Meet Our Veterinarians and Staff
Our veterinarians and staff members in Hoffman Estates are excited to be a part of your pet's life journey. Veterinary medicine is about more than health and healing; it's also about fostering lasting friendships and promoting the human-animal bond. We're extremely passionate about what we do, working towards newer and better ways to serve our patients and clients. Say hello to our fantastic team!
Dr. Dan Markwalder
Dr. Dan is a graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and has been a practicing veterinarian for 26 years. He established Animal Care Clinic in Algonquin in March 1994 to provide an environment of high-quality care for his patients. Dr. Dan has a passion to partner with clients in providing the best care for their pets. He attends over 80 hours of continuing education each year; skydived on his 50th birthday, is a die-hard Cubs fan, grew up in Indiana and has an extensive baseball card collection.
Dr. Dan married his college sweetheart. They have four sons and a daughter, along with a Mini Goldendoodle named Maggie, a parakeet and one bearded dragon.
Fun facts about Dr. Dan:
If you could go anywhere, where would you go? To see the pyramids of Egypt.
Are you a morning person or a night person? I am definitely a morning person!
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose? To be able to teleport.
Dr. Dan Phillips
Dr. Dan Phillips is originally from the suburbs of Raleigh, NC. He received a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. After graduating he then went on to earn his veterinary degree from North Carolina State University in 2011. Dr. Dan then completed a one-year internship focused on small animal emergency and internal medicine at Tufts Cummings College of Veterinary Medicine outside Boston, MA. After completing his internship he worked as an associate veterinarian in Arlington Heights prior to joining Barrington Square Animal Hospital and the Animal Care Clinic family in November 2016. He served as the medical director at Barrington Square beginning in fall 2017. His primary interests are general surgery, orthopedic surgery and the surgical and medical treatment of cancer in pets.
Dr. Dan lives in Rolling Meadows with his wife and high school sweetheart Ana, their daughter Eleni and an Akita mix named Maggie. When not at work or parenting, Dr. Dan fills his remaining free time playing golf and watching his beloved Green Bay Packers.
Fun facts about Dr. Dan:
What was your first car? Ford Ranger pick-up truck.
What is your hidden talent? I know lyrics to tons of songs. Most of my family members and co-workers would prefer if I sung them less, however.
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose? To be athletic enough to dunk a basketball just once.
Dr. Jennifer Lancaster
Dr. Jen grew up just outside of Indianapolis. As a child she had an insatiable love for horses and horseback riding. That love later led her to realize a passion for caring for animals, whether it was mucking stalls or riding alongside the local vet to farms around the central Indiana countryside. She worked at a variety of horse barns, as well as on a dairy farm in southern Ireland and among many veterinarians in her time growing up.
Dr. Jen graduated from Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She also completed her BS in Animal Science at Purdue University's School of Agriculture. Dr. Jen's special interests include both soft and orthopedic surgery, as well as oncology. She has received additional training in the area of cruciate (ACL) and patella repair. She also very much enjoys developing long-lasting relationships with her clients and their pets.
Dr. Jen keeps a house full of critters and kids to keep her on her toes when she's not at work. She and her husband Bill have three children: Kaitlyn, Kyra, and Liam. Her pets include an old but lovable Labrador named Lando; one sassy and cantankerous cat named Squeak; one very lovable and cuddly cat named Bagheera; and a Russian Tortoise named Spike.
Fun facts about Dr. Jennifer:
What was your first car? An '89 Honda Civic Hatchback.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? New Zealand.
What is your favorite hobby? Playing games with my family...wait, I take that back--WINNING at games I play with my family is my favorite!
Dr. Karen Hoersch
Dr. Karen is graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She worked in multiple small animal and emergency clinics in Wisconsin before her family moved to the Chicago area. In addition to internal medicine and soft tissue surgery, Dr. Karen especially enjoys client education and teaching people how to properly care for their pets.
She has three children, a dog named Olga, and a Blue Quaker Parrot named Indigo. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is the variety that each day holds, from surgery to preventative care to helping sick animals.
Dr. Brittany Kaufman
Dr. Brittany grew up in Lake Zurich, IL. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Purdue University in 2011, and obtained her DVM degree from the University of Illinois in 2015. In June 2015, she joined Animal Care Clinic/Barrington Square Animal Hospital. Dr. Brittany loves caring for people's four legged family members and forming life-long relationships with her clients and their furry companions.
In her free time, Dr. Brittany enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her husband, family and friends. Dr. Brittany shares her home with a very spirited black kitty named Hannah and a food-motivated cat named Loki.
Dr. Kristen VanZant
Dr. Kristen grew up in Wheeling, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Elmhurst College and her DVM from the University of Illinois. After graduating, she returned to the Chicago suburbs and joined Barrington Square Animal Hospital. She wanted to be a veterinarian since childhood, and is excited to start caring for your furry companions.
In her free time, Dr. Kristen enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends. She shares her home with an insanely spoiled three-legged Yorkie named Bailey, and a cockatiel named Buttons.
Fun facts about Dr. Kristen:
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? There are too many places to pick just one, but hopefully Costa Rica in the future.
Are you a morning person or a night person? Night person.
What was your first job? Assistant camp counselor at a horseback riding camp.
Dr. Danielle Pollack
Dr. Danielle grew up in Elk Grove Village, IL. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Illinois, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She then went on to obtain her doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Missouri in 2015. Dr. Danielle's favorite topics of veterinary medicine include dermatology and preventative care. She really enjoys building lasting relationships with her clients and their pets.
In her spare time, Dr. Pollack enjoys riding her motorcycle, working out, and spending time with her two Pit Bull mixes, Brandy-Lynn and Hank.
Tina joined Animal Care Clinic in October 2015, but has been in customer service management since 1999. Tina and her husband Jay have two children and five grandchildren who are the love of their lives. They also share their home with two rescue dogs; a yellow Lab named Jack and a mix named Joplin.
Ashley provides her grooming services at Barrington Square Animal Hospital on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and at the Algonquin clinic on Wednesday. Ashley and her husband have a son, Luke, and share their home with four dogs named Annie, Tiffany, Bentley and Bosley; and two cats named Ford and Harry.
We have never had a bad experience at the hospital. We feel comfortable with the staff and feel that they are a caring group. -Larry M.