Our Veterinarians

Dr. Amanda Conkling is board certified in veterinary surgery. She is holding two cats.
Amanda Conkling
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Amanda Conkling
DVM, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Amanda Conkling is especially interested in soft tissue surgery, oncologic surgery and reconstructive procedures.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, Copley OH
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, Copley OH
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers State University, East Brunswick NJ
Dr. Conkling enjoys time with her husband and five children, and participating in triathlons and running races. The family has a pit bull mix named Belle, three cats, Smudge, Phineas and Ferb, and chickens and fish.
Dr. Kaity Denney is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Kaity Denney
DVM
Kaity Denney
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kaity Denney is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in anesthesia, pain management, emergency and critical care, endocrine disorders, behavior medicine and preventative care.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Dr. Denney enjoys reading, hiking, biking, traveling and spending quality time with her family, friends, husband and adopted greyhound, Ariel.
Dr. Ericka Hunter is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is hugging an almost white Labrador retriever.
Ericka Hunter
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Ericka Hunter
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Ericka Hunter's particular clinical interests include trauma, wound care and toxicities.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Physiology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette
Dr. Hunter enjoys cooking, snowshoeing, kayaking and international travel, and she actually met her husband while on vacation in Jamaica. The family pets include mixed breed dog Chili Bean, Labrador retriever River, and two cats, Oshi and Lemon.
Dr. Elise Jemmott is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Elise Jemmott
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Elise Jemmott
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elise Jemmott considers the arrival of a critical patient at 3:00am an adrenaline rush. She is most drawn to cases of parvovirus puppies, trauma and toxicities.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Houston Veterinary Specialists, Spring TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Jemmott has two mutts, Hallie Berry and Dent, and a cat named Shock. She enjoys trying new brews, dabbling in woodworking and outside activities like camping, hiking and kayaking.
Dr. Yoojin Kim is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. She is holding a long-haired cat.
Yoojin Kim
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Yoojin Kim
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Before vet school, Dr. Yoojin Kim worked in Seoul, South Korea as a writer and editor for a large publisher of fashion and home living magazines. She has completed focused research projects on kidney diseases but enjoys a variety of procedures, to include bronchoscopy, cystoscopy, GI endoscopy, and arthrocentesis. Her particular clinical interests include nephrology, gastroenterology, immune-mediated disease and endocrinology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral & Emergency, Bowie MD
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication, Ewha Women’s University, Seoul South Korea
Dr. Kim's favorite pastimes include photography, travel and anything with water, like canoeing, standup paddle boarding and swimming. She and her husband, a registered nurse, have a daughter. The family shares their house with cats Foret and Hobo.
Dr. Madison Jeniece is a rotating intern
Jeniece Madison
DVM
Jeniece Madison
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jeniece Madison is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in radiology, ultrasounds, collecting biopsies, removing foreign materials and investigating the gastrointestinal system.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Animal Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Madison enjoys being active and living a healthy lifestyle. She loves hiking, kayaking, nature walks with her two dogs, playing sports and fitness training, specifically weightlifting, boxing and yoga.
Illustration of a silhouette of a figure with a stethoscope draped around their neck.
Jill Niederhuth
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Jill Niederhuth
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jill Niederhuth particularly enjoys managing epilepsy, inflammatory brain/spinal cord diseases and neuromuscular conditions. She also finds it gratifying to help families and pets with care for conditions that can ultimately be fatal, such as brain tumors. Intervertebral disc disease surgery is one of her favorites because the outcome tends to be excellent.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Internship, Neurology, Animal Specialty Group, Los Angeles CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, William Paterson University, Wayne NJ
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Tulane University, New Orleans LA
Dr. Niederhuth loves puzzles, reading, outdoor activities and traveling with her husband. They have two dogs: Lucy who they think is a Boerboel and Athena, a lab/hound mix.
Dr. Stormy Perry is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Stormy Perry
DVM
Stormy Perry
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
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Dr. Stormy Perry is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Dr. Perry enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hiking, and relaxing on the couch with a good book or a fun movie.
Dr. Danielle Pettifor is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She has her arm around a brown dog.
Danielle Pettifor
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Danielle Pettifor
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Danielle Pettifor is a well-rounded clinician with a special interest in exotic animal medicine. Her favorite cases are those involving cardiology, internal medicine and trauma.
  • Clinical year, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
When not in the ER, Dr. Pettifor is enjoying the great outdoors. She likes to go for hikes and go swimming with her husband, daughter and dog.
Dr. Elizabeth Ritchie is a rotating intern.
Elizabeth Ritchie
DVM
Elizabeth Ritchie
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elizabeth Ritchie is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She has a background in laboratory and clinical research, and she is most interested in metabolic disturbances and ultrasounds.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Dr. Ritchie enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her fiancé, retired racing greyhound, Cocoa, and pet reptiles.
Dr. Kristopher Sharpe is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. He is hugging a large black dog.
Kristopher Sharpe
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Kristopher Sharpe
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sharpe is the medical director of our Grand Rapids hospital. Within his specialty of internal medicine, he’s particularly interested in immune-mediated diseases, liver disease and endocrinology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Norwalk CT
  • Bachelor of Science, Oakland University, Rochester MI
Dr. Sharpe enjoys running, fly fishing, and hiking and camping with his wife, three sons, and dog Owen, a black lab. His two cats, Gracie and Calvin, are happy to stay home and watch over the house.
Dr. Gwen Sila is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology. She is sitting with a large dog who is looking up into her face.
Gwen Sila
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Gwen Sila
DVM, DACVO
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Gwen Sila is particularly interested in corneal disease, glaucoma, and cataract surgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo MI
Dr. Sila loves being outside and traveling and hiking through remote areas. She’s a longtime casual runner and also enjoys cooking and baking. She and her husband have a very active border collie and Australian shepherd and an even more active young son.
Dr. Christine Swanson is board certified in veterinary oncology. She is hugging a large black dog.
Christine Swanson
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Christine Swanson
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Christine Swanson is especially interested in combination chemotherapy as extracted from human medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor’s of Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Swanson enjoys baking and spending time outdoors with her two children and husband. Sienna, her cane corso, is always eager to fill the rest of the daylight hours with an uplifting game of fetch.
Dr. Lauren Ugol is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is with a brown, black and tan dog.
Lauren Ugol
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Lauren Ugol
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lauren Ugol is an emergency clinician. Her interests include clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging as it relates to the ER setting. Dr. Ugol finds cases of toxicities, endocrine disorders and allergic reactions particularly gratifying.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Bachelor of Arts, Zoology, Journalism, Miami University, Oxford OH
Dr. Ugol likes trying new recipes, watching Hallmark movies, listening to podcasts and exploring Michigan's piers. She has an Australian Shepherd, Haven, and a rescue cat, Monroe.