Dr. Carlton, DDS

Dentist

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Zoology
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Board Certification:
NERB

Dr. Carlton enjoys dentistry. She had heard wonderful things about NorthShore and is excited about the opportunity to help make an impact on the community.

Dr. Carlton enjoys cooking and baking. She also enjoys chess, playing piano, listening to music, hanging out with friends and family, and traveling. She also enjoys staying abreast of the latest in dentistry by attending continuing education classes.

 

 

    Lori Oxley, CNM

    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 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.

      Ti-Yon Ward, NP

      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, NP

        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.

                        Dr. Chowdhury, MD

                        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.

                            Deborah Richardson, FNP

                            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.

                              Dr. Caluag, MD

                              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.

                                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

                                    OB/GYNE

                                    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, DDS

                                        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, BHC

                                          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, MD

                                              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, FNP

                                                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.

                                                  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.

                                                   

                                                    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. Cygan, DDS

                                                              Dentist

                                                              Education:
                                                              BS in Biological Sciences
                                                              University of Illinois
                                                              Chicago, IL

                                                               Medical School:
                                                              Doctor of Dental Surgery
                                                              University of Illinois
                                                              C
                                                              hicago, IL

                                                               Residency:
                                                              Eastman Institute of
                                                              Oral Health
                                                              West Virginia University
                                                              Louisiana State University

                                                               Board Certification:
                                                              Certificates General Practice Residency, Oral Surgery Internship

                                                              When Dr. Cygan went to the dentist as a kid, he always had positive experiences. Dentistry allows him to explore his interests in science and apply his knowledge and training. He has spent a lot of time learning how to do oral surgery and he hopes to provide tremendous service to patients.

                                                              He enjoys spending his time learning more about dentistry and has many interests including hockey, skiing, music, movies, and car racing. He really enjoys staying in shape and enjoying the outdoors as well.

                                                               

                                                                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, NP

                                                                      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.

                                                                            Megan Walker, WHNP-BC

                                                                            Women's Healthcare NP

                                                                            Education:
                                                                            Bachelor of Science, Nursing
                                                                            Purdue University North Central
                                                                            Westville, Indiana


                                                                            Master of Science, Nursing
                                                                            University of Cincinnati
                                                                            Cincinnati, OH

                                                                            Board Certification:
                                                                            Women’s Health Care

                                                                            The women she serves and the women of the future are the reasons she pursued a career as a women’s health care provider. Every woman deserves choices, respect, and support in their health.

                                                                            She’s married to her high school sweetheart and they have what seems to be an ever growing list of animals – 2 cats, 2 dogs, and 16 chickens. She loves coffee, music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                              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.

                                                                                Sarah Brentlinger, 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 recently married, and her and her husband 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 husband in the garage and watching him drag race.

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

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    Dr. Alfahel, MD

                                                                                    Pediatrician

                                                                                    Medical School:
                                                                                    Diploma of Medicine
                                                                                    University of Demascus Syria
                                                                                    Faculty of Medicine

                                                                                    Residency:
                                                                                    Sinai Children Hospital
                                                                                    Chicago, IL

                                                                                     Board Certification:
                                                                                    General Pediatrics

                                                                                    Dr. Alfahel grew up in Demascus Syria, then moved to the USA to achieve her dream of being a pediatrician. Accepted by Sinai Children Hospital, she was nominated as chief resident. “Dedicated to providing quality care for underserved communities.”

                                                                                    Dr. Alfahel is married and has 3 children. She enjoys teaching her kids, playing basketball, traveling with family, reading, and preparing meals with her kids.

                                                                                     

                                                                                      Shannon Gavin, NP

                                                                                      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."

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                          Li’Toia Kendrick, CNM

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                            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

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                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).

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                  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.