Meet Our Staff

Staff

Doctors:

Dr. Elizabeth R. Wood

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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), six chickens, four 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
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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 lives locally with her husband, two cats (Lola and Roxanne), and her pit mix Maddie.
Dr. Michele Best-Hall
Dr. Best-Hall grew up in the Hudson Valley and graduated from Cornell University with her bachelor’s degree in biology in 2014. After graduation, she spent one year at the National Institutes of Health doing neuroscience research, and the following year even further from home, teaching English to children in Jinan, China. After some time away, she was more than ready to return to Central New York, where she completed her DVM at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She lives in Ithaca with her husband, toddler daughter, two mutts (one that was a stray in China and found his way into her suitcase), and a flock of chickens. She is extremely excited to join the Crossroads team!

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.

Dr. Lauren Jacobsen

Dr. Lauren Jacobsen graduated with her DVM from University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign in 2008. Following graduation, she completed an equine surgical and medical internship in Arizona. She entered general practice and focused primarily on equine medicine for 8 years. In 2016, she transitioned to companion animal medicine, moved to upstate New York, and has been here ever since. She particularly enjoys ophthalmology, which is the study of eye health and eye diseases. The most rewarding part of medicine for her is being able to witness the bond between her clients and their pets. She joined Crossroads Veterinary Clinic in March 2021. Her other interests include swimming, hiking, skiing, camping, and paddle boarding.

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!

Other Staff

Kathy Adsit, Office Manager

Emily Burhans, Receptionist
Laurie Lewandowski, Receptionist
Acadia Aspinwall, Veterinary Assistant
Mariah B., Veterinary Assistant/Technician-in-training
Elizabeth M., Technician-in-training
Erin Ryan, Veterinary Assistant
Heidi F., Veterinary Assistant
Breanna W., Veterinary Assistant and Kennels
Ariel Jones, Kennel Attendant
Makayla C., Kennels, fill-in vet assistant
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!