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The Team

The Doctors

Dr. Charles 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 the Suttons Bay Animal Hospital. In January 2009, Dr. Morrison expanded his... Continue Reading

Dr. Rachel 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 helping restore the family relationship with the pet. Dr. Starr is particularly... 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 aimed at reducing parasite infections in livestock and children. She began working... Continue Reading

Dr. John 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 Finance before deciding to pursue his real passion in veterinary medicine. While at... Continue Reading

Dr. Pamela Graves

Dr. Pamela Graves graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She immediately started at a mixed animal practice in Petoskey where she became a partner and became interested in ultrasonography, echocardiograph, internal medicine and emergency medicine. Her... Continue Reading

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Jenny Gies

Licensed Veterinary Technician Jenny, joined the Elk Rapids team February 2018. Jenny graduated from Baker College in 2016, and sense has been working in the animal industry. Jenny's most rewarding part of her job is to help "be a voice" for the animals and read their body language. When she... Continue Reading


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


Shyla joined the Elk Rapids and Suttons Bay Animal Hospitals in April 2016. Shyla is a licensed veterinary technician with a degree from Baker College. She has always loved animals and has been surrounded by them her entire life. Shyla lives on a farm where she raises cattle, pigs and poultry.... 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 a cat of his own at home named Burro. Outside of work Mike likes to listen to music and play in a band with his 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, Blue Heeler Skeeter, and their lion Logan (domestic short hair) and tiger Lucy (domestic long... Continue Reading


Karena joined Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals in December 2014, working as a kennel and veterinary assistant. Currently Karena can be seen more often as receptionist and Dr. Starr's assistant. She has been working with animals for over 10 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology... Continue Reading


Holly joined our team here in Elk Rapids in June of 2016 as a Veterinary Assistant. She graduated from Ferris State University with an Associates in Applied Science in Radiography and has been working with animals for over 6 years. When Holly is not hanging out with her husband, Josh, you can... 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


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


Satonka, a receptionist, joined our team in April of 2012. She has been working with animals for the past 10 years, and also has an Associates is Science and Arts, a background in human medicine and was certified as a Nursing Assistant. Satonka and her companion Ben have an adorable daughter... Continue Reading


Cindy joined us in February 2016 as a receptionist. She has been an animal lover for quite some time. At home, Cindy has a 4 year old Lab/Pitbull mix named, Milo, and is Grandma to a Bichon Frise mix named Lainey. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband, Matt and children,... Continue Reading


Sheena started with our practice in April of 2017. Sheena comes to us with many years of experience and has worked in the veterinary field for 14 years. Born and raised in the Ludington area, Sheena made a life change and moved to the northern area and is loving every minute of it. While not... Continue Reading


Kim has been with the Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids Animal Hospitals 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,... Continue Reading

Paula Stevens

Paula joined the receptionist team at Elk Rapids Animal Hospital February 2018. Every step of Paula's life she has been involved with animals in some way shape or form, as she grew up on a farm. Paula's favorite part about working with animals is the unconditional love and joy they bring to... Continue Reading