Meet the Vista Family Medicine Team
Our board certified healthcare team consists of doctors, medical assistants, nurse practitioners, and clerical staff working together to serve your needs. We consider you, our patient, to be an integral part of this team. We incorporate the latest in medical software technology, including electronic communication with pharmacies to decrease errors and immediate access to the latest medical information, to streamline our care processes.
Our operating principles are:
- We actively manage our highly valued relationships with patients.
- We utilize technology to advance our patients' care.
- We commit ourselves to being the best primary care practice available.
- We commit to a workplace that encourages growth and satisfaction.
Read more about some of our physicians below, or learn more at the links to their physician profiles above.
Dr. Bhattacharyya earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan medical School and completed her residency at Tufts University with additional studies in woman's health.
She comes to Vista Family Medicine with a Woman's Health Fellowship at MacNeal Family Medicine. where she received advanced training in gynecology and obstetrics.
Dr. Bhattacharyya has received recognition for her outstanding work including the Alexander S. Vida Memorial Scholarship for her "ability, dedication to medicine, and the great contribution (she) will make to medicine.
She provides her patients with family care, at every stage of life.
Elizabeth Cerrentano is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to working at Vista Family Medicine, she is the Emergency Department Charging Coordinator at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Elizabeth began her nursing career at Little Company of Mary Hospital and was an ER Nurse Educator prior to becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse.
“I became a Nurse Practitioner to care for patients, their families, and our community at large. I value a patient-provider relationship that is founded on trust and seek to empower patients to embrace their health through knowledge and disease prevention.”
Interests: Adolescent/young adult population and psychosocial concerns
Fun Facts: I enjoy spending time with my family, warm weather, good food, reading, and the occasional mother-daughter shopping excursion.
Dr. Joyce Chen is a family medicine physician at our Burbank Medical Center. Dr. Chen completed her Family Medicine residency at MacNeal Hospital and received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
- Preventative Medicine
- Nutrition/Weight Management
- Pediatric/Adolescent Health
Philosophy of Care:
I believe in partnering with patients to provide quality healthcare. I feel my greatest role as a healthcare provider is not only to manage diseases, but to empower patients by educating them and having them take control of their health. Therefore, my patients can be models of health to their families and communities. Just as my patients have a unique role in society, I believe they have individual, personal concerns when it comes to their healthcare. I approach each patient in a holistic manner. I believe it is vital to care for the physical state, but also to understand the social and emotional needs.
Why did you become a doctor?
I value education and health, and medicine allows me the opportunity to combine both while making a difference in people's lives. I also enjoy interacting with a diverse group of people and building working relationships. Family medicine lets me make and sustain those doctor-patient connections with patients throughout all stages of life.
I am truly blessed to be doing something I care about, but I firmly believe in a work-life balance. I work hard yet play hard which enables me to have a healthy mentality that keeps my passion going to come to work every day and provide the best possible care to patients.
Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy going to new restaurants, shopping, and dancing. And I am a TV junkie - I love watching anything from the news to sports, talk shows to crime dramas, and of course, reality TV!
Call today to schedule an appointment at 708.422.7100. Dr. Chen is usually able to accommodate same day appointments.
Dr. Chen discusses when your child may need a sick day in the Winter 2012 edition of Regarding Health
Dr. McQuillan has a personal interest in nutrition and health. Prior to practicing medicine, she was an athletic trainer for Northwestern University and the University of Illinois in Champaign. She trained athletes in a variety of sports ranging from men's soccer teams to women's tennis teams. She compares her experience with athletes as very similar to patients. She encourages nutrition and a healthy life balance to her patients to prevent illnesses, much like the training she used for athletes to prevent injuries. Dr. McQuillan encourages her patients to be active and to add an activity into their daily routine. She hopes to educate and properly manage conditions that may prevent or hinder a person's ability to live their lives.
"Through proper health management plans, conditions such asthma should not prevent or hinder a person's ability to be active," says Dr. McQuillan. "With proper health management, anyone can begin a regiment fit for him or her and for those who are beginning an activity to start slow and gradually increase intensity."
Board Certification: Family Practice
Education: Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
Residency: Saint Joseph Hospital & Health Centers, Family Medicine
Mary T. Rhodes is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also certified in Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Mary is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and was a Pediatric Registered Nurse prior to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.
“I wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember. Both my grandmother and my aunt worked as nurses and hearing their stories inspired me. I value a patient-centered model that utilizes current evidence-based techniques in order to provide supportive, state-of-the-art care. I am proud to be joining such a wonderful group of providers and staff here at Vista.”
Interests: I have a special interest in Pediatrics.
Fun Facts: I have two dogs named Frank and Sulley. I enjoy gardening and warm weather – my favorite place to vacation is Arizona. I love all Chicago sports, except the Cubs!
Monica Ryan is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to working at Vista Family Medicine I am an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Saint Xavier University. My primary teaching responsibilities include Health Assessment, Pharmacology and precepting graduate students. I also serve as the Director of the Health Center at the University.
"As a nurse practitioner I recognize that each individual has unique health care needs and planning for the holistic needs of patients is essential. I believe that the patient-provider relationship is rooted in caring and trust and is based on mutual respect. I am committed to caring, teaching, counseling, and supporting patients with a special emphasis on promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles."
Interests: I have a special interest in Adolescent and Women's Health
Fun Facts: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking, reading, summer weather, and swinging a golf club.
Born in Indiana and fluent in Greek, Dr. Tucker is a board certified family practitioner who completed her residency in family medicine at St. John Hospital in Michigan.
- Preventative Medicine
- Women's Health
- Weight Loss
Philosophy of Care:
I believe in comprehensive, family centered health care, with an emphasis on health maintenance. More than a prescription, I help patients understand their illnesses, treatment options, and prevention strategies. I encourage patients to assume an active role in their health. I am dedicated to creating a pleasant environment where my patients feel comfortable discussing their personal concerns and questions. I believe that patients and medical staff flourish in an environment in which the relationship is based on mutual respect, trust and compassion. I strive to provide high quality medical care to the community.
Why did you become a doctor?
I always knew that I wanted to become a doctor. My fascination with the science and function of the human body led me to study biology in college, and then advance to medical school. I decided to become a family medicine physician for very personal reasons. My father had a severe stroke when I was younger which left him permanently paralyzed and unable to speak. My father was not overweight, nor did he have any other risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol. He did, however, smoke and had a family history of heart disease. Has his physician counseled him properly regarding his risk factors, would this horrible life-changing event have happened? This led me to a career in family medicine, where I could educate patients about their diseases and actually prevent these tragic events from occurring.
I take my profession very seriously and work hard to excel in it. On the other hand, I value and respect the family as a unit and everything it stands for. I try to spend my free time with my family and friends....it is something I truly cherish!
I enjoy yoga and Pilates, reading, cooking, shopping and spending time with my family and friends.
Call today to schedule an appointment. Call 708.499.4190 for our Oak Lawn location.
Dr. Jim Valek is a board-certified Family Practitioner and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. A St. Laurence High School grad, he trained at Northwestern University Medical School and escaped to Colorado for his residency. Currently an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois Medical School, he continues to train new residents and students. Dr. Valek also serves as the Medical Director of the Little Company of Mary's Hospice program.
"I became a family physician to help people, and coming from a terrific family background, I saw the family as the unit which affects health and healing more than any other. I enjoy the broad breadth of family medicine and treating patients of all ages."
Other Interests: I have a special interest in caring for patients with disabilities.
Fun Facts: I enjoy outdoor activities and sports of any kind. I am a Sox, Bears, and Hawks fan and I play guitar badly.