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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

Ashley Schroeder, D.M.V

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... 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 Canine Rehabilitation services to our clinics when she became certified through The... Continue Reading

Anna

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

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 graduated with an Associate's degree in Applied Science from Baker College. She enjoys... 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. Outside of work, Mike likes to listen to music and play in a band with his friends.... 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 working with pets Summer enjoys “trying to make them less scared in a different... 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 Heelers Skeeter and Hoss, and their lion Logan (domestic short hair) and tiger Lucy... 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 chickens. Currently, Lauren and her husband Cory have a son named Weston and a... 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 from Grand Valley State University. Reading, baking, sewing, watching movies and... 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 many continuing educational classes. When Karen is not hanging out with her... 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, Herb, a mini donkey, and a Clydesdale named Sam. Her non-pet family members... 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 a Black Labrador. On her off time, Laurie's favorite thing to do is spend... 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 photography, jewelry making and reading. Amanda’s favorite part of working with... Continue Reading

James

James, a receptionist began working with us in December 2017.

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 C.J. and Bubba, a cat named Thor, and a goldfish named Elmo. When she is not... 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 time, Kim enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her children,... 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 some private training as well. Dawn has two Chihuahuas Eevie & Pico, and two golden... 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 find Alyssa playing with any one of her three animals. She has Arro, a Retriever... Continue Reading

Kennel Assistants

Alyssa

Alyssa started working with the Elk Rapids and Suttons Bay Animal Hospitals in November of 2016. She can be found working in Kennels and as a Veterinary Assistant. Alyssa grew up showing horses and steers. She also has a long history of working with animals, about 2 years in a clinic setting... Continue Reading

Allison

Allison started working with the Elk Rapids and Suttons Bay Animal Hospitals in October 2016. You can find her helping in Kennels and as a Receptionist. Allison has been working with animals all of her life, beginning with 4-H at age 12 by working with horses. She has a BSA (Bachelor of Science... Continue Reading

Kelsey

Kelsey started working at the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital in September, 2017 as a Kennel Assistant. Kelsey grew up around animals and has quite the collection of pets: Indy- an African Sideneck Turtle, Oliver- a Flemish Giant Rabbit, Bella- a Pomeranian/Pug/Terrier mix, Diesel & Zeke- Pitbulls,... Continue Reading

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 playing soccer, watching movies, eating her mother’s bomb waffles, horse back... 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 has had pets ever since. Her current pets include two peacocks- Razzle &... 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 Pomeranian/Papillon mix and Dillon, a 12 year old Husky mix. Her non-pet... 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 cute Maltese mix. These pets and Aaron’s time volunteering at Equine therapy... Continue Reading