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.
Selah moved to Hawaii with her family in 2015 and is now attending Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu where she is working her way towards a degree in psychology. She feels honored to have a job that allows her to see the abundant love people have for their pets on a daily basis. It makes her feel slightly better about her obsession with cats, in particular her beloved black cat named Nasty. Nasty earned the nickname through his love of waking her up at 5 every morning to decide if he wants to go outside or not, usually not.
Selah is eager to see how she can grow and learn from her experience at Arms of Aloha and excited to have the chance to see the incredible bonds formed between human and animal. She hopes to continue her education on Oahu and to work with the spirit of Aloha that she finds around her every day.
Cierra is a San Francisco Bay Area native who’s love for the aina brought her here to Oahu. Growing up, Cierra has always had an abundance of love for animals. She is now a fur mom to a cat named Shasta Beyonce who runs the household and keeps it sweet at a distance. From the ranch to the ocean, she is constantly finding ways to interact with and care for our animal friends.
She feels lucky to be joining such an incredible team, and to support her amazing community during such difficult times.
Bereavement and Caregiver Support
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 Humane 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 of illness and sudden loss. Marianne is a Deacon (an ordained layperson) 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.
Mayumi Coloma, L.C.S.W.
Mayumi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She originally hails from Northern California where she worked with service dogs in training prior to making a career change to social work. She moved to Hawaii in 2009, where she received her graduate education in social work at Hawaii Pacific University, completed a professional paper relating to the topic of the positive aspects of animals in treatment/rehabilitation settings, and obtained her Masters Degree (M.S.W.) in 2011. She has worked clinically with adolescents and adults, and more recently, assisting families with young children that have developmental delays. She received her clinical license (L.C.S.W.) in the summer of 2017.
Mayumi has long been interested in the healing aspects of the human-animal bond and is drawn to social work that focuses specifically on the relationships that people have with their animals. She is deeply aware of how our emotions as human beings are so profoundly impacted by our relationships with our pets, and vice versa– especially where major life transitions are concerned. She is interested in exploring how social work principles can be used to assist pet owners and veterinary professionals in navigating end-of-life decision-making, as well as the accompanying grief and other strong emotions that are connected to these decisions and their outcomes.
Mayumi is a current member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She regularly participates in a veterinary social work discussion board via the University of Tennessee Knoxville and hopes to gain more specialized veterinary social work credentials in the future.
Outside of work, Mayumi enjoys marathon training, outdoor activities, pick-up soccer, connecting with friends, and spending time with her family (both human and fur-family). Her fur-babies include Taco the senior Boston Terrier, Akila the Belgian Malinois, and Suarez the tabby cat– all rescued; all beloved. Mayumi’s greatest value is that of compassion, which she hopes to emanate in every area of her practice, as well as her daily life.
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