Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Hell's Kitchen

Meet Our Team

Get to know our wonderful veterinarians! All of our vets, including owner Dr. Stephanie Liff, are active in the community and are frequently consulted by the media to provide important recommendations to pet owners. If you'd like to meet us, schedule an appointment today!

Stephanie Liff

DVM & Co-Owner

Dr. Stephanie Liff is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. Passionate about pets and animal medicine, Dr. Liff moved to Florida where she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Before joining the team at Pure Paws Veterinary Care, Dr. Liff completed an internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Manhattan. Today, Dr. Liff is veterinarian and owner of both Pure Paws locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Her areas of professional interest include internal medicine and dermatology. When Dr. Liff is not practicing high-quality animal medicine, she enjoys spinning, dining at new restaurants, and traveling. She is also a huge Michigan Wolverine fan and will always be a Michigan Wolverine at heart!

Rebecca Kurtzman


Dr. Rebecca Kurtzman grew up just outside of New York City in Rockland County, NY, and is now enjoying life in the Upper West Side. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, and started practicing as an associate veterinarian at BluePearl Veterinary Partners shortly after. In July 2018, she joined the medical team at Pure Paws Veterinary Care. Dr. Kurtzman has professional interests in ophthalmology and internal medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Kurtzman enjoys painting, dancing, and doing yoga. Her favorite cuisines are Asian and Jing Fong is her local go-to spot. Dr. Kurtzman has a special spot in her heart for Rottweilers. Her first pet was a Rottie named Gwen, and she currently has a Rottie named Bianca.

Imy Slome


Dr. Imy Slome grew up in New York City and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She interned at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Manhattan and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Slome has professional interests in internal medicine and emergency care.

Inspired to help animals when her first dog, Shady, was in an accident, Dr. Slome developed a passion for veterinary care. Seeing how the veterinarian saved her dog’s life motivated her to do the same for others.

Dr. Slome shares a home with her husband and Pit Mix, Sosa. In her spare time, she likes spinning, sailing, hiking and hanging with friends. Fun fact: She was born in London, UK!

Grace Chen

BVSc (Hons)

Dr. Grace Chen received her Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University with a Major in Biochemistry. Dr. Chen then completed her Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science in Australia. She pursued further training by completing a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at The BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in New York City, followed by a one-year surgical specialty internship at the Las Vegas Veterinary Speciality Center in Las Vegas. Dr. Chen also practiced Emergency Medicine and worked in several general practice animal hospitals in New York prior to joining Pure Paws.

Dr. Chen was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Ultimately, her love for Manhattan brought her back to New York after her training. Her professional interests include surgery and ophthalmology. She currently lives in Manhattan with her two desert tortoises. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Chen enjoys running, spinning, yoga, barre and baking. Dr. Chen is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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Conveniently located 2 blocks away from the 42nd street stops on all subway lines (123, ACE, NQR, 7 & the shuttle). Close to Hudson Yards and the Lincoln Tunnel.

Phone: 917.534.7838

  • Monday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM