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

“The highly skilled staff helps me provide quality care to our patients, and they can lift my spirits even on the most stressful days.”

With a special interest in exotic pets, Dr. Michael W. Miller has an exhilarating perspective providing the most innovative techniques and medical care for your pets.

Dr. Miller joined our practice in 2013. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Miami, Florida in 2007 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2011. Dr. Miller had externships at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center in Jekyll Island, Georgia. He also volunteered for the WildLife Medical Clinic – treating injured Illinois wildlife.

Dr. Miller is a member of the ISVMA, AVMA, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians.

Dr. Miller has three aquatic turtles, Mitchell, Norton and Mader; one dog, Wombat; and one corn snake, Crush. When not looking after your pet's care, he enjoys watching Chicago sports teams and running with Wombat.

Stephen P. Carter


“The staffs at all 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.”

An interest in, and compassion for the well-being of each patient, from a tree frog to a Labrador makes Dr. Stephen P. Carter one of our talented veterinarians.

After getting his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1986, Dr. Carter completed his DVM in 1991. He is a member of the AAHA, ISVMA, AVMA, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians. He started with our practice in 1983 as a kennel technician and rejoined as a doctor in 1993.

Dr. Carter and wife, Sarah, have one daughter, Savannah and several pets: a Labrador, Tyree; a cat, Butter; and through the years have included snakes, lizards, rabbits, numerous small mammals; and a squirrel monkey named Alvin, while growing up.

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

R. Todd Gay

DVM, Retired

“Great staff, clients and their pets make every day interesting and enjoyable.”

With extraordinary care and compassion for each pet and its owner, Dr. R. Todd Gay is one of our beloved hometown veterinarians.

Dr. R. Todd Gay received his Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from Eastern Illinois University in 1979 and obtained his DVM at the University of Illinois in 1983 with honors. He joined our practice the same year.

A member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association and American Animal Hospital Association, Dr. Gay is also a member of the American Heartworm Society and the Cornell Feline Health Center.

He and wife, Becky, have two daughters, Heather and Holly. He enjoys traveling, photography and running during his free time.

Dr. Gay retired in September of 2016.

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

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed