Get to Know Roosevelt

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

Meet Dr. Allison Glassman

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 2022, Roosevelt Vet Center entered our 17th 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 and requests 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 Center Staff

Dr. Kate Panigrahi, Veterinarian

Dr. Panigrahi (with our Stanley) is a Hudson Valley native who received her BS in biology from SUNY Purchase in 2013. From New York, she traveled to the beautiful island of St. Kitts to complete veterinary school at Ross University. She then moved to Columbus, Ohio, and called The Ohio State University home for her clinical training.

 

Graduating veterinary school magna cum laude, Kate went on to accept an 18-month rotating internship in equine medicine and surgery at OSU. Kate returned home to the Empire State in July 2020 to pursue companion animal general practice and equine emergency medicine.

 

Her areas of interest include preventative care, clinical nutrition, and endocrinology. In her spare time, Kate is an avid reader, photographer, and baker.

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Dr. 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.

 

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 (and her Macallan), Office 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!)

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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.

Ryann, Assistant Veterinary Technician

Ryann originally joined Roosevelt as a high school intern in early 2022.  She is interested in exotic animals and may choose a specialty in that direction further down the road. She will further her studies of veterinary technology at Westchester Community College in the fall of 2023.

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Hayley, Assistant Veterinary Technician

Hayley has had a great interest in small animals since she was a child, and has taken various online courses to further her knowledge. She never thought she’d be here, in her dream job, and is looking forward to expanding her career and helping care for animals at RVC. Hayley has three dogs at home and loves to play chase and tug of war with them.

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Sue G. and our Paulie, Veterinary Assistant
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Ashley (and George), Front Desk Receptionist

Ashley joined Roosevelt Veterinary Center in October of 2022. After earning her degrees, Ashley found a place in veterinary medicine as one of our CSRs. She brings over two years of experience with her wealth of knowledge. For leisure, Ashley enjoys being an Aquarist, cooking, and training with George. She is currently aspiring to be a future dock diving champion with her dog and hopes to one day further her education in veterinary medicine.

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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.

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Vinny and Pauly, Staff Cats

Meet Vinny and Pauly, our staff cats. We were blessed when we rescued these two brothers. They bring so much joy to our hospital….there’s something to be said for “brotherly love” as these two bring it to a whole new level. If only we could all get along as they do. HA!

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Stanley, Office Cat

Our Stanley came to us from a client who could no longer care for him. See, Stanley has a neurological disorder. He’s like a Weeble-Wobble, sweet as can be and fits in perfectly.

Meet Our Namesake

In 1997, Dr. Glassman and her family rescued a big boy dog from the Dutchess County ASPCA 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 found his way back to the Hudson Valley as the pet of a licensed Veterinarian.  He stayed an active member of the family until 2005, was 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.”

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