"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, her dogs Pancho and Sweet Pea, and her cats Molly and Sammy Mayhem--all of them rescues of course! At work, she enjoys her time with the hospital cats, Jimmy and Eva. She also enjoys travel, curling, movies, and reading in German, Italian, and English.

Dr. Heidi Lawrence

Dr. Heidi Lawrence graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, then completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She next completed a Residency in Small Animal Medicine, with a focus on gastrointestinal medicine, also at the Animal Medical Center.

She has worked in private practice throughout her career but has always found time to volunteer in both shelter medicine and trap/neuter/release programs.

Dr Lawrence has three cats and a dog; she is an avid runner and also enjoys gardening, quilting, rug-hooking, meetings with her book club, and a lively game of mah-jongg.