J. Timothy Ames, MD
J. Timothy Ames is a Family Practice Physician in the Valparaiso, East Chicago, and Porter-Starke clinics. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a member of the American Academy of Family Practice. He has over 30 years of experience having worked at medical institutions throughout Northwest Indiana and running his own practice. Dr. Ames helped to found two clinics for uninsured patients in Porter County and has always been concerned with community access to quality medical care. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Lilia Bonilla, NP
Lilia Bonilla, MSN FNP-C, is a Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine serving the East Chicago Clinic. She has 17 years of experience as a highly skilled and dedicated family practitioner nurse. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University Northwest and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Nursing from Purdue University Calumet. She specializes in Family Health, Women’s Health, Occupational Health, Pediatrics, and Adult Health. She is Board Certified and a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, as well as, a member of the American Nurses Association. She has also served as a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Ahmed Hassan, MD
Ahmed Hassan is a family physician in East Chicago. He attended medical school at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He did his residency training at John H. Stroger Hospital in Chicago, IL and Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar. Hassan has experience in general medicine but also neurology, nephrology, and cardiac medicine. He is ACLS and ECFMG certified and a member of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation, as well as, the Infectious Disease Society of America. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Arabic.
Carl Toren, MD
Carl Toren, MD, is a Pediatrician at HealthLinc in East Chicago and HealthLinc’s Chief Medical Officer. He received his A.B. from Hope College, earned his Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University Medical School and an M.P.H. from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Dr. Toren has served as the Chief Medical Officer for Chicago Family Health Center, the Director of Medical Services at Chicago Behavioral Hospital, a Medical Consultant with Head Start, Chicago Services Division, the Medical Director and Pediatric Consultant for Columbus/Maryville Clinic and Center for Medically Complex Children, Medical Director for the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, and Staff Physician and Public Health Supervisor for the Medical Missionary, Reformed Church in America. He is also an Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University and a Clinical Associate in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago.
Charita Anne Weekly, MSN, FNP
Charita Weekly is serving our East Chicago HealthLinc location as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Nursing from St. Xavier University and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Rush University. She has served as a Family Nurse Practioner previously at Symphony of Bethany Skilled Nursing Facility, Healthstat Inc, and Ingalls Memorial Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practioners.
Sonya Williams, MD
Sonya Williams, MD is an OB/Gyn working in the East Chicago Clinic. She graduated from the University of Delaware and began her residency training at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and finished her residency at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine from Drexel University College of Medicine. She was most recently with the VNA Healthcare in Aurora, IL. Dr. Williams desire is to serve in an underserved area with a focus on primary and surgical care in women’s health. She was the recipient of the National Health Corp Scholarship, John Henry Taylor Scholarship, African American Student of Promise Award, Merit Scholarship and Scholastic grants. Dr. Williams volunteer service includes being a Volunteer Peer Counselor and The Homeless Outreach Project at Drexel University, Special Olympics, Emmaus House, and YWCA – Latch Key Program in New Jersey. She enjoys water painting, pottery, the theatre, working out, and re-learning the violin. She is also a huge animal lover. Her most rewarding hobby is traveling to other countries and experiencing different cultures and traditions. She has been to Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Belize, South Africa, and throughout Europe.