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365 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Sat & Sun: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dr. Mark Gibson
Dr. Mark Gibson was born in a rural town near Niagara Falls, New York. In 1976, he graduated from The Agriculture College of Cornell University, and in 1980, he graduated from the Veterinary College of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. As a child, his devotion to animals developed through the love of his family pets. His former jobs included dairy farm work, assisting local veterinarians, and working in an automobile assembly plant.
He moved to Brooklyn shortly after graduating from Cornell University and worked at the Mobile Veterinary Unit before founding Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in 1990. Dr. Gibson founded Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital as a house-call practice. He has since directed its growth into a state-of-the-art facility for medical, surgical, and dental treatment, including 24-hour hospital care; ultrasound and endoscopic diagnostics; emergency medicine and critical care; and grooming.
Dr. Gibson lives in Brooklyn with his family, which includes two great dogs and two fuzzy cats. He is a former member of the executive board on the NYC Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the Feline Practitioners Association. In addition to general practice, his interests include diagnostic ultrasound examination of the heart and abdomen.
When Dr. Gibson is not busy at work, he likes taking long rides on his bicycle, swimming, fishing, sailing, and cooking.
Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital’s veterinarians are top-notch and they make our hospital great. We are excited to have you to meet them.
Dr. Asaf Babaev
Dr. Asaf Babaev was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and spent his childhood living in Israel before migrating to the United States. As well as English, he is fluent in Russian and Hebrew. He realized his passion for animals at a young age while noticing stray dogs in his hometown following him around every day.
Dr. Babaev graduated with a degree in finance and investments before continuing on as a commodities broker on Wall Street, in New York City. Not long after, he realized his passion for animals could not be suppressed, so he proceeded to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Dr. Babaev is a 2019 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and is excited to be on the team at Animal Kind. His interests include surgery, preventative care, dermatology, and pain management.
During his free time, Dr. Babaev enjoys the great outdoors, scuba diving, traveling, cooking, and spending time with his dog Coda.
Dr. Rachel Black
Dr. Rachel Black graduated from Ross University in June 2006. Before working at Animal Kind, she interned at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in Manhattan and attended a wildlife veterinary course in South Africa in August 2004.
Her inspiration derives from childhood, and she has always had a passion and love for animals. She has a doggy named Samson, a Presa Canario who is goofy, playful, and loves people and attention. Her interests include going to the beach, being outdoors, shopping, hiking, walking with Samson, traveling, and exploring new restaurants.
Dr. Jonathan Jaffe
Dr. Jaffe was born and raised in Park Slope. His passion for veterinary medicine began at Animal Kind, where he started as a veterinary assistant many years ago.
Dr. Jaffe received both his bachelor’s degree in animal science and veterinary degree from Cornell University. Throughout his studies, he obtained extensive experience working as a licensed veterinary technician in busy emergency and specialty hospitals, including Animal Kind. His veterinary interests include preventative care, radiology, and surgery. He is USDA accredited.
Dr. Jaffe lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. He enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors with his two rescue dogs, who were both adopted from (none other than) Animal Kind.
Dr. Nandini Mudeliar
Dr. Mudeliar is a born and bred Singaporean who graduated from the University of Sydney (Australia) in 2005. She started her career off in a mixed general/specialty practice in Singapore, where she spent a good portion of 10 years. In 2018, she moved to New York and, after a short stint in Manhattan, she started work at Animal Kind in June 2019.
Dr. Mudeliar is a strong believer in evidence-based medicine and is dedicated to compassionate care for both the pets and her clients. Her main interests are in surgery and neurology.
During her free time, she enjoys being outdoors as much as possible and making ill-shaped ceramics mainly of different animals and anatomical parts.
Dr. Emma Williford
Dr. Williford grew up in Delaware and always wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from the University of Delaware, she worked as a clinic supervisor at Tri-State Bird Rescue, which rehabilitates and releases oiled and injured wild birds—everything from robins to bald eagles. She then moved to upstate New York to work for Farm Sanctuary with a focus on the poultry, but she also cared for their cows, pigs, rabbits, goats, and sheep. She graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, with special interests in dentistry, feline medicine, and dog and cat behavior.
She has been in the NYC area since 2011 and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She shares a Brooklyn apartment with her three cats, Beryl, Farley, and Marvel Ann, one of whom likes to pretend she is an only cat. In her spare time, Dr. Williford loves to read and watch movies, hike, bird watch, eat at vegetarian/vegan restaurants, and do the things that you can only do in NYC.
Dr. Dana Schechter
Dr. Dana Schechter is from Montclair, New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University. She completed a rotating internship at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in San Francisco, a specialty internal medicine internship at Auburn University in Alabama, and a specialty internal medicine internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey prior to starting in general practice.
Dr. Schechter lives in South Park Slope with a Yorkie mix named Harper and her cat Oliver. Her hobbies include baking, yoga, crossword puzzles, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Dr. Michelle Werner
Dr. Michelle Werner graduated from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in June 1996. Prior to working at Animal Kind, she worked in a small practice in Staten Island for nine years.
She has saltwater fish, two lizards, two dachshunds named Corey and Shayna, and three cats, two of which are named Matilda and Frodo. Corey is a long-haired English cream who is very loving but shy. Shayna is a very spoiled smooth silver dapple who loves people. Matilda is a fat and jolly cat but a little slow. Frodo is a very independent domestic short hair who can be demanding.
Michelle’s hobbies include saltwater fish, horseback riding, traveling, and collecting parking tickets in the Park Slope area.
Dr. Sara Witherell
Dr. Sara Witherell, DVM, DABVP (canine and feline) was born and raised in southeast Michigan and received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2004. After veterinary school, she moved to New York to pursue an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in Plainview from 2004 to 2005. Prior to working at Animal Kind, she worked in a general practice in eastern Queens for six years. While in practice, she completed certification through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice in 2010. Her professional interests include abdominal ultrasound and internal medicine.
She currently lives in South Park Slope, Brooklyn with a beagle mix named Lily and her cat Emma. She enjoys distance running and camping in her free time.
Dr. Sarah Schoenhut
Compassionate care for the pets of Brooklyn, NY.
Our compassionate veterinarians and support staff are committed to responsible pet ownership, preventive pet care, and education. We care for your pets as if they were our own. Gentle, knowledgeable, and thorough, our entire staff works together to give you and your pet the best possible experience.