Perry F. Ragon, DVM
Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is where Dr. Perry Ragon received is degree. He began working at Kern Road Veterinary Clinic in November of 1992. Since joining the team, his primary responsibilities have been working with horses.
Dr. Ragon is married to veterinarian and equine fertility specialist, Dr. Amanda Ragon and has three children (Luke, Cole and Clay), two dogs, four cats, one horse, three sheep and one cow. When not helping animals, he enjoys all outdoor activities and is very active in youth sports.
Dr. Ragon’s overall desire to help animals and people makes being a veterinarian one of the most enjoyable and rewarding professions available.
Peter L. Esterline, DVM
Dr. Peter Esterline graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and specializes in equine medicine.
While attending MSU he was a member of the MSU Equestrian Team and was the recipient of the Large Animal Surgery Award from the college of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Esterline’s wife, Joan, owns and operates Silverfox Equestrian Center in Williamston, Michigan. There she trains and shows dressage horses. Dr. Esterline and Joan have one daughter, Kate, who loves competing at local and regional dressage competitions.
Dr. Esterline enjoys spending his free time fishing and relaxing in the outdoors.
Rachel Shrader, DVM
In addition to being a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Shrader is also a wife and mother. Her husband Bret, is a high school mathematics teacher and coach here in the community, and her sons, Jack,Will and Sam are all avid sports fans. Dr. Shrader’s family is not complete without mention of her pets. She has a boxer named Anakin, a Percheron named Caleb, as well as all the other family horses.
Lauren M. Gnagey, DVM
Dr. Lauren Gnagey was born in Mobile, Alabama and moved to a number of places as a child, including Lansing, Michigan. She eventually ended up back in Alabama where she graduated from high school. Dr. Gnagey first became interested in veterinary medicine after attending Vet-A-Visit at Michigan State University in eighth grade. She loves science, solving problems and animals so it was a natural career choice.
Dr. Gnagey attended Michigan State University where she earned a BS in Animal Science with an emphasis in Equine Nutrition and continued to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She has previously attended the Michigan State Animal Response Team planning symposium and is looking forward to further involvement.
Dr. Gnagey spends her spare time with her husband, Ryan, daughter Anna, son Liam and cats Noodles & Thomas and long-haired dachshund, Dottie. She also enjoys art, needlework, playing the violin and MSU basketball! GO STATE!
Bernadette Hermann, DVM
Dr Bernadette Hermann graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 and also has a Zoology degree from Michigan State. She has spent the last 7 years working in an emergency and neurology clinic but is excited to return to general practice! Her special interests include surgery, preventive medicine, ophthalmology, neurology, emergency medicine and exotic medicine.
Her husband, Jeff is a band teacher in Howell, she has two children(Jeffrey and Kara) and shares her home with her pug (Louie) and a lab mix (Sofia). In her spare time she likes to spend time with family, cheer on MSU teams, march in the MSU alumni band, read, scrapbook and try things seen on Pinterest.
Iris Foote, DVM
Dr. Iris Foote graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. During her time at Michigan State, she obtained her certification in veterinary acupuncture at The Chi Institute of Veterinary Acupuncture with a focus in horses. Dr. Foote was born in Traverse City and raised in the Greater Lansing area. She instigated her family’s interest in horses and was finally able to own a horse of her own when her family moved to the Okemos area. She helps to manage the family’s donkey and four horses as well as the family cats. As a hobby, Dr. Foote primarily shows low level dressage but loves to attend any horse event. In her free time, Dr. Foote likes to ride her Friesian Fred and her Quarter Horse Butter, read novels on the Civil War and ancient Rome, and watch English mini-series. She is thrilled to be part of the Kern Road team so she may remain close to her family and friends.
Dr. Erin Howard, DVM
Dr. Erin Howard joined the Kern Road staff in June of 2016. She graduated from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, and received a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from MSU prior to her veterinary training. Dr. Howard grew up in Eaton Rapids and practiced small and large animal medicine in Charlotte for 7 years before making the move to Kern Road. Dr. Howard has special interests in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and rehabilitation/physical therapy, as well as adding small ruminant (sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas) medicine and surgery to Kern Road's services. She is on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, is the Chairperson of the MVMA Food Animal Practice Committee, and is a member of the MVMA Wellness Task Force. Dr. Howard volunteers frequently at veterinary student meetings and events, as well as speaking to 4H and FFA groups. In her spare time, she enjoys running after her kindergartner and twin two year olds, running road races, reading, gardening and spending time outdoors. She is very excited to be a part of Kern Road's family!
Dr. Heather Murphy, DVM
Dr. Heather Murphy graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She also holds a degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University. Dr. Murphy grew up in Indian River, Michigan where her passion for veterinary medicine and horses started at a young age.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Murphy spent a year in Ireland working on a Thoroughbred stud farm with broodmares, foals and yearlings. Dr. Murphy received the Moxley Award for Excellence in Equine Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Murphy’s husband, Paul, is a diesel mechanic. Together, they have an energetic 4-year-old son named Sean. Their home is not complete without mention of their Labrador retriever (Nora), beagle (Charlie), cat (Murph) and guinea pig (Fanta). In her spare time, Dr. Murphy enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding, reading, gardening and trying new baking recipes. She is absolutely thrilled to join the Kern Road team.
Amy Kirchen, Office Manager
Amy has lived in the Fowlerville area all of her life..... which is not necessarily as sad as it sounds. This allowed her to attend Davenport University where she obtained an associate degree in accounting. Shortly after graduating, she joined the team at Kern Road and considers herself very fortunate to have an occupation she loves.
She has been married to her husband Richard since 1989 and rarely regrets it. When they are not actively spoiling their corgi Curtis or cats (Liz & Chuck), Rich & Amy spend their time at the local drag strip, racing the weekends away driving their dragsters. Amy also enjoys running, gardening and cooking.
Jennifer Koprince, Assistant Office Manager
Jennifer started working at Kern Road Veterinary Clinic in September of 1992. She has always enjoyed working with people and has always loved animals. Jennifer has been very fortunate being able to combine these two on a daily basis.
With her husband Jim, they have three children: daughter Jamie, and twin sons Jarrett and Jake. They also have two horses, two dogs and three cats.
Outside of work, Jen enjoys horseback riding, gardening, hiking, photography, dancing and the great outdoors.
Kelley has been a client of Kern Road Vet since 2002 when she moved to Fowlerville. She started working for Kern Road in 2010. She has loved animals her whole life and there has never been a time in her home without a pet. Her husband Mike and her were married in 1995 and they have two beautiful daughters - Jessica & Sarah-Kate. Their family isn't complete without mention of their four legged pets - Soxx & Diesel the chocolate labs, Shooter the Poodle mix, and cats Boots, Mittens & Cammie. Outside on the farm the Wall family entertains 4 goats- Ginger, Mark, Tony, & Sammy, 2 pigs- Lucy & Mike, as well as 2 horses- Cue & Murphy. In her free time reading is her passion as well as camping with her family.
Emily has always lived in Fowlerville and graudated a Gladiator! Before coming to Kern Road Vet Clinic she worked in the dental field. Emily has always had a love for animals - growing up with a variety of pets including dogs, cats, cows and pigs. Other than spoiling her Toy Poodle, Jack she enjoys camping, kayaking and cruising around in her Jeep Wrangler.
Hi! I am Kate and these are my two cats Butterscotch and Kit Kat. I love cats, coffee and books! My husband Tim and I live in Fowlerville with our fur children. Prior to working here at the clinic I was a client, growing up we would bring our family pets in and then my own. My husband made me promise to not bring home any more pets, but seriously - what's another cat or two?! In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the bookstore and spending time at home with Tim and our cats. We enjoy decorating our house with Christmas lights and planting flowers in our yard Summertime is spent outside as much as possible, relaxing on our patio.
Rhonda Rhines, BS, LVT
Rhonda joined the KRVC team in March of 1998. She worked part time while attending MSU to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. After graduating from the Vet Tech program in August 2001 and receiving a BS in December 2002, she stayed on as a full time LVT.
Rhonda has loved working with animals and helping others all of her life. She was very active in 4-H and FFA while growing up. Currently she has 2 dogs, Benson and Harvey. Both have shown in the AKC Whippet conformation circuit and Harvey is currently enjoying dock diving and lure coursing.
In Rhonda's spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and going camping with her family.
Jenni Herbert, LVT
Jenni graduated from Baker College in 2008 with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science/Veterinarian Technician. After graduating, she moved to North Carolina and worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician. In 2012, Jenni and her husband, Jason had a beautiful daughter Ella and decided to move back to Michigan to be close to family and friends. After moving back, Jenni worked in a Veterinary Emergency Room for a year before joining the Kern Road Team in 2014. Jenni and Jason also had their second daughter, Gemma in 2015.
Jenni’s family lives in Fowlerville with their cat Ms. Bing Bong and dog Opie. When she has free time she likes to go to the beach, bowling and spend time with family and friends.
Kelly Brown, LVT
Kelly Brown joined Kern Road Veterinary Clinic in 2015 and is excited to be part of the team. Kelly graduated in 2010 from Stautzenberger College with her Associates degree in Applied Science and began working in the veterinary field. A year later, she passed her boards and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. While not at the clinic, she loves spending time with her husband, Kevin and their 3 children. Completing her family are dogs- Banjo, Karma, Lacey, Odin and Gingersnap; along with their 3 cats- Buster, Cheeto and Fresco and a turtle named Jebby! Kelly loves camping, kayaking, volleyball and spending time with family and friends. She also has an interest in rescue work and looks forward to expanding her knowledge.
Megan Urka, Assistant
Megan graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1995 and has been a Fowlerville resident since 1988. She has lived on a horse farm most of her life and has a great love for all animals. Megan is excited to be a part of the team and looks forward to meeting and working with all of our clients. When not at work Megan enjoys taking care of her home, gardening, spending time with her cats, BeeBee, and LD.
Kelly Beaubien, Assistant
Kelly is a graduate of Michigan State University's Horse Management Program. The last five years have been spent managing a large horse boarding, training and lesson facility in Mason - She has extensive experience in handling/training horses, as well as teaching and riding lessons for all ages.
Kelly has now established DoubleStar Equestrian, a lesson and training program for youth and adult equine enthusiasts. There is also a team of competitive riders who travel with their horses to shows all season long.
She is excited to be a part of the Kern Road Team! When Kelly is not at the clinic, her time is spent at the farm with her two mares - Ally May & Lilly, her gelding- Zip, showing or getting chased around her house by her tiny cats Dahlia and Thea.
Kelsey Thomson, Assistant
Kelsey is very glad to have joined the Kern Road team in 2013. She is currently attending Lansing Community College and hopes to attend Michigan State University. She plans on getting her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and would love the opportunity to combine her love of animals with her career. When Kelsey is not at the clinic, she loves heading up north to spend time with family and friends and she loves spending time with her two cats, Bill and Betty and dog Reggie.
Margit Holfinger, BS
Margit joined Kern Road Veterinary Clinic Staff in 2015 after having been a client since 2009.
She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University in 1990 and after graduation worked as a zookeeper in Racine, Wisconsin. Margit has also worked on horse and dairy farms, humane societies, vet clinics, and as a pet sitter, giving her a wide variety of animal experience. She has also participated in conservations efforts in Madagascar and Mauritius.
In her free time, Margit enjoys working on her property (always a work in progress), gardening, reading and spending time with her cat Midnight.