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.

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 Ann for 43 years; they both 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.

Dr. Lauren Niedbalec, DVM with dog and catDr. Lauren Niedbalec attended Cornell University for both her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science and for veterinary school. She is a recent graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's class of 2017. She is originally from Niskayuna, NY and has lived in upstate New York all her life. Dr. Niedbalec professional interests include surgery, animal behavior, and exotic animal medicine.

Dr. Niedbalec lives in Groton with her boyfriend, Jesse, a PhD student also at Cornell, a magnificent pit bull mix named Wheatley, a 28-toed cat named Snickerdoodle, and a one-eyed kitten named Susan. Dr. Niedbalec loves dog training and competes in agility with Wheatley. She also enjoys going for hikes, running long-distance, playing video games, painting and crafts, and baking.