Peter H. Soboroff, DVM, MS
Dr. Soboroff’s lifelong love of cats led to the establishment of New York Cat Hospital in 2006.
Originally from Chicago, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wildlife biology at the University of Illinois. Thereafter, he worked as a wildlife biologist for the Illinois Natural History Survey participating in research on badgers and waterfowl.
Seeking further education and career opportunities, Dr. Soboroff graduated from the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, subsequently completing a post-graduate internship at NYC’s Animal Medical Center.
Dr. Soboroff is an active member of the the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the Veterinary Information Network.
He remains thrilled and grateful to have the opportunity to focus his attention exclusively on cats, allowing an ever-deepening understanding and appreciation of these endlessly engaging and fascinating animals.
On those rare occasions he is not at the cat hospital, he enjoys spending time with his family and home cats (Opie, Pepsi, and Cola). He is also an avid runner, and completes an annual solo fundraising marathon for senior cat rescue. In 2019, he raised over $50,000 for this important cause.
Erin V. Abrahams, DVM
Practice limited to feline dentistry and oral surgery
Dr. Abrahams has been practicing companion animal dentistry for nearly a decade and upgraded her practice to exclusively feline dentistry in 2021. Upon graduation from Tufts University, she served three years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, during which time she completed extensive continuing education in dentistry, including multiple labs and externships with boarded veterinary dentists. In 2014, she was recruited by her mentor to join MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, where she cared for thousands of dogs and cats in the dentistry department. In 2021, she moved to Manhattan and discovered the immense joy and fulfillment that comes from working at a cat practice and has since refined her understanding of the nuances of feline dentistry. As the famous veterinary teaching goes – “cats are not small dogs” – and as such they should be given special consideration to ensure their comfort and overall well-being. To that end, Dr. Abrahams’ second passion is feline anesthesia and analgesia, which enhances her dental practice by maximizing safety and minimizing stress in her feline patients. Paramount to everything she does is helping her clients understand their individual cat’s oral health needs and developing a plan to ensure they are free from pain and infection, both on the day of surgery and for years beyond.
Victoria Sheheri, DVM
Dr. Sheheri is thrilled to be at New York Cat Hospital with doctors and staff who share her dedication to feline medicine.
Dr. Sheheri graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 2006 and has worked almost exclusively in feline medicine in the New York City area since. She worked at Manhattan Cat Specialists from 2009-2020, much of that time alongside the practice founder, Dr. Arnold Plotnick. She is particularly interested in feline internal medicine, preventative medicine and nutrition.
She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and an Associate Editor of the Feline Internal Medicine Folder on the Veterinary Information Network, which allows her to “see” many more feline patients and to spend a great deal of time researching feline health care while engaging with colleagues around the world, working to find solutions to challenging feline health cases.
Dr. Sheheri grew up in Brooklyn, New York and spent much of her childhood and teenage years caring for and finding homes for many neighborhood stray cats and kittens. She attended Brooklyn College and worked for several years following graduation, including as a small animal veterinary technician in Brooklyn and with Thoroughbred horses in Kentucky and Florida before returning to Brooklyn College to finish her post-baccalaureate work for veterinary school.
In her spare time, Dr. Sheheri enjoys running, gluten-free vegan cooking, and admiring old Volkswagens.
Patrick Hopper, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Pat Hopper is a 1983 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed a residency in veterinary internal medicine there as well. He is a board-certified internal medicine specialist, and has been performing abdominal ultrasound, endoscopy, echocardiograms, and internal medicine consultations at NYCH since our opening in 2006. He brings an immense wealth of experience and acumen to the NYCH team.
Jane Kosovsky, DVM
Dr. Jane Kosovsky graduated from The Ohio State School of Veterinary Medicine, and subsequently completed a surgical residency at The Animal Medical Center in NYC. She performs complicated soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries for NYCH patients, bringing over 30 years of relevant experience.
Jean-Paul Petrie, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Petrie graduated from the University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College in 1994, and completed a residency in veterinary cardiology at The Animal Medical Center in New York. He’s a board-certified veterinary cardiologist, with a special interest in echocardiography and feline cardiomyopathies, and performs cardiac ultrasound for NYCH patients. He has lectured nationally and internationally, is actively involved in clinical research, and has published several articles and book chapters on veterinary cardiology.
Meaghan is a native Long Islander with over 18 years experience in the veterinary field. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her wife and 3 goofy cats. With a steady hand and deep, caring ethos, Meaghan capably ensures that the NYCH team provides consistent, compassionate care to our patients and clients. When Meaghan isn’t in the office, she’s in the kitchen.
With over 20 years of experience in progressive veterinary hospitals in Seattle, San Francisco, and New York, Justin is happy to be a team member at NYCH since 2014. Justin has primarily focused on feline medicine and care since 2008 and considers NYCH to be in the top tier of veterinary hospitals due to its individualized attention to patients and positive working environment. When he’s away from the clinic, Justin can be found performing as a flutist in various ensembles around the city or lounging at home with his adorable senior calico cat Islita and life partner Tyler.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Hiromi began her journey in veterinary medicine in 1999 as a kennel worker at the ASPCA, where she helped take care of dogs who were rescued from unfortunate home circumstances. Inspired by the veterinarians and technicians there, she began training as an assistant and ultimately went back to school to earn her veterinary technician license. In 2003, Hiromi was integral in the foundation of Manhattan Cat Specialists, and she has worked exclusively in feline practice ever since. Hiromi joined NYCH in 2020, where she focuses on her goal to make veterinary visits as stress-free as possible for our feline patients. Hiromi likes to stay busy and has many passionate interests outside of our clinic, including birdwatching, hiking, and houseplants.
Gill Nunes has been working in feline medicine exclusively since 2005 and joined the NYCH team in 2022. Gill’s interests in veterinary medicine include neonatal care, senior care, and emergency. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Gill received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. Gill runs a successful rescue non-profit that helps cats (and some dogs!) in New York and Cairo, Egypt, where he travels frequently to provide medical care to hundreds of stray animals. Although much of Gill’s time is devoted to caring for animals, he also enjoys traveling, learning languages, and photography.
Receptionist, Veterinary Assistant
Ashley’s love for animals started at a very young age. While growing up, her grandmother rescued and cared for creatures of all types including pigeons, doves, and stray cats (and oddly enough even a monkey!). This background imbued Ashley with the desire to care both neonatal and mature felines. She has a natural affinity for cats, and an intuitive way of understanding their needs. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, photography, cooking, gardening, and…watching cat videos.
Paige’s desire to help cats began at a very young age when she started rescuing cats with her mother. This inspired her to volunteer at Ocean County Veterinary Hospital in Lakewood, New Jersey at the age of 13. Not only is Paige involved with veterinary health, but is also furthering her education in mental health by attending Rutgers University to pursue a career in Psychology. When she isn’t at NYCH, Paige is either singing, watching sports, or playing with her rescue cat, Remi.