Daniel G. Hunter-Smith, M.D.
Dr. Hunter-Smith assumed the role of Director of the Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency (ALMH-FMR) on December 1, 2009. He joined the Residency in 1994 and has served as the Director of the Family Medicine Center for the past 15 years. Dr. Hunter-Smith graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine residency at MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Illinois in 1984. After four years in a rural public health service practice in Kentucky, he came to La Grange Memorial Hospital where he completed a Geriatric Fellowship in 1990. He served as faculty in the Geriatric Fellowship Program for four years before becoming a faculty member of the Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Hunter-Smith holds a certificate in Added Qualification in Geriatrics.
William J. Nelson, M.D.
Dr. Nelson was Program Director of the Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program from 1982 to December 2009. He now serves as the Executive Director. Before joining ALMH-FMR, he served at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois as Director of its Family Medicine Center. Prior to these appointments, he was in private practice for 13 years. Dr. Nelson is an assistant professor in the Departments of Family Medicine at Rush Medical College and the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Nelson has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching.
Jennifer Swoyer, D.O.
DME/Osteopathic Program Director
Dr. Jennifer Swoyer assumed the role of Director of Medical Education and Osteopathic Program Director in 2008. She facilitated the ALMH-FMR dual accreditation with the American Osteopathic Association and the ACGME. After receiving her medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996, Dr. Swoyer graduated from the La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program in 1999. Dr. Swoyer was in private practice for 5 years and then joined the faculty with the La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program in June 2004. Dr. Swoyer currently serves as the Chairperson for the Department of Family Medicine for the Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Medical staff.
Daphne Tessalee, M.D.
Director, Pre-Doctoral Education
After receiving her medical degree from Rush Medical College in 1994, Dr. Tessalee graduated from Rush-Illinois Masonic Family Medicine Residency in 1997. She continued with the program an additional year as a Fellow, developing more intensive skills in obstetrics and teaching. She supervises gynecologic procedures and the residents' OB experiences. She is also the site Director for the Family Medicine Student Clerkship.
Elizabeth Kirchoff, D.O.
Dr. Kirchoff graduated from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. She completed her family medicine training with Northwestern University's Family Medicine Residency Program (now known as NorthShore/University of Chicago) in 2007, where she was chief resident her senior year. After residency, Dr. Kirchoff joined a group practice in the northern suburbs and worked in a private practice setting while also having the opportunity to teach family medicine residents. After 3 years at the group practice, she decided to pursue a career in academic medicine and joined Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program in June 2010. She joined the residency program because of the impressive faculty, outstanding residents, and the program's dedication to family medicine. She is excited to be a part of a residency that is AOA accredited. In her free time, Dr. Kirchoff loves to spend time with her husband, daughter, dog and cat. They live in Wrigleyville area (go Cubs!) and loves exploring all the city has to offer.
Leo Koenig, M.D.
Dr. Koenig joined the ALMH-FMR in 2010. Dr. Koenig graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1974 and completed his Family Medicine residency at Lutheran General Hospital in 1977. He has held the position of Medical Director with a number of life insurance companies. He has served as a part time faculty member at the Adventist Hinsdale Family medicine Residency from 1978 until the present. He is currently the Director of the ALMH-FMR Family Medicine Center.
Irene Thomas Thevatheril, M.D.
Dr. Thevatheril received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1998. Dr. Thevatheril graduated from the Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's-Illinois Masonic Hospital Family Practice Residency in 2001 and completed a Faculty Development Fellowship in 2001 at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Thevatheril joined the faculty of the Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency program in January 2005 and also has a private practice in Hinsdale.
D. Mukhopadhyay, M.D.
Academic Director, Pediatrics
A specialist in pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology, Dr. Mukhopadhyay instructs residents on their pediatric rotations in all three years of training. Dr. Mukhopadhyay received his medical degree from the University of Calcutta and completed an internship in pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital, New York. He served as Chief Resident at the University of Chicago and at Children's Hospital of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Mukhopadhyay also completed a fellowship in infectious disease at Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Canada.
Thomas Cahill, PhD
Director, Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Cahill joined the La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program in 1980 as the Director of Behavioral Sciences. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Indiana State University and completed a clinical psychology internship at Illinois Masonic Medical Centre. Dr. Cahill teaches behavioral science to residents over the course of their three years in the program. Residents can refer patients to Dr. Cahill for counseling and be present for the visits. Dr. Cahill's practice includes psychotherapy and consultation with adults, children and families.
Part Time Faculty
Kenneth Nelson, M.D.
Dr. Nelson, a past Chief Resident of the La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program, works in private practice at Prairie Medical Group of Westchester. Dr. Nelson graduated from Chicago Medical School in Chicago, Illinois and completed a fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Chicago.
Thomas Nelson, D.O.
Dr. Nelson works in private practice at Prairie Medical Group of Westchester. He received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, now Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois and has extensive experience in Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy.
Donald Higgins, D.O.
Past Chairman, Department of Family Medicine
A former Chief Resident of the La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Higgins works in private practice at Prairie Medical Group of Westchester. He graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, now Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois and holds a certificate in Added Qualifications in Geriatrics.
Eric Spratford, M.D.
Dr. Spratford, a former Chief Resident at La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program, works in private practice at Prairie Medical Group of Westchester. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Erin Vaughan, M.D.
After receiving her medical degree from the Chicago Medical School in 2001, Dr. Vaughan graduated from the LaGrange Family Medicine Residency Program in June 2004. Dr. Vaughan was a former chief resident and now works in private practice at the Prairie Medical Group of Westchester.
Michael Santilli, D.O.
Dr. Santilli serves as a part time faculty member with an emphasis on practice management and osteopathic manipulation. Dr. Santilli graduated from Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998 and from ALMH-FMR in 2001. He has a solo practice in Countryside, IL.