Carolyn Naun, D.V.M., C.H.P.V.
Owner / Medical Director
Phone: Extension 3
Carolyn has been a practicing veterinarian for over fifteen years. Having worked in a wide variety of practice settings across the United States, she has called Hawaii home since 2010. She has taught anesthesia, dentistry and surgical nursing to veterinary technology students, and spent many hours volunteering at the Hawaiian Humane Society, performing high quality spay/neuter surgeries for shelter animals and free-roaming cats.
Always interested in animal welfare and the human-animal bond, she takes great pleasure in helping clients solve problems, thinking out of the box, and employing creativity to work with the resources at hand. She is passionate about recommending treatments supported by solid scientific evidence and helping pet owners understand the known risks and benefits of a specific therapy.
By far the most gratifying aspect of veterinary medicine for her is the ability to prevent and relieve suffering for pets and their caregivers. Recognizing a great need for quality, family-focused palliative (comfort) care in Hawaii, she launched Arms of Aloha in August of 2015. In October of 2017, she was in the very first class of students to gain certification in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, elevating this important niche to a true specialty of veterinary medicine.
It is her fervent wish to help foster the revolutionary turn in pain management and end-of-life care that is currently taking place in her profession. Her inspiration, and one of her first patients, was Loki, her beloved Lab mix who passed away in April of 2016. His sweet face graces many pages of this website.
Lucy Miller, C.V.T.
Phone: Extension 6
Lucy, originally from Minnesota, has been a veterinary technician for over thirty years. She moved to Hawaii in 2011 to get away from the cold winters and experience the Aloha spirit. She is the past president of the Hawaii Veterinary Technician Association, and has worked in many areas of veterinary medicine over the years, including emergency room work, animal poison control, shelter medicine, and as an instructor in a veterinary technology program. She is
currently working toward her Bachelor of Social work at UH Manoa, and plans to pursue an advanced degree. Her fields of interest include Gerontology and advocating for policy change. Lucy is also a certified Pet Loss & Bereavement Counselor.
In her spare time, Lucy enjoys hiking, snorkeling, and spending time with her friends. She currently doesn’t have any pets, so she manages to get her fix by pet sitting and, of course, working with our patients. Her most cherished dog was a Collie / Welsh Corgi mix named TJ, whom she adopted while working at an animal shelter back in Minnesota. TJ departed this earth after 16 years of companionship.
Bereavement and Caregiver Support
We are seeking a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or similar to take a consulting role on our team. If you share our passion for supporting pet parents through grief and bereavement and have 1- 6 hours per month to spare, please contact us!
Marianne is a certified Pet Loss & Bereavement Counselor, supporting anticipatory loss and after loss care. Her inspiration to go into Pet Loss support came after the loss of her first dog Maggie, who she and her husband Scott rescued from the Hawaiian Human Society at one year of age. Through the HHS Pet Walk, Maggie inspired friends and family to donate almost $15,000 during her short life. Maggie’s death provided Marianne with a desire to assist families grieving the loss of a loyal beloved family member. Her own personal loss was deeply heartfelt and she wanted to support others during such a fragile time and help them know that their pet will always be in their heart.
Having also lost Manele & Koele (mama & puppy – also HHS rescues), she knows the deep pain from illness and sudden loss. Marianne is a Deacon (an ordained lay person) at the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu at Koolau. Deacons are spiritual leaders who pray for people and support those who have lost loved ones. Her mission is to extend these deacon responsibilities to reach and serve the greater Oahu community. She graduated from Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL with a B..S. in Education/Human Development & Social Policy. She and Scott share their home on the Windward Side with rescue dogs Violet Rose & Ipo Lani.
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