Paula Brandt, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Education:
Associate of Science in Nursing
Purdue North Central
Westville, IN

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Chamberlain College
Chicago, IL

Education:
MSN Midwifery Frontier Nursing University
Hyden, KY

Board Certification:
ACMB

 

Paula was a labor and delivery nurse for 19 years. She wanted to evolve her practice and see patients in a different way. She is married, and has a blended family of 7. She enjoys trying new restaurants, wine tasting, and live music. Her latest hobby is travelling. She would love to travel the world.

 

 

    Ronda Wilson-Carr, LCSW

    Behavioral Health Consultant

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

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

     

    Ronda entered the mental health field because she enjoys working with people and watching them grow and develop their strengths and achieve personal goals.

     

      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 graduated from West Side High School class of 2003. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, listening to music and traveling with her family.

       

       

        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.

          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.

            Lisa Nichols, NP-C

            Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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

            Post MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate
            University of Cincinatti

            Medical School:
            Masters of Science, Nursing
            Valparaiso University
            Valparaiso, IN

            Certification:
            Post MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Kaplan University

            Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

            Certification:
            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. Emilia Blaser, DDS

              Dentist

              Education:

              B.S. Chemistry/ B.A. East Asian Language and Cultures
              Indiana University
              Bloomington, IN

              Dental Degree:
              Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
              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.

               

                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.

                  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. 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.

                      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. She loves coffee, music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

                       

                       

                        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.

                         

                          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.

                            Dr. Ferrari, DDS, PC

                            Dental Director

                            Education:
                            Bachelor in Biology Minor in Psychology
                            Indiana University

                             Medical School:
                            DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery
                            Indiana University Dental School

                            Dentistry has always fascinated Dr. Ferrari. He’s always noticed people’s teeth since he was very young. Therefore sparking an interest in the field he chose.

                            He is married to his wife of 40 years and has two children which will both be married in the summer of 2018. His son is a union plumber and his daughter work in the nursing department at Valparaiso Regional Hospital. He is an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoys watching most sports.

                             

                              Elana Harris, FNP-C, M.Ed.

                              Family Nurse Practitioner

                              Education:

                              Associate of Applied Science
                              Purdue University
                              Hammond, IN

                              Bachelor of Science
                              Purdue University
                              Hammond, IN

                              Masters of Education
                              Cambridge College
                              Cambridge, MA

                               Board Certification:
                              ANCC

                               

                              Elana has been a nurse over 30 years and was initially board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1991. She has years of experience in labor and delivery, school nursing, and geriatric psychiatry. Elana agrees with Dr. Jocelyn Elders’ statement that you can’t educate an unhealthy child, and a child that is unhealthy cannot be educated.

                              Elana has 2 children and 9 grandchildren. After 35 years of marriage she became widowed in 2018. She enjoys travel, bible study, gardening, bike riding, and listening to live music. Her bucket list includes experiencing the Aurora Borealis, running a mile daily, and taking all the grandchildren to Disney World for vacation.

                                Aditya Shah, M.D.

                                Family Medicine

                                Board Certification:
                                American Board of Family Medicine

                                Residency:
                                Northwestern University
                                Chicago, IL

                                Medical School:
                                M.D.
                                Indiana University School of Medicine
                                Indianapolis, IN

                                Education:
                                Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
                                Indiana University Northwest
                                Gary, IN

                                Dr. Shah’s desire to study medicine stemmed from his passion to help people using science. The desire was strengthened by his experiences abroad in Haiti on medical missions, and by working with the medically indigent population in an FQHC setting in his residency. His current interests are preventative care, chronic conditions, and lifestyle and obesity medicine.

                                Dr. Shah grew up in Munster and currently lives in Chicago. On his free time, he enjoys experiencing different cultures through travel and cuisine, playing with new gadgets, and working out. His hobbies include experimenting with making cold brew coffee and cocktails.

                                 

                                  Andi Arnautovic, MD

                                  Chief Medical Director

                                  Education:
                                  Classical Gymnasium
                                  Braca Ribar
                                  Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

                                  Medical School:
                                  Doctor of Medicine
                                  University of Sarajevo School of Medicine
                                  Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

                                  Residency:
                                  Mount Sinai Hospital
                                  Chicago, IL

                                  Board Certification:
                                  American Board Of Family Medicine

                                  Dr. Arnautovic, a veteran family physician, has been in practice since 1989. He completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago. In his decades of service, he has worked as an ER physician, researcher, and spent 10 years providing care to diverse and underprivileged families in South Chicago.

                                  His guiding philosophy is to provide the highest quality care to patients regardless of their social or economic status. His favorite part of being a doctor is the relationship he builds with patients, and he is excited to serve communities across Northwest Indiana.

                                  Dr. Arnautovic is married and has one child. He is active in humanitarian work worldwide, with a focus on underdeveloped countries.

                                   

                                    Nanette Lindesmith, NP-C

                                    Family Nurse Practitioner

                                    Education:
                                    Bachelor of Science in Nursing
                                    Purdue Calumet
                                    Hammond, IN

                                    Master of Science in Nursing
                                    University of Saint Francis
                                    Fort Wayne, IN

                                     Board Certification:
                                    American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

                                    Nanette’s background in ICU nursing led to a desire for a higher level of providing care and education in the community. Healthcare needs providers who lead by example and practice with a caring heart and compassionate spirit.

                                     

                                      Dr. Rebecca Thimothy, DMD

                                      Dentist

                                      Medical School:

                                      DMD
                                      Boston University, Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine
                                      Boston

                                       Education:

                                      Bachelor in Dental Surgery
                                      J.K.K. Natarajah Dental College
                                      India

                                      Dr. Thimothy was inspired by her parents, who are missionary doctors serving in India. They love what they do and cultivated the same interest in their children. Dr. Thimothy has been married for ten years, and is a mother of two boys. She loves reading novels and shopping, especially for jewelry.

                                       

                                       

                                       

                                        Dr. Kamaljeet Girn, MD

                                        Urgent Care Provider

                                        Dr. Girn has practiced in Family Medicine for many years. His kind, caring manner earned him the Patients Choice Award in 2008 and again in 2009.

                                        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. LaShanna Lovell, MD

                                          Pediatrician

                                          Education:
                                          Bachelor of Science in Biology
                                          Xavier University of Louisiana
                                          New Orleans, LA

                                          Medical Degree: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
                                          Indiana University School of Medicine
                                          Indianapolis, IN

                                          Residency
                                          Children’s Hospital of Michigan
                                          Detroit, MI

                                          Dr. Lovell wanted to put her love for science to good use and obtain a medical degree in order to come back and be helpful to her community. She feels that people would like to see and place their trust in a physician who can relate to them as well as and understand their concerns.

                                          Dr. Lovell is married and currently has one child. Her hobbies include cooking/baking, reading, and travelling.

                                           

                                            Dr. Audrey S. Dawson, O.D.

                                            Optometrist

                                            Education:
                                            Bachelor of Science
                                            Michigan State University
                                            East Lansing, MI

                                            Medical School:
                                            Doctor of Optometry
                                            InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry
                                            Bayamon, Puerto Rico

                                            Board Certification:
                                            National Board of Examiners in Optometry

                                            Dr. Dawson joined NorthShore because she is passionate about providing individualized care to her patients. She provides comprehensive optometric care in English and Spanish for patients 2 years and older. She specializes in primary eye care, urgent eye care, pre- and post-operative care, and specialized contact lens fits including sclerals and RGP’s. Dr. Dawson has extensive knowledge in diagnosing, treating and managing ocular disease such as Glaucoma, Diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, corneal conditions and more.  She is a member of American Optometric Association and Indiana Optometric Association. Dr. Dawson enjoys being active; yoga, wakeboarding and hiking with her dog.

                                             

                                             

                                              Brianna Niemiec, LDH

                                              Brianna has always known she wanted to have a career in the medical field and dental hygiene really sparked her interest. She wanted to give her patients a reason to show off their smile to the world to make their day, and maybe even someone else's, a little brighter.

                                              She loves spending time with her friends, family, and boyfriend. Brianna loves bring an aunt, travelling, going on bike rides, playing softball, and enjoying a lazy do-nothing day here and there.

                                                Dr. Faiqa Mohyuddin, MD

                                                Pediatrician

                                                Education:
                                                Bachelors in Science
                                                Kinnaird College
                                                Lahore, Pakistan

                                                 Medical School:

                                                Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery
                                                Fatima Jinnah
                                                Medical College
                                                Lahore, Pakistan

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

                                                 Board Certification:
                                                American  Board of Pediatrics

                                                 

                                                Dr. Mohyuddin is interested in health care and science to better serve the community. She is married with 2 children, a son and a daughter, who are both in school. She enjoys reading, traveling, and trying out new recipes.

                                                 

                                                  Dr. Fernando H. Rivera, MD, FAAFP

                                                  Family Practice

                                                  Education:
                                                  Bachelor of Arts
                                                  University of Santo Thomas
                                                  Metro Manila, Philippines

                                                   Medical School:
                                                  MD
                                                  University of Santo Thomas
                                                  Metro Manila, Philippines

                                                   Internship:
                                                  Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
                                                  Melrose Park, Illinois

                                                   Residency:
                                                  Christ Hospital and Medical Center
                                                  Oak Lawn
                                                  Illinois

                                                   Senior Medical Staff at St. Mary’s and Methodist Hospitals

                                                   

                                                  It has been a dream of Dr. Rivera’s father’s, a dentist, to have a doctor in the family. Since Dr. Rivera likes helping and making people feel better, this dream was fulfilled. He became a medical doctor with a personal mission to help patients defeat diseases and relieve their suffering.

                                                  Dr. Rivera is married with 3 children, 2 doctors and a nurse. His hobbies include photography, reading, and some carpentry. He enjoys watching black and white movies, especially those based on true events. He loves to travel to historical places and really enjoys the wonders of nature.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                    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. 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.

                                                        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. 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. Kimberly Hess, MD

                                                            OB/GYNE

                                                            Education:
                                                            Biology
                                                            Grand Canyon University
                                                            Phoenix, AZ

                                                            Medical School:
                                                            MD
                                                            University of Missouri-Columbia
                                                            Columbia, Missouri 

                                                            Residency:
                                                            St. Louis University
                                                            St. Louis, Missouri 

                                                            Board Certification:
                                                            OB/GYN-American Board of Obstetrics and 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 has been married for 17 years and has 2 dogs, 7 parrots, 3 guinea pigs, and no human children.

                                                             

                                                              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. 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 Armiger, LCSW

                                                                  Behavioral Health Consultant

                                                                  Education:

                                                                  BA
                                                                  Valparaiso University
                                                                  Valparaiso, IN

                                                                  MSW, Mental Health Concentration
                                                                  University of Illinois
                                                                  College of Social Work
                                                                  Chicago, IL

                                                                   

                                                                  At the age of 16, Diane was a student intern at Richmond State Hospital. That sparked her interest in mental health. Her parents were helping professionals and her values were shaped by this. Later in her career, integrative care developed and she was drawn to the model combining physical and mental health.

                                                                  Diane enjoys a healthy lifestyle balancing time spent with family, pets, friends, and caring for her home. She particularly likes doing outside activities in warm weather and challenging herself to learn and try new things.

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                    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: American Board of Pediatrics

                                                                    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

                                                                      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

                                                                        Sarah Brentlinger, DNP, FNP-BC

                                                                        Nurse Practitioner

                                                                        Education: 
                                                                        Bachelor of Science Nursing
                                                                        Valparaiso, IN

                                                                        Doctor of Nursing Practice
                                                                        Valparaiso, IN

                                                                        Board Certification:
                                                                        American Nurses Credentialing Center

                                                                        Sarah developed a love of nursing in high school when she completed high school vocational and became a certified nursing assistant. When caring for the elderly, she knew she wanted to continue her studies.

                                                                        Sarah is married with one daughter and two dogs. She enjoys trying new foods, shopping, and drag racing.

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

                                                                          R. Lemon, OD

                                                                          Optometrist

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

                                                                           Optometry School:
                                                                          Doctor of Optometry
                                                                          Illinois College of Optometry
                                                                          Chicago, IL

                                                                          Dr. Lemon became a provider because he remembers not being able to see sitting in class in the first grade. He became interested in vision care since that time. Dr. Lemon has been married for 18 years and has two children, age 15 and 13. He enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.

                                                                           

                                                                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc2z-0rrRL8&feature=youtu.be

                                                                            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.

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                              Christina McDermott, LDH, RDH, BS

                                                                              Dental Hygienist

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

                                                                              Dental School:
                                                                              A.S. Dental Hygiene
                                                                              Indiana University Northwest
                                                                              Gary, IN

                                                                              Christina loves children and was a 2nd grade teacher prior to joining the dental field. She enjoys educating her patients- children to adults- on the importance of dental health. She is married with 3 children - 4 years, 8 months, 8 months, all boys. Christina enjoys working out and running. She has completed 4 half marathons and will complete her fifth in Indianapolis in May. She enjoy travelling and spending time with her boys.

                                                                               

                                                                                Dr. Douts, DDS

                                                                                Dentist

                                                                                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.

                                                                                  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

                                                                                  Growing up, Kim enjoyed going to her dental appointments. Her hygienist was always smiling and bubbly and seemed as though she loved her job, so Kim decided on dental hygiene at an early age.

                                                                                  She grew up in Valparaiso.  Kim attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN before transferring up to IUN to attend their dental hygiene program.  She is married to her childhood friend.  They have one son and a bernadoodle named Wrigley.  When she’s not working she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants around town, spending time with family and traveling with friends.

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                     

                                                                                     

                                                                                     

                                                                                      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. 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 is a Cardiologist and the other is a CPA. Her favorite times are spent with her children and five grandchildren, who bring great joy to her life.

                                                                                         

                                                                                          Arshia Mohiuddin, RN, FNP

                                                                                          Nurse Practitioner

                                                                                          Education:
                                                                                          Bachelor of Science Nursing
                                                                                          Purdue University Northwest

                                                                                          Master of Science Nursing
                                                                                          Purdue University Northwest

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                           

                                                                                           

                                                                                           

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