Experienced, Compassionate Care
Our staff is dedicated to caring for the whole child. We have experienced professionals who have supported the Clinic for many years. These professionals go beyond treatment by placing a strong emphasis on prevention and health education.
Peggy LaFleur is a 25 year resident of Oak Park and received her Bachelor’s Degree from UIC; a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from UIC and a MBA from Boston College. She is fluent in Spanish and has considerable healthcare management, fundraising and marketing experience. Her passions include reading, traveling to Latin America and Ireland, gardening and her dog Kennedie.
Stephanie Weller, MD, FAAP
Dr. Weller earned her Medical Degree from University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her residency at University of Maryland. She likes to spend time camping, baking cookies, and reading with her two young children.
Damayanti Hathiwala, MD
Dr. Hathiwala has worked in the medical field for 40 years. She completed her residency at Mr. Sinai in Chicago and her fellowship in neonatology at Loyola. She enjoys playing with children.
Karen Walker, MD, FAAP
Over 30 years of experience. Medical degree from Loyola and residency in Pediatrics at Loyola University Medical Center. A fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, serves on Executive Board of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Darla K. DeWolff, PhD, CPNP, MPH
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
PhD Loyola University – Chicago, IL,MSN Wayne State University – Detroit, MI,MPH University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI. I have worked at the clinic for 8 years. Experience with pediatric hematology/oncology, adolescent health, and primary care. I enjoy staying active - biking, running, reading books, and spending time with family.
Keila Hawkins, CMA, CNA
Keila has worked in the medical field for over 15 years. When she was young, she loved to play with Barbie dolls. Today, she is a fun-loving mother of three and enjoys singing and dancing.
Erin Elizabeth Walsh, RD, CSP, LDN
Erin graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in nutritional science, with dietetic internship at the Oregon Health and Science University. Has worked at children's hospitals in Portland, OR and Cincinnati, OH. Enjoys cooking, running and playing with her two young children.
Wanda Laszcz, DDS
Oral Health Director
Dental Degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. Pursuing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Has worked in a community health setting for over 10 years, lives in Chicago and enjoys running.
Daniela Brzozowski, DDS
Dental Degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. She had her dental school extramural rotation at the Children's Clinic which sparked her interest in public health. She also practices in Woodridge. She enjoys healthful cooking, outdoor activities, antiques and bungalow architecture.
Elizabeth Samore, DDS
Portable Dentistry Director
DDS, University of Illinois at Chicago, works in private practice and at Children's Clinic since 1997. Teaches at the College of DuPage. She lives in River Forest with her husband, has four sons and enjoys travel, biking, hiking, and yoga.
Margaret Vizgirda, DDS
Received her B.S. at St. Olaf College and her DDS from UIC College of Dentistry. She served in the Army Dental Corps for ten years and has enjoyed working in public health for the past nine years. She keeps very busy with her three children.
Jazmine Dillard, DDS
Dr. Dillard grew up in Evanston, and did an externship at the Children’s Clinic before she graduated from UIC. She then went on to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry. Her husband is also a dentist, and their favorite thing to do in their free time is travel, get together with family and eat out!
Delia Alvarado, RDH
Dee has worked in dentistry for 25 years. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association and the Hispanic Dental Association. She has a talent for decorating cakes.
Kim Blount, RDH
Kim works with our Portable Dentistry Program. She has worked in Pediatric Dentistry since 2001. When she was young, she enjoyed playing with her Cabbage Patch Kid, Cabby. Today she enjoys playing with her niece and nephew.
Elizabeth Aguilar, RDA
Elizabeth is a Registered Dental Assistant and also works at the clinic at front reception. One of her favorite books is the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. In her free time she enjoys running with her dog.
Ida is a Registered Dental Assistant. Growing up, she liked the Arthur books by Marc Brown. Her favorite character was D.W., the little sister.
Gladys is a Registered Dental Assistant, who graduated from her program with honors. When she was a little girl, she liked Barbie and reading the Junie B. Jones series of books by Barbara Park.
Behavioral Health Staff
Denise V. Gonzalez, LSW
Director of Behavorial Health
She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University with an Undergrad Degree in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University. She has 9 years of experience working with children and families with a variety of life changing situations. Her hobbies include yoga, running, fishing, and being active in the community.
Judith M. Crivolio, LCSW
Masters Degree of Social Work from Loyola University. She has experience as a school social worker, a psychiatric social worker, and a member of the Peace Corps in Brazil. Her favorite children’s book is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.
Director of Office & Information Services
With nearly 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Betty brings a wealth of knowledge to our clinic. She enjoys being healthful and active and loves to visit the beach.
Executive Team Assistant
Akiba has 10+ years in administration with an emphasis in communications and social justice. She actively volunteers as a meditation teacher and enjoys the music of Beethoven and Debussy.
Adriana is a graduate of Chicago State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, currently preparing to become a CPA. She is interested in cosmetology and loves spending time with her twin daughters.
Maria has made things work behind the front desks of dental clinics for 15 years. She is certified as a Medical Administrative Assistant. When she was young, she loved the Encyclopedia Brown book series.
Director of Grant Funding
Lynda earned a MA in Sociology from UIC. She’s currently working toward a 2nd Masters in Grant Writing & Management at Concordia University. Lynda serves as the VP on the Riverside District 96 school board. She enjoys time with her husband and sons watching LOTS of baseball.
Health Education Outreach Coordinator
Victoria coordinates the portable dentistry program that brings free dental exams to schools in the community. She is certified as a health education specialist with a degree in health education from Illinois State University. She enjoys long distance cycling, visiting new places, and playing with her cat.
Katie O’Brien, MBA
Director of Strategic Marketing
Over 20 years marketing and nonprofit management experience. Earned a MBA degree in March 2013. Undergrad degree from University of Notre Dame in American Studies. She enjoys spending time with her daughter Colleen, and visiting Chicago parks with her shitzapoo.
Director of Development
Mindy has been in healthcare more than 10 years, with seven in nonprofit. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and completed the Executive Fund Development Leadership Program through the University of Notre Dame. She has two young children.
Accounting & Billing Specialist
Eva earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos. She has worked in Accounting & Finance over 20 years. She likes to travel, especially to destinations with relaxing beaches.
Annie Shen, MA
Director of Finance & Operations
Graduate degree In Accounting from University of Illinois at Chicago. Over 12 years’ accounting and finance management experiences. Specialized in healthcare and managed care field. Love to spend time with two boys and family. Hobbies include biking, tennis and reading.
Alexis Witkowski earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Northern Illinois University and is currently working towards a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois Chicago. Alexis has worked almost 10 years in community health. Outside of work, Alexis enjoys spending time with family and trying new recipes.