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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Sequoia Bruinton is a doctor in our emergency medicine service.
Sequoia Bruinton
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Sequoia Bruinton
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sequoia Bruinton enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Cardiology, Animal Specialty & Emergency Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal, Poultry & Veterinary Science, Tuskegee University, AL
Dr. Bruinton enjoys running, reading, horseback riding and spending time with her family.
Maria Flippo's headshot.
Maria Flippo
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Maria Flippo
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
As a dedicated emergency clinician, Dr. Maria Flippo is particularly interested in trauma and toxicity cases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergency and Referrals, Chattanooga, TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Clemson University, SC
Outside of work, Dr. Flippo loves traveling with her husband and son, and she also enjoys Pilates. She has two dogs, a Chihuahua and a Labrador retriever.
Dr. Kevin Kunkel is board certified in small animal surgery.
Kevin Kunkel
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Kevin Kunkel
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kevin Kunkel is board certified in small animal surgery, and his particular interests include fractures, traumatology and orthopedic implants. Dr. Kunkel is also active in research and has published on several topics, including cranial cruciate disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Resident, Small Animal Surgery, South Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Columbia
  • Intern, Small Animal Surgery, South Carolina Surgical Referral Service, Columbia
  • Intern, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center/Darien Animal Hospital, Norwalk CT
  • Intern, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Physiology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Dr. Kunkel lives on a farm with his wife and two sons. They have horses, dogs and cats.
Dr. Marilyn Rumbaugh is board certified in large animal surgery and is currently part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Marilyn Rumbaugh
DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
Emergency Medicine
Marilyn Rumbaugh
DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Large Animal
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
A board-certified large animal surgeon, Dr. Marilyn Rumbaugh is now an emergency clinician and finds it especially rewarding. Her interests include wound management and toxicology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Large Animal
  • Residency, Large Animal Surgery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Physiology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Internship, Equine Medicine & Surgery, Pioneer Equine Hospital, Oakdale, CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Science, University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Rumbaugh’s hobbies include horseback riding and CrossFit. She has four dogs and two horses.
Headshot of George Runnels.
George Runnels
DVM
Emergency Medicine
George Runnels
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
A highly experienced clinician, Dr. George Runnels has successfully managed thousands of medical and surgical conditions, from infectious disease to orthopedic injuries. He began his career in a dairy practice in North Carolina and has practiced emergency veterinary medicine in the Augusta area since 2003.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
Dr. Runnels and his wife are active members of their church, along with their three daughters. They enjoy outdoor activities such as basketball, volleyball, tennis and golf. Their family includes Pumpkin and Sandy, two of the best dogs ever.