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. 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.

     

      Lisa Nichols, NP-C

      Family Nurse Practitioner

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

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

      Certification:
      Post MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Kaplan University

      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. 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.

          Deborah Richardson, FNP-C

          Nurse Practitioner

          Education:
          Bachelor of Science Nursing
          Nazareth College
          Kalamazoo, MI

          Master of Science Nursing
          Olivet University
          Bourbonnais, IL

           Board Certification:
          Family Practice 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. 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.

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

                 

                 

                  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.

                   

                    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.

                       

                       

                       

                        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.

                              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. 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.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                  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. Wilbert, MD

                                    OB/GYNE

                                    Board Certification:
                                    American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

                                    Residency:
                                    Cook County Hospital—Obstetrics and Gynecology
                                    Chicago, IL

                                    Medical School:
                                    M.D.
                                    Rush Medical College
                                    Chicago, IL

                                     Education:
                                    Bachelor of Science in Biology
                                    University of Illinois
                                    Urbana, IL

                                    Dr. Wilbert began as an architect major but quickly changed to biology, Pre Med. Once in medical school, she initially chose pediatrics and neonatology to work with premature babies, but decided to choose OB/GYN to improve outcomes specifically with high risk patients. She likes to educate her patients about their care and treatment alternatives.

                                    Dr. Wilbert is a lover of theater, all genres of music, and is a real foodie. She’s originally from Chicago and also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

                                     

                                      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.

                                       

                                        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.

                                          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.

                                           

                                            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.

                                             

                                             

                                              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.

                                               

                                                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.

                                                 

                                                 

                                                  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. 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.

                                                      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.

                                                        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. 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.

                                                             

                                                              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.

                                                               

                                                                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. 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.

                                                                         

                                                                         

                                                                          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.

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                            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.

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                              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

                                                                                  Charlotte Radic

                                                                                  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 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.

                                                                                     

                                                                                      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 Sanders-Kendrick, DNP, CNM, APRN

                                                                                          Certified Nurse Midwife

                                                                                          Education:
                                                                                          Associate in Nursing
                                                                                          Purdue University 

                                                                                          Education:
                                                                                          Master of Science in Nursing
                                                                                          Frontier Nursing University 

                                                                                          Medical School:
                                                                                          Doctorate in Nursing Practice
                                                                                          Grand Canyon University

                                                                                          Board Certification: American Midwifery Certification Board

                                                                                          Li’Toia is dedicated to the needs of women and their individual reproductive needs. Over 15 years of experience with specialization in maternal-child care, with emphasis on pre-conception counseling, family planning, contraceptive management, genetic testing management, pregnancy, postpartum care and care throughout the lifespan.
                                                                                          She enjoys traveling, reading, shopping, and spending time with family.

                                                                                           

                                                                                           

                                                                                            Dr. Tekie, MD

                                                                                            Pediatrician

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

                                                                                            Medical School:
                                                                                            University of Texas Medical Branch
                                                                                            Galveston, TX

                                                                                            Residency:
                                                                                            University of Chicago
                                                                                            Chicago, IL

                                                                                            Board Certification: 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

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                               

                                                                                                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

                                                                                                  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.