"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. Elizabeth Wardell

Dr. Elizabeth Wardell grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY with a love for animals. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University and completed an internship in Emergency Medicine in Massachusetts.

Dr. Wardell comes to us after working 4 years at a General Practice facility in upstate New York and looks forward to living and practicing veterinary medicine in Manhattan. In her free time she loves running Spartan obstacle races.

Dr. Wardell has one feisty cat named Carina who prefers to be an "only child".