Christie Cornelius, DVM
Dr. Cornelius is a co-founder and co-owner of Earthman Last Wishes, which she operates with business partner, David Earthman. Dr. Cornelius has a solid standing in the community as the founder and owner of Last Wishes, a pet hospice service provider in Houston. While constantly searching for opportunities to protect our earth and its vital resources, Dr. Cornelius embraced a new method of aftercare for pets, aligning her values and with those of her clients. She learned about pet aquamation in 2012 and is proud to bring this option to the environmentally conscious pet owners in the Greater Houston area.
Born and raised in Dubuque, IA, Dr. Cornelius grew up an animal lover, and knew at an early age that she would work with animals. She graduated from Texas A&M’s University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and moved to Houston to begin her career as a small animal veterinarian, honing her skills in medicine, surgery and critical care. Personal animal bonds and experiences led her to focus her passion on pets during their senior years or through terminal illnesses, ultimately providing peaceful end-of-life experiences in a compassionate manner.
At home, Dr. Cornelius and her partner care for their own small family of special needs and senior dogs along with four felines of various ages and personalities. When not caring for animals, she likes to go to theater and music performances, loves listening to TED talks, reads anything and everything she can get her hands on, and enjoys creative writing. Dr. Cornelius has also created The Last Wishes Fund, a non-profit organization that helps less fortunate pet owners in our community to afford the best comfort care possible for their beloved companions at or near the end of their lives.
Dr. Cornelius is a member of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA), the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (ICCFA), and The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB).
David Earthman was born and raised right here in Houston, Texas. The youngest son of a third-generation undertaker, David always knew he had a real gift in working with people.
After serving his country as an Infantryman in the United States Army, and then graduating from Southwest Texas State University, David worked in sales for an online brokerage company. He then moved to Japan, where he taught English for three years in a small ski town called Echigo-Yukawa. Upon returning to Houston, David accepted a position as an outside sales representative for a video management software company where worked for nearly a decade as the Western Territory Sales Manager and the International Sales Manager.
It was after the tragic loss of his sister in 2015, that David decided to pursue a career that would offer help to people in times of their deepest sadness and despair. With Earthman Last Wishes, David strives to deliver the same comfort that his family of undertakers provided to grieving community members in the Houston area for over 120 years.
David and his wife, Alena, are the proud pet parents to cats Carlos and Poppy. A published author and a musician in a band, David is also an avid runner, cyclist, and snowboarder.