Student Program

Amy Costello with short hair and glasses wearing a red jacket and white blouseAmy Costello

Training Program Manager

HealthLinc is built on a foundation of visionary health care with a patient-centered focus and a strong commitment to academic excellence. We offer opportunities for students to learn and grow under the support and guidance of trained professionals.


Term Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
Rotation Period May – July August – December January – April
Deadline March 31, 2022 June 30, 2022 October 31, 2022
Application Click Here Click Here Opens July 1, 2022

HealthLinc is built on a foundation of visionary health care with a patient-centered focus and a strong commitment to academic excellence. We offer opportunities for students to learn and grow under the support and guidance of trained professionals.


  Spring 2021 Term
Application Deadline November 30


Summer 2021 Term
March 31



  • Clinical rotations must be part of an approved school program which is affiliated with HealthLinc.
  • All clinical rotation activities must have an up-to-date and approved Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place between the school/program and HealthLinc.
  • Clinical rotation activities must follow established goals and objectives and be in coordination with school/program faculty.
  • Students must have a complete and clean background check through their program/school.
  • Students who do not have medical reasons or religious objections to receiving immunizations must show proof of vaccination against the following diseases: COVID-19, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Influenza.

DO NOT report for clinical rotations at HealthLinc prior to confirmation from the Training Program Manager that all necessary paperwork has been received and you are cleared to start.

Review and comply with all information outlined in the Student Learner Packet as well as all HealthLinc policies and procedures.

Maintain courteous and professional behavior to all HealthLinc staff members and patients.

Act in a professional and responsible manner when dealing with confidential patient records and other information which comes to the student learner by virtue of his/her work.

Students are expected to arrange a satisfactory schedule with their supervisor and abide by it. Any changes to the schedule must be discussed in advance with the supervisor.

  • Clearly define expectations of work to be performed
  • A safe and positive learning environment
  • Performance feedback

When students report to work for their first day, the supervisor should provide a specific orientation for that clinic and review all department standards and guidelines so that expectations are clearly defined from the start. Some items which are included in the clinic/department orientation are:


  • HealthLinc’s mission, vision, and values
  • HealthLinc’s organizational charts and supervisory structure
  • Introduction to coworkers, clinic, and departmental staff
  • HealthLinc’s Dress Code and Professional Image Policy
  • Review of HealthLinc’s Policies & Procedures
  • Student’s HealthLinc schedule
  • Policies regarding reporting illness or other changes in schedule
  • Student expectations and responsibilities as well as supervisor expectations
  • Review of HIPAA information and answer any questions
  • Demonstrate how to use the phone, printer, copier, fax machine, and other devices

If you are having trouble with your application, please email Amy at

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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

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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)