Katherine Goldberg, DVM
Dr. Goldberg earned her DVM from Cornell in 2004, completed a rotating small animal internship and continued along the emergency/critical care path, returning to Cornell as an instructor in emergency/critical care in 2006. While in the ICU she developed an interest in the ethics of intensive care for animals, the impact of critical illness on family dynamics, as well as palliative medicine & hospice care. She then spent 3 years in general practice, providing client consultation on palliative medicine options, death & dying, as well as in-home euthanasia services, before exclusively dedicating herself to family centered end of life care.
She became a trained volunteer for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County in Fall 2009, and founded her practice Whole Animal Veterinary Geriatrics & Hospice Services in 2010. Whole Animal is one of the only practices in the country exclusively dedicated to this area of care that is not focused solely on mobile euthanasia services. She is currently a member of Hospicare’s Ethics Committee & is dedicated to exploring the connection between hospice services for people and animals.
Dr. Goldberg has a courtesy lecturer appointment at Cornell and has significantly increased student exposure to end of life topics since 2012. She developed her course, “Gerontology, Hospice & Palliative Medicine for Veterinarians” for its inaugural offering in Spring of 2015. She is trained in the Serious Illness Communication Guide developed by the palliative medicine teams at Harvard Medical School & the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and has modified the guide for veterinary use. She is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at Syracuse University, and is part of the team currently building a curriculum in human-animal interactions for the BSW and MSW programs.
Dr. Goldberg is co-founder of the Veterinary Society for Hospice & Palliative Care – the only hospice organization specifically dedicated to veterinarians.
Allison Miller, DVM, CVA
Dr. Allison Miller offers in-home acupuncture and herbal therapy to the patients of Whole Animal through her practice, Miller Integrative Veterinary Services. An upstate New York native, Dr. Miller attended Cornell University for her undergraduate and veterinary studies. After spending time in conventional practice in upstate Vermont and eastern Massachusetts, she moved back to Ithaca and pursued additional training at the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL to become certified in veterinary acupuncture. She now solely practices this integrative modality. Acupuncture and herbal therapy can be utilized for a number of different conditions to help with an animal’s comfort and well-being. She enjoys working closely with Dr. Goldberg to provide integrative care for your pet.
You may read more about acupuncture and Dr. Miller’s practice at her website: www.millerintegrativevetservices.com
Ellen Abrams, LMFT
Ellen Abrams has more than 13 years of clinical experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist in community mental health clinics, hospices, and in private practice. Previously, she provided grief counseling at Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County and from 2010-2012 directed the After Trauma Services Program at Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service. Currently, Ellen maintains a private practice in Ithaca.
“My work is grounded in a deep faith that loss, unexpected change, or difficult transitions can offer opportunities for growth and change. They help us discover our strength and resiliency and offer direction in living with richness and satisfaction.”
Ellen may be reached directly at 607-387-8205.