Meet our Staff

  • Mickey Syrotiak
    Practice Manager

    Mickey began working with animals in 2016 as a multi-species animal care attendant with a special interest in Avians. His previous jobs heavily focused on educating the public on animal husbandry, and he still enjoys teaching clients new things about their pets! Since then, he has been working in the veterinary field as a Technician, Client Service Representative, and Manager. He joined the Veterinary Wellness team in 2020. Outside of work, he enjoys living with 4 dogs, Anakin, Achilles, Xena, and Azula, and 2 cats, Trout and Nixon. He also enjoys reading, collecting, gaming, and exploring nature.

  • Lynn Acquarulo
    Accounts Payable Manager

    Lynn worked as a receptionist at Central Hospital while she was in high school and while pursuing a degree in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University. She assisted with our bookkeeping and office management for several years before leaving to raise a family. Lynn returned full-time to Central in 2007 as our accounts payable manager and is very active in the overall management of our practice. Lynn came to work with the Wellness Center as well as Central when we opened in 2013 and has been a life saver for us.

  • Christy Lucas
    Veterinary Technician & Surgery Supervisor

    Christy began working with animals in 2008, first as a kennel attendant, then training as a technician assisting the veterinarians in exams, surgeries, and providing client education. She completed an Animal Care Internship at the Beardsley Zoo in 2010 and graduated from the University of New haven with a Bachelor's degree in Biology in 2013. Later that year, Christy joined us here at the Wellness Center

    Christy lives in West Haven with her husband, Anthony, their son Anthony, and their German Shepherd/ Rottweiler mix, Grizzly. She also has an older cat named Tiger who lives with her parents. Christy has a life long love of combat sports and has practiced them for over twelve years. 

  • Stephanie Buchanan
    Surgical Technician

    Stephanie earned her Bachelor's in Veterinary Technology from Quinnipiac University in 2010, and then became certified in Veterinary Technology. She began working for Central Veterinary Hospital and then came to The Vet Wellness Center in 2015. Stephanie assists us in surgery and works evenings/overnights at Central. She's a New Haven native with special interests in animal behavior, rescue, and advocacy. In her free time, she can be found taking her pit bull, Liam,  to dog sport trials and hanging out with her three cats, Zen, Weasley, and Kit.

  • Dana Smith
    Veterinary / Surgical Technician

    Dana has been working with animals her whole life and even grew up around them. She had dogs, cats, hamster, and birds. She has volunteered at her local shelter, worked with horses, taken horseback riding lessons, has experience training horses and dogs, worked at a doggy daycare/ boarding and grooming facility, and has grooming experience. All these things she loved led her to seek out a career as a veterinary technician. Dana has a son named Brantley and a dog named Hattie that she rescued from Texas during Hurricane Harvey. In her spare time, Dana loves to sing and listen to music and spend time with her friends and family.

  • Jackie Rodriguez
    Veterinary Technician

    Jackie has been in the veterinary field since 2013. She loves the fast-paced environment of being a technician and the variety of tasks that must be performed with each patient. She enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of not only the animals, but their owners as well. She is a fierce animal advocate and treats every patient as her own pet.  Outside of work, Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her dogs, named Ellie and Cookie.

  • Rosie Vega
    Veterinary Technician

    Rosie’s first job with animals was at a dog bakery! After graduating college, she took an unexpected turn and began working in a grooming salon as a dog bather and eventually taking a job as a dog trainer. Rosie’s life took her away from a career with animals, but she found herself missing something. An opportunity in the veterinary field opened up and she quickly found out that is where she was meant to be. When Rosie isn't spending time with your furry friends, she is with her two chihuahuas, TL and Nibs. Rosie also loves knitting, watching Supernatural, the fall, and all things spooky.

  • Lauren Piche
    Veterinary Technician

    Lauren recently started in the vet med field, but has been helping animals for as long as she can remember. She is currently in school to further her career and knowledge in this field. Her hobbies include reading and she loves Halloween. Outside of work, she splits her time between her husband, Brandon, and two sons, Nolan and Cooper. Along with her fur babies, Whiskey, a wire haired dachshund, Vada, a Belgian Malinois. And Binx, a tuxedo kitty.

  • Jason Klatzko
    Veterinary Technician

    Jason joined our team in June of 2021 after completing an externship with our clinic for the MXCC Veterinary Technician Program. He has previously worked as a dog groomer for 13 years, but decided to pursue veterinary medicine. He is set to graduate as an LVT in 2022. Outside of work, Jason enjoys collecting, hiking, gardening, watching a good boxing match, and spending time with his partner Crystal and their pets. They have a chihuahua named Nikko, a rabbit named Oreo, and a cat named Zoli!

  • Valerie Corso
    Veterinary Technician

    Valerie has been an animal advocate all her life. She began her career with animals in 2014. She started as an animal caretaker for numerous types of critters, including dogs, cats, birds, small animals, fish, reptiles, and even insects! She also has a lot of experience with native Connecticut wildlife for rehabilitation purposes under the supervision of license rehabilitators! She joined our Veterinary Wellness Center team in 2021. At home, Valerie has 3 dogs, Ziggy, Baby Bear, and Benji. She also has numerous feline friends, hamsters, a tortoise, and a bird named Sinatra!

  • Kaitlyn Robinson
    Veterinary Technician

    Kaitlyn has loved animals from a very young age. She grew up with a dream to one day become a veterinarian, and spent her younger years working with and riding horses. Life took her on a different path however, where she earned a degree in anthropology, and later a degree in education. After a few years as a science teacher, she decided to pursue her true passion in life by joining the veterinary field. In her spare time, Kaitlyn enjoys hiking and nature, gaming, and making art. She also loves spending time at home with her partner Aaron, their 3 cats, Sushi, Luna, and Kaiya, their dog Midna, and their leopard gecko Mister.

  • Mary Ann Bates
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Mary Ann started her career in the veterinary field in 1989 as a kennel attendant at New Haven Central Hospital. Through the years, she has assisted veterinarians during exams, surgeries, and is always a friendly face ready to greet clients and patients as they arrive. Mary Ann currently lives in Branford with her son Tyler and daughter Beth. They share their home with their dog, Jay Jay and their new kitten, Kitton. In her free time, she enjoys crafts and scrapbooking.

  • Marina Salicki
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Marina has been working with animals since she was 16 years old. She started out as a Kennel Attendant, mainly taking care of young puppies and kittens. Since then, she has expanded her knowledge and experience with animals, and has a special interest in reptiles. Outside of work, Marina enjoys exploring New England’s landscape and has an affinity for horticulture. She has a snake named Sanjay, a rabbit named Rhubarb, and a Keeshond named Amira. She also has a host of insects and aquatic creatures that she loves to take care of.

  • Milan Emery
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Milan has been working with animals since 2018. She has always been a welcoming face for clients as a Veterinary Receptionist. Milan moved to Atlanta, Georgia briefly, but decided to return to New England life, she missed it! Milan joined the Veterinary Wellness Center team in 2021. Outside of work, she owns a Golden Retriever named Piper, who she adores. For fun, Milan loves to read, spend time with her family, and catch up on her favorite television shows!

  • Brandy Martinez
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Brandy started out her animal career as an Animal Care officer at the ASPCA in NYC. She transitioned into vet med as a vet assistant for general practice and emergency. For the last 3 years Brandy has been a Veterinary Technician since moving to Connecticut. Her friends and family have nick-named her “Brandy Doolittle” a nick-name she is proud of. She has a zoo at home of her own, including two cats, Jaxon and Fro, and two dogs, A Cocker Spaniel named Yoshi and a Rottweiler mix named Ranger.

  • Linda Cho
    Veterinary Assistant

    Linda started working with animals as a kennel attendant while going to school at the University of Connecticut, and then switching to Middlesex Community College to get a certificate in Veterinary Assisting. She has and always will have a passion for working and helping animals, even though she is back in school for a different degree. Linda currently has 3 dogs and 3 cats that she calls her own. In her spare time, she loves reading and watching her dogs romp around outside on a nice day!

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