Christian Community Health Center works with a number of trained professional staff members who are committed to working together to provide you with quality services. In addition to your medical provider, our health and wellness team members include a nurse and medical assistant and may also include: registration staff, behavioral health therapist, counselor, patient health advocate, or case manager—depending upon your needs. You’re at the center of your care. Our team will give you the tools to help you manage your own health.
Dr. Thomas received his Medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine in 1987. He completed his residency at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in 1991. Since that time, he’s offered 23 years of quality health services in Internal medicine and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital, Advocate Bethany Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, and more.
Dr. Craig Irvine pursued his passion for community health dentistry as an undergraduate student at Southern Illinois University - School of Dental Medicine where he earned his degree in 2011. With over 5 years of experience in oral health (including mobile dentistry within the Chicago Public School System), Dr. Irvine brings a modern and innovative approach to Christian Community Health Center’s Dental Clinic. He is a proud member of The Illinois Public Health Care Association and The National Oral Health Association and has continued servicing the community with a high-quality patient-centered standard as a member of CCHC’s medical team..
Dr. Okwuje is a skilled Obstetrician & Gynecologist who has 39 years of practice experience. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and is also a proud member of the American Medical Association, Illinois Medical Society, and Chicago Medical Society. Dr. Okwuje is affiliated with several hospitals including: Advocate Trinity Hospital, Provena Mercy Medical Center, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and St. James Hospital – Olympia Fields, IL. His dedication to serving his patients well makes him a great addition to the CCHC medical team.
Physician Assistant (PA) Dannon Martin graduated from Emory University in 2014 with a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree. She has also earned a Master of Public Health degree from Morehouse School of Medicine (2011) and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Spelman College (2009). PA Martin, a certified HIV specialist, has accrued meaningful professional experience promoting healthy lifestyles to various special populations in community based healthcare settings. Her educational background coupled with her foundational work in public health provides for a well-rounded modernized approach to her healthcare practices.
Dr. Angel Leake has been practicing as a licensed physician since 2008. After she earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2002, she completed several years of hands-on residency and fellowship training at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University respectively. Dr. Leake specializes in infectious diseases and is a proud member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medicine Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, and The American College of Physicians.
Nurse Leslie Moore is a Certified Nurse Midwife who completed the BS-RN program at the University of Illinois at Chicago in May 2010. She gained valuable clinical experience practicing as a Registered Nurse with various populations and went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing in May 2013. As a Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Moore aims to work with women from various backgrounds to optimize their health and wellbeing in a manner that integrates mind, body, and soul across the lifespan in the women’s health specialty which also includes pre-natal and post-partum care..
Nurse Dorothy Akaeze is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has 9 years of direct patient care experience as a registered nurse. She has held administrative positions such as Nursing Supervisor and Charge Nurse during her RN practice history and exemplifies leadership in nursing practice and a thorough knowledge of providing quality patient-centered care. Nurse Akaeze received a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Governor State University in May 2015 and has been successful in implementing the professional skills acquired as an RN to her career as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Nurse Tiffany Thompkins received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2005. She then continued her education and achieved her Masters of Science Degree in 2011. Nurse Thompkins has professional affiliations with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing and now serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner at CCHC. She is a proud member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Nurse Cassandra Brooks is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 11 years experience as a registered nurse. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Truman State University in May 2005 and gained experience providing direct patient care as a Clinical Nurse III and Senior Nurse at Rush University Medical Center. Nurse Brooks earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Governor State University in December 2015 and now looks to bring her years of quality nursing practice experience to CCHC’s medical team as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International.
Dr. Amy Ramirez received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in June 1971, and a medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 1976. She brings 40 years of experience to the CCHC medical team and looks to continue providing quality patient care that focuses on the medical and psychosocial aspects that affect pediatric health. Dr. Ramirez is bilingual speaking both English and Spanish and is a proud member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Solomon Okai brings 30 years of valuable experience as a medical provider to CCHC’s patient care team. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Nevada, and attained his medical degree from University of Southern California specializing in Internal Medicine. Dr. Okai blends compassion with his extensive knowledge of medical practices to provide patients with a quality experience that addresses their needs holistically. He is a wonderful addition to our medical staff and is committed to servicing the community while upholding the patient-centered standard.
Nurse Caryn Woods is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for enhancing the health of her patients by providing quality care. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina in 2009 and practiced as a registered nurse for years before pursuing a Masters of Science in Nursing which she earned from Governors State University in 2015. Nurse Woods is a proud member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is certified by the American Heart Association.