About Bay View OB/GYN

Bay View Obstetrics & Gynecology is dedicated to providing Northern Michigan with the very best in women’s health care.

Our Doctors

dr-cockfieldKara E. Cockfield, M.D.

Dr. Cockfield grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota and graduated pre-med in 1991 from ND State University. She then graduated in 1995 from the University of ND School of Medicine. She completed her residency in 1999 at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and received Board Certification in 2005 from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Cockfield worked in Battle Creek for two years and South Haven for six years before moving to Petoskey and joining Bay View in 2007.

Professionally Dr. Cockfield enjoys helping women dealing with polycystic ovarian syndrome, preventive health care, and adolescent health. She also performs balloon ablations and Laparoscopic Hysterectomies.

Dr. Cockfield is married to Pete and has two children. She enjoys golf, skiing, being active with family, camping, reading and travelling.


dr-wilcoxTimothy R. Wilcox, M.D.

Dr. Wilcox was on the Dean’s List while earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and received honors in family practice while at Wayne State Medical School. He completed his residency in 1988 in OB/Gyn at Butterworth Hospital, receiving the VanderKolk Resident Award. He then moved to Petoskey and joined Burns Clinic.

Dr. Wilcox is married to Peggy and has two grown children, Carly and Cam.

Dr. Wilcox is semi-retired, working in the office part-time, but no longer doing surgeries or deliveries, giving him more time to enjoy  mountain biking, running, backcountry/heli skiing, skate XC skiing, kayaking, backpacking, waterskiing, cooking, reading, travel and spending time with family.

dr-sypniewskiJoseph P. Sypniewski, D.O.

Joseph Sypniewski, D.O., received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, followed by a degree in pharmacy at Ferris State University. He went on to Michigan State University and earned his doctorate from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986. Internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology was completed at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids. He is board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is a senior fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has been on active staff at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital since 1991.

He has dedicated twenty-five years to the study and practice of pregnancy related care and the treatment of gynecologic disorders. The first priority for pregnancy should be to make it safe; after that, growing a family should be fun.

Dr. Sypniewski lives in Petoskey with his wife Karen, and five children.

dr-johnsonKendra L. Johnson, DO

Dr. Johnson grew up in Northern Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 2004. She then graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. She completed her residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Professionally, Dr. Johnson enjoys in-office tubal ligations and endometrial ablations, minimally invasive hysterectomies, and helping women with infertility.

Dr. Johnson is married to Joe and they have a daughter, Abigail and a son, Samuel. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities and watching Michigan State sports.

dr-rodgersDr. Emma Rodgers

Dr. Rodgers grew up in Northern Michigan (Traverse City). She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2006. She Graduated from Michigan State College of Osteopathic Med in 2001. She completed her residency at St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren, MI and was Chief Resident and OB/GYN Resident of the Year.

Professionally, Dr. Rodgers enjoys adolescent gynecology, well-woman care, helping women with infertility & minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Emma Rodgers is married to Brent with one daughter Amelia born in 2015. She enjoys spending time with family, 2 dogs, being outdoors and traveling.

Dr. Phillippi

After practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology for 15 years in Naperville, Illinois, Dr. Phillippi and her family relocated to Northern Michigan where she grew up.

She graduated from the University of Michigan then attended Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency in 2000 at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and received her Board certification in 2003 from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Phillippi enjoys high risk obstetrics, menopausal medicine, well-woman care along with adolescent gynecology.

Dr. Phillippi is married to Jim and has three boys. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking and any outdoor activities.

Our Staff

Our Staff We have a well-trained and educated staff including a records department; a billing department with over thirty years of medical billing experience; four receptionists trained in obstetrics and gynecology scheduling; two sonographers offering over 20 years of experience and specialized training; medical assistants; a licensed practical nurse and two registered nurses to assist our doctors; and an OB specialty nurse to meet with expecting moms to ready them for their journey.