All Creatures Animal Hospital

All Creatures Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility conveniently located just one block west of Marianos in Lake Zurich, IL. The professional and courteous staff at All Creatures Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. All Creatures Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Lake Zurich and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how All Creatures Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Dr. Jay Nordstrom

Dr. Nordstrom joined All Creatures in 1996 after graduating from Michigan State University. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, including complex medical and surgical cases.

His fields of interest and expertise include abdominal and cardiac ultrasound, endoscopy, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, pain management and preventative medicine. Dr. Nordstrom takes great satisfaction in helping pets achieve and maintain wellness and enhancing the human/ animal bond.

At home, Dr. Nordstrom is married with two children. They share their house with a rescued King Charles Spaniel named Dewey. In addition to being an instrument rated private pilot, Dr. Nordstrom enjoys time with family and friends and struggles mightily with a golf addiction.

Years in Practice: 23

Dr. Andy Cox

Born and raised in nearby Deerfield, Dr. Andrew Cox attended Colgate University before obtaining his D.V.M. degree in 1985 from the University of Illinois.  After completing a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Cornell University, Dr. Cox returned to Illinois, and along with his wife, veterinarian Dr. Geri Cox, founded River Trails Animal Hospital in Riverwoods in 1987, All Creatures Animal Hospital in Lake Zurich in 1991, and Green Tree Animal Hospital in Libertyville in 1996.  While immersing themselves in the veterinary profession, the Coxes also managed to raise 4 now “adult” children (one of whom is soon to obtain her veterinary degree!), enjoy a variety of furry, feathered, and finned family members, and stay active in the community.

As a skilled surgeon and practitioner, Dr. Cox is still driven to deliver the highest quality patient care in a uniquely personalized way.  He has devoted his career to promoting a hospital environment that is friendly, light-hearted, and client-centered, but equipped for and intensely focused on exceptional state-of-the-art medical and surgical care.  He truly enjoys tackling the tremendous variety of challenges that are presented daily, and deeply cherishes the many long-term friendships he has made serving this community for so many years.

Outside the office Dr. Cox is a fitness enthusiast and is burdened by two great passions - baseball and golf.  His lifetime of suffering as a diehard Cubs fan was finally rewarded when the Cubs captured the 2016 World Series.  Locally, Dr. Cox remains active in the Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association.  A long time LZBSA board member and past president, Dr. Cox now oversees the Challenger Baseball Division, a league that provides mentally and physically challenged children with the opportunity to play baseball.  On the golf course, Dr. Cox is his own worst enemy, falling victim to every possible swing-help gadget and foolishly adjusting his approach on nearly every swing.  The result is a wildly inconsistent game that is potentially dangerous to playing partners as well as adjacent homes.  Nonetheless, Dr. Cox takes advantage of any opportunity to feed his golf addiction.

 Years in Practice: 34

Dr. Erika Dahlgren

Erika Dahlgren joined the All Creatures Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2006. She graduated from The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and them completed a surgical/internal medicine internship. She continues to enjoy the daily challenges veterinary medicine brings and the uniqueness of every case. Erika is married to a computer genius, Bill, and they have 3 children and 1 four legged kid, Stanley. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, skiing and spending time with family and friends. Originally from Wisconsin, Erika is a loyal Green Bay Packer fan, despite much opposition from her fellow Bear fan coworkers.

Years in Practice: 14

Dr Stephanie Goff

Dr.Goff grew up in Mundelein, IL and competed in agility as a junior handler growing up. She attended the University of Iowa and received a bachelor's of science in psychology in 2007. A month before graduating from undergrad, she started working as a veterinary assistant at a busy private practice on Saturdays for fun. She loved it and it quickly turned into a full time job and Stephanie was encouraged to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.

She moved back to the Chicago suburbs and worked as a veterinary technician at an emergency and specialty clinic while taking a few remaining pre-requisite classes for veterinary school. Dr. Goff graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 and completed a one year small animal surgical and medicine rotating internship in the Chicago area.

Dr. Goff and her husband Steven have a husky mix and two friendly cats that think they are dogs. In her free time, Dr. Goff enjoys playing board games, reading books, watching movies and enjoying the great outdoors - hiking/exploring new areas, camping, biking, kayaking and boating.


Dr. Lynda Gustavsen

Dr. Gustavsen joined All Creatures Animal Hospital in March, 1996. She grew up in Des Plaines and started working in the veterinary field at the age of 16. She attended the University of Illinois for undergraduate and veterinary college, graduating with honors in 1991. In 2012, she completed a two year training course in ultrasound through the University of Illinois.

Her favorite aspect of practice is the inherent challenge that comes with diagnosing and treating non-verbal patients, and she places an emphasis on patient comfort and quality of life. As a fervent learner, the ever-changing field of medicine matches her desire to continuously broaden her knowledge. The relationships she has forged with her clients over the years are one of the added benefits to being in the same practice for so many years.

Dr. Gustavsen has owned a variety of small animals including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, hamsters, and hedgehogs, and enjoys working with these species and more. Outside of practice she enjoys working in her yard, cooking, and trying new foods and wines, but most of all, spending time with her two children and their Border Terrier, Al.

Years in Practice: 28

Dr. Todd Horowitz

Dr. Horowitz grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan, and did not know he wanted to be a veterinarian until college. Having grown up without any pets he decided he wanted to work with them as a veterinarian. He attended Michigan State University for undergraduate studies and then the University of Illinois for veterinary school. After graduating with honors in 2005 he moved to Los Angeles to begin practicing small animal medicine.

Dr. Horowitz completed a one-year rotating internship focused on internal medicine, surgery and critical care at a well-known hospital in Los Angeles. Upon finishing this internship he stayed on as a senior clinician in the Emergency and Critical Care department taking care of the most critical patients and helping to train future intern classes. After nine years in the emergency field Dr. Horowitz has decided to move back to the general practice setting in order to better develop long-term client and patient relationships. His professional interests include management of complicated endocrine disorders, pain control, emergency, and critical care.

Dr. Horowitz is married, has two children (Jacob and Becca), and shares his home with four rescued pets (a 3-legged Boxer and 3 cats). He and his wife have decided to return to the Midwest to be closer to family. Outside of work he is an avid sports fan, especially for the Michigan State Spartans and all teams from Detroit! He also enjoys reading spy novels and outdoors activities such as tennis, softball, biking, hiking, and camping.

Years in Practice: 13

Dr. Katie Schreurs

Dr. Katie Schreurs grew up in Nebraska and attended University of Nebraska for her undergraduate degree. She went on to veterinary school at Kansas State University, graduating in 2004. She joined All Creatures Animal Hospital in 2007.

She has always loved animals, and dreamed of working with them since she was a little girl. She currently has two Boston terrier rescues named Clifford and Walter, and one rescue cat named Hank. Hank was a rescue in the truest sense of the word as he was found freezing in a snowbank as a kitten with burns all over his back. It was suspected that he got too close to a motor or muffler trying to stay warm during a particularly cold winter. His burns were infected and he needed two surgeries and many bandage changes for his back. But he made a full recovery and is fat and happy despite his scars.

Katie and her husband Peter have two little girls, Greta and Libby. Between work and a young family there's not a lot of time for anything else, but given the chance Katie enjoys reading and getting together with friends and family.


Dr. Joe Lim

Dr. Lim grew up in Glenview, IL and went to Glenbrook South High School. He had his humble start as a kennel worker at River Trails Animal Hospital. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2012 he was hired as a technician with Dr. Nordstrom and the rest of the crew at All Creatures Animal Hospital. Here he was able to develop not only professional interest and a passion for veterinary medicine but meaningful mentors and friends.

After Dr. Lim’s first year in veterinary school he was accepted into a veterinary masters program in Grange, Ireland. Here he worked on a genetic study looking at the biomechanics of disease in Holstein cows. But in his free time he was sure to check out the local pub for a pint of Guinness. After completeing his pre-clinical studies at Ross University School of Veterinary medicine, he was accepted into Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine for his clinical year.

Dr. Lim currently lives in Glenview with his recently adopted amputee dog from Colorado named Jesse James. In his free time, Dr. Lim likes to backpack in the back-country, snowshoe, bike and travel.