Dr. Giovanna M. Kiani, V.M.D. is Medical Director of Harlem Animal Hospital
Dr. Kiani received her veterinary degree with honors from the University of
Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, to
further specialize her skills, she completed a one-year advanced internship
training program at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the ASPCA in NYC. Following her internship, Dr. Kiani was an Associate Veterinarian in Manhattan and a Medical Director in Queens.
By obtaining a large array of clinical experience working in high volume facilities providing the best quality care, Dr. Kiani has learned the critical components needed to operate a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. She possesses the personal qualities-empathy, love of learning and its application, and kindness-that are needed to provide outstanding veterinary care. She is excellent at tackling the complexities that arise
while treating animals suffering from multi-factorial disease processes. She understands that financial constraints will arise on a regular basis, and she works well with clients to prioritize her treatment plans. She is an incredibly skilled diagnostician, and she enjoys performing soft tissue surgery. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine,
and emergency/critical care.
Raised in central New Jersey, Dr. Kiani developed her passion to care for
animals at a young age. Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Kiani
completed her Bachelor's Degree at Columbia University. She graduated with
a major in Latin American Studies and a minor in Biology while also
completing the challenging pre-veterinary medical curriculum at Columbia. Dr. Kiani is
proficient in speaking Spanish as she also studied Spanish language and
syntax at the University of Alicante in Spain.
In her free time, she enjoys running at the parks with her dog, playing
soccer, traveling, cooking with her mother, and going to music concerts.
She currently lives on the Upper East Side with her dog “Muchi,” two cats
“Reesie” and “JoJo,” and her fresh water fish.
Dr. Christina Colón - Veterinarian
Early in her life, Dr. Colón knew that helping animals was to be her true calling. She studied at the University of Puerto Rico, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science in May of 1997. She then went
on to study to become a veterinarian at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Upon graduating in May of 2003, Dr. Colón began her career at the Veterinary Centers of America in New York. In 2005 she began working as the primary surgeon for three, multi-doctor practices under the Riverside Animal Hospital, also in New York. She remained with Riverside for 5 years before becoming a surgeon for the ASPCA Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic.
For the next several years, Dr. Colón continued to practice her surgical, dental and internal medicine skills acting as a private contractor and associate veterinarian for multiple NYC practices including The Village
Veterinarian, Banfield Pet Hospital, Pet Haven Animal Hospital, and Upper East Side Animal Hospital. In December of 2017, Dr. Christina Colón joined the community of Harlem Animal Hospital. Since then, she has continued to provide outstanding surgical, dental and veterinary care to any and all furry friends in need of her help.
Dr. Colón is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). She is also fluent in both Spanish and English.
Dr. Barnes - Veterinarian
Dr. Barnes is a native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx. She attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts and attained a bachelors degree in African Diaspora studies. While studying abroad during her junior year of college, she affirmed her love of veterinary medicine while volunteering
at a community university veterinary practice in Morocco. Dr. Barnes then earned a second bachelors degree in veterinary technology from Mercy College in New York, and upon graduation worked as a licensed veterinary technician prior to attending veterinary school.
Dr. Barnes attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine for her pre-clinical training, and completed her clinical training at Tufts University. She enjoys internal medicine, dermatology cases and is interested in perusing further training in Eastern medicine. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include travel, spending time with family and eating delicious food. She currently lives in Manhattan with her husband Gregory, and their two tuxedo cats, Shawn and Marlon.
Dr. Sanabria - Veterinarian
Born and raised in Queens, NY Dr. Sanabria developed a love and respect for animals as a child. She pursued this interest at a young age and attended John Bowne HS where she completed the agriculture/animal care curriculum with honors. After HS, she attended Cornell University where she majored in animal science. After completing the rigorous animal science program, she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. After graduating she worked for the ASPCA where she gained many valuable experiences and met Dr. Kiani. Dr. Kiani became a mentor and friend over time, and knowing her compassion and dedication to animals, opened the doors and accepted Dr. Sanabria as one of the newest additions to the Harlem Animal Hospital family.
Dr. Sanabria received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary medicine in May 2017. Though Dr. Sanabria is a new veterinarian, she already exhibits the traits of an amazing doctor as she is compassionate to pets and their owners, dedicated to learning and goes out of her way to ensure excellent patient care. She hopes to expand her knowledge in dentistry, soft tissue surgery, emergency/critical care and internal medicine as she grows within the practice.