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 practice and purchased the Elk Rapids Animal Hospital. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, traveling and being a grandfather.

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 emergency and general practices. In 2000 she moved to Michigan and became Dr. Morrison’s first associate. Dr. Cochran has continued her education by completing courses in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation and Ultrasound. She has a strong interest in cardiology, internal medicine and clinical pathology. Kayaking, long distance running and reading are activities Dr. Cochran enjoys outside of work. You can catch her on her free weekends camping with her husband, Bill, twin daughters, Maycee and Bridgette, and dogs Aspen and Ekko. Perry “the wonder cat” rules the roost at home while they are away. “Watching the relationship animals have with their owners and seeing how very important they are in our lives” is what Dr. Cochran enjoys most about working with animals.

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 interested in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM), laser therapy and nutrition. At home she has an English Creme Retriever named Esca, and a horse name Mickey. Gardening, horseback riding, and volunteering at the school are activities Dr. Starr enjoys outside of work. She also likes to spend time with her husband Jay and three children, Abraham, Jonah and Ari.

Matthew P. Fain, D.V.M.

Dr. Fain graduated from Central Michigan University in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He then continued his education at Michigan State University where he graduated in 2011 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals welcomed Dr. Fain right out of veterinary school in May of 2011 to start his veterinary career. Outside of work, Dr. Fain enjoys spending time with his wife Katie and their 2 children, as well as his dog Louie and cat Winston. You can find him enjoying the great outdoors on his mountain bike or at a campsite with friends and family. Any time there is a Michigan State team playing, Dr. Fain is watching. Go Green is a phrase that he repeats frequently! “Keeping pets happy, healthy and safe” is what Dr. Fain enjoys most about working with animals.

Randolph S. McCoy, D.V.M.

Dr. McCoy graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science (Animal and Poultry Science) and a Minor in Business Administration. In 2011, he graduated from Michigan State University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. McCoy joined us in the spring of 2012, and has continued his education learning about low level laser therapy: cold laser therapy, nutrition supplementation, veterinary orthopedic manipulation: VOM. When Dr. McCoy is not working he enjoys doing projects around the house, kayaking, hiking, playing with his cat, Frank and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

Carol C. Hershey D.V.M.

Dr. Hershey joined the team in April of 2015. She went to studied at Michigan State University, Indian University-Bloomington and to Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2013. For about 15 years, Dr. Hershey has worked in animal rescue. To her “animals are amazing companions, and to witness the human-animal bond is the best part of being a vet.” Having several of her own pets which includes 2 dogs: Mina (Aussie Mix), Buoy (Newfoundland), as well as 4 cats: Max, Marcello, Tilly and Mungo, you could easily say that Dr. Hershey enjoys animals. When she is not working, she is with her husband J spending time reading, cooking, knitting, crocheting, and being outside with her dogs. Her interests include behavior, exotic medicine, surgery and dentistry.

Ashley J. 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 aimed at reducing parasite infections in livestock and children. She began working at the Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals in February, 2016, and has a particular interest in exotics and internal medicine. Dr. Schroeder and her husband, Justin, have a full but happy house which includes: 3 dogs [Janey, Swift (both border collies), and Nimble (english shepherd)], 3 cats (Milo, Keppet, and Fang), and many chickens. In her spare time, you can find her with family (both human and furry), hiking, gardening, or painting.

Our Hospital Staff


Missi joined our team in 2008. She is our lead technician and holds over 16 years of experience in small animal medicine. She is licensed by the state of Michigan as an LVT and is certified by The University of Tennessee in Canine Rehabilitation. She loves keeping the staff enthused and entertained and feels blessed with the daily diversity that her job offers and enjoys enhancing the bonds between people and the animals they care for. Her time outside of the clinic is enjoyed with her husband and animal family as they soak in the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer.


Sam started working at both Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals in June 2013. She has been working with animals for 5 years now and received her associate’s degree in Applied Science from Baker College. Sam is currently working on getting her VTS Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia and Analgesia. When she is not working she enjoys kayaking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends, as well as her cats Harrison and Allie. “Watching animals grow up and help keeping them healthy along the way” is what Sam enjoys most about working with animals.


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 Corben and her dog Isla are who she enjoys spending time with outside of work, as well as baking, gardening and taking pictures. “The variety of the day to day, seeing sick/injured pets get better and be able to go home with their families” is what Anna enjoys most about working with animals.


Marsha, a receptionist, has been with us since 1997. She lives with her husband and two cats, Schubert and Ivy. She enjoys gardening, baking, long walks and helping others. Marsha’s favorite part about working with animals is “the satisfaction of seeing a sick animal healed and the joy that it brings to the owners.”


Joining us in October 2009, Jessica is a team player assisting clients as a receptionist or in the rooms as a veterinary assistant. With a background of having both large and small animals, she loves “the joy that the animals bring to their owners, all their personalities, and that every day is different.” Jessica and her husband Sean have two kids, Ethan and Ella; two dogs, Nutmeg and Zeke; and three cats, Bumper, Millie and Storm. In the spare time that she can find, she likes to hike, make jewelry, cook, and cheer for her kids on the soccer field.


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 environment.”


Dawn, a veterinary assistant, joined our staff in 2005. She has an Irish setter named Belle and four cats Oscar, Abby, Reed and Tonks. In her spare time she enjoys woodworking, and hiking.


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.


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 donkey named Herb. When she is not working, Sarah likes to ride horses, read, and spend time with family and friends.


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 Rottweiler Sam, Blue Heeler Skeeter, and their lion Logan (domestic short hair) and tiger Lucy (domestic long hair), 3 ducks as well as 11 hens a laying. When Carla is not working she enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, cooking, and riding her motorcycle. Carla loves to see the joy that animals bring to people, as well as the unconditional love that they have for their owners.


Ashley, a veterinary and kennel assistant, joined our team in July 2010, and is “the biggest animal lover that you will ever meet!” When she was 10 she started volunteering for A.C. Paw by fostering dogs in her home. Ashley’s favorite part about working with animals is “the ability to help save animal’s lives and knowing that you are able to provide comfort to the pets and their owners. Animals provide us with unconditional love, and I want to help make a difference in their lives. Being able to help someone that can never repay you is a good feeling.” Ashley loves to play with her yellow Labrador Carmella and also enjoys spending time with friends and family and being outdoors. She is also currently attending college to become a veterinarian.


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 named Cody, and 2 cats, Binx and Cinder. When she is not working, she likes to be outside gardening, playing with Weston and Cody, and taking pictures. “The amount of joy that pets bring to owners and those who get to help take care of them,” is what Lauren enjoys most about working with animals.


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 named Zippy, a Lhasa Apso named Nisse, and two cats – Lancelot and Hemlock. Noah's favorite part of his job is "getting to do something that not everyone can do or understand, and feeling fulfilled when I help a sick pet get better." When he is not working Noah likes to play music, play with and walk his pets, read, and watch movies with his cats.


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 going on outdoor adventures are what Karena enjoys doing in her free time. You can also find her playing with her cats, or the ducks and chickens her family has. Karena’s favorite part about working with animals is “the human-animal relationship and helping to foster that bond through animal health as well as human education.”


Jonathan joined us as a kennel assistant in February, 2015. Spending time outside with his dog Missy, and working with animals for about a year, he has experience and a love of animals. Jonathan received his BA in Biochemistry from Spring Arbor University in 2015. When he isn’t studying or working, you can find him snowboarding, hiking, reading on the beach, or exploring northern Michigan. Jonathan enjoys working with animals because he “loves being able to care for the animals that play important roles in other people’s lives.”


Caylee has been a kennel assistant at Suttons Bay Animal Hospital since June, 2014. After taking care of, and playing with dogs and cats at work, Caylee goes home to her Chihuahua Peanut. She enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports, and going to the beach.


Carrie started her career in animal care 15 years ago when she started raising chickens. In June, 2014 she started working as a kennel assistant at Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in summers while on break from going to school at Grand Valley State University where she is studying biology. Carrie enjoys spending time with family, friends, her dog Chico, baking and kayaking. Working with animals is very rewarding for Carrie. According to her "I like knowing I am caring for people's beloved pets."


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, grandchildren, and dog, Ruby.

Our Grooming Staff


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 doodles Nilly & Schelle. When she is not working, she likes spending time with her family, gardening and camping. Dawn enjoys grooming the same pets from puppy to adult and likes getting to know the animal, as well as their owners.


Joining us in July 2014, Brie has been a great addition to our grooming staff. Certified through Pennfoster, and having worked with animals since she was 6 years old, Brie loves “being with cute, cuddly creatures all day.” At the end of the day, Brie goes home to her husband Johnathan, her two daughters Azalia and Skyler, and her four legged family including two dogs- Peanut and Charlie, two horses- Mercedes and Mia, and her cat Tucker.