East Bay Animal Hospital Staff

Dr. Paige Fowler


Dr. Paige Fowler (DVM) graduated from MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She moved to northern Michigan and married her husband that year as well. We welcomed her to the East Bay Animal Hospital team in 2019. Prior to her time here, she traveled to Belize several times, teaching mixed animal medicine to pre-vet students and helped with spay/neuter clinics while there. Her areas of interest include soft tissue surgery, end of life care, dentistry, dermatology, neurology, and the human animal bond. Dr. Paige’s family includes her husband, Mike, her son, Jack, and two fur kids, Bear and Hank. When not busy working at the hospital, Dr. Paige enjoys hiking, working out, soccer, and lots of family time! “I love the human-animal bond and being able to help those that do not have a voice.”

Dr. Kim Raddatz


Dr. Kim Raddatz grew up in Neenah, WI. She attended Colorado State University before earning her doctorate from University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced veterinary medicine for 22 years in Nebraska before moving to Traverse City and joining East Bay Animal Hospital in 2015. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and educating client about wellness care. Dr. Kim regularly attends continuing education courses and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Northern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. When she is not busy caring for pets, she and her husband Stephan are busy raising their twin boys Jacob and Joshua. They have a dog, Daisy (a Border Collie- Heeler- Catahoula mix), and eight American quarter horses. Dr. Kim enjoys horseback riding, hiking, skiing, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Dr. Karen Reabe


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.

Emily Carson

Practice Manager

Emily transferred to East Bay Animal Hospital in 2020, after working with our emergency hospital since 2017. Although she loved the unpredictability of emergency medicine, she is enjoying establishing relationships with all of our clients and their four-legged family members. Don’t be surprised if you find her coming around the front desk to greet your pets or helping wherever needed in the clinic!

When not at the clinic, you will find Emily spending time with her husband Tyler, their son Liam, and their dogs, Nova (English Springer Spaniel) and Leland (English Shepherd). Emily enjoys all things outdoors, as well as crafting, reading, and dog agility.

Shyla Ayers

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kara Shipman

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Working over the span of 10 years in a variety of animal related fields. Anywhere from working with dog trainers, boarding facilities, assisting grooming to technical skills in the veterinary field.  In 2016, she worked an in-house dog sitting gig for about six years to help the pets who otherwise didn’t do well in boarding facilities. Since kindergarten she has always wanted to be in the veterinary field and working with animals. Kara graduated from Baker College’s Veterinary Technician Program and obtained her license in 2015. She has been working as a technician since then and loves to grow and advance her skills. She started as a License Vet Technician at East Bay Animal Hospital September of 2021. Currently working to complete her Fear free certification to further help anxious pets with their exams. Passionate about creating positive and non-fearful experience for all furkids. Also creating a family like relationships with clients.  Native to Northern Michigan most of her life, but spent time in Texas until age of 6.

When not working, Kara enjoys spending time with Family. Her family includes 6-year-old daughter Hadley, 13-year-old step son Jamison and her fiancé Andrew. Her 4-legged crew includes: 12-year-old Border collie mix Pepe, 10-year-old German shepherd Tasha, and 3-year-old German shepherd Ada. Enjoys adventuring new cities/locations, crafting, movie fanatic and repurposing furniture/items. Loves to try new things, go camping, and riding quads. Future dream of rescuing and starting a horse farm for her daughter.

Amanda Budrow

Veterinary Technician

Amanda graduated from Penn Foster with her associate in veterinary technology degree in 2019. She joined our team in 2021 after working 4 years with a dog boarding facility to finish pursuing her dream of becoming a licensed veterinary technician. Amanda loves being able to work with all  the four legged family members as well as creating relations with their owners. She is a hard-working member of the team and loves to learn new things. Her and her husband Luke, are parents of an angel named Alexis, and have two dogs, Dan and Pepper. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, friends, kayaking, riding on trails in the side by side and crafting. 

Meg Gray

Veterinary Assistant

Meg originally joined our team in 2006, but returned in 2015 after a brief hiatus. You name any position in our office (other than veterinarian) and she’s done it. She is a rock star with our patients and is always looking out for their best interest. She is currently studying at Penn Foster for her Associate in Veterinary Technology, although she already has a ton of skills she puts to use in the clinic.

Meg was born and raised in Acme, and now lives in Kalkaska with her husband George, their three beautiful daughters Jeana, Avalon, and Sophia, and their cuddly pit bull mix Juno. She received a BA in Sociology from Western Michigan University in 1999 and continues to have a love of learning.

Jenna Birchfield

Client Relations

Jenna has been with the BAPH since the early summer of 2020, shortly after graduating with her BS in Environmental Biology from Ferris State University. Jenna joined the team as part of our client relations at the hospital and is one of the first faces you see at the front desk. She has always had a passion for animals, even from a young age, and continues to share that passion with others in and outside the workplace.

Since joining our team, Jenna has been working on continuing her knowledge in the veterinary field and in her passions for wildlife rehab. Bay Area Pet Hospital has been a great place for Jenna, helping her gain the experience of working with so many animals and their owners.

While not working, Jenna enjoys her free time either exploring Michigan’s beautiful lakes, rivers and trails with her boyfriend, and their dog Toby, or at home relaxing with their two feline friends, Grim and Simon and bearded dragon, Garfunkel.

Avalon Gray

Kennel Technician


Dr. Kevin Reabe

DVM & Practice Owner

Dr. Kevin Reabe graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1976 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. For 34 years he provided veterinary care in the greater Flint area through his first clinic, Veterinary House Call Services. A longtime lover of the Traverse City area, Dr. Reabe 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 in 2010. Dr. Reabe has been active in helping rescue groups by offering significant discounts and free services to help support these organizations. They include AC Paws, H.A.N.D.D.S, Silver Muzzle Cottage, H.O.P.E., and the Cherryland Humane Society. He admires their efforts in the large number of pets they are able to help and place in families.