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.

 

    Amanda Chatman, BHC

    Behavioral Health Consultant

    Education:

    Bachelor of Social Work
    Valparaiso University

     Master of Social Work
    Indiana University Northwest

     Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    Indiana & Illinois

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

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

      Lisa Nichols, NP-C

      Family Nurse Practitioner

      Education:
      BSN, Indiana University Northwest
      Gary, IN

      Medical School:
      MSN, Valparaiso University
      Valparaiso, IN

      Certification

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

      Family Nurse Practitioner, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

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

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

        Dr. Preethi Venepalli, MD

        Pediatrician

        Education:
        BS, Vanderbilt University
        Nashville, TN

        Medical School:
        MD, SABA
        Netherland Antilles

        Residency:
        Southern Illinois University,
        Springfield, IL

        Board Certification:
        Pediatrics

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

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

          Deborah Richardson, FNP

          Family Nurse Practitioner

          Education:

          Bachelor of Science Nursing
          Nazareth College, Kalamazoo, MI

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

          Board Certification:
          American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

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

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

            Dr. 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.

              Leah Johnson-Williams, NP

              Nurse Practitioner

              Education:

              Bachelor of Science, Nursing
              Purdue University Calumet

              Masters of Science, Nursing
              Purdue University Calumet 

              Board Certification:
              American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

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

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

               

                Ronda Carr, LCSW

                Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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

                 

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

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

                  Michelle McBrayer, LCSW

                  Licensed Clinical Social Worker

                  Education:
                  Bachelor of Arts Degree
                  Valparaiso University

                  Master’s in Social Work
                  Western Michigan University

                   

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

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

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

                    Mallory Kertis, LDH, RDH

                    Dental Hygienist

                    Education:
                    Bachelor of General Studies Degree
                    Indiana University

                    Dental School:
                    Associates of Science: Dental Hygiene
                    Indiana University

                     

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

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

                     

                     

                     

                      Kimberly Balko, LDH

                      Dental Hygienist

                      Education:
                      Bachelor of General Studies Degree
                      Indiana University

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

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

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

                       

                       

                       

                        Dr. Blaser, DDS

                        Dentist

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

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

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

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

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

                          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. 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

                                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.

                                 

                                  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. Madni, M.D.

                                    Psychiatrist

                                    Medical School:
                                    Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh, India

                                    Residency:
                                    Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

                                    Board Certification:
                                    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

                                    Dr. Madni’s passion to become a psychiatrist came from her interest in patients’ stories and the need to help them, educate them, and encourage them to take an active role in their care. Dr. Madni’s area of expertise includes mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and psychosis.

                                    She is an avid reader and loves cooking, gardening, and painting.  She has two children and enjoys spending time with her family.

                                     

                                     

                                      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 – 2 cats, 2 dogs, and 16 chickens. She loves coffee, music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

                                               

                                               

                                                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. 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.

                                                    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.

                                                     

                                                      Dr. Thimothy, DMD

                                                      Dentist

                                                      Medical School:
                                                      DMD
                                                      Boston University
                                                      Boston

                                                       Education:
                                                      BDS
                                                      Dr Mgr Medical University
                                                      India

                                                      Dr. Thimothy’s parents are missionary doctors and they love serving people and enjoy what they do. She always wanted to do what they did! She has two boys and has been married for ten years. She loves reading mystery novels and shopping.

                                                       

                                                       

                                                        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. Hess, MD

                                                              OB/GYNE

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

                                                              Medical School:
                                                              University of Missouri

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

                                                              Board Certification:
                                                              American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

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

                                                                Dr. Weilnhammer, MD

                                                                Urgent Care

                                                                Education:
                                                                Bachelor of Science Degree
                                                                Loyola University
                                                                Chicago, IL

                                                                Medical School:
                                                                Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

                                                                Internship
                                                                MacNeal Hospital
                                                                Berwyn, IL

                                                                Residency:
                                                                MacNeal Hospital
                                                                Berwyn, IL

                                                                Board Certification:
                                                                American Board of Family Medicine

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

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

                                                                 

                                                                  Dr. Sobolewski, MD

                                                                  Urgent Care

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

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

                                                                  Internship:
                                                                  Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center
                                                                  Chicago, IL

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

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

                                                                   

                                                                    Dr. Ostrowski, MD

                                                                    Family / Urgent Care

                                                                    Education:
                                                                    Bachelor of Science Degree
                                                                    Indiana University Northwest

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                      Elizabeth Marcotte, NP

                                                                      Nurse Practitioner

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

                                                                      Masters of Science, Nursing
                                                                      Valparaiso University
                                                                      Valparaiso, IN

                                                                      Membership:
                                                                      Sigma Theta Tau
                                                                      National Honor Society of Nursing

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

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

                                                                       

                                                                        Dr. Rivera, MD

                                                                        Family Practice

                                                                        Education:
                                                                        University of Santo Thomas
                                                                        Metro Manila, Philippines

                                                                        Internship:
                                                                        Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
                                                                        Melrose Park, IL

                                                                        Residency:
                                                                        Christ Hospital & Medical Center
                                                                        Oak Lawn, IL

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

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

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

                                                                         

                                                                          Diane Armiger, BHC

                                                                          Behavioral Health Consultant

                                                                          Education:
                                                                          Bachelor of Arts Degree
                                                                          Valparaiso University

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

                                                                          Growing up with parents in helping professions, becoming a social worker was a natural step. A high school psychology internship at Richmond State Hospital helped develop her interest in mental health.

                                                                          Diane enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. In nice weather she likes going on bike rides, walking her dogs, and trying out different community activities.

                                                                           

                                                                            Dr. Mohyuddin, MD

                                                                            Pediatrician

                                                                            Education:
                                                                            Bachelor of Science Kinnaird College Lahore, Pakistan

                                                                            Medical School:
                                                                            Fatima Jinnah Medical College Lahore, Pakistan

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

                                                                            Board Certification:
                                                                            American Board of Pediatrics

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

                                                                              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.

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                                Dr. Lemon, OD

                                                                                Optometrist

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                  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

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                        Shannon Gavin, NP

                                                                                        Nurse Practitioner

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

                                                                                        Masters of Science, Nursing
                                                                                        Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

                                                                                        Membership:
                                                                                        American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

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

                                                                                          Dr. Dandridge, MD

                                                                                          Pediatrician

                                                                                          Medical School:
                                                                                          University of Illinois
                                                                                          Chicago, IL

                                                                                          Internship:
                                                                                          University of Illinois
                                                                                          Chicago, IL

                                                                                          Residency:
                                                                                          Unversity of Illinois
                                                                                          Chicago, IL

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

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

                                                                                            Li’Toia Kendrick, CNM

                                                                                            Nurse Midwife

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

                                                                                            Bachelor of Science Nursing
                                                                                            Frontier Nursing University
                                                                                            Hyden, KY

                                                                                            Masters Nurse-Midwifery Program
                                                                                            Frontier Nursing University
                                                                                            Hyden, KY

                                                                                            Board Certification: American Midwifery Certification Board

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

                                                                                             

                                                                                              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

                                                                                                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. Macabalitaw, MD

                                                                                                  Family Practice

                                                                                                  Education:
                                                                                                  Bachelor of Science
                                                                                                  University of the Philippines, Philippines

                                                                                                  Medical School:
                                                                                                  Manila Central University, Philippines

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

                                                                                                  Board Certification:
                                                                                                  American Board of Family Medicine

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

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

                                                                                                    Dr. Bhojraj, MD

                                                                                                    Family Practice

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

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

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

                                                                                                    Board Certification:
                                                                                                    American Board of Family Medicine

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

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