Our Veterinarians

Like you, our team at West Loop Veterinary Care loves animals. We’re committed to providing exceptional veterinary care to your cats and dogs, and outstanding service to you. Our ongoing training programs and participation in professional organizations ensures that we maintain the most up-to-date knowledge of veterinary medicine and best practices.

Our hospital and veterinarians are proud to be members of:

David Gonsky

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Founder & Chief Veterinarian

  • Class President, 1997 Graduate, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Executive Board Member 2003-2010, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
  • Contributor, Chicago Sun-Times, Pioneer Press
  • Guest, NBC Morning News Chicago, Fox News, WGN News, WGN Radio, Steve Dale Pet World – Radio

From an early age, Dr. Gonsky showed an affinity for animals. In fact, his mother says that the first word he spoke was the name of the family dog. That love of animals caught up with him as he began pursuing a major in business at Indiana University. Realizing that working with animals was his life’s passion, he decided to shift gears and pursue a major in pre-med with an eye on attending Veterinary School. After serving as president of his class at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gonsky began an impressive career that has led to the opening of West Loop Veterinary Care.

Dr. Gonsky’s more than 18 years of veterinary medical care experience includes Blum Animal Hospital, Chicago, Ill.; LePar Animal Hospital, Evergreen Park, Ill.; and Dr. Gonsky’s Chicago Veterinary Housecalls, Chicago, Ill. During this early part of his career, Dr. Gonsky developed a profound interest in internal medicine and gained practical awareness of natural and alternative medicine and treatment. His knowledge, skills and experience helped him in the design and creation of West Loop Veterinary Care. When he’s not at West Loop Veterinary Care, Dr. Gonsky enjoys spending his free time with his family.

Emily Yacker

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Dr. Emily Yacker developed a love of animals at an early age, but she didn’t always plan on becoming a veterinarian.

Growing up in Maryland, Dr. Yacker rode horses and shared her home with several golden retriever dogs. When it came time for college, Dr. Yacker decided to pursue a degree in finance at Miami University. Upon graduation, Dr. Yacker began working as a business consultant, a career she followed for several years.

During her years in business, Dr. Yacker volunteered at local animal shelters. Realizing that animal care was her true passion, Dr. Yacker left the corporate world to become a veterinarian. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received her DVM.

Dr. Yacker recognizes that animals can be hard to read and they often hide signs of illness. She likes to help give sick animals a voice by detecting subtle clues to their illness through examinations and diagnostics.

Dr. Yacker also focuses on effective communication with owners. By taking the time to talk with owners, she can help them understand the intricacies of disease, and hopefully alleviate their concerns and anxiety when their pet is ill.

Dr. Yacker is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). She has a special interest in canine medicine, including dermatology, geriatric medicine and behavior. Dr. Yacker lives in Chicago with her husband and son. They regularly open their home to foster dogs.

Steve Larson

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Dr. Steve Larson always knew he wanted to be a doctor, and his love for animals led him to a career as a veterinarian. Growing up, Dr. Larson was always surrounded by dogs. His mother raised miniature poodles and his older brother had a Brittany Spaniel. Even as a child, he was impressed with the fierce loyalty dogs have for their families.

A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Larson has worked as a primary care veterinarian in the Chicago area for more than 23 years. He brings a broad range of experience to West Loop Veterinary Care, including experience in soft tissue surgery, oral health, ophthalmology and care for injured and geriatric patients. Dr. Larson adheres to a collaborative, team-building approach to veterinary medicine and is committed to ongoing professional development.

Dr. Larson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. In his free time, Dr. Larson enjoys traveling, cooking, dining out, running, biking, and spending time with his dog Chloe, a chocolate Labrador retriever.

Gina Camarata

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Dr. Gina Camarata always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her passion for animals started at an early age, and she would often bring home various creatures that she encountered in her neighborhood near Kansas City, Kansas where she grew up.

As a student, Dr. Camarata loved studying biology and received her B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. She then combined her love of biology and her love of animals by attending the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where she earned her DVM. She worked at the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals as an intern and a veterinary technician. She later joined the Fox Valley Equine Practice. Today, Dr. Camarata is excited to bring her veterinary skills to an urban environment and work with cats and dogs in Chicago’s West Loop.

Dr. Camarata is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA). She also enjoys spending time with her menagerie of animals, including her horse Simba, a former racehorse who she has had since she was 15 years old, her mixed-breed rescue dog Miss Indy, and a red eared slider turtle, Inés. Dr. Camarata and her fiancé enjoy spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the Fighting Irish.

Rebecca Holloway

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Even at age 5, Dr. Rebecca Holloway knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. In kindergarten, she wrote a book titled, “I Want A Dog, But My Mom Won’t Let Me Have One”, which she read to the entire class. After also reading the book to her parents, they finally agreed to add a dog to their family. In high school, she spent time shadowing her golden retriever’s veterinarian, which validated her dream to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Holloway received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and also earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She spent a year as an exchange student in Australia and completed a veterinary externship at the Taronga Zoo and Wildlife Hospital in Sydney, Australia.

During veterinary school, Dr. Holloway was honored with three awards voted on by faculty and veterinary school residents at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She won awards for her interest and proficiency in radiology and in orthopedic surgery. She is, however, most proud of the humanitarian award she received for demonstrating compassion and care to the patients and clients she worked with during her clinical year.

In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, playing tennis, horseback riding and traveling, especially to visit family in Wisconsin and Australia.

Megan FitzGerald

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Dr. Megan FitzGerald’s interest in veterinary medicine started at a young age, when she was given horseback-riding lessons by her family. Initially planning to pursue a career in equine medicine, Dr. FitzGerald realized that she preferred the regular interaction with colleagues, clients and pets that is more common in a small animal veterinary practice. She has a strong interest in promoting animal welfare and has volunteered as a surgeon with the PACT Humane Society and the Chicago Department of Animal Care and Control.

Dr. FitzGerald is an accomplished veterinarian with more than ten years of veterinary experience. She has worked in primary care practices in the Chicago area and also practiced veterinary medicine, surgery and dentistry at a mixed-species practice in Australia that treats pets, horses and the occasional kangaroo. She has also completed continuing education courses covering a broad range of topics including behavior, dentistry and critical care.

Dr. FitzGerald received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Chemistry from Northern Illinois University. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She followed up her studies with an equine internship in Chino Hills, California. While in veterinary school, Dr. FitzGerald was elected Vice President and President of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.  In her free time, Dr. FitzGerald enjoys traveling and rock-climbing with her husband, gardening, rehabbing their home and spending time with her cat, whom she rescued from a local shelter.

Hilary Coulombe

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Dr. Hilary Coulombe first knew she wanted to be a veterinarian when as a child, she watched the movie, “Free Willy.” With a strong desire to help animals, she has spent much of her life volunteering with animal health and welfare organizations, including Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

One of Dr. Coulombe’s primary goals as a veterinarian is to help pets live their healthiest lives by helping to educate their owners about proper pet care. She enjoys providing high-quality care to pets while communicating effectively with pet owners.

Dr. Coulombe earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northern Illinois University, where she graduated with honors. Prior to joining West Loop Veterinary Care, Dr. Coulombe worked for animal health and welfare organizations and shelters.

When not at work, Dr. Coulombe enjoys spending time with her son at museums, music festivals and Chicago’s many fun summer activities. Dr. Coulombe and her family share their home with a Netherland dwarf rabbit named Roscoe.