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.

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.

Lauren Whitt 



Margie Wiesman, Team Assessment Coordinator

Diane Carson


Annie Rose

Denise Patterson, Volunteer Coordinator

Kendra Holder & Titus

Kids to Love

Davidson Farm

Sue Slagle & Rocky

Hope Place and 

Blanche Elementary School, Taft, TN

Rocky died in 2019

Diane Vaughn & Kona Lincoln Academy

Retired 2020

Deanna Bayless & Finley

Blanche School

Taft, TN

Sue has been a therapy dog handler for 12 years.  Hobo and Rocky both worked with children in reading programs. Jake, her third therapy dog, is a 8 year old Springer Spaniel. He is registered with Pet Partners and visits with patients at Elk River Health and Rehabilitation.

MariBeth Morgan and Koda

HarborChase Assisted Living

Koda died in 2018

Sue Slagle, Secretary/Treasurer

Karen Fratesi, Immediate Past Executive Director 

Denise and AJ were in Heart to Hearts' first graduating class.  AJ is registered with Pet Partners and is reading with students at The Inner City Learning Center

Deanna Bayless & Tess Huntsville Hospital Pediatrics and St. Jude

Deanna Bayless & Mousse Huntsville Hospital Pediatrics and St. Jude

Mousse died in 2019

Sue Slagle & Jake

Elk River Health and Rehabilitation at Ardmore

Heather Van Dyke & Wolfie Diversicare of Big Springs.

Wolfie died in 2019



Karen was a therapy dog handler for five years. Sadie has recently retired and visited HarborChase Memory Care. Her second Therapy Dog, Beemer died September 2019.  He visited at Regency Village Memory Care.

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

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

Mimi Bynum, Executive Director 

Mission Statement: 

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

Nancy Nolen



​​​​​​​​​​Heart to Heart Pet Partners, Inc.

Offering unconditional love, caring and comfort

Kelly Kowalski


Big Boy

Inner City Learning Center