Meet our dedicated vets.
Dr. Scott Benson
Dr. Scott Benson was born and raised in NYC. After graduating with his BS in Biology from Hofstra, he received his DVM from the University of Bologna in Italy in 1979. He completed a six month rotating internship and has been licensed in NY since December 1979. After working in a several small animal medical facilities and attending a multitude of continuing education seminars, he joined the Pet Doctor in December of 1990. His has always maintained a special interest in small animal surgery and performs almost all the surgery at this facility. Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf, training in Martial Arts and working out in the gym..
Dr. Desmond Koo
“Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Love of animals and desire to understand different species and breeds and their particular personalities and behaviors led Dr. Koo to become a veterinarian, a career path he followed from the day he got his first dog in the third grade. A recent graduate of Ross University, Dr. Koo sees veterinary care as a three-way partnership between you, your pet, and himself, and strives to understand your goals for your pet at every visit, whether it’s to resolve a pressing health issue or to work proactively to stay happy and healthy.
Dr. Lauren Gatanas
A traumatic experience at the age of six — witnessing a dog that had just been hit by a car — imbued Dr. Gatanas with the deep empathy for animals that has guided her career and approach to veterinary care. Dr. Gatanas graduated from Kansas State University in 2019, and begins each day excited to help pets and their people through clear communication and expert care. Her family includes three mixed-breed dogs.