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Meet Kay Sicheneder

Consulting Arborist at SavATree

Kay began her career in plant health care. For over twenty years, and at two tree services she gained a holistic approach to diagnosis and management of tree and shrub disorders, focusing on prevention of problems as well as their treatment. She also developed skills and knowledge needed for tree risk assessment and mitigation, tree appraisal, and forensics and expert opinion. Eight years as forester for Ann Arbor brought invaluable experience in municipal operations including planning, budgeting, contracting, and coordinating with other city departments. Kay ‘s strong communication skills were well utilized in understanding the priorities of residents, tax-payers, Forestry workers and the City.

For Kay, it was a natural path to move into consulting. She helps manage urban trees through tree inventories and management plans, and tree protection. Kay provides expert opinion on diagnosis, tree risk assessment, plant appraisal and other tree-related projects. In this capacity, Kay works for a variety of clients including attorneys, property owners, insurance adjusters, utilities, universities, county parks, and municipalities.

“My job is to ensure the client is supplied with appropriate information to make the right decision about their tree. This means being at the top of my game, with the knowledge and resources to provide accurate diagnosis and analysis, effective services, and clear, detailed communication. I apply this same principle when serving as an expert witness in cases involving trees. These situations can be difficult for those involved. My role is to provide fact-based, unbiased information that speaks to the case.”

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (248) 561-0180


Bachelor’s in Science in Zoology, Michigan State University
Master’s in Natural Resources, University of Michigan
ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist #668
Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
ISA Certified Arborist MI0073
Michigan Oak Wilt Qualified
MI Certified Applicator
Tree and Plant Appraisal Qualification


Awards from ISA MI

President’s Award 2006
Professional Service Award 2008
Governmental Award of Excellence in Urban Forestry 2010
Honor’s Award 2017


For decades Kay has volunteered with ISA MI Chapter, and has served on several national organization committees and boards. Currently she is on the board of American Society of Consulting Arborists. She twice raised funds for tree research by riding in the Tour des Trees. Kay has given dozens of presentations to industry and community groups on a wide variety of tree-related subjects. One spectacular project was protecting “Reta red maple”, the tree used for a camp treehouse constructed for ventilator-dependent children. Kay was honored to donate her expertise to collaborate with engineers and construction workers to create a one-of-a-kind structure for these special campers.

Fun Fact:
Kay plays league ice hockey.