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Catherine Plonka, MD
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
Clinical Associate Professor, UIC College of Medicine

Residency - UIC/Ravenswood Medical Center '97
Medical School - Loyola Stritch School of Medicine '94
Undergrad - Boston University

Hometown - Westmont, IL
Professional interests - women's health, geriatrics,
Personal interests - running, singing, outdoors


Gina Schueneman, DO
Program Director, Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency

Fellowship - UIC / IMMC Faculty Development
Certified - Medical Acupuncture for Physicians
Residency - UIC / IMMC Family Practice
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship - Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Medical School - CCOM

Professional Interests: Osteopathic Manipulation, Acupuncture
Personal Interests: Being a mom, cooking, making baby food and yoga


Charles Crotteau, MD
Director of Recruiting, Co-Maternity Coordinator
Clinical Associate Professor, UIC College of Medicine

Residency - Rush - IMMC '98
Internship (Categorical) - UIC General Surgery '95
Medical School - Wayne State University (DEETROIT!) '94
Undergrad - University of Michigan

Professional Interests: Obstetrics, Women's Health, Procedures
Personal Interests: Avid runner, marathoning, spending time with my lovely family


Jose Elizondo, MD
Family Medicine Department Chair
Clinical Associate Professor, UIC College of Medicine

Residency - UIC/Ravenswood Family Practice Residency '93
Med School - University of Illinois Chicago School of Medicine '90
Undergrad - Illinois Wesleyan University

Professional interests: Administrative Medicine, Medical Informatics, Medical Issues affecting the Hispanic Community
Personal interests: Professional Soccer, Web Surfing, Listening to Music; "I go through withdrawal when my iPad is farther than 50 feet away"


Kenneth Gong, MD

Residency - Rush/Advocate Illinois Masonic Family Practice Residency '01
Medical School - Rush University '98
Undergraduate - University of Chicago

Professional Interests - Men's health, infectious disease
Personal Interests - When I'm not in the office (in no particular order): Fishing DJing House/Techno music, creating recipes for a friend's restaurant concept in Fort Worth, TX, drinking a glass of wine, sleeping  


Richard Guthmann, MD, MPH
Director of Research
Clinical Associate Professor, UIC College of Medicine

Residency - MacNeal Memorial Hospital
Medical School - Northwestern University

Professional - Interested in all of Family Medicine, but specifically EBM, Medicine, Health Policy,
Preventive Medicine, and Obstetrics
Personal - Married with two children. Enjoys gardening and sailing


Elise Halajian, DO
Assistant Osteopathic Program Director, Director of School Based Health

Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Medical School - Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine '08
Residency - MWU/UIC/AIMMC Family Medicine Residency '12
Fellowship - AIMMC Family Medicine Residency Faculty Development Fellowship '13

Professional Interests: The full scope of family medicine, from obstetrics and women's health to pediatrics, OMT, procedures, sports medicine and geriatrics
Personal Interests: Lacrosse, yoga, cello, dancing, gardening, and spending time with my family and friends


Robert Martin, DO
Director of Home Visit and NH Program

Residency– Advocate Illinois Masonic FM Residency ‘12
Medical School– Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine ’08
Undergrad – Whitman College

Professional interests: Geriatrics, preventative health, minor procedures, young adults.
Personal Interests: For fun I like to bike, run, cook, read and spend time with my wife.


Kathleen Rowland, MD, MS
Director of Family Medicine Inpatient Service
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Fellowship -- University of Chicago
Residency – Illinois Masonic – FM
Med School – Rush University
Undergrad – Notre Dame
Professional interests: OB, EBM
Personal interests: Sewing, reading, biking


Peggy Wiedmann, MD
Associate Program Director, Family Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor, UIC College of Medicine

Residency - Cook County Hospital
Medical School - Northwestern University

I came to Family Medicine out of the Free Clinic Movement and a Woman's Health Care Group in Boston during the early 70's.

My interests include movies, gardening, Mexican beaches, musculoskeletal problems and moving our country towards universal health care. What I particularly appreciate and support in our residency program is the breadth and depth of our special projects. These include our school-based health centers, our newborn walk-in clinic and child development training, our geriatric home program, our depression project and our psychology fellows. 


Steve Zuckerman, PhD
Director of Behavioral Science
Clinical Instructor, UIC College of Medicine

I started out my professional career as an Anthropologist studying culture change in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. After a transitional period spent working on a psychoanalytic psychiatric unit, I finally arrived in the world of Family Medicine...a culture I took to immediately. I have taught in Family Medicine residencies for the last twenty years, and have never lost my awe and respect for the work done by FP docs. Among other topics, I teach about doctor/patient encounters, psychological development, family systems approaches, primary care counseling and, of course, cultural issues in our work.

When not working, I dedicate myself to nurturing my marriage and family, bicycling, reading good literature and not-so-good science fiction. Every summer, the trout of the Big Horn River in Montana compete to connect with the fly-line I cast to them.


Erin Gold, MD
Fellow, Advocate Faculty Development Fellow

Residency – Advocate Illinois Masonic FM Residency ‘13
Medical School – Chicago Medical School @Rosalind Franklin ’10

Professional Interests: Women’s health, adolescent medicine, preventive medicine,
international medicine.
Personal Interest: I love trying new foods from all over the world and traveling. I love being with family and friends, listening to music and being outdoors. I also am addicted to Bikram Yoga.


Evelyn Cotto
Residency Coordinator
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Boricua)

Married 10 years to a gorgeous man
I enjoy going to the movies and spending quality time with my husband.
I also enjoy singing, I'm a member of a choir called One Voice. 


Christine Curry
Residency Coordinator/Recruiter
Lexington, Mississippi

Married to High School sweetheart 25 years.
Children: 2 boys, 1 girl, 10 grandkids
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, shopping, dancing (line dancing and steppin), watching TV, and traveling.


Gregory Pyltak, MS, MBA
Education Specialist

Graduate – Benedictine University MBA 2011, DePaul University MS 2003
Undergraduate - DePaul University BS 1999

Professional interests: Medical education, particularly making physicians into better educators
Personal interests: Saxophone, music, football, cigars, camping, streaking through the woods


Teresa Johnson

I was born and raised in Chicago so I can tell you Chicago is one of the best places to be in the summer but in the winter it is one of the worst! However with the Lakefront, in winter or summer, you can't lose. I am the youngest of four children and my siblings are all grandparents. I have 12 nieces and nephews, 18 great nieces and nephews and 2 great, great nieces! One of the greatest joys in my life is Buttercup my absolutely lovable Shih Tzu.

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