Dr. Caluag, M.D.

Family Practice

Education:

Bachelor of Science
University of the East, Manila, Philippines

Doctor of Medicine
University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City, Philippines

Residency
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Chicago, IL

Board Certification
American Board of Family Medicine

Dr. Caluag has been in practice for over 20 years in the western suburb of Chicago, a very well diversified community but mostly poor and underprivileged. Serving this kind of community is what he’s passionate about. Educating them about their health that they may actively participate in the maintenance of their well-being is always his goal of treatment.

In his spare time, he’s an “artist of all trades.” He does watercolor/oil painting, figure drawing, sculpture, photography, wood working and some carpentry. He enjoys gardening, watching movies, traveling, swimming, playing volleyball, working out and just hanging out with close friends and family.

    Ti-Yon Ward

    Nurse Practitioner

    Education:

    Bachelors, Nursing
    Indiana University

    Masters of Science, Nursing
    Purdue University Calumet

    Board Certification:
    American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

    Ti-Yon wanted to become a registered nurse after the birth of her premature son. It was during his NICU stay that she developed an understanding and true appreciation for nursing. Later, she decided she wanted to become a Family Nurse Practitioner so that she could have more of a direct influence on a patient’s health. She loves focusing on preventative medicine in order to possibly prevent disease and also further enhance a person’s quality of life.

    She is single with 2 children (14 year old son, 1 year old daughter). Her favorite activity is relaxing at home and spending time with her family. She is a die-hard football fan of her son and always looks forward to attending his games.

      Leah Johnson-Williams

      Nurse Practitioner

      Education:

      Bachelor of Science, Nursing
      Purdue University Calumet

      Masters of Science, Nursing
      Purdue University Calumet 

      Board Certification:
      American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

      Leah is a Family Nurse Practitioner at NorthShore Health Centers. She completed both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Nursing at Purdue University Calumet. She has been practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2012.

      Leah is a native of Gary, IN where she lives with her husband, Ryan and 2 beautiful daughters, London and Laila. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, listening to music and traveling with her family.

       

        Ronda Carr, LCSW

        Licensed Clinical Social Worker

        Education:
        Bachelor Degree in Psychology
        Purdue University Calumet
        Hammond, Indiana

         Master’s in Social Work
        Indiana University Northwest
        Gary, Indiana

         

        Ronda Carr is an honors graduate and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with NorthShore Health Centers. Ronda has an extensive work history with Regional Mental Health Center in Merrillville, Indiana.

        Ronda is married and has two children that keep her very busy.  She and her family enjoy spending time outside, going to the movies, family game night and traveling.

          Michelle McBrayer, LCSW

          Licensed Clinical Social Worker

          Education:
          Bachelor of Arts Degree
          Valparaiso University

          Master’s in Social Work
          Western Michigan University

           

          Michelle McBrayer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with NorthShore Health Centers. She has extensive knowledge in Behavioral Health and has worked both in Michigan and Northwest Indiana.

          Michelle is married and has two children. She really enjoys family time and as a working mom is always busy keeping up with her active children.

          Michelle’s interests include: reading, collecting antiques, gardening, and biking.

            Mallory Kertis, LDH, RDH

            Dental Hygienist

            Education:
            Bachelor of General Studies Degree
            Indiana University

            Dental School:
            Associates of Science: Dental Hygiene
            Indiana University

             

            Mallory is a Dental Hygienist at NorthShore Health Centers. She was born and raised in Whiting, IN. She was the first person in her family to go to college. Mallory loves working at NorthShore because it lets her help people in her own community achieve and maintain a beautiful smile that they will be proud to show off.

            Mallory’s favorite time of year is summer because she loves camping with her family and being outside in the sun.

             

             

             

              Kimberly Balko, LDH

              Dental Hygienist

              Education:
              Bachelor of General Studies Degree
              Indiana University

               Dental School:
              Associates of Science: Dental Hygiene
              Indiana University
              Local Anesthetic Certification

               Kim is a Dental Hygienist at NorthShore Health Centers. She was born and raised in Valparaiso, IN. She began college at Indiana University Bloomington before attending the dental hygiene program at Indiana University Northwest. Kim loves trying to get to know her patients a little bit better each time they come in, even if she can only get to spend a short while with them.  Often times, patients are very embarrassed when they come in, and she never wants them to be too embarrassed to be honest with her.

              Kim is married to her supportive husband. Her husband is a Firefighter/EMT and they have a devoted Australian Shepard. Kim loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys reading and is always looking for a good new book or series to read.

               

               

               

                Dr. Stankovic, MD

                OB/GYNE

                Education:
                University of Belgrade School of Medicine, Serbia

                Residency:
                Brooklyn Hospital Center, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Brooklyn, New York

                Board Certification:
                American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

                 

                Dr. Stankovic enjoys books, distance running, cycling, and above all, spending time with his ten-year-old daughter Sophie, their three German Shepherds Don, Donna, and Rosie, and their two cats, Alexa and Roxy.

                 

                 

                  Dr. Douts, DDS

                  Dental Director

                  Education:
                  South Suburban College (Machine Tool Processing)
                  Purdue University (Biology and Chemistry)

                   Dental Degree:
                  Indiana University School of Dentistry (D.D.S.)

                   Board Certification:
                  Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners

                  Dr. Brian Douts believes in the power of a smile. He believes it is the little things that make patients more comfortable about coming to the dentist. He believes in the philosophy that all patients should be treated with kindness, compassion, and respect. His priority is to deliver high quality care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting.  He is dedicated to providing his patients with the most advanced in evidence-based dentistry in a comfortable, stress-free setting.  You will discover that he is a caring individual who is always willing to take time to answer any questions that you might have.

                  Dr. Douts is a lifetime resident of Northwest Indiana. Outside of dentistry, he enjoy taking advantage of the beautiful outdoors, including cycling, hiking and sports. He loves spending time with his wife Crystal and two kids.

                    Dr. Contreras, MD

                    OB/GYNE

                    Medical School:
                     UC San Diego School of Medicine
                    San Diego, CA

                     Internship:
                    Saint Joseph Hospital
                    Chicago, IL

                     Residency:
                    Saint Joseph Hospital
                    Chicago, IL

                     Board Certification:
                    College of Obstetrics & Gynecology

                     

                    Dr. Contreras has always been dedicated to providing quality care for underserved communities and has a passion for women’s health.  She is trained in robotic laparoscopic surgery for hysterectomies and other procedures. Dr. Contreras also trained in Essure, Nexplanon, and IUD insertion. She is fluent in Spanish.

                    Dr. Contreras grew up in a small farming town in California. She studied biochemistry at UCLA and later worked in East Los Angeles educating the community about diabetes. After attending medical school, she moved to Chicago to complete her residency. She and her husband now live in Northwest Indiana with their dog and newest addition to their family…their first baby.

                      Christina McDermott, LDH, RDH, BS

                      Dental Hygienist

                      Education:
                      B.S Elementary Education
                      University of PA, Shippensburg, PA

                      Dental School:
                       A.S. Dental Hygiene
                      Indiana University Northwest

                      Christina is a Dental Hygienist at NorthShore Health Centers. She originally received her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and later worked towards becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist.

                      Christina is married to her supportive husband and they have one child. Her husband, son, and dog make up their family. She enjoys traveling and meeting new people. She loves children and was a second grade teacher prior to getting into the dental field. Christina always had an interest in dental and is very happy doing what she loves to do! She enjoys educating all ages on the importance of dental health.

                       

                        Lori Lecea

                        Midwife

                        Education:

                        Bachelor of Science, Nursing
                        Indiana University Northwest Gary, IN

                        Masters of Science, Nursing
                        University of Illinois Chicago, IL

                        Midwifery Certification
                        University of Illinois Chicago, IL

                        Membership
                        American College of Nurse Midwifery

                        Lori has been practicing as a Certified Nurse Midwife for many years in both Arizona and Indiana. Most of her experience has been in the community health arena where she has served female patients in the area of women’s health. Lori is a single mother of three children currently in college. She enjoys being active, riding her bike, taking walks, doing yoga and traveling. Lori also loves sports and is a big White Sox fan.

                          Dr. Chowdhury

                          Pediatrician

                          Medical School:
                          Chittagong Medical College University of Chittagong, Bangladesh

                          Residency
                          Columbia University College of Physicians New York

                          Board Certification:
                          American Board of Pediatrics

                          Dr. Chowdhury comes with international experience working as a pediatrician. He has treated many over the years from rural children to those in metropolitan areas. He has been practicing in Northwest Indiana for the last 16 years and received the “Most Compassionate Doctor” and the “Parents Choice” awards in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Dr. Chowdhury is married with three children. His hobbies include traveling, fishing, gardening, and charitable works. He speaks six languages. Family is also a very important aspect in his life, as they inspire his work daily.

                            Dr. Shieh, DDS

                            Dentist

                            Education:
                            General Health Science: Pre-dentistry
                            School: Purdue University
                            Location: West Lafayette, IN

                            Dental Degree: DDS
                            School: Indiana School of Dentistry
                            Location: Indianapolis

                            Dr. Shieh enjoys helping patients restore their smile. He grew up in Northwest Indiana and is excited to come back home to practice dentistry. He believes in delivery the highest quality of dentistry through a comprehensive approach. By educating and delivering exceptional customer service, he hopes to exceed patients’ expectations!

                            Outside of the office, Dr. Shieh enjoys playing sports especially basketball and tennis. He loves spending time with his wife Rachel.

                              Dr. Chiappetta, DDS

                              Dentist

                              Education:
                              BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences
                              University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

                              Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
                              University of Illinois at Chicago

                               Dr. Chiappetta has worked in private practice for the last 11 years, but is looking forward to providing dental care for patients who may not have access to private practice. He prides himself on being an honest dentist that patients can trust and a dentist that patients feel comfortable with.

                              Dr. Chiappetta resides in Hobart. He enjoys working out, yoga, movies, and spending time with his dog.

                                Patience Tieri, FNP

                                Family Nurse Practitioner

                                Education:
                                Bachelor of Science, Nursing
                                Valparaiso University,
                                Valparaiso, IN

                                 Master of Science in Nursing
                                Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, IL

                                 Board Certification
                                American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

                                As an ICU nurse for twenty years, Patience felt that she needed to do more for her patients. She wanted to be able to help with preventative care and teach patients how to care for themselves.

                                She is married to a supportive husband and has two great children. They also adore their two golden retrievers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family and spending time outdoors.

                                  Dr. Bolonduro, MD, MPH, FACOG

                                  Medical Doctor

                                  Education:

                                  Pre-Med Diploma
                                  College Internatonal, Budapest, Hungary

                                   M.D.
                                  Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

                                   Residency
                                  Michigan State University, Flint, Michigan

                                  Board Certification
                                  Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

                                  Dr. Bolonduro went into medical school wanting to become a surgeon, but then fell in love with the long term doctor-patient relationships he saw during his family medicine rotation. OB/GYN, however, is the only specialty that combines both.

                                  He has a keen interest in learning about new cultures and languages. He also enjoys staying fit. He is an avid soccer fan but also loves basketball, football, and tennis.

                                    Kevin Strohl, FNP

                                    Family Nurse Practitioner

                                    Education:
                                    Bachelor of Science in Nursing
                                    Lakeview College of Nursing, Charleston, IL

                                     Graduate School:
                                    Master of Science in Nursing
                                    Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

                                     Certification
                                    AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners)

                                     Since finding out he was born 3 months premature, Kevin Strohl has wanted to help others the way he was helped at birth. Working as a FNP offers him the opportunity to care for everyone.

                                    He enjoys reading, being outdoors, spending time with nieces, nephews, family, and friends. He also enjoys collecting sea turtle collectables and figurines.

                                      Dr. Blaser, D.D.S.

                                      Dentist

                                      Education:
                                      Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures
                                      Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

                                      Dental Degree:
                                      Doctor of Dental Surgery
                                      Indiana University School of Dentistry Indianapolis, IN

                                      Board Certification:
                                      Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners (NERB)

                                      Dr. Blaser is a strong believer that everybody should have access to dental care and is thrilled to be a part of the NorthShore team. She is dedicated to providing positive experiences for her patients so that children, seniors, and everybody in between will be looking forward to their dental check-ups.

                                      Dr. Blaser is a native of Northwest Indiana and grew up in Chesterton. She currently resides in Merrillville with her fiancé and cats. She enjoys sewing, traveling, and board games.

                                        Amanda Chatman

                                        Behavioral Health Consultant

                                        Education:

                                        Bachelor of Social Work
                                        Valparaiso University

                                         Master of Social Work
                                        Indiana University Northwest

                                         Licensed Clinical Social Worker
                                        Indiana & Illinois

                                        Amanda Chatman is a Behavioral Health Consultant whom is currently working at the NorthShore Health Center in Hammond.

                                        Amanda was recently married in April of 2016 in beautiful Riviera Maya. She lives in Chicago and enjoys exploring the city with her husband.  Some of her hobbies include: biking along the Chicago Lakefront Trail, paddle boarding, going to the Shedd Aquarium, watching the fireworks at Navy Pier, and laughing during comedy shows at Second City and Up Comedy.

                                          Lisa Nichols, NP-C

                                          Family Nurse Practitioner

                                          Education:
                                          BSN, Indiana University Northwest
                                          Gary, IN

                                          Medical School:
                                          MSN, Valparaiso University
                                          Valparaiso, IN

                                          Certification

                                          Post MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Kaplan University
                                          Chicago, IL

                                          Family Nurse Practitioner, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

                                           Lisa chose to become a Family Nurse Practitioner to offer quality health care to a broad range of patients. Her goal is to provide a positive health experience to every patient she encounters.

                                          Lisa is married to a wonderful husband and has 3 beautiful children. She enjoys scrap booking, shopping for antiques, and spending time with family.

                                            Dr. Preethi Venepalli

                                            Pediatrician

                                            Education:
                                            BS, Vanderbilt University
                                            Nashville, TN

                                            Medical School:
                                            MD, SABA
                                            Netherland Antilles

                                            Residency:
                                            Southern Illinois University,
                                            Springfield, IL

                                            Board Certification:
                                            Pediatrics

                                            Dr. Venepalli is lucky to love her job in medicine, and to have the fortune of working with children, and seeing them grow and develop. After finishing her pediatrics residency training, she had the opportunity to work in diverse locations, ranging from California, to Maine, to North and South Dakota. She has enjoyed practicing in the NW Indiana area since 2013.

                                            Outside of work, most of her time is spent with family and friends, and planning her next travel. She loves exploring, whether it is a road-trip around the U.S., scuba diving around the world, or finding a new hole in the wall restaurant in her neighborhood. Good music, her library card, and a water bottle are some of the other essentials that keep her going.

                                              Lindsay Bonaventura

                                              Family Nurse Practitioner

                                              Education:
                                              Bachelor of Science in Nursing
                                              Purdue University Northwest
                                              Hammond, IN

                                               Master of Science in Nursing
                                              Purdue University Northwest
                                              Hammond, IN

                                               Board Certification:
                                              American Nurses Credentialing Center

                                               Lindsay pursued the Master of Science in Nursing degree as she wanted to have the ability to impact her patients’ lives in a personal and meaningful way. She has always had the desire to help people transition toward wellness and prevention of illness and chronic disease states.

                                              In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with family and her wonderfully well-behaved terrier mix.

                                                Deborah Richardson

                                                Family Nurse Practitioner

                                                Education:

                                                Bachelor of Science Nursing
                                                Nazareth College, Kalamazoo, MI

                                                Masters of Science in Nursing
                                                Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL

                                                Board Certification:
                                                American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

                                                Deb's professional journey, which began in 1991, has been driven by a desire to understand the complexities of the human body. An integral part of this journey has been her passion to develop relationships with people to help them understand how decisions they make impact their present and future health.

                                                Deb is blessed to have been married 26 years and has two wonderful daughters. Between family, church (as she is also a pastor’s wife) and her work, she considers her life fulfilling and purposeful. In her spare time, Deb loves to be hiking or biking outdoors.

                                                  Charlotte Radic, MSN, CNM

                                                  Certified Nurse Midwife

                                                  Education:
                                                  Associates of Science Nursing
                                                  Ivy Tech State College
                                                  Valparaiso, Indiana

                                                   Bachelors of Science Nursing
                                                  Chamberlain University
                                                  Downers Grove, Illinois

                                                   Masters of Science/Nurse-Midwifery Program
                                                  University of Cincinnati
                                                  Cincinnati, Ohio

                                                   Board Certification:
                                                  American Midwifery Certification Board

                                                   

                                                  Charlotte is a Certified Nurse Midwife, with a passion for empowering and educating women and their families with information to make informed decisions for childbirth and health and wellness throughout their lives. She has worked in women’s health for most of her career with a majority focused in high-risk obstetrics. She is married with two wonderful children. Her special interests and hobbies include photography, horseback riding, hiking with her German Shepherd dogs, and cycling.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                    Dr. Lemon, OD

                                                    Optometrist

                                                    Education:
                                                    Bachelor of Science
                                                    University of South Dakota
                                                    Vermillion, SD

                                                    Optometry School:
                                                    Bachelor of Science in Visual Science
                                                    Doctor of Optometry
                                                    Illinois College of Optometry,
                                                    Chicago, IL

                                                    Dr. Lemon is the first Optometrist to join NorthShore Health Centers. Dr. Lemon has extensive experience in the field of Optometry and has practiced in multiple settings throughout Northwest Indiana since 1999. With his experience, he will be able to provide the patients at NorthShore the opportunity to receive Comprehensive & Diabetic Eye Exams, Cataract and Glaucoma Evaluations, Eye Infections Management, EyePACS Photography, Contact Lens Services and Optical Dispensary.

                                                    Dr. Lemon is married and has two very active children.  He enjoys coaching youth sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.

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                                                      Dr. Marsh, MD

                                                      OB/GYNE

                                                      Education:
                                                      Wayne State University
                                                      Detroit, MI

                                                      Residency:
                                                      Columbus-Cuneo-Cabrini Medical Ctr.,
                                                      Northwestern Medical Center Affiliate
                                                      Chicago, IL

                                                      Board Certification:
                                                      American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

                                                      Dr. Marsh's philosophy is, "To whom much is given, much is required". Feeling privileged to have had the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a physician, her passion is to provide quality health care for all women regardless of race, age, social or cultural standing and/or the ability to pay.

                                                      As a positive role model for her daughter, who is now a freshman in college, Dr. Marsh actively encourages her daughter's endeavors as she pursues her goals and dreams for the future.

                                                      In her spare time Dr. Marsh enjoys reading and listening to music - especially when the music is provided by her daughter's gifted talents

                                                       

                                                        Dr. Ramsey, MD

                                                        OB/GYNE

                                                        Education:
                                                        Bachelor of Science Degree
                                                        University of Southern California

                                                        Medical School:
                                                        Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

                                                        Residency:
                                                        Northwestern Medical Center
                                                        Chicago, IL

                                                        Board Certification:
                                                        American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

                                                        Dr. Ramsey, who has been in private practice in Chicago and Northwest Indiana for many years, is also an integral part of NorthShore Community Health Centers OB/GYNE team.

                                                        His dedication to the art of healing and providing quality health care for women of all ages does not leave him much time for relaxation. When he does get a chance to relax, you can find him entertaining audiences of all ages by singing Karaoke style.

                                                         

                                                          Dr. Hess, MD

                                                          OB/GYNE

                                                          Education:
                                                          Bachelor of Science
                                                          Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

                                                          Medical School:
                                                          University of Missouri

                                                          Residency:
                                                          St. Mary's Hospital
                                                          St. Louis, Missouri

                                                          Board Certification:
                                                          American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

                                                          Dr. Hess graduated as Salutatorian of her class at Grand Canyon University. She was Summa cum Laude and top female graduate at the University of Missouri. She loves animals, and currently has six dogs, one cat, a cockatoo, and a ruby macaw. When she is not caring for her animal family, she loves reading, cooking, and enjoys a good movie now and then.

                                                            Dr. Weilnhammer, MD

                                                            Urgent Care

                                                            Education:
                                                            Bachelor of Science Degree
                                                            Loyola University
                                                            Chicago, IL

                                                            Medical School:
                                                            Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

                                                            Internship
                                                            MacNeal Hospital
                                                            Berwyn, IL

                                                            Residency:
                                                            MacNeal Hospital
                                                            Berwyn, IL

                                                            Board Certification:
                                                            American Board of Family Medicine

                                                            Dr. Weilnhammer was practicing medicine for many years before he joined NorthShore Health Centers' dynamic Urgent Care team.

                                                            He is married, has four children, and enjoys fishing, all sports and travel.

                                                             

                                                              Dr. Sobolewski, MD

                                                              Urgent Care

                                                              Education:
                                                              Bachelor of Science
                                                              University Of Illinois, Urbana
                                                              Champaign Urbana, IL

                                                              Medical School:
                                                              University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
                                                              Chicago, IL

                                                              Internship:
                                                              Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center
                                                              Chicago, IL

                                                              Dr. Sobolewski has extensive experience in the field of Emergency Medicine. He has practiced in Emergency Rooms, Occupational Health and Urgent Care facilities throughout Northwest Indiana.

                                                              He is married and has two very active teenage daughters. He enjoys running, playing golf and spending time with his family, especially his parents who live close by.

                                                               

                                                                Dr. Ostrowski, MD

                                                                Family / Urgent Care

                                                                Education:
                                                                Bachelor of Science Degree
                                                                Indiana University Northwest

                                                                Medical School:
                                                                University of Santo Thomas Facility of Medicine Surgery
                                                                Manila, Philippines

                                                                Board Certification:
                                                                American Board of Family Practice
                                                                Fellow of American Academy of Family Practice

                                                                Dr. Ostrowski, a native to Northwest Indiana, has been in private practice in Portage for many years; in addition to the service he provides for many of NorthShore Community Health Centers' Family and Urgent Care patients.

                                                                As a highly respected physician, he has been appointed to many professional positions in local hospitals, including being named President of St. Mary Medical Center's Primary Health Organization.

                                                                Dr. Ostrowski is married, has three children and resides in Porter County.

                                                                  Elizabeth Marcotte

                                                                  Nurse Practitioner

                                                                  Education:
                                                                  Bachelor of Science, Nursing
                                                                  Indiana University, Northwest
                                                                  Gary, IN

                                                                  Masters of Science, Nursing
                                                                  Valparaiso University
                                                                  Valparaiso, IN

                                                                  Membership:
                                                                  Sigma Theta Tau
                                                                  National Honor Society of Nursing

                                                                  Elizabeth joined NorthShore as an RN right after completing her Bachelor's Degree in nursing. Her passion for "healing" led her to go back to school to complete her Master's Degree and return to NorthShore as a well respected Family Nurse Practitioner.

                                                                  Elizabeth is married, has 3 sons and loves spending quality time with her family. She and her family enjoy attending their son's sporting events, riding dirt bikes or 4 wheelers, and playing sports. When she has a quiet moment she enjoys reading.

                                                                   

                                                                    Dr. Rivera, MD

                                                                    Family Practice

                                                                    Education:
                                                                    University of Santo Thomas
                                                                    Metro Manila, Philippines

                                                                    Internship:
                                                                    Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
                                                                    Melrose Park, IL

                                                                    Residency:
                                                                    Christ Hospital & Medical Center
                                                                    Oak Lawn, IL

                                                                    Dr. Rivera has been a practicing physician in the Lake Station area for over 30 years.

                                                                    His hobbies include photography, reading, and some carpentry. He loves watching old black & white movies, and movies based on true events.

                                                                    He really enjoys the Discovery channel, which allows him to view the wonders of nature. He likes to travel to historical places and enjoys the games of luck.

                                                                     

                                                                      Dr. McCullough, MD

                                                                      OB/GYNE

                                                                      Education:
                                                                      Indiana University
                                                                      Indianapolis, IN

                                                                      Internship:
                                                                      Cook County Hospital
                                                                      Chicago, IL

                                                                      Residency:
                                                                      Cook County Hospital
                                                                      Chicago, IL

                                                                      Dr. McCullough was the first African American woman to graduate from Indiana School of Medicine, to practice OB/GYN medicine in Northern Indiana and one of the first African American Women to finish her OB/GYN Residency at Cook County Hospital. She is a strong advocate for quality healthcare being available to everyone, and for this reason loves practicing at NorthShore Health Centers. She has been honored with numerous awards throughout her career.

                                                                      Dr. McCullough has one son and resides in NW Indiana. She loves reading, travel, gardening and rehabbing older homes.

                                                                        Diane Vojslavek, LCSW

                                                                        Licensed Clinical Social Worker

                                                                        Education:

                                                                        Bachelor of Arts Degree
                                                                        Valparaiso University

                                                                        Master's in Social Work
                                                                        UIC, Jane Addams College of Social Work and Mental Health Concentration

                                                                        Diane Vojslavek, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with NorthShore Health Centers has an extensive work history for Southlake Mental Health- now known as Regional Mental Health Center. She has practiced in outpatient, inpatient, day treatment, residential and school settings.

                                                                        Diane enjoys helping others obtain personal and fitness goals. She is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

                                                                        She spends her free time with family, pets and engaging in community activities.

                                                                          Shannon Gavin

                                                                          Nurse Practitioner

                                                                          Education:
                                                                          Bachelor of Science, Nursing
                                                                          Valparaiso University, Valparaiso IN

                                                                          Masters of Science, Nursing
                                                                          Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

                                                                          Membership:
                                                                          American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

                                                                          Shannon joined NSHC because she believes that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare. She is married to a very supportive husband, and they have two furry children, her dogs, Gunner and Ruger. Her family loves spending time outdoors, and when questioned about her hobbies, Shannon’s reply was “she and her family like anything they can do outdoors."

                                                                            Michael Zimpfer, Rph

                                                                            Pharmacy Director

                                                                            Education:

                                                                            Bachelor of Science Degree
                                                                            University of New York, Buffalo, NY

                                                                            Michael Zimpfer, known as "Mike" to his staff and patients, is the Director of Pharmacy for North Shore Health Centers. Although he has practiced pharmacy for over 40 years, he still has a friendly smile for everyone.

                                                                            Mike has a stepdaughter and two grandsons plus three kids of the 4 legged variety.

                                                                            He loves to fish and is an avid philatelist (stamp collector).

                                                                             

                                                                              Dr. Mohyuddin, MD

                                                                              Pediatrician

                                                                              Education:
                                                                              Bachelor of Science Kinnaird College Lahore, Pakistan

                                                                              Medical School:
                                                                              Fatima Jinnah Medical College Lahore, Pakistan

                                                                              Residency:
                                                                              John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County
                                                                              Chicago, IL

                                                                              Board Certification:
                                                                              American Board of Pediatrics

                                                                              Dr. Mohyuddin has committed herself to providing quality healthcare for children, and educating parents on disease prevention. She is married and is a relatively new mom. She loves spending time with her husband and baby girl. When she has spare time, she enjoys reading and cooking. She also enjoys traveling with her family.

                                                                                Dr. Tekie, MD

                                                                                Pediatrician

                                                                                Education:
                                                                                Bachelor of Science
                                                                                Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

                                                                                Medical School:
                                                                                University of Texas Medical Branch
                                                                                Galveston, TX

                                                                                Residency:
                                                                                University of Chicago
                                                                                Chicago, IL

                                                                                Board Certification: Board Eligible

                                                                                Dr. Tekie recently completed her Pediatric Residency at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She and her husband, originally from Texas, have been sweethearts since high school. Dr. Tekie likes snow skiing and has recently taken an interest in photography. She loves spending time with family and friends.

                                                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6-yS-F15EU

                                                                                  Li’Toia Kendrick

                                                                                  Nurse Midwife

                                                                                  Education:
                                                                                  Associates of Science Nursing
                                                                                  Purdue North Central
                                                                                  Westville, Indiana

                                                                                  Bachelor of Science Nursing
                                                                                  Frontier Nursing University
                                                                                  Hyden, KY

                                                                                  Masters Nurse-Midwifery Program
                                                                                  Frontier Nursing University
                                                                                  Hyden, KY

                                                                                  Board Certification: American Midwifery Certification Board

                                                                                  Li’Toia is a Certified Nurse Midwife, who is dedicated to the needs of women and their reproductive health. She has been in women’s health, with a focus on high risk maternal-child nursing, for the majority of her career. She is married to a very supportive husband, and has 3 beautiful children. Her hobbies include traveling and attending her children’s extracurricular activities.

                                                                                    Sarah Garcia, RN, FNP

                                                                                    Nurse Practitioner

                                                                                    Education: 
                                                                                    Bachelor of Science Nursing
                                                                                    Valparaiso, IN

                                                                                    Doctor of Nursing Practice
                                                                                    Valparaiso, IN

                                                                                    Board Certification:
                                                                                    American Nurses Credentialing Center

                                                                                    Sarah is a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner at NorthShore Health Centers. She joined NorthShore after completing her DNP at Valparaiso University.

                                                                                    Sarah is engaged, and her and her fiancé have two very rambunctious boxers named Maggie and Diesel. Some of her hobbies include reading, shopping, camping, and cooking. Sarah also enjoys spending quality time with her fiancé in the garage and watching him drag race.

                                                                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBXQ_t3_xTo&feature=youtu.be

                                                                                      Dr. Dandridge, MD

                                                                                      Pediatrician

                                                                                      Medical School:
                                                                                      University of Illinois
                                                                                      Chicago, IL

                                                                                      Internship:
                                                                                      University of Illinois
                                                                                      Chicago, IL

                                                                                      Residency:
                                                                                      Unversity of Illinois
                                                                                      Chicago, IL

                                                                                      Dr. Dandridge is a Pediatrican at NorthShore Health Centers. She was born in Chicago, IL and developed an interest for medicine as a young girl. She is dedicated to providing quality healthcare for all children.

                                                                                      Dr. Dandridge is a single mom of three adorable adult children. She loves outdoors, walking on the beach and the changes of autumn. Her favorite flower is the Hibiscus. She also enjoys music, dance, theater, and travel.

                                                                                        Mary Ellis, CNM

                                                                                        Midwife

                                                                                        Education:
                                                                                        Bachelor Degree, Nursing:
                                                                                        Purdue University, Indiana

                                                                                        Masters Degree, Midwifery:
                                                                                        Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Kentucky

                                                                                        Board Certified:
                                                                                        American Midwifery Certification Board

                                                                                        Mary Ellis is a Certified Nurse Midwife at NorthShore Health Centers. She completed her Bachelor Degree in Nursing at Purdue University in Indiana before moving to Kentucky to get her Masters in Midwifery at Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing.

                                                                                        Mary Ellis is married to her husband, George, and they have a beloved Beagle named Buddy. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her daughter and two sons and their families. She loves to read, swim, cook, and her newest hobby, decorating clay pots as gifts for family and friends.

                                                                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L-6CelBmu8

                                                                                          Janice Wilson

                                                                                          Chief Executive Officer

                                                                                          Education:

                                                                                          Indiana University NW School of Nursing
                                                                                          Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honors, 1986

                                                                                          Experience:
                                                                                          Health Services Director, Portage Township Schools 1998-2003

                                                                                          Executive Director, Portage Township Community Healthcare Clinic 1997-2003

                                                                                          CEO, NorthShore Health Centers 2003-Present.

                                                                                          Instramental in opening the Portage High School Teen Clinic and extending that clinic to encompass a community health center. NorthShore Health Centers begain serving the community in 1997 (9/2/97)

                                                                                          Passionate about health care for children, and the uninsured and underinsured.

                                                                                          Member: Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society), National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), Indiana Primary Healthcare Association, Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, National Council for Behavioral Health in Primary Care.

                                                                                           

                                                                                            Dr. Kamaljeet Girn, MD

                                                                                            Chief Medical Officer

                                                                                            Education:
                                                                                            Undergraduate Degree
                                                                                            University of Rajasthan
                                                                                            Jaipur, India

                                                                                            Medical School:
                                                                                            Jagillonian University School of Medicine
                                                                                            Krakow, Poland

                                                                                            Residency:
                                                                                            Lutheran General Hospital
                                                                                            Chicago, IL

                                                                                            Board Certification:
                                                                                            American Board of Family Practice

                                                                                            Dr. Girn is the Chief Medical Officer of NorthShore Health Centers where he has been in Family Practice for many years. His kind, caring manner earned him the Patients Choice Award in 2008 and again in 2009.

                                                                                            Dr. Girn is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Purdue University, and is a Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Practice at Indiana University School of Medicine.

                                                                                            Dr. Girn is married and has 3 children. He enjoys drawing, camping and traveling with his family; and loves to pass along his knowledge through teaching medical and pharmacy students.

                                                                                             

                                                                                              Dr. Macabalitaw, MD

                                                                                              Family Practice

                                                                                              Education:
                                                                                              Bachelor of Science
                                                                                              University of the Philippines, Philippines

                                                                                              Medical School:
                                                                                              Manila Central University, Philippines

                                                                                              Residency:
                                                                                              Indiana University Northwest - Methodist Hospital
                                                                                              Family Practice Residency Program

                                                                                              Board Certification:
                                                                                              American Board of Family Medicine

                                                                                              Dr. Macabalitaw has spent her career in Family Medicine and has been actively involved as co-investigator with the National Institute of Health in research studies about hypertension and cholesterol. Her professional objective to encourage healthy lifestyles and disease prevention makes her an invaluable asset to the patients she serves at NorthShore Health Centers.

                                                                                              She enjoys gardening, reading, politics, religion, fine dining, music, and also has a love for dogs.

                                                                                                Dr. Bhojraj, MD

                                                                                                Family Practice

                                                                                                Education:
                                                                                                Bachelor of Science
                                                                                                Siddharth Art & Science College, Bombay, India

                                                                                                Medical School:
                                                                                                Grant Medical School, Bombay, India
                                                                                                Post Graduation in OB/GYN, J.J. Group Hospital, Bombay, India

                                                                                                Residency:
                                                                                                Beekman Hospital, Manhattan, NY
                                                                                                Residency in Pathology
                                                                                                Methodist Hospital, Gary, IN
                                                                                                Family Practice Residency

                                                                                                Board Certification:
                                                                                                American Board of Family Medicine

                                                                                                Dr. Bhojraj was in private practice in Merrillville, IN for many years before closing it in February, 2012 to join NorthShore Health Centers.

                                                                                                During that time she managed to carry a full patient load, and raise two sons, one of which is a Cardiologist and the other is a CPA. Her favorite times are spent with her children and four grandchildren, who bring great joy to her life.

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                  Arshia Mohiuddin, RN, FNP

                                                                                                  Nurse Practitioner

                                                                                                  Education:
                                                                                                  Master of Science Nursing
                                                                                                  Hammond, IN

                                                                                                  Board Certification:
                                                                                                  American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

                                                                                                  Arshia has been practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2008. She is married to a very supportive husband and has 3 beautiful kids. In her leisure time, Arshia likes listening to music, gardening, and travelling. She also loves to try different ethinic foods and cooking. She is very passionate about her work, family and friends.

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umBQzQlbUfc

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                    Jennifer Noonan, LCSW

                                                                                                    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

                                                                                                    Education:

                                                                                                    Master's in Social Work
                                                                                                    Indiana University

                                                                                                    Jennifer Noonan, an honors graduate, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with NorthShore Health Centers and has an extensive work history with Southlake Center for Mental Health, now known as Regional Mental Health.

                                                                                                    Jennifer and her family enjoy many avenues of relaxation including travel, going to the Dunes with their two German shepherds, or just hanging out having Guitar Hero contests. During football season, you will find Jennifer and her husband trying to cheer the Packers to victory - even though this can be dangerous when living in Bear country. She enjoys new challenges and has just started Yoga. Originally from Minneapolis, she tries to visit her home State as often as possible.

                                                                                                     

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