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Compassionate Care for

Pets and their People​



Dr. Rebekah E. Fahey

Dr. Fahey graduated with honors from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.   Her special interests in veterinary medicine include ophthalmology and preventative medicine. She truly enjoys the variety that this profession offers as well as the opportunity to meet wonderful people and animals.


As she is from Traverse City, she loves that she can live and work in her home town.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping and spending time with her family and friends. She is the proud "Doggy Mom" of Norman.



Dr. Matthew P. Fain

Dr. Fain has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Grand Traverse area since 2011. He grew up in northern Michigan and was happy to return after graduating with honors from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He lives in Traverse City with his wife Katie, their son Calvin, and daughter Molly, their labrador retriever Louie, and cat Winston. Dr. Fain enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, mountain biking and cheering on the Spartans' basketball and football teams. What he likes most about veterinary medicine is the opportunity to develop relationships with patients and their owners. He understands that pets are an important part of a family, and he loves that he gets to work with owners to help keep their pets healthy and happy.



Dr. Mindy A. Cooper

Dr. Cooper grew up in Cadillac, Michigan. She attended Purdue University prior to obtaining her Veterinary degree from Louisiana State University in 2008.  She is married to Tom, an elementary school teacher. Together they have two boys, Case and Mack. 


Dr. Cooper is driven by her relationships with her clients.  She has a special interest in the human-animal bond, preventative medicine, dentistry, and surgery.  She counts it an absolute privilege to serve both people and animals through the capacity of veterinary medicine. 


In her free time, you will find Dr. Cooper participating in CrossFit, relaxing on the boat, and spending as much time as possible with her family. She is very excited to be part of the Bay West team!


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Ellen Wrede

Ellen has lived in the Traverse City area for most of her life. She started in veterinary medicine as a teenager working for the local veterinarian down the street. She enjoyed what she was doing so much she decided to make a career out of it. Ellen graduated from the M.S.U. veterinary technology program in 1990, then returned to the Traverse City area.  She has worked with Dr. Fahey and      Dr. Fain for many years at other facilities. Ellen enjoys various aspects of veterinary medicine, especially alternative medicine and nutrition.


Ellen loves living in northern Michigan with her husband Tim and their 4-legged furry kids, Talon and Jinx. When not working she spends her time with her husband enjoying the local cuisine, visiting the beaches and hiking trails. She also keeps Talon busy by competing in agility working on his Master's title.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Lizzie Hockin

Lizzie is one of our licensed Vet Techs, and she graduated with honors from Baker College in 2018. She grew up in the Traverse City area on a little hobby farm, where her family raised many animals such as horses, cows, pigs, lambs, rabbits, goats, llamas, and, of course, cats and dogs.

Lizzie owns two Havanese dogs, Harmony & Zadie, and a fish named Jez. Her pups are very spoiled, and she enjoys teaching them new tricks and taking them on afternoon walks in their doggie stroller. Lizzie's other favorite pastimes are riding horses, being outdoors, painting, and drawing.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Anna Taghon

Anna is one of our licensed Vet Techs. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2006. She grew up in Empire, and she has always enjoyed working with animals. In her spare time, she likes spending time with her husband, Nick, their two children, and their foxhound mix, Isla.


Veterinary Assistant

Dawn LaPorte

Dawn enjoys working with critters and chilling out after work.


Client Relations Manager

Jessie Call

Jessie has worked in the veterinary profession since she moved to Traverse City in 2005. She is primarily involved as the lead receptionist but also occasionally assists the doctors in the treatment room as the need arises. Jessie has worked with Dr. Fahey and Dr. Fain over the years, and she is excited to work for them now as a team. Jessie gets great satisfaction knowing that the staff at BayWest offers such quality and compassionate care to pets and their people.


Jessie and her husband Rod have two amazing daughters, Savannah and Harper, along with their 3 dogs: Barney (Captain Barnacles), Lola, Woody Wilson and also kitty cat Milton Jon. When Jessie has some down time she much enjoys photography, cooking, dog walks and soaking up the warm weather when we have it, but is happiest just being a mom to all her "kids".



Katie Skowronski

Katie was born and raised in Suttons Bay. She has been working with animals her entire life. She has a spot in her heart for everything furry. She has had many pets in her life including horses, goats, llamas, sheep, rabbits, pigs, chickens, ducks and, of course, cats and dogs. Katie is currently working as a receptionist, but also assists the doctors with various treatments. She loves helping clients with their questions and making sure their pets get the best care possible.


Katie and her husband Chris have two children, Mackenzie and Carter. They have 2 dogs: Ollie, a 6 year old Malti-Poo and Sophie a 4 year old rescued King Charles Spaniel. When they have free time they enjoy spending it as a family outdoors. Katie also enjoys baking and reading.



Roxanne Blackford

Roxanne is from the Benzie/Grand Traverse area, where she has lived her whole life.  She resides near the beautiful area of Lake Ann with her 21 year old Autistic son, Jareb, her feral born cat, Stormy, and her devil kitty, Casper.

Along with bookkeeping, she loves animals, nature, and photography.

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