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. Rachel Black Veterinarian
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. Laurel Frydenborg Veterinarian
Dr. Laurel Frydenborg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Prior to attending vet school, she worked in book stores and publishing and had studied comparative literature in college.
She has one doggy named Zadie, a brilliant mutt who loves to hang out at the park and stalk squirrels. Some of her hobbies include reading, writing fiction, photography, learning new languages, and traveling.
Dr. Jonathan “Jake” Jaffe Veterinarian
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. Morika Ogawa Veterinarian
Dr. Ogawa is from Middlebury, Vermont and received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Georgia and completed a rotating internship at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn prior to starting in general practice.
Dr. Ogawa has a big, handsome dog named Jackson and her hobbies include skiing, cooking, hiking and traveling.
Dr. Brandt Payne Veterinarian
Dr. Brandt Payne hails from Houston, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. After working in the oil and gas industry for 8 years, Dr. Payne attended and graduated from St. Matthew's School of Veterinary Medicine with his clinical studies at the University of Georgia.
Outside of the office, Dr. Payne enjoys fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Dr. Anna Podgorska Veterinarian
Dr. Podgorska obtained her undergraduate degree from Fordham University. Prior to attending veterinary school, she obtained a Master’s degree from Columbia University. She attended veterinary school at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Prior to entering into general practice, Dr. Podgorska completed a rotating small medicine and surgery internship at the ASPCA. Dr. Podgorska’s career interests include feline medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and pain management.
Dr. Podgorska lives in Park Slope with her cat Lola. She enjoys hiking, trail running, fitness, reading, and travel.
Dr. Michelle Werner Veterinarian
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. Rhonda Windham Veterinarian
Dr. Rhonda Windham is excited to join Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital and provide her medical expertise to local pets in Park Slope. Originally from San Francisco, she was introduced to New York City when she completed her internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialist and decided to stay.Prior to joining Animal Kind, Dr. Windham served as a Forensic Veterinarian for the ASPCA, traveling across the country helping abused and neglected animals seized during high-profile, large-scale animal cruelty cases, as well as displaced animals following natural disasters. Her role as a forensic expert was instrumental in helping local authorities collect evidence and build solid cases.Dr. Windham has presented at local and national conferences to share best practices on Veterinary Emergency Sheltering and Veterinary Forensics. She enjoys conversing with people as well as their pets and has appeared in numerous broadcast and print media outlets including NY1, Veterinary Practice News, News 4 New York, Orlando Sentinel among other outlets.Dr. Windham attended veterinary school at the University College Dublin in Ireland where she developed her Gift of Gab. When she's not caring for your pet she enjoys playing the piano, taking photographs and enjoying the great outdoors with her human partner in crime Mike.
Dr. Sara Witherell Veterinarian
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 2004-2005. 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.
“I will always highly recommend Animal Kind to all my friends and family and neighbors… thanks Animal Kind for years of quality care and love for animals.” Tammy R.
“I trust Animal Kind to always deliver exceptional health care to my pets!” Ehren S.
“Honestly, a good caring business that has become an institution in the Park Slope community.” Jeff W.
“Good vet in a nearby location that truly cares about the cats health and will answer all of my neurotic cat-mommy questions.” Rebecca D.
“Overall, I feel like my cat receives better quality health care that I do.” Briana H.
“They are extremely knowledgeable and kind veterinarians… They were quick to diagnose my cats extremely rare condition and they have always been supportive and honest in helping me decide on the best treatment plans for my cats.” Karen D.
“I only wish my own doctor was as kind and attentive as Ella’s vet.” Peter R.