Meet Our Staff

Staff

Doctors:

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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 (Patty, Meowy and Kanji), 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!

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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. Michele Best-Hall 

Dr. Best-Hall graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2020 and joined us in June 2020.  She lives locally with her husband and daughter and their two dogs.

Dr. Meghan Thorne 

Dr. Thorne comes to us from the Greater Toronto Area in Canada. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Science and a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Guelph in 2015. After that she attended vet school on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and Nevis at Ross University. As much as she enjoyed island life, she fell in love with upstate NY while completing her clinical year at Cornell University and has been practicing here since her graduation in May 2019.
Dr. Thorne’s professional interests include orthopedic disease management and dermatology. She also enjoys seeing pocket pets (rabbits, rodents and ferrets). She currently lives in Homer, NY with her boyfriend Brock, their German Shepherd Kenai, and their Saint Bernard Kala. When she’s not in the office, Dr. Thorne enjoys Crossfit workouts, visiting the beautiful NY wineries, and hiking the Adirondacks with her fur kids.

Emeritus staff:

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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:

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 were so proud when she attained her LVT degree!

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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!

Staff

Kathy Adsit, Office Manager

Emily Burhans, Receptionist

Laurie Lewandowski, Receptionist

Acadia Aspinwall, Veterinary Assistant

Mariah B., Veterinary Assistant/Technician-in-training

Erin Ryan, Veterinary Assistant

Olivia M., Veterinary Assistant

Ariel Jones, Kennel Attendant

Staff Cats:

Cookie, on left, and Dirtball on right

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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!