Our Veterinarians

Stacy Andrew
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Stacy Andrew
DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Stacy Andrew's special interests include corneal diseases, ocular manifestations of systemic disease and eyelid surgery. Prior to BluePearl, Dr. Andrew served as a faculty member at the University of Florida.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, MSPCA Angell Memorial Hospital, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology, University of Vermont, Burlington
Dr. Andrew enjoys traveling, reading and horse-related activities. She and husband, Dr. Alan Cross, have three French bulldogs.
Nicolas Berryessa
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Nicolas Berryessa
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nicolas Berryessa is particularly interested in infectious diseases and immune-mediated disorders.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis
Ryan Bray
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Internal Medicine
Ryan Bray
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Ryan Bray's clinical interests include acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease, minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, immune-mediated blood disorders, and nutritional management of the critically ill patient.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Animal Hospital Aurora & Berwyn, Chicago IL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology and Animal Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Bray enjoys sports, traveling and a number of outdoor activities. He and his wife, also a BluePearl clinician have a daughter and a number of pets: dog Rivers, cat Wilson, two leopard geckos, two corn snakes and a Betta fish.
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.
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.
DaShaunté Coleman
DVM
Emergency Medicine
DaShaunté Coleman
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. DaShaunté Coleman's clinical interests include traumatic wound repair and treating urethral obstructions
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists, Bohemia NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Science, Tennessee State University, Nashville
Dr. Coleman likes cooking for and traveling with her husband and son. They have one dog, a lab mix named Ace.
Katherine Conlon
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Katherine Conlon
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Katherine Conlon enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Atlanta
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Dr. Conlon divides her free time among physical activities playing softball, running, and riding horses and mental pursuits reading, movies and trivia. She and her husband have three cats.
Alan Cross
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Alan Cross
DVM, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alan Cross focuses on orthopedic surgery and frequently publishes and lectures on various procedures and topics within the specialty.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
Dr. Cross is passionate about motorsports. He can often be found in his garage under an automotive restoration project or racing his Spec Miata race car on various tracks in the Southeast.
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.
Michael Di Cicco
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Michael Di Cicco
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michael Di Cicco's professional interests include upper and lower urinary tract diseases, cystoscopy, abdominal ultrasonography, nutrition, and infectious diseases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
Dr. Di Cicco enjoys riding his road or mountain bike, watching Chicago sports teams, and spending time with his friends and three dogs, Marlowe, Linus and Max.
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.
Montana DiVita
DVM
Neurology
Montana DiVita
DVM
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Montana DiVita is an intern in our surgery service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Winston Salem NC
  • Clinical Rotation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
Dr. DiVita likes hiking, scuba diving and traveling. Her pets include Frenchy, a male Pomeranian/poodle mix; BA, a male black lab; Maggie, a bluetick coonhound; and Baxter a Holland lob rabbit.
Brolin Evans
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Brolin Evans
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Brolin Evans finds lymphoid malignancies gratifying to treat because of the success of current available treatments. He’s excited about the field of comparative oncology and its benefits to both veterinary and human cancer patients. The osteosarcoma vaccine is one such treatment being studied in both human and veterinary medicine that’s he hopeful to use in the near future.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Oncology Clinical Trials Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology & Latin, Mercer University, Macon GA
Dr. Evans loves playing the piano and singing at church, as well as cooking and keeping reef aquariums. He and his wife have three geriatric dogs, cocker spaniel Sully, Brussels griffon Munchkin, and English bulldog Rex.
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.
Rebecca Gelé
DVM
Critical Care
Rebecca Gelé
DVM
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rebecca Gelé is an intern in our critical care service.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biophysics, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Dr. Gelé likes to travel and attend sporting events. She also enjoys kayaking and hiking with her husband and two dogs, herding mix Emmy and Jack Russell mix Reese.
Terrance Hamilton
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Terrance Hamilton
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Prior to coming to Georgia, Dr. Hamilton was the medical director and oncologist at a busy referral hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Hamilton’s favorite sport is baseball – he’s a Cleveland Indians fan. He and his wife enjoy every chance they get to spend time with their son and daughter.
Stanley Hunter
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Stanley Hunter
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Stanley Hunter enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee AL
Dr. Hunter likes watching sports to include football, basketball, tennis, golf and cheering on the Yankees.
Ronald Johnson
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Ronald Johnson
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Servicing Locations
The diagnosis and treatment of head trauma and neuromuscular disease drew Dr. Johnson to the specialty of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Central Florida, Orlando
An active sportsman, Dr. Johnson enjoys golf, tennis, and competing in triathalons. But even more so, he enjoys the company of his wife and their three children.
Nathan Lee
DVM, DACVR-RO
Radiation Oncology
Nathan Lee
DVM, DACVR-RO
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nathan Lee is one of fewer than 100 board-certified veterinary radiation oncology specialists in the world. He came to BluePearl from the University of Tennessee where he was an assistant professor. He enjoys telling clients that compared to human medicine, animals tolerate veterinary radiation therapy much better and with fewer skin-related side effects than people. Dr. Lee is especially interested in intensity modulated radiation IMRT and stereotactic radiotherapy SRT. Both of these treatment options focus more precisely on tumor tissue, sparing much more of the normal tissue around tumors, which decreases the chance of side effects following therapy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology-Radiation Oncology
  • Residency, Radiation Oncology, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Clemson University, Clemson SC
Dr. Lee and his wife, a veterinary pathologist, have one daughter. The family pets run the gamut: Camie, a chocolate lab; Willie, a black wire-haired dachshund; Ellie, a tri-colored, long-haired cat; and Maya, a green parrot. Golf, cooking, rock climbing and yoga are favorite pastimes.
Lori MacDougall
DVM, MVSc, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Lori MacDougall
DVM, MVSc, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lori MacDougall's special clinical interests include pain management, oncology and reconstructive surgery, although she also enjoys performing both orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Surgery, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon SK, Canada
  • Masters of Veterinary Science, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon SK, Canada
  • Internship, Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, Canada
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Bachelor of Art & Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, Canada
Dr. MacDougall and her husband enjoy spending time with their growing son Nathan, and their cat and dog. Whenever possible, you can find her outside swimming, walking or playing tennis.
Tiffany McAllister
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Tiffany McAllister
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tiffany McAllister enjoys the variety that emergency cases bring. She finds it very rewarding to have the opportunity to help clients in their time of need work through a stressful situation with their pets.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Iowa State University, Ames
Dr. McAllister has been a member of the Air National Guard since shortly before the 9/11 attacks. She stays active with CrossFit training and enjoys traveling to new places. Her personal goal is to hike to Mount Everest base camp. Rock and Sherman are her two rescue dogs.
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.
Caroline Monk
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Caroline Monk
DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Caroline Monk is particularly interested in treating corneal disease and says nothing beats the satisfaction of a discharge after cataract surgery. She also enjoys re-checks or getting updates from owners
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Surgery, Emergency Critical Care and Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Dr. Monk enjoys running, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing and spending time with her dog, Murphy and three cats, Zoey, Myrtle and Austin.
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.
Jennifer Parkes
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology
Jennifer Parkes
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Originally from Nova Scotia, Dr. Jennifer Parkes' clinical interests include seizure management, inflammatory brain disease and intervertebral disc disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS
Dr. Parkes and her husband, Dr. Nick Berryessa, met while completing their internships at Georgia Veterinary Specialists. Along with spending time with her husband and daughter, she also enjoys cooking, travel and hiking.
Jennifer Pittman
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Jennifer Pittman
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jennifer Pittman is particularly interested in the treatment of snake bites, sepsis and coagulation disorders.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Internship, Emergency Medicine, Texas A & M University, College Park
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Texas A & M University, College Park
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Pittman is an accomplished violinist. She’s played since elementary school and has been a member of the Athens Symphony Orchestra since 1999. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving and the company of her three cats.
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.
Sayra Reyes
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Sayra Reyes
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sayra Reyes is particularly interested in gastrointestinal disease and toxicities.
  • Internship, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Grand Rapids MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Dr. Reyes relaxes with a book or snuggles with her corgi-mix pooch named Kyler. She can also be found dancing with her husband.
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.
Mason Savage
DVM, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Mason Savage
DVM, DACVR
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Dr. Mason Savage has many clinical interests to include congenital and anatomic diseases such as portosystemic shunts, ectopic ureters and congenital brain and spinal diseases and vascular diseases pulmonary and other vascular embolic diseases, AV malformations and portal vein diseases. He especially enjoys procedures where he can help acquire more information about a disease process that will lead to more targeted therapies such as fine needle aspirates, ultrasound guided needle core biopsies, and intraoperative radiographic or ultrasonographic assistance.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Diagnostic Imaging, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Savage's favorite pastimes include running, road biking and diving. Miley is his “leggy blonde” dog who has a great smile and a perpetual sense of optimism.
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 College 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.
Gustavo Sepulveda
MS, DVM, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Gustavo Sepulveda
MS, DVM, DACVR
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Before joining BluePearl in Georgia, Dr. Sepulveda was assistant professor of veterinary radiology at the Michigan State University.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Radiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Masters of Science, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
  • Bachelor of Animal Science , University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Dr. Sepulveda and his wife have three children that keep them busy. To relax, he enjoys watching boxing.
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.
Danielle Smith Laughlin
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Danielle Smith 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
In her free time, Dr. Laughlin likes to travel, cook, and spend time with her family. She and her husband have a son, a daughter, two terriers, and one handsome cat.
Jean Sonnenfield
DPhil, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jean Sonnenfield
DPhil, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sonnenfield has a wide range of clinical interests – especially shock and toxicity. In addition to her responsibilities as an emergency clinician, Dr. Sonnenfield serves on the intern committee, helping to coordinate the program at BluePearl.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Doctorate, Clinical Biochemistry, Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Sonnenfield lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat. You’ll often find her on the soccer field, either playing on a women’s team or coaching her son’s team.
Edward Trainor
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Edward Trainor
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Edward Trainor is especially interested in managing intervertebral disc disease and seizure disorders.
  • Internship, Neurology, BluePearl Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs GA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Southfield MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb
Dr. Trainor enjoys exploring the many craft breweries of Detroit, reading, travel and spending time on Lake Huron with his family and friends.
Rachel Tulipan
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Rachel Tulipan
DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel Tulipan has a particular interest in portosystemic shunts, patent ductus arteriosus and wounds.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Sandy Springs GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee College, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Washington State University, St. Louis
Dr. Tulipan enjoys playing tennis and volleyball, hiking, running, riding her two horses and spending time with her pets: Mickey, a mixed breed dog and cat Huey.
Thomas Walker
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Thomas Walker
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Walker’s special interests are in toxicology and trauma. Prior to joining BluePearl, Dr. Walker taught courses at Ross University in pharmacology, toxicology, internal medicine, emergency medicine and critical care medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts& Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Walker enjoys anything involving the water including kiteboarding, boating and fishing.
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
Dr. Whitehead stays busy and active with his family, including two sons. He is an enthusiastic college football fan and occasionally plays bad golf. His rescued pets include Echo, a black lab mix, and Loki, a border collie mix.
Christina Whitley
DVM
Critical Care
Christina Whitley
DVM
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Christina Whitley’s particular clinical interests include bleeding or immune-mediated disorders, trauma and sepsis.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Atlanta GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science & Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Dr. Whitley volunteers for CHERUBS, a nonprofit that focuses on research, helping families and caring for children born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Her favorite pastimes include soccer, running, golf, traveling and watching sports. She and her husband, BluePearl internist Dr. Ryan Bray have one daughter. The family pets include beagle Rivers, cat Willie B, better fish Theodore Braysevelt, leopard geckos Herman and Miranda, and corn snakes Goliath and Bianca.
Kevin Winkler
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Kevin Winkler
DVM, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kevin Winkler enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery. He currently serves on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s disaster relief team.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens GA
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Georgia, Athens GA
Dr. Winkler and his wife have four children, two dogs and two cats. They enjoy traveling and following the Georgia Bulldogs.
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.

Technicians (VTS)

Steven Frederick
RVT, VTS (Surgery)
Surgery
Steven Frederick
RVT, VTS (Surgery)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Surgery)
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Steven is passionate about orthopedic surgery and particularly enjoys fracture repair and angular limb deformity correction. At home he enjoys his large dog Bigwig, a South African Boerboel, and unwinds with reading, baseball and gardening.
Christy Servies
RVT, VTS (Neurology)
Neurology, Rehabilitation
Christy Servies
RVT, VTS (Neurology)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Neurology)
Neurology, Rehabilitation
Servicing Locations