La Porte

LA PORTE, IN 46350

Toll Free: (888) 580-1060
Local Phone: (219) 326-0043
Fax: (219) 326-8909

Medical Hours of Operation:
Monday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Dental Hours of Operation:
Monday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Iryna Cribley – Family Nurse Practitioner

Iryna Cribley is an experienced Family Nurse Practitioner with a diverse clinical background and a demonstrated history of performance in the healthcare industry. She is skilled in clinical research, patient advocacy, pediatrics, internal medicine, otolaryngology and allergies. She is also experienced in retail healthcare settings and patient education. Iryna holds a certificate from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP). She is fluent in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.

Specialties: Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat), Internal Medicine


Dineke Francis – Family Nurse Practitioner

Dineke is passionate about her work and committed to optimizing her patient’s quality of life by giving the best medical care according to the latest guidelines. She started her career when she was 21 years old as an Exercise Physical Therapist in the neurology department of a large University hospital in Amsterdam. From there she opened her own practice where she treated many patients with neurological and musculoskeletal complaints until she moved to the U.S. with her Hoosier husband. Dineke graduated with honors for her ASN, BSN, and MSN degree and is board certified with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Specialties: Obesity, Preventive Medicine and Lifestyle Changes, Management of Chronic Diseases


Tara Nimtz – Family Nurse Practitioner

Tara promotes a healthy lifestyle, focusing on wellness and preventative medicine, for patients of all ages and follows expert guidelines when providing care. If a patient is sick, she works with them and/or their family to uncover the source of sickness and provides individualized care. Tara likes to build strong, trusting relationships with her patients so she can help them reach common goals of wellness, longevity and overall health.

Specialties: Preventative Care, Hypertension, High Cholesterol


Sara Colella – Clinical Pharmacist

As a clinical pharmacist, Sara provides education and helps manage chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis C and high cholesterol. She has over 14 years of experience working in retail pharmacy and takes pride in getting to know her patients and maintaining open communication with them. Sara is a proud graduate of Purdue University.

Specialties: Medication Management, Chronic Disease Management

Dr. John Avila – Dentist

Dr. Avila is skilled in many areas of oral health, including diagnosis and restoration, periodontal treatment, fixed and removable prosthetics and oral surgery. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Business and received his doctorate in dental surgery from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Avila holds a license in General Practice in Dentistry in Indiana, an Indiana Controlled Substances Registration and a United States Drug Enforcement Agency license.

Debra Lula – Dental Hygienist

Debbie has been with HealthLinc La Porte’s dental clinic since it opened in 2019. Since then, she has helped build strong relationships with patients while making them feel important and cared for. Debbie has experience working in several dental environments, including a pediatric hospital and in a private practice office. She educated children of La Porte about their dental health for many years, and, during that time, was known as “Dental Debbie” among the kids she taught.

Specialties: Dental Education, Pediatric Dental Health



Eileen is a licensed dental hygienist who has been practicing for more than 25 years in northern Indiana. Her goal is to provide quality and compassionate care and strives to provide a pain-free dental experience. Eileen has experience working with geriatric, adult and pediatric patients.

Specialties: Oral Health Promotion

Melissa Quiroz, LCSW, our behavioral health consultant who specializes in La Porte mental health services

Melissa Quiroz – Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Melissa is a long-time Northwest Indiana resident from East Chicago. She has a passion for working with the local community and has spent her career working with underserved populations. Melissa focuses on the whole person and uses many techniques to help each patient reach their goals. She received undergraduate degrees in psychology, sociology and professional psychology from Purdue University Northwest and received her master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology with a specialization in trauma from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Melissa is a nationally certified mental health counselor who holds professional licensing in both Indiana and Illinois.

Specialties: Trauma, Family Counseling, Lifestyle Changes.

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"My doctor is wonderful. He takes his time and I never feel rushed. I am always in the room on time and out within a reasonable time."

"First time and I was absolutely impressed. Had a dental emergency and no insurance. HealthLinc went above and beyond my expectations. Ended up having 5 teeth pulled that have been bothering me for years. No other dentist would even touch them because I had no dental insurance. I can honestly say I was very impressed and thankful to finally have decent care at a decent price."

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"Comfortable atmosphere, sliding scale payments with good physicians that care. They truly care about the patients and go above and beyond to help. I went to HealthLinc before having insurance, but still go here now that I do because I enjoy them that much. I would recommend to anyone seeking general medical help."

"I have had nothing but caring doctors and dentist here for my child. On her first dentist apt. they were very understanding and patient with my child who was afraid and comforted her very well. The doctor was amazing and I'm happy she's my daughter's new family physician."


"When we lost our health insurance I panicked, but a HealthLinc Navigator was there to help. She held my hand through the entire process and made sure I was taken care of. In a time of such uncertainty, she made me feel confident that we would be OK. "

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Lilia Bonilla - Family Nurse Practitioner

Site Medical Director

Lilia Bonilla is the Site Medical Director and a Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine. She is board certified with over 19 years of experience as a highly skilled and dedicated family nurse practitioner. Lilia provides comprehensive care for a wide variety of patients with diverse needs. She has extensive experience in family and adult medicine, women’s health and pediatrics. Lilia is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Association. She also serves as a preceptor and mentor for Nurse Practitioner Residents. Lilia is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Specialties: Family Practice, Women’s Health, Pediatrics


Diana Garcia Burns - Family Nurse Practitioner

Diana Garcia Burns has been serving East Chicago for over 30 years. She is experienced in family medicine, emergency medicine, public health, and administration. Diana is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is certified in Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, and Stroke Care. She is currently an instructor for the American Heart Association and a member of the Indiana Nurses Association (INA), American Nurses Association (ANA) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Public and Environmental Health


Dr. Ed S. Hassan - Internal Medicine

Dr. Hassan has practiced medicine on four continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, giving him a unique perspective to health care. He received additional training in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Hassan is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Specialties: Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Elevated Blood Cholesterol


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Nadine Salman - Family Nurse Practitioner

Nadine Salman delivers patient-centered care from infancy to adulthood by providing education and counseling on health promotion and disease prevention. She serves as an advocate by working in a partnership with patients and families to provide holistic care. Nadine’s passion is to give patients the tools and knowledge to help them make better health choices so they can live longer and healthier.

Specialties: Pediatrics, Disease Prevention, Adult Health and Wellness Promotion


Jessica Sinclair - Clinical Pharmacist


Dr. Carl Toren - Pediatrician

Dr. Toren’s practice is focused on the health of children, both for the present and the future. He partners with families to monitor a child’s growth, development, nutrition, and safety, while following expert guidelines for vaccinations and screenings. If sickness comes, he offers comprehensive examinations, tests to discover the cause and then arranges any necessary treatment and follow-up. Dr. Toren is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Specialties: Pediatric Development, Pediatric Nutrition, Immunizations


Charita Weekly - Family Nurse Practitioner

Charita Weekly’s number one priority is providing excellent, comprehensive health care. She serves the entire family with a focus on promoting health and maintenance. Each approach is age specific to her patient and transitions throughout their life span. With emphasis on disease prevention and wellness, she treats the whole person and assists in achieving a higher quality of life.

Specialties: Family, Medical Examiner for the Department of Transportation, Disease Prevention

Dr. Firas Adhami - Dentist

Dr. Firas Adhami is committed to alleviating the health disparities of the underserved. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Prosthodontics Award from the American College of Prosthodontics. In May 2016, he published an article in the Journal of the American Dental Association entitled “Soft-tissue calcification on a panoramic radiograph.” Dr. Adhami maintains active memberships in the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Specialties: Extractions, Root Canal Therapy, Prosthodontics


April Chaja - Dental Hygienist

LaTonya Cooper - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

HealthLinc, Inc. receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

HealthLinc, Inc. is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n)