Chinami Ikeda

Dr. Chinami Ikeda took an unusual route to becoming a veterinarian. She originally trained as a classical pianist and worked as a professional musician for several years. Despite her love of music, Dr. Ikeda decided that she wanted to pursue a path that would be meaningful to her and allow her to impact the world in a different way. Having always loved math and animals, Dr. Ikeda decided to pursue veterinary medicine as a means to achieve her goals.

Recognizing the strong relationship between owners and their pets, Dr. Ikeda makes a point to get to know pet owners and hear their perspective on the animal’s health and any changes they might have noticed. She is happy to be part of the West Loop Veterinary Care team and welcomes the opportunity to provide quality care to every patient.

Dr. Ikeda loves Weimaraner dogs and had two, Gandalf and Pearl, who were a big part of her life. After losing them at 14 and 15 years old, Dr. Ikeda fostered several dogs, finally adopting a four year old Weimaraner, Aden.


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary coursework, University of Cincinnati
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music

Professional Affiliations

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
  • Chicago Veterinary Medical Association

Joined West Loop

August, 2020

Family Pets

  • Aden a Weimaraner dog

Fun Staff Facts

Dr. Ikeda grew up in Japan and believes that everything is possible if she puts her mind to it!  Dr. Ikeda has volunteered in Thailand with Global Vision International, assisting with the care of elephants and has volunteered with animal health and welfare organizations in the United States.

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