Our Veterinarians

Dr. Elisabeth Close is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is next to a large blond dog.
Elisabeth Close
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Elisabeth Close
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elisabeth Close is particularly interested in pain management and internal medicine cases, particularly immune-mediated diseases and endocrine disturbances.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Nashville Veterinary Specialists, TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Anthropology and Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Close enjoys bike touring, hiking and running. She also loves cooking, reading and traveling with her husband who is also a veterinarian. The couple has a dog named Aspen and two cats, Mona and Cayenne.
Dr. Leah Girard is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She is with a black dog.
Leah Girard
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Leah Girard
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Leah Girard is an emergency clinician. Her particular interests include soft tissue surgery, treating and stabilizing trauma patients, and urinary obstructions in cats.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI
An outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Girard likes hiking, kayaking, camping, hockey and traveling. She also enjoys music and dancing. Her pets include German shorthaired pointer Captain, Schnauzer/poodle mix Duke, cat Mac and Russian tortoise Torti.
Dr. Tamilselvam Gunasekaran is a veterinarian in our cardiology service. He is holding a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
Tamilselvam Gunasekaran
BVSc & AH, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Tamilselvam Gunasekaran
BVSc & AH, DACVIM (Cardiology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tamilselvam Gunasekaran is interested in interventional cardiac procedures, as well as arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Graduate Fellow, Small Animal Clinics, Madras Veterinary College, India
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Madras Veterinary College, India
Dr. Gunasekaran enjoys painting and metal detecting. He has four sons and three dogs.
Dr. Kevin McKenna is an emergency medicine veterinarian. He is holding a yellow dog.
Kevin McKenna
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kevin McKenna
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kevin McKenna served as an infantryman and veterinarian with the U.S. Army before joining us. Stabilizing and treating trauma patients is his favorite aspect of emergency medicine, and performing soft tissue surgery is one of his favorite procedures.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ
Dr. McKenna enjoys soccer, running, kayaking, hiking, reading and video games. He and his wife, a primary care veterinarian, have two boys. The family has a dog, Ghost, and three cats. Oscar, Clover and Kaelee.
Dr. Kelly Stewart is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a black and tan and white dog.
Kelly Stewart
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kelly Stewart
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kelly Stewart is particularly interested in internal medicine cases, especially endocrinopathies and immune-mediated disease.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Shippensburg University, PA
Dr. Stewart’s favorite pastimes include hiking, reading, canoeing and running with her Australian shepherd, Lilly. Crash is her mixed breed dog, and Fuzz and Jezabella are her cats.