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.  Dr. Wood is proudly owned by three cats (Patty, Meowy and Kanji), a house rabbits (Alice), ten chickens, three male ducks and three Nigerian Dwarf goats (Anza, Snickers and Hope).  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 and has worked at Crossroads since March 2013. Her interests include surgery and preventative medicine.  She lives locally with her husband, two cats (Lola and Roxanne), and her pit mix Maddie.

Dr. Aaron Frederick

Dr. Aaron Frederick graduated from Cornell University Veterinary School in 2022.  We were happy to welcome him at Crossroads in June of the same year.  His biography and photo will be coming soon!

Dr. Carly McDonald
Dr. Carly McDonald grew up in Southern Ontario, Canada. She received her Bachelors of Science in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph. In 2015, she began her veterinary school education. Dr. McDonald received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, magna cum laude, from St. George’s University after completing a year of clinical rotations at Cornell University. She has called the Ithaca region home ever since.
From the moment Dr. McDonald could talk as a very young child, she told everyone she met that she would one day be a veterinarian. She has worked in the veterinary field since she was 16. When she isn’t at the clinic, Dr. McDonald enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, jetskiing, snowmobiling, and motocross with her husband and their dogs Ryder and Kawi.
Dr. McDonald joined us in April 2023 and we are very glad to welcome her.

Emiritus Staff:


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 practiced in Cortland for about 40 years and owned Crossroads Veterinary Clinic from 1985 – January 2010.  He particularly enjoyed surgery and ophthalmology.  Dr. Miller is currently enjoying his retirement.

Licensed Veterinary Technicians:

Beth Johnson, LVT and Hospital Manager

Beth 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 were so proud when she attained her LVT degree, and we are also proud that she has taken on the role of hospital manager. 

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!

Mariah, LVT  Mariah originally started at Crossroads in December of 2014 and worked as an assistant. She began working toward her licensed veterinary technician degree and successfully obtained her license in December of 2021, and we are glad to welcome her as an LVT!
Elizabeth M., LVT  Liz worked as a high school student intern at Crossroads, worked summers during her LVT schooling, and then joined our staff as a full-time LVT in May 2021.  We are happy to welcome her to our full-time staff!

Other Staff

Kathy Adsit, Office Manager

Emily Burhans, Receptionist

Laurie Lewandowski, Receptionist
Acadia Aspinwall, Veterinary Assistant
Makayla Cotterill, Veterinary 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!