Michael A. Strobel, DVM, MS

CEO and founder of Aurora Pharmaceutical

“We are customer focused and quality driven.”

Michael A. Strobel is responsible for our leadership, overall direction, and management. He has 30 years of experience in the field of compounding and marketing pharmaceutical sales in the food animal market. Dr. Strobel graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1982 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and later earned a masters degree in Swine Medicine. He began working for Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic in 1982 and became part owner in 1983. Dr. Strobel holds numerous United States and international patents and has published nationally and internationally.

Lori Happel-Jarratt


Lari Happel-Jarratt is responsible for  accounting and finance. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Master of Business Administration. Ms. Happel-Jarratt has over 20 years experience and has worked as CFO and director of finance and human resources for several medium sized companies.

Bob Rehurek

Sales and Marketing Director

Bob Rehurek graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1978 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Photography. Mr. Rehurek started in 1981 working in sales and marketing, and has worked for several animal health companies, including the Fortune 500 Company MWI. He also was president and owner of a veterinary supply company for 10 years.

“Our staff is committed to listening and understanding the needs of our customers.”

Dave Oliver

Quality Control Manager

Dave Oliver graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a business emphasis. Mr. Oliver has over 20 years’ experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. He is an experienced chemist and has managed the Quality Control laboratory for multiple pharmaceutical companies.

Alina Garbar, Ph.D.

RA Director

Alina Garbar graduated from Moscow University, Russia. Dr. Garbar is an experienced chemist, with over 12 years of focusing on different aspects in the pharmaceutical area – research and development, piloting, manufacturing, analytical testing of active pharmaceutical ingredients and drug products.

Richard Mihalik

R&D Director/Business Development

Rich Mihalik is a pharmaceutical professional with over 25 years of experience in research, formulation development, analytical development, quality assurance, quality control, and business development at both large and small animal and human health companies.  In these roles, he has guided the development and launch of many successful and innovative health products.  He has also been granted several patents for the formulation and use of these products.  He is a graduate of the University of         Missouri with a B.S. in Chemistry.

Kevin Bell, CPIM, CMfgT

Production Manager

Kevin Bell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology/Manufacturing Engineering. Mr. Bell has  over 24 years experience within various manufacturing companies. 10 of these years were with cGMP pharmaceutical and medical device manufactures.

aurora-130sujanaszcopy-web-11-16-16Sujana Sudhakar

QA Manager

We always believe that “Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it, it is what the client or customer gets out of it“. Sujana Sudhakar graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s degree in Biological Science, and also posses a Master’s degree in Microbiology from Osmania University, India. Sujana has over 10 years experience, and has worked in the capacity of quality control and quality assurance rolls for leading pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing and biotechnology companies.

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Engineering Manager

Mark Reich graduated from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.  Mr. Reich has over 15 years experience working in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.  Mark has managed Pre-commercial quality Assurance, Validation and Engineering groups.  His skills include Process & Computer Validation, Design of Experiments and Six Sigma.