Dr. Kisti Catalano, Chief medical officer
Dr. Kisti Catalano is responsible for overall clinical leadership for primary medical care services, ensuring that the mission and health care goals of Pillars Community Health are realized through the professional and effective delivery of integrated health care. Since 2016, Dr. Catalano has worked as Chief Medical Officer for Pillars Community Health and its predecessor agency Community Nurse Health Center. She provides primary care medical services, as well as leading our efforts to proactively address the growing healthcare needs of the community. Dr. Catalano was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. She completed her medical degree and Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Catalano is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Catalano is fluent in English and medical conversational Spanish.
Dr. SUSANA TORRES, CHIEF DENTAL OFFICER
Dr. Susana Torres, DDS, provides direct patient care, overall clinical leadership, and oversight for all dental services and oral health education. She has worked as Chief Dental Officer for Pillars Community Health since July 2018. Dr. Torres has a passion for public health and has worked in Federally Qualified Health Centers for the past 16 years. She received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, and her Master in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Torres is fluent in English and Spanish.
Dr. peter sobiech
Dr. Peter Sobiech was born in Poland and grew up in the Riverside, IL, area starting at age 4. He joined Pillars Community Health in 2017 and is a family practice physician. His professional interests include pediatrics, allergies and asthma, diabetes, and preventive medicine. Dr. Sobiech received his medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and completed his residency with the La Grange Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Sobiech is fluent in English, Polish, and Spanish.
Dr. Candace Badie
Dr. Candace Badie received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Dr. Badie provides preventive and restorative dental treatment for both children and adults and has special interest in patient education about oral health and the important link to systemic health. She is a member of the Illinois State Dental Society and American Dental Society.
Sam Boburka, PA-C
Sam graduated from Midwestern University’s physician assistant program in Downers Grove in 2011. She worked full time in OB/GYN for five years, and now has joined our team as an OB and family practice PA. She has a passion for obstetrics and gynecology, but also loves providing family centered care with a focus in patient education and performing small in office procedures such as cryotherapy, colposcopy, pap smears and vulvar biopsies. Sam is fluent in English, and is able to speak some Spanish. She is taking Spanish classes to further improve her vocabulary.
Dr. Daniel G. Hunter-Smith
Dr. Hunter-Smith is a part-time Family Practice physician at Pillars Community Health providing patient services since August 2014. He joined the Residency Practice in 1994 and served as Director of the Family Medicine Center from 1994-2009. He is currently the Designated Institutional Official at Amita Adventist La Grange Hospital which supports the Safety and Quality Initiatives between the hospital and the residency program. Dr. Hunter-Smith graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine Residency at MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Illinois in 1984. Dr. Hunter-Smith holds a certificate in Added Qualification in Geriatrics.
Dr. Craig Kestenberg
Dr. Kestenberg is a psychiatrist who provides evaluation, counseling, and medication management services to Pillars Community Health patients.Dr. Kestenberg enjoys providing patients and their family members with the most appropriate patient-centered treatment options, based on his medical knowledge from past training, continuing education, and variety of clinical experiences. His clinical interest areas include treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in all populations.Dr. Kestenberg is board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adult psychiatry.
Dr. Jennifer Swoyer
Dr. Swoyer is a part-time Family Practice and Obstetrics physician with Pillars Community Health, providing services here since August 2014. She is part of a supervisory co-collaborative with Dr. Tessalee for our Family Practice & OB Physician Assistant, Samantha Boburka. In addition to her part-time services at Pillars Community Health, Dr. Swoyer is the Program Director of the Amita Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program, and was previously the Director of Medical Education and Osteopathic Program Director from 2008-2016. After receiving her medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996, Dr. Swoyer graduated from the La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program in 1999.
Dr. Daphne Tessalee
Dr. Tessalee is a part-time Family Practice & Obstetrics physician at Pillars Community Health providing patient services here since August 2014. Dr. Tessalee also serves in a co-collaborative role with Dr. Jen Swoyer overseeing the OB Physician Assistant at Community Nurse. After receiving her medical degree from Rush Medical College in 1994, Dr. Tessalee graduated from Rush-Illinois Masonic Family Medicine Residency in 1997. She continued with the program an additional year as a Fellow, developing more intensive skills in obstetrics and teaching. Dr. Tessalee is also the Center Director at La Grange Family Medicine Center.
Tasia Walker joined Pillars Community Health in 2017 as a registered dental hygienist. She assists with patient screening, dental cleanings, and oral health education. Ms. Walker received her degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene at Kennedy-King College. Her experience includes a strong background in public health. Tasia loves to share her smile, and she especially loves to help her patients smile.
Sandra araiza, np-c, director of nursing
Sandra Araiza is a family nurse practitioner and director of nursing at Pillars Community Health. She is responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing the medical services of the Health Center. She also delivers personalized care as a family nurse practitioner to patients of all ages. Sandra began working as a registered nurse at our predecessor organization Community Nurse Health Center in 2013. In 2018, she received her Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University and also became board certified as a family nurse practitioner. Sandra is committed to delivering culturally competent care that will strengthen our communities and promote health.
dawne anderson, msn-apn
Dawne Anderson joined Pillars Community Health in 2018. She sees patients ages 5-55, incorporating a holistic approach to assist patients in making positive changes toward good mental health. Dawne received her Master of Science in Nursing as well as her training as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Rush University in Chicago. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Neuroscience Education Institute.