400 TEEGARDEN ST.
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.
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.
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 MATZKE – DENTAL HYGIENIST
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 – 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.