Thomas Gill, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Thomas Gill, our Chief of Staff, is a graduate of Hamilton College and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from veterinary college in 1984, Dr. Gill worked in mixed animal practices in Lebanon, PA, and Syracuse, NY, before moving to Cayuga County in 1988. Brookside Veterinary Clinic originated out of Dr. Gill's home and eventually moved to its present facilities in Auburn in 1996. Dr. Gill has a particular interest in small animal surgery.
Family plays an important part in Dr. Gill's life as he is one of eight children and has seven children of his own with his wife Ceceila; obviously the Gill household is very active and just a little bit noisy! Other members of the Gill family include a shih tzu, two cats, a horse, a cow and several chickens. Dr. Gill loves to spend time reading, traveling, dreaming about traveling, and spending time with his family.
J.C. Palermo, DVM
Dr. J.C. Palermo grew up in Mt. Morris, NY and now resides in Skaneateles. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and later a DVM degree from New York State College of Veterinary Medicine. Before working at Brookside Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Palermo has practiced in Florida, Vermont and even Potsdam, NY where he owned the practice. He has a special veterinary interest in small animal surgery.
Dr. Palermo has been married to his wife Mary Ann for 43 years; they have two children, Kate and Jesse, as well as eight dachshunds. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, camping, hunting, reading and sports. Dr. Palermo especially enjoys the outdoors, woodworking and carving.
Joseph Darrington, DVM
Dr. Joseph Darrington originally hails from Brookings, South Dakota. He attended South Dakota State University for his undergrad and earned a DVM degree from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Darrington practices large animal medicine for Homestead Large Animal in Auburn, NY and has joined the Brookside Veterinary Clinic team to pursue his passion for small animal medicine.
He currently resides in Port Byron and has five cats and one dog. Dr. Darrington enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing and camping. He also likes to build things, or as he calls them, "contraptions."
Elysia Mignelli, DVM
Dr. Elysia Mignelli grew up in Montreal, QC, Canada. She now makes Auburn, NY her home. Dr. Mignelli attended McGill University in Montreal, QC where she earned a bachelor's degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science. She earned another bachelor's degree in Biology Major from Concordia University. She attended veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies for three years and completed her clinical year at Cornell University.
Dr. Mignelli volunteered with the Montreal SPCA and worked for them as a veterinary technician. Her love for the shelter is what drove her to attend veterinary school. She adopted her beloved dog, Athena, a Chihuahua/Pinscher mix, and her four cats - Puffs, Tiger, Chopin, and Ramsay - from the Montreal SPCA. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, camping, bird watching, and, as of recently, musical theatre.