Bay Area Animal Hospital Staff

Kevin Reabe

DVM & PrActice Founder

Dr. Reabe graduated from Waterford Kettering High School in 1970. After setting the Michigan state 880 yard record in 1969 he bettered his record to 150.9 in 1970. This record still stands today!
 
After winning national championships at the Junior Olympics, and the Golden West invitational with another personal best of 150.6 he had many scholarship offers. He first attended the University of Kansas, a track powerhouse, but after much thought he choose to pursue his childhood dream in veterinary medicine and transferred to Michigan State University.
 
After realizing the demands of veterinary school he quit competitive running to concentrate on his studies.
He graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1976 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
 
After practicing outside Flint, MI in a mixed animal practice for a year he opened his own practice Veterinary House Call Services that has been serving the Genesee County Area for 35+ years. He traveled most weekends to the Grand Traverse area skiing-snowboarding in the winter and windsurfing in the summer. In 1989 Dr. Reabe bought what is now East Bay Animal Hospital and opened Makin Waves Surf Shop. As a competitive windsurfer he won the Mistral Nationals in both 1989 and 1990. He moved to Traverse City in 2004 and opened East Bay Animal Hospital.
 
Realizing the tremendous need for an emergency clinic and 24-hour care facility in Northern Michigan, he opened Bay Area Pet Hospital with the goal of providing the best in these much-needed services.
 
Dr. Reabe has been active in helping rescue groups by offering significant discounts to help support these organizations. They include AC Paws, H.A.N.D.D.S,  H.O.P.E., The Cherryland Humane Society, and in the past, Petsafe and Un-Cats. He admires their efforts in the large number of pets they are able to help and place.

Kenneth Rogers

DVM

Dr. Kenny Rogers is a 2011 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, where he also obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Cell and Developmental Biology.
 
During his time at MSU he focused on the production of animal medicine and partook in several research projects. These projects included investigating the efficiency of swine hormonal drugs and their superovulation effects, assisting in the development of a technique which created the ability to effectively obtain samples for disease testing through saliva, and taking part in a public health project that helped determine the exposure of 4H participants to gastrointestinal disease from their livestock.
 
Upon graduating from MSU, Dr. Rogers settled in the Petoskey area. There he worked on both large and small animals in a distinguished practice, which he credits the vast expansion of his knowledge and skill set. Dr. Rogers remains very active within the veterinary community as a member of the Northern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and was involved in the Power of Ten Leadership Program offered by the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.
 
Dr. Rogers is originally from Sault Ste. Marie and is excited to remain in Northwestern Michigan. Dr. Rogers is active in attending the many events that this beautiful city has to offer. He currently resides near Acme with his black Lab, Gabe. They are often found running on the VASA trail which is conveniently located in their backyard.
 
Dr. Rogers enjoys any activity on water or snow, making Traverse City the perfect location for adventure and for his knowledge of veterinary medicine to grow.

Pamela Greenwald

DVM

Dr. Pamela Greenwald graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She immediately started working at a mixed animal practice in Petoskey where she became a partner and further developed her interest in ultrasonography, echocardiograph, internal medicine and emergency medicine. Her bachelors degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, also from Michigan State University, has been beneficial in her raptor work with Wings of Wonder and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa and Chippewa Indians.

Believing that everyone should understand what is happening with their pet, Dr. Greenwald has always loved to teach. Not only does she strive to educate her clients, but also she also applied her interest in teaching as an adjunct professor at North Central Michigan College from 2009 – 2014 where she taught Human Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology and at Ferris State University College of Pharmacy from 2005-2014 where she started the first private practice veterinary pharmacy rotation in Michigan at her clinic in Petoskey.

Dr. Greenwald is the Michigan Representative of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and is on the board of the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition and the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. She is certified in veterinary spinal manipulation (chiropractic), veterinary acupuncture and canine rehabilitative therapy (physical therapy). She has also completed a Masters in Veterinary Forensics.

Whitney Jencka

DVM

Dr. Jencka began her path in veterinary medicine almost twenty years ago as a veterinary assistant while she earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Northern Michigan University.  She continued to work as a veterinary technician during veterinary school at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 2013.  While in school, Dr. Jencka studied large and small animal medicine before dedicating her career to a focus on small animals.   After completing her degree, Dr. Jencka worked in a general veterinary practice honing her skills at preventative and emergency medicine.

Having spent time vacationing in the Glen Arbor area since she was a young child, northwest Michigan seemed like a natural choice for her to establish her veterinary career.  Dr. Jencka moved to Traverse City  shortly after graduation from veterinary school because of her love of the area and her desire to live  closer to family.  She joined Bay Area Pet Hospital 2016.   Dr. Jencka particularly enjoys the challenge of chronic skin conditions in addition to the wide array of illnesses and injuries encountered as an emergency veterinarian.  Dr. Jencka was recognized as Traverse Magazine’s “Red Hot Best Veterinarian” in 2019.

Karen Reabe

DVM

Dr. Karen Reabe obtained both her Bachelors of Science and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University.

Born and raised in Michigan she practiced veterinary medicine in New York and in North Carolina before joining her dad, Dr. Kevin Reabe, in Traverse City.  She earned several awards during her schooling, graduated with high honors, and was awarded the Pfizer award for Anesthesia and Pain Management.

She regularly attends local and national continuing education conferences and is a former co-President of the Northern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.

She greatly enjoys diagnosing and treating diseases affecting the eyes and has spent time since her graduation working with veterinary ophthalmologists at both Cornell and North Carolina State University. In 2009 she presented her eye research at the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology Conference in Chicago, IL.

Dedicated to practicing the highest quality medicine, Dr. Karen completed a year-long internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists where she worked under the guidance of board-certified veterinary specialists. Through this rigorous training she gained additional experience in emergency and critical care, veterinary surgery, and small animal internal medicine.

Dr. Karen enjoys the beautiful landscape of Northern Michigan, and spends most of her time off hitting the trail with her dogs Gabe and Luke or enjoying a day out on the bay.

Kristina Jaroh

DVM

Dr. Kristina Jaroh graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

While at MSU, she focused on small animal clinical medicine and became Fear Free Certified, furthering her skills in alleviating stress and anxiety in her small animal patients. Dr. Jaroh enjoys soft tissue surgery and is interested in emergency medicine.

Dr. Jaroh was raised on Old Mission Peninsula and graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 2008. She is excited to return to Traverse City and enjoys walking the beaches with her two dogs, a Westie named Hunter and a Cairn Terrier named Walker.

Dan Inman

DVM

Dr. Dan Inman graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.  He completed his Bachelor of Science in Bio-Engineering with a focus on tissue engineering from Virginia Tech while also obtaining minors in English and Chemistry.   He earned multiple awards during his schooling, participated and presented multiple research projects in the area of tendon engineering and was awarded the American Animal Hospital Association Award for Proficiency in Primary Care.  

Following graduation, Dr. Inman relocated to Vermont for a year-long internship at Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists (BEVS), learning under the guidance of multiple board-certified veterinary specialists.   The internship’s primary focus was emergency medicine with BEVS being the only 24-hour facility in the state.  Following his internship, he elected to stay at BEVS for an additional six month long surgical fellowship concentrating on soft tissue and emergent procedures.  His favorite areas of veterinary medicine are emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery and the human-animal connection.  

Dr. Inman joined Bay Area Pet Hospital in March of 2018 and is excited to be in the Traverse City area and close to family.  When not at the hospital, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring the Traverse City area.

Amy Davis

Asst. Manager, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Amy has been part of Bay Area Pet Hospital since it’s opening, and has had a great time being part of the team.

She is looked to as a teacher and a leader by the newer staff members and has taken on responsibility as the Safety Director of the Hospital.

In March of 2000, Amy moved to Colorado to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology.  She graduated in June of 2002 with an Associates of Applied Science Degree.  Amy says the most rewarding part of her job is knowing that she is here and able to make it easier for the pet and the owner to live happily together.

Amy’s dream is to open a home for geriatric pets to help make their golden years happy and comfortable.

Amy loves getting back to her home town as much as she can to spend time with her family.  She currently has 5 dogs and 6 chickens.

Susan

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Susan graduated from Baker College’s Veterinary Technician Program with High honors in 2005.  She joined East Bay Animal Hospital in July 2007, and transferred to Bay Area Pet Hospital in the fall of 2011. When not working

Susan enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan, their 2 daughters, Helena and Lilian, and their new puppy Maastricht.

Originally from Buffalo, New York Susan is thoroughly enjoying everything Northern Michigan has to offer – camping, hiking, skiing, the lakes, etc.

Kismet

Practice Manager

Kismet has been working with Bay Area Pet Hospital since our opening day. Her love for animals, working in customer service, and administrative work has kept her very busy.  She was been working in the animal industry for over 18 years.  She started here as an overnight Technician, and worked into being the Technician Staff Supervisor and became the Practice Manager several years ago.  Helping the staff become their best and helping clients with their pet needs is very rewarding for her.

When not at the hospital, Kismet enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, bird watching, photography, and being on the water in the summer. 

Kismet and her husband Chuck have several pets of their own, including 2 French Bulldogs, a very sweet pit bull mix (who is a retired blood donor), along with two parrots and 2 cats.  Over the years she has done several pet rescues, including raising several litters of fur babies who had no mother.

Emily Carson

Client Relations / Assistant Manager

Emily joined Bay Area Pet Hospital in May 2017. After a couple of years in customer service elsewhere, she was finally able to achieve her childhood dream: working in a veterinary office.

Growing up she always had animals at home, ranging in size from pocket pets to horses. She showed rabbits for ten years through the American Rabbit Breeders Association, and ran in dog agility competitions in 4H and the Tea Cup Dog Agility Association.

Emily loves helping with the fast-paced emergencies we see at BAPH, but also loves getting to know our regular clients and their pets. You will commonly see her coming around to the front of the desk to greet your canine and feline companions, or assisting other owners.

Emily, her husband Tyler, and son Liam, have three dogs (Nova, Annie, and Saige) and a flock of chickens. They hope to move to the country for more space to grow and enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities with their little family.

Ashley St. Clair

Client Relations

Ashley graduated from Charleston Southern University in 2016 with her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. She is actively pursuing her degree in Veterinary Technology with plans to graduate in 2021, and hopes to continue her work at Bay Area Pet Hospital as a Licensed Veterinary Technician at BAPH when she graduates.

Ashley spent extensive time as a dog training instructor throughout college and enjoys teaching owners how they can be the “best companion for their pets so that our pets mutually want to become the best companions for us in return”. A bond built on mutual trust and respect is her favorite “trick” to teach.

In her off time, she spends time playing fetch at the beach and hanging out at the dog park with her 2 dogs Jack, a border collie/blue heeler and Shadow, a black lab. She also has an orange kitty named Peter who prefers to stay home.

Sarah

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Sarah joined the BAPH team in September 2013.  After graduating with her BS in Veterinary Technology from MSU in 2008, she worked as an ER/ICU technician at a large emergency hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.  After Arizona she relocated to North Carolina, where she continued in emergency medicine at North Carolina State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  As a clinical teaching technician in the ER and ICU, she assisted in teaching 4th year DVM students and new interns on emergency and critical care procedure.
 
Sarah’s passion for teaching continues, and she recently took an adjunct faculty position with Baker College in their veterinary technology program.   She is also extremely committed to the human-animal bond, and believes in the enrichment it provides to our lives.   In her spare time you might see her and Wilson (her certified therapy dog) around town volunteering.  
 
She is excited to be back in Michigan, and closer to all of her family in the Traverse City area.   When not working or volunteering she spends most of her time with her husband and their two furry kids, Wilson (sweetest dog ever) and Pixie (cat and head of the house). 

Sharayah

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Sharayah joined the team at Bay Area Pet Hospital in June of 2012 after graduating from Baker College of Cadillac with her Associate Degree of Applied Science.  She became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in August of 2012

Sharayah always knew she would work with animals and is enjoying her time spent in emergency medicine.  She has a large passion for the patient care aspect of the field.

When Sharayah is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband Thomas, her two step daughters, and their furbabies which include two loving pitbulls and a handsome tuxedo kitty.  She likes to spend her time gardening, baking, sitting around a bonfire, and traveling.

Moreka

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Moreka grew up in the small farm town of McBain Michigan. In this small rural community she discovered her passion for helping animals while working on an uncle’s beef farm. Her first experience with helping animals started in the spring of her childhood, when a cow abandoned her calf, she later took the calf and hand raised it.

Recently she graduated from Baker College of Cadillac with an Associates of Applied Science Veterinary Technician with interests in emergency critical care and reproduction. Both Moreka and her husband enjoy spending time outside raising dairy calves and playing with their two dogs Plot Hound Axel and Blue Tick Jack.

Moreka has future plans of attending Saint Petersburg College online for a Bachelors of Applied Science Veterinary Technologist, obtaining a specialty degree through the AVMA in emergency and critical care, and possibly adding on to her family.

Mary

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mary joined the Bay Area Pet Hospital in June of 2015, bringing with her over 15 years of experience working in veterinary medicine.  Starting out as a veterinary assistant and really loving it, she enrolled in Baker College of Cadillac’s veterinary technician program where she earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and became a LVT in 2007.
 
Mary has several years of experience working with pocket pets, birds and exotics but always had an interest in emergency medicine and wanted to learn more. “I was glad to come to BAPH and join their fabulous team, I love the mix of a 24/7 emergency/critical care with regular office hours for routine visits.”
 
Mary and her husband Randy live in the country with their 2 dogs- Buster and JJ, 5 cats, 2 lovebirds, a turtle and fish. They enjoy spending time together having bonfires, going mushroom hunting, camping, fishing and enjoying nature and the beautiful countryside

Brittany Brooks

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Brittany has been interested in Veterinary Medicine for as long as she can remember. During her junior year of high school, she was a student at the Bay Arenac ISD Career Tech Center and took part in the Veterinary Medicine class they offered. It was at the Career Tech Center that she decided becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician was her goal. After she graduated high school, she was accepted into Baker College’s Veterinary Technician program. 

Three years later, she acquired her Associates Degree as a Veterinary Technician with Magna Cum Laude honors. Soon after, she passed the VTNE state exam and became licensed in the field.  Her love for her career is clear, and she pushed herself hard to become a LVT. 

Brittany joined Bay Area Pet Hospital in September 2018, after four years of clinic work as a Veterinary/Kennel Assistant. She loves the hard work she’s doing here working on the care and treatment of critical emergencies, as well as routine care on all of our patients. 

In Brittany’s spare time, she loves to be outside, spending time with her family and friends. Also, reading, watching movies, and snuggling with her tuxedo cat Ford are some other activities that she enjoys doing. Brittany hopes to continue expanding her knowledge in the field, and is excited to gain more confidence at our clinic.

Jill

Human Resources & Accounting

Jill Koester has worked with Dr. Kevin Reabe, assisting him with business operations since 2008. She currently oversees operations for Bay Area Pet Hospital in Traverse City and East Bay Animal Hospital in Acme.

Jill graduated from Central Michigan University in 1992 with a BAA, and has been in business management for over 20 years. During this time she gained valuable experience in accounting, sales and marketing, human resources and revenue management by working for three Fortune 500 companies.

Jill and her husband have four lovely children and own a small farm in Williamsburg, where they have two Brittany Spaniels, one Chinese Shar Pie, a barn kitty, horses, goats and chickens.

Kearsten

Veterinary Assistant

Kearsten was born and raised in Traverse City. She graduated high school from Traverse City West Senior High in 2011. She is currently attending Northwestern Michigan College working towards her prerequisites, with plans to transfer to Baker College to complete her degree in veterinary technology. 
 
Kearsten’s hobbies include spending time with her family, friends, and working on the farm where she boards her horse. She enjoys trails rides and local shows with her horse Villainess, a 14 year old thoroughbred mare that was rescued off the track. The two of them have ridden together across the state of Michigan four times from Empire to Oscoda with the trail group she is a part of. 
 
Kearsten loves working at Bay Area Pet Hospital because it shows her what the veterinary experience is like and how rewarding it is to work with animals. While working at Bay Area, Kearsten has gotten the opportunity to take in a one year old female, black and white Siberian husky, that she named Akieta. She came to Bay Area Pet Hospital with porcupine quills in her face that the staff removed and treated. They enjoy taking walks, going camping, and being outdoors.
 
After Kearsten finishes her education she plans to travel to different states working primarily as a large animal vet. Bay Area Pet Hospital has been a great experience for Kearsten, she has learned so much about working with many animals and their owners.

Samantha Lukitsch

Veterinary Assistant

Sam has been working at Bay Area Pet Hospital for the last four years. She started as a kennel tech, receptionist and is now a technician. 

Sam has known since she was young that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She graduated from Central High School in 2015 and started the Veterinary Technician program through Penn Foster. 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dogs, Maverick and Jax. She also enjoys camping, hiking, and anything to do with water.

Kelsie Sullivan

Veterinary Assistant

Kelsie joined the Bay Area Pet Hospital team back in October of 2017. She grew up down in Grand Rapids, MI and after attending school at Colorado State University, she decided to relocate to Elk Rapids, MI back in 2012.

Kelsie is currently enrolled in Cedar Valley’s distance education veterinary technician program and is excited to complete her degree in veterinary technology. She has worked in the veterinary field for 7+ years and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

She has a passion for the emergency and urgent care side of things and feels there is no greater reward than watching a recovered patient being reunited with their family after an extended hospital stay. Kelsie also has a passion for animal behavior and the bond animals share with humans, in which she hopes to pursue learning more about helping people with disabilities through animal-assisted therapy.

In Kelsie’s free time you will find her with her golden retriever, Dudley, exploring all the beauty that Northern Michigan has to offer, on and off the water! 🙂

Alyssa Dattilio

Veterinary Assistant

Alyssa started at Bay Area Pet Hospital in March of 2019. Born and raised in Vermont, Alyssa did all her schooling and started her career in Veterinary Medicine in her home state. After working in Vermont for a few years in general practice, she worked at a large emergency hospital in Charlotte, NC, which is where she discovered her love of emergency medicine. She also found passion when working as a neurology technician and continues to love working on neurology cases. Her fields of interest are emergency, critical care and neurology. 

Alyssa lives in Traverse City with her boyfriend (who is an ER Veterinarian), their Pitbull Reecey, very energetic French Bulldog, Apollo, and two cats, Belle and Aladdin. 

Molly Reeves

Veterinary Assistant

Molly joined Bay Area Pet Hospital in 2010.  She did take a short sabbatical and rejoined the team in May 2015.  Molly has worked in multiple aspects of the animal fields since she was 12.  She attended and graduated from Madonna University with Bachelors of Science degree in Biology in 2010.  After graduating, Molly followed her now husband up to norther Michigan and found her passion in emergency medicine.

In Molly’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Her family currently consists of her wonderful husband, Mike and her beautiful, energetic 7 year old daughter, Mackenzie.  Molly has a crazy, adorable, 4 month old Rottweiler mix named Brooklyn and 4 fish.  Molly is also very active in volunteering with her daughter’s school, church and community events.

Amber Scheidel

Veterinary Assistant

Amber started working at Bay Area Pet Hospital in August of 2018.  She has years of experience in a Veterinary Hospital as she has been working in this field since 1999.  She has worked in several positions in a veterinary hospital, and is currently one of our Assistants.

                Amber has had many pets over the years and would not have it any other way.

                In her time outside of work she enjoys spending time with her son, who was born in 2016. 

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