Alison Animal Hospital grew out of Alex's conviction that one's work could and should be personally fulfilling, while being performed at the highest level of expertise and service. After college, he experienced corporate culture for a dozen years. But it was not until the loss of his beloved younger teenage sister, Alison, that Alex knew he must follow his heart: to care for animals as a medical doctor. After years of academic preparation, a lot of hard work, and hands-on animal experience as a veterinarian, his goal has reached fruition. AAH embodies Alex's very personal statement about what he has chosen to do for the rest of his life. It is a place where love, caring and professional expertise combine to form a wellspring of vitality for the companion animals whom we adore.
Our practice philosophy is to exemplify medicine's highest values: commitment to service, community involvement, altruism and leadership in and on behalf of the veterinary profession. Our approach is one of science, logic and compassion. Every pet is precious and individual. We are independent thinkers. We are not part of any group or larger entity and have worked hard to resist any contract pricing with vendors and reference labs which might compromise our freedom. We work solely for our patients and their owners. We believe that combining freedom of business with freedom of thought is the prerequisite for the highest level care.
Our brand new, innovative hospital was built to reflect and support the high quality of medicine practiced within it. By incorporating noise management, odor/pathogen control and traffic flow, we have created a calm environment where animals, clients and staff feel comfortable and efficiency is prioritized. Our hospital has been designed to offer the latest technology in diagnostics, medicine and advanced surgery right in the heart of Windsor Terrace.
Dr. ALEXANDER E. KLEIN
Dr. Alex Klein grew up in Great Neck, New York with animal-loving parents. As a child, he was a puppy walker for Seeing Eyes for the Blind and endured the continual cycle of attaching to and separating from deliciously adorable Lab puppies. He served as a volunteer EMT/fireman during his high school and college years and always had an interest in medicine, but was also attracted to technology. He graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in 1995. After a dozen years in the fast-paced corporate world, Alex decided to face the daunting and exciting challenge of transforming his career. He attended CCNY at night in order to complete post-baccalaureate coursework and worked on an upstate farm, ultimately leading to his acceptance into Cornell University Veterinary School. Alex has since worked in private practice and animal rescue/shelter facilities, most recently as a staff surgeon and veterinary associate at North Shore Animal League. Alex lives in Windsor Terrace with his wife Lisa, his son Noam and their three cats.
Dr. SUSAN RYAN
Dr. Susan Ryan grew up right here, in Windsor Terrace. As a child, she often hid stray cats and kittens in her garage, taking care of them until her mother found out. Susan knew early on that she wanted to be a veterinarian, as she always loved caring for animals. While pursuing this dream and obtaining her Associates Degree in Animal Science at Farmingdale State University, Susan worked in a variety of positions within a local veterinary hospital, from receptionist to veterinary technician. Susan obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Milan in Italy, with her clinical year at Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama. Over the past seven years, she has been a veterinarian in private practice in Brooklyn. Susan believes in a holistic approach when working with her patients and their families. Her deep commitment to them is evidenced not only by her medical expertise, but the time she takes to listen and the comprehensive care she gives them. She believes in the integration of Western and Eastern veterinary practices and given this proclivity, she is a graduate of the Chi Institute in Florida. Susan presently lives in Park Slope with her two rescue cats, Sophie and Shrimpy. She enjoys walks in Prospect Park and biking around the neighborhood. Susan loves gardening and can also can be found walking dogs for Sean Casey.
Noam Landor, Practice Manager
Noam's love for animals started at a young age, the love turned to passion for animal welfare when her family got their first dog. Since then she's immersed herself in anything animal related, from caring for neighborhood strays, to African Safari visits and volunteering at Thai Elephant sanctuaries. Her love and passion for animals led her to North Shore Animal League, which connected her with Alex. Noam saw her values come to life at Alison Animal Hospital and has helped build the practice with compassion, empathy and love. Noam lives in Queens and has a labrador-sharpei-pitbull mix named Falafel.
Lily Eris, LVT, Head Technician
Lilly's love for animals started early on when she would do whatever she could to feed stray animals as a young child in her hometown of Istanbul, Turkey. She moved to Brooklyn, NY with her family when she was 8 years old and her love for animals never outgrew her. After finishing high school, she joined the US Navy for 4 years, but knew in her heart that she always wanted to work with animals so after getting out of the navy moving back home to NY, she attended LaGuardia Community College and received her degree and license as a Veterinary Technician in 2006. Over the past 9 years, she has enjoyed learning and eventually teaching others about what it takes to be vet tech. She happily joined Alison Animal Hospital in January 2015 and has been very fortunate to be part of a wonderful team. Lilly lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their 10 year old cat Sammy. She loves to travel and enjoys the outdoors.
Nataly Pesantez, Veterinary Technician
Nataly comes from Ecuador where she spent 10 years working in veterinary medicine. Her love for animals radiates a wonderful energy which we are thrilled to have at Alison. She frequently rescues and goes through the lengthy process of tending to and healing very sick animals so that they can find eventual homes. She has a history of working with lions, monkeys, farm animals and exotics. Nataly has traveled around all of South America and Canada and lives with her three sweet fur babies in Long Island.
Jarlin Nunez, veterinary assistant
Jarlin grew up with basically every possible animal allowed in Brooklyn; everything but a snake. She says her three possible career paths were police officer, fashionista, or working with animals. With a heart too big to do anything else, we are fortunate to have her here at Alison Animal where she provides wonderful care for our patients and always comes up with new ways to improve the hospital. Her current menagerie of animals includes Grey, a 116 pound Great Dane, Diego, a Shihtzu, Crumbs, a male cat who steals toys from other pets, Athena, an FIV positive cat and Zeus, her fatty cat. All of Jarlin's animals are rescues.
Brooke McCalley-Faulkner, veterinary assistant
Brooke has been involved and employed with pet rescues and as a veterinary technician for more than 10 years. She spent many years at an emergency facility, gaining experience with a large variety of medical cases, animals and situations. Brooke's family has five cats and fish. Her goal is to specialize in Cardiology and eventually teach at a veterinary school. Brooke is a true animal lover and hopes that her two children follow her footsteps.
Aurora Pietroni, veterinary assistant
Aurora grew up in Miami, Florida where she worked with feral cats doing TNR (catch and release spay/neuter). Her veterinary career started out when she worked as a customer service specialist for the front desk, and then worked her way up to being a great technician. She has been working in the Veterinary field for 10 years. She currently lives with her two adorable cats, Aleister and Otto.
Beach Brooks, veterinary assistant
The first pet that Beach fell in love with was his childhood golden retriever, Gucci. From there, his adoration for animals grew to include creatures both domesticated and not - leading to a volunteer position at a hometown wildlife sanctuary that lasted throughout high school. After stints as a graduate student and a restaurant shift supervisor in Philadelphia, Beach moved to Brooklyn looking for a fresh start and wanted to somehow rekindle his interest in animal care. He found that AAH genuinely reminded him of the amazing sanctuary staff he worked with when he was younger and couldn’t join the team soon enough! When he’s not learning and growing as a newer member of the veterinary world, Beach loves to birdwatch, play guitar, and continue to search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Lizz Bachman, Reception Services
Lizz grew up in Windsor Terrace and continues to live here today. She graduated college in 2012 with a BFA in Fashion Design and loves to design clothes and accessories for people and pets! Her love for animals started early in life. She always had pets in the house while growing up and became interested in horseback riding when she was 11. Currently she has 2 birds named Barbie and Ken and a dog named Lily. One day she hopes to have some horses of her own as well!
Marsha Leandre, Reception Services
Born in New York and raised in Haiti, Marsha has been a huge animal lover for her entire life. She grew up an only child but with many pets and to this day she can’t live without having a furry friend in her life. She is very grateful for having the opportunity to join the team at Alison Animal Hospital, where she gets to see so many amazing pets and connect with them. Marsha recently graduated from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and she is pursuing her masters degree in public health. During her free time she enjoys reading, dancing and playing with her dog.
Yelisa Nunez, Facilities
Yelissa is a Brooklyn native and helps us keep our hospital looking and operating great. It’s not an easy job to make sure that every day our patients, clients and staff are able to operate in an environment which is clean, well maintained and continually upgraded. Yelissa cleans, paints, helps with construction and makes sure we are ready for the next day. We are so fortunate to have her and the positive energy she brings to the practice.