Dr. 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 this location, Greenwood Veterinary Care in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn in 2018.
Dr. Zamora is originally from Maryland right outside of Washington, DC. Growing up there were always animals in his life, including a Bull Mastiff mix named Buster, and cats Rita, Newton and Sammy. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a BS in Molecular Biology and Philosophy. After his undergraduate studies, Dr. Zamora worked at the National Institutes of Health studying malaria. Following his research experience, Dr. Zamora transitioned to a career in animal care by working at an animal shelter in Virginia and a local veterinary clinic in Maryland, which inspired his application to veterinary school. He completed his studies in Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Dr. Zamora previously worked at our other clinic, Bensonhurst Veterinary Care, from 2015-2018, and came back to work at Greenwood Veterinary Care in 2020. His professional interests include geriatric/palliative care, cardiology, and dentistry.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Zamora enjoys cycling, international travel, and cooking plant-based foods. Dr. Zamora is fluent in Spanish and lives with his wife, Gillian, in Brooklyn with their Boston Terrier, Pancho, and cat, Jones.
Carmen and Jesse
Carmen and Jesse have developed their passion for animals at a young age so it was destined that they would find themselves a career in the animal medical field.
Carmen started working in the veterinary field in 1997 when she decided to get an after school job at an animal hospital in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She quickly found herself as head technician of the clinic a few years later. Jesse began his career by working in an animal boarding facility. In 2009, while transitioning jobs to a new animal clinic, he joined a team, where he officially met Carmen.Carmen and Jesse became fast friends and it only took one year before these two fell in love.
In 2010, Dr Zawie took a position as an associate at the same clinic as Carmen and Jesse. A couple of years later in 2012, when Dr Zawie decided to open his first animal hospital in Bensonhurst, he offered both Carmen and Jesse a position. After several years of hard work Carmen and Jesse were promoted to managers of Bensonhurst Vet Care.
In 2017, Jesse and Carmen officially tied the knot! It has been an amazing journey for them both. When they are not at work they love spending all of their time with Jesse’s 10 year old son, Jacob. Carmen has enjoyed being a stepmom since Jacob was 2 years old. They love vacationing, and spending time with their family, friends and their 19 year old cat Henny.