Dr. Heather Sallade
Dr. Heather Sallade grew up in Tampa, Florida, knowing she always had a passion for animals and veterinary medicine. Her first hamster, given at age 4, she named Rabies. Veterinary medicine has since been her life’s pursuit. She received her bachelors degrees in biology and dance from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She then earned her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Dr. Sallade has worked as a small animal veterinarian in both emergency and general practice. She and her family have been living in the triangle area for almost 20 years.
Over the years, Dr. Sallade has developed a significant appreciation for the ability of veterinarians to allow their patients to depart this world without pain, with dignity and helping families come to terms with their sometimes very difficult end of life decisions. She believes each family is unique and deserves understanding and compassion regarding hospice and end of life care. She recently had to euthanize her own dog, Hannah, who was 15 years old and battling severe arthritis and diabetes. Hannah was surrounded by her family, given a huge triple stacked cheeseburger and allowed to peacefully and painlessly pass on. It was tearful, but also a celebration of Hannah’s life, since she was able to cross the Rainbow Bridge in the most serene way possible for her.
Dr. Sallade lives in North Hills with her husband, three daughters and two Russell Terriers, Seamus and Finnegan.