The Final Journey Team
Dr. Kristen KlieFounder|Veteranarian
Dr. Judy WottonVeterinarian
Dr. Emily SalvatoreVeterinarian
Nathalie PalazzoVeterinarian Technician
Kathy CooneyVeterinarian Technician
Erika HumphreyVeterinarian Technician
Jennifer Palazzo WildmanBookkeeper
Dr. Kristen Klie graduated veterinary school from Colorado State University in 1996. She has worked as a relief veterinarian in over 30 hospitals throughout Connecticut and has earned the respect and trust throughout the veterinary community that allows other doctors to feel comfortable referring their beloved clients to her service, knowing they are in good hands. Devoted to expanding her work of service, compassion and diversity, Dr. Klie attended Hartford Seminary’s interfaith chaplaincy program. It was a natural progression that her passion for veterinary medicine turned into a calling for “Final Journey”. This unique perspective allows for deeper connection and care for all her clients.
The decision to euthanize a companion is always difficult. The option to be at home in a quiet, loving environment can make a big difference for families who are uncomfortable with bringing their loved one to a veterinary hospital. From knowing their companion suffers extreme stress and fear at the vet, having a large dog that is incapacitated and cannot make the trip, or simply because being at home is the only way families can imagine making this transition, we know and understand your needs.
To speak to Dr. Klie , call Final Journey at (203) 645-5570.
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Dr. Judy Wotton has been a practicing small animal veterinarian since 2000.
In practice, she has had the humble honor and privilege of assisting owners through the heart wrenching decision to make their pets final transition as peaceful, dignified and gentle as possible.
It was a natural progression to join the Final Journey team, which had a decade long reputation for professionalism and compassionate care. Dr Judy strives to hold loving space for owners, their families, their pet and their pet siblings as they courageously face one of the most difficult times of their lives.
As a Law of Attraction transformational life coach and spiritual teacher as well, Dr Judy knows that our pets are pure love and eternal – forever grateful, loving and present with their families.
Dr. Emily Salvatore graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She has been practicing general medicine in the area since 2013.
Dr. Emily has found a connection with her clients when working with them to make difficult end of life decisions for their beloved pets. To bring comfort to families and loved ones in a home setting seemed life a natural next step in her career and made the decision to join the team at Final Journey.
Dr. Emily has a husband and 2 young children at home and understands the bond and importance pets bring to our families.
Nathalie Palazzo was born and raised in Sweden, where she received a degree in pet care from Himmelstalunds gymnasiet. Having grown up around animals, she has always had a love for them. Knowing from personal experience how hard it is to lose a loved one, she understands how important it is to support pets and their humans during these difficult times.
Kathy has had a love for animals that started at a very young age. She has volunteered and worked within rescue organizations, inside veterinary facilities, and a shelter environment.
Through her own personal experience both at home and on the job, She understands the importance of both the pet parent and companion feeling comfortable when receiving care, especially end of life.
Erika Humphrey has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years. As a veterinary receptionist, she has been with owners and their pets for the joyous occasions and through the most challenging times.
The choice to join the Final Journey team came easily and from her desire to help pets and their owners through the difficult decision to euthanize. Erika believes helping pets pass in their own home is the most compassionate and dignified way.
Jennifer has been in small business, family owned and operated management since 1994. In 2001, Jen started her first bookkeeping position within a family company she was working for and has been passionate about the numbers end of business ever since.
Joining the Final Journey team in August of 2019 was seamless, as Jen has had a predilection for hers and all animals since childhood. Knowing Dr. Kris for years with her kind and gentle heart, Jen was eager to be a part of the amazing and compassionate service that Final Journey grants.