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Oyinade Akinyede, MD, Pediatrician

Medical School

Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center
Internship
University College Hospital, Nigeria

Residency
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago

Get to know Oyinade Akinyede


Susan Bolton, MD, Pediatrician

Medical School
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Residency
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatrics
Certification
American Board of Pediatrics
Professional Organizations
American Academy of Pediatrics

Get to know Susan Bolton

Why I Chose Health Care
I decided to become a medical provider in grade school. My uncle had ALS and died when I was in the eighth grade. I was amazed at all of the various medical providers, from physicians, to nurses, to physical and occupational therapists, as well as all of the equipment that was available to help him. It was then that I decided to go into medicine. I was, however, always interested in working with children. From day one of medical school, I knew I wanted to go into pediatrics. I went through all of the various rotations and briefly considered obstetrics, but quickly realized that as soon as that baby was born, my attention was always focused in that direction!
Department of Pediatrics
In the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Bolton specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood disorders and illnesses from infancy to young adulthood.
Personal
Dr. Bolton and her husband, Bob, have a daughter, Andie, who is involved in multiple sports. They spend a lot of time cheering her on. As a family, they enjoy most outdoor activities. Dr. Bolton’s favorite hobby is scrapbooking, so she can often be found following her family around with a camera!


Heather Decker, MD, Pediatrician

Education
Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology and Psychology the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Medical School

Doctorate at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Certifications

She is board certified in Pediatrics.

Get to know Heather Decker, MD

I’m new to the Champaign area, but am an Orland Park native. I enjoy going to the theatre and to concerts, as well as playing the piano and singing, and am looking forward to joining some groups around the area.


Joseph Keeley, MD, Developmental Pediatrician

Education
Attended Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Medical School
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Internship
University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI, Pediatrics
Residency
Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, CA, Pediatrics
Fellowship
Johns Hopkins Department of Pediatrics, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD, Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Pediatrics
Certification
Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics and General Pediatrics

Get to know Joseph Keeley

​Why I Chose Health Care
I have been working with children since my early teens when I began volunteering at the local YMCA. I assisted in swimming programs for both typical children and children with disabilities. Joseph Baublis, MD, a pediatrician, was chairman of the swim team board and convinced me to apply to medical school and was later my mentor as a resident.
​Department of Pediatrics
In the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Keeley evaluates and treats children with a variety of developmental problems including ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and cognitive disorders. He is one of only four pediatricians in Illinois board certified in neurodevelopmental pediatrics.


M. Louisa Maranon, MD, Pediatrician

Education
University of the Philippines Diliman, Biology, Cum Laude
Medical School
University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Manila (1986)
Internship
St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital (an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons), New York, NY, Pediatrics
Residency
St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital (an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons), New York, NY, Pediatrics; Manila Doctors Hospital, Manila, Philippines
Fellowship
Philippine General Hospital, Manila, Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Certification
Board Certified in Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics (Fellow)

Get to know M. Louisa Maranon

Why I Chose Health Care
Since I was in kindergarten, I always wanted to be a doctor. When I was nine years old I suffered severe facial injuries from a dog bite. In the Philippines where I grew up, there weren’t many plastic surgeons at that time, but there was one who came home every year from the U.S. to do charity work. He helped me. From then on, I knew I wanted to help others. My mother and grandmother encouraged me to do well in school and instilled in me that a good education is a primary key to success in life.
Department of Pediatrics
As a member of Christie Clinic’s Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Maranon specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood illnesses from infancy to young adulthood. She has a special medical interest in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.
Hospital Affiliation
Carle Foundation Hospital and Provena Covenant Medical Center.
Personal
Dr. Maranon enjoys reading, and walking, running, and traveling with her husband. Dr. Maranon is seen by her staff as very compassionate and accessible to patients. She also has a great willingness to help.


Alexis Orama, MD, Pediatrician

Education
Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from Concordia College in Bronxville, New York
Medical School
Doctor of Medicine from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois State Medical Society

 

Get to know Alexis Orama, MD

Why I Chose Health Care

When I first graduated college, I was unsure about which career path to take. A family friend who was a physician in obstetrics and gynecology offered me a clerical position at her practice, which led to me becoming trained as a medical assistant. My experience there, working with the physicians, patients and their families, brought about a desire to pursue a career in medicine.

Department of Pediatrics
In the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Orama diagnoses and treats childhood illnesses and promotes wellness care to aid in good childhood development.

Hospital Affiliation

Presence Covenant Medical Center and Carle Foundation Hospital

Personal

My family is my world and spending time with them is what I value most. I like taking walks with my husband and children, I love to cook and try new foods, and I enjoy traveling and the arts.

 


Myisha Porter, MD, Pediatrician

Education
BS from Fisk University, Nashville, TN, Chemistry
Medical School
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
Residency
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL, General Pediatrics
Certification
Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics, Certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation
Specialty
Pediatrics
Professional Organizations
American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association

Get to know Myisha Porter

Why I Chose Health Care
I have always wanted to be a physician—since the second grade. My interest in the inner workings of the body was my motivation. I was very inquisitive and wanted to know how things worked and why they worked the way they did.
Department of Pediatrics
As a member of Christie Clinic’s Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Porter specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood illnesses from infancy to young adulthood. Dr. Porter is also a clinical faculty member with the University of Illinois and mentors minority youths in medical school at the U of I through the Urban Health Preceptorship Program.
Hospital Affiliation
Provena Covenant Medical Center and Carle Foundation Hospital
Personal
Dr. Porter grew up in Champaign and was a Christie Clinic patient as a child. For relaxation, she enjoys photography, cooking, and aerobic exercise. Her staff describes her as friendly, down to earth, a great addition to Pediatrics, a great communicator, patient, and understanding.


Issac Lee, MD, Internist/Pediatrician

Education
BS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Biology
Medical School
University of Illinois at Chicago
Specialty
Internist/Pediatrician
Internship
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL
Residency
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Professional Organizations
American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and American Academy of Pediatrics

Get to know Issac Lee

Why I Became A Physician
My desire to become a physician began early. At a young age, I was a bit of a hypochondriac. Whenever I had a symptom, I remember running to read the encyclopedia; concerned that I had some serious disease. I knew this was the start of something. Later in college, I worked at Beckwith Hall, a dormitory for students with disabilities. Through experiences such as this and many others, I was able to use my medical knowledge in a meaningful way to help people, which sealed my decision to become a physician.
Why I Became A Physician
As a physician in the Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Lee specializes in the treatment of nonsurgical diseases and disorders and wellness promotion for patients of all ages.
Hospital Affiliation
Carle Foundation Hospital and Provena Covenant Medical Center.
Personal
Dr. Lee and his wife attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for their undergraduate studies. In his free time, Dr. Lee enjoys playing the guitar, basketball, volleyball, and golf.


Michael Palazzolo, MD, Pediatrician

Education
Bachelor’s from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Medical School
St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Internship
University of Kansas, Kansas City, Pediatrics
Residency
University of Kansas, Kansas City, Pediatrics
Certification
Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics

Get to know Michael Palazzolo