Margie has been a therapy dog handler and administrator for 15 years.  Her yellow  Labrador Retriever, Summer, visited  for 7 years at Cogburn Rehabilitation Center and Huntsville Hospital Behavioral Health Unit. Margie served for 9 years as volunteer Executive Director for a local therapy group.

As the owner of Island Dog Training Center, Margie and staff train companion, therapy, service and emotional support dogs.

Deanna Bayless & Mousse Huntsville Hospital Pediatrics and St. Jude

Retired February 28, 2019

MariBeth Morgan, Facility Liaison Coordinator

Sue Slagle, Secretary/Treasurer

Denise Patterson, Volunteer Coordinator

MariBeth was a therapy dog handler for 11 years. Koda, her second therapy dog, was a Tibetan Mastiff/Sheltie.  He visited at HarborChase Assisted Living for 8 years. Koda died on January 13, 2018.

Deanna Bayless & Tess Huntsville Hospital Pediatrics and St. Jude

Diane Vaughn & Kona Lincoln Academy


Margie Wiesman, Team Assessment Coordinator


Sue has been a therapy dog handler for 10 years.   Rocky, her second therapy dog, is an 11 year old Golden Retriever. He is registered with Pet Partners. He has visited at Hope Place and recently retired from working with children in the reading program at Blanche Elementary School in Taft, Tennessee.

 Over the last two decades, Mimi has shared her life with a variety of 'doglets' - Natchez, a chocolate lab, was her first therapy partner, followed by a gentle German Shepherd, Tess and a pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lilly  and Abbey. One of the greatest joys in her life has been the opportunity to work with like-minded folks to honor and deepen the human-animal bond.  Luka, a Shih Tzu rescue, is a registered Pet Partner Therapy Dog.

Heather Van Dyke & Wolfie Diversicare of Big Springs.

Wolfie died March 31, 2019

​​Heart to Heart Pet Therapy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Donations may be mailed to: Heart to Heart Pet Therapy, 1015 A Cleaner Way, Huntsville, AL 35805.
Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. 

Denise and AJ were in Heart to Hearts' first graduating class.  AJ is registered with Therapy Pets Unlimited and visits at Regency Assisted Living Facility.

Sue Slagle & Jake

Ardmore Health and Rehabilitation

Offering unconditional love, caring and comfort

Karen Fratesi, Immediate Past Executive Director 

Mimi Bynum, Executive Director 

​​​​​​​​​Heart to Heart Pet Therapy, Inc.

Karen was a therapy dog handler for five years. Sadie has recently retired and visited HarborChase Memory Care. Her second Therapy Dog, Beemer is retired.  He visited at Regency Village Memory Care.

Mission Statement: 

To improve and enrich the lives of clients through visits from certified therapy teams of handlers and their animal partners