"Dr. Obernesser and her staff are ALWAYS kind, caring, knowledgeable, efficient, willing to explain things, and have the animal's best interest as their #1 priority."


Dr. Ina Obernesser

Dr. Ina Obernesser, founder and owner of Uptown Vets, was raised in a small German village where she formed a strong bond with animals at an early age. She relocated to Italy to study veterinary medicine at the University of Bologna, and later moved to New York City, where she worked as a veterinary technician while completing her pre-vet studies at Queens College.

In 2004 she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, and completed a year of clinical rotations at Virginia Tech. Her professional interests include internal medicine and rescue work.

She has worked in private practice in New York City and Westchester County, and performs volunteer work with rescue groups in New York and Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Please visit ny-petrescue.org and islaanimals.org.

Dr. Obernesser opened Uptown Vets in September 2007. She is a member of the New York City Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

When not at work, Dr. Obernesser loves spending time with her husband James, and her dogs Chester, Pancho, and Pepe Vega. All of them rescues of course! At work she enjoys her time with the hospital cats Jimmy, Eva, and Carter. She also enjoys travel, curling, movies, and reading in German, Italian and English.

Dr. Siara Richardson

Dr. Siara Richardson completed a dual degree program at the University of Kentucky, earning bachelors degrees in both Animal Science and Biology. She then attended Auburn University to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree.

Before joining the team at Uptown Veterinary Associates, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship with BluePearl Veterinary Partners of New York.

Since the completion of her internship training she worked as an emergency veterinarian. She is excited to begin a new adventure in general practice and is looking forward to building long lasting relationships with her patients and clientele alike.

Dr. Richardson enjoys facilitating the management of chronic medical diseases and has special interest in critically ill patient care. She understands that your pet is also your family member and she strives to help your fur-baby maintain the best quality of life as possible.

In her spare time, Dr. Richardson enjoys dancing, cooking, reading, exploring the city and spending time with her pet bunny Cadburi. She is very excited to begin traveling and desires to join World Vets where she can offer veterinary services to third world countries in need.