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Fortunately, for pet owners who live in or around Topeka, Kansas, there’s a  personalized pet boarding option for pets who need extra love and care when they can’t be with their humans. It’s called the Tender Loving Care Pet Nursing Hotel with 24/7 care, operated by its Founder, Leslie Fleuranges, aka Comforter-in-Chief.

TLC is committed to providing the best quality of life for pets with special needs. Whether it’s pets with anxiety, serious or chronic illnesses or hospice care for terminally ill pets, each will be surrounded with love and comfort and receive only expert personalized pet care.

TLC offers true peace-of-mind when pet guardians can’t be there for their pet, whether it’s long days at the office or trips out of town. The dedicated, professional and experienced staff at TLC Pet Nursing Hotel will ensure your pet is well-cared for and loved during your absence.


The mission of TLC Pet Nursing Hotel is to deliver compassionate respite care to pets with special needs with warm, loving, and individualized attention. Pet parents are confident knowing TLC’s highly trained Tender Loving Caregivers are devoted to imparting the same love and care the pet receives at home 24 hours a day.
Leslie Fleuranges


Leslie Fleuranges

Leslie is a doting pet parent dedicated to supporting other doting pet parents. She’s knows the unique challenges that arise when animal companions are sick, recovering, or elderly.

A former marketing, innovation, and product development leader for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, she has a deep base of knowledge about the animal health industry. She’s thrilled to bring this first of its kind service to Kansas.

Leslie is a dog mom to her beloved Lhasa Apso, Mimi. They love taking long walks and driving around with all the windows down. Though Mimi is small, her courage is not; she has complete confidence in her deer and turkey chasing abilities.

Mimi’s best trait is her capacity for giving and receiving love. Those qualities are at the heart of everything TLC does for pets and their parents. 


Kelly Perry

Kelly Haefke, Hotel Manager

Kelly Haefke

Hotel Manager
Ty Goeke, Enrichment Counselor

ty goeke

Enrichment Director
Cheyenne Sabala, Trainer

Cheyenne Sabala

Taylor Saunders Gibson, Suite Assistant

Taylor Saunders-Gibson

Suite Assistant
Ciji Locust, Suite Assistant

Ciji Locust

Suite Assistant
Michael Rourke, Suite Assistant

Michael Rourke

Suite Assistant
Amy Hayse, Reiki Practitioner

Amy Hayse

Fate Miller, Masssage therapist


Massage therapist
Pet Cuddler - Sherry Alatassi

Sherry Alatassi

Pet Cuddler
Sarah Wilson, Pet Cuddler

Sarah Griffin

Pet Cuddler
Tatum Juencke, Pet Cuddler

Tatum Juencke

Pet Cuddler
Brianna Wilson, Pet Cuddler

Brianna Wilson

Pet Cuddler
Mylah Dultmeier, Pet Cuddler

Mylah Dultmeier

Pet Cuddler

Dawn Davison

Pet Cuddler
Destinee Warner, Pet Cuddler


Pet Cuddler
Corah Barnett, Pet Cuddler

Corah Barnett

Pet Cuddler
Star Brandenburgh, Jr. Pet Cuddler

Star Brandenburgh

Jr. Pet Cuddler

Bereavement Counselors

Phelicia Glass, Certified Pet Grief Counselor

Phelica Glass, certified pet grief counselor

Bereavement Counselor

Phelica Glass, LSCSW, certified pet grief counselor

Phelica is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker with a successful psychotherapy
practice in Topeka, Kan. She’s a graduate of Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences. She graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a Masters in Clinical Social Work and Certification of Gerontology. Through further education she attained a certification in Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling from the International Association of HealthCare Professionals. Phelica also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Grief.

Rev. Delmar White, Midland Care, Bereavement Counselor

Rev. Delmar White, Midland Care

Bereavement Counselor

Reverend White is the pastor of New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and has served in pastoral ministry for more than 37 years. He is the chaplain at Midland Care in Topeka, Kan, where he formerly served as a grief and loss specialist. He also serves as the chaplain for the Topeka Police Department. He is the board chair of the Entrepreneurial Minority Business Development. His education includes a Bachelor of Theology from Western Baptist Bible College; Master of Religious Studies from Western Baptist Bible College. He is a Master of Divinity candidate at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s also completed a certification in Grief and Loss.


Advisory Board

Edward Joyce

Finance & Operations

Vickie O'Grain

Veterinarian Technician Past President NAVTA

Antonia pennisi

HR specialist
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Geoff Tolsdorf

Marketing & Strategy

Susan Jones, DVM

Veterinarian Consultant

Kasha Stoll

Public Relations & Communication