Pasquale Meleleo, DVM – Owner / Veterinarian
Dr. Meleleo is an incredibly talented and devoted doctor. He moved to Staten Island from Italy at the age of 7. After graduating from St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as an electrical operator on a nuclear-powered submarine. After his military service, Dr. Meleleo enrolled at Wagner College. He later transferred to The College of Staten Island because of its rigorous and challenging program in biology. He began volunteering at a local animal hospital, where he discovered his passion for veterinary medicine and quickly worked his way up to becoming a veterinary technician. He also made time to enhance his educational experience by interning at The Staten Island Zoo, as well as the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center. He was later accepted to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 2008. Soon after becoming a veterinarian, he began practicing small animal medicine.
Dr. Meleleo’s hard work and dedication have more than paid off, and he is thrilled to be able to own his own practice and continue to do what he loves. He understands the love and appreciation each owner has for his or her pets and treats each new patient the same way he would treat his own–as one of the family. Recently, Dr.Meleleo adopted a German Shorthaired Pointer, who his daughter named Walter. Walter is a staff favorite around PPAH!
Nicole Longo, DVM – Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Longo is a welcome addition to Pleasant Plains Animal Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Johns University and then completed her veterinary degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. Dr.Longo then completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge. She proudly became a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2002. After working as a veterinarian in a Brooklyn animal hospital for many years, Dr. Longo joined Pleasant Plains in June 2013. Her professional interests include advanced canine and feline medicine, as well as surgery.
Dr. Longo was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She currently resides in Staten Island and has the joy of sharing her home with 3 cats. In her free time, Dr. Longo enjoys kickboxing and spending time with her husband, two sons, and friends.
Jerrica Mastropasqua, DVM – Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Mastropasqua is a native to Staten Island. Prior to veterinary school, she worked as a veterinary assistant for Pleasant Plains Animal Hospital. During her training at PPAH, she became even more passionate about small animal medicine. Dr.Mastropasqua attended Fairleigh Dickinson University for her undergraduate degree and graduated with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She furthered her education at Mississippi State University, where she obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr.Mastropasqua has a particular interest in studying animal behavior, dermatology, and surgery.
At home, she has a docile dog named Simba and a sassy cat named Abu; they always find a way to put a smile on her face! In her spare time, Dr.Mastropasqua enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Sofia Kalkstein, DVM – Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Sofia Kalkstein was born in Brooklyn and moved to Staten Island when she was a young child. She moved to Colorado for college and received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1995. After graduation, she moved to Connecticut but the mountains called her back to Colorado where she has lived for the past 25 years. She recently decided to come back to her roots and join the team at PPAH.
In her years as a veterinarian, she has owned her own practice, worked as an emergency room doctor in a specialty clinic and did a residency in Pathology. Her interests include challenging internal medicine cases, surgery, critical care, and exotic medicine.
Away from the hospital, Sofia enjoys spending time with her family which includes her two daughters, and her Chihuahua named Gordito. She loves cooking, skiing, rock climbing, and running and is glad to be back on Staten Island to care for your furry, scaly and feathered friends.
Malgorzata Banaszek-Lepkowski, DVM
We are so excited to announce that Dr. Lepkowski is the newest veterinarian to join our staff at PPAH. She graduated from Warsaw University in Poland in 2002 and has a special interest in feline medicine, soft-tissue surgery, and advanced surgery. Her long time clients call her “the cat whisperer”. She is also a mom to her 7 feline fur-babies. Dr. Lepkowski is always learning new techniques, tips, and tricks and is a valued member of our PPAH team. We could not be happier to have Dr.Lepkowski here with us
Michelle Donohue, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Donohue is a Staten Island native. She completed her bachelor’s in Biology at the College of Staten Island while working as a veterinary technician at Pleasant Plains Animal Hospital and interning at the Staten Island Zoo’s Animal Hospital.
For her Doctorate, she moved to TN to attend Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. As a Veterinary student, she had completed externships at various animal hospitals along the east coast as well as in South Africa.
Dr. Donohue has contributed to research projects and publications investigating the role of lipids and metabolites in several disease processes. Her Veterinary interest includes internal medicine, dermatology, and exotic medicine. She ultimately chose to work in private general practice, so that she can help her patients and their families throughout all stages of their life.
During her free time, Michelle enjoys hiking with her dogs, art, and music.