Our Veterinarians

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.
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.