About Us

Oyinade Akinyede, MD, Pediatrician

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

MPH
Biostatistics, University of North Texas Health Science Center,
Fort Worth, TX

Medical Degree
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Certification
Board Certified in Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Pediatrics,
American Medical Association,
American Public Health Association

Get to know Oyinade Akinyede

Why I Became a Medical Provider
“I have always thought that the medical profession is one of the most direct ways to help people and to try to make a positive difference in their lives. Also, my uncle is a medical doctor who was always well-spoken of by members of our community when I was growing up. Thus, I chose to study medicine when the time came to choose a career path.”

Department of Pediatrics
In the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Akinyede performs annual
visits, school physicals and wellness checks, and provides
recommended immunizations for all ages.

Hospital Affiliation
Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Champaign.

Personal
“I live in Champaign with my husband and son, and I enjoy baking, crocheting and scrap-booking.”


Susan Bolton, MD, Pediatrician

Residency
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatrics

Medical School
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Certification
Board Certified in Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships
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 enjoys cheering on their daughter Andie, who participates in multiple sports. As a family, they enjoy various outdoor activities. Dr. Bolton’s favorite hobby is scrap-booking, so she can often be found following her family around with a camera!


Laura Edwards, MD, Pediatrician

Residency
Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN

Medical Degree
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Champaign-Urbana, IL

PhD
Community Health, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Champaign-Urbana, IL

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Pediatrics,
American Physician Scientists Association,
and the American College of Preventive Medicine

Get to know Laura Edwards

Why I Chose Health Care
I am from a large extended family and have always loved children. While working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after college, I also became interested in health and wellness. Pediatrics was a natural fit for me! I can’t think of a better job than helping children through the difficult times or illnesses in their lives, while also encouraging their physical, mental, social, and emotional health.

Department of Pediatrics
The physicians in Christie Clinic’s Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine see patients ranging from birth to 18 years of age for acute care, wellness checks, school physicals and recommended immunizations for all age ranges.

Personal
Dr. Edwards and her husband, Patrick, have two young children. They enjoy traveling, cooking, and being outdoors.


Whitney Gutierrez, MD, Pediatrician

Residency
Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Medical Degree
Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA

Internship
Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Pediatrics

Get to know Whitney Gutierrez

Why I Chose Health Care
“I always knew from a young age that I wanted to work in healthcare. I worked at an after school childcare center in high school and absolutely loved it! I enjoyed helping the children learn new things and watching them develop an understanding of the world around them. The children were so fun and inquisitive that through this job I decided I wanted to be a pediatrician.”

Department of Pediatrics

The physicians in Christie Clinic’s Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine see patients ranging from birth to 18 years of age for acute care, wellness checks, school physicals and recommended immunizations for all age ranges.

Hospital Affiliation

Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Champaign

Language

Fluent in English and Spanish

Personal

I am passionate about breastfeeding and am working towards becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I also have a special interest in nutrition. Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband, son, and family in the area. We enjoy traveling, reading books, spending time outdoors, and bike riding.

 

 


Joseph Keeley, MD, Developmental Pediatrician

Residency
Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, CA, Pediatrics

Medical School
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

Internship
University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI, 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.


Issac Lee, MD, Internist/Pediatrician

Residency
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL,
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

Medical School
University of Illinois at Chicago

Internship
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL

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.

Department of Pediatrics
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 OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Champaign.

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.


M. Louisa Maranon, MD, Pediatrician

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

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

Fellowship
Philippine General Hospital, Manila,
Pediatric Gastroenterology and 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 OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Champaign.

Personal
Dr. Maranon enjoys reading, 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

Medical School
Doctor of Medicine, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Pediatrics,
Illinois State Medical Society

Get to know Alexis Orama

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
Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Champaign.

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.

 


Michael Palazzolo, MD, Pediatrician

Residency
University of Kansas, Kansas City, Pediatrics

Medical School
St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Internship
University of Kansas, Kansas City, Pediatrics

Certification
Board Certified in Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Get to know Michael Palazzolo

Department of Pediatrics
In the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Palazzolo diagnoses and treats childhood illnesses and promotes wellness care to aid in childhood and young adulthood development. In addition, he has special medical interests in newborn medicine and pediatric infectious diseases.

Hospital Affiliation
Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Champaign.

Personal
Dr. Palazzolo and his wife, Carla, have three children: Joseph, Andrea, and Michael. In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Palazzolo enjoys photography, music, and reading.


Myisha Porter, MD, Pediatrician

Residency
General Pediatrics, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

Medical School
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

Certification
Board Certified in Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships
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
Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Champaign.

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.