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Our Doctors

Charles E. Morrison, D.V.M.

Dr. Morrison graduated from Michigan State University in 1981 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He worked in a mixed animal practice in Wisconsin for 17 years before moving to Suttons Bay in 1997 and acquiring the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital. In January 2009, Dr. Morrison expanded his... Continue Reading

Kathryn E. Cochran, D.V.M.

Dr. Cochran graduated from The University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 1996. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery with Michigan Veterinary Specialists in 1997. Following her internship, she moved to Georgia where she practiced in both... Continue Reading

Rachel M. Starr, D.V.M.

Dr. Starr graduated from Michigan State University in 2000 and has been a part of the Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals since September 2005. She enjoys relieving pain and discomfort of an animal, and helping restore the family relationship with the pet. Dr. Starr is particularly... Continue Reading

John D. Sheard, D.M.V.

Dr. Sheard joined the Sutton's Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals in 2017 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Dr. Sheard spent 14 years working in Corporate Finance before deciding to pursue his real passion in veterinary medicine. While at... Continue Reading

Licensed Veterinary Technicians


Missi joined our team in 2008 and is our head licensed veterinary technician and has been working in veterinary medicine for 20 years. She is involved with many aspects of our hospital(s) and 2 years ago brought Canine Rehabilitation services to our clinics when she became certified through The... Continue Reading


Licensed Veterinary Technician Anna, became part of the Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals in April 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University as well as about 11 years of experience working with animals. Anna’s husband Nick, her son... Continue Reading


Licensed Veterinary Technician, Ann, started working at both the Elk Rapids and Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in April 2016. With 15 years of experience in the animal field, she decided to pursue her passion and graduated with an Associate's degree in Applied Science from Baker College. She enjoys... Continue Reading

Veterinary Assistants


Mike has worked at the Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals as a veterinary assistant for several years. He enjoys working with animals and has 2 cats of his own at home; Burro and Daphne. Outside of work, Mike likes to listen to music and play in a band with his friends.


Summer, a veterinary assistant, has been with us since 2004. She has attended several veterinary lectures including some on nutrition. She has two cats, Chester and Penny, and enjoys gardening and traveling. When working with pets Summer enjoys “trying to make them less scared in a different... Continue Reading


Carla, a veterinary assistant, joined our team in 2012. She has experience with large and small animals as well as setting up an equestrian program for at risk boys. Carla lives with her husband Joe, their Blue Heelers Skeeter and Hoss, and their lion Logan (domestic short hair) and tiger Lucy... Continue Reading


Lauren started working with our team in August of 2013. As a receptionist, veterinary assistant and kennel assistant, Lauren can be found almost anywhere in the clinic. She grew up on a farm with cats, dogs, cows and chickens. Currently Lauren, her husband Cory and son Weston, have a black lab... Continue Reading


Karena joined Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals in December 2014 working as a kennel and veterinary assistant. She has been working with animals for over 10 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grand Valley State University. Reading, baking, sewing, watching movies and... Continue Reading


Karen joined Elk Rapids and Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in May 2017. Karen has over 30 years of experience in the veterinary field. While attending Michigan State University she studied wild life biology as well as many continuing educational classes. When Karen is not hanging out with her... Continue Reading

Front Office Staff


Sarah, a receptionist, has been working with us since October 2011. Growing up on a farm, she has been around animals her entire life. Sarah currently has a German Shepard named Sadie, a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix named Irma, three horses- Cooper, Hanniggan, and Josie, a cow named Sheep, and a mini... Continue Reading


Laurie, a receptionist began working with us in August 2016. She has three pets, Mocha and her younger sister Kahlua, who are both Chocolate Labradors, and Anastasia a Weimaraner-Beagle mix.


Amanda, a receptionist began working with us in July 2017.



Kim has been with the Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals since 1997. She graduated from Michigan State with a degree in business administration and is the practice manager at both hospitals. In her spare time, Kim enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her children,... Continue Reading

Grooming Saff


Dawn, one of our talented groomers, as well as receptionist, has been working with animals since 2006. She joined our team in March 2010 with a Petsmart grooming certification, and has continued her education with some private training as well. Dawn has two Chihuahuas Eevie & Pico, and two golden... Continue Reading


Alyssa started working at the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in April, 2016 as a groomer and receptionist. She has 8 year experience working with animals, and went to the Paragon School of Pet Grooming. At home you can find Alyssa playing with any one of her three animals. She has Arro, a Retriever... Continue Reading


Noah, a kennel assistant and bather, joined our team in the spring of 2013. Growing up on a farm and participating in the local 4-H program for 13 years has given Noah a lot of experience with animals. Noah's family has several pets, including two standard poodles Jazz and Diddy, a greyhound... Continue Reading

Kennel Assistants