Lakewood Animal Hospital

Meet Our Team

Our highly trained veterinarians and technicians are experienced in treating a wide-range of animals from cats and dogs to reptiles and small mammals. No matter the animal, we are committed to providing unmatched veterinary care.

Michael W. Miller

DVM & Co-Owner

“My ultimate goal is to uphold Lakewood’s core value of ‘Balanced Integrity’ which we define as balancing what is right for our patients, our pet owners, and our entire veterinary team.”

Dr. Michael W. Miller has been the co-owner and medical director at Lakewood Animal Hospital since 2015. In addition to providing preventative and primary care to dogs and cats, he has a special interest in reptiles which led him to start a wildlife rescue at Lakewood to treat local turtles injured while crossing the road.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami (Florida) and his doctorate degree from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Miller considers the resident cats and lobby turtles at Lakewood part of his family. Outside of the hospital, he and his wife are raising their two sons and a mischievous mixed breed rescue dog named Wombat.

He enjoys watching Chicago Bears football, mentoring students, and writing for online veterinary blogs using Harry Potter analogies to inspire positive change by encouraging his colleagues to discover the magic in veterinary medicine.

Stephen P. Carter


“The staffs at all of the clinics are great people, as well as the doctors, and fun to be around. Growing up in Morris, I enjoy the small town living and the quality medicine we can offer our communities.”

Dr. Stephen P. Carter is a talented veterinarian who originally started with our practice in 1983 as a kennel technician and rejoined as a doctor in 1993. His humor brightens everyone’s day and is matched by his compassion for the well-being of his patients, whether they are tree frogs or Labradors.

He obtained both his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Carter and his wife have one daughter, and they have enjoyed a variety of pets through the years including snakes, lizards, rabbits, numerous small mammals, and even a squirrel monkey named Alvin while growing up. His current yellow Labrador, Lamar, is as much of a joy to be around as Dr. Carter himself.

He enjoys reading, fly fishing, and other outdoor activities in his free time. Dr. Carter also has a 'mean' drop pitch in Wiffle Ball.

Catherine M. Malon


Dr. Catherine Malon is the newest addition to Lakewood Animal Hospital and is excited to join this awesome crew! She enjoys most aspects of general small animal practice, but especially maintaining the people-pet bond. Getting to know people and their pets is the highlight of her day.

Dr. Malon grew up in Peoria, dreaming of working with horses. This took her to southern Illinois and Idaho for a few years for work before realizing veterinary medicine seemed pretty cool for her next adventure. She then pursued her degree, graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She practiced in northwest Illinois, Hawaii, and Washington before relocating to north central Illinois to be closer to family.

In her free time, Dr. Malon enjoys spending time with her husband and family, their two dogs, her garden, exploring the natural beauty of north central Illinois, and traveling to find new food options.

Join the Lakewood Animal Hospital Family Today!

Located off of US-6 (Bedford Rd) on the corner of Lakewood Dr and W Dresden Dr.

Phone: 815-942-1199


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