thank-you-docDoctors dedicate themselves to public service. They serve our country by ensuring our good health and caring for us.

Many doctors go out of their way for us. They go above and beyond what they are called upon to do.

This month, we are giving you an easy way to say “thanks.”

Share your story about how he or she helped you, and made a difference in your life, by using this web form:
http://bit.ly/Thanks-Doc-2017.

Read our community’s great responses below:

To all EGH Medical Staff

Medical Staff Services department at EGH would like to thank all of the physicians at EGH who work tirelessly to provide excellent care to the patients of our community. Their time, attention, and expertise does not go unappreciated. We look to them for guidance and leadership and they deliver unwaveringly. Thank you so much for all you do!

-L.H.

To All MHSB Medical Staff

I have the distinct honor of working with all of our Medical Staff Members. I have been the Assistant for the Medical Staff for over 12 years. I can honestly say I love working with them! When you realize they have to provide patient care at multiple facilities and an office settings each area with it own rules and guidelines I give them kudos for staying in the business!! I hope each and every one of them has the best Doctor’s Day yet!!

-M.W.

To All MHSB Medical Staff
We appreciate you and all your endless work to keep our children in St. Joseph County healthy!
-Healthy Families of St. Joseph County


To All Physicians at Bristol Street Pediatrics

I feel very privileged to work for 8 pediatricians who are truly dedicated to patient care. In addition, we are blessed to work with Docs who also care about their staff! Our Docs are sincerely a pleasure to work for and go out of their way to let us know that we are valued and appreciated. Our Docs are approachable, considerate, and treat us with respect. I couldn’t ask for a better group of Docs to work with! Thank-you to Dr. Dhaemers, Dr. Andy Lapadat, Dr. Kisor, Dr. Wendy-Warner Lapadat, Dr. Morgan, Dr. Reid, Dr. Mark, and Dr. Shin!! You guys are the best!
-LK

To All Memorial Regional Cancer Center Physicians
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.  Genuine concern for your patients is appreciated during this difficult phase in their life.
-A.D.


To an entire team at Memorial Hospital

Doctors in order of arrival to provide care to save my son’s life from cancer.
Monahan, Mark T, MD
Reid III, Thomas J, MD,PhD
Isaacson, David J, MD
Toth, Arthur S, MD
Steinberg, Michael F, MD/ Dr Lamb
Hedman, Hugh B, MD
McGrath, Samuel D, MD
Farabaugh, William N, MD
-JF

Daniel Abel, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

Just want to say thank you so much to a wonderful compassionate doctor, Dr. Dan Abel. You have a heart of gold and are the true meaning of what a doctor is supposed to be for the patient. Thank you.

-L.L.

Ismail Al-Ani, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates
Your clarity and compassion are outstanding and it makes working alongside you a real privilege.
-B.W.

David Amrhein, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

You are always so patient with me, listening to my complaints. You never rush my care. I always feel well cared for. Thank you for being a super doctor!

-C.R.

David Amrhein, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

I have received nothing but great care from Dr. Amrhein and his team since I became a patient in January. Thank you all so much!

-A.K.

David Amrhein, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

My husband and I were in search of a new physician since our past one was getting close to retirement. We wanted someone close to home, and found Dr. Amrhein was accepting new patients. Not knowing what to expect for our first visits, we found Dr. Amrhein to be absolutely wonderful. He was extremely personable and friendly. He was very relaxed and joked with each of us at our respective visits. He had reviewed our records before seeing us and was well informed of our histories. He took time to get to know us and even personally walked my husband down to the lab to have some blood tests performed. After my husbands visit, he told me that he thought that was the “most enjoyable doctor’s visit that I have ever had.” That was even after 2 shots, blood draw and physical exam. thank you, Dr. Amrhein for making our visits so enjoyable. We are both looking forward to spending many years to come with you as our physician.

-L.K.

David Amrhein, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street
Thank you for you all you do! My kids love you! You’re the best! Thank you!
-JR

Edwin Annan, MD
Beacon Medical Group Specialists Fulton Street

Dr. Annan is one of the most kind, compassionate doctors I have ever come in contact with. He took care of my mom the many times she was in the hospital and when she would see him in his office. He has such a way about him that makes you feel so comfortable and not anxious about things. The last time my mom was in the hospital she was waiting for him to come in and when he did, she had this huge weight lifted off of her shoulders knowing he was going to take care of everything. She had SO much confidence in him. I would, and have, recommend him to everyone! Thank you so much Dr. Annan.

-A.W.

Asad Ansari, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatric Multispecialty

Thank you so much. You have done a great job for my son.

-L.R.

Asad Ansari, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatric Multispecialty

Dear Dr. Ansari,

Thank you for always listening and for the excellent care you provide. We have been so blessed to have you in charge of (our son’s) Pulmonary needs. The teaching you give, by explaining the why’s of his plan of care has made me a better mom and caregiver. Thank you again for tirelessly working for all your kiddos!

-A.H.

Asad Ansari, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatric Multispecialty

Thank you Dr. Ansari, for helping so many patients through their challenging Asthma and sleep issues. I know many of them have come to you when nothing was working. You are always so patient with them, and I appreciate you. You are a great advocate for children.

-B.P.

Asad Ansari, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatric Multispecialty
I would like to thank Dr. Ansari for helping my son with his Asthma when his primary care doctor was not comfortable with the diagnosis and prescribing the medications. Thank you for taking the time to listen and understand! All the hard work you do is greatly appreciated!
-A.M.

Bilal Ansari, MD
Oncology

Where to even start… I thank you for being my lifesaver! 30 years old with a 4 yr old, hearing cancer was the worst news a mother could hear. You were so positive , I knew without a shadow of a doubt I would be okay because I had you telling me every step of the way we would beat this. 7 years later, I’m loving life and now have a new addition to our family that may have never been possible if we didn’t have you by our side. Thank you Dr. Bilal Ansari. You truly are the best ❤️

-A.H.

Bilal Ansari, MD
Oncology

Thank you for saving my husband ..twice! And for all the others you have helped!

-L.R.

Rafat Ansari, MD
Oncology

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2015. I started chemotherapy the same month. I am forever grateful for your dedication and commitment to all your patients. I want to thank you for all your help. Without you and your team, I would not be getting married on July 8, 2017.

-M.G.

Abuzafar Arif, MD
Gastroenterology
Thank you for your care and treatment as a 10 year colorectal cancer survivor!!!!!
Doc you rock!!! 🙂
-BW

Shakil Aslam, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend

Dr. Aslam did an amazing job taking care of my father who had to come in unexpectedly for an abnormal EKG while at his physician appointment. Dr. Aslam’s sense of ease and humor with my dad put him at ease for what was a serious situation. One day and one stent later, my dad felt better right away. As if that weren’t enough, Dr. Aslam even saw me in the cafeteria a few days later to ask how my dad was doing. What an example of patient centered care that Dr. Aslam provides. Now I know why he was one of our Rockin’ Docs.

-D.T.

Shakil Aslam, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend

Dr. Aslam- always has a smile on his face. He is a great teacher for the staff and always wants the best outcome for his patients. He is not afraid to confront other physicians if he thinks they are not treating staff well or call out if he thinks they can do better to meet quality metrics. It’s always a pleasure working with Dr. Aslam.

-C.B.

J. Ben Baccus, MD
Beacon Medical Group Specialties Mishawaka
Thank you to Dr. Baccus who cares and treats the patients in our community who suffer from pain. As your colleague, I am grateful for you and your service and appreciate all of your hard work!
-JP

Tucker Balam, DO
Blair Warner Family Medicine Residency

Just wanted to say thanks for not only being a great doctor, you also make the patient feel they are the most important person alive!

-J.P.

Tucker Balam, DO
Blair Warner Family Medicine Residency
Goes above and beyond with care for my pregnancy!
-MB

Algis Baliunas, MD
Emergency Medicine/Memorial Hospital

Over the last 20 years my son and I have been in the ER so often that the ENT room should be named after us! I wanted to let you know that you made our experience in the ER one of the best we have had. Your caring, compassion, and willingness to include us as partners in my son’s care did not go unnoticed. Thank you!

-DW

Hai Dong Bao, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Dr. Bao works to care for our hospitalized patients at Memorial Hospital. He is dedicated and kind and we are very lucky to have him on our team of dedicated providers!
-JP

Hai Dong Bao, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Thank you for always listening to nursing and being open to suggestions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I enjoy when you help care for the patients with the doctors. You ROCK!
-B.B.

Ivan Bedoya Apraez, MD
Hematology Medical Oncology, Memorial Regional Cancer Center
A big shout out to Dr. Bedoya who works at MRCC saving the lives of patients with cancer. Nearly everyone has someone who either personally experienced cancer or knows someone with this disease. Dr. Bedoya has dedicated his life to saving others – I am proud to work with on his team!
-JP

Luis Benavente-Chenhalls, MD
Surgery

Matthew Michalski, MD
Emergency Medicine

Let me begin with a thank you to Dr. Benavente, Dr. Michalski, the surgical team, nursing, ER staff, and so many more from my myself, my husband, and my five small children. I apologize I haven’t done this sooner.

My story begins almost 2 years ago at Mayo in Rochester, MN where I had major surgery for Crohns disease. The surgery went as planned and I returned home to Indiana shortly after. A week later I walked in to Elkhart ER, where I also work as a nurse, with excruciating abdominal pain. Dr. Michalski entered the room and quickly assessed something was wrong and to CT I went. Shortly after enters Dr. Benavente who is sending me to the operating room for a unexpected complication from my surgery. He was straight and to the point, I had to go to surgery. My husband, family, and ER family stood in the halls as I was whisked away to surgery. There was no time to for second opinions or to be transferred back to Mayo. Surgery needed to happen now.

Loving and caring hands were everywhere even when I was not at my best. I was tired and sick and I didn’t want to be in the hospital any longer. I wanted to go home and see my kids. I was angry about the ileostomy that was temporary but was still there. I had more blood hanging, multiple IV lines, a lovely catheter, ETCO2 monitor in my nose, and the worst by far was the NG. I had very patient nurses that cared for me through out my stay and I was reassured I was doing well each day.

To be on the other side of patient care is a humbling experience and every nurse was excellent that came to my bedside. They tolerated that I was a nurse with grace and humor. They gave me space when I needed to be left alone and listened to me when I needed to talk to someone. Most importantly, from the physicians to the staff I was treated with caring hands and respect. I will forever be grateful to everyone that played a part in my recovery.

I am a better nurse for my experiences and I do believe more now then ever that Elkhart Hospital’s physicians, surgeons, and staff are the best out there.

With a grateful heart for all you do,

-S.F.

Luis Benavente-Chenhalls, MD
Surgery
I want to thank each and everyone of my Doctors for everything they have done for me. I love you all !!!! And THANK YOU ALL AGAIN !!
-SM

Vinay Bhooma, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Dr. Bhooma is an excellent hospitalist at Memorial! He works hard to ensure patients are well cared for and have excellent outcomes in the hospital. I am grateful to be on his team!
-JP

Vinil Bhuma, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Dr. Bhuma’s job is to take care of our sick and injured community when they have to be hospitalized. He is an awesome clinician and puts the needs of his patients as his first and only priority!
-JP

Jeffrey Biever, DPM
Orthopedics
Thank you for relieving my tendon problems in my feet and wrists. It’s a big relief to be able to walk with no pain and to participate in activities I wasn’t able to before. Thanks again.
-TV

James Blechl, MD
Family Medicine

Dr Jim: Thanks for taking care of Susan and me. We appreciate your friendship, your concern for our well being, and your professionalism. We will try to continue to be good patients and stay out of hospitals, only seeing you for routine checkups (God willing). Thanks for your service to us!

-B.G.

Janelle Blickensderfer, DO
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Thank you for all your kindness, support, and encouragement during my struggles with infertility. Your care and compassion will not be forgotten.
-JB

Janelle Blickensderfer, DO
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Blickensderfer delivered my 2 girls-she is always so approachable and really cares about her patients.  I am so grateful for her!
-T.J.

Marques Bolden, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Dr. Bolden is dedicated to his patients! I am so appreciative of his work and am grateful that our hospitalists work days, nights, weekends, and holidays to serve our community.
-JP

Marques Bolden, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Thank you for always listening to nursing and being open to suggestions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I enjoy when you help care for the patients with the doctors. You ROCK!
-B.B.

Michael Borger, DO
Family Medicine
Thank you for making me believe that doctors do still care about their patients. You have helped me so much! I have the best doctor ever!
-HR

Burton Boron, MD
Beacon Medical Group Gastroenterology

Unfortunately, my family has had it’s share of gastro issues, however, I am forever thankful that Dr. Boron has so much knowledge and has taken the time to make sure our family always has the best of care. I know I can always depend on him to always make good decision regarding our care. Thank you Dr. Boron.

-D.S.

Sam Borrelli, MD
Family Medicine
Thank Dr. Borrelli for all of your great care. I love the way you listen to all my questions with great patience and how you know when and who to refer patients onto if it is out of your field. You are amazing, kind, caring and knowledgeable!!!
-AG

Bryan Boyer, MD
Beacon Medical Group Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

Dr. Boyer has had his hands in so many trauma cases that because of him have had great outcomes. He is down to earth and staff love him for that. He is growing as a physician leader and only great things will come because of that. He puts in countless hours of his days, weeks and months to caring for our patient population- giving up family time for his patients.

-C.B.

Bryan Boyer, MD
Beacon Medical Group Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

Thanks for all that you do for our Trauma patients. Thanks for treating the OR staff with kindness no matter what time of day or night it is, nor how bad the Traumatic injury is-You and Tom are a great team.

-M.M.

Bryan Boyer, MD
Beacon Medical Group Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
You can never be told “Thank you” to many times, so I just wanted to say “Thank you” for all you have done for my husband, son and daughter.
-K.W.

Bryan Boyer, MD
Beacon Medical Group Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
We are fortunate to have someone with your skill, expertise and bedside manner in our community!  You improved my mother’s quality of life dramatically after she suffered a back injury.  Thank you for the care and compassion you demonstrate when working with patients and their families!
-C.S.

Erin Brandes, FNP

When I tiredly stumbled into your office for my initial appointment almost two years ago, my search for a healthcare provider who actually listed to my symptoms and showed an interest in finding out the root cause of the problems I was exasperatedly pushing through life with, had been an exhausting and futile one.

Meeting you was like being in the presence of medicinal version of Ghandi; you showed empathy towards me, and promised that together, we would find out what was going on with my health, and get it back on track. You are the most comprehensive healthcare provider I have ever been under the care of, and take my health concerns very seriously. Thanking you this way seems trivial and inadequate, but none-the-less, I cannot shower you with enough gratitude for all that you have, and continue to do, for me. You are incredible at what you do, and I appreciate your care and expertise infinitely.

-E.M.

Kimberly Brathwaite, MD
NICU
Kim is such an impressive doctor. She leaves her family and comes to work at all hours because she cares about her patients and their families. She always takes the time to explain things to the nurses so we can better care for our patients. I have never met a more intelligent and giving doctor she is a true asset to our hospital. Plainly put she rocks.
-KR

Marlon Brathwaite, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Memorial Children’s Hospital-Critical Kids
Thank you Dr Brathwaite for being such an awesome part of our team. Staff and families alike are so happy to see you on shift. I think one of your best qualities is the ability to show how much you truly care. We are so blessed to call you one of ours!!
-JK

Marlon Brathwaite, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Memorial Children’s Hospital-Critical Kids
Thank you for all you do for the children of Michiana.  They are so fortunate to have you as a physician.  I am also very grateful to have you as a colleague and friend.  It is always a pleasure to work with you.  Happy Doctors’ Day!
-T.M.

Basharat Buchh, MD
NICU

Dear Dr. Buchh,

You were there in the darkest and brightest day of our life. When (my daughter) was born with Spina Bifida you shared this news with such compassion. Our life was a NICU whirlwind for 2 weeks. My life went from filling a baby room with toys to making room for medical equipment. Everyday you came to her bedside and gave me an update. You made sure I understood what was going on and you made sure we were doing well. You eased the mind of my very worried father. You empowered my husband to continue being a great dad. You will always be a key person in the story of saving her life. You gave us comfort when everything hurt. Thank you for being there. Thank you for being a good enough doctor to know how to treat her. You are amazing…. a superhero in our eyes.

-J.B.

Basharat Buchh, MD
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Almost 7 years ago we met Dr. Buchh when our son was in the NICU. He has, hands down, been one of the best doctors we’ve ever come in contact with. We could never thank him enough for everything he did for our Joey!
-L.P.

Amberly Burger, MD
Beacon Medical Group Specialties Mishawaka
A big shout out to Dr. Amberly Burger who is a doctor specializing in palliative care. Her mission is – ‘working to alleviate pain and suffering for the chronically ill.’ She is extremely dedicated to her patients and is passionate in her work!
-JP

Angela Bush, PA
Memorial Hospital South Bend Hospitalist
Thank you for always listening to nursing and being open to suggestions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I enjoy when you help care for the patients with the doctors. You ROCK!
-B.B.

Melissa Cain, MD
Beacon Medical Group LaPorte

Thanks Dr. C for taking the extra time to care for all of me..body, mind and soul. Even on the busiest of days! You’re the best!

-J.O.

Joseph Caldwell, II, MD
Orthopedics
I want to thank each and everyone of my Doctors for everything they have done for me. I love you all !!!! And THANK YOU ALL AGAIN !!
-SM

Dr. Calhoun, Dr. J. Mark and all of the Anesthesiologists

Thanks so much for all that you do. You are very gracious to your patients. You are easy to work with and you treat the OR staff with great kindness and respect. I love been a part of your team.

-M.M.

Joe Caruso, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

You have served my family and I well for over 25 years. You’ve always been a great listener and included us in treatment options. You’ve seen the good and the bad and always treated us with care and respect. Thanks for all you’ve done.

-C.V.

Joseph Caruso, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

Dr. Caruso has been my primary care physician since my daughter was an infant 23 years ago. He always got me in the same day when I knew my daughter had an ear infection or upper respiratory. He never made me, a new mom, feel like I was overreacting. He has always listened to my concerns and offers suggestions to put me at ease. Thanks Dr. Caruso, you are the best!

-L.P.

Joseph Caruso, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

Thank you Joe, for your care and compassion with our family.

-L.S.

Joseph Caruso, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

We have been your patients for well over 28 years. Three generations you are caring for, you listen and connect to us all, with humor. We like you!
-EM

Joseph Caruso, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp
Thank you for caring for my family for over 26 years!! We are blessed to have you as our doctor!
-TB

Joseph Caruso, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp
Thank you for all you do for our family for years. God bless you and your family. Thank you also for keeping our family healthy.
-AW

Joseph Caruso, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp
I think fondly back to the day you delivered my second son (now 30). I said I wanted “no residents” and here you came as a “resident” to calmly deliver this child that would not wait for the attending physician! I sure changed my tune! My husband and I were so grateful for you then and happy to say you’ve been our family’s physician ever since. Thanks for caring and listening to us for all these years. And always with that quiet patience and humor. There’s no one we’d rather grow old with, Joe!
-SB

Joseph Caruso, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp
I would like to thank you for taking the time to serve as our family physician. When my son had to have a wart froze off you took the time to show him the liquid nitrous oxide and made him feel very comfortable before beginning the procedure. My son always feels comfortable coming to your office and speaking with you about his health. Thanks for all you do!
-A.S.

Travis Casper, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road

Thank you, Dr, Casper, for the great care you’ve always given my husband and I. We appreciate your thoroughness and ability to really listen to our concerns.

-J.H.

Robert Cassidy, MD
E. Blair Warner Family Medicine Residency Program

Two weeks ago, I brought my friend to the ER at Memorial. It happened that the doc was my friends PCP! She was pleased to know it was someone who was familiar. He took a lot of time with her and collaborated with her neurologist more than once. His intuition was on the money. Without me having to tell him, he realized that anxiety and panic was really what was going on. He left no stone unturned. He gave her dental referrals, referrals for an in home safety assessment and referrals for PT and OT. I hope he never loses that compassion even when patients don’t follow through on his recommendations. This doc rocks!!

-K.L.

Joseph Cerbin, MD
Family Medicine

Dr. Joe- Thank you so much for taking care of me for so many years. I know I can be a pain in your neck at times but I appreciate the time you give me. You don’t rush me through your office to make another dime. If I need to talk, then we talk. Thank you so much for just being there when I need you!

-M.S.

Joseph Cerbin, MD
Family Medicine

I am so glad to have you as my doctor! You explain everything to us, causally talk to us and make us feel comfortable. You give us your time to make us relax. You are a very good doctor and person.

-S.L.

Susan Cheng, MD
E. Blair Warner Family Medicine Residency Program
Thank you, Dr. Cheng for the care you have given me. You are truly a blessing in my life.
-MS


Hanuma Swetha Chitta, MD

Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Thank you to Dr. Chitta. She works to care for and cure the ill and injured hospitalized patient. She is well respected by her colleagues! I am lucky to work on her team!
-JP

Sandra Cho, DPM
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road
I couldn’t have asked for a better doctor and friend!
-SM

Justin Chow, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Thank you to Dr. Chow. I have worked with him for years and he is a dedicated physician with a kind heart, energetic and full of life. His patients appreciate his energy and his dedication to providing excellent care!
-JP

Erin Clark, MD
Emergency Medicine
Thank you Dr. Clark for taking the time with a patient who needed more support from another mother about the anxiety having a second child can cause. Rather than making the patient go through numerous tests that they have had on other visits for the same complaint. You took the time to sit with her and give her support and advice, and provide her with educational materials to take home. You made her visit plentiful with knowledge and also quick since she this patient tends to bring her young children with her when she visits us in ER. You took on the role of educator, advocate and doctor that evening, and you will always have my respect for that.
-J.F.

Bethany Cohen, MD
Family Medicine
Thank you Dr. Cohen for listening to my feelings about my daughter’s digestive issues. After 8 years, we finally have an answer. A wheat allergy that went undiagnosed by our previous pediatrician despite years of expressing concern. She hasn’t had a stomachache in 2 months. Her pain is gone, and it is a huge relief to our family! Thank you, thank you for listening!
-KM


Heidi Collins, MD

Beacon Medical Group Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Thank you for your consistent willingness to teach the Rehab team (nursing, therapy, social work), coaching, offering encouragement and praising the group for their tremendous work and positive outcomes! We recognize and appreciate your leadership on our Rehab team!
-YE


Heidi Collins, MD

Beacon Medical Group Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
A big shout out to the hardworking Dr. Collins, (5th floor, Rehab at Memorial Hospital). She is very kind and dedicated to her patients. I am grateful to be on her team!
-JP

Daniel Cooke, MD
Pain Management

I appreciate your care and your knowledge more than you will ever know. Even when you are a pain in my back I know I am in great hands. I am blessed to have you on my team, you are special.

-K.S.

Daniel Cooke, MD
Pain Management

Just an awesome doctor. Made me feel comfortable and at ease during each of the epidermal steroid injections in my lower back. He cares a lot about the patient comfort. Thank you Dr. Cooke and your staff for taking really good care of me.

-M.W.

Leah Craft, MD
Beacon Medical Group, Centennial, Family Medicine
Dr. Craft takes care of my 2 girls.  She is such a gem of knowledge and so approachable. We feel so blessed to have her as our doctor!
-T.J.

Anton Crepinsek, Jr., MD
BMG E. Blair Warner
Dr. Crepinsek,
We appreciate you so much here at outpatient wound care. You are a delight to work with each time. The staff and patients love you. We enjoy all your teachings for us. Thanks for becoming part of our staff as we opened this clinic last summer. You are amazing!!!
-SB

Joseph D’Haenens, MD
Emergency Medicine

Thanks for great job you do every day.

-K.S.

Joseph D’Haenens, MD
Emergency Medicine
He is amazing with all his patients.
-JC

Joseph D’Haenens, MD

You rock!

-S.L.

Marjorie Daoud, MD
BMG Centennial Neighborhood Health Center, Infectious Disease

Thank you for your ongoing care and support for patients and our infection prevention program. Your compassion for patients and willingness to answer questions improves the quality of care we are able to provide. You consistently go over and above to help colleagues and our patients. You are an awesome resource for Memorial and we are lucky to have you!

-K.J.

Marjorie Daoud, MD
BMG Centennial Neighborhood Health Center, Infectious Disease
Doc thank you for always being willing to go above and beyond for patients and your staff. It truly is a joy to work with you. Keep up the good work Doc!! 🙂
-A.M.

Abhi Das, MD
Beacon Medical Group Specialties Mishawaka
Thank you Dr. Das for your care and treatment for patients in our community who suffer from pain. Everyone who meets you can see that you are a hard working, passionate doctor. As your colleague, I am grateful for you and your service and appreciate all of your hard work!
-JP

Douglas David, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

I would like to thank you for always taking care of my family. We see you a lot and I always enjoy seeing your smile and your no nonsense way with us (because you know we can take it!). So I hope you have a great day!

-T.S.

Douglas David, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

I recently moved to Texas to be near my son’s family. However, I worked for Dr. David and also considered him a friend as well as my personal doctor. He listened and cared about his patients needs. I miss him here and am still looking for a new family Doctor to replace him. Don’t really think that’s fully possible! Thanks, Dr. David (:

-T.K.

Douglas David, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

Dr.David,
Thank you so much for your loving care and kindness you give to Mom. You have seen her through many rough roads. You have such a gentle spirit when you talk to her and you genuinely care for her. I have never seen a person listen and carry out the actions “the doctor orders” as Mom does. Mom is so blessed beyond words to have Dr.David as her Doctor. Lastly, as her daughter-in-law I am very grateful Dr. David has an awesome staff. As Mom’s caregiver, I am able to call with any questions about Mom’s care and the staff has been very kind and timely with their follow up. Dr.David ROCKS!
-D

Douglas David, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road
Dr. David!
Thank you for always being compassionate, having a listening ear, being thorough with your patients, and never making them feel rushed. It’s so comforting knowing my health is in the hands of someone exceptional. Thank you for all your hard work you do every day!
-KN

Manisha Deb Roy, MD
Hospitalist, Elkhart General Hospital
I appreciate so much Dr. Deb Roy’s “down to earth” attitude. She is so approachable and easy to talk to which makes working with her a great experience. Thank you Dr. Deb Roy for being so kind!
-RS

Arnold Del Pilar, Jr., DO
Family Medicine
I am thankful for all you do for our family. God Bless you and your family.
-JB

Andreas Deymann, MD
Pediatric Intensivist – Memorial Children’s Hospital Critical Kids
Thank You Dr Deymann for the great care you give our kids and your patience and understanding during this time of growing such a young staff. We appreciate you so very much and are happy to see you on shift.
You Da Man!!
-JK

Jared Dhaemers, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatrics Bristol Street

He always takes the time to answer all my question & reassures me when I have worries/concerns (being a first time mom I have many!)

-C.S.

Jared Dhaemers, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatrics Bristol Street

Dr. Dhaemers has been very helpful with taking care of my son’s ADD and finding the right medication that works for him. He’s very patient and kind with his bedside manner and we greatly appreciate him for all his care.
-A.W.

Jared Dhaemers, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatrics Bristol Street
Thank you so much for being an amazing Dr.!! We are so grateful!
-B.K.

Douglas Doctor, MD
Family Medicine

Thank you for always answering any and all questions I ever have.

-M.S.

Darren Dolly, MD
BMG Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Dolly deserves a big thank you for his hard work and leadership at Elkhart General Hospital. He is dedicated to excellent patient care and is a highly skilled OB GYN. I am very grateful to be on his team!
-JP

William Donald, MD
BMG Maternal Fetal Medicine
I can never be able to say thank you enough for your quick action and thinking. If it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t have our sweet daughter.
-MK

William Donald, MD
BMG Maternal Fetal Medicine
I have the pleasure of working with Dr. Donald at MFM. Not only is he a good doctor but his work ethic is exceptional. I am grateful to be able to work with Dr. Donald and be a part of his team.
-JP

Ronald Downs, MD
Plastic Surgery
I want to thank each and everyone of my Doctors for everything they have done for me. I love you all !!!! And THANK YOU ALL AGAIN !!
-SM

Gerard Duprat, MD
Beacon Medical Group Vascular Interventional Radiology

Thank YOU for your leadership and direction in Interventional Radiology!

-D.R.

Gerard Duprat, MD
Beacon Medical Group Vascular Interventional Radiology

Dr. Duprat is an excellent clinician that does amazing work with patients requiring a vascular intervention. Over the last 5 years, I’ve seen tremendous personal growth in him that has made him the great leader that he is for the Heart, Vascular and Stroke program here at MHSB. He is so well respected by other physicians and staff that have the privilege of working with him. I enjoy being his Dyad partner and know this working with him only good things will come to our organization and the patients of our community.

-C.B.

Kate Dutkiewicz, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist – Memorial Children’s Hospital – Critical Kids
Dr Kate, we are so happy you are a part of our team. You make a special effort to educate both families and staff. You spend that extra time. You are so approachable and the staff never feels concerned about calling you or asking for a little extra explanation. We are always happy to see you on the unit and appreciate all the time you spend here!!
-JK

Kate Dutkiewicz, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist – Memorial Children’s Hospital – Critical Kids
Thank you for all you do for the children of Michiana.  They are so fortunate to have you as a physician.  I am also very grateful to have you as a colleague and friend.  It is always a pleasure to work with you.  Happy Doctors’ Day!
-T.M.

David Dyck, MD
Beacon Medical Group Elkhart East

Thank you for your kindness and understanding, and patience that you provide for B. and me. You have a gift of listening carefully to our needs. I especially thank you for the help and encouragement you have provided to B. during this time. When God made doctors he made you special!

-L.H.

David Dyck, MD
Beacon Medical Group Elkhart East

Thank you for so many things you’ve done for me and for my husband. I’m not the model of health that many folks think a nurse should be. You still treat me with respect and caring. You are definitely in the niche God had for you. Thank you for being you.

-R.S.

ECC Physicians

As a new nurse, I am extremely grateful for all of our ECC physicians that go above and beyond and take the time to educate me and help me become a better nurse for our patients.Thanks for all you do!

-J.M.

Samira El-Zind, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatric Multispecialty

Thank you Dr. El-Zind, for helping so many children in our Michiana area with their chronic seizure and migraine issues. I appreciate your help in caring for them here, and making it possible for families to stay in South Bend for their ongoing care. You are a great advocate for children’s neurology health.

-B.P.

Ahmed Elmaadawi, MD
Beacon Medical Group Behavioral Health South Bend
Dr. Elmaadawi is innovative in his practice using new technology and researching new treatments to treat patients who have lost hope for a cure. He is an excellent physician and I am grateful to be on his team.
-JP

Scott Eriksen, MSN, NP-C
BMG Middlebury
I want to thank each and everyone of my Doctors for everything they have done for me. I love you all !!!! And THANK YOU ALL AGAIN !!
-SM

Scott Eshowsky, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

Thank you for trusting me when I knew things were not right with my kids. Thank you for helping us find those first steps to help them. You are the best doctor we ever had and miss you so much.

-M.G.

Scott Eshowsky, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

Thank you Dr. Eshowsky for all the work that you do and all the compassion and patience you have. I want to say me and my family appreciate all the years of care you have given to us.

You rock!!!

-L.O.

Erica Estep, PA
Memorial Hospital South Bend Hospitalist
Thank you for always listening to nursing and being open to suggestions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I enjoy when you help care for the patients with the doctors. You ROCK!
-B.B.

Carlos Falcon, MD
BMG Obstetrics & Gynecology
Thank you for your hard work at Beacon Medical Group OB GYN in Elkhart, Dr. Falcon. You are an important part of the team and we appreciate all that you do for your patients, the office, the hospital, and our community.
-JP

William Farabaugh, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

Dr. Bill, thanks for always being such a good listener when we visit, such a wise diagnostician when needed and such a caring provider always. I feel very good about my healthcare with you and I look forward to continuing as your patient for many, many, more years… you rock!! 😉

-T.P.

William Farabaugh, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road
One thing I love about Dr. Farabaugh is that he accepts me for who I am. He is honest with me about my health but he is also kind and I feel like he truly cares about me and my son. In fact, many of my family members have transferred to Dr. Farabaugh because of my glowing reviews. I used to loathe going to the doctor and now I’m more calm about it. He trusts my instincts as a mother and reigns me in when I get a little crazy. I think that’s what all of us need in a family physician. Thank you Dr. Farabaugh!!
-MH

William Farrell, MD
Emergency Medicine, Memorial Hospital
Thanks, Doctor Farrell, for all you do.
-KS

Freeman Farrow, MD
Beacon Medical Group LaPorte

Thank you for having compassion and taking care of my elderly mother! (96) Happy Doctor’s Day!

-K.L.

Michael Ferguson, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

I have observed the excellent care and compassion you given all the kids and the families who visit Memorial Children’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. You all ROCK! I am so proud to be a volunteer in this unit. Can’t wait to until we can move to our new children’s hospital addition.

-M.W.

Michael Ferguson, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Thank you, Tatumn and I appreciate all you do for her. You always make her smile.

-A.B.

Michael Ferguson, MD
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Thank you so much for your treatment of my son through his cancer journey.

-S.C.

Michael Ferguson, MD
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Thank you for providing amazing care for Levi over the past 11 months. You have always brought a smile to his face and have never made me feel like I have too many questions. You also never make me feel like you are rushed to go handle another patient. (PS. Thanks for getting us out early on our overnighters) You will be truly missed when you go back to Riley Hospital. Thank you for ALL you do!!!

-A.B.

Andrew Fieldler, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend

I would like to thank you for all of your insight and help. I appreciate how willing you are to share your knowledge.

-J.U.

Thomas Fischbach, MD
Beacon Medical Group Vascular Interventional Radiology

Thank You for continually living up to ROCKIN DOC!

-D.R.

Thomas Fischbach, MD
Beacon Medical Group Vascular Interventional Radiology
Thank you for your support of the IR staff over the years.  You are kind, a teacher and great to work with.  Staff loves you!
-C.B.

Natalie Frentz, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

I am so thankful and grateful for my doctor. She always fits me in when I’m sick and makes me feel like she has plenty of time for me even though I know she has a full schedule. She’s thorough, gives rationale for her treatments, and shows genuine care for me. She returns messages and has always been there for me. I recommend her wherever I go. She’s the best there is and I’m thankful for her!

My mom came with me to my most recent appointments because I was so sick, and she told me how much she likes and appreciated Dr. Frentz and that she wished Dr. Frentz was her doctor too! I can’t say enough good things about her. Happy docs day!!

-J.B.

Natalie Frentz, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

Thank you for being such a great patient advocate.

-B.T.

Natalie Frentz, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

Dr. Frentz is a great physician to work with. She goes above and beyond the normal daily physician duties and seeing her patients. She takes time to teach and instruct those of us who need guidance in our daily activities when we need it. I appreciate her continued patience with me as we both make this journey together in helping and caring for our patients. Thank you Dr. Frentz! You ROCK!!

-B.M.

Natalie Frentz, MD
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp
Thank you so much for everything you do! Thank you for providing such a good experience to all of our patients and being so well organized. You are greatly appreciated!
-KE

Kenneth Gammon, MD
Internal Medicine

Thank you for the time you took being thorough to ensure I received the best possible care. You are an awesome, caring Doc.

-S.W.

General Vascular Doctors

Thanks for all that you do for our patients. Your group rocks in Trauma care as well as with routine scheduled cases. You are great to your patients and great to work with in the OR.

-M.M.

John Gilbert, DO
BMG Specialists Fulton Street
Dr. Gilbert is a rock star! He works so hard and gives 100% to his patients. We are very lucky to have him in our community.
-JP

Curtis Gongwer, MD
Family Medicine

I will always remember the great job you have done over the years in taking care of me and my family and also my people in Ghana. I would probably have been dead had it not been for your timely intervention in my diabetes. Please keep up with the good work and may the Almighty God bless you and your family now and forever more. Amen.

-F.O.

Vicente Gonzaga, MD
BMG Behavioral Health South Bend
Dr. Gonzaga is one of the hardest working physicians I know! He is dedicated to having an integrated and productive Behavioral Health program in our community and works hard every day to keep it that way! Thank you Dr. Gonzaga for your hard work and extra effort every day!
-JP

Arif Goreja, MD
BMG Kidney & Hypertension
Dr. Goreja works extremely hard to support his patients in our community! He is an excellent doctor. I am grateful to be on his team!
-JP

David Grellmann, MD
MedPoint 24 – Main Street
I suffered a dog attack (my own dog) with a bite wound on my wrist that needed stitches. It was early in the morning so my Family Dr office wasn’t open yet and I went to Medpoint. Dr Grellmann was so nice to me as he stitched and was very kind and gentle, talking to me the whole time during a horrific situation for me. Not long after that, I developed c. diff from the antibiotics, again it was at a time my PCP office wasn’t open so I went back to Medpoint. You can’t imagine how comforting it was to have Dr Grellmann take care of me again when I was so sick, actually feeling like I was sick enough that this could actually take my life. I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful and compassionate care, Dr Grellmann, at times when I couldn’t get in with my established PCP. I will never forget your kindness.
-DG

Jason Grove, DPM
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

Thank you Dr. Grove for all the compassion and the love for what you do. I speak for me and my grandmother..you’re awesome and the care you have given us has made a tremendous impact on our lives. Keep up the great job and I am glad Dr. Eshowsky referred us to you.

You rock!!!

-L.O.

Christopher Hall, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road

I have known Dr. Hall from the moment he started his residency at Memorial. I was working as a clinic nurse and formed a bond with this young man. I knew right from the start that he was a brilliant young man along with the kindness that would make him a great doctor. Not only is he my family doctor but he also takes care of my elderly parents who are 99 and 92. He gives them respect and all the patience in the world.

When I am the patient, I am greeted with a hug at the beginning and end of my appointment. How does it get any better than this? He is truly a blessing to his patients and his staff, let alone his family.

-S.S.

Christopher Hall, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road

Thanks for all the times you were there for my husband and I when needed whether it be for medication or an office call. Thank you for your professional manner and physician’s heart. We are so grateful to be able to have a physician like you and your team at Cleveland Road.

-P.J.

Christopher Hall, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road

I am thankful to be a patient. Thank you for your care.

-B.W.

Christopher Hall, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road

Dr. Hall Does a great job in spending time and listening to both my husband and I. We both feel you get the best care by selecting a Primary Care Physician that is willing to listen you and direct your care, if needed, in the best possible direction.

-M.W.

Christopher Hall, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road
Thank you and your staff for being so nice and seeing me when I have a problem.
-SP

Christopher Hall, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road
Dear Dr. Hall,
Thank you for your knowledge, concern and kindness in treating me these last 3 months. I have complete confidence in your assessment and treatment of my condition. We are so fortunate to have such a caring and qualified doctor.
Thank you and God Bless!
-EV

Christopher Hall, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road
Thank you Dr. Hall for all you do. You’re a fantastic physician and an all around good guy. I feel privileged to be your patient!
-A.K.

Michael Hall, MD
Beacon Medical Group Vascular Interventional Radiology

Thank You for your dedication to Beacon! it doesn’t go unnoticed!

-D.R.

Michael Hall, MD
Beacon Medical Group Vascular Interventional Radiology

Dr. Hall is an excellent physician and we are lucking to have a physicians of his caliber and expertise. He always treats staff with the upmost respect and they love him for that. He is a forward thinker and only wants what is best for the patients and the organization as a whole.

-C.B.

Walter Halloran, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cardiothoracic Surgery Elkhart

It has been 13 years, but Dr. Halloran did quadruple bypass emergency surgery on me, and saved my life. Several times within these years since, he has been kind and encouraging every time I have seen him. I also know several people who have had different procedures done by him and they have nothing but praise for him. He is a tremendous doctor and a kind person.

-C.M.

Walter Halloran, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cardiothoracic Surgery Elkhart

Thank you for the outstanding care you provide each day and for your unwavering leadership and commitment to EGH. I appreciate all you do!

-C.R.

David Halperin, MD
Memorial Hospital, Emergency Medicine

Thank you, Dr. Halperin, for all that you do. Your big, bright mind and beautiful spirit are just a few of the numerous traits that make you the special person that you are, and I feel blessed to know you. For all that you have done for me and my family – I do not know how I could ever repay you, but if words mean anything, I hope this is something. The O. Family loves you!

-M.O.

David Halperin, MD
Emergency Medicine

Thank You for all you do, always enjoy our conversations about many topics.

-K.S.

Ahsanul Haque, MD
Hematology Medical Oncology
Thank you Dr. Haque in your kind/compassionate care from a 10 year Colorectal Cancer Survivor! I’ll never forget the first time we met in your office, how scared and sad I felt, learning recently, “You have cancer…” What a life changing moment for sure! But when you greeted me so warmly, and optimistically, even cheery, it helped lessen the load….Looking back, I felt, “we got this.” Thank you for all you do….
-BW

Al Harding, MD
Interventional Radiology

Thank you for being the Credentialing Committee Chairman. I have only been the Credentials Coordinator for 8 months and you always take the time to explain without judgment. Thanks for being a kind, gentle soul. It’s a pleasure and honor to work with you.

-K.M

John Haskin, MD
Beacon Medical Group Behavioral Health South Bend

Thank you, Dr. Haskin, for your leadership and extraordinary care, not only for our psychiatric patients, but also for our team of associates. Your communication and compassion are far beyond our expectations, and you’ve been the glue that’s held us together for nearly six years now! We couldn’t do this without you!! Thanks, Doc!!

-P.M.

Cynthia Heckman-Davis, MD
Beacon Medical Group Lakeville Family Medicine

Thanks for always taking the time needed and being a caring and compassionate doctor. You have been an excellent partner in taking care of me and my family.

-P.O.

Cynthia Heckman-Davis, MD
Beacon Medical Group Lakeville

Thank you for being such a compassionate and understanding physician. Your dedication and commitment to your patients is inspiring and immensely appreciated.

-D.C.

Vincent Henderson, MD
Beacon Medical Group
Surely miss your attentive care…..in all my adult life, have never had a Dr take such excellent care….tending to and making sure I got what I needed…really showing interest in my concerns….a great many people I have encountered also miss your being in the office..thanks.
-JT

Vincent Henderson, MD
Beacon Medical Group
Thank you for all the many years of great care that you gave your patients.
-K.P.

Angela Herman, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

I have observed the excellent care and compassion you given all the kids and the families who visit Memorial Children’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. You all ROCK! I am so proud to be a volunteer in this unit. Can’t wait to until we can move to our new children’s hospital addition.

-M.W.

Stephen Hollenberg, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
I want to thank each and everyone of my Doctors for everything they have done for me. I also want to say I’m so sad to hear that Dr Hollenberg who delivered my girls starting in 1984 is retiring . I love you all !!!! And THANK YOU ALL AGAIN !!
-SM

Michael Howard,MD
Beacon Medical Group LaPorte

Dr. Howard is just an angel. I love him, his patients love him, his staff loves him. He is funny, professional, caring, and spends as much time with his patients as they, or he needs to solve a health problem. When I leave his office after a visit, I feel confident that he WILL find out what the problem is. He is the type of professional that keeps us striving for excellence in all we do on a daily basis. He is truly an inspiration.

-D.L.

Jeff Howe, MD
Beacon Medical Group Elkhart East

Dr. Howe goes above and beyond to assure each and everyone of his patients receive the best care and his personal attention at each visit. Dr. Howe cares deeply about his patients, staff and community. His nursing staff are pretty awesome too 😉

-J.H.

Jeffrey Howe, MD
Beacon Medical Group Elkhart East
Jeff has been our doctor for years and he has been great. He takes care of the most important person in my life, my husband, but even more than that. When our family member was ill some years back with pancreatic cancer he was there for our family through it all. He is the most caring Doctor I’ve ever known. If only he could be cloned to have more people be able to experience this kind of medical care. God bless Dr. Jeff Howe!
-SP

Jesse Hseih, MD
Family Medicine

You sincerely are the absolute best Dr. on this earth. You are compassionate, caring and extremely knowledgeable. You take the time out of your busy day, to explain things to me and my family if an issue arrives with our health. I am forever grateful to have found you 17 years ago!

-J.D.

Jesse Hsieh, MD
Family Medicine

Thanks for the years of compassionate, understanding, excellent care! You are one of the Best! You definitely rock! We miss you! Insurance stinks! Hopefully we can we return to your care!

-P.F.

Jesse Hsieh, MD
Family Medicine
Thank you for the thoughtful and thorough medical care you provide. You listen with a kind ear while taking time to gather history and symptoms from your patients.
Thank you.
-DV

Jesse Hsieh, MD
Family Medicine
Always patient, helpful, concerned, thoughtful, knowledgeable.
-CV

Michael Hudson, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

Thank you Dr Hudson for the great care of our son!

-K.G.

Katherine Hughes, MD
Emergency Medicine, Elkhart General Hospital

Thanks for caring for the patients in the ED and making my job easier! You are #1! 🙂

-M.B.

Deanna Huss, NP
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road

I know you aren’t an MD but you are mine. Thank you for always being there for me. You have always taken such good care of me & my craziness. Just want you to know, You rock!!!

-P.B.

Deanna Huss, NP
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road
Thank you Deanna for your patience. You’re a great doctor. You take the time to answer to answer my questions. I love that!
-SS

Deanna Huss, NP
Beacon Medical Group Cleveland Road
Thanks for being such a caring and helpful person! Glad to have you on my side!
-J.L.

Enrique Infante, MD
Beacon Medical Group Obstetrics & Gynecology

Doc,

You were the perfect doctor to oversee both of my pregnancies (singleton, and then twins) and my amazingly smooth delivery. Clever, Funny, Thoughtful, and Professional. You embody the best qualities a person could ask for in a Doctor, and I can’t thank you enough for the amazing and incredible experience you provided me!

I’m so grateful you always had my best interests in mind, you always had a positive attitude, and your sense of humor always kept me laughing.

I know you’ve already been nominated, but I don’t care.

YOU ROCK!

-R.J.

Enrique Infante, MD
Beacon Medical Group Obstetrics & Gynecology
Thank you, Dr. Infante, for your years of dedicated service to EGH and your community. Your mission to provide outstanding care to all women in need will be your legacy!
-JP

Maliha Iqbal, MD, SFHM
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
I truly appreciate Dr. Iqbal and her kindness and sincerity. She works at Memorial Hospital caring for inpatients who are ill or injured. She is amazing!
-JP

Alice Isaacson, MD
Family Medicine
Thanks for always caring for me . You never seem to be in hurry and you answer every question. I feel very good to be in your hands.

-B.M.

James Jin, MD
Hematology Medical Oncology

What a blessing it is to be in the hands of a caring, patient and extremely knowledgeable man. He not only takes all the time I need, but he also reads the most recent studies on my type of breast cancer. I know he is up to date on the latest literature and that means I have the best care.

The staff members at the Ambulatory Infusion Center and Inpatient Pharmacy are amazing as well. They are professional, efficient, caring and prepared. They need to be commended for their hard work also!

-M.S.

James Jin, MD, PhD
Hematology Medical Oncology

Thank you Dr. Jin for the awesome care you’ve provided to our mom. In spite of her complex, unusual case, you have done an excellent job juggling her multiple medical issues, keeping her various physicians involved in her treatment plans, and ensuring our family feels confident and comfortable trusting her to your outstanding care. Thank you for everything you do!

-T.G.

James Jin, MD
Hematology Medical Oncology

Thank you so much to Dr. Jin, not only has he been an amazing physician to work with at EGH but he has taken care of my dad for a year and a half and his caring, compassion and dedication has been above and beyond and doctor I have ever known. Thank you Dr. Jin for being you!

-M.C.

James Jin, MD
Hematology Medical Oncology
You are so kind to our patients and our staff and it so appreciated. Thank you for being such an awesome doctor!
-RS

Charisse Johnson, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatrics Navarre

Dr. Johnson is just amazing. I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am to her for the exceptional care she has given to both of my children. My eldest was afraid of doctors but when we switched to her it was like something clicked for my daughter Bella. She started to view doctors as helpful people to the point where she looks forward to her yearly visits. When my youngest was having constant ear infections she pushed for us to get in an ENT when they wanted us to wait months. I believe because of her care my youngest was able to get the help she desperately needed. So thank you doctor Johnson from the family who admires you not only as a doctor but as a person as well. Thank you.

-A.S.

Russell Johnson, MD
Beacon Medical Group, Elkhart Regional Cancer Center

Dr. Johnson and his staff in the Radiation Oncology Department were caring and kind during my treatment. They made me feel safe while I was being treated. Every day they were smiling and friendly. I enjoyed being with them, even though I was being treated for cancer. I would recommend Elkhart General for all my health care needs.

-S.H.

Mathew Kallookulangara, MD
Memorial Hospital Hospitalists

Thank you for your leadership.

-B.T.

Mathew Kallookulangara, MD
Memorial Hospital Hospitalists
If only everyone knew how hard you work, Dr. K, you would probably get an award! Your hard work is appreciated by your work family. Thanks for all you do!
-JP

Jamie Kazmierzak, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

Dr. Kazmierzak awesome! Always listens to my needs and available when I need her!

-S.K.

Jamie Kazmierzak, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

Dr. Kazmierzak,

Thank you so much for being such a caring and attentive Doctor. You always take the time to listen to me and address any needs I may have.

You have encouraged me to step up and finally take care of myself, especially with my Type 2 Diabetes. I am finally with your help and guidance making significant progress!

Your on going commitment to me is the support I needed to be successful! You make a difference! Thanks again!

-P.W.

Jamie Kazmierzak, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

You are truly the best, Jamie. Thank you for being a part of our family.

Anyone who can treat both my Mom and me, deserves to have my wife and daughter as patients–they are so much easier!

-E.D.

Jamie Kazmierzak, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road
Happy Doctor’s Day! Thank you for always helping my family with all of our medical needs. You are an awesome doctor and I could not be happier with all that you do for us. Have a great day! You deserve it!
-AS and Family

Nicholas Kerr, DO
Beacon Medical Group Palliative Medicine

Doc, thanks so much for what you do. You are liked and respected by so many of us nurses. You make every interaction a teaching moment sharing your reasons behind your actions, helping all of us to learn. Your patience and calm with stressed families is a model for us all.

-M.W.

Nicholas Kerr, DO
Beacon Medical Group Palliative Medicine
Thank you for caring for our patients and their families, Dr. Kerr. You are a kind and compassionate doctor who works to reduce suffering for the chronically ill. I appreciate all that you do!
-JP

Thomas Keucher, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery
Thank you, Dr. Keucher, for your exceptional care of my husband back in 1986, 1988, and 2011. We both always felt that he was given the best care possible by and the staff at Memorial. You saw us both through some difficult days. You were a steadfast, professional and an encouraging presence. We always had total confidence in your care. We are so grateful for this opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God bless.

-N.N. and R.N.

Daniel Kinney, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

Thank you making yourself available to us, even when you are out of the office. Thank you for not always jumping to write a prescription (even when we are begging for answers)….you truly have our kids best interest at heart. Lastly, thank you for always taking the time to answer our questions. We have never felt rushed or unimportant.

-D.E.

Daniel Kinney, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

Dr. Kinney is absolutely amazing and we are so thankful that he is our daughters pediatrician! He goes above and beyond as well as his wonderful nurses/MAs. We are very grateful to have them there when she needs them (and mom too! 🙂 )!

-A.G.

Daniel Kinney, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

Thank you for taking such good care of our little son!

-K.W.

Daniel Kinney, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

Thank you Dr. Kinney for being there, caring and taking the time with my daughter and I. In our hardest time you made sure my baby girl was physically and emotionally healthy. The loss of our son was the most tragic event anyone can go through. I was really scared for my daughter. I had so many questions and fears. You made me feel like she was being looked after. I thank you for all you have done

– The C. Family

Daniel Kinney, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

My kids have been with you for over 5 years now. You always take your time with everyone, and are willing to answer every question we have. I moved to Plymouth, but I chose not to switch pediatricians because I love how awesome you are with my kiddos!! Thank you for everything you do! You really care!!!

-B.A.

Daniel Kinney, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

You are so amazing with our kids. You talk to them so they can understand and we never feel rushed while we’re with you. Thank you for being such an awesome doctor!

-M.S.

Daniel Kinney, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road
We can’t thank Dr. Kinney enough for his thoroughness, vast knowledge and overall kindness. He has been our daughters’ doctor almost all their lives, and we are forever grateful for his excellent care!
-JB

Emily Kisor, MD
Bristol Street
Thank you for taking the time to take care of my daughter. Dr. Kisor was very professional and friendly, and also made the appointment much easier to get through.
-J.W.

Daniel Kletzing, MD
Ear, Nose and Throat
I cannot thank you Dr Kletzing for taking such good care of me when you removed my tonsils. I was scared but knew you would take good care of me. Your kind and gentle spirit were an inspiration to me every time you saw me. You are a great Doctor and I miss you! Thank you for making me healthy again.
-S.S.

Randall Kline, DPM
Podiatry

Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with you, learn from you and for the encouragement to further my degree!

-K.C.

Matthew Koscielski, MD
Pulmonary & Critical Care

Thanks for doing such a great job as our new Medical Director! You are always accessible and ready to listen to my concerns

-B.M.

Matthew Koscielski, MD
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Memorial Hospital

Thank you for your leadership.

-B.T.

Matthew Koscielski, MD
Thank you for all of your leadership and direction as our new medical director.  Your support of our department and all we are working to accomplish means a great deal to me!
-J.C.

Anna Kragt, MD
Beacon Medical Group Middlebury

I want to thank Dr. Anna for always being there to take care of my family. Dr. Anna is kind and very caring. I have been a patient there for over 15 years and the level of trust that I have for her and her staff is out of bounds. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

-A.C.

David Kramer, MD
Internal Medicine

Thanks for all your years of TLC! Also for saving Rick!

-L.R.

David Kramer, MD
Internal Medicine
I would like to thank Dr. David Kramer for detecting a mole on my arm that was malignant melanoma. I owe him my life. I was a busy mom and rarely visited the doctor. While at an appointment for my baby’s ear infection, I asked him about a mole on my arm. He was immediately concerned based on the color of the mole.  He took this mole off on his lunch break during his very busy week. Turns out it was melanoma. I was thirty years old and had no family history of melanoma. He quickly scheduled an appointment for me with dermatology to take off larger margins around the mole. I am now almost forty-seven and I am eternally grateful that he caught this cancer early. I have regular skin check ups and stay out of the sun. I feel very strongly that had I not had Dr. Kramer as my physician, I could have had a less favorable outcome. He is my hero. Because of him, I have gotten to be a healthy mom for these past seventeen years to my kids and I can’t express enough thanks to him!
-J.T.

Lindsay Kramer, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Memorial Children’s Hospital-Critical Kids
Thank you so much for being a such a great team member. Everyone is always so happy to see you on shift. You are very good with families and are pretty laid back when things get a tad crazy! You are so appreciated!!!
-JK

Lindsay Kramer, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Memorial Children’s Hospital-Critical Kids
Thank you for all you do for the children of Michiana.  They are so fortunate to have you as a physician.  I am also very grateful to have you as a colleague and friend.  It is always a pleasure to work with you.  Happy Doctor’s Day!
-T.M.

Allison Lamont, MD
Diagnostic Radiology

We love Dr. Lamont. She is kind, smart, easy to work and always willing to go the extra mile for her patients and the staff. She works extremely hard making sure the patient and family are as comfortable with the process as possible. When the staff has issues, she is always there to lend an ear and offer help if she can. We appreciate all her hard work and leadership in Radiology. She always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude!

-S.J.

Alison Lamont, MD
Diagnostic Radiology

Dr. Lamont is wonderful with every patient. She takes the time to listen to their concerns. She lights up the room with her personality. Thank you Dr. Lamont!

-K.K.

Alison Lamont, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
There is no “I” in team. How fortunate for all of us who work in the Breast Center and especially for our patients that Dr. Allison Lamont recognizes the importance of everyone working together as one! How grateful we are to work with the best of the best!

Dr. Lamont, thank you for being such an awesome doc in the Breast Center! We appreciate how approachable you are and your willingness to explain/teach to us. On top of your infectious laugh, you are also very uplifting and encouraging.

We appreciate you!

–From the Breast Center Staff–

Walter Langheinrich, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery

Thank you for saving my husband’s life. My husband has a shunt that malfunctioned June 18, 2016. He figured out what was causing my husband to be unresponsive. I was 6 months pregnant at the time. He was very kind and explained things so I could understand. He is one great neurosurgeon.

-J.H.

Walter Langheinrich, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery

Thank you for your expert care with diagnosing an unusual ganglion cyst on my husband’s spinal cord that was causing extreme pain. Surgery in Chicago removed the cyst and he is much better. Forever grateful for your expertise and care to diagnose the problem.

-T.K. and B.K.

Walter Langheinrich, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery

Thank you for all the years we have had together, from x-rays, MRI’s, to surgeries past and future. You always take the time needed to explain and support my condition. I don’t just have a great doctor, I have a friend.

-K.S.

Genevieve Lankowicz, MD
Elkhart General, Medical Staff President

Thank you for your passion and leadership to provide outstanding patient care throughout the EGH campus. Your contribution to so many successes speaks volumes of your guidance and collaboration with the medical staff.

-J.B.

Genevieve Lankowicz, MD
Elkhart General, Medical Staff President

Motivation, good listener, patience, CARING attitude and understanding – these are the most important medicines any doctor can prescribe. Thanks for doing that perfectly!

-K.M.

Aaron Lewis, MD
Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program
Thank You for doing all that you do daily. There is a big risk you all take to do your job. I couldn’t imagine what you & other physicians encounter daily not knowing what will behind the next door. The hard work you all have put in hasn’t gone unnoticed or unappreciated. You have been delightful & it’s nice to see a face that’s always smiling.
-JN

Dr. Mila Lim
Family Physician: Beacon Virtual Urgent Care

Thanks Dr. Mila for making our first virtual visit so fantastic! Your thoughtful questions and careful consideration of Paul was a delight and great confidence for us. What a wonderful service. Thank you for being so helpful.

-M.B.

Paul Liu, JD, MD
Beacon Medical Group Gynecologic Oncology
Thank you to Dr. Liu for being here for me as I needed a skilled and experienced surgeon. I so appreciate the time you have spent with me and my family answering our questions. I face additional treatment and am so thankful you are in the area to assist with that. You rock Dr. Liu!
-MT

Bruce Lockwitz, MD
Rheumatology
Thank you for being an awesome doctor! I always look forward to my doctor’s appointments with you. I can’t imagine a better doctor to take care of my psoriatic arthritis.
-K.C.

Jose Lopez, MD
Memorial Hospital Neurohospitalists

Dr. Lopez is the best neurologist ever. He always takes the time to do what is right for the patients and their families. He teaches staff with the care that he provides. He is dedicated to the stroke programs both at MHSB and EGH; giving up personal time with his family to prepare for the Joint Commission Stroke Accreditation process and all the multiple committees that he sits on to make a difference in the stroke patients lives.

-C.B.

Jose Lopez, MD
Memorial Hospital Neurohospitalists
Thank You for all you do for all your patients. You always take the time to explain things to the patients and families in a way they can understand. Thank you for coordinating the care of your patients with the other doctors on their team. Lastly, thank you for taking the time to educate the staff so that we can provide the best care possible to our patients.
-LN

Wen-Sun Lum, MD
Memorial Hospital Hospitalist
Thank you for always brightening my day whenever I see you. I love how you take so much time to care for the patients and their families. I also love how you show your kind heart with hugs and smiles. You are the main reason that helps me look forward to coming to work.
-K.B.

Carol Luzzi, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatric Multispecialty

Thank you Dr. Luzzi, for helping so many children in our Michiana area with their developmental and behavioral issues. I appreciate your help in caring for them here, and making it possible for families to stay in South Bend for their ongoing care. You are like a medical detective and a great advocate for children’s health.

-B.P.

Carol Luzzi, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatric Multispecialty
Thank you for working with my kids and helping them be the best they can be! You are an amazing part of their lives!
-CP

Carlton Lyons, MD
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Thank you Dr. Lyons for the compassion and patience you have for your patients. You rock!

-L.O.

Douglas MacGregor, DO
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Thank you so much for being so caring and helpful through my struggle with infertility. I can’t thank you enough for your compassion and support.
-JB

Heather Macklem, MD
Family Medicine

Thank you for being the most patient and caring dr., the time you take is above and beyond what you truly have time for in your busy day!

-T.H.

Heather Macklem, MD
Family Medicine

Thank you for always sharing you shoulder, heart and wisdom with me over all these years. Been through much and you have always helped and cared about me so much. I am sticking to you like glue so don’t retire anytime soon!

-K.L.

Heather Macklem, MD
Family Medicine

You are not only my Doctor for many years, but also so very nice to chat with when I need you! Happy Doctor’s Day to you! Blessings for 2017!

-M.D.

Jack Mahon, MD
Orthopedics

Dr. Mahon – thank you for taking such great care of my hand. You were a careful listener and very thoughtful in your approach to address the issue. You Rock!

-L.T.

Javed Malik, DO
Hematology Medical Oncology, Memorial Regional Cancer Center
Dr. Malik is awesome! He truly cares about his patients and making sure they have the best treatment choices, the best care, and the best outcomes. I am lucky to work with him and be a part of his team.
-JP

Majid Malik, MD
Beacon Medical Group Sleep Medicine

I just want to say Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me, you’re a great Doctor and I’m very happy to be your patient. I’m a new person and I feel alive again thanks to you.

-R.R.

Majid Malik, MD
Beacon Medical Group Sleep Medicine

Thank you for always putting our patients first and doing so with patience and kindness like I have never seen before. You earn their trust and respect in a single visit and have a lifetime of compassion for them. You overcome the adversities that are thrown in your direction with dignity and are not afraid to let your emotions show when appropriate to our patients. The things that I have learned from you as a co-worker, mentor and friend will remain with me through out my career.

THANK YOU AND HAPPY DOCTORS DAY!
-G.Y.

Majid Malik, MD
Beacon Medical Group Sleep Medicine
Dr. Malik is kind, wise and so good at helping people. He will be greatly missed in the community he served so well. Doctor’s like him are hard to come by! Thanks for everything you have been and meant to many!
-CB

Majid Malik, MD
Beacon Medical Group Sleep Medicine
Dr. Malik, I want you to know how much you helped me. After the past year and a half I finally feel like myself — I feel such a relief having the weight of that off my shoulders. Thank you doesn’t seem enough. I will always hold you in my respect for your caring ways and for helping me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope you are doing well and You know how much you are missed since the change in your practice. You are a very special Doctor and you really make a difference in your patients lives. I am so grateful to have met you!! Sincerely D.

Majid Malik, MD
Marcy Showalter, PA-C
Beacon Medical Group Sleep Medicine
Thank you for all you have done I will miss you both. You have both been very instrumental in my life.I loved that you both took the time for me and have been very helpful.
-AP

Christiaan Mamczak, DO
Beacon Medical Group Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
It never hurts to be told “Thank you” for what you do, so I would like to “Thank you” for everything you have done for my daughter and myself.
-K.W.

Christiaan Mamczak, DO
Dana Brackett, NP

Beacon Medical Group Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
Thanks for all that you do for our Trauma patients. You are great at the bedside with your patients as well as in the OR. No matter how late the night is, you still deliver top-notch care. We appreciate working with you.
-MM

Linda Mansfield, MD
Beacon Medical Group Sports Medicine

Thank you for all you do to help the athletes of not only Edwardsburg High School but the entire community. Your vast knowledge is always helpful, and is a great resource. Thank you for going above and beyond every day, it shows in how much athletes, parents, and the community respect and value you. Thank you for being a great leader, and teacher. Thank you for everything!

-M.K.

Linda Mansfield, MD
Beacon Medical Group Sports Medicine

Dr. Mansfield,

I wanted to write to let you know how thankful I am to be working for a physician like you. You always go above and beyond to help with every situation and provide the high quality care that you would expect for your loved ones. You are one of the most generous, caring, trustworthy physicians I have ever worked with and for. I have never felt so comfortable approaching a physician with questions, and have never felt like my feedback valued the way you do. I want to thank you again for all you do for all of us.

-K.W.

Linda Mansfield, MD
Beacon Medical Group Sports Medicine
Sunburst Races would like to thank our event’s Medical Director, Dr. Linda Mansfield, for the support she provides our runners and participants with, year-in and year-out.  Safety in our event is of the utmost importance and none of it would be possible without Dr. Mansfield leading the charge.  We appreciate all that you do for Sunburst, and athletes alike in the community!
-T.B.

Stephanie Martin, MD
Memorial Hospital of South Bend Hospitalist
Thank you for always listening to nursing and being open to suggestions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I enjoy when you help care for the patients with the doctors. You ROCK!
-B.B.

Keyna Martinez, MD
Beacon Medical Group Lakeville

We’ve been so blessed, the past 7 years under your care. You have taken great care of mom, dad and me. Thank you!

-C.H.

Dr. Keyna Martinez
Beacon Medical Group Lakeville

Thank you Dr. Martinez, for being kind, insightful, genuinely interested and so knowledgeable! I appreciate your integrity and interest. You get 5 stars from this very happy patient!

-P.B.

Keyna Martinez, MD
Beacon Medical Group Lakeville

Thank you for seeing me and for answering my questions so thoroughly! I feel so confident I am in the best hands possible! Grateful for you!

-S.H.

John Mathis, MD
Gastroenterology

Thank you for being a great physician. You have shown continued compassion, dedication, and patience with all you do. I have grown so much as a health professional under your guidance and professionalism. A true advocate for any patient or co worker. After twenty years working with you I have seen continued consistency, true to your beliefs, and loyalty. I have always felt like part of your team and family. You are loved. Thank you Dr. J. Mathis.

-B.S.

Andrew McAfee, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

Dr. McAfee: Thank you for being such a good and caring physicians to my dear friends. They are like family to me and I know they completely trust in your care, and any health matters they have, you have always addressed and taken care of. Thank you for being such a wonderful Beacon doc…you really do rock!

-P.N.

Andrew McAfee, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street
Dr. McAfee,

Thank you so much for helping to take care of my family and I over the last five years. I have never had a family physician with better “bedside manners” that you. With every visit, you demonstrated a kind and compassionate attitude. You listen attentively and always make sure I fully understand the treatment plan. You give me the opportunity to ask questions and don’t make me feel rushed when expressing my concerns, like many doctors I have had in the past. Not only are you a stellar medical doctor and an expert in your field, but you are a terrific human being. I hope to continue to be a patient of yours for many years to come.

Many thanks,
-HS

Andrew McAfee, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street
Thank You Andy for being such a great PCP. You always give me your undivided time and attention and listen to my concerns/answer all my questions. I like your special touch of walking me out when I leave. You’re the best!!!
-JK

Andrew McAfee, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street
Thank you for providing such FANTASTIC care for my family!  You’re always so kind and thorough, and I really appreciate that you and your team are so efficient!
-K.F.

Sam McGrath, MD
Memorial Regional Cancer Center

Thank you for your brilliance, your kindness and your humor. You have the ability to turn a negative experience into a positive one! I’m so very grateful for you.

-S.P.

Sam McGrath, MD
Memorial Regional Cancer Center
Thanks for always being so kind, positive and cheerful! It really helps your patients. I’d like to give a shout out to your excellent staff too. Thank you!!
-KR

Mark Meekhof, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

My family thanks Dr. Meekhof. He came to the hospital to deliver my son on a day he wasn’t on call to. Knowing he was there made me feel more at ease. We will never forget him coming over between his different events that day, to be there when I needed him. He is an excellent OB takes great care of his patients.

-E.M.

Vijay Mehta, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists Riverpointe

Always takes his time with me.

-D.G.

Michael Messmer, DO
Beacon Medical Group Sports Medicine

Thank you for bringing your expertise in sports medicine and orthopedics to Beacon! You are a great listener and I so appreciate your enthusiasm for helping patients like me.

-L.T.

Russell Miller, MD

Thank you for being a great doctor. You make sure that all health issues are reviewed with follow-up from you, or sending me to specialists. You explain my health and wellness issues and even suggest sources to research myself. You take the time to listen and give feedback. You talk to me like another person, not just a patient, which makes communication easier for me.

-R.P.

Raman Mitra, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend

I’ve been blessed to have you as my doctor for 18 years. Thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart!

-R.M.

Raman Mitra, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend

Dr. Mitra,

Thank you for the wonderful care given to me by you and your staff. You are an amazing doctor and surgeon who is dedicated to the best possible care for your patients.

Thanks again,

-K.A.

Mark Monahan, MD
Emergency Medicine

Thank you for your support and assistance, and your are a inspiration for me.

-K.S.

Sandra Morgan, MD
BMG Pediatrics Bristol Street
We greatly appreciate your compassion in caring for our kids.
-JM

Sandra Morgan, MD
BMG Pediatrics Bristol Street
Thank you Dr. Morgan for always taking such good care of our son, Myles! We always leave his appointments not only feeling good about the care you have given Myles but also about us as first-time parents! Myles has had some developmental delays and you have been so attentive and helpful! We are sincerely blessed and grateful for YOU!!
-SL

Shelley Morris, DO
Beacon Medical Group Bittersweet Commons

Always made to feel very welcomed. Dr. Morris is very kind and caring. She makes it very easy to ask questions and gives answers in an easy to understand manner. She works with me on my medical problems, which I appreciate. I hold her in high regard and would happily recommend her to anyone.

-B.S.

Colleen Morrison, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Thanks for your dedication to the children you care for on a daily basis.

-S.C.

Colleen Morrison, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

I have observed the excellent care and compassion you given all the kids and the families who visit Memorial Children’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. You all ROCK! I am so proud to be a volunteer in this unit. Can’t wait to until we can move to our new children’s hospital addition.

-M.W.

Colleen Morrison, MD
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Thank you Dr Morrison to be like you are with all your patients.

-D.M.

Colleen Morrison, MD
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Thank you so much for your care and treatment of my son on his cancer journey.

-S.C.

Colleen Morrison, MD
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Morrison not only provided my child with excellent care she also helped me navigate through parenting a child with possible terminal cancer. I truly believe without Dr. Morrison’s guidance my daughter wouldn’t be here today. And I can’t thank her enough for that! She is a wonderful Doc and person!

-M.M.

Colleen Morrison, MD
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Thank you for always being wonderful with (our daughter) during her check ups.

-T.S.

Colleen Morrison, MD
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Thank you for all your years of care and understanding with Bella. You have always gone above and beyond to make sure we understood each option and were comfortable with every treatment. You made it possible for her to live as normally as possible and helped us to keep her safe through everything. You have no idea what all this has meant to us!!!

-A.G.

Colleen Morrison, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Thank you for the love and care you have given Simon over the years. You always go above and beyond to make sure that he gets the best care possible. To me, you are the reason my son still lives and I will be eternally grateful to you. I have a son because you cared enough to search all the options and make the best choices possible during very difficult times in his treatment. We love you and feel so blessed that you are his oncologist.

-T.B.

Colleen Morrison, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Thank you Dr. Morrison!
-JS

Colleen Morrison, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Thank you for all you do!
-KS

Colleen Morrison, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Thank you, and all the staff, for doing everything you could to make our son better. And for putting up with his parents.
-RR

Colleen Morrison, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
You were more than a dr to us. The way you cared for her and always made her feel at ease with procedures she had to endure, she always 100% knew she was in amazing hands. You gave us so much more time with our amazing daughter, I couldn’t ask for more. You are our amazing, truly brilliant Dr. and mean the world to us. We love you Dr. Morrison, thank you for treating her like your family.
-KS

Colleen Morrison, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Thank you for saving my life. You are my hero. I love you. Love,
-CH

Kelly Mortell, MD
Beacon Medical Group Vein Specialists

Thank You for ALWAYS being sweet and patient with staff.

-D.R.

Kelly Mortell, MD
Beacon Medical Group Vein Specialists
Dr. Mortell made a painful procedure less stressful. She is compassionate, kind and patient. I recommend Dr. Mortell and her staff to others who may need vein surgery.
-J.P.

Usama Moustafa, MD
Pediatrician

Dr. Moustafa goes above and beyond.

-W.S.

Laura Munkel, MD
Beacon Medical Group Goshen

Thank you for allowing me to be your patient. You’re the best!

-K.M.

Laura Munkel, MD
Beacon Medical Group Goshen
Thanks for keeping us all healthy! You are much appreciated!
-SS

Venkata Musunuru, MD
Anesthesiology, Memorial Hospital

Dr. Musunuru – Thank you for taking such great care of me during surgery. I appreciate that you took the time to walk me through the various approaches for anesthesia for my case. You engaged me in the decision-making process…and that meant a great deal to me. I know Anesthesiologists may not get the glory…but you certainly deserve the spotlight. Thanks again!

-L.T.

Venkata Musunuru, MD
Anesthesiology, Memorial Hospital
Thank you, Dr Musunuru, for taking great care of me during my surgery in December.  I felt safe going under anesthesia knowing that you were my anesthesiologist.  You were able to cancel your vacation to be my anesthesiologist.  You will never know how much that meant to me!  XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
-L.H.

Anish Nayee, MD
Urology

For the last 30 years my husband has had stones in his only kidney and even after many surgeries and procedures Drs have not been able to remove all of them. Dr. Nayee was able to get all the stones and is confident that he did. I seen them before they were sent for testing and could have cried I was so overwhelmed with relief. Technology, skill and prayers has definitely blessed my husband. Thank you Dr. Nayee and surgical staff. All of Outpatient staff were awesome as well.

-D.M.

Ronald Nelson, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend

Gary Fromm, MD
Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Memorial Hospital

Where do I start Thanking Dr. R. Nelson & Dr. G. Fromm! It was an experience I never wanted to live when I lost my mom 2006 (Christmas Eve).

It was a difficult day with hard decisions for me and my siblings, but Dr. Nelson sat with us and then here comes Dr. Fromm sitting with me giving us comfort that I did not expect, but I definitely needed it more than ever. Sometimes I think it was because they knew me, but over the years working with them in different settings I see it’s just who they are.

Very kind, Very caring, Very passionate, so I solute our doctors as much as possible.

Thank you & Happy Doctor’s Day.

-S.D.

Ronald Nelson, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend

Dr. Nelson always advocates for his patients and takes that extra time to sit down and talk with his patients and families. He’s always so caring to the staff and always says “hello” and asks how you’re doing. He’s a prime example of a excellent doctor 🙂

-N.S.

Ronald Nelson, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend

Dr. Nelson is a kind, gentle man that everyone he encounters truly believe the same. His patients absolutely love him and why wouldn’t they; because they know they are in excellent hands or an outstanding clinician and they know that Dr. Nelson will give a 110% of his time to them while under his care. Staff have so much respect for Dr. Nelson- in crisis situations he is the calming factor that poles patients through. I’ve never ever seen Dr. Nelson get upset at anyone or any situation. He is a teacher for both physicians and staff- no question is too dumb and he will give you all the time you need to understand his answers. His colleagues have respect for him and he a great role model for them.

-C.B.

Ronald Nelson, MD, FACC
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend
Thank you so much for all that you do!
-RH

Ronald Nelson, MD, FACC
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend
Let me add my note of thanks to this excellent physician for his care and compassion. I had the pleasure of working with you some 20 years ago as a nurse on the 7th floor. You were always the “go to guy” whenever we had concerns or issues with patients. We never hesitated to call – no matter the time. You always had the time to listen and were willing to teach-with kindness and that twinkle in your eye. Then, I was on the other side of the fence. My son had congenital heart issues and needed interventions. You were so calm and reassuring as you gave us guidance and direction for his care. Physicians, nurses, patients and family feel so fortunate that we have you here locally. Many thanks Dr. Nelson, for all you’ve done and continue to do. We need more doctors just like you!
-SB

Monika Niemiec, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Thank you for always listening to nursing and being open to suggestions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I enjoy when you help care for the patients with the doctors. You ROCK!
-B.B.

Barbara Niklinska, MD
Internal Medicine
Thank you Doctor Niklinska.
I am so grateful I am one of your patients. A patient that is healthy and on beneficial medications. 🙂
-MR

Kwabena Osei, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Memorial Children’s Hospital – Critical Kids
Thank you Dr Osei for all you do to make our Peds Unit so special. We appreciate the time you spend on the unit making yourself available to the staff and families for questions and concerns. Your big smile is a welcome sight!!
-JK

Kwabena Osei, MD
Thank you for all you do for the children of Michiana.  They are so fortunate to have you as a physician.  I am also very grateful to have you as a colleague and friend.  It is always a pleasure to work with you.  Happy Doctors’ Day!
-T.M.

Pierre Frantz Ovide, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Memorial Children’s Hospital-Critical Kids
We are so grateful to have you as a part of our team, Dr Ovide. I appreciate you always keeping me informed of what is happening with our patients. You always greet me with a big smile and handle my teasing with that same smile. You take such good care of our kids and spend extra time with families addressing their concerns.
You’re the best!!
-JK

Pierre Frantz Ovide, MD
Thank you for all you do for the children of Michiana.  They are so fortunate to have you as a physician.  I am also very grateful to have you as a colleague and friend.  It is always a pleasure to work with you.  Happy Doctors’ Day!
-T.M.

Jay Patel, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cardiothoracic Surgery South Bend

Thank you for everything that you do!!

We love you, Dr. Patel!

-A.P.

Neal Patel, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery South Bend

Thank you for all the help with my surgery and care…your awesome! I appreciate your compassion for the job and patients.

-L.O.

Neal Patel, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery South Bend

First of all thank you! You have been one of the most amazing doctors ever! Not only because you relieve me of the pain in my leg that I was constantly dealing with for the past year, but also because of your bedside manner! You made me and my family feel confident that you knew what you were doing and I was going to be fine. Kind of hard for a patient to feel when they are about to undergo back surgery. So thank you for everything you do, and most of all thank you for giving me my life back!

-E.M.

Neal Patel, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery South Bend
Thank you Doctor Patel for putting me back together and being the best at what you do!
-SD

Neal Patel, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery South Bend
Dr. Patel is a amazing Dr., I had pretty much given up hope that there was anything any Dr. could do for me. Within the first few minutes of my appointment I knew I was in the right place, he immediately came up with a plan for me and explained everything to me in detail. I am so grateful to him for everything he is doing for me!!!
-GR

Neal Patel, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery South Bend
Thank you very much for the wonderful care provided to my husband before and after his spinal surgery.  He is pain free and standing taller these days.  Thank you very much again.
-V.M.

Samir Patel, MD
Elkhart General Hospital, Radiology

Thank you so much for taking the time on the day of my mammogram to go ahead and biopsy the lesion that we found to be cancer. It would have been easy to just schedule me later, but you were willing to mess up your schedule so I could find out sooner, get treatment started sooner, and be on my way to beating cancer sooner. Please also thank your nursing staff (I can’t remember all their names). They were professional, efficient, and caring. What a blessing they were to me and are to you and EGH!

-M.S.

Samir Patel, MD
Elkhart General Hospital, Radiology

Thank you for providing outstanding care to those we serve each day. I appreciate all you do to make EGH Radiology Services one of the best!!

-C.R.

Samir Patel, MD
Elkhart General Hospital, Radiology
There is no “I” in team. How fortunate for all of us who work in the Breast Center and especially for our patients that Dr. Samir Patel recognizes the importance of everyone working together as one! How grateful we are to work with the best of the best! You are always willing to take the time to explain and answer questions for us and our patients.

We appreciate you!!

–From the Breast Center staff–

Jennifer Pennington, DO
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

Dr. Pennington is the first doctor who has really and truly taken the time to listen to me. I love that she takes her time with her patients, even if that mean she may run behind from time to time. Also, she takes the time to make sure you are okay with what she is prescribing or what action plan she has put in place, she really values your input into your health care as well. I could not think of a better person to take care of myself or my family.

-K.B.

Jennifer Pennington, DO
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

Thank you for the care you provide to me, my girls and my mom. Your compassion and willingness to sit and listen is so appreciated!

-P.G.

Jennifer Pennington, DO
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp

Thank you for being so kind and caring every time I see you. You are kind and compassionate as well as being a great doctor. Whenever anyone asks for a doctor recommendation, I always tell them to call you! Thank you for all you do, and Happy Doctors’ Day!

-M.S.

Jennifer Pennington, DO
Beacon Medical Group Schwartz-Wiekamp
Thank you for all of the great care you give and time you are willing to spend with me.  Your personal touches and questions about the family make it easier to open up about all problems that might be going on.
-J.C.

Charles Peterson, MD
Surgery

Thank you so much for seeing me so quickly and getting me into surgery right before Christmas.

-W.D.C.

Charles Peterson, MD
Surgery
Dr. Peterson,
A special thanks to our Medical Director at Memorial Outpatient Wound Care. We appreciate your knowledge and your teachings to all of us. Your kindness and gentleness is calming to the patients. We thank you for your patience with our staff as we are learning each day also. We all are so happy to work with you here at OPWC.
-SB

Tamara Pinto, FNP
Beacon Medical Group Elkhart East

Thanks so much for your kind and caring, you always take the time to listen to my concerns and address them. Please keep up the great work.

-G.H.

Thomas Poulin, MD
General and Vascular Surgery
One of the greatest Doctors I have had the pleasure to work with !!  Always pleasant, friendly, and professional!!
-L.H.

Ronald Powell, MD
Family Medicine

No matter what kind of day you’re having or if you are sicker than you’ve ever been Dr. Powell effortlessly makes you smile with his witty jokes and sarcasm about the new age technology. He delivered all four of my children naturally beginning in 1991 when I was 17 to 1993, 1999, and 2002….his famous last words every birth was “The easiest pain to forget” Obviously he was right! Dr. Powell will go out of his way for every patient and treats my family like his own everytime!! Best Dr. in OC.

-K.D.

Mark Priebe, MD
Family Medicine

Thank you for all you do for us. The time you spend answering questions is awesome. I have never left feeling unsure about anything. You rock!

-B.B.

Kelly Puster, MD
General Surgery

Thank you for serving on the EGH Board and for your commitment towards EGH.

-C.R.

Kelly Puster, MD
General Surgery
Thank you for being such an outstanding role model for your peers and colleagues. You are a great surgeon who is gracious, conscientious ,and has the very best interest of her patients at all times. You are humble ands kind. It has been a priviledge to work with you.
-J.B.

Margaret Quate, MD
Nephrology

Many thanks to you and Nurse Practitioner Sarah for the care and attention provided to my mom. I know both of you and Dr. Schmitz are only a phone call away whenever we urgently need your advice and services. Thank you for your compassion and understanding, thank you for having the best interest of my mom’s health in mind when guiding us through her medical needs.

-J.G.

Margaret Quate-Operacz, MD
Nephrology

Dr. Quate,

Thank you so much for being such a wonderful physician to not only me but also now several members of my family. The care and concern you have shown all of us is amazing. I know that the main reason my dad is still alive and enjoying time with his grandkids is because of you. Thank you for being an incredible physician. We are all so blessed to have you in our lives!

-J.C.

Christopher Quinn, MD
Family Medicine

Dr. Quinn has been our family physician for many years. He has always been in agreement with the Drs at Beacon and assures us the persons performing our procedures and tests are very capable and approves them. He always listens to us when we share our concerns and always gets back to us the same day if we have a need. He has a special place in the heart of our family and we appreciate him and his staff.

-D.M.

Christopher Quinn, MD
Family Medicine

I have been a patient of Dr. Quinn’s for many years. He always takes the time to listen to my concerns and figure out the best plan of care. I realize that doctoring nurses is not as easy task!

-B.M.

Christopher Quinn, MD
Family Medicine
Thank you for taking care of my whole family!
-LM

Jagadeesh Reddy, MD, MPH, FAAP
Beacon Medical Group Behavioral Health South Bend
Dr. Reddy,
Thank you for being so awesome during the night shift when we call you many times for patients’ care. Thank you for understanding that we all have learning curves and it takes time for us new people to get it right. Thank you for reaching out with information to explain and teach us more about your decision and how we can handle it. Your attitude is welcoming and embracing toward us and for that I am thankful.
-SH

 

Maryalice Reid, MD
BMG Pediatrics Bristol Street

Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have given us. Olivia loves you so much she tells me she misses you at least weekly and doesn’t want to leave your office when we come in.

-KF

Thomas Reid, III, MD, PhD
Memorial Regional Cancer Center

Thank you for your genius, your kindness, your compassion and your ability to explain the most complex things in a simple, meaningful way!

-S.P.

Thomas Reid, III, MD, PhD
Memorial Regional Cancer Center

The only thing more scary then going into the ER because something is wrong with your heart, is hearing that your heart is fine, and that a cancer tumor is causing it to act erratically. Dr. Reid was with me every day of my 21 days in the hospital, including two biopsies, one of which required going into the chest cavity ( thank you to Dr Lamb as well!), many tests, and lots of explaining. He was also with me every step of the way though chemotherapy, the sickness, more tests, and the joy of finding that the cancer was gone.

But that wasn’t the end. He continued to be with me through recovery, verification tests and the anxiety that has come with it. He continues to be with me now.

Thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done, and everything you will do. Thank you for coming to see me that first night. Thank you for listening, even when I’m just anxious.

Thank you, for being you.

-B.F.

Thomas Reid, III, MD, PhD
Memorial Regional Cancer Center

Thank you for your kindness, your knowledge, and your willingness to explain everything in a way patient’s can understand! You rock!!

-L.K.

Thomas J. Reid, III, MD, PhD, FACP
Memorial Regional Cancer Center
Dr. Reid – Thank you for being you. When I knew that something wasn’t right with my body, you stuck with it and found the cause. I appreciate your thoroughness and witty humor. I hope that you enjoy this day dedicated to honoring doctors such as you!
-GM

Thomas J. Reid, III, MD, PhD, FACP
Memorial Regional Cancer Center
Thank you for your kindness during my breast cancer journey last summer. I really appreciate your knowledge and the way you and your team follow up with their patients. All the best to you for what you do!!
-KR

Thomas J. Reid, III, MD, PhD, FACP
Memorial Regional Cancer Center
Dr Reid is the most compassionate doctor I have ever met… He made the scariest part of my life seem like a walk in the park!
-AM

Thomas J. Reid, III, MD, PhD, FACP
Memorial Regional Cancer Center
Thank you for making my cancer treatment as easy as possible and for putting up with my insane anxiety! You are the man!
-AW

James Reidy, MD
Family Medicine

I am so thankful to have Dr. Reidy as my PCP. Whenever I have an appointment with him he always takes the time to really LISTEN to my concerns. Because I am a soon-to-be-RN, I often think I already know what my ailment is, and have my own thoughts on how it likely should be treated. Dr. Reidy always politely takes my info into consideration, but ultimately he forms his own diagnosis.

What I love most about him is how always shares with me WHY he thinks what he thinks, and he never hesitates to take the time to carefully explain to me his thought processes on how and why he believes “x, y, & z” to be true and why whatever he is prescribing to be the most appropriate treatment.

Another wonderful thing about Dr. Reidy is that he is always willing to go above and beyond. In December of 2016, I went on a medical mission to Haiti and had many immunizations and health documents that I needed. Although I didn’t have a lot of time to collect them, he made sure that I had everything that I needed in order to have a safe and healthy trip. He has also been on medical missions himself, and shared his experiences and some safety tips with me.

I respect Dr. Reidy immensely and I wish that every patient could have a physician as great as mine. He is not only a very smart, witty doctor, but a genuinely good human being as well!

Happy Doctor’s Day, Dr. Reidy!!!

-A.M.

Betsy Rossow, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital – Critical Kids
Thank you so very much, Betsy, for being such a valuable member of our Peds family. We very much appreciate the amount of time you spend on the unit keeping the staff and our families informed on the plan of care.
You are always up for a little silliness which is what makes our unit special. You are a great resource for our staff!!
-JK

Betsy Rossow, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital – Critical Kids
Thank you for all you do for the children of Michiana.  They are so fortunate to have you as a physician.  I am also very grateful to have you as a colleague and friend.  It is always a pleasure to work with you.  Happy Doctors’ Day!
-T.M.

William Rozzi, MD
Orthopedics

Thank you for being an awesome doctor to my 96-year-old mom recently. Great care and compassion to the elderly makes you an awesome physician!

-K.L.

Patrick Russell, DO
Neurology

I can’t begin to thank Dr. Russell for all of his time and dedication that he has provided to my mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Her care needs are complex and never ending. He has always made himself available to help with needed medication changes to assist with her care needs. This has required patience, understanding and compassion to help her with a quality of life. I can’t say it enough, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. We are very fortunate to have you in our community providing such wonderful care. You are so appreciated!! 🙂

-J.V.

David Sabato MD
Ear, Nose & Throat

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with staff and your thoughtful consideration of your patients care. It is always a fun day to be assigned to your room.

-L.W.

Basman Salous, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

Thank you, Dr. Salous for taking such good care of my medical needs. You are a wonderful doctor that put’s your patients FIRST. A joy to have you as my main physician!

Best to you,

-K.B.

Basman Salous, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

I want to thank you for taking such great care of me and my family for so many years. You are the best. I truly appreciate your care that you give us.

-J.R.

Basman Salous, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street
Dr. Salous is truly special soul. He treats me his patient, with compassion, like I am his daughter or sister every time I see him. Going to the doctor can be stressful and worrisome but when a doctor treats you like family and leaves you feeling better than when you came in, it makes a world of difference. Many new doctors are smart with book knowledge but not all of them treat you with kindness like Dr. Salous does!
-EM

Frederick Scheel, MD
Family Medicine
Thanks for looking out for me over these past many years and keeping me in good health to enjoy the senior years.
-MP

Mark Schmeltz, DO
Beacon Medical Group Bittersweet Commons

Thank you Dr. Schmeltz for the phenomenal care you provide to my entire family. From my kids to my husband to my mom to my sister, you provide compassion, expertise, integrity, and unsurpassed healthcare! We appreciate you more than you know. Thank you for everything you do and Happy Doctors Day!

-T.G.

Joseph Schnittker, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery Elkhart

At the scariest time in my life facing a HUGE surgery and uncertainty, you saved and repaired my life. You are the epitome of a phenomenal surgeon with high morals and values. I have enjoyed our patient/physician relationship as well as working side by side with you for years. I will always be grateful for our friendship as well as all of our banter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! 🙂

-J.B.

Joseph Schnittker, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery Elkhart

Dr. Schnittker,

Thank you for being such an outstanding person. You are not only extremely talented at your profession (compassionate for your patients, a great advocate to your patients always wanting what’s best for them, always taking every detail into account, extremely intelligent, and always holding yourself accountable to take care of a patient before taking care of yourself, always willing to sacrifice your time if someone truly needs your help); You are truly a wonderful down-to-earth person that goes out of your way to say hello to people. Remain humble no matter the situation, (never talking down to anyone and always making people feel they are at the same level you). You are probably the most patient man I know (always remain calm even in the most stressful situations, and hardly ever raise your voice, and when you do, it is definitely deserving, but still delivered in a respectful manner). You are very forgiving when we make mistakes, as long as we learn from them. I have been lucky enough to get to know you away from work on a mission trip, and you are so much fun with a great sense of humor. You honestly always put others before yourself, and truly are one of the last true gentlemen left on earth. You are truly admirable as a doctor and as a human being. Just such a good person. I feel very lucky to work with you, and I thank you for making my job enjoyable! You are my favorite surgeon to work with! HAPPY DOCTOR’S DAY!!! YOU DESERVE THE BEST DAY EVER! (Please now read the part in all caps in a British accent) 😉
-RF

Joseph Schnittker, MD
Beacon Medical Group North Central Neurosurgery Elkhart
It has been an absolute honor and privilege to have worked with you these last (almost) 20yrs. I can’t imagine a better individual or doctor to work for. Your generosity and kindness knows no bounds. You took a chance on a “green” nurse who knew absolutely nothing about Neurosurgery and taught me everything that I know with great patience and for that I’ll be eternally grateful!
-K.C.

Mark Schramm, MD
Orthopedics
Thank you, Dr. Schramm, for your great bedside manner with your patients and positive attitude with your nurses 🙂 You truly rock, and the Surgical Care Unit nurses appreciate you so much!
-BP

Jonathan Schrock, MD
Pain Management
I want to thank each and everyone of my Doctors for everything they have done for me. I love you all !!!! And THANK YOU ALL AGAIN !!
-SM

Rachel Schuster, DO
Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

You continue to amaze me you are totally supportive and treat my mind, body and soul. Thank you for all you do for me I hope you realize how much I love you being “my” resident that’s how you make me feel. Thank you, you are GREAT.

-E.U.

Bradley Scott, MD
Family Medicine

Thank you, Dr. Scott, for the extraordinary care for my husband and me. We are so fortunate to have your professional skills responding to our needs as we age. We are very grateful you accepted us after our long time doctor retired. Thank you for helping us enjoy this quality of life.

-B.D.

Bradley Scott, MD
Family Medicine

Thanks for always being so kind & thoughtful!

-D.M.

Bradley Scott, MD
Family Medicine
Dr. Scott is AMAZING. He always takes extra time and care to listen, connect and resolve whatever issues we are having. He is always kind, thoughtful, and caring. He listens/acts as though he were part of our family. A true asset to the community.
-PF


Bradley Scott, MD

Family Medicine
Thanks Dr. Scott for listening, caring and participating with our health needs. You never make us feel silly for our aches and pains and always pursue the cause. We feel very lucky to have you as our doctor and appreciate all of your hard work and concern.
Gratefully,
-The H. Family

Richard Seall, MD
Emergency Medicine

Thanks for being a great example of a man and a great doctor.

-K.S.

Susan Senn, PA
Memorial Hospital of South Bend Hospitalist
Thank you for always listening to nursing and being open to suggestions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I enjoy when you help care for the patients with the doctors. You ROCK!
-B.B.

Keith Sherry, MD
Emergency Medicine

Thanks for all you do.

-K.S.

James Shoemaker, MD
Elkhart General Hospital, Emergency Medicine

Last April, my then 7-week-old daughter stopped breathing multiple times. We rushed to the ER where we were then seen by Dr. Shoemaker. Her stats began dropping again and he ran in and was able to help get things stabilized. Very shortly, he discovered she had pneumonia that had developed after a minor upper respiratory infection. He put through a transfer to Memorial Children’s Hospital and C. was better than ever within 4 days. He was kind, compassionate, and reassuring during a time when I felt like everything was out of my control. We are forever grateful that he was the one we saw that day.

-M.F.

Jerome Skelly, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

I am so grateful to have found such a wonderful physician whom I can always count on to listen to me and take the time to make sure all my healthcare issues are discussed and treated with the utmost care. Thanks, Dr. Skelly…you ROCK!

-P.N.

Jerome Skelly, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road
Thanks so much for you excellent care. I’m feeling so much better!
-EC

Kevin Small, MD
Beacon Medical Group Vascular Interventional Radiology

Thank You! for your compassion towards patients and staff!

-D.R.

Vitaliy Soloveychik, MD
NICU

Even though Dr. Soloveychik is no longer at Memorial Children’s Hospital in the NICU, he provided our daughter, who is now 7, with great care and resources during her time in the NICU and in assisting us with transferring her to the NICU at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. We thank you as well as all of the other nurses and other doctors during that time when she needed it the most. We are thankful for all of you!

Sincerely,

-J.H.

Bruce Speicher, DO

Es usted un excellente doctor. Gracias for todo.

-S.L.

Amanda Springer, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road

Dear Dr. Springer,

Because insurance has changed our life a ton we had to leave a doctor we loved and trusted. We’ve bounced around to different offices and even gone without for myself for the last 3 years. Having a doctor we trust with our special needs daughter is so important. You being in our lives and on her healthcare team and mine too has eased our minds in a way we cannot express. Your kindness and willingness to hear us is so meaningful to us. It gives us great comfort to know you care and you are located so close to home. You empowered me to take care of myself better and you’re ability to get paperwork done quickly while seems like an unimportant thing is really very huge to us. You may never really know that when I got a call saying we were approved to see you I actually did a dance in my living room. My parents, husband and I cried tears of joy knowing our daughter finally had a doctor and not just any doctor… you.

Thank you for caring about us,

-J.B.

Michael Steinberg, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cardiothoracic Surgery

Thanks to all the staff for taking good care of me during my Heart Surgery. With the Rehabilitation and concern for me everything is going very well.

-M.V.

Michael Steinberg, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cardiothoracic Surgery South Bend

My mother was very ill at another hospital, and Dr. Wibbens had reached out to get ahold of Dr. Steinberg for me so that I could get my mom transferred to Memorial. Dr. Steinberg called me, even though he’d never met me, and arranged the transfer after hearing about her case. He greeted my mom upon arrival to Memorial and for the next month, he was her primary physician in the Open Heart Critical Care unit. He was compassionate and honest. Despite my mom’s prognosis being poor, with Dr. Steinberg’s expertise, my mom managed to live through her ordeal, and actually just came home two days ago.

Thanks Dr. Steinberg for helping save my mom’s life!

-J.F.

Michael Steinberg, MD
Beacon Medical Group Cardiothoracic Surgery South Bend
It is a pleasure to work with you and I appreciate your dedication. I feel very proud to say I work on the heart team with such a talented physician.
-LB

William Stonehill, MD
Urology
Dr. Stonehill,
Thank you for your patience, kindness, professionalism, and fun in the OR! You are a pleasure to work with and make learning as a Peri-Op 101 student a wonderful experience 🙂
-AM

Nicholas Straniero, MD
Beacon Medical Group Rheumatology Main Street

Dr. Straniero, Thank you for the awesome care you have given both of us over the last several years. Happy Doctor’s Day to you.

-P.S.

Nicholas Straniero, MD
Beacon Medical Group Rheumatology Main Street
Thank you for being my doctor for so many years.
-SP

Nicholas Straniero, MD
Beacon Medical Group Rheumatology Main Street
Thank you Dr. Straniero for your expert care. You have kept me healthy and very active with little or no pain. You always show extreme concern for me and my arthritis. You are a true blessing.
-JC

James Strycker, MD
Family Medicine

This is my son’s Dr. he has gone above and beyond on his care. My son has so many medical problems and he has done very well. We both care a lot about dr. Thank you for your wonderful care.

-K.S.

Thomas Sutula, MD
Faculty, E. Blair Warner Family Medicine Residency Program

It’s funny, because I was thinking today that I really needed to sit down and do something to say thank you and a Beacon email popped up regarding sharing gratitude with your doctor. I can’t begin to thank you for the support and care you have given with Uncle Chuck. I have never met a physician like you and I know the health care system would be vastly different if there were more people in the health care field like you. My gratitude runs deeper than you will know and though we have hit a number of walls along the way, having you to lead the way in Uncle Chuck’s care was a God-send. You are an amazing physician and I know this says a lot about you personally. With deepest appreciation!

-C.M.

Thomas Sutula, MD
Faculty, E. Blair Warner Family Medicine Residency Program
Dr. Sutula,
Thank you SO much for reaching out and helping us at the OP Wound Care Center. We appreciate your assistance to come to our clinic and for being on call. Now, you are adding more hours and even more in July. Your expertise and kindness is very much appreciated. The staff and patients love you. Thanks!
-SB

Szabolcs Szabo, MD
Beacon Medical Group Interventional Cardiology
Thank you very much for the wonderful care provided to my husband when he had a heart attack and for finding the PFO in his heart.  He may not be here today if it was not for you. I can not thank you enough!!
-V.M.

Jeffrey Szuba, MD
Beacon Medical Group Bristol
Thank you for how smoothly the entire office runs!! I never have to wait long, the staff seems happy to be there and kind, then Dr. Szuba takes his time and listens.

Thanks!
-LL

Matthew Teters, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street
For the years you have looked after us.
Thank you.
-The W family

Scott Thomas, MD, FACS
General and Trauma Surgery
Fifteen years ago I was 8 months pregnant and came in with a ruptured appendix. I  was very scared didn’t know what to expect didn’t know if I was going to lose my child. Dr.  Thomas was called in to do my surgery, and to comfort a hysterical first time mother. He didn’t just comfort myself but my husband as well. Four yrs. latter I had the pleasure of working side by side with Dr. Thomas in ICU , I always thought that I was the special one that got his awesome bedside manner when I was scared, but he treats all his patients with his special caring hand and compassion. Thank you for being a great caring physician.
-V.R.

Scott Thomas, MD, FACS
General and Trauma Surgery
Happy Doctors’ Day!!!
Thank you for being the best Trauma Medical Director ever!  I could not ask for a better mentor or leader.
Dusten
-D.R.

Mark Thompson, MD
Surgery

Dear Dr. Thompson,

You have treated my grandfather with the utmost respect and courteousness when he has needed your expert care, and my family and I could not express our gratitude enough. Being 91 years young, my grandfather appreciates patience, kindness, and attention to his ailments, and you exude these qualities graciously, oftentimes with such appreciated candor as well. I also remember you being so gentle and reassuring to me when I was a nervous wreck with the surgeries I had to undergo, and even reminding me that you wouldn’t let me leave the operating room with a “bad” scar. Thank you, for doing what you do, while remaining so down-to-earth and practical while impacting your patients’ lives. You are a gem of a physician.

-E.M.

Michelle Thompson, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital

Thank you for listening and caring to what we are saying. You sat with us and explained things so we could understand with compassion and understanding and we could tell that you cared. You are an inspiration…

-K.E.

Michelle Thompson, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital

My Grandpa was admitted in January with COPD exacerbation. He and the rest of my family were really impressed with the time you took to provide genuine care. I so appreciated knowing that he was in such good hands. Thank you for all that you do!

-K.M.

Michelle Thompson, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Michelle,
Thank you for the exceptional care you gave my husband when going through all his cancer treatment. You are an angel sent from above and I thank God for you everyday! You not only took care of him but you also took care of me! You are the best of the best my dear friend!!
Love you to the moon and back!!
-J

Michelle Thompson, MD
Hospitalist, Memorial Hospital
Thank you for always listening to nursing and being open to suggestions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I enjoy when you help care for the patients with the doctors. You ROCK!
-B.B.

James Tieman, MD
Beacon Medical Group Ireland Road
Thanks Dr. Tieman for taking such good care of my family. We all appreciate your kindness, patience, expertise and care. More than once you have been a true life saver!
-JH

Juanito Uy, MD
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
If you are in need of an endrocrinologist, Dr. Uy is amazing. Battling thyroid or diabetes, look no further. Thank you so much Dr. Uy for helping my mother and I.
You do rock!
-EC

Juanito Uy, MD
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Dr. Uy has taught how to manage my disease in a way that is helpful and healthy. Dr. Uy saw me at my worst and has continued to educate me on ways to fight to stay healthy emotionally and physically. I’m grateful for a doctor that listens to the whole me.
-BM

Ngan Van, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

Thank you Dr. Van for taking such good care my mother. She has been pretty sick with a number of issues, the flu, bronchitis and a pretty bad asthma attack. You always take the time to listen and truly care. Both my mom and are I are very lucky to have such a caring doctor taking care of us. You Are The Best!!!! Not only that but your nurses Angie and Cassie are awesome!

-T.V.

Ngan Van, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

You are an awesome Dr. I trust you and you are always a upbeat, positive person. Rock On With Your Bad Self !

-D.H.

Ngan Van, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street

Thank you for always providing the best care possible for my parents. Your patience and compassion is truly appreciated. I know we have asked a lot from you lately and it hasn’t gone unnoticed that you have been so responsive to our needs.

-J.G.

Ngan Van, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street
Thank you, Dr. Van, for always understanding. You are awesome!
-DG

Ngan Van, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street
Dr. Van–
Thank you for taking the time to make me feel like a person and not just another patient. I always feel that you take the time to listen to me and to figure out what is wrong or what I can do to keep things moving in the right direction. You made me feel very comfortable and confident talking about myself and sharing issues and problems.
Thank you!
-MC

Ngan Van, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street
Dr Van-
Thank you for all that you do. You are kind, patient and caring. You are the best!!!
-AH

Ngan Van, MD
Beacon Medical Group Main Street
Thank you for always having a smile on your face. Your concern & knowledge are always appreciated!
-KL

David Van Ryn, MD
Emergency Medicine, Elkhart General

Thank you very much for all your help with the Medical Staff Office. You’re an amazing doctor who cares a great deal about EGH and fellows.

-K.M.

Stephanie Waldrop, MD
Memorial Hospital of South Bend Hospitalist
Thank you for always listening to nursing and being open to suggestions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I enjoy when you help care for the patients with the doctors. You ROCK!
-B.B.

Mark Walsh, MD
Emergency Medicine

I appreciate you, for your positive thoughts and always willing to assist security with our most difficult patients.

-K.S.

Mark Walsh, MD

Thanks for being one of the best direct and indirect teachers. You are simply the best of the best!!

-S.L.

Patrick Webb, MD

Thanks for all the encouragement, guidance, and patience. You are an excellent doctor!

-S.L.

Troy Weirick, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists Riverpointe

Thank you Dr. Weirick for the excellent care you’ve provided my mom these past few years. Your quick diagnosis and continued care saved her life and you have given us years of valuable time. Thank You for being a wealth of information. Thank You for your time and patience. Thank You for those necessary referrals. Thank You for being the physician you are each day. Honestly…this Thank You is truly not enough for show our immense gratitude.

-T.G.

Troy Weirick, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists Riverpointe
I want to thank each and everyone of my Doctors for everything they have done for me. I love you all !!!! And THANK YOU ALL AGAIN !!
-SM

Jonathon Weiss, MD
Diagnostic Radiology

Dr. Weiss is a great doctor. He always takes the time to ensure the patient is getting the proper test the patient needs. He is the Director of Nuclear Medicine and he is always willing to teach the staff and is very patient and kind to us. He is great during consultations with patients and their families, helping them feel at ease with the treatments we preform. He is very knowledgeable and we appreciate him and his expertise in our department.

-S.J.

Nycole Wells, MD
Memorial Hospital South Bend Hospitalist
Thank you for always listening to nursing and being open to suggestions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I enjoy when you help care for the patients with the doctors. You ROCK!
-B.B.

Donald Westerhausen, MD
Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists Riverpointe
Thank you for your dedication and passion you display with our heart failure population and the heart failure clinic! It’s been great working with you and helping to improve the care of our HF patients!
-JG

Elizabeth Weston-Hammang, MD
Family Medicine
Thank you being a wonderful doctor! Thank you for listening! Since I have been coming to you my quality of health has improved vastly! Your pro-active approach is welcoming and appreciated! You are a number #1!!!
-P

Elizabeth Weston, MD
Family medicine
Happy Doctors Day! I’m so grateful for the care you have given me over the years. Thanks for being an active listener and for your genuine kind compassion!
-G.R.

Glenn Wheet, MD
Family Medicine
Dear Dr. Wheet,

Our family went through the hardest and greatest moments of our life with you by our side. The birth of our first daughter, and the near death of our second daughter. Without your care our family would have completely fallen apart.

You cared about what was happening in our lives not because we are a number and a box to check off. You cared because you truly care about people. Everyone should have a doctor like you. You explain things well and take time to make sure we know the options, the treatments and the care. You are the epitome of what a doctor should be. Thank you for being a great doctor in a whirlwind field of medicine. You are appreciated and you will always be a part of our life story as a family.

With so much gratitude,
The B. Family

Luke White, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital, Critical Care

Thank Dr. White for your wisdom and calm spirit while managing what could have been a life-ending saddle PE. Your ability to remain calm during this time helped alleviate our fears. We appreciated the way you sat down and took all the time we needed throughout my care so we could understand the healing process and what to expect every step of the way.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

-S.H.

Luke White, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital, Critical Care

Thanks for your great care of critically ill patients and support of their families. Thanks for working to bring Schwartz Rounds to Memorial to help support all of the members of the care team. Your desire to bring best practices to the ICU is a benefit to us all.

-M.W.

Luke White, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital, Critical Care
It is such a pleasure to work with you!  Thank you for bringing Schwartz Rounds to Memorial. I’m looking forward to the year to come.
-B.W.

Robert White, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital, NICU

Dear Dr. White, Thank you for all that you after our baby girl was born and had to stay in the NICU. She only stayed for a couple of days for her blood sugar to balance out. You were very kind and gracious. Thank you again for everything.

All the best,

-A. & D. P.

Robert White, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital, Neonatology

Thank you for all you did for our 32 week twin boys. They’re doing great now and it’s because of your dedication and the team you’ve built in the NICU!

-M.M.

Robert White, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital, Neonatology
Thank you for saving our daughter.
-MK

Robert White, MD
Memorial Children’s Hospital, Neonatology
Twenty very short months ago my impatient little Noah arrived  11 weeks 5 days early and a moment later was swept away by you. During his stay you were absolutely wonderful, you answered all my questions and gave me a sense of security that he was in the absolute best hands possible. Looking back it makes me cry to realize how incredibly blessed I was, I never had a moment of doubt that everything would be okay because you and all the wonderful nurses reassured me at every step, usually before I had a chance to worry.
Although it may be your profession, I never felt it was just your “job” to care for not only Noah, but all the babies around us. You gave the most important person in my life a chance to become the sweet, squishy little toddler he is, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
-L.M.

Cheryl Wibbens, MD
Emergency Medicine
Thank you for your compassionate and insightful leadership, Dr. Wibbens!
-B.W.

Jody Wiseman, MD
Memorial Hospital, Hospitalist
Jody,
Thank you for EVERYTHING that you did for my husband during his cancer treatment. Your compassion, love and kindness were above and beyond! Your care extended to me and I am forever grateful!
Love you to the moon and back!
-J

Brandon Zabukovic, MD
Beacon Medical Group Centennial Neighborhood Health Center
Thank you for being the best Doctor! You have taken the time to get to know me over the years so I truly appreciate and am grateful to have you as my primary physician. You are caring, patient, understanding and are always willing to listen and offer support. Thank you!
-AH

Brandon Zabukovic, MD
Beacon Medical Group Centennial Neighborhood Health Center
We have been a Beacon family for more than 10 years now. I was devastated with the retirement announcement from our family pediatrician Dr. Michael Hudson, and in panic to find a medical provider for my newborn. Now I know my family is in good hands. Thank you Dr. Z, you are more than a good doctor, you are a great listener. I look forward in working with you for my family’s well-being. I also value the fact that your staff is exceptional. Thank you.
-G. E.-L.

Brandon Zabukovic, MD
Beacon Medical Group Centennial Neighborhood Health Center
Thank You for doing all that you do daily. There is a big risk you all take to do your job. I couldn’t imagine what you & other physicians encounter daily not knowing what will behind the next door. The hard work you all have put in hasn’t gone unnoticed or unappreciated. You have been delightful & it’s nice to see a face that’s always smiling.
-JN

Wahaj Zaidi, MD
Beacon Medical Group Pediatric Multispecialty

Thank you Dr. Zaidi, for helping so many patients in our Michiana area with their chronic gastro conditions. I know many of them have come to you when nothing was working, and this can be very frustrating for them. I appreciate your help in caring for them here, and making it possible for families to stay in South Bend for their care. You are a great advocate for children’s health.

-B.P.

Donald Zimmer, MD
Memorial Hospital, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Zimmer provided my mother with excellent emergency room care. He was compassionate and professional. Outstanding! Thank you.

-M.D.

Donald Zimmer, MD
Emergency Medicine

Your cool demeanor and willingness to assist, always gives me confident when dealing with difficult patients

-K.S.

Donald Zimmer, MD

Your level of compassion is out of this world. Thanks for always going above and beyond for all of your patients. Simply admirable!

-S.L.

All of our Medical Staff

I have the distinct honor of working for all of our medical staff. When I stop to think how each of them has to provide patient care at multiple facilities, as well as, offices each one with its own set of rules and guidelines I’m impressed they stay in the profession! I hope each and every one of them has the best Doctor’s Day yet! With many more to come!!!

-M.W