Dr. Scott Levin is the Residency Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Program at PCC Dr. Burdick Family Health Center. He is also the Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Levin completed medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at West Suburban Medical Center. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Dr. Thomas Bielanski is a Faculty Family Medicine Physician at PCC Dr. Burdick Family Health Center. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Benedictine University. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Bielanski completed his residency training at West Suburban Medical Center. He served as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Monica Thipparthi is a Faculty Family Medicine Physician at PCC Dr. Burdick Family Health Center. She earned her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She completed Family Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Clarissa O’Conor is a resident at PCC Dr. Burdick Family Health Center as part of the West Suburban Medical Center – Family Medicine Residency Program. She earned her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. While in medical school, Dr. O’Conor completed a breastfeeding rotation. She’s working towards becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Dr. O’Conor is passionate about helping families with breastfeeding!
She grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on a small horse farm. She moved to Philadelphia for college and stayed for another six years. One of the highlights of her time in Philly was working at a local weekly farmers market, for two Lancaster farms. Clarissa learned how to cook with a lot of different fruits, veggies and meats and loved getting to know her neighbors and selling them produce over the years.
Outside of her work in healthcare, Dr. O’Conor joined a Muay Thai gym to learn new skills and new ways to move her body. She is also a member of a group called Put People First, where she has been advocating for healthcare as a human right across the state and connecting people in cities, towns, and rural areas. She’s excited about her involvement with the Illinois Poor People’s Campaign! Dr. O’Conor’s really interested in intuitive eating and the Health at Every Size movement, both personally and as a way she can support her patients. Dr. O’Conor completed a breastfeeding rotation in medical school and is working towards becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). She loves helping families with breastfeeding!
Dr. Leah Getsov is a resident at PCC Dr. Burdick Family Health Center, as part of the West Suburban Medical Center – Family Medicine Residency Program. She grew up in Saline, Michigan and completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Michigan State University. Dr. Getsov earned her medical degree from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. While attending MSU, she was involved in research with the Sleep and Learning Lab and worked as a caregiver for children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. After earning her degree, she worked nights as a patient care technician.
During medical school, Dr. Getsov was involved in various peer mentoring opportunities, women’s health interest groups, and tutoring. She is grateful that she became involved in global health through an experience in Linhai, China.
Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, outdoor recreation, crafting, art, and playing board games with friends.
Dr. Mary Ella Wood is a resident at PCC Dr. Burdick Family Health Center, as part of the West Suburban Medical Center – Family Medicine Residency Program. Her areas of interests are Women’s Health/Operative Obstetrics, Global Health/Underserved Healthcare, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, and OMM. Dr. Wood’s research interests are FGM and Self-Sustaining Global Healthcare.
She received her medical training from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Wood chose this residency program because the medical providers that she met while interviewing genuinely loved the work that they do and were passionate about their patients. She also appreciated that this program offered a lot of training in obstetrics and women’s health, inpatient-based medicine and critical care training, and were caring for underserved populations. She’s ecstatic to be completing her training here!
She has been recognized by the Gold Humanism Honors Society and has served as the chair for the AMSA National Global Health.
Outside of work, Dr. Wood enjoys designing clothes, cooking, Latin and ballroom dancing, traveling, reading, writing, hiking, and camping.
Dr. Rebekka DePew is a resident at PCC Dr. Burdick Family Health Center. She earned her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at PCC, as part of the West Suburban Medical Center – Family Medicine Residency Program because she wanted to train in a setting with a deep commitment for serving marginalized communities alongside a team of individuals who are passionate about the mission of social medicine and who create a supportive and encouraging environment.
Her areas of interests are Palliative Care, Geriatrics, Ethics, Inpatient Medicine, and Health Equity and Care for Underserved Populations. Dr. DePew’s research interest is Ethics and Health Policy. As a role model for compassionate care, she has been recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her leadership experience includes serving as Psychiatry Clinic Director at the Shade Tree Clinic and as a Family Medicine Interest Group Leader.
Dr. DePew enjoys reading poetry and stories, being outdoors and exploring, and spending time with friends, family, and her two awesome cats.
Dr. Nicole Gim-Foong Chin is a resident at PCC Dr. Burdick Family Health Center. She is originally from the Pacific Northwest where she received a master’s degree in materials engineering at the University of Washington. She came to Chicago to attend medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She’s excited to be sticking around for her residency training, which she’s completing at PCC, as part of the West Suburban Medical Center – Family Medicine Residency Program. Her areas of interest include Urban Underserved Populations, Spirituality and Whole-Person Care, Full-Spectrum Medicine, and Women’s Health.
While in medical school, Dr. Chin served on the executive board of the Christian Fellowship and Family Medicine Interest Group, and mentored medical students at student-run free clinics in the Chicagoland area. Also while in medical school, Dr. Chin lived in and served the North Philadelphia inner city by providing free door-to-door health screenings through the Summer Medical Institute.
She is a Seattleite and enjoys the outdoors, birding, and hiking. As a Chicagoan, she enjoys many sights and museums Chicago has to offer. She spends her time with family, friends, or at church. Like her mother, she loves drawing and painting with her mother in her free time.
Dr. Melanie Jessen is a Conference Curriculum Coordinator and Family Medicine Physician at PCC Dr. Burdick Family Health Center. She is also the Associate Program Director and Director of Osteopathic Education for the West Suburban Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Illinois. She completed her medical education at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, where she later completed her residency. Dr. Jessen’s area of interests are medical training and education. She served as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the Midwestern University – Department of Family Medicine.
Dr. Karla Tytus is a PCC Salud provider and family medicine resident at West Suburban Medical Center. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, completed college in Rhode Island, medical school (Meharry Medical College) in Tennessee, and has now settled in Chicago. She plans to practice full-spectrum family medicine with an emphasis/passion in prenatal care, reproductive health, and preventative health care. In her free time, she enjoys getting active, doing puzzles, perusing museums, and watching a little too much reality television.
Dr. Arthur Hernandez is currently completing residency at PCC as part of the West Suburban Medical Center - Family Medicine Residency Program. Prior to starting at PCC, he completed his medical education at the University of Illinois - College of Medicine (Chicago), and his undergraduate studies at Northern Illinois University. Growing up in the Chicagoland area, Dr. Hernandez is passionate about serving his community and continuing his training towards becoming a full-spectrum family practice physician. In between his studies, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, staying active, and appreciating the rich arts and culture the city has to offer.
Dr. Katarina Crause completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2021. She completed the General Dental Residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in 2022. Dr. Crause also has a Bachelor's Degree in Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is a recipient of the Michigan Periodontal Alumni Association Award. Outside of work, Dr. Crause enjoys ballroom dancing, walking along Lake Michigan, and trying new restaurants in Chicago.
Valerie Garcia is a Certified Nurse Midwife. She completed her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Molecular Biology and Gender Studies from Colgate University in Central New York. Her graduate education in nursing was completed at Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, CT in 2022. Valerie's nursing school sub-specialty was in Gender & Sexuality Health Justice, where she trained to provide Gender Affirming Care. Valerie completed her training at the Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT, and at Jacobi Medical Center in The Bronx, NY. Prior to nursing, she was a biologist at Columbia University Medical Center. Valerie is from the Bronx, New York and speaks fluent Spanish. Her hobbies include hiking, Latin dancing, plants, and reading.
Kathleen Britten is a Certified Nurse Midwife. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at University of Illinois at Chicago. Kathleen received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in May of 2018, and then completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in May 2022 to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. Most of her midwifery training was done with the midwives at PCC, which is why she was happy to join the team. Experiencing PCC's mission and team work first-hand is why Kathleen decided to stay as a provider after completing her training. Kathleen's experience as a Registered Nurse was with a home-birth practice and also in the hospital. So, the PCC Birth Center feels like just the right fit and she is honored to be a piece in making out-of-hospital birth and patient-centered midwifery care more accessible. Kathleen is an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Illinois Board and is a proud midwife of the LGBTQ+ community. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dogs for walks, spoiling her nephew, and practicing hot yoga. When it gets cold out, you can find Kathleen binge-watching TV shows and trying out new dinner recipes.