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

Kara 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 traveling.


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.

Joseph 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.

Kendra L. Johnson, D.O.

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 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. Emma Rodgers, D.O.

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 2011. She completed her residency at St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren, MI and was Chief Resident and OB/GYN Resident of the Year. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG).

Professionally, Dr. Rodgers enjoys adolescent gynecology, well-woman care, helping women with infertility & minimally invasive procedures, and helping families achieve a healthy and safe pregnancy.

Dr. Emma Rodgers is married to Brent and they have two daughters, Amelia and Sofie, and have 3 dogs and 1 cat. She enjoys time with family, running, Peloton, being outdoors and traveling.

Dr. Ivey, M.D.

Dr. Ivey completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Troy State University in 1988, then pursued her Master’s degree in Biochemistry at Auburn University. Her fascination for medicine and biochemistry continued as she did research in biochemistry at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine for four years before beginning medical school in 1995. Having a passion for women’s health and obstetrics, she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2003. Her first position as an OB/Gyn was at Northern Michigan Hospital. It was here in Petoskey that she fell in love with northern Michigan and has made it her home for the last 15 years.

Dr. Ivey has extensive training and years of experience in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for abnormal uterine bleeding and urinary incontinence, as well as a passion for high and low risk obstetrics and patient education.

Dr. Ivey enjoys being a mom to her two children, is an avid runner, a self proclaimed amateur photographer, and a DIY home remodeler.

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; three receptionists trained in obstetrics and gynecology scheduling; three sonographers offering over 30 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.