Dr. Meeking was born and raised in Canada. She attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan and graduated with her DVM, following two years of undergraduate education and graduation from a Veterinary Technician program. She moved to NYC after graduation to continue her training as a rotating intern at the Animal Medical Center, followed by a four year combined residency in Internal Medicine and Critical Care. She was the recipient of the AMC resident research award for her research on obesity and diet in cats. Following board certification in both Internal Medicine and Critical Care she took a position as staff doctor at the Animal Medical Center. In 2009 she joined the Emergency and Critical Care department of Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls NJ. In 2016 she left NJ to become medical director of their newest hospital, Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services. She has a special interest in toxicities, trauma, shock, and endocrine emergencies. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as her dog Maple and guinea pigs Chewbacca and Han Solo. She enjoys the outdoors, travel, reading, yoga, cooking, and knitting.
Michelle Brognano, DVM
Dr. Brognano was raised here on Staten Island playing an active role in the veterinary community. She has worked as a veterinary technician and participated in two internships at the Staten Island Zoo. After completing her undergraduate studies in Biology at the College of Staten Island, she attended veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. While completing vet school, Dr Brognano played an active role in student government as a fundraising chair. She was involved in raising money for local charities on the island, a banquet for her class, and charities back state-side as well. Dr Brognano has spent some time in between semesters of vet school working in South Africa with wildlife including chimpanzees, rhinos, buffalo, and crocodiles. Following this adventure, Dr. Brognano completed her clinical training at Auburn University in Alabama. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY and completed an internship at GSiVS before joining the staff as an emergency clinician. Her interests include dermatology, exotics and toxicology. Outside of work, Dr Brognano enjoys hiking, rock climbing, baking or binge watching Disney movies with her travel souvenirs – her Alabama hound dog and St. Kitts island cat.
Paul Corrente, DVM
Dr. Corrente became an Emergency clinician at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in 2004 after completing his Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City where he met his wife, Dr. Susan Meeking. Paul is a graduate of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Corrente joined the emergency department of Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services shortly after its opening.
Alison Szarejko, DVM
Dr. Szarejko grew up in New Jersey and always had a love for science. She studied biology at Montclair State University and was working on her Master’s in physiology when she was accepted into vet school at Kansas State University. After graduation, she was a general practitioner for a year, then went on to complete a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. She then started working in emergency medicine and joined Garden State Veterinary Specialists in NJ. She joined Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services when we opened in 2016. She loves feline medicine and on her days off, she loves spending time with her family, five cats and her dog, Chloe.
Emily Wiehl, DVM
Dr. Wiehl was born in Queens, NY. She attended Cornell University where she majored in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary medicine. She earned her DVM degree in 2015 from Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine spending her clinical year at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She went on to complete a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship in Westbury, NY at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center. Her special interests include small animal emergency/critical care medicine, and internal medicine. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, running, sketching and spending time with family and friends.
Alexandra Pasaturo , DVM
Dr. Pasaturo was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Staten Island, NY where she attended Wagner College. She then went on to earn her DVM degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her love for animals was evident at a very young age. Alex pursued her passion during her younger years by volunteering at the Staten Island Zoo and various veterinary practices. Dr. Pasaturo joined Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services department of Emergency Medicine. Her special interests include emergency medicine/critical care and radiology. She is a proud mom to her three rescue animals, Mini, Khloe, and Baci. Mini attended all of Veterinary School with her on the Island of St. Kitts. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her three dogs.
No Referral or Appointment Needed for Emergency Care
Our Hospital Remains Open 24/7 to Accept Emergency & Critical Patients
It is requested, whenever possible, that the referring veterinarian alert GSiVS staff members that an emergency case is being sent to our hospital from their office. Advance notice will assist our staff members in preparing for the arrival of the patient.
Patients referred for emergency treatment or care will be referred back to their primary veterinarian for follow-up care upon the completion of treatment at GSVServices.
GSiVS has established an Emergency/Trauma unit for its critical patients which has all of the resources of the hospital available to the patient, including oxygen cages, heated recovery cages, ECG/blood pressure monitoring, isolation unit and ventilation support unit.
The Emergency/Critical Care Team Provides the Following Services:
- 24-hour Emergency Care
- Continuous nursing care 24/7, 365 days/year
- Veterinarian and trained technicians always in attendance
- Team of Board Certified Specialists available for consultation
- Intensive Care Unit & initial diagnostics for emergency patients
- Critical care monitoring
- Chest tube placement
- Tracheostomy tube placement
- 24-hour ICU monitoring/hospitalization
- Bloodwork including profile, CBC, coagulation panels, infectious disease tests, blood gas analysis, blood typing, and crossmatching
- Digital radiography
- Emergency surgical procedures