We are dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare to all residents of our Southwest Side service area. But let’s be clear: we don’t mean just the residents who can afford to pay for their care. And “high quality” is not shorthand for “not really very good care but good by urban community health center standards.”
It’s quite the reverse, actually. We offer high-quality healthcare to all who seek it, and we think our care is as good as our patients could find anywhere. In fact, half of our board members are Esperanza patients because they believe so strongly in what we do and have so much confidence in our medical providers.
An important part of what we do is respecting our patients. We offer great quality in a great setting so they feel comfortable, reassured and satisfied with their care.
Family medicine physicians can treat all family members, from the youngest to the oldest. Many patients enjoy feelings of trust and confidence when the same provider gets to know and care for their entire family over an extended period of time. To learn more about our specific services, see Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.
Providers : Patricia D. Chico, MD | Gillian Connolly,APRN, FNP-C Certified Family Nurse Practitioner | Marialuisa Doubek, FNP | Carrie Kindleberger, APN, FNP-BC | Maximiliano Luna Jr., MD | Miguel Peña, MD | Maria Silva, MD | Sylvia Shokunbi, MD | Michelle Yacht, FNP
Internal medicine physicians provide primary care to adults. Internists focus on diagnosing, treating and managing chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity. Esperanza’s adult health providers also have expertise in geriatric medicine, pain management and bariatric (weight loss) medicine. We also offer annual exams, immunizations, employment physicals, HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing and counseling, and much more.
Providers : Andrew Jacob Van Wieren, MD
Our pediatricians provide sick- and well-child checkups. We also offer immunizations, TB tests, obesity counseling, school physicals and more. Our after-hours pediatric service helps to both prevent unnecessary ER visits while allowing us to direct truly urgent cases to Saint Anthony Hospital’s nearby Emergency Room.
Providers : Alicia Idler, MD | Marcella Ingarra Cimino, APN,RN, CLC | Ester Kirov, MD | Federico Herrera, MD | Tanveer Y. Shamsi, MD* | Elizabeth Zuluaga, MD | Kyla Wiafe-Ababio, MD
Behavioral Health Consultant
Our Behavioral Health Consultants are available to speak with patients when they feel anxious, depressed or when other emotional or medical concerns are present. The assigned BHC is often able to provide immediate consultation and will schedule additional consult sessions as needed. We are proud that each of our BHCs has a specific interest, including; facilitating group sessions, working with women and their families experiencing challenges related to pregnancy and childbirth, and addressing the importance of nutrition and one’s well-being.
Providers : Adriana Guerrero, LPC | Daniel Vergara, LPC | Daifeny Arias, LCSW, CADC | Jessica L. Boland, LCSW | Elvira Pellitteri,LCSW
We employ a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and several certified nurse midwives, who are registered nurses with extensive additional training in well-woman care. Our services include annual exams, breast exams, mammograms, Pap smears, prenatal care, HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, counseling and free pregnancy testing. We offer an exceptional standard of care for women in our community, including two diagnostic and early treatment procedures for cervical cancer: colposcopies and Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedures (LEEP).
Providers : Fran S. Bender, MSN, APN, WHNP | Sarah Hoque, MD | Catherine Liu, MD, Board Certified | Linda Simon-Price, MSN | Christina Tanner, CNM
Psychiatry and behavioral health counseling are provided by Esperanza’s Behavioral Health professionals. Esperanza has an excellent referral relationship with our partner hospital for inpatient care and linkage agreements with local agencies for outpatient substance abuse services. Esperanza's psychiatric services are provided in English and/or Spanish for a sliding scale fee to youth and adults.