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David Loiterman, M.D. DR. LOITERMAN has become one of Chicago’s premier vein treatment specialists with more than 26 years of experience in vascular surgery, and administering sclerotherapy and laser treatments. “Our primary goal is to provide each patient with the highest level of care by using the safest, most effective, and affordable medical treatments available for varicose and spider veins.” “We regard each patient as an individual with unique needs. To achieve the best possible results for your vascular condition, we will listen to your concerns, carefully explain your treatment options, and develop a customized treatment program designed to achieve the best results in the most cost effective manner for each patient.” Dr. Loiterman specializes in circulation disorders, and has devoted more than half of his practice to varicose and spider vein treatment. Using the latest advancements in technology and methods, Dr. Loiterman has successfully treated thousands of patients. Dr. Loiterman graduated in 1979 from The Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, located in New York City. After finishing his residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Loiterman completed an additional fellowship residency at Chicago RUSH-Presbyterian- St. Luke’s Center, in vascular surgery. The American Board of Surgery awarded him board certification in 1985. He is also a member of the Midwest Surgical Association, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery.

David Loiterman, M.D. “We’re certain you’ll be impressed with the results.”

In addition to running a successful medical practice, Dr. Loiterman was also an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, as well as an Instructor of Vascular Surgery at Columbia University, in New York, and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Loiterman is emeritus Board Chair and past President of the Chicago Medical Society. He holds honorary staff status at both Hinsdale and LaGrange hospitals. He is currently a director on the Board of Trustees for the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce. For most people, varicose veins and spider veins, a common and mild variation of varicose veins, are simply a cosmetic concern. Unfortunately, for others, varicose veins can cause significant discomfort and are often a sign of a more serious problem.



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Monika Spokas, O.D.

Monika Spokas, O.D. DR. MONIKA SPOKAS is a developmental optometrist and the clinical director of Clarendon Vision Development Center. Dr. Spokas was featured in the August 2014 issue of Hinsdale Magazine in the article, “What you may not know about your child’s vision.” Children who have trouble with reading, comprehension and learning often have undiagnosed vision problems. These children are often very bright, but when they try to read, they may lose their place, skip lines or words, or have to constantly re-read material in order to understand it. Often, there is a nightly battle over homework, and the child begins to feel insecure, as if they’re not as smart as their peers. Dr. Monika Spokas, of the Clarendon Vision Development Center has focused her practice on such children for over ten years now. “Up to 25 percent of all school-age children have vision problems significant enough to impair academic performance,” Dr. Spokas said. “While some learning problems involve other issues, checking the visual abilities required for successful school performance ought to be the first thing parents do.”

If your child is a slow learner, working below potential, or has been diagnosed with dyslexia or ADHD, Dr. Spokas recommends that you rule out learning-related vision problems that may contribute to their difficulties. When vision problems are diagnosed and treated, parents see tremendous changes. Not only do the children start to read and comprehend, they often become more self-confident and enjoy school and learning. Dr. Spokas received her doctorate from the prestigious Illinois College of Optometry, and has completed numerous post-graduate studies in the field of developmental optometry. She is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and the American Optometric Association (AOA). She resides in Burr Ridge with her husband and three daughters, and enjoys tennis, scuba diving and skiing.



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Nesreen Suwan, M.D.

Nesreen Suwan, M.D.


DR. NESREEN SUWAN has become one of Chicago’s premier specialists with more than 32 years of medical practice experience in various fields of medicine. Her main area of expertise is anti-aging medicine that includes, but is not limited to cosmetic Botox®, dermal fillers, anti-aging protocols, bioidentical hormone replacement, stem-cell therapy, face lifts (vampire face lifts) and non-surgical hair restoration. This area also includes collagen inducing therapy treatments that help to rejuvenate the skin, such as Micropen and RF treatments, laser weight management, HCG treatment, body contouring, and all medical laser applications . A Loyola-trained neurologist, Dr. Suwan’s main areas of clinical expertise in neurology are headaches and pain medicine. She is board certified in pain medicine, and worked at University Pain Center, which is affiliated with RUSH Pain Center. Dr. Suwan works with patients who experience migraine headaches, chronic daily headaches, sinus headaches and other types of headaches; as well as patients who experience neck and back pain, pinched-nerve pain, whiplash and workers’ compensation injuries. The main landmark of Dr. Suwan’s practice is the use of Botox® treatment for chronic migraines, and deep-tissue laser therapy for fibromyalgia. Dr. Suwan is a national expert in headaches, fibromyalgia and she holds particular pharmacological and clinical experience that have led her to be a national speaker for many pharmaceutical companies. Currently, Dr Suwan is operating Midwest Headache Clinics and Diagnostics/ Midwest Academy of Pain and Spine. She also operates Forever 25 Medical Center for all regenerative, integrative and rejuvenation medical services in Lisle. Dr. Suwan is a diplomat on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Pain Medicine, American Board of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Board of Sleep Medicine, with extra certification in headache medicine. She is also a member of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Headache Society, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She is also a proud affiliate of the Forever Health™ physician network, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Alexian Brothers Medical Center. Dr Suwan enjoys family time and playing piano in her free time. Our mission is to let you feel better and look “forever 25.” Who does not want to be 25 forever? We believe in an integrated approach to anti-aging and wellness, where we integrate headache and pain medicine with anti-aging medicine, regenerative medicine and a variety of skin-rejuvenation services, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, all-medical laser applications, vitamin and supplement evaluation, weight management and hair restoration. Dr. Suwan and the Forever 25 staff believe that every day, ordinary people deserve to look and feel just as wonderful as celebrities do, provided they are offered the same opportunities.

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Dr. Ingrid Liu DR. INGRID LIU joined PartnerMD in July 2014 to be able to focus on creating relationships with her patients and provide more personalized care. Because Dr. Liu’s patient panel is limited to 600 patients, she’s able to spend more time with her patients “PartnerMD’s approach during appointments, to primary care allows me allowing for more to practice medicine the meaningful discussions way it should be. I am about their health, able to spend more time and how to prevent with each patient to give illnesses.

them the quality of care they deserve.”

Dr. Liu previously practiced at Elmhurst Clinic Family Practice and has practiced medicine in Oak Park, Ill. for the past 18 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois and her Doctor of Osteopathy from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in family practice at West Suburban Family Practice in Oak Park, Ill. She is board certified in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and American Medical Association. Dr. Liu has a special interest in women’s health and is passionate about providing prevention-focused care and building strong relationships with her patients.

Dr. Ingrid Liu

PartnerMD is a membership medical practice with a comprehensive care approach that pro-actively addresses the four areas of health – medical, physical, nutritional and emotional – that impact your total well-being today and in the future. Over time, the health care environment has shifted. New regulations and more patients in the system have forced physicians to see more and more patients each day, which ultimately results in long waits, brief visits and impersonal service.

PartnerMD is in-network with all major insurance carriers and accepts Medicare.

PartnerMD’s approach is rooted in strengthening the doctorpatient relationship, and this approach is unparalleled in today’s health care environment. At PartnerMD you receive 24/7 access to your physician whenever you need them, same- day or next-day appointments for your convenience and a focus on illness prevention to maximize your health.



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UNIVERSITY DERMATOLOGY CARDIOLOGY AND VEIN CENTER FROM LEFT: Joshua O. Podjasek, MD; Clarence William (Bill) Brown, MD; Stamatis (Tom) Dimitropoulos, MD; Vassilios (Bill) Dimitropoulos, MD.

UNIVERSITY DERMATOLOGY physician specialists are leading authorities in their field, and use their expertise to offer compassionate care and state-of-the-art medicine, treating all diseases of the skin, hair, and nails for patients of all ages, infancy to elderly. UNIVERSITY CARDIOLOGY AND VEIN CENTER focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of leg diseases, including lower extremity swelling, ulceration, varicose veins and painful legs.

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JOSHUA O. PODJASEK, MD is double board certified in dermatology as well as dermatopathology. Dr. Podjasek is a graduate of RUSH Medical College and he completed his dermatology training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he also completed a dermatopathology fellowship and served as a Clinical Instructor. Dr. Podjasek brings the innovation and knowledge of the Mayo Clinic to University Dermatology. CLARENCE WILLIAM BROWN, JR., MD has been practicing as a board-certified dermatologist since 2000. Dr. Brown utilizes the most advanced technique to remove skin cancer—Mohs Micrographic Surgery—which enables him to map and remove cancerous areas in thin layers with unprecedented precision. After earning his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Brown completed residency training at RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Brown also previously served as the Co-Director of the Dermatologic Surgery Program at RUSH. STAMATIS (TOM) DIMITROPOULOS, MD is a triple boardcertified cardiovascular specialist who has been practicing as a physician for 9 years. Dr. Tom Dimitropoulos completed his


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medical training, internal medicine residency and cardiovascular disease fellowship at RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago, and a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology in Royal Oak, MI. Dr. Tom Dimitropoulos specializes in advanced techniques for treating varicose and leg veins, including endovenous ablation and sclerotherapy.  These treatments are performed in the office without sedation, require no down-time and most are covered by insurance.  Dr. Dimitropoulos is enrolled and participating in all major insurances and Medicare DR. VASSILIOS (BILL) DIMITROPOULOS, MD has been boardcertified as a dermatologist since 2005. Dr. Bill Dimitropoulos utilizes the most advanced skin-cancer removal technique— Mohs Micrographic Surgery. This surgery is performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia, minimizing the amount of healthy skin taken when removing skin cancer, thus minimizing scarring while maximizing the overall cosmetic result. Dr. Bill Dimitropoulos earned his M.D. at RUSH Medical College in Chicago, before completing a dermatology residency at the University of Michigan.

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DUPAGE MEDICAL GROUP (DMG) is the largest independent, multi-specialty group practice in the Chicago area. With nearly 370 primary care and specialty physicians working in over 45 locations, DMG has over one million patient visits every year, treating nearly 25 percent of DuPage County residents. From its inception more than 50 years ago, the physicians and staff of DMG remain focused on total patient care, working as a team in the best interest of the patient. What started as an over arching vision to do the right thing and put patients first has become a winning philosophy. Guided by its founding values, DMG will continue to offer Western Suburban residents access to the finest physicians and the area’s leading healthcare facilities. Technology in the medical field has come a long way, and DMG has embraced those advancements. DMG physicians use the latest equipment at their sites, including tomosynthesis (3D mammography). Tomosynthesis allows radiologists to examine breast tissue one layer at a time, providing a clearer image to better detect abnormalities that may exist. DMG is the first to offer tomosynthesis in the Western

Suburbs; this equipment currently exists only in Naperville, but it will be at most of DMG’s diagnostic imaging locations within the next 12 months. In addition, DMG offers patients access to electronic health records (EHRs) through a program called MyChart, which allows patients to access their medical records, request prescription refills and email their doctor all through an easy online and/or mobile application. In recent years, DMG has grown to meet the needs of the communities it serves, by adding physicians and offices in Cook, Kane and Will County. As DMG continues to grow, it continues to honor the commitment of the original founding physicians– to create an organization where excellence and innovation in clinical practice and collaboration result in high quality care for patients. Today, DMG remains an organization for and about talented physicians working together to provide excellent patient care. DMG’s roots in the community run deep, and their physicians and staff are proud to serve the patients and families of the Western Suburbs.

Front Row: T. Gallagher; M. Mozwecz; G. Sievertsen; J. Daw; M. Taormina; A. Charles; P. Bicek Back Row: G. Agostino; S. Reddy; D. Kett; A. Patel; D. Douglas; R. Janowitz; W. Gros (Not pictured: A. Bijari; J. Casini; D. Nichols) Photo by Marcello Rodarte

LOCATION 908 N. Elm Street | Hinsdale, IL 888-MY-DMG DR WEBSITE


Dr. Armita Bijari Neurology 630-986-8770 908 N. Elm Street | Hinsdale, IL 888-MY-DMG DR

Dr. Guy Agostino

Family Medicine 708-579-4801 DR. GUY AGOSTINO is a board-certified physician whose clinical interests include control of hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and preventive medicine. Dr. Agostino obtained his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, and also holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Loyola University. Dr. Agostino has been practicing for more than 25 years.

Dr. Paul Bicek

Family Medicine 630-963-4570 DR. PAUL BICEK is a physician boardcertified in family medicine. After earning his M.D. in 1983 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Bicek completed his residency in Family Medicine at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge in 1986. Dr. Bicek has earned Diplomate status in the National Board of Medical Examiners.

DR. ARMITA BIJARI is a boardcertified neurologist who received her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1989. She went on to complete a one-year Internship in Internal Medicine and a three-year Neurology Residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, starting in 1990. Dr. Bijari is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Jack Casini

Orthopaedics/ Sports Medicine 630-790-1872 DR. JACK CASINI is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in occupational and sports medicine, having received his medical degree in 1979 from Ohio State University, from which he graduated Cum Laude. He then completed his residency at Rush Medical Center of Chicago in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1984. Dr. Casini is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Alix Charles

Dermatology 630-286-5050 DR. ALIX CHARLES is a board-certified dermatologist who has a special interest in pigmentary disorders and skin issues that afflict those with darker skin tones. Dr. Charles’s practice is primarily general dermatology with a strong procedural focus, treating all the common medical dermatology issues like acne, warts, psoriasis and eczema. He also frequently performs skin cancer and mole removal surgery.

Dr. Joseph Daw

Plastic Surgery 630-545-7875 DR. JOSEPH DAW is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face, body and breasts and facial reconstruction. Dr. Daw employs the most current surgical techniques in his practice including endoscopic procedures, the most state-of-the-art laser technology for facial resurfacing and the latest implantable devices.

Dr. Daniel Douglas Surgery 630-790-1700

DR. DANIEL DOUGLAS is a board-certified surgeon whose expertise includes the surgical treatment of the breast, hernia and gallbladder. Dr. Douglas performs most surgeries laparoscopically, that were previously done open, which oftentimes leads to a faster recovery for his patients.

Dr. Tom Gallagher

Internal Medicine 630-323-3540 DR. TOM GALLAGHER is a board-certified physician who focuses on all aspects of adult care, with clinical interest in diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and wellness. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine in 1989, before he completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Gallagher occasionally teaches residents at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.


Dr. William Gros

Family Medicine 708-579-4801 DR. WILLIAM GROS is a boardcertified family medicine physician who has been decorated with accolades; he has been named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly on multiple occasions, one of the Top Doctors in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and one of Town & Country’s Top 500 Primary Care Physicians in the U.S. Dr. Gros’ specialties include control of hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia.

Dr. Robert Janowitz

Family Medicine 630-963-4570 DR. ROBERT JANOWITZ is a board-certified physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Janowitz is interested in treating the entire constellation of primary care issues—from newborn care to end-of-life decisions. He is very interested in the future of medicine, and supplying new ways of delivering patient care, such as intensive outpatient management of the most complex, ill patients.

Dr. Dwight Kett Obstetrics & Gynecology 630-920-2229

DR. DWIGHT KETT is a board-certified gynecologist and trained robotic surgeon. Dr. Kett’s practice offers minimally-invasive surgery, obstetrics and high-risk obstetrics, in-office ultrasounds, robotic surgery, HPV and cervical dysplasia, in-office procedures and infertility consults and evaluations. Dr. Kett is also a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Monica Mozwecz

Family Medicine 708-246-4155 DR. MONICA MOZWECZ is a board-certified physician who specializes in family medicine. She earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 1984, before completing her Residency in Family Medicine at MacNeal Hospital in 1987. Dr. Mozwecz’s clinical interests include women’s health issues and diabetic care management.

Dr. Donald Nichols

Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery 630-510-6929 DR. DONALD NICHOLS is a board-certified podiatric surgeon who specializes in flat-foot reconstruction for children and adults, as well as deformity correction and diabetic conditions. Dr. Nichols teaches residents from St. Joseph Hospital, and has received the Attending of the Year Award from the hospital on multiple occasions.

Dr. Amit Patel

Urology 630-790-1221 DR. AMIT PATEL is a board-certified urologist and trained robotic surgeon who earned his medical degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2004. Dr. Patel is fellowship-trained in urologic oncology with a focus on cancers of the bladder, prostate, kidney and testicles. He routinely utilizes the DaVinci Robot to perform certain procedures.

Dr. Shantan Reddy

Ophthalmology 630-322-8300 DR. SHANTAN REDDY is a board-certified ophthalmologist who completed his vitreoretinal fellowship training at UCLA Medical Center, where he was awarded the prestigious Heed Fellowship and Frederick G. Rappaport Fellowship for ophthalmic research. Dr. Reddy previously served as chief of vitreoretinal services at the New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Grant Sievertsen

Endocrinology 630-323-3540 DR. GRANT SIEVERTSEN is a board-certified endocrinologist who specializes in all aspects of diabetes care, pituitary disorders, calcium disorders, and Vitamin D deficiencies. Dr. Sievertsen employs insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors and blood glucose meters at his endocrine practice. Dr. Sievertsen is a member of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Mia Taormina

Infectious Disease 630-545-4075 DR. MIA TAORMINA is a board-certified physician who specializes in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Dr. Taormina’s clinical interests include complicated skin, bone and soft tissue infections, infections in immunocompromised patients, complicated viral and fungal infections and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Taormina is an active teacher of medical students, regularly giving lectures on a variety of infectious disease topics.


Michael Morgan, D.D.S. “Excellent, personalized dental care.”

7 N. Grant Street Hinsdale, IL 630-325-2525

DR. MICHAEL MORGAN’S passion for cosmetic, implant and restorative dentistry shines through in his patients’ healthy and beautiful smiles. Dr. Morgan is an internationally-acclaimed dentist with 27 years of practical experience, who specializes in minimally-invasive, comprehensive dentistry. His wellness-centered practice in Hinsdale, Smiles by Morgan, offers patients the latest and most comfortable solutions for cosmetic, implant or complex dental concerns, as well as a range of general dentistry services for people of all ages. Dr. Morgan’s unique talents were developed studying the art of cosmetic dentistry at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, under the tutelage of some of the most skilled and talented dental artists in the world. Only a handful of dentists in the United States have had advanced European training. Dr. Morgan has served as a featured instructor for several prestigious postgraduate institutions including the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum. He remains the only dentist in Illinois to have taught at both institutions. He currently teaches both nationally and internationally sharing his talents with doctors in Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Singapore, the Philippines, England, France, Japan and other countries. “The most valuable lesson I learned during my training in Switzerland is that each smile is unique, just as each person is unique,” Dr. Morgan said. “My goal is to help each person achieve a healthy and amazing smile in complete and total comfort. Everyone wants a smile that looks good, feels good, and lasts a long time. A healthy and attractive smile increases self-confidence, self esteem and overall bodily health. We have helped people from all corners of the globe achieve those goals.” Dr. Morgan believes that life outside the office is just as important as his work inside his practice. He is dedicated to the organizations that offer the less fortunate an opportunity to move their lives in a positive direction. Dr. Morgan and his staff have been very involved with The Give Back A Smile™ (GBAS) program for victims of domestic abuse, the Illinois Mission of Mercy for patients who cannot afford dental services, and The Wellness House in Hinsdale. Dr Morgan offers Dental Oncology consultations and services in his office to people who are contemplating treatment for cancer, are in the midst of treatment, or have completed their cancer therapy.

MICHAEL MORGAN, D.D.S. Dr. Morgan has been recognized by his peers as one of the top dentists in Hinsdale and one of the top comprehensive dentists in the Chicago area, so you know you can trust your smile with SmilesByMorgan.

AREAS OF FOCUS Comprehensive Dentistry Anxiety-Free Dentistry Dental Implants Sleep Apnea Laser Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry Veneers

AFFILIATIONS • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry • American Academy of Implant Dentistry • Academy for Sports Dentistry • American Dental Association • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation Illinois Licensed General Dentist


A Solid Team at Hinsdale Dentistry We focus our full attention on you as an individual, so you get the best customized care that fits your needs, wants and desires DR. PETER T. HARNOIS, a Hinsdale Central alumnus, is no stranger to the Greater

Hinsdale community. A 1982 graduate of the University of Illinois’ College of Dentistry, Dr. Harnois has been practicing dentistry in Hinsdale for over 33 years. “Having grown up in Hinsdale my patients feel like family to me,” Dr. Harnois said. Dr. Harnois is currently the President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. He lectures internationally to properly educate and train his fellow dentists around the country on emerging technologies in dentistry that he utilizes in his own practice, such as Botox® and Lumineers®. His philosophy is to provide the most gentle and minimally-invasive cosmetic and metal-free dentistry with natural results; and he uses NuCalm®, a natural approach to relax his patients and eliminate their dental fears and anxieties. “We bring our ‘A’ game every day,” he said, “and from the moment you enter our office until you leave, we focus our full attention on you as an individual, so you get the best customized care that fits your needs, wants and desires.”

911 N. Elm, suite 230 Hinsdale, IL 630-323-4468

DR. ZIVILE Z. CHIRBAN is in her 33rd year of practicing dentistry, and her goal is

to assist her patients in acquiring and maintaining beautiful smiles. She is passionate about keeping apprised of the latest developments in her field to ensure that her patients receive the best possible care. Dr. Chirban graduated from the University of Illinois’ College of Dentistry in 1982, and is currently a member of the Illinois State Dental Society and American Dental Association. “I see patients for issues regarding decay, fractured teeth, pain, discolored teeth, poorly positioned teeth and dental phobia,” she said. “Decay is as simple as preparing the tooth without painful shots using Biolase, and restoring with a tooth colored filling. A fractured tooth may need a crown, or if it is more involved, an implant. Thanks to Invisalign, I can reposition poorly aligned teeth to a more esthetic arrangement. I enjoy all aspects of being a general dentist and mostly my ability to treat patients of all ages, from 3 to 100.”

PETER T. HARNOIS, D.D.S. “Having grown up in Hinsdale my patients feel like family to me.”

DR. MICHAEL J. KOWALCZYK graduated as a valedictorian from Oak Park - River

Forest High School in 2004. He graduated with honors from Emory University in Atlanta and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Kowalczyk completed a post-graduate residency at the University of Florida where he gained skills in wisdom teeth extractions, surgical implant placement and sedation dentistry. In 2013, he received his Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. My interests in continuous learning and technology, as well as my passion for dentistry, are similar to Dr. Harnois and Dr. Chirban. As a team we always strive to deliver the best possible care for all of our patients. We have invested in digital technology that allows Dr. Chirban to scan her patients teeth for Invisalign, and all three of us use our 2 Itero scanners for our patients crowns. The result is the best fitting crowns ever and no more impressions.

ZIVILE Z. CHIRBAN, D.D.S. “I am excited about the technological advances that allow me to treat my patients in a state-of-the-art office utilizing the best materials available.”

HINSDALE DENTISTRY’S roots date to 1969, when it first opened its doors in

Downtown Hinsdale. Dr. Peter T. Harnois grew up in Hinsdale, and is actively involved in the community. Hinsdale Dentistry’s practice is located at a new state of the art, high-tech facility, overlooking Salt Creek and Fullersburg Woods at 911 N. Elm Street. The dentists and entire team at Hinsdale Dentistry are committed to providing world-class dental care for its friends and families in Hinsdale and surrounding communities. Hinsdale Dentistry utilizes the latest, cutting-edge dental technologies to supply the most gentle patient treatments. It also provides a broad range of treatments and dental technologies. They have the ability to save any patients life utilizing Velscope, an early detection system for Oral Cancer Screening, and can now straighten their adult patients teeth in 6 months or less with Six Month Smile, a cosmetic braces system.

MICHAEL J. KOWALCZYK, D.D.S. “I can teach people how to have a more positive impact on their health through good oral health care.”



Elmhurst, IL 133 E. Brush Hill Rd., Ste 205 331.221.6930 Web Services DR. PASCIAK is a board certified internal medicine physician with Elmhurst Memorial Medical Group. Dr. Pasciak received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and completed her internship and residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and Veterans Administration Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Pasciak is a member of the American College of Physicians.

Knowing Signs, Symptoms of Stroke Could Save a Life, Prevent Disability Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and number one cause of long-term disability in the U.S. While regular check-ups are top of the list for stroke prevention, becoming familiar with the symptoms of stroke is also important. The quicker treatment is initiated, the better the chance of minimizing or avoiding brain damage. About 20 percent of U.S. stroke victims have hemorrhagic strokes, caused by a ruptured vessel and signaled by severe headaches and blurred vision. But 80 percent of Americans have ischemic strokes, usually caused by a blood clot.

“A stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked, cutting off oxygen and nutrients” says Mary Pasciak, MD, an internal medicine physician with Elmhurst Memorial Medical Group. “Damage to the affected area can happen in minutes, so it’s critical to call 911 promptly if someone is exhibiting symptoms of stroke.” The American Stroke Association suggests learning F-A-S-T, a guide to stroke symptoms: Face: Arm: Speech: Time:

Ask the person to smile. Is the smile lopsided? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift? Is the person confused when you ask them to answer a simple question? It’s time to call 911 if the answer is “yes” to any of these questions.

Specifically, Dr. Pasciak says the signs and symptoms of stroke may include: n n n n n

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, an arm or a leg, usually on one side of the body Sudden, severe headache Disturbed vision, especially if in one eye Confusion and difficulty speaking Dizziness and lack of coordination

Women sometimes report the following, instead of or in addition to the preceding symptoms: Shortness of breath; fainting; falls; sudden pain in the face, chest or arms; palpitations; sudden tiredness; sudden nausea; seizure. These risk factors also increase your chance of having a stroke: High blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, cigarette smoking, heart disease, carotid artery disease, diabetes, family history of stroke and heavy alcohol use. “We can control some of these risk factors through our lifestyle,” says Dr. Pasciak. “Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, limiting alcohol and quitting smoking can reduce our risk of having a stroke.” When someone does have a stroke, advances in treatment include medications, such as the clotdissolving drug tPA, which can work if administered within a few hours from the start of symptoms. Other stroke patients benefit from the latest techniques in minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery. Stateof-the-art devices allow neurosurgeons to remove clots from the brain and reverse the debilitating and sometimes deadly effects of an ischemic stroke. To find out if you’re at risk for stroke, take Edward-Elmhurst Health’s free, online StrokeAware screening at

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