Perry F. Ragon, DVM
Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is where Dr. Perry Ragon received his 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.
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!
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 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, 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.
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 chasing after her 3 boys, running road races, reading, gardening and spending time outdoors. She is very excited to be a part of Kern Road's family!
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 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.