Meet the Team

Meet the A Gentle Farewell Team

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Dr. Kimberly Parker

Dr. Kimberly Parker

Dr. Kimberly Parker was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Albion College in 2000 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 2006. She worked at emergency veterinary hospitals in the area while starting up A Gentle Farewell. She took a brief relocation to beautiful Arizona, but has returned home to continue her passion of helping animals at the end-of-life.

In October 2017, Dr. Parker became the first veterinarian in Ohio to become certified in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care through the IAAHPC.

She is a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC), Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB), Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS). She is also a certified Pet Loss Grief Companion.

Dr. Parker lives in Wellington with her husband, James. They share their home with many critters including 6 dogs, 1 cat, 2 cockatoos, 1 lizard, and a flock of chickens. In her spare time she enjoys live music and traveling.

Dr. Anne Soinski

Dr. Anne Soinski

Dr. Anne Soinski was born and raised in the Cleveland suburbs. She attended The University of Findlay for college, then The Ohio State University to achieve her DVM. She loves spoiling and appreciating her pets and family, and enjoys concerts and cooking vegan cuisine.
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"I feel drawn to help pets pass in peace at home, surrounded by the love of their family and the comfort of their home. Though many people think this job would be sad, I find myself grateful to be able to give pets and their people this gift."

Dr. Jennifer Kinney

Dr. Jennifer Kinney

Dr. Jennifer Kinney earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus in May 2011 after spending two years studying for her degree at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Previously, she earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Ohio Northern University in Ada. When not helping clients are home, her areas of veterinary interest are in emergency medicine and surgery. She and her three boys and one girl are active in karate, wrestling, and their local church. They have many pets, including two dogs, Jack and Coconut; two cats, Nemo and Lizzy; six chickens; and two ducks.

Dr. Lacey Crowley 

Dr. Lacy Crowley

Dr. Lacy Crowley completed her undergraduate course work at the University of Findlay and then attended The Ohio State University college of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced in both the private sector and as a government official but in either case she has advocated for animal welfare and the importance of the human-animal bond.

“I am honored to be able to help families through the difficult process of saying goodbye to their beloved pets”

Dr. Janelle Martin 

Dr. Janelle Martin

Dr Janelle Martin grew up in the suburbs west of Cleveland, and knew from childhood that she would be a veterinarian. She graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and practiced as an emergency veterinarian for most of her career, until joining A Gentle Farewell in 2020. Her passion since childhood has been to make the world a better and kinder place for animals. Helping our beloved pets through their final journey in the peaceful comfort of their home is an honor and a gift. She currently lives on a farm in Hiram, Ohio, and shares her home and property with her partner Cliff and their many animal friends. In her spare time she enjoys reading, trail running with her dogs, and traveling.

Melissa Peterson

Melissa Peterson

Care Coordinator

After high school, Melissa started college in an engineering program before realizing her true passion was with animals. She graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in 2004 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She started her career in shelter medicine at the APL before moving onto small animal medicine. Melissa spends most of her time with her husband and 3 kids, but when she does have rare free time she likes to bake cookies, draw, and organize her house. Melissa also has a Pomeranian and 7 cats who she absolutely adores. She has dedicated her life to helping animals, and will be glad to talk to you about end-of-life care options available for your pet.

Anna Merriman

Anna Merriman

Care Coordinator

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