Meet Our Staff





Dr. Elizabeth R. Wood

Dr. Wood graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2000 in Microbiology.  She worked with a veterinarian for a year after graduation and then attended Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2005 with her DVM.  She has a particular interest in feline medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Feline Practitioners.  She’s worked at Crossroads since January of 2007 and bought the practice in January of 2010.  Dr. Wood is proudly owned by three cats (Aloe, Nane and Patty), two house rabbits (Misha and Alice), seven chickens, five male ducks and two Nigerian Dwarf goats (Anza and Josie).  She added a human “pet” to her family in May 2013, Olivia Wren!



Dr. Soleil Bacque

Dr. Bacque graduated from Saint Anselm College with a Bachelors degree in Biology in 2009.  She then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at North Carolina State University in January 2013. Her interests include surgery and preventative medicine.  She is excited to return to New York with her two cats (Lola and Roxanne), and her pit mix Maddie.



Dr. Nikki Clifford 

Dr. Clifford grew up “downstate” in Suffern, New York.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cornell before attending Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, from which she graduated in 2012.  Her professional interests include small animal internal medicine, oncology, dentistry, and radiology.  She currently lives in Virgil with her husband, Aaron, along with their dog, Katie, and cat, Banshee and three pet rats.  In her spare time, Dr. Clifford enjoys running, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and pets.




Dr. Lauren Niedbalec 

We’d like to welcome Dr. Niedbalec (pronounced nuh-BALL-eck)! Dr. Niedbalec is originally from Schenectady, NY. She attended Cornell University for both her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and for veterinary school, graduating from the latter in 2017. Her professional interests include small animal internal medicine, behavior, and exotic animal medicine. She currently lives with her fiance Jesse, a magnificent pit bull named Wheatley, a twenty-five-toed cat named Snickerdoodle, and a one-eyed kitten named Susan. Dr. Niedbalec enjoys running, hiking, and competing in agility, all with her dog Wheatley.



Dr. James A. Miller

Dr. Miller earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and a Masters in Science Education from Indiana University.  In 1974, he graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine with his DVM.  He has practiced in Cortland for the past 35 years and owned Crossroads Veterinary Clinic from 1985 – January 2010.  He particularly enjoys surgery and ophthalmology.  Dr. Miller is currently retired but you may see him occasionally filling for the current doctors.


Licensed Veterinary Technicians:



Kari Sims, LVT

Kari started at Crossroads in November of 2012.  Kari earned her LVT from SUNY Canton and loves working with dogs and cats at Crossroads!


Beth Johnson. LVT

Beth is started volunteering at Crossroads and working on her preceptorship for her veterinary technician degree in 2009.  She was hired as a valuable member of Crossroads’ staff in February of 2010 and continued to pursue her degree while working full time.  We are proud to say that Beth recently passed her licensing examination and we are thrilled that she is able to add those letters, LVT (licensed veterinary technician) behind her name!  Congratulations, Beth!

Brianna Harvey. LVT


Brianna started volunteering and working with us when she was in high school, continued through college and now works with us as a licensed veterinary technician as of May 2016. We are lucky to have her smiling face in our office!




Kathy Adsit, Office Manager

Emily Burhans, Receptionist

Laurie Lewandowski, Receptionist

Acadia Aspinwall, Veterinary Assistant

Mariah B., Veterinary Assistant

Brittany Chergosky, Kennel Attendant

Matthew Enders, Kennel Attendant and Vet Assistant

Ariel Jones, Kennel Attendant



Staff Cats:

Cookie, on left, and Dirtball on right


Cookie joined us in the summer of 2010 .  She’s very pretty and rather shy so visitors don’t usually see her.  She loves to ride around on our shoulders and drool from happiness!  She also loves treats and we have to childproof the treat cabinet from her shenanigans.

Dirtball came to us in the summer of 2012.  He was found sick and covered in maggots in a barn.  He was about 3 weeks old.  He is now happy and healthy and not so shy as he once was.  He likes petting and brushing and loving!  He was originally named Felix but kept getting covered in dust bunnies in the basement so everyone started calling him Dirtball.  He responds to it!