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.
Dr. Brisa Gulari-Jones is a Family Medicine Physician and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She received her medical degree from St. George's University in 2017 and completed the UnityPoint Methodist Family Medicine Residency in Peoria, IL. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in health science from the University of Hartford. Dr. Gulari-Jones is a member of the Iota Epsilon Alpha Honor society and received a Patient Care Award July 2021. Before her career in medicine, she was a caseworker with at risk families and children. Her professional interests include obstetrics and women's health, breastfeeding medicine, procedures, and teaching. Dr. Gulari-Jones is fluent in Spanish and her hobbies include gardening, reading, and concert going.
Alison is a Licensed Social Worker. She received her master’s in social work from The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Alison received her Bachelor's of Arts degree in psychology, with a special interest in clinical psychology, from The Ohio State University. Highlights of her clinical experiences have included facilitating Women’s and coed NA/AA groups as well as leading Mindfulness-Meditation practice in individual and group therapy. Her prior clinical-training has entailed working closely with individuals with medically and behaviorally complex conditions—notably PLWH (people living with HIV/AIDS) and populations with comorbid or co-occurring disorders.
Alison is dedicated to working with underserved populations to provide behavioral health care from a multidimensional perspective. She works with intention to acknowledge the complexities of the whole person to better equip individuals with the skills they need to work through their problems in living. Alison demonstrates an empathic understanding for others and strives to create a safe environment for individuals to share their lived experiences. During her free time, Alison enjoys making jewelry, playing with her dog, and spending times with friends.
Dr. Paprocki completed medical school at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2019. She completed the Family Medicine Residency Program at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Humboldt Park. She has an undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Paprocki also completed the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and the McGaw Northwestern Medical Education Clinical Scholars Program. She was inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society, and is a recipient of the U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award. Prior to studying medicine, Dr. Paprocki had a career as a high school science teacher in Chicago Public Schools for over four years. Her clinical interests include: medical education, addressing health disparities, osteopathic and integrative medicine, and trauma-informed healthcare for survivors of intimate partner violence. Dr. Paprocki's hobbies include listening to podcasts, traveling, barre and yoga, and spending time with her family and dogs.
Temitope Olutade is a board-certified psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner. She specializes in treating individuals with behavioral health disorders She has a 5-year history of working as a psychiatric nurse in a forensic treatment Center. Temi has lived in the Chicago area for the past 20 years. She completed her associates degree in Nursing from City Colleges of Chicago – Harry Truman College in 2014, and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Oak Point University in Chicago in 2016. She further pursued her Master’s Degree in Nursing at Walden University in Michigan, and graduated in 2020. Temi has excelled in different leadership capacities as a registered nurse in both private and government establishments. Her passion for the nursing profession and her commitment to providing the best possible care motivated her to transition to a nurse practitioner. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling and spending quality time with her family.
Dr. Joell Chen received her dental degree from the Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dentistry in 2021. She completed general practice residency at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Chen has served on the American Dental Association's Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention. She is fluent in Mandarin. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Chen enjoys hiking trips, yoga, and exploring restaurants in Chicago.
Dr. Judith Disterhoft completed medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Disterhoft also completed the Family Medicine Residency Program at West Suburban Medical Center and has a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English from Wesleyan University.
Dr. Emily Goodlin received her medical degree at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University. She is completing the West Suburban Medical Center Residency Program, Class of 2025. Dr. Goodlin's passion for global health began during her undergraduate years after she spent a summer in Arusha, Tanzania teaching about HIV/AIDS prevention. She has also gone on a medical mission trip to Honduras to provide basic medical care for people who did not have access to a physician. Dr. Goodlin hopes to continue this type of work throughout her career. She is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors, 49ers, and San Francisco Giants. She also loves spending time with her French bulldog named Frankie.. In her free time she likes to explore the different neighborhoods of Chicago and go to new restaurants and bars.
Dr. Yael Schwartz is completing the West Suburban Medical Center Residency Program, Class of 2023. She graduated from the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Schwartz's interests include chronic disease management, women’s health, adolescent medicine, palliative care, and underserved care. She is a member of the Sigma Sigma Phi Honors Osteopathic Service Organization. Outside of work, she enjoys playing and watching sports, tai chi, mentoring kids, and spending time near water.
Dr. Kevin Wu is completing the West Suburban Medical Center Residency Program. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a Bachelor's in Science in psychology/biology, and then attended Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rockhurst University Helzberg School of Management to earn his DO and MBA degrees. Some of Dr. Wu's clinical research interests include patient flow and efficiency in clinic, and the effects of orthotics on balance and pain in patients after foot/ankle surgery. Outside of medicine, he is an avid martial arts practitioner and holds a 1st degree black belt in Shotokan karate. In his free time, he loves going to EDM festivals, visiting museums, and working out with family.
Dr. Harleen Multani is completing the West Suburban Medical Center Residency Program. She received her medical degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
Dr. Alma Hajar is completing the West Suburban Medical Center Residency Program. She received her medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain.
Dr. Hoang Tommy Nguyen spent most of his childhood in New Orleans, though attended boarding school in Wisconsin for high school. He then studied biology at the University of Louisiana Monroe before going back to New Orleans for medical school at Louisiana State University. Dr. Nguyen is interested in continuity care, wound care, and sleep medicine. He is completing West Suburban Medical Center's Residency Program. In his free time, he enjoys video games.
Dr. Abel Alemayehu (pronounced "Ah-bell Ah-la-my-you") grew up in Ethiopia and came to the States to attend George Mason University in Virginia and study biology. For medical school, he attended the American University of Antigua, as well as Florida International University in Miami. He then did clinical rotations at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr. Alemayehu joins PCC particularly interested in addiction medicine and pain management. He is completing the West Suburban Medical Family Residency Program. He enjoys exercising and time with friends and family.