Dr. Cardenas received her medical education from Rush Medical College in 2001. She completed the West Suburban Family Medicine Residency at West Suburban Medical Center. Before medical school, Dr. Cardenas earned a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biology, with a minor in women's studies from Loyola Univeristy, Chicago. She graduated from Loyola's Honor's Program and is a member of the PHI Beta Kappa Society. In 2019, Dr. Cardenas graduated from the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine Fellowship, with honors. Before PCC, Dr. Cardenas spent six years as locums tenens physician where she practiced medicine in Arizona and California, including assignments at Indian Health Services Clinic. In her free time, she enhjoys music, art, poetry, and writing. Dr. Cardenas is fluent in Spanish.
February 20, 2019—PCC Community Wellness Center will continue to operate its PCC Melrose Park Family Health Center, despite the recent announcement regarding Westlake Hospital’s proposed closure. The clinic, located within Westlake Hospital’s Professional Office Building, has proudly served the Melrose Park community since 2012. While PCC does not yet know whether they will be able to continue to lease space in their current location over the long-term, operations will continue as is through at least June 30, 2019. If Westlake Hospital closes, as proposed, PCC is committed to finding new space for the clinic in the Melrose Park community.
Melrose Park, IL – A major cornerstone of PCC Community Wellness Center’s (PCC) services is providing comprehensive maternal and child health services. As a result of this commitment, PCC Melrose Park Family Health Center was recognized by the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition (CABC), which presented Dr. Tamajah Gibson and her provider team with the 2016 Breastfeeding-Friendly Physician Award for their outstanding support of breastfeeding mothers and babies.
Dr. Kawai received her medical education at St. George's University – School of Medicine in Grenada. She completed residency at the University of Florida.
Kimberly Finnegan is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing in 2016.
Dr. Cordero is a family medicine physician who joined PCC in 2013. She serves as the Medical Director at PCC Walk-In Wellness Center at West Suburban Medical Center.
Dr. Arce earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago in 2013. Specializing in family medicine, she completed residency at MacNeal Hospital. Prior to her career in medicine, Dr. Arce was an English language teacher. She is also fluent in Spanish. She joined the PCC health care team in 2016.
Dr. Ali obtained her medical education from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in 2006. She completed residency at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ali also holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago. She speaks English, Hindi, and Urdu. In her leisure time, Dr. Ali enjoys cooking and traveling.
Bernie Aguilar is an advanced nurse practitioner who joined PCC in 2014. She studied nursing at Elmhurst College and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Outside of work, Bernie enjoys traveling.