Daniel G. Hunter-Smith, M.D.
Designated Institutional Officer
Dr. Hunter-Smith assumed the role of Designated Institutional Officer on January 2017. In this role he will assume the authority and responsibility to provide oversight and administration of the program. He was the past Director from December of 2009- December of 2016. 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.
Jennifer Swoyer, D.O.
Dr. Jennifer Swoyer assumed the role ofoverarching program director in January 2017. She was formerly Director of Medical Education and Osteopathic Program Director since 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 continues to practice full spectrum family medicine including obstetrics. Her passions include: teaching Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, teaching procedures and Practice Management. Her outside hobbies include: reading, yoga, spending time with her active family and watching her kids play hockey.
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 worked in a group practice in the northern suburbs. After 3 years of private practice, she decided to pursue a career in academic medicine and joined Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program in June 2010. Dr. Kirchoff lives in the western suburbs and is married with 3 children.
Alap Shah, M.D.
Dr. Alap Shah graduated from the University of Illinois College Of Medicine in Peoria, IL. He took the scenic route to family medicine and completed his family medicine residency at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, IL, where he was awarded Resident Teacher of the Year, and served a year as chief resident. He joined the Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency as an Associate Director in August of 2014. He loves working with patients of all ages (and their families) to help prevent illness and treat it when necessary. In addition, he coordinates the simulation lab, assists with board review, and overall feels privileged to be involved with resident education. He is also interested in health care equality, and is involved in advocating for single payer financed health care.
Sarah Kay Welch, D.O.
Dr. Sarah Kay Welch graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. She then completed family medicine training at Adventist La Grange Medicine Residency in 2016 after serving as chief resident in her senior year. She joined the faculty at Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency, where she loves working with patients to maximize their health. She greatly enjoys teaching the residents and medical students, especially about research, mental health conditions, and osteopathic manipulation.
D. Mukhopadhyay, M.D.
Academic Director, Pediatrics
A specialist in pediatrics, 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 received extra training and experience in areas of pediatric Rheumatology and Pediatric Infectious Disease and Global Medical Issues at Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Canada. He has been teaching Family Medicine Residents Pediatrics for the last 39 years and continues to look forward to teaching for years to come.
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
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.
William J. Nelson, M.D.
Dr. Nelson was Program Director of the Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency Program from 1982 to December 2009. 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.
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.
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 Westchester for a hospital acquired practice of former chief residents and graduated of our program.
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.
Christopher Brenner, MD
Dr. Brenner is a family medicine doctor who has a private practice in Countryside, IL. He has been practicing over 25 years and is affiliated with Adventist La Grange and Hinsdale Hospitals. He completed medical school at the University of Colorado Denver, completed his internship at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University and completed his residency at ALMH-FMR. He is passionate about teaching the residents and continues to teach inpatient care to our residents.