Our Mission

At Brooklyn Roots Veterinary Hospital, our mission is to offer the type of veterinary care that we expect for our own animals. We believe that practicing the highest standards of veterinary medicine and surgery requires more than just what we learned in school. We strive to listen to and consider the varied needs of our patients and families. We are committed to creating a caring environment that fosters trust, support and a team approach. We also look outside our doors, and take measures to reduce our impact on our global community.

Our Team


Rebecca Stronger, DVM

Dr. Rebecca Stronger graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She has extensive experience working in Referral Center Emergency/Critical Care Medicine, as well as in General Practice. She also has a special interest and advanced training in Veterinary Anesthesia and thrives doing the kind of work that feels most like saving lives.

Aside from her professional training, Dr. Stronger wants you to know that she was born and raised in Brooklyn and has also left the neighborhood quite a few times. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and family and even more loyal to her patients. She thinks that client education is just as important as the medicine that she practices, and will always do everything in her power to help her patients and their families in the ways that they need.

She also really really loves handstands.

Marcela Salas, VMD

Dr. Salas was inspired very early on by Doctor Doolittle, by his innate desire to understand and help animals. He spoke to her then and still does today. He taught her that the best vets are humble and kind, and the advantages that lie in simply listening to and observing animals.

This, combined with a fascination for the natural world led Dr. Salas to the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a a B.A in Anthropology in 1995 and a Veterinary Medical Doctor degree in 2000. She has lived in Brooklyn ever since.

Her goal is to help the pet guardian navigate through the process that is their pet´s physical and emotional health by offering experience and professionalism. Dr. Salas is interested in diagnostic imaging, dentistry, pocket pets and geriatrics. She feels honored to do what she does, and especially to be doing it with her longtime vet colleague and friend, Dr. Rebecca Stronger.

We are proud and grateful to have this exceptional support staff.


Lisett Lamour, L.V.T.

Lisett has been working in the animal field since she was 16 years old. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from The City College of New York and then pursued her Veterinary Technician degree soon thereafter. She has three fur babies and two human ones. Lisett’s areas of special interest include dentistry and anesthesia but gentle and expert nursing care of all creatures is her true forté.


Carmen Canton A.A.S.

Carmen Canton performs non-anesthetic dental cleanings at Brooklyn Roots. She was born and raised among her many animals in Managua, Nicaragua. At age 19, she moved to Miami, FL and quickly began to work at a nearby veterinary hospital.  Her experience there inspired her to pursue her Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology at CUNY in NYC. Having witnessed the risks involved with conventional anesthesia, her initial exposure to safe, non-anesthetic dental cleaning left her feeling both relieved and encouraged that there was a method of providing a safe, preventative health service to pets.

Toby - Feline Manager  Toby was educated on the streets of Brooklyn and rules Brooklyn Roots with a gentle, yet firm paw. 

Adrian Hatche, B.S.

Adrian graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology. She has been caring for animals in the veterinary field for four years, but in her heart -- since forever! Adrian calls herself a dog person, but is obsessed with her cat babies Martini and Edie. She also works at the Wildlife Health Center at the Bronx Zoo, and has grown fond of large animals and exotics (which she has decided will be her area of expertise in vet school). Truly, she loves all creatures great and small and strives to provide genuine care for all patients and their owners. On her free time she likes to laugh and enjoy nature.  Adrian is also proud to contribute to our non-furry community by raising awareness of violence against women alongside her sisters of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 


Victoria Lama B.S.

(Gone but not forgotten!)

Victoria currently lives in Windsor Terrace, where she grew up.  She was inspired to work with animals by her family who are heavily involved in animal activism throughout New York City. After volunteering with local animal rescuer Sean Casey, and at various animal hospitals in high school, she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine She recently graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Animal Science and, wait for it.....will be attending the The Ohio State University College of Veterinary medicine in the Fall of 2017!  Victoria has worked as a veterinary technician at multiple animal hospitals and she is happy to have found her lovely home at Brooklyn Roots Vet.

Toby - Feline Manager

Toby was educated on the streets of Brooklyn and rules Brooklyn Roots with a gentle, yet firm paw. Although he wears many hats, his main responsibilities include patient advocacy and taste-testing all pet foods.