan-Elmer.

Dr. Cherie Buisson 2

Photo courtesy of A Happy Vet

Ask me to speak at your event!

Dr. Buisson speaks around the world on hospice, euthanasia and compassion fatigue. If you would like to have her speak to your group, please fill out the information below.