Dr. Michael Farber, D.V.M.
Practice Owner/Chief of Staff
In February 1997, Dr. Michael Farber opened the doors of West Chelsea Veterinary. After working for eight years in a veterinary hospital in downtown Manhattan, Dr. Farber was ready to draw upon his ideas in creating a state-of-the-art, cutting edge, medical facility. He leads a team of accomplished veterinarians who passionately work to achieve his vision of providing our clients and their pets the highest quality of care.
His interest in veterinary medicine stemmed from growing up on his family's dairy farm in upstate New York. Consequently, he set out to pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian. However, once he arrived at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, his interests evolved into a love for small animal medicine. Dr. Farber graduated from the Veterinary School at Cornell in 1989. After completing a yearlong internship in Connecticut at the Darien Animal Hospital, he returned to Manhattan to be close to his family and accept his first job as a veterinarian.
Dr. Farber's calm demeanor and kind bedside manner have made him a client favorite for the entirety of his career. When not leading the charge at West Chelsea Veterinary, Dr. Farber spends his time raising his son. Together, they spend as much time as possible on the same family-owned dairy farm that was such a significant part of his upbringing.
Dr. Bridget Halligan, D.V.M., C.V.A.
Co-Chief of Staff
Dr. Bridget Halligan joined the West Chelsea Veterinary team in 1997. She is a native New Yorker, growing up in Staten Island and attending Stonybrook University. Dr. Halligan has worked in the veterinary industry for almost four decades and in a variety of capacities. Before deciding to go to veterinary school in 1991, she worked as, both, a veterinary receptionist and licensed veterinary technician. After her first jobs in the veterinary field, Dr. Halligan graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College in 1995. She completed a yearlong internship at the Animal Medical Center (N.Y.C.) and worked in Staten Island for one year before coming to West Chelsea Veterinary. During her tenure at West Chelsea Veterinary, she earned a certification as a veterinary acupuncturist, providing an important treatment option for our patients with orthopedic, neurological, and geriatric issues.
Dr. Halligan dedicates her life outside of West Chelsea Veterinary to raising her daughter. Together, they live with their much-loved pooch, Sullivan, an 85lb mutt mix adopted from North Shore Animal League and Bumble, a twelve-year-old adopted cat. Dr. Halligan's hobbies include renovating old houses and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Nikita Singhani, D.V.M.
Dr. Singhani is a native of the New York and New Jersey area. She obtained her undergrad degree at N.Y.U. and attended veterinary school at North Carolina State University's School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey and previously worked as an emergency veterinarian at a large referral hospital in northern Westchester County before joining West Chelsea Veterinary in 2011.
Dr. Singhani knew early on that she would dedicate her life to the well-being of animals. She grew up in an animal-loving family but experienced her real career 'spark' during a trip to India as a child. After witnessing the heartbreaking plight of the stray animal population there, she knew her life path would lead to a career around caring for animals. Dr. Singhani never forgot that first experience. Since, she has returned to India to volunteer at the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Animal Hospital, which is the largest, charity-run animal hospital and shelter in New Delhi.
In her downtime, Dr. Singhani enjoys dancing, traveling, playing piano and alto saxophone. She shares her life with her husband, two children, their mixed breed dogs Izzie, Angel, and Sophie, and her orange cat, Alex.
Dr. Caroline Magasweran, D.V.M.
Dr. Caroline Magasweran joined West Chelsea Veterinary in October of 2011. A seasoned globetrotter, Dr. Magasweran has lived in some of the world's most exotic locales, including France, China, and the Caribbean.
Dr. Magasweran graduated from SUNY Binghamton before studying veterinary medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She spent her clinical year of veterinary school at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She completed a yearlong internship at New York's BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a community of hospitals offering specialty and emergency medicine to New York City, and beyond.
Dr. Magasweran is fluent in French, which adds to the diversity of languages we can speak with our clients at West Chelsea Veterinary. These days, she travels for fun while calling Manhattan home. She shares her city home with her husband, daughter, and her rescued cats, Iron Hide, Gina, and Echo.
Dr. Robert Klain, D.V.M.
Dr. Robert Klain was born in Italy. Shortly after, his family moved to Brooklyn, where he grew up. As a youngster, Dr. Klain poured over books about animals, but it was difficult for him to convince his parents to let him have a pet. However, Dr. Klain was persistent. Upon entering high school honors classes, his parents agreed he could have a beagle who he named Sammy. Sammy lived to be 17 years old. The entire family quickly bonded with Sammy, who inspired Dr. Klain to further his passion for animal well-being by enrolling in veterinary school.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from The University at Albany where he graduated summa cum laude. He went onto earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, with honors, from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. During veterinary school, Dr. Klain focused his attention on underprivileged Native American communities in Arizona and Ohio at Rural Area Veterinary Services. After veterinary school, Dr. Klain completed a yearlong internship at Animal Medical Center in Manhattan where he delved into a variety of veterinary specialties, including small animal surgery. Dr. Klain worked as a general practitioner in NYC before joining West Chelsea Veterinary in 2013.
Dr. Klain's areas of interest include dentistry, oncology, cardiology, dermatology, anesthesia and pain management. He enjoys having the opportunity to work closely with a menagerie of different animals and to be part of solving complex medical issues. Dr. Klain currently shares a home with a gray and white tabby rescue cat named The Iceman and his black and white Pitt Bull mix named, Daryl. When not at work, Dr. Klain loves playing and following sports, including running, cycling, snowboarding, basketball, and dodgeball.
Dr. Hyla Gayer, B.V.M. & S., M.R.C.V.S.
Dr. Hyla Gayer may be one of the most creative vets you’ll ever meet. This native New Yorker’s super virtuous family instilled in her a deep appreciation for performing and the arts. Dr. Gayer’s natural abilities and passion for gymnastics, dancing and singing landed her a spot at the famous LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. This experience and her talent led to a muti-year touring gig throughout New England with Circus Smirkus (http://smirkus.org). Circus Smirkus is an international youth circus with a mission to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts. Dr. Gayer performed as an aerial acrobat (trapeze and tight wire) and as an equine stunt artist! Although steeped in creative talent and already working as a professional performer, Dr. Gayer surprised even herself when the pull of becoming a veterinarian heavily outweighed the need to be in the spotlight.
She followed the call (and her sense of adventure) to become an animal doctor by applying to veterinary school in Scotland. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology (with a minor chemistry) where she graduated with honors from Queens College in Queens, New York. Dr. Gayer attained her BVMS & MRCVS in the Graduate Entry Program with Academic Credit Honors from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She then returned to New York City and completed a small animal, rotating medical and surgical internship at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners before joining West Chelsea Veterinary in July of 2014. Dr. Gayer shares her home with her two cats, Margot and Jayla and her little, 3-legged, Yorkie, Mojo.
Dr. Christopher Greco, D.V.M.
Dr. Greco is from a small town in Connecticut just outside of New York City. Growing up, Dr. Greco kept his room filled with cages of creatures of every size and shape. He also had a deep passion for aviation and became a private pilot at the age of 17.
He obtained his undergraduate degree in business administration from Northeastern University in Boston, where he graduated cum laude. Throughout college and afterward, however, he maintained his life-long passion for animals and realized veterinary medicine would be more fulfilling. He completed his pre-veterinary coursework at both Harvard and Northeastern University and gained invaluable experience as an emergency veterinary assistant at MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center. He then headed south to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) in May of 2016.
Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Greco completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital here in N.Y.C. During this experience, Dr. Greco provided exemplary veterinary care to underserved individuals and their pets while taking part in many animal abuse cases. One of the major lessons he learned from his experience at the ASPCA Animal Hospital is that the simple acts of kindness and caring for those in need make all the difference in the world.
Dr. Greco's areas of interest include dentistry and internal medicine. He currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with a Great Pyrenees mix Sophie and an orange tabby cat Michelangelo. When Dr. Greco is not providing veterinary care at West Chelsea Veterinary, he can be found traveling the world, SCUBA diving, skiing, or trying new restaurants in the city.
Dr. Jennifer Chen, V.M.D.
Born in Washington, D.C., Dr. Chen was raised in the suburbs of Maryland with Mandarin Chinese as her first language. She recalls always having a passion for nature and the outdoors. At home, she grew up with two Shih Tzus, birds, hamsters, and fish.
She officially fell in love with the veterinary profession in her senior year of high school when she volunteered at a local veterinary clinic. Dr. Chen played varsity volleyball in high school and intramural volleyball in college. She attended New York University where she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in biology and a minor in psychology. "New York has always had a special place in my heart. I'm glad to be practicing veterinary medicine in the city I love," says Dr. Chen.
She attended The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (graduated in 2017), where she served as the 2017 Class Secretary.
Dr. Chen spent a summer volunteering in the Galapagos Islands with Darwin Animal Doctors (a low-cost spay and neuter clinic) where she helped spay and neuter animals while educating the community on population control and the importance of preventative medicine.
After graduating with a Veterinary Business Management Association certificate, she completed a yearlong small animal rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners NYC following veterinary school.
She loves to travel and admits to having a major case of wanderlust! Dr. Chen has traveled to Costa Rica, China, and Japan. She has also studied abroad in London for one college semester and visited Paris, Milan, Rome, Venice, Athens, and Barcelona.
She has a dilute calico cat named Scout. "Scout was a 'foster fail' from veterinary school. I ended up falling in love with her pink nose and sassy personality. She likes to chirp when greeting people, and sunbathe by the window," Dr. Chen shares. "I'm a big foodie and like to explore new restaurants and cuisine, as well as find new recipes to try."
Dr. Gabriela Canales, D.V.M.
Dr. Canales was born in Honduras but grew up right here in NYC. Her household was always full of animals ranging from dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles, and fish. She even rescued a pigeon and nursed her back to health as a child. She attended the City College of New York for her undergraduate degree, at which time she became interested in pursuing her love of helping animals. She began volunteering at cat rescue organizations, assisting at different practices throughout the city, and helping children with disabilities through horseback riding therapy.
Once accepted to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she continued her community outreach by applying the skills she learned in her coursework. This included participating in spay and neuter programs, community wellness clinics, and volunteering with a bereavement hotline. One of her most memorable experiences was a result of spending a week at an Apache Indian reservation in White Mountain Arizona. During that week, she helped to complete the vaccinations and spaying and neutering of over 300 owned and stray dogs.
After veterinary school, she completed a one-year internship in Medicine and Surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, where she trained in emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, and surgery. Dr. Canales has a special interest in surgery and dentistry. Her hobbies include playing music (ukulele and beginner drums), gardening, sewing and crochet, and cycling. She is fluent in Spanish. She has two wonderful cats, Bert and Priscilla, who make excellent lap warmers and alarm clocks.
Dr. Kevyn Harer, D.V.M
Dr. Kevyn Harer was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 2014 with a major in Neuroscience. While many veterinarians know their professional calling at a young age, it wasn’t until college that Dr. Harer discovered hers. At this time, the magic of the human-animal bond moved and inspired her. While she has always loved animals and grew up with family dogs she adored, it was during her time in Michigan that her life path became clear.
In support of promoting the human-animal connection, Dr. Harer led an Ann Arbor-based group called PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support of Ann Arbor). PAWS sought to maintain the bond people share with their pets by providing assistance to elderly and disabled people to best care for their furry family members. PAWS provided those in need with pet food, supplies, veterinary services, and general pet-care. As a result, these animal lovers were able to keep their pets at home, instead of being forced to give them up. Dr. Harer went on to attend Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and after graduating, completed a yearlong Small Animal Rotating Internship at the ASPCA here in New York City. She lives with her Irish Golden Doodle named Dusty and loves to stay active by biking and running. She is a massive fan of concerts and movies and, if you’re lucky, she may even play you a tune on her ukulele!