1001 N. Sturdy Rd.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Toll Free: (888) 580-1060
After Hours: (888) 580-1060
Local Phone: (219) 462-7173
Fax: (219) 462-7504
Medical Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dental Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Jennifer Maya – Family Medicine
Site Medical Director
Dr. Maya is an experienced family medicine practitioner at the Valparaiso clinic where she also serves as the site medical director. She served as chief resident and completed the International Health Track while in residency at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend. Dr. Maya is an active member of several professional associations, including the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA). She has held leadership roles and received many honors and awards for her service. Dr. Maya is fluent in English and Spanish.
Specialties: Family Practice, Well-Child Checks and Immunizations, Senior Health
Dr. Amanda Mathews – Family Medicine
Assistant Site Medical Director
Dr. Mathews is dedicated to working with underserved communities and improving health disparities. She strives to improve the physical health of patients with chronic mental illness. In addition, Dr. Mathews acquired training and is part of a team working with pharmacists to treat Hepatitis C. Her goal is to build relationships with her patients and work towards better health together. Dr. Mathews is also passionate about teaching and developing other health professionals. She currently works with the nurse practitioner residency program at HealthLinc.
Specialties: Hep C Treatment, Integration of Medical Care and Mental Health Care
Karen Cercone – Family Nurse Practitioner
Karen is an experienced family nurse practitioner in the Porter-Starke and Valparaiso clinics. She encourages her patients to be actively involved in their health care by educating them on their options and giving them choices when making healthcare decisions. Karen’s background includes 16 years of emergency room experience. She has gained a better understanding of her patient’s needs from living and working in the community. Karen holds several professional certifications, including Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) and Emergency Communications Registered Nurse (ECRN). She is an active member of many community and professional organizations.
Specialties: Chronic Illnesses, Women’s Health, Mental Health
Kari Evans – Family Nurse Practitioner
Kari is a highly skilled and dedicated family nurse practitioner. She has over 25 years of extensive nursing experience in emergency, critical care and education. In addition, she works with the HealthLinc Residency Program. Kari holds several professional certifications including emergency nurse certification, ENPC, TNCC, and ACLS.
Specialties: Past Provider and Instructor of Pediatric Core Course (ENPC) & Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Preceptor of Family Nurse Practitioner Students
Dr. Keith Gingerich – Family Medicine
Dr. Gingerich is a family medicine physician in Valparaiso. He graduated from Valparaiso University and received his M.D. from Indiana School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include senior health and Medicare. He is experienced in family practice and emergency medicine. Dr. Gingerich has served as a volunteer board member for many organizations, such as the United Way of Porter County and the Christian Community Action of Porter County. He has served the Valparaiso community for over 20 years.
Monica Gomez – Family Nurse Practitioner Resident
Monica is dedicated to providing every patient with exceptional care and improving health outcomes to better her patients’ lives. She works with the patient to determine the best individualized treatment plan. To her, it is important to treat the whole patient and address all of their needs and concerns.
Specialties: Women’s Health and Diabetes Education
Asha Koshy – Family Nurse Practitioner
Asha is a family nurse practitioner serving the Valparaiso community. She takes a holistic approach to healthcare and likes to emphasize the importance of both physical and mental health. Asha has a strong background in geriatric medicine and has extensive knowledge in obesity medicine, and targets obesity as a root cause for many chronic diseases. She has a passion for medical missions and uses medical techniques she has learned from her global travels to help treat her patients
Specialties: Women’s Health, Nutrition and Obesity Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Jeremy Michaelis – Family Nurse Practitioner Resident
Jeremy’s practice focuses on building a positive relationship with everyone he serves. He partners with his patients to establish trust while providing evidence-based care. Jeremy is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with 5+ years of ICU experience. Prior to Jeremy’s nursing career, he was a touring singer/songwriter, visiting most of the United States. Originally from Canada, Jeremy now calls Northwest Indiana his home along with his wife and three sons.
Specialties: Geriatrics, Preventative Care, and Immunizations
Dr. Reem Mohammed – Podiatry
Dr. Mohammad is a board certified and surgically trained foot and ankle physician with over five years of clinical experience. She specializes in different types of foot and ankle care, including traditional and surgical treatment. Dr. Mohammad is passionate about wound care, and her goal is to slow down or stop the progression of diseases. She enjoys working with her patients to create healthy lifestyles that keep them on their feet and aims to build trusting and respectful relationships with her patients so that she can help them reach their health goals.
Specialties: Wound Care, Sports Injuries, Toe and Foot Deformities
Lisa Nelson – Family Nurse Practitioner
Lisa is an experienced family nurse practitioner. She specializes in the holistic treatment of acute and chronic health problems. Lisa has a deep interest in the areas of health and wellness with an emphasis on improving health outcomes through a multidimensional approach. She has an interest in educating future nurse practitioners and patients to meet their goals.
Specialties: Wellness, Women/Children, Mental Health, Obesity
Dr. Leah Osorio – Family Medicine
Dr. Osorio is an experienced family medicine physician who is passionate about assisting her patients in creating healthy lifestyle changes. She works closely with her patients through all stages of life to empower them to lead healthy lives and enjoys forming partnerships with her patients and their families. Dr. Osorio is a yoga instructor and likes to introduce yoga into her patient’s care to help them reach optimal health. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Specialties: Transgender Medicine, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Addiction Treatment
Dr. William Roman – Podiatry
Dr. Roman is a board certified podiatrist with more than 15 years of experience. He offers in-office appointments at HealthLinc for such conditions as planter fasciitis, foot and ankle injuries, nerve and wound care, and orthopedic fittings. Dr. Roman specializes in podiatric surgery and is affiliated with St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.
Specialties: Diabetic Foot Care, Fungal Infections and Warts, Bunions and Ingrown Toenails, Corns and Calluses, Plantar Fasciitis
Alexander Tokarski – Family Nurse Practitioner
As a graduate of HealthLinc’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, Alex has experience working with a variety of patients in a community health center setting. He is passionate about taking a holistic approach to medicine to ensure he treats his patients as a whole. Alex is dedicated to creating meaningful relationships with his patients and working with them to reach their health goals.
Specialties: Mental Health, Obesity, Diabetes
Jonathan Berry – Pharmacy Resident
As Valparaiso’s Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) community pharmacy resident, Jonathan assists patients with medication management and education. He is passionate about working with underserved and vulnerable patient populations and enjoys getting to work directly with his patients. Jonathan received his doctorate in pharmacy from Purdue University, is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association and the Indiana Pharmacists Association and acts as a co-preceptor to pharmacy students at the Valparaiso clinic.
Specialties: Diabetes, Hypertension, Tobacco, Nicotine Cessation
Henry Papineau– Clinical Pharmacist
As a clinical pharmacist, Henry helps patients to manage chronic diseases and gain access to needed medications. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University in 2019 and completed his PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency at HealthLinc in 2020. Henry is a member of the Indiana Pharmacist Association and the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists. He also serves as a preceptor for HealthLinc’s Pharmacy Residency Program and mentors fourth-year pharmacy students.
Specialties: Diabetes, Hypertension, Hepatitis C
Lynn Thoma – Clinical Pharmacist
Lynn is a clinical pharmacist as well as the director for the HealthLinc Pharmacy Residency Program. She is a graduate of the Purdue University Pharmacy Program and is a sought after lecturer on topics involving community pharmacy and diabetes education. Lynn is an active member of many community and professional organizations.
Alexander Wilcox – Pharmacy Resident
Dr. Isaac Zeckel – Dentist
Dr. Zeckel is an experienced dentist with a passion for improving his patients’ health. He has extensive knowledge in preventative dental care and strives to continue expanding and improving patient care at HealthLinc. Dr. Zeckel received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Indiana University in 2011 and, since graduating, has been caring for the dental needs of HealthLinc patients as a full-time dentist. Because of his passion for patient care and dedication to oral hygiene, Dr. Zeckel was promoted to dental director, and then chief dental officer.
Specialties: Extractions, Comprehensive Dental Care, Dental Education
Dr. Dean Webb – Dentist
Dr. Webb has years of experience working with patients of all ages. He has been a part of HealthLinc since 2012 and understands the benefits a Federally Qualified Health Center offers for patients. Dr. Webb listens diligently, has an excellent bedside manner and strives to help patients better understand their dental needs and help address them.
Specialties: Dental Education, Oral Hygiene Maintenance
Melissa Johannsen – Dental Hygienist
As a dental hygienist, Melissa finds ways to make her patients feel comfortable while getting their teeth cleaned. She works with patients to uncover what motivates them to improve their oral hygiene and is happy to give tips and tricks to maintain healthy teeth. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University South Bend.
Specialties: Oral Hygiene Maintenance, Patient Education
Julie Sausman – Dental Hygienist
Julie joined HealthLinc as a dental hygienist in 2016. She has experience working in a variety of dental settings and has found working for HealthLinc has provided her a way to contribute to her community in a more meaningful way. Julie enjoys providing her patients with quality dental care and takes pride in helping them overcome their dental anxieties. She graduated cum laude from Indiana University Northwest in 2006.
Specialties: Comprehensive Dental Care, Dental Education
Dr. Michael Roach – Optometrist
Dr. Roach has over 28 years of clinical experience in comprehensive optometric eye care. Using the latest technology and diagnostic equipment including retinal photography, he provides precise eyeglass prescriptions and manages issues of the eye including diabetes, dry eye, and eye infections. Dr. Roach also specializes in the evaluation of the eye for age-related degeneration, cataracts, and visual needs for school-aged children.
Specialties: Comprehensive Eye Care, Diabetic Eye Care, Eye Infections
Nicole Musenja – Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Nicole believes that a little caring goes a long way when people feel invisible and that it is imperative to give a voice to the voiceless in order to get them the care they need, regardless of their socioeconomic status, race and gender. As a behavioral health consultant, her role is to offer a safe emotional environment for patients to feel comfortable in expressing their emotions as they work through their medical challenges. Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wittenberg University and has a master’s degree in counseling psychology/mental health counseling.
Specialties: Adolescents, Underserved Populations, Active and Retired Military Personnel
Josh Robertson – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Josh entered the behavioral health field because he wanted to help patients reach their full potential. He has experience working with individuals, couples, families and large groups. Josh strives to help his patients feel inspired, heard and empowered, and works closely with them to overcome challenges. He received his master’s in social work from Indiana University Northwest.
Specialties: Depression, Grief Management, Borderline Personality Disorder