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Additional Health Care Providers

In addition to expert doctors, you’ll find a variety of other skilled professionals who help you get well-rounded care. You may benefit from seeing one or more of these practitioners.

Physician Assistants

Physician assistants (PAs) examine, diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses under a doctor’s supervision. Call (708) 460-5100 to make an appointment with a physician assistant at Palos Primary Care Center.

Cory Cunningham, PA-C
: Family practice

  • Bachelor’s degree, biology, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
  • Master’s degree, physician assistant studies, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Ill.

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Areas of interest: Acute care, women’s health

“I am able to sit down with patients and take the necessary time to educate them on complicated topics in a way that is easier for them to understand,” Cory says. “Making patients more comfortable with a diagnosis takes a lot of their fears away, allowing them to focus on health improvement.”

Jennifer O’Boyle, PA-C
: Family practice

  • Bachelor’s degree, biology, Saint Xavier University, Chicago
  • Master of Medical Sciences degree, physician assistant studies, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Ill.  

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants 

Jennifer enjoys working with children and young adults. “My philosophy is to treat the patient as you would want to be treated,” she says. “Everyone deserves to be cared for with kindness and respect.”

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners (NPs) provide diagnosis and treatment and advise you about preventing diseases. To make an appointment with a nurse practitioner at Palos Primary Care Center, call (708) 403-8400 for Maya Karam.

Maya Karam, FNP

Specialty: Family practice

  • Doctorate: Nursing practice, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center
Areas of interest: Young adult care, women’s health

Behavioral Health Advanced Practice Nurse

Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) perform health exams, order and interpret test results, diagnose conditions and develop care plans. Call 708-923-7878 to make an appointment with our advanced practice nurse at the Palos Primary Care Center.

Kirk Bergmark, APN, CNS
: Behavioral health

  • Bachelor’s degree: Psychology, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Ill.
  • Master’s degrees: Nursing, Rush University, Chicago; psychiatric nursing, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Ill.

Certification: Clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing, American Nurses Credentialing Center

“I want to assist people in finding their way to make the changes they want to make in their lives," Kirk says.

Certified Diabetes Educator

A certified diabetes educator assists you in managing diabetes and prediabetes. Call 708-403-8400 to make an appointment with our diabetes educator at the Palos Primary Care Center.

Maria Natividad, RN, CDE
: Endocrinology

Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Social workers help you fulfill emotional and social needs associated with a health condition. Call 708-923-7878 to talk to a social worker. Find services at Palos Primary Care Center.

Patricia Ryan, LCSW
: Behavioral health

Patricia provides a caring atmosphere that motivates people to recognize and build on their strengths, gain insight, develop healthy attitudes and learn productive ways of thinking and behaving. “With this help, clients can learn the skills to believe in themselves so that they can make changes such as developing the ability to eliminate or manage symptoms, coping with stress, having more satisfying relationships and facing life challenges effectively," she says.

Amy Shanahan, LCSW
: Behavioral health
Education: Master of Social Work, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver
Areas of interest: Anger management, conflict resolution, addictions, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and healthy aging; individual, couples and family therapy

Clients say Amy is humorous and easy to talk with. "My approach is collaborative, meaning I treat my clients as equals in the therapy process,” she says. “People are resilient and capable of overcoming tremendous adversities."


A clinical psychologist conducts therapy and assessment testing as well as providing crisis services and psychological evaluations for youth, adolescents and adults. Call 708-923-7878 to make an appointment with our psychologist at Palos Primary Care Center.

Sandra Novak, Psy. D.
Behavioral health
Education: Doctorate degree, Psychology, Roosevelt University, Chicago
Area of interest: Psychotherapy and diagnostic evaluation for patients of all ages

Dr. Novak’s philosophy of care focuses on meeting each patient where they are. “I assist patients in identifying their strengths and collaborating with them to improve their functioning,” she says.

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