Leadership Team

We’re also genuine animal (and people) lovers who want to make a difference here in the Northwest Chicago suburbs.

Get to know us!

We cherish the human-animal bond, and will do everything in our power to give your companion the highest level of care whenever they come to our animal hospital.

Dr. Dan Markwalder

Dr. Dan Markwalder

Founder

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. David Kaufman

Dr. David Kaufman

Partner - Geneva

Dr. David graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2013 and became a partner at Animal Care Clinic in February 2017. His love of animals initially drew him to the field of veterinary medicine and he started working at an animal hospital at the age of 13. His professional interests include all aspects of small animal medicine, with a strong interest in surgery and dentistry. 

Dr. David shares his home with his wife (also a veterinarian) and his pets including one very large, energetic Akita named Nala and two cats; a lap cat named Trouble and a food-motivated cat named Loki. Dr. David loves trying new restaurants and coffee shops. He is also an avid sports fan, rooting particularly for the Bears and the Fighting Illini. 

Fun facts about Dr. David:

Favorite pizza topping? Ham and pineapple.

What was your first car? My first car was a navy blue 1999 Volvo S70. 

What’s your hidden talent? I am a phenomenal power walker and I have a pretty good memory. 

Dr. Adam Conroy

Dr. Adam Conroy

Partner - South Elgin

Dr. Adam obtained both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois. He specializes in Bulldogs, currently seeing bulldogs on a referral basis from all over the state and neighboring states. Dr. Adam also has a passion for surgery (especially orthopedic).

If he’s not working as a partner at his clinic in South Elgin, IL, Dr. Adam can usually be found watching the Vikings game with his wife, two sons and two French Bulldogs, Hudson and Tug.

Fun facts about Dr. Adam:

Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning.

What was your first job? Busboy.

What’s your favorite hobby? Fishing and traveling.

Dr. Sharon Payne

Dr. Sharon Payne

Partner - Algonquin

Dr. Sharon is a partner at Animal Care Clinics and a graduate of the University of Illinois. She worked at Care Animal Hospital in Arlington Heights before joining the Animal Care Clinic staff in 1997. Her special interest is in feline medicine as well as environmental and behavioral enrichment for cats. She believes in making each visit as low-stress and pleasant as possible for all of her patients. 

Dr. Sharon and her husband Scott share their home with five cats: Maximus, Sheldon, and three Cornish Rex cats named Leonard, Bernadette and Penny. 

Fun facts about Dr. Sharon:

Favorite pizza topping? All veggies!

Hidden Talent: I can Hula Hoop for hours.

First car: Chevy S10 pickup truck

Dr. Dan Phillips

Dr. Dan Phillips

Medical Director - Hoffman Estates

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. Jeremy Baitman

Dr. Jeremy Baitman

Partner - Pingree Grove

Dr. Jeremy Baitman was raised in southern Illinois and earned a degree in Biology from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois and then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He has extensive training and 14 years of experience in emergency medicine and surgery in addition to general practice in preventative care, elective surgery, dentistry, and management of chronic conditions. Additionally, he pursued a practitioner sabbatical in small animal ultrasound imaging through Purdue University. Some of Dr. Baitman’s professional interests include preventative care, wound management, emergencies, kidney, and urinary tract disease. When free time allows, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing with his dog Bodie, playing and watching most sports, getting “outdoors,” and traveling. Dr. Baitman believes it is important to tailor his patients’ care to their unique circumstances and to be as helpful as possible to each patient’s caregiver. Dr. Baitman believes we can help strengthen the bond between a person and their pets through excellent veterinary care and communication.

What we’re all about:

5

Wonderful clinics

Five convenient locations throughout the Western Suburbs.

75+

Years Experience

Our veterinarians LOVE what they do (and they’ve been at it for a while!)

100,000+

Adoptable Pets Cared For

We’ve provided care for thousands of pets adopted by rescues & shelters.

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