Bay Area Staff
Allana Mather, DVM
Dr. Allana Mather graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She also obtained her bachelors of science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. During vet school she volunteered at a local shelter for small animals, milked cows and worked as a large animal surgery technician.
Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Allana completed a year-long internship at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center in Waukesha, WI. The internship provided advanced training in emergency and critical care. In addition, it allowed for the opportunity to work under board-certified veterinary specialists. This experience has strengthened her skills and interest in internal medicine, neurology, surgery and of course emergency and critical care. Dr. Allana is excited to be joining Bay Area Pet Hospital to continue to offer high quality veterinary medicine 24 hours a day.
Dr. Allana was born and raised in Wisconsin. She enjoyed visiting the Grand Traverse area every summer with her family. She is excited to make the move to Traverse City with Corey, her husband as of July 21st 2012. They are both excited to explore the trails, lakes and beaches Traverse City has to offer. In her free time, Dr. Allana enjoys running and hiking with her hound-mix Hank Williams. He is a rambunctious fellow but is kept in line by Toolie a no-nonsense domestic short hair cat. Toolie and Corey are from the Upper Peninsula and are excited to be back in their home state. Dr. Allana will always be a Wisconsinite at heart but she could not ask for a more beautiful place to call her new home.Education: Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine University of Wisconsin
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.Education: Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Whitney Jencka, DVM
Dr. Whitney Jencka graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She moved to Traverse City shortly after graduation because of her love of the area and desire to live a little closer to her family. She began her path in veterinary medicine several 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 for several years before and during veterinary school.
While in veterinary school, Dr. Jencka studied large and small animal medicine before dedicating her career to small animals. She enjoys soft tissue surgery and focuses her continuing education on ophthalmology. In the first two years of practice, Dr. Whitney worked in at a small animal hospital developing her skills in emergency medicine, surgery and internal medicine cases, along with Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, also known as VOM. VOM is a technique often compared with human chiropractic adjustments and is most often utilized in conditions leading to back pain.
While not working, Dr. Jecka enjoys spending time with family and friends in the Traverse City area and in Arizona. Her pets include Mae, a troublingly bright mixed breed dog and a very talkative cat named Brick.Education: University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
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 the 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.Education: Michigan State University Bachelors of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
Val Prettyman, DVM, MPH
Dr. Valerie Prettyman is a 2007 graduate of Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and is still an avid Spartan fan. After graduation she practiced veterinary emergency medicine for four years in multiple emergency hospitals in Grand Rapids and the metro Detroit area. In 2009, Dr. Val received her Masterâ™s in Public Health from The University of Minnesota. Her MPH degree was focused on Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response. Since then, she has participated in training drills and has become a member of several emergency response teams. Dr. Val and her husband, Adam Prettyman, have lived in the Traverse City area since 2011 and enjoy many outdoor activities including running, snowshoeing, skiing, and hiking. They met while sailing, which they both still enjoy. They share their home with several furry "kids": Keegan, a Black Labrador/Great Dane mix; Saaz and Cascade, two Pit-bull Terrier mixes; and a cat named Sprocket. Dr. Val is also involved with the rescue group AC PAW-she helps with medical advice, fundraisers, and the Prettyman home is also an AC PAW foster home. So far, over 30 dogs have passed through their doors on their way to their forever homes. She is also involved with Wings of Wonder, the only licensed large raptor rehabilitation center in northern Michigan.Education: Michigan State University, University of Minnesota
Kevin Reabe , DVM
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.Education: Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Michigan State University
Kismet, Practice Manager
Kismet has been working with Bay Area Pet Hospital since our opening day. Her love for animals has kept her working with pets for over 17 years! When not at the hospital, Kismet enjoys photography, especially photographing wildlife. Kismet and her husband Chuck have several pets of their own, including her favorite breeds English and French Bulldogs, a very sweet pit bull mix (who is also one of our blood donor pets), along with two parrots and a cat.Years in Practice: 20
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.
Years in Practice: 10Education: Baker College's Veterinary Technician Program with High Honors
Amy , Licensed Veterinarian Technician
Amy has been a part of Bay Area Pet Hospital since its opening, and has had a great time being a 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 from Bel-Rea. Amy says the most rewarding part of her job is knowing that she is here and able to make it easier for pet and owners to live happily together. In addition to her work at Bay Area Pet Hospital, Amy is also a laboratory instructor to veterinary technician students at Baker College of Cadillac. Amy is able to teach the skills students will need to become valuable assets in the veterinary field. Amy has a cat named Jake, an Italian Greyhound named Benny, and a labrador, Rufus. Amy loves to spend her time off with her family.
Years in Practice: 15Education: Associates of Applied Science from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology
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 LVT in August of 2012. She is especially interested in the creepy crawly aspect of her career (infectious diseases and parasites) and would like to continue her education to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Clinical Pathology. Sharayah always knew she would work with animals and is enjoying her time spent in the emergency aspect of the field.
When Sharayah is not working, she likes to spend time with her tuxedo kitty Sebastian. When not working, Sharayah loves to hunt, fish, watch football, and enjoys going to the movies. Moving from the small town of Farwell, Michigan to Traverse City has been interesting and she can't wait to find out what's going to happen next.
Years in Practice: 5Education: Baker College of Cadillac
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).
Years in Practice: 9Education: Michigan State University
Lisi, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Lisi graduated from Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2011. She worked as a veterinary assistant at Warren Woods Veterinary Hospital in Warren, Michigan starting in 2010 then transitioned into the role of veterinary technician once she graduated and obtained her license. She has experience with birds and exotic pets in addition to cats and dogs, and was even fortunate enough to complete an internship at the Detroit Zoo where she worked with dozens of wildlife species. She has a passion for companion animal nutrition, clinical pathology, and feline medicine and behavior. She joined the team at Bay Area Pet Hospital in April of 2013 shortly after moving to Traverse City and she absolutely loves the fast-paced emergency setting and the fantastic staff here. In the future she hopes to pursue certification in animal nutrition and feline behavior. She has two adorable and silly cats, Kairi and Lou, and a ridiculous Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Jack Donaghy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, & friends and family downstate, cooking, playing video games, biking, camping, and exploring the gorgeous land of Northern Michigan.
Years in Practice: 6Education: Macomb Community College
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.Education: Baker College
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.
Education: Northwestern Michigan College
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
Years in Practice: 17Education: Baker College
Lara, Veterinary Assistant
Lara joined the BAPH team in January 2013. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2002 and can’t imagine doing anything else. Growing up, she was a very active member in 4H and the local equestrian club and was even the leader of Silver Shores Equestrian Team for several years. She has worked under an equine Veterinarian doing horse drug testing for the United Stated Equestrian Federation. Her home life consists of taking care of her amazing kids, along with a menagerie of pets. Lara is mom to four French Bulldogs, one cat, one mini horse and two rabbits. Yes, it’s a full house!Years in Practice: 15
Jill, Human Resources and 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.Education: Central Michigan University