Meet Our Leaders
Dr. Larry Magnuson, Caring Pathways Founder
Dr. Larry is a retired veterinarian and the founder of Caring Pathways. He earned his veterinary degree from Colorado State University and has more than 50 years of experience as a veterinarian. He founded Caring Pathways in 2010 to serve in end-of-life care for pets.
Dr. Larry is a member of such prestigious veterinary organizations as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC).
It is Dr. Larry’s love for pets and people that places him in this business. He values offering his clients compassion and kindness, as well as building his business around caring for and helping others.
In his personal life, Dr. Larry is married and he loves being with family, including his 2 daughters, his 7 grandkids, and 8 great-grandkids! He enjoys exercising, reading, golfing, and always being available to serve his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Dr. Kathleen Cooney, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Kathleen Cooney has been practicing advanced end-of-life care since 2006. She is Director of Education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA) and Chief Medical Officer of Caring Pathways, Inc. Dr. Cooney is a past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) where she remains active in the organization, including design of their Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Program.
She is well-known for her work in companion animal euthanasia and has authored two books on the subject along with numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Cooney has collaborated in end-of-life training for the AVMA, AAHA, HABRI, IAAHPC, Fear Free Program, SVME, and many more. She is a strong advocate for best practices in all aspects of end-of-life care and speaks nationally and internationally on such topics. Dr. Cooney is also currently working towards board certification in animal welfare, expected by 2023.
She feels blessed to have a wonderful family including husband and 3 children, plus two pugs and a precious labrador.
Dr. Chelsea McGivney, General Manager of Caring Pathways Colorado
Dr. Chelsea grew up in Albuquerque, NM and completed her undergraduate studies at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as an Air Force officer and stationed at Aviano Air Base in Aviano, Italy. After an honorable discharge from the Air Force, Dr. Chelsea pursued her veterinary degree at Colorado State University. She then moved to Maryland to complete a small animal rotating internship and continued working in Maryland as a small animal, general practitioner. Missing Colorado, Dr. Chelsea accepted a position as a veterinary associate at an at-home, end-of-life veterinary practice in Northern Colorado. Her career then took a turn when she was offered a position with Nestlé Purina and she pursued an opportunity in industry, while continuing regular work as a relief veterinarian.
This unique work history and experience prepared Dr. Chelsea to assume the role of General Manager at Caring Pathways, where she leads a team of at-home, end-of-life specialists. Her passion for facilitating the human-animal bond allows her to bring her professional experience and love of veterinary care together.
In her free time Dr. Chelsea enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her pets, and participating in physical activities such as: CrossFit, rock climbing, and hiking.
Dr. Tyler Carmack, Executive Director of Integrative Medicine and Founder of Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice
While working in emergency medicine, Dr. Tyler Carmack witnessed many pet owners struggling with difficult decisions regarding their beloved pet’s end-of-life care. These medical decisions are very personal, emotional, and confusing for pet owners and their families. When returning to Virginia Beach in 2011, Dr. Carmack formed Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice to offer a more compassionate and personalized service to assist pet owners throughout the end-of-life process and to provide ongoing support after the loss of a loved one. She also founded the Hampton Roads Pet Loss Support Group in January of 2012 to be able to provide a safe, supportive network for those individuals and families requiring additional support as they grieve for their lost friend.
Dr. Tyler Carmack grew up in Virginia Beach and attended Frank W. Cox High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from N.C. State University and is a graduate of N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation from veterinary school, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC and an ophthalmology internship in New York. She has also worked as an emergency clinician at Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists in West Palm Beach. Dr. Carmack currently holds certifications in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese food therapy, and animal hospice and palliative care.
Outside of work, Dr. Carmack enjoys sailing, paddle-boarding, reading, and spending time with her husband, two kids, and extended family. She also loves traveling and has worked with dolphins in Mexico, elephants in Thailand, and a variety of wild animals in South Africa.
Jeff Lewis, CEO
Jeff has been involved with Caring Pathways since its beginning and he has worked with the founder, Dr. Larry Magnuson for over 25 years in previous organizations. He brings strategic planning and organizational development expertise based on his advanced degrees and experiences. In addition to business leadership, he also teaches the next generation of business leaders at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Our mission to serve people and pets during the end-of-life transition drives Jeff to improve and expand our company everyday so we can help more everyday.
His time away from work is enjoyed with family and outdoor activities including golf and hobby farming.
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