Sterner Veterinary Clinic

821 N. Jefferson St.
Ionia, MI 48846



Dr. Julie Estell



Dr. Estell graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Since then she has been practicing small animal medicine here in Ionia. She recently became a co-owner in 2009. She is married with 2 little girls and 2 dogs, Duncan and Casey. She enjoys spending time outdoors and both she and her husband, Anthony, are avid runners. She loves balancing her work and her home life. 



Dr. Susie Montgomery




Dr. Susie Montgomery graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She and her husband Dr. Tim Montgomery live in the country outside Ionia. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has two sons, Jacob and Sammy. The Montgomery family just added another member, Lilly. They also have 3 dogs, Darby, Jesse and Lilly, and 3 cats.  



Dr. Werner Wegener




Dr. Wegener is a 2004 graduate of Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. He and his family just moved from Indiana where he was working in a small and large animal practice. Dr. Wegener and his wife, Colleen and daughter Melitta are currently living in Lowell and just joined the SVC family in August of 2010. They have three dogs, Blue, Stella and Haddie, and 2 cats. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping and gardening. 

Dr. Angela Phinney

Dr. Angela Phinney was born in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and spent her childhood surrounded by more animals than people in the small town of Ralph, Michigan. After attending Michigan State University for her undergraduate degree in Medical Technology, she attended and graduated from MSU's veterinary school in 2006. Since graduation she has worked in a variety of practice settings and is excited to join Sterner Veterinary Clinic to follow her passion of small animal medicine starting June 2015. Dr. Phinney and her husband, Ryan live in Saint Johns with their dog Riley and 2 cats Hamlet and O'Malley. She enjoys spending her free time water skiing, boating, swimming, volleyball, and competing with Riley in disc dogs and dock diving.










Dr. Rick Kramer




Dr. Kramer is a 1981 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined Sterner Veterinary Clinic in May of 1981. He and his wife, Mary, were married in 1988, and have 4 children, 2 cats and 8 fish. In his spare time he enjoys reading, sports, fishing, baking for everyone at the clinic and various outdoor projects (his honey-do list). 




Dr. Lisa Sanford






Dr. Sanford grew up in central Minnesota spending time on her grandparent's 30 cow dairy farm. Her first memories of the farm were hearing the stanchion crack as she tried to pet the cow's faces. Those experiences influenced her decision to pursue a career in dairy medicine.


Both of Dr. Sanford's degrees are from Iowa State University.  She received a B.S. in Animal Science in 1997, and her D.V.M. in 2001.  During her college career, she worked extensively at the ISU Dairy conducting research in calf physiology, health, and nutrition.  She also worked at the National Animal Disease Center assisting with food safety microbiology and research.


Sterner Veterinary Clinic was Dr. Sanford's first professional job out of school.  While here, she met her husband, Peter, and was married in 2007.  Her professional interests include reproductive physiology (male and female), records analysis, calf health, and nutrition.





Dr. Kevin Jeffers




Dr. Jeffers graduated from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Shortly after, he joined Sterner Veterinary Clinic and is now a co-owner. He is married to his wife Anne and has two daughters and one cat named Pumpkin.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. 

Dr. Krista Cook

Dr. Cook (Belecky) was born and raised in London, Ontario.  She received her Bachelor of Science from

the University of Western Ontario in 2002 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph in 2006.

Dr. Cook moved to Michigan immediately following graduation to pursue her interest in working with

dairy cows and dairy farmers.  She met her husband, Ryan, on the day of her interview with Dr. Sterner

and they were married two years later.  Since then her family has grown to include two children, Chase

and Ainsley, and a Bluetick Coonhound named “Sophie”.   When not at work, Dr. Cook enjoys playing

with her kids, cooking, exercising, reading, attending Catholic Mass and spending time with family and





Dr.  Kayla Clark

Dr. Clark grew up in Guilford, Vermont on a small dairy farm. She received her B.S in Animal Science from the University of Vermont in 2011 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. After graduation Dr. Clark moved to Michigan and joined Sterner Veterinary Clinic in June 2015. She has an Australian Shepherd Sydney and cat Sasha. Dr. Clark enjoys traveling, photography, reading, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Dr. Carley Trcalek

Dr. Trcalek grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and received a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Florida. She fell in love with dairy medicine during veterinary school at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She graduated from vet school in May of 2015. After graduation, she moved to Elsie, Michigan and completed a one year internship through Michigan State University out of Green Meadow Farms. She completed the internship and joined the Sterner team in July of 2016. I have one "Florida brown dog" named Homer and a cat named Mr. Runt. In my spare time she enjoys cooking, entertaining friends, knitting, target shooting, hiking with her dog and fiance and being outdoors.