Our Veterinarians

Ellen Belknap
DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Ellen Belknap
DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Ellen Belknap’s particular ophthalmology interests include corneal surgery and diseases of the eye related to systemic illness or infectious disease. Well published in professional literature in both of her specialties, she is in constant demand as a speaker at professional forums and other continuing education programs.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Auburn University, AL
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Food Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Master of Science, Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Belknap volunteers her services performing ophthalmic exams on service dogs. She enjoys cycling, spinning, tennis and kayaking. She has two adult sons and a Labrador named Amy.
Amanda Brown
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Amanda Brown
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
In addition to emergency medicine, Dr. Amanda Brown is interested in neurology.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Sandy Springs GA
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Clemson University, Clemson SC
Dr. Brown enjoys relaxing with her boxer mix, Adeline, and pet Hereford cow.
Sequoia Bruinton
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Sequoia Bruinton
DVM
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 Veterinary Partners, 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.
Sarah Camp
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Sarah Camp is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Dr. Camp spends her free time outdoors, watching football and cheering on Georgia Tech, or with her boxer Bodhi or tabby cat Mowgli.
Sarah Carr
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Sarah Carr
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sarah Carr particularly enjoys treating trauma cases and surgical emergencies.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Berry College, Mt. Berry GA
Bryan Chiang
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Bryan Chiang is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience, University of Texas, Dallas
Dr. Chiang is fluent in Mandarin. He plays piano and guitar and worked as a sushi chef for a year before vet school. He likes to travel; his favorite places so far have been Ireland and South Africa.
Emily Davis
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Emily Davis is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Baylor University, Waco TX
In addition to restaurant-hopping, Dr. Davis enjoys reading, kayaking and hiking with her dogs. Tuck is her basset hound/dachshund mix, and Beast is her pit bull mix. Two cats, June and Oliver, make up the rest of the family.
Jacquelyn Diamond
DVM
Dermatology
Dr. Jacquelyn Diamond is a dermatology resident. She is interested in cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease and finds treating and diagnosing otitis with video otoscopy particularly gratifying.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, California Veterinary Specialists, Carlsbad & Murrieta
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, Economics & Business – East Asia, Boston University, MA
Dr. Diamond enjoys attending concerts and shows, reading, hiking and cooking. She has two Italian greyhounds, Dottie and Saul.
Joseph DiBenedetto
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Joseph DiBenedetto is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, State University of New York, Binghamton
Dr. DiBenedetto can often be found at the gym, playing basketball, or watching a New York Knicks game. He also enjoys cooking, watching movies and relaxing with his cat Gazoo.
Jessica Forbes
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Jessica Forbes is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal and Veterinary Science, Clemson University, SC
Happiest outdoors, Dr. Forbes likes hiking, camping, skydiving or reading in a hammock. She’s also passionate about ultimate Frisbee and traveling. Her dog is red heeler Ruby.
Cindy Geier
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Cindy Geier is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
A fan of all sports, especially baseball, Dr. Geier's favorite team is the Texas Rangers. Her goal is to visit all major league baseball stadiums; she’s almost there.
Julie Kornder
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Julie Kornder
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Julie Kornder was inspired by her grandfather, who became a veterinarian in 1951. Her clinical interests include both cardiology and critical care. She likes transfusion medicine and treating arrhythmias, shock and sepsis.
  • Internship, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, IVG Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Woburn
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, CT
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Clayton State University, Morrow GA
Dr. Kornder volunteers her veterinary skills at vaccine clinics with the local humane society. She enjoys reading, gardening, fight club (boxing) at the gym and trivia. Three cats share her home: Moxie, Amelia, a calico, and Fievel, her little Russian prince.
Danielle Laughlin
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Danielle Laughlin
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Danielle Laughlin is particularly interested in cardiac imaging using advanced echocardiography techniques and novel treatments for heart disease including new drugs and supplements to support patients with chronic heart disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Arts, Zoology, Miami University, Oxford OH
Dr. Laughlin likes to cook and travel. Photography is also a hobby, and she admits that most of her photos are of her pets. Dr. Laughlin and her husband, also a veterinarian, have a “feisty” terrier mix named Rudy and a cat named Rascal.
Kristy Meadows
MS, PhD, DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Kristy Meadows is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biomedical Sciences (Neuroscience), Tufts University, Medford MA
  • Master of Science, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University, Medford MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Meadows enjoys kickboxing, classic movies and binge-watching Netflix. She also likes walking her Chihuahua, Oogie Boogie Man. Her three elderly cats are Annabel Lee, Chop Suey and Squash.
Rebekah Mullins
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Rebekah Mullins
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Rebekah Mullins enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine but finds helping pets and owners in a time of need particularly rewarding.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City
Dr. Mullins enjoys hiking, horseback riding and cooking. She has two dogs, Hank and Bella, and three cats, Gracie, Wilbur and Petey.
Mallory Nebel
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Mallory Nebel is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Nebel enjoys horseback riding, cycling, running and hiking with her dog Lucy, an English golden retriever who loves playing with stuffed animals and hide-and-seek.
Thomas Nelson
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Thomas Nelson
DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
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The son of a veterinarian, Dr. Thomas Nelson feels profound accomplishment when he can repair a fracture, heal a wound or stabilize a patient in a life-threatening situation. While he enjoys nearly all types of surgery, he is especially enthusiastic about orthopedic procedures and thoracic surgeries.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Animal Specialty Group, Los Angeles CA Specialty
  • Internship, Surgery, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Atlanta GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Auburn University, AL
Dr. Nelson and his wife, also a veterinarian, enjoy hiking, backpacking, bicycling, kayaking, rock climbing, water skiing, snow skiing and more. Their Labradors Wegl and Athena love to hike, and their cats Amora and Tux spend their time being lazy.
Brandon Pogue
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Brandon Pogue
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Pogue has special interests in congenital heart disease as well as diagnostic imaging – including advanced echocardiography, interventional cardiology and radiology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
When he has time, Dr. Pogue likes to travel and spend time outdoors camping and hiking.
Sarah Roberts
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Sarah Roberts
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sarah Roberts is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She is also a certified medical laboratory scientist and worked in a human medical laboratory at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Dr. Roberts has worked with elephants, sea turtles, and marine mammals. She has a pit bull with a pacemaker, Jezzabelle, and a spunky tabby cat, Roxy, who enjoys boxes more than her cat tree.
Christopher Robinson
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Christopher Robinson is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Robinson enjoys outdoor activities, like soccer and hiking.
Cassandra Ruthrauff
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Cassandra Ruthrauff
DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cassandra Ruthrauff enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Surgery, Veterinary Surgical Associates, San Francisco CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Garden State Veterinary Specialists, Tinton Falls NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A & M University, College Station
Dr. Ruthrauff enjoys watching professional sports, particularly New England teams, as well as playing soccer, wakeboarding and snowboarding. Her two dogs and two cats also keep her busy.
Robert Schick
DVM, DACVD
Dermatology
Dr. Schick has practiced veterinary dermatology in the Atlanta area since 1988. He was the first board-certified veterinary dermatologist in Atlanta and the first to utilize the CO2 laser.
  • Diplomate, American Collegy of Veterinary Dermatology
  • Residency, Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Internship, Small Animal & Medicine, Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
An avid Florida Gator fan, Dr. Schick often flies his own plane watch the team play. He also volunteers his time with the Veteran’s Airlift Command and Angel Flight organizations to help transport military personnel in times of special need.
Blake Shessel
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Dr. Blake Shessel is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Shessel is a fan of both college and the professional tennis. She loves to run and attend exercise classes with a goal of running the London Marathon. Dr. Shessel also volunteers at her church.
Maegan Watson
DVM
Oncology
Dr. Maegan Watson is an intern in our oncology service.
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Auburn University, AL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Louisiana Technical University, Ruston
Dr. Watson enjoys riding her bike and going to the movies. She has a golden retriever, Baylor Bocelli, who loves to play fetch and go for walks, and two cats, Ruby and Beasley.
Jim Whitehead
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Jim Whitehead
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jim Whitehead has special interests in immune-mediated diseases, endocrine diseases and gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Medvet, Memphis TN
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Mississippi State University, Starkville
An avid college football fan, Dr. Whitehead also enjoys golfing and spending time with his family and his rescued pets – Rusty, a border collie; Thumper, a mixed-breed dog; and house cat Boomer.
Jackie Wypij
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Jackie Wypij
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
After nine years as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Dr. Jackie Wypij remains dedicated to teaching others and is often invited to speak at national veterinary conferences. She also continues to pursue additional training for herself and has earned certificates in grief counseling, online teaching and clinical and translational research methods. Dr. Wypij’s particular clinical interests include canine lymphoma and mast cell tumors; feline cancer of all types, especially oral; and palliative and hospice care.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Daemen College, Amherst NY
Dr. Wypij enjoys dancing the Argentine tango, hiking, camping or chasing after her two children.
Gabina Youn
BVetMed
Emergency Medicine
Gabina Youn
BVetMed
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Gabina Youn enjoys the variety of cases in emergency medicine, especially polytrauma cases, like pets hit by cars.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, Akron OH
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Youn enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming, DIY projects and new recipes, or snuggling up on the couch with her husband and six pets. They have two dachshunds, Harriet and Penny, feisty shiba inu Lucky, pit bull mix Freddie, and cats Kiwi and Fitzgerald.