Get to Know Roosevelt Veterinarians

We are a small animal hospital, catering to dogs and cats with top-notch veterinary care.  Whether you’re looking for a clean and calm atmosphere for your pet or a house call, our veterinary clinic offers a full array of pet health services to meet your specific needs. Our animal hospital, located in Brewster, NY, was built to honor the ideals of a true family practice with state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatments. 

Meet the Roosevelt Veterinary Team

Doctors of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Maria Lagana, Dr. Allison Glassman, and Dr. Abdul Hai
Dr, Allison Glassman, DVM, of Roosevelt Veterinary Center with her cat Paco.

Meet Dr. Allison Glassman,
Principal and Founder of Roosevelt Veterinary Center

Dr. Allison Glassman grew up in the Hudson Valley and graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After working in New York City, she went to veterinary school and graduated from Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.


In her words: I am so proud to say that in October 2023, Roosevelt Vet Center entered our 18th year! Hard to believe it has been that long. Some of our clients have been with us from the very beginning, while most have come on board through the years. We are continually expanding our services to better meet the needs of our community. New doctors and technicians have joined us which has helped create a more robust and thorough medical team.


Our Dog Daycare and Boarding facility, Roosevelt Mansion, is thriving under the direction of my husband, Alberto. Roosevelt Mansion is growing every week with more pups coming to play. We are renovating to make space for a grooming salon.


I am so proud of our team for creating and maintaining a place where pet parents and their four-legged loved ones feel safe, listened to, and appreciated. Above all else, they are kept happy and healthy.


My children are now 14 and 16 and are developing into smart, responsible, and fun teenagers. Both are excelling in their advanced placement and AP classes.  Sean enjoys playing center field for the Patterson Pirates and Maggie runs cross country for Carmel High. We love to take trips together, with the most recent being to Bermuda and Key West.

Meet the Roosevelt Veterinary Center Team

Dr. Abdul Hai of Roosevelt Veterinary Center
Dr. Abdul Hai, Veterinarian

Dr. Abdul Hai earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2021 from the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore. Excelling as one of the top students, he quickly initiated the licensure process to practice in the USA.


Initially, he relocated to Lexington, Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World, in 2022, to work with polo horses. There, he contributed to one of the world’s foremost equine hospitals before transitioning to small animal practice at Roosevelt Veterinary Center. Dr. Hai values his empathic colleagues as well as the high-quality medicine and mentorship from Dr. Allison Glassman.


With a keen interest in surgery, he aspires to become a Diplomate surgeon.


Beyond veterinary medicine, he cherishes spending time with his wife, Aneeza, who pursues a master’s at Columbia. He is also a state-level badminton player. Driven by a passion for learning American expressions, he explores diverse foods and new places in his spare time.

Dr. Maria Lagana of Roosevelt Veterinary Center
Dr. Maria Lagana, Veterinarian

Dr. Maria Lagana was raised in Westchester County in an animal-loving family. She spent her youth motivated by a desire to assist animals in need. Horses were and continue to be her passion. Her family and friends were not surprised when she pursued her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She earned her undergraduate and DVM degrees from Cornell University, where she was a leader in animal welfare organizations. She also worked in the field of epidemiology while pursuing her studies.


Dr. Lagana began her career after graduation at South Salem Animal Hospital. She eventually opened her animal hospital in Westchester County, where she enjoyed years of success. Dr. Lagana returned to the area after selling her practice and is delighted to be working with us now. She believes in treating all animals as if they were her own.</p


Dr. Lagana resides in Newtown, Connecticut, with her husband, Dr. Schleiter, who practices at Danbury Hospital, and her numerous rescue animals. During the summer months, she enjoys spending time at her lake house in Brewster, NY.

Dawn Farbman-Ortiz
Dawn (and her Macallan), Practice Manager

Dawn joined Roosevelt Veterinary Center in September of 2021 as our new Office Manager. Previously Dawn was a bookkeeper/ biller at a local car dealership and a Zumba instructor.  She is happily married to her husband of 15 years, has three beautiful children, a cat named Rain, and a handsome Cane Corso, Macallan (AKA as her sidekick).  In her spare time, Dawn loves taking pictures of her children in their various sports, reading, baking, shopping (of course), dancing, and finding new spots to walk with Macallan.

Martha (and her Tino), Veterinary Technician

Martha joined Roosevelt in 2021. She became a Veterinary Technician as a second career, graduating from Mercy College, and has 20 years’ experience in the field. She is especially interested in anesthesia and pain management, helping to keep patients healthy and pain free during surgery. A Hudson Valley native, she lives with her long-haired chihuahua, Tino, whom she helped deliver almost 16 years ago. In her spare time, Martha does a lot of pet sitting and enjoys reading, pottery, and spending time with her sister and nephew.

Katie (and her Hannah), Veterinary Technician

Katie came to Roosevelt with 12 years of experience in the veterinary medicine field. She attended San Juan College’s Distance Learning Program while working full time to care for her pets: kitties Samantha, Ianto, George, and Jingle Bells, and pups Morris and Hannah Rose.  In her spare time, she likes to write fiction stories, take photos of her pets for Instagram, make jewelry and rosaries by hand, and bake (though her cooking leaves something to be desired!)

Martina (and Sybil), Veterinary Technician

Martina joined the RVC team in August 2015. Her passion for animals started while she was working in shelters back in Germany where she was born and raised.  Martina moved to the United States in 2003 and became a veterinary technician in 2004. She became a New York resident in 2009 working in small animal medicine. With over 10 years of vet tech experience her gentle nature, dedication, and love for animals are evident in everything she does. In her spare time, Martina goes hiking, travels, and makes jewelry.

Michelle, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Michelle worked with the blind and cared for guide dogs for 13 years. Her admiration for the human-canine bond inspired her to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Outside of work, Michelle pet sits, volunteers for animal rescues, and travels the world. She loves to scuba dive, hike, and is a DIE-HARD NY Yankees fan.

Lauren Falk
Lauren, Front Desk Receptionist

Lauren joined Roosevelt Veterinary Center in late October of 2022.  Previously, she had worked as the manager of a doggy daycare, boarding, and grooming facility for almost four years. Lauren  has been an animal lover all her life, and has helped care for dogs, cats, and other small critters belonging to her family and friends over the years.

Meet Our Namesake

In 1997, Dr. Glassman and her family rescued a big boy dog from the Dutchess County SPCA Shelter in Hyde Park and named him “Roosevelt.” Hyde Park is home to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site, hence the name choice.  When adopted, “Roosevelt” was already a full-grown pup and was said to be a mix of Golden Retriever and German Shepherd.  As time went on, Dr. Glassman suspected that he may have actually been a purebred Leonberger.  He accompanied Dr. Glassman to Ohio where she completed her Internship, then returned to the Hudson Valley as the pet of a licensed Veterinarian. 

He stayed an active member of the family until 2005, the same year that Dr. Glassman opened her first practice in Brewster, NY.  When deciding what to name her Vet Practice, her beloved dog came to mind.  In thinking it through, she realized she was born at Roosevelt Hospital in NYC.  It seemed extremely appropriate that the birth of her first practice would also be called “Roosevelt.”

Roosevelt, the isnpiration for a veterinary center in the Hudson Valley.