Staff

We all look forward to meeting you and your beloved pets!
Learn more about our wonderful, dedicated team members below.

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Sara B. Neuman, DVM

Dr. Neuman is the head doctor of the Vinegar Hill Veterinary Group clinic. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Following graduation, she moved to New York City with her then future husband and colleague, and began practicing in the Lower East Side. Dr. Neuman lives in Brooklyn and decided to open a practice after falling in love with Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO area. Dr. Neuman’s veterinary interests include avian/exotic medicine and small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Neuman is currently living in the Prospect Heights area of Brooklyn with her husband, son Zachary, two perfect cats, Anna and Hank, and another cat, Walter.

Amy Adelman, DVM

Dr. Amy Adelman is originally from New Jersey, where she grew up with three brothers, two dogs, and many, many gerbils. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. Following veterinary school, Dr. Adelman completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband (Mark), twin boys (Andy and Eli), two cats (Panda and Scout), and a Beagle mix (Sophie).

Danielle Palatt, DVM

Dr. Danielle Palatt is a native New Yorker. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Emory University in 2004. She then worked in public relations in Manhattan before going back to school at Hunter College for her veterinary sciences. Dr. Palatt received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University in 2011. Upon graduation, she completed a rotating one year internship in Emergency, Surgery, and Internal Medicine at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn. Dr. Palatt lives in Park Slope with her dog Griffin and cat Violet. During her free time, Dr. Palatt enjoys cooking, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Sheila McGettigan, VMD

Dr. Sheila McGettigan was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University and a Veterinary Medical Doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McGettigan spent several years practicing in Hoboken, NJ as well as several years in south Brooklyn before joining the team at Vinegar Hill Veterinary Group. Dr. McGettigan shares her home with two wonderful cats, Leroy Brown and Kitty Fantastic. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, travel, baking, and has recently started playing acoustic guitar. Dr. McGettigan enjoys cycling and is involved in several social sports leagues.

Kate Hallquest, DVM

Dr. Kate Hallquest grew up in Mahopac, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stonehill College and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in St. Kitts. Her clinical year of veterinary school was completed at Louisiana State University. Following graduation, Dr. Hallquest completed a rotating small animal internship in medicine, surgery and emergency at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in Manhattan. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, the beach, skiing and spending time with family, friends, her coconut retriever, Kane and her cat, Nike.

Órlaith Carr, BVM&S MRCVS

Dr. Órlaith Carr is from Ireland but spent some of her childhood living in Japan and Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and completed her veterinary studies at University of Edinburgh, Scotland, also earning membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. On completing her studies, she practiced in Greenwich, CT and is now excited to be in Brooklyn.

In her spare time Dr. Carr likes the outdoors and stays active. She enjoys skiing, hiking, and horse-riding. In addition she enjoys music and loves to travel and spend time with friends and family.

Jean, Head Vet-Tech

Jean graduated from Fiorello H.LaGuardia C.C. in 2001. Jean had always wanted to become a vet when she was a young girl, but life sent her in a different field. She worked for The Bank of New York for about 10 years. She decided one day she needed a change in her life. She packed up and went to Greece in an effort find herself. She did. Working days and going to school in the evenings paid off. Now you can find Jean doing what she loves best, caring for animals and her family. Jean was always surrounded with pets when growing up- dog, rabbits and birds. It is to no surprise that today she lives with two rabbits, three parrots, and three lovebirds. Jean also shares her life with husband Rick, son Alex, and daughter Abigail.

Helen, Head Receptionist

Helen graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelor in Health Service Administration. She lives in the Bronx with her daughter. As a child, Helen dreamed of one day being a veterinarian and is so happy to be working around animals every day. Her work is also in tribute to her beloved Yorkie who passed away at the age of twelve.

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Bless

Bless lives in Brooklyn with a menagerie of animal companions: a 40-year-old turtle, a uromastyx, two cats, two dogs, two birds, and a tank of piranahs. She has had pets all her life and has been working with animals since 1997.

Corrine

Corrine has been working as a veterinary technician for more than 10 years now. Helping and caring for animals is her passion. Since she was a young girl she always knew helping animals would be a major part of her life.

Coral

Coral, a native New Yorker,  has been in the animal field for over 12 years. At a very young age, she started volunteering with animal rescue groups and knew her passion was the veterinary field. When she is not at work, she is taking care of her two daughters who dream of one day becoming veterinarians themselves.  Coral enjoys listening to music while being cuddled by her three cats, Heisenburg, Primrose Everdean,  and Mickey, and her dog, Castiel. What she absolutely loves about Vinegar Hill is the compassion that is showed from all of her teammates and the chance to work with not only dogs and cats, but exotic species as well!

Jennifer

Jennifer was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Queens. She grew up with a lot of animals and knew that one day she would turn her passion for animals into a career. During her spare time, Jennifer provides pet sitting and dog walking services. She loves what she does and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Laura

Laura has lived all over NYC and now has settled in Queens with her 3 amazing cats: Cassie, Tokyo, and Stewie (she would also like to give an honorary mention to her beautiful 4th cat Bella whom she recently had to let go due to Lymphoma) and her recent rescue: Bogie, a 4 year old Dachshund mix who stole her heart at a street fair. Laura has been in the pet care/veterinary field since 2003 and has stayed for a reason, it’s incredibly rewarding! Laura also loves reading, all music, classic movies and enjoying spending time with her family, friends, and boyfriend.

Jamie

Jamie was born in Florida and now lives in Greenpoint with her husband and three cats, Sebastian, Sidney, and Whiskey. Jamie has loved and worked with animals her whole life. When not working, she enjoys Mario Kart parties, listening to records, and secretly watching The Bachelor.

Polly

Polly was born and raised in Brooklyn and has always had many pets. She started working with animals by volunteering with Animal Care & Control to help save lives. Since then, helping pets is all she has ever wanted to do and she is so happy that she gets to do what she loves every day.

Alex

Alex has been in the animal field since 2005, and has been a receptionist at Vinegar Hill since 2015. She has a passion for animals and loves talking to people and learning new things. When she is not greeting you at the front desk, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, watching movies, going out to dinner, and just having a good time.

Tanya

From the Bronx to Staten Island, Tanya is a born and raised New Yorker. While growing up, Tanya always wanted to be a veterinarian, but eventually decided being a technician is where her heart belonged. She has been in the field since 1996, when she began volunteering at animal hospitals, horse stables, and the Staten Island Zoo. She is passionate about the field of critical care (while working full-time at Vinegar Hill, she also fills in as an emergency/ICU nurse at local vet hospitals when needed) but also loves giving all of her patients lots of TLC and educating their families about their care. When not working, Tanya enjoys spending time with her daughters, with her three-legged cat Davey Jones, and being outdoors.

Vincent

Vincent was born and raised in Brooklyn and is a self-proclaimed cat lover. He has always had cats since he was a child, and currently has three of his own. Vincent has been working with animals since 2005.