Veterinary Staff

Dr. Steve Kurtz graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary College in 1980.  After graduation, he practiced emergency medicine in Milwaukee and then Minneapolis before moving to Maryland to help establish the Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Inc.  Dr. Kurtz has continued to practice emergency veterinary medicine at EVC for almost 30 years and is the Hospital Director.  

Dr. Vipuli Kulasekara was born in Sri Lanka where she completed her veterinary medicine degree in 1995. After completing a 6 month internship at the National Zoo, Dr. Kulasekara started the first multi-doctor practice in Sri Lanka together with two colleagues. She came to the US to complete a presidential awarded externship at North Carolina State.  In 2002, she completed an internship in anesthesia and critical care at Tufts University. After completing her ECFVG certification in 2003 she started practicing emergency medicine and joined the Emergency Veterinary Clinic staff in 2008.  Dr. Kulasekara, her husband and son live in Baltimore and enjoy travelling and visiting with friends and family.  She continues to work with her hospital and a spay-neuter program in Sri Lanka. 

Dr. Tino Luehman graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.  Prior to completing her veterinary medicine degree, she worked as a veterinary technician/assistant for 11 years.  

Dr. Luehman has a special interest in exotic animal medicine and works with a number of exotic animal rescue groups in the area. She and her husband share their home with a number of rescue birds and rabbits as well as a pet snake.

Dr. Sharon Stemley  has worked in the veterinary field for almost 30 years- first as a receptionist, then as a technician, and then as a doctor since 1993.  After completing her B.S. from Purdue University, Dr. Stemley attended graduate school at New York University and completed her DVM degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine.  Upon graduation she moved to Washington DC to pursue an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals.  She then worked for many years in NJ and moved to Maryland after marrying her husband.  Dr. Stemley's medical interests include soft-tissue surgery, endocrinology, and emergency medicine.  She enjoys photography, gardening, horseback riding, and spending quality time with her 2 children.

Dr. Cheryl Gruver graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine  (Virginia Tech...go Hokies)  in 2002.  She joined EVC in 2004 following completion of an internship with Garden State Veterinary Specialists. Special interests include endocrine emergencies, hematology,  & managing ICU cases.  Outside interests are gardening, reading, and generally learning about just about anything. 

Dr. Angelyn Givens graduated from Purdue University in 2002.  Dr. Givens moved to Maryland in 2002 and has worked in emergency medicine ever since.  Dr. Givens started at EVC in 2003 when it became a 24-hour hospital and became Chief of Staff in 2005.  Her veterinary interests include surgery and challenging critical care.  She enjoys hiking, biking, swimming & traveling with her son when not working long hours at EVC.  

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