Marc Siebert, VMD, CVA - USDA Accredited
Dr. Marc Siebert is the owner and medical director of Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital and Lower East Side Animal Hospital. A native of New Jersey, Dr. Siebert opened Heart of Chelsea in 1999 and opened Lower East Side Animal Hospital in 2013. He attended Rutgers University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science in 1987. He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Dr. Siebert is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society; in addition, he is a U.S. Department of Agriculture-accredited veterinarian.
Dr. Siebert's duties at the hospitals keep him busy, but when he's not at work, he enjoys biking, tennis, kyaking and working out and caring for his beloved pup Barry, and his cat Pumpkin.
Allan Nguyen, DVM, CVA - USDA Accredited
Dr. Allan Nguyen is an Associate Veterinarian at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, and has been since June 2005. For his undergraduate studies he attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal & Veterinary Sciences in 1997. In 1998 he began his veterinarian studies at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in the small Caribbean island of St. Kitts & Nevis and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Dr. Nguyen successfully completed an acupuncture program at Chi Institute: Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville Florida in 2007. He is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.
Dr. Nguyen enjoys working with both small animals and pocket pets. His professional interests are soft tissue surgery, dentistry and oral surgery, and acupuncture.
Before joining the team at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, Dr. Nguyen worked in a small animal practice in Long Island, New York. He enjoys the company of two Himalayan/Persian cats named Carolina and Olly. Dr. Nguyen is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, tennis, rollerblading, camping, scuba diving, photography and world travel. Dr. Nguyen is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the New York State Veterinary Medical Association.
Jennifer Gabriele, DVM, Certified Herbologist - USDA Accredited
Dr. Jennifer Gabriele, is a native of Queens, New York. After high school, Dr. Gabriele moved out West where she attended the University of California, Davis, in lovely Northern California. She received her B.S. in Animal Science, along with a minor in Art Studio. Around the great town of Davis, California, Dr. Gabriele had a variety of jobs: a baker, bead store clerk/jewelry maker, brunch cook, espresso barista, nanny, and also worked at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at UC Davis. Davis is known as the bicycle capital of the United States, therefore Dr. Gabriele became an expert Schwinn bicycle rider. To this day she can be seen riding around her Brooklyn neighborhood on her red Schwinn.
Dr. Gabriele continued for follow her veterinary dreams in an exotic locale where she attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful island of St. Kitts, located in the British West Indies. This school provided a great education, as well as an incredible experience to live amongst a different culture, environment and way of life. The school also had an intensive surgery program. Dr. Gabriele equally gained knowledge and experience in both small and large animals. Living amongst the beauty of St. Kitts did provide relief from the stress common from a veterinary education. On St. Kitts, distractions included SCUBA diving, hiking, and enjoying its beautiful beaches. Dr. Gabriele misses St. Kitts, and its sunsets a little bit every day.
Dr. Jennifer Gabriele was awarded her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After completing her education at Ross University, followed by a clinical year at Oklahoma State University, she did a 2 month externship at the renowned Loving Touch Animal Clinic located outside Atlanta, Georgia, which specialized in alternative medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Gabriele started at Heart of Chelsea in the Fall of 2001. During the Summer of 2003, Dr. Gabriele received training through Tufts University in Veterinary Western and Eastern Herbal Medicine. In the summer of 2005, she temporarily moved to San Francisco, to work at the SFSPCA hospital and shelter. Work in the shelter was not only eye opening, but it was an important and worthwhile experience, that broaden Dr. Gabriele’s view of the veterinary field and what it encompasses. To continue to stay in touch with shelters and shelter medicine in New York City, Dr. Gabriele devotes her services to a local shelter organization, whenever time allows.
In her spare time, Dr. Gabriele spends time with her pets, which includes her dog Betsey, and her 2 cats Oedipus and Bitsy. She also enjoys painting, playing the ukulele or piano, bead-work, practicing reiki, trying to meditate but usually unsuccessful; she is a devout fan of Morrissey, cooking vegetarian dishes and loves to travel, especially to Central and South America. At Heart of Chelsea, Dr. Gabriele, enjoys meeting new clients, wound repair, surgery, herbal medicine consults, and giving pet nutrition advice.
Rebecca S. Padró, VMD - USDA Accredited
Rebecca was born in Michigan in the same year that her Father graduated from veterinary school. She grew up in suburban Philadelphia with a myriad of pets including dogs, cats, gerbils, horses, fish, lizards and a snake. After finishing high school, she moved to Boston to complete her Bachelor’s in biopsychology at Boston College. She spent some time living in Portland, Oregon before returning to the East Coast to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation from veterinary school, Rebecca practiced for 2 years at a busy 15 doctor emergency and specialty practice in Lansdale, PA. She then worked at her Father’s veterinary hospital for 1.5 years before taking time off to travel around the world with her husband. Rebecca loves to travel and has been all over the United States as well as destinations in Europe, Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia.
Rebecca, her husband, and her Airedale terrier Owen moved to NYC in July 2008 and she began working at Heart of Chelsea in September 2008. She loves New York and enjoys exploring different neighborhoods in the city as well as hiking outside the city on the weekends. At work, Rebecca loves to manage emergencies, meet new puppies and kittens, and educate clients about their pets.
Amy Crain, BVMS MRCVS - USDA Accredited
Originally from Cooperstown, NY Amy rejoined the Heart of Chelsea team during the summer of 2010 after completing a small animal medicine and surgery internship at New York City Veterinary Specialists.
Amy’s rural upstate NY upbringing stimulated her interest in veterinary medicine. Throughout her childhood she was often performing chores on horse and dairy farms and caring for her childhood pets including dogs, cats, tropical fish and hamsters.
Amy graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2000 where she earned her BS in Zoology and began to work in numerous veterinary hospitals in Colorado and New York in preparation for her veterinary school adventure!
In 2004, Amy went overseas to pursue her veterinary degree. Her travels landed her in Scotland where she graduated in 2009 from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine. Despite her love for Scotland, Amy traveled back to the USA to practice veterinary medicine and to be close to her family and friends.
Amy enjoys living in NYC and hopes to have land in the country someday where she can be reunited with her horses. She enjoys private practice where she can help our furry little friends and become acquainted with their caring owners. As an avid runner, Amy may be seen on the streets of NYC training for an upcoming marathon. She also enjoys kayaking, music, writing and of course traveling across the pond as much as possible to visit old friends.
Jill Elliot, DVM - Homeopathy, Chiropractic Care, Low Level (cold) Laser Treatments
Dr. Elliot is a native New Yorker currently living in New Jersey across from the 79th Street boat basin with an outstanding view of the Hudson River and New York skyline. After having several successful careers in advertising, social work and medical placement recruiting she decided to follow her dream to become a veterinarian. This dream became reality when she graduated Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She began her career practicing as a conventional veterinarian. After several years in general practice, she did post graduate studies in homeopathy for animals with the renowned Dr. Richard Pitcarin, DVM. She further studied homeopathy for people at the Orion School of Homeopathy in London, England and Teleosis School of Homeopathy (4 year graduate course) in New York City.
In October 2009 she participated in additional post graduate training in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM--chiropractic care) and Low Level (cold) Laser treatment for small animals and horses. She has found that adding chiropractic adjustments and the low level (cold) laser treatments to her practice has provided a whole new level of non-invasion, gentle healing and rejuvenation to all her patients. Most patients undergoing these treatments have experienced almost immediate improvement in their condition. These treatments are extremely effective for most muscular-skeletal issues (pain, swelling, arthritis, back/spinal issues, limping, etc.). In addition, these treatments can significantly improve organ function and resolve chronic conditions like constipation, incontinence, diabetes, liver disease, irritable bowel disease, to name a few. For more information on these modalities you can go to her website.
Dr. Elliot combines conventional wisdom with homeopathic, chiropractic, low level (cold) laser, other holistic treatments and supplements for treating companion animals. She is also currently treating horses at several equestrian centers in Northern New Jersey.