Bernadette Aulivola, M.D., Vascular Surgery
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 S. 1st Avenue, Maywood | 708-327-2686
There’s no such thing as a typical day in the operating room for vascular surgeon Dr. Bernadette Aulivola—and that’s just the way she likes it.
“Vascular Surgery is a both an enjoyable and challenging field of medicine. There is a definite level of excitement involved when I’m performing an emergency surgery,” explains Dr. Aulivola, pictured above, who divides her time between Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood Loyola Center for Medical Health in Burr Ridge, and the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Medical Center. “When a patient has a vascular problem, I know I have the ability to make him or her better,” she says. “I love the intricacy of revascularization surgery and the creativity involved in finding the best treatment option for each patient. My field is highly specialized and the evolution of technology keeps things very interesting for me. I also really enjoy the long-term relationships I develop with my patients who have vascular disease.”
Dr. Aulivola treats all artery and vein disease from head to toe, with the exception of the vessels within the brain and those directly connected to the heart. “Most of what I do is treating arterial blockages, aortic and other arterial aneurysms, and varicose veins. I also treat vascular trauma, which just adds to the diversity of what I do. My practice involves surgery as well as the less invasive catheter-based treatments like angioplasty and stenting.” Dr. Aulivola has a special interest in revascularizing the lower extremities in patients with arterial blockages related to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking. Her care and technical skills help to save lives, prevent strokes, and keep people walking comfortably. In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Aulivola is an associate professor of surgery at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, which brings teaching medical students, surgery residents, and vascular surgery fellows into her daily activities as well.
At the end of the day, Dr. Aulivola welcomes being able to return home to her family in Hinsdale. “As a busy vascular surgeon with husband who also has an intense career as an anesthesiologist, I find it refreshing to end the workday in Hinsdale. I enjoy living in a place where I can find almost anything locally—from shopping, to activities for my children, to fun community events. It has been a wonderful environment in which to raise my two young children and enjoy life with my family.”
Jeffrey Berti , M.D., and Toula Berti, M.D.
Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery
6825 Kingery Highway, Willowbrook | 630-321-0303 | jbderm.com
“Family first” is more than just a catchphrase for dermatology specialists Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti—it’s a medical practice ideology. “Our philosophy is to get to know and to earn the trust of the entire family,” explains Dr. Jeffrey. “We see men, women, and children from the entire family. We are modern-day, comprehensive dermatologists which are, in effect, family skin specialists.”
The Bertis, who have known each other since high school and are both graduates of University of Illinois College of Medicine, were trained as general medical practitioners at the Mayo Clinic before specializing in dermatology and dermatologic cosmetic surgery. They have been in practice together for nearly 15 years, and, as a result, their patients appreciate their team-oriented, professional approach. “We see every single patient regardless of what they come in for,” says Dr. Toula.
“We don’t have a nurse practitioner who evaluates the patients. We’re directly involved in every part of our patients’ care, and we consider all aspects of a patient’s needs, within the context of their medical and social history. We firmly believe that’s why people are coming here (to a physician) and not to a medispa,” adds Dr. Jeffrey.
Aside from treating medical conditions such as skin cancer, the Bertis perform numerous cosmetic procedures as well. “Dermatologists provide cosmetic skin restoration, which is very different from cosmetic plastic reconstruction,” Dr. Toula explains. This may involve medical muscle relaxants (Botox), laser skin texture and tone restoration, correction of facial lines with various fillers, vein treatments, and removal of unwanted bulges of fat. “We prefer to first review a patient medically to learn about their skin habits, exposures, and risk levels before deciding which cosmetic treatment works,” says Dr. Jeffrey. “We ask, ‘How can we help you age more appropriately and look the best you can look?’ And we listen to the patient, which is so important.”
When asked what they like best about their career, the Bertis both say that the patient satisfaction is very rewarding. They like hearing the positive feedback, especially because they live in the community with many of their clients. Also, dermatology tends to be on the cutting edge of restorative cosmetic procedures, so the array of options remains exciting as new techniques develop.
Dr. Jeffrey adds that patients in today’s world are looking for “cost-effective, minimally invasive procedures with reliable results.” The Bertis are able to deliver such results within their practice’s comfortable and professional environment. They have two office locations, one in Willowbrook and the other in South Barrington.
Sami Bittar, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
5201 S. Willow Springs Road, Suite 440, La Grange | 708-354-4667 | samibittarmd.com
The first thing one notices when meeting Sami Bittar, M.D., F.A.C.S., is his warm, inviting smile. And, he’s the first to tell you the “20 beautiful things” he sees in you, even before he accepts you as a patient. “When I look at a person,
I look at their best aspects,” explains Dr. Bittar. “People
think when a plastic surgeon looks at them, they think that we’re trying to figure, ‘What can we do for them?’ Actually, when I look at any human being, patient or not, I can always find something beautiful.”
Dr. Bittar has been practicing cosmetic surgery, including facial and body contouring, as well as breast reconstructive surgery since 1990. In 2001 and 2002, Dr. Bittar was named one of the top doctors in Chicago, only to be named once again in 2013 to the prestigious Top Doctors, Chicago Metro Area, which is a peer-published review distributed by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
No doubt, it’s Dr. Bittar’s dedication to and admiration of his patients that keeps him recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons in the Chicago area, but it’s also his work on cutting-edge procedures that his patients appreciate. It is important to Dr. Bittar to be kept abreast of the latest technological advances. He is one of a select few doctors able to successfully complete breast reconstruction surgery in one phase as opposed to the four phases that is usually required. “I am one of the earliest people doing this (procedure) in the country,” says Dr. Bittar. “It’s very unique. I have been doing this since 2007. I have done more than 2,000 breast reconstruction surgeries in one stage.”
What Dr. Bittar really likes about his profession, though, is the people. After working at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago from 1990 to 2013, Dr. Bittar now performs surgeries at Adventist La Grange Memorial and Hinsdale Hospitals—locations that are much closer to Dr. Bittar’s home in Hinsdale. All of his patients, whether they are from the western suburbs of Chicago or the tristate area, however, are the most important thing to Dr. Bittar when they are in surgery. “It’s important to understand their desires,” he explains. “The (patient’s) trust is a privilege. I enhance their lives, but they also enhance mine.”
Steven Daube, D.O., Osteopathic Obstetrics & Gynecology
OMG Women’s Healthcare
950 N. York Road, Suite 102, Hinsdale | 630-920-1347 | drdaube.com
Steven Daube D.O., medical director of OMG (Obstetrics, Midwifery, and Gynecology) Women’s Healthcare, believes in giving women choices. “I’ve always been a patient advocate,” says Dr. Daube. “In our current medical environment, it seems that people perhaps get run through the mill and it’s important that we recognize how the person is feeling through the process. Patients should feel as though they are part of the decision.”
Doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.s), including Dr. Daube, are typically trained in the all-encompassing bio/psycho/social model of medicine, which Dr. Daube follows when helping his patients. “[Illness] can be dehumanizing, we need to not only focus on the problem but keep in mind how the patient feels and how it will impact their lives,” explains Dr. Daube. “I really strive to try to remember that.”
OMG Healthcare offers a multitude of options for women of all ages. Dr. Daube strives to provide a high level of personalized health care to his patients. Whether it’s for a routine well-visit or menopause support, patients receive options from which to choose their own medical paths. Patients also have the option to see a physician, midwife, or nurse practitioner at any time.
Another option for patients is participation in a class called Your Birth Your Way. The title of the class “sums up our philosophy as far as how we approach pregnancy,” explains Dr. Daube. “Everybody has different expectations about the birth of their child so we try to honor that.”
Amaryllis Gil, M.D., Hematology and Oncology
Elmhurst Memorial Hematology/Oncology Associates
1200 S. York Road, Suite 3100, Elmhurst | 630-758-8640
Amaryllis Gil, M.D. specializes in the treatment of all types of cancers and benign blood disorders at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. “The largest volume of patients I see are those with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and lung cancer,” she explains. With the treatment of cancers as her focus, Dr. Gil is proud of the Second Opinion Clinic now available at Edward-Elmhurst. This is for patients who have already been diagnosed with cancer from another institution and would like a second opinion. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the Center for Cancer Care’s team quickly coordinates a treatment plan, if appropriate. The clinical team then guides patients through every step in the treatment process—from diagnosis through recovery. “The progress made in cancer treatment is remarkable and patients are living longer and with better quality of life,” says Dr. Gil. “Every day there are new targeted therapies available to improve patient’s survival. Additionally, our team is is always looking for ways to improve the patient experience as well as patient outcomes.”
Most recently, Elmhurst Center for Cancer Care opened Thoracic and Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Clinics, with plans to open Breast Cancer and Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Clinics very soon.
In these clinics, each patient in the program is evaluated by members of the multidisciplinary team at one time and in one location. These experts evaluate the patient’s case and collaboratively come up with an individualized treatment plan. As a result, the patient leaves that day knowing what their treatment plan will entail and who will be involved in their care. The team meets regularly with patients and keeps referring physicians informed of their patient’s tests, treatments, and results in order to enhance communication and coordination of care.
“Elmhurst is a community that is very involved and proactive in health matters,” Dr. Gil says. Our community is very proud of our hospital and the care we provide for the community.”
Wafik Hanna, M.D., Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery
12 Salt Creek Lane, Suite 225, Hinsdale | 630-887-8180 | hannamd.com
Wafik Hanna, M.D. has performed thousands of face-lifts, nose jobs, and eyelid surgeries over the course of his 30-year tenure as a facial cosmetic surgeon. While his practice originated in Hinsdale, it has blossomed nationally. “I get clients who come from all over,” says Dr. Hanna of his growing business. “It has become a nationwide practice.”
Dr. Hanna’s clients like to look younger and more attractive. When speaking of his clients, Dr. Hanna says, “They exercise, they watch their diets, but they are realistic about their facial appearances. They want to improve themselves by making their faces match their youthful figures.”
In order to accomplish such positive results, Dr. Hanna performs surgeries, but he also offers top-of-the-line, cutting-edge technology in the MedSpa branch of his practice. He uses ultrasonic machines that remove fat and tighten skin around the waistline, abdominal areas, arms, and thighs. He also uses laser technology for facial rejuvenation which combats wrinkles and blotchiness. And he provides laser hair reduction and removal.
But an improved outward appearance isn’t the only benefit Dr. Hanna sees after performing surgeries on his clients. “I get a lot of patients who are children with protruding ears. They are bullied at school. I get great satisfaction from seeing my clients after surgery who are very happy with the results. They become very self-confident. They are no longer picked on in school.”
Dr. Hanna works on the staff of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, La Grange Memorial Hospital, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, and is a clinical assistant professor at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s, where he’s been teaching facial
cosmetic surgery for more than 30 years.
Ricardo Izquierdo, M.D.
Face and Body Plastic Surgery, P.C.
2425 W. 22nd Street, Suite 213, Oak Brook | 630-794-0700 | faceandbodychicago.com
For more than 25 years, Ricardo Izquierdo, M.D. has been enhancing the beauty and health of his patients. He most often finds himself on cases involving the aesthetic plastic surgery of the face, breast, and body. Dr. Izquierdo also does work in the field of breast reconstruction following mastectomies, as well as cases involving skin tumors.
“With all the changes coming to medicine, private practice allows me to take the time to know my patients and explain their options,” says Dr. Izquierdo. “I’m not rushed by the need to see more patients. I can spend 45 to 60 minutes with them on their first appointment to examine their concerns and get an in-depth knowledge of what they’re trying to achieve.”
Dr. Izqueirdo has lived in the Chicago area since graduating from Northwestern University with his undergraduate degree. “This city is vibrant, clean, and it’s manageable to get around,” he says. “The people have Midwestern values in this large city setting. I don’t think New York City or Los Angeles can compete; except for the winters!”
David Loiterman, M.D., Vascular Circulation Specialist
7 N. Grant Street, Hinsdale | 708-354-8881 | chicagolegs.com
If you’re a vein specialist like David Loiterman, M.D.—owner of Chicago Legs, an independent boutique medical practice—the spring months are among the busiest of the year. “Looking and feeling good is at the top of everyone’s mind when the weather gets nice,” he says.
With 30 years of clinical experience, Dr. Loiterman has treated nearly 7,000 vein patients. Vein problems are often caused by damaged valves that help blood move up the legs. When the valves don’t close properly, blood leaks back toward the vein causing it to bulge.
“Currently, 95 percent of my practice is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders,” explains Dr. Loiterman. “In 2014, this field of medicine is safely and effectively practiced in an outpatient setting. The remaining 5 percent of my patients seek out my experience as a second or third opinion regarding management and/or treatment for complex vascular conditions involving arteries or veins.”
According to Dr. Loiterman, his specialty is a perpetually evolving one. “Vascular ultrasound technology today can precisely identify the source of a patient’s vein problem and provide excellent clinical information that will help direct the most simple and efficient treatment possible.”
Dr. Loiterman’s extensive experience, deep knowledge base, superior communication skills, and the ability to translate complex medical concepts and terminology into understandable analogies is why he is highly sought after as a community resource for people who are considering varicose or spider vein treatment.
“Hinsdale is a vibrant community. Some of the most intelligent, knowledgeable, and discriminating patients I have ever encountered reside in this community. I enjoy helping people understand their medical conditions. This ultimately leads him or her to the selection of the best treatment option available.”
Dr. Michael Morgan, Dentist
Smiles by Morgan
7 N. Grant Street, Hinsdale | 630-325-2525 | smilesbymorgan.com
Dr. Michael Morgan practices health-centered and wellness-based dentistry with a strong emphasis on getting to know each of his patents and providing them with exceptional comfort. He is a careful listener who bases his treatment recommendations on each person’s individual desires and wishes.
“Each smile is unique, just as each person is unique,” says Dr. Morgan. “The commonality is that every person wants their smile to look good, feel good, and last a long time. Our office is designed to be more like a living room than your typical dental office to give that personal experience.”
Patients who visit Smiles by Morgan tend to come from two groups. “We have adults who have complex dental concerns, be they cosmetic, implant, restorative, sleep apnea, or others. We also see many ‘young adults,’ people ages 8 to 21, who have esthetic concerns. Because they are so young, the treatment choices appropriate for them are unique and much different than those for more mature patients,” says Dr. Morgan.
His experience treating those two groups has made him an internationally sought-after speaker and teacher. For the past 15 years, Dr. Morgan has been teaching the most advanced dental techniques to doctors around the globe on four continents. Many of the doctors he has taught are now patients at his office.
In addition to his comprehensive practice, Dr. Morgan provides specialized dental oncology treatment for patients who are undergoing or have completed cancer therapy. A board member of several cancer organizations, he understands the unique needs and challenges of cancer patients.
Dr. Morgan lives in Hinsdale, and the strong sense of community in town resonates with his background and patient-centered approach. “My grandfather was a doctor in a small, rural town in Minnesota, and we are building the same type of relationships with our patients that he built with his,” says Dr. Morgan.
John E. Nathan, D.D.S., M.D.S., and Associates, LTD., Pediatric Dentistry Specialist
• Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry since 1983
• Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology/Dentistry at
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
• Adjunct Professor at University of Alabama, Birmingham; Case Western Reserve
University/Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital, Cleveland; and the University of Iowa
815 Commerce Drive, Suite 220, Oak Brook | 630-574-7336 | johnenathandds.com
2320 Dean St., St. Charles | 630-584-3624
John E. Nathan, DDS, MDS, & Associates is dedicated to providing the highest level of care and assisting families in every way possible to prevent and intercept dental problems for children as well as minimize the challenges of treatment when needed. As a pediatric specialist, he strives to create positive early visits in order to establish and promote a lifetime of optimal dental health for children.
At Dr. Nathan’s office, parents are always welcome and encouraged to accompany their child in the examination and treatment area for all visits. His office recognizes that all children differ in their responses to new environments. By making careful selection from a broad spectrum of contemporary strategies in combination with speaking in a soft, gentle manner, using language appropriate for a child, and avoiding all words that promote fear, Dr. Nathan is most successful in winning over even the most fearful and skeptical young patients.
As a teacher, researcher, author and clinician with over 30 years experience, Dr. Nathan is recognized nationally as an expert in the use of pediatric sedation for the fearful and uncooperative child, and is a consultant to the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation. He has served as attending housestaff at Lurie Children’s Hospital since 1988, is active staff at Hinsdale Hospital since 1980, and Delnor/Cadence Hospital since 1990. He is a guest lecturer at dental schools throughout the country, is extensively published and experienced with topics ranging from helping severely apprehensive children to accept dental treatment to managing the most complex of medically compromised and neurologically challenged children.
Alexandrina Saulis, M.D., F.A.C.S., Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
120 E. Ogden Avenue, Suite 204, Hinsdale | 630-920-9404 | hinsdaleplasticsurgery.com
Alexandrina Saulis, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been giving locals a boost for the past 11 years—her training in plastic and general surgery at Northwestern University make her one of the most competent in the highly competitive field.
“I primarily perform cosmetic surgery of the breast and body,” says Dr. Saulis. This includes breast augmentation, breast-lift, breast reduction, abdominoplasty, body contouring, and liposuction. She also performs reconstructive surgery after mastectomy as well as facial and skin cancer excision procedures.
Improving patients’ physical appearance can have wider positive effects on the person—an outcome that invigorates Dr. Saulis’ practice. “Most of the procedures I perform have a really positive impact on how patients look and feel. It is a wonderfully rewarding feeling to be
able to do this,” comments Dr. Saulis. “I also find that many of my body-contouring patients are motivated after surgery to adopt a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise. The combination has amazing results!”
Dr. Saulis performs surgery at both Adventist Hinsdale and Elmhurst Memorial Hospitals. “Having two excellent hospitals nearby with outstanding physicians on staff is also a real asset for our community,” says Dr. Saulis, who also lives in the area. “I love the wonderful, interesting, and optimistic people that live in our town!”
Amarik Singh, D.D.S., M.S., M.I.C.O.I., Periodontics and Implantology
Periodontal Implant Associates
17W662 Butterfield Road, Suite 208, Oakbrook Terrace | 630-424-9404 | pidentists.com
Maintaining or creating a healthy smile is the main goal of Amarik Singh, D.D.S., M.S., M.I.C.O.I. After graduating from Northwestern University Dental School in 1997, he went on to obtain his specialty certificate in periodontics and his master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1999. In 2013, Dr. Singh earned his mastership from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, one of the world’s largest implant organizations.
Dr. Singh is committed to the highest standard of care by providing comfort, function, and longevity to his patients’ smiles. He specializes in minimally invasive microsurgical procedures to save diseased or infected teeth (periodontal therapy) along with the removal of hopeless or impacted teeth. Dr. Singh’s expertise with dental implants allows him to seamlessly replace hopeless or missing teeth, and his cosmetic procedures (such as gum grafting and crown lengthening) enhance and strengthen patients’ smiles.
Giving patients brighter smiles gives Dr. Singh brighter days. “I enjoy waking up every morning knowing that not only am I helping to improve my patient’s dental health but also their overall quality of life. There is no better feeling than when a patient leaves my office with a beautiful smile, increased confidence, and with a new sense of self-worth,” says Dr. Singh.
Dr. Singh feels particularly connected to his patients and the community he serves. “I grew up in the Hinsdale/Oak Brook area, and I have always dreamed of giving back and opening up my own dental practice in the community that I enjoyed being a part of as a child.”
Darrell Wehrend, D.C., Chiropractor
Physician’s Sports and Injury Center
777 Oakmont Lane, Suite 1000, Westmont | 630-323-2225 | physicianssports.com
The reason Darrell Wehrend, D.C., has been so successful in his practice since 1998 is because, simply put, he knows how to fix bodies. Whether from a car accident, sports injury, or just plain aging, Dr. Darrell is able to rehabilitate even the most painful injuries like disc herniations and spinal stenosis, but rehabilitation is just a part of his comprehensive practice at his Physicians Sports and Injury Center in Westmont. His clinic also provides sports-specific fitness programs such as golf fitness. All of his clients, whether they golf or not, benefit from the care and precision with which Dr. Darrell works. His patients range in age from 3 years old to well into their 90s, and he is able to accommodate each and every particular case based on the patient’s specific needs.
His office is an amalgam of the years Dr. Darrell has spent in the sports rehabilitation service. “This office is a compilation of my life,” explains Dr. Darrell. “One of the major things we do here is spinal decompression. We are successful because we provide the most conservative treatment for herniated discs and stenosis available. All you have to do is take a 30 to 45 minute nap!” Due to national problems with insurance programs, Dr. Darrell created a concierge program which includes massage therapy, chiropractic services, spinal decompression, personal training, and i-Lipo—a machine for removing fat from fat cells, to his patients. His practice also offers the Healthy Composition Triple Approach (hc3) Program, a comprehensive system for nutrition and fat loss. Dr. Darrell explains, “I have been in the health, fitness, and medical industry since 1980, and I’ve never seen a better fat loss program.”
Dr. Darrell also offers the most advanced rehabilitation machines, including the DRX9000 and the MedX spinal stabilization/strengthening equipment, to help any person with spinal, neck, and back decompression which can actually cause the problematic disc to realign taking
pressure off the nerve. “These machines have proven themselves since 1989 to take the most pressure off any level of a herniated disc,” Dr. Darrell says. Due to his success rate, patients often avoid the necessity of pain medication or spinal surgery—a welcome relief both physically and mentally for his satisfied patients.
-Edited by Rosie Conway, Lauren Peters, and Ann Marie Scheidler // Photography by Joel Lerner