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.

 

    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.

          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. 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.

                         

                         

                          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.

                            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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

                                                                       

                                                                        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."

                                                                          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.

                                                                               

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                                                                                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

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                       

                                                                                       

                                                                                       

                                                                                        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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