Liz Sobol, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Liz Sobol, our Chief of Staff, has been a part of the Gateway Animal Clinic team for 14 years! A life-long Ohio native, she was raised in Beachwood and now resides in Solon. After completing undergraduate studies at Northwestern University in Illinois (1988), Dr. Sobol pursued a DVM degree at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (1998). Before joining us, she also practiced at Roberts & Wendt Animal Hospital in Cleveland.
When not at work, Dr. Sobol enjoys hanging out with her two children, watching movies and television, and staying active through yoga and jogging. She loves spending time her dog (Toto) and two cats (Silvio and Vincent), who were all adopted through Gateway Animal Clinic. She has a passion for working with rescue and shelter animals, and likes being able to work with clients who have limited finances or other obstacles to overcome, to ensure quality veterinary care for their pets.
Brian Forsgren, DVM
Dr. Brian Forsgren is the Founder of Gateway Animal Clinic. Since 1980, his practice philosophy has been to strive to provide access to care for all pet owners irrespective of their financial resources. Dr. Forsgren is dedicated to the concept that the veterinary profession is the ultimate guardian of the integrity of the human-animal bond. We are the gatekeepers. This ideal has been the driving force in his professional life.
A graduate of Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Forsgren has served as the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association's (OVMA) Chairman of the Animal Welfare Committee (1996-99) and OVMA President (1999). He is also a member of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics (SVME) and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA).
Melissa Gugliotti, DVM
Dr. Melissa Gugliotti joined Gateway Animal Clinic after graduating from veterinary school. She spent her childhood in Cleveland, but now lives in Lakewood, Ohio. Dr. Gugliotti earned an undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University and her DVM degree from Ohio State University.
Although she provides care for both dogs and cats at Gateway, Dr. Gugliotti has four cats at home! It's no surprise that she has a special interest in feline medicine, but she also has an interest in animal behavior and internal medicine. Her hobbies include gardening, running, biking, art and architecture, reading, and watching movies.
Nicki Naso, DVM
Dr. Nicki Naso is a veterinarian at Gateway Animal Clinic. She grew up in Olmsted Falls, Ohio and continues to live there today. Dr. Naso earned an undergraduate degree from Lake Erie College (2000) and a DVM degree from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2009). Prior to joining Gateway Animal Clinic, she practiced equine medicine in Medina and worked at area animal shelters performing spay/neuter surgeries. Her special interest is veterinary surgery and dermatology.
In her free time, Dr. Naso enjoys camping and spending time with family, including two mixed-breed dogs and a cat. She loves working with such a dedicated and caring team!
Michelle Wolford, DVM
Dr. Michelle Wolford has been practicing at Gateway Animal Clinic for the past two years. She grew up in North Olmsted, Ohio and earned her undergraduate degree from Hiram College (2005). Dr. Wolford received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University (2009) and practiced in Arizona for three years before moving back to Cleveland. She has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and reproduction.
At home, Dr. Wolford has three cats and two dogs that keep her on her toes!
Bentley J. Blue, DVM
Dr. Bentley Blue graduated from the University of Washington with a BS degree in Zoology (1985) and Colorado State University with both an MS degree in Physiology (1990) and a DVM degree (1994). He has practiced veterinary medicine for over 20 years in several states including Florida, Washington, California, Maryland, Delaware and, of course, Ohio.
Dr. Blue began his career as an equine veterinarian, but also assisted horse owners with their small animal needs. In 2011, he interned at a large referral small animal hospital on Long Island, New York and then served as a general small animal practitioner as well as an emergency small animal clinician in Queens, New York. Dr. Blue also provided mobile small animal veterinary services to residents of Manhattan, New York.
Deidra Galhotra, DVM
Dr. Deidra Galhotra grew up in Alabama and currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned a DVM degree from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. Prior to joining the Gateway Animal Clinic team, Dr. Galhotra practiced in Dallas, Texas. Her special interests include behavior, geriatrics, and end of life care.
In her spare time, Dr. Galhotra enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and camping. She also shares her home with two pets, a cat and a golden retriever.
Kenneth Litwak, DVM
Dr. Kenneth Litwak grew up in San Francisco, CA and currently resides in Moreland Hills, OH. He received an undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University, a PhD from Wake Forest University, and earned a DVM degree from Kansas State University. Prior to joining the Gateway Animal Clinic team, Dr. Litwak worked in Portland and Aurora, OR, for private practice and in research for the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Louisville, and the Cleveland Clinic. His special interests include weight loss and obesity prevention.
In his spare time, Dr. Litwak enjoys drawing, painting, origami, birdwatching, and hiking. At home, he has one dog and a cat.
Carrie LaCava-Lee, DVM
Dr. LaCava-Lee grew up in Euclid and Novelty, Ohio and currently resides in Lyndhurst. She received an undergraduate degree from Ashland University in Ohio and received her DVM degree from The Ohio State University. Before joining the Gateway Animal Clinic team, Dr. LaCava-Lee practiced in Southern Illinois. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and diagnostic imaging.
Outside of work, Dr. LaCava-Lee enjoys spending time with family, hiking, cycling, and travelling. She also shares her home with Larry, the labradoodle, a California kingsnake, and a beta fish.