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Our Doctors

Dr. Charles E. Morrison

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... Continue Reading

Dr. Kathryn E. Cochran

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.... Continue Reading

Dr. Rachel M. Starr

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... Continue Reading

Dr. Ashley Schroeder

Dr. Schroeder graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a Masters of Public Health. After veterinary school, Dr. Schroeder worked in Tanzania on research... Continue Reading

Dr. John D. Sheard

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... Continue Reading

Dr. James Dircksen

Dr. Dircksen graduated from Purdue University and is a 3rd generation vet, following his father and grandfather's footsteps providing care for pets. His favorite part of working with animals is "playing a role in the... Continue Reading

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Missi

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... Continue Reading

Ann

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... Continue Reading

Alyssa

Alyssa started working with the Elk Rapids and Suttons Bay Animal Hospitals in November of 2016. She recently graduated from Baker College of Cadillac with an Associates of Science (in 2018) and is now a Licensed... Continue Reading

Kara

Kara started working at the Elk Rapids and Suttons Bay Animal Hospitals in September of 2018 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, and has been working with animals as long as she can remember. She graduated from Baker... Continue Reading

Veterinary Assistants

Mike

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 a cat of his own at home; Burro and Millie a Black Labrador.... Continue Reading

Summer

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... Continue Reading

Carla

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... Continue Reading

Lauren

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... Continue Reading

Karena

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... Continue Reading

Karen

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... Continue Reading

Rachel

Rachel started working at the Elk Rapids and Suttons Bay Animal Hospitals in May of 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant. She attended Baker College and has an Associate in Applied Science- Veterinary Technology. When... Continue Reading

Morgan

Morgan started working at the Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals in June of 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant. Morgan has a Bachelor from Michigan State University in Animal Science with a concentration on... Continue Reading

Paige

Paige started working at the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in June 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant and has been working with animals for two and a half years. She is part of a big family; father- Derek, mother- Vicki,... Continue Reading

Front Office Staff

Sarah

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 has a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix named Irma, Toby, a Boxer, a cow named Sheep,... Continue Reading

Laurie

Laurie, a receptionist began working with us in August 2016. She has four pets, Mocha and her younger sister Kahlua, who are both Chocolate Labradors, and Anastasia a Weimaraner-Beagle mix. Her newest baby, Aurora, is... Continue Reading

Amanda

Amanda started working at the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in July 2017 as a Receptionist. In her spare time, Amanda loves being outdoors and exploring all of Leelanau County’s treasures. Her hobbies include... Continue Reading

Molly

Molly started working at the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in August 2018 as a Receptionist and has a BA in Communications from Saginaw Valley State University. While this is her first job working with animals, she’s... Continue Reading

Rebecca

Rebecca started with the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in November of 2018, as a Receptionist. She has 26 year of experience working with animals and graduated from the MSU Veterinary Technician program. Rebecca has... Continue Reading

Sharon

Sharon, a receptionist, joined our team in 1998. She has been working with animals since 1995, taking a couple of years off for her kids. Sharon loves spending time with her family human and furry she has two dogs... Continue Reading

Kim

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... Continue Reading

Grooming Staff

Dawn

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... Continue Reading

Alyssa

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... Continue Reading

Kelsey

Kelsey started working at the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in September, 2017 as a Kennel Assistant. Most recently, Kelsey has been working with our grooming team as a bather where she is starting to learn the art of... Continue Reading

Peter

Peter started with the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in October 2018 and is part of our Grooming team, working as a Bather. He currently has two pets; Scout- a Welsh Corgi and Penny - a Miniature Poodle. Peter has been... Continue Reading

Kennel Assistant

Emma

Emma started working at the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in August of 2017 as a Kennel Assistant. She grew up with animals; has a Sliver Panda Ferret named Moxie and a Chow-mix named Koda. When not working, Emma enjoys... Continue Reading

Rachel

Rachel started working at the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in August 2017 as a Kennel Assistant. Rachel’s love of and care for animals started in preschool when she watched a turtle hatch. He became her first pet and... Continue Reading

Amber

Amber started working at the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in October 2017 as a Kennel Assistant. Amber grew up with dogs and has experience working with horses. Amber’s family includes her pets: Killian, a 4 year old... Continue Reading

Aaron

Aaron started working at the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in March 2018 as a Kennel Assistant. Aaron has a few pets of his own: Daisy Mae, “most gorgeous dog ever”, is a rescued Coonhound/Beagle mix and Lulu Rae a... Continue Reading

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