Our goal as a practice is to deliver compassionate, high quality care to all of our patients. Our veterinary professionals achieve this by engaging in continuing education while always focusing on effective communication with our clients. This lends to consistent delivery of medically advanced, optimal treatment plans for each individual patient.


Stephen Zawie, DVM

Dr. Stephen ZawieDr. Stephen Zawie (pronounced Zay-wee) is a Long Island native. His passion for veterinary medicine began by spending time at his father’s veterinary clinic from a young age. He left his home in Stony Brook to pursue his bachelor’s degree at The University of Maryland, College Park where he majored in Animal Science. He spent the next three years at Ross University in St. Kitts and finished his veterinary education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Zawie was in Baton Rouge during Hurricane Katrina and like many of his colleagues, participated in the rescue and rehabilitation of the animals affected by the storm. One of those animals was badly injured and suffering from dehydration. After making a full recovery, “Pickles” quickly became the newest member of Dr. Zawie’s family.  His growing family now includes two adorable sons, Jackson and Austin!

After veterinary school Dr. Zawie was accepted into one of the most prestigious and grueling internship programs at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. It was during this time that he honed his medical and surgical skills. He spent the next few years as an associate Veterinarian at progressive veterinary hospitals in Manhattan & Bayridge, Brooklyn, before deciding to open his own practice in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.  He opened his second location, Greenwood Veterinary Care in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn in 2018.



Polina Mikhelzon, DVM

Dr. Mikhelzon was born in Russia and immigrated to America with her parents at 3 years of age. She grew up raising a dog, parakeets, and guinea pigs. Her childhood dog, Byron, ultimately inspired her to pursue veterinary medicine. Before college, she worked at Prospect Park Zoo as a discovery guide, Animal Care and Control as a dog walker, and a local veterinary clinic as a veterinary assistant.

She obtained an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. She then graduated from Cornell University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. After veterinary school, Dr. Mikhelzon completed a small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group.

She has developed a strong interest in soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and holistic medicine.

In her free time, she enjoys jogging, hot yoga, hiking, skiing, traveling and snuggling with her rabbit, Larry.

Welcome Dr. Zalewski

Dr. Zalewski grew up in Whitestone, New York where his love of animals began early in life. His childhood was spent caring for a variety of animals from cats and dogs to wildlife. After graduating from The Bronx High School of Science, he attended St. John’s University where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. While attending, he began working as a Veterinary Assistant at sister practices in Whitestone and Hempstead, NY, where he rescued his grey tabby, Sophie. This experience further solidified his desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Zalewski graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, Canada in May 2020.  When he’s not caring for others’ pets, Dr. Zalewski enjoys travel, cooking, hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Other pets include Lacey, his 3 year old Golden Retriever and Juno, a 4 year old domestic shorthair rescue.