Staff of Into The Sunset Pet Transition Center

california pet loss servicesVivianne Villanueva, Owner and Founder

Certified Pet Loss Provider, Pet Loss and Grief Companioning Certified

Vivianne is the proud owner of Into the Sunset. Her experience working for a large veterinary reference laboratory taught her the importance of providing exceptional service and going the extra mile for clients. Vivianne prides herself on hard work and has a passion for animals.

An only child, Vivianne often looked to her pets as "surrogate" brothers and sisters. She grew up with dogs, cats, horses, ducks, rabbits, sheep and a variety of other animals. By far, her favorite pet of all time is Bega, a black sheep that thought she was a dog. Vivianne knows and understands the pain the loss of a beloved pet can cause. She is the first to say that animals are not simply pets but members of a family.

Vivianne has proudly owned Peaceful Paws Pet Cremation and Memorials since 2005. Peaceful Paws has become one the largest and most respected pet crematories in the country. Vivianne also serves on the Standards and Definitions committee of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance.

Vivianne and Sarit are the proud parents of a son, Kiran. Their pet family includes Olivia, a Brussels Griffon; and Little, a black cat. In their free time, Sarit and Vivianne enjoy traveling, photography, movies, home improvement and spending time with friends and family.

Sofia PadillaSofia Padilla, DVM, Medical Director

Pet Loss and Companioning Certified

Dr. Sofia Padilla was born and raised in Escondido, CA. She began her career in the veterinary field 14 years ago as a veterinary assistant. She recognized her passion for veterinary medicine and committed herself to becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Padilla received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture/Animal Science from New Mexico State University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. Her passion for holistic and integrative care began in veterinary school and translated into practice. She became Reiki I certified in 2009, and is currently enrolled in the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society's Certification Course in Basic Veterinary Acupuncture. Dr. Padilla is looking forward to continuing her journey learning Eastern and Western medicine principles in order to maximize the well-being of her patients. Dr. Padilla and her husband live in San Diego with their four cats Rusty, Izzy, Rush and Fiona.

Stacy HolloStacy Hollo, Veterinary Nurse, Handicapped Pet Specialist, Hospital Manager

Stacy Hollo's life has been devoted to animals in every aspect. She attended San Diego State University where she majored in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology. Since the day she was old enough to hold down a job, she has worked in the veterinary field. Her experience includes general practice, emergency, and specialty practice. During her 8 years as an Internal Medicine technician, oncology became her passion. Stacy found her true calling in working with her patients and their committed owners during their most vulnerable time. She felt she could truly understand what needs were to be met and to do so in a compassionate manner that just came naturally. She enjoys listening to client's stories of their beloved companions and undoubtedly understands and respects the animal-human bond. A favorite quote of Stacy's is "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened" – Anatole France

Stacy resides with her fiancé Choya, 2 beautiful children Makena and Grayson, and a menagerie of rescued critters. Ladybug her sweet Pit Bull, Roxy the tenacious Brussels Griffon, Ruby the mischievous Abyssinian, Maximus the mighty rat and the newcomers, 4 fluffy chickens.

Stacy's new venture is organic backyard farming. Her hope is to raise happy hens for organic eggs and that the gophers spare her planter boxes full of fruits and veggies. When she isn't spending her time in the yard, you can find her in the kitchen whipping up some tasty, and some not so tasty, vegetarian fare. Family time is best enjoyed hiking, exploring museums, home projects and hosting family and friend get togethers.

Dee CrimmelDee Crimmel, Pet Loss Support Facilitator

Dee is a Midwestern girl at heart. Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Dee and her husband relocated to California to be closer to family and to make their home in Sunny San Diego.

Dee's career in chaplaincy began in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she obtained her Masters of Divinity. Dee spent the next 4 years in hospital chaplaincy and has spent the past 11 years in human hospice care.

Dee's warmth and compassion has helped thousands of families during very difficult and highly emotional circumstances. It is her belief that bearing witness to the final breath of life is an intimate and sacred experience.

Dee is looking forward to assisting families with the loss of their companions. She herself has experienced the gift unconditional love from her beloved cockateel Swedee and is the first to admit the loss was extremely difficult.

Dee is married, and is mother to a teenage son. Her pet family includes Mindee, a West Highland Terrier. During her free time, Dee enjoys spending time with Mindee at the dog park.

san diego veterinary pain managementStacy Agan - RVT

Stacy is the consummate pet professional. She has been a technician for 20+ years most of which has been in Internal Medicine. Stacy branched out from her traditional training into holistic body work including healing touch, massage and Reiki.

Stacy is the founder of Golden Hearts Animal Sanctuary. She has a soft spot for senior and special needs pets. She is also actively involved in canine search and rescue with Kona an Australian Shepherd and Tess a Border Collie.

Stacy’s family includes many dogs, cats, horses, livestock and a tortoise. Her "heart" dog Pilot has his own set of wheels which has given him a new lease on life! In her free time, Stacy and her husband Steve enjoy hiking, camping and training their dogs.

Kathy Herbert-Beeman - RVT

Kathy began her career in the veterinary field working at an all-cat shelter. From there, she has worked in surgical specialty, general practice and has taught veterinary assistant courses. Her special interests include anesthesia, surgery, and little old Dachshunds. Kathy lives in Ramona with her husband, daughter and a variety of critters!