Companions on your journey.

Board of Directors, Counseling Team and Veterinary Advisory Board

Board of Directors

Kathryn Jennings, CPFE, CPLP
Certified Pet Loss Professional
Certified in Pet Loss & Grief Companioning

Julie Glenn
Vice President

Kristen Abbott

Chris Jennings

Shira Rothberg, LSW
Veterinary Staff Support

Kathy Smith, MS Counseling
Support Services Director

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support is a 501 c (3) organization dedicated to providing compassionate and educational support for pet parents through the stressful and difficult task of caregiving for their aging, chronic and terminally ill pets anywhere in the country. We then transition them into pet loss and grief.

Our Board of Directors are dedicated to helping pet parents like yourself become better caregivers and advocates for your pet. We are comprised of experienced pet caregivers, professional counselors and a veterinary advisory board who believe this organization is where we can make the most difference in the lives of pet caregivers.

Counseling Team

Kathy Smith, MS Counseling

Paulina Naisteter, MSW, LCSW

Shira Rothberg, LSW

Sandra Lewis, BSW

Laura Linder, MS Professional Counseling

Nadine Hasenecz, LSW, MSW

Donna Kahora, Pet Loss Counselor

Advisory Board

Dr. Jennifer Bagshaw, DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine Specialist- Hope Veterinary Specialists

Dr. Laurie Prober, VMD, DACVIM
Internal Medicine Specialist- Hope Veterinary Specialists

Dr. Dennis Burkett, VMD, Ph.D, DACVECC, DACVIM
Cardiologist-Hope Veterinary Specialists

Dr. Daphne Clendaniel, VMD, MS-Associate Surgeon
On Sabatical

Dr. Brady Beale,VMD, DACVO-Ophthalmologist
Pet Emergency Treatment Services & Univ. of Penn

Dr. Craig Clifford, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Oncologist- Hope Veterinary Specialists

Dr. Suzanne Dempsey, DVM
Emergency and Critical Care-Center for Animal Referral & Emergency

Dr. Brad Bates, VMD
Lap Of Love Veterinary Hospice & In-Home Euthanasia

Dr. Kathy de Jong, DVM
Gentle Doctor In-Home Veterinary Care

Dr. Dawn Irwin, DVM
Quakertown Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Karen Brockman, VMD
Windcrest Animal Hospital

Dr. Kelly Slattery, VMD
Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Mindy Cohan, VMD
Contributing Writer, PetMD

Stacey Connell
Hospital Administrator, Metropolitan Veterinary Associates

Kim Guest, CVT
Metropolitan Veterinary Associates

Felicia Powers, CVT
Veterinary Referral Center


Member Affiliations

Proud to Support Professional Organizations

We are proud to support the organizations below through membership and, in some cases, by providing our resources and ideas.

APLB Member

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) is a nonprofit association of concerned volunteers who are experienced and knowledgeable in the tender subject of pet death.


The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) is dedicated to promoting knowledge of, and developing guidelines for, comfort-oriented care to companion animals as they approach the end of life.

Pet Loss Professional Alliance Member

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