Stay healthy and fit with the help of area professionals
September 4, 2009

By Marie Balice Ward | September 2009

Steven Vongluekiat, DDS and Intaek Choi, DDS (left) of Bridgeport Family Dental Center and Sam Park, DDS of Children’s Dental World.
If you’ve got your health, you’ve got just about everything. A variety of area health and fitness professionals can help you feel your best.

Adrienne C. A. Barnes, DDS (ABC Pediatric Dentistry), 714 W. Maxwell St., (312) 455-8803, Dr. Barnes has practiced dentistry since 1983, and has specialized in pediatric dentistry for 16 years. Her practice of five operatories, with a staff of three, specializes in treating infants, children, adolescents up to 18 years of age, and special needs patients. Dr. Barnes and her staff are trained in all phases of comprehensive dental care. The practice places an emphasis on preventive care including cleaning, nutrition counseling, and sealants starting at one year of age, while also offering restorative care such as enamel colored and traditional fillings and crowns.

Dr. Barnes advocates that by the age of one, children should have a “dental home.” The practice offers whitening strips, fluoride, treatment of gingivitis, products for children who are prone to get cavities, and sports mouth guards. Each of the five operatories has a television, and there are computers for games in the waiting area. ABC Pediatric Dentistry will soon become the name of the practice. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Barnes is a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry on Thursday afternoons. Her practice has recently joined PPO Network Plans; most major insurance plans are accepted as well as credit cards, and financing plans are also offered. Hours: Tues. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs. 8 a.m. to noon, and Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bridgeport Family Dental Center, 2959 S. Wallace St., (312) 791-0920, fax (312) 842-5338, and, Bridgeport Family Dental Center’s goal is to create a natural look and feel to teeth as well as to restore teeth to a functional state. Bridgeport Family Dental Center repairs damaged teeth and replaces missing teeth. The practice’s full spectrum of dental services includes: composite (white) and amalgam (silver) fillings, aesthetic crowns and bridges, routine checkups and cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, root canals, extractions, deep cleanings, implant restorations, removable partial and complete dentures, teeth whitening, and emergencies. The Bridgeport Family Dental Center team is dedicated to creating a friendly environment, making patients’ visits not only about their teeth, but also about making them comfortable. The staff strives to provide every patient with the best possible care through a caring, quality dentistry, and trustworthy atmosphere. Two general dentists are residency trained and equipped to handle the many needs of patients. Hygienist and staff also are committed to helping patients achieve dental health. Hours: Mon. through Thurs. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children’s Dental World, 2959 S. Wallace St., (312) 326-KIDS(5437), fax (312) 842-5338,, Other location: 444 Lee St., Des Plaines, IL, (847) 299-2218. Two board-certified pediatric dentists at this practice are dedicated to treating the dental needs of children of all ages in a kind and caring manner. With a motto of “Smiles in any language,” children are treated based on their individual therapeutic and emotional needs. These needs are addressed with tenderness, patience, and expertise. Children’s Dental World strives and succeeds in children enjoying their dental care experience while developing a positive dental attitude that will more likely lead to good oral health for the rest of their lives. Hours: Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chinatown Family Dental, L.L.C., 238 W. Cermak Rd., Ste. 2A, (312) 842-0888, fax (312) 842-7887,, Chinatown Family Dental is a new general dental office located in the heart of Chinatown. Dr. Sevila Yee is a general dentist who has been in practice for ten years. She is a Chinatown native, having attended St. Therese Catholic School. Her undergraduate degree was obtained at the University of Illinois. She then attended Loyola University and received her doctorate in dentistry from the University of Louisville. Dr. Yee has continued her education in specialties including implants and cosmetic dentistry. Hours: Mon. and Thurs. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sat. by appt.

Dr. Frank W. Zappa.
The Foot Clinic, 1226 W. Taylor St., (312) 243-3769, fax (312) 243-3840. The Foot Clinic has been part of the Taylor Street community for 30 years, serving the needs of community members with foot and ankle disorders, and performing complex surgical procedures. Frank William Zappa, DPM, and his associates provide individual treatment of common foot disorders, diabetic wounds, and sport and work-related injuries. Achilles tendon pain, arthritic foot and ankle care, neuroma, heel pain, geriatric foot care, ankle injuries, bunion deformities, metatarsalgia, poor circulation. and lower extremity neuropathy are treated on a daily basis. Dr. Zappa has practiced podiatric medicine and surgery for more than 40 years. He and his staff are board certified. He is the section chief of podiatry and the vice chairman of surgery at Saint Anthony Hospital, where he also serves on the credentials committee. Dr. Zappa has served as the program director for the St. Joseph Hospital/North Chicago VAMC Podiatric Surgical Residency since 1991, and presently serves on the Medical Executive Committee as the Department of Surgery Representative at St. Joseph Hospital. He is on staff at multiple freestanding surgery centers throughout the city and suburbs. The Foot Clinic accepts Medicare, Medicaid, most managed care plans, HMOs, PPOs and traditional insurance plans. It also accepts out-of-network patients on an individual basis and fees are negotiable. Hours: Mon. 1 to 6 p.m.; Tues. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wed. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs. and Fri. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Marketplace Vision, 1306 S. Halsted St., in the heart of historic Maxwell Street, (312) 455-1306, fax (312) 455-1310,, Running a new practice, Drs. Eric Baas and Keith Tyler are residency-trained licensed optometrists providing comprehensive eye care along with contact lens fits, evaluations, and surgical co-management. Drs. Baas and Tyler are able to diagnose and treat many eye conditions such as computer strain, dry eye, eye pain, eye ache, headache, lazy eye, red eye, contact lens problems, eye infections, glaucoma, and diabetes. They also offer pediatric services and low vision options, and co-manage patients for refractive surgery such as LASIK and PRK as well as patients with cataracts. Drs. Baas and Tyler have created an environment where the entire Chicago community, as well as students and faculty of the nearby University of Illinois at Chicago, can feel comfortable and confident addressing their eye care needs, knowing that their eye doctor is residency trained and emphasizes patient education.

Eric Baas (left) and Keith Tyler of Marketplace Vision.
Both Drs. Baas and Tyler are members of the faculty at the Illinois College of Optometry/ Illinois Eye Institute. They also are members of American Academy of Optometry, Illinois Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, and Illinois Guild for the Blind. And, Drs. Baas and Tyler work with UIC athletics. Both doctors are extensively trained. Drs. Baas and Tyler completed optional residencies in primary care and ocular disease. An extensive selection of designer eyewear is available at Marketplace Vision. The practice accepts most insurance plans, including medical and vision. Walk-ins are welcome. Hours: Mon. through Thurs.10 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Maximum Rehabilitation Services, Ltd., 711 W. Maxwell St., (312) 379-0088, Physical therapy services for an extensive range of conditions and injuries are available at Maximum Rehabilitation Services. Among the conditions treated are work-related injuries, arthritis, sciatic pain, vestibular disorders such as dizziness, incontinence, and injuries from motor vehicle accidents, to name but a few. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Hours: Mon. noon to 8 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tues., Thurs., and Fri., 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, 2525 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 567-2600, Founded in 1852, Mercy enjoys a rich history of advanced medicine that continues today as a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago. Mercy is home to a Comprehensive Breast & Women’s Health Care Center, a Center for Weight Management, and a state-of-theart Emergency Center that includes the Higginbottom Urgent Care for Kids unit. Home to one of the Midwest’s leading heart & vascular programs and a multidisciplinary and comprehensive stroke program, Mercy is renowned for its revolutionizing approach to the treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Mercy features the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging capabilities using the state-of-the-art, 64-slice CT Scanner that produces near-perfect, three-dimensional images of virtually any organ in the body, including the heart, in record time providing improved clinical diagnosis with less tension and more comfort for patients.

Committed to helping Chicagoans live well, Mercy provides a network of satellite facilities conveniently located in neighborhoods within Chicago, and three immediate care facilities, where no appointment is needed. Its South Loop location, Mercy Medical at Dearborn Station, offers a wide array of services including immediate care, primary and specialty care physicians, an integrative medicine and wellness program, and outpatient care including mammography, laboratory, ultrasound, and x-ray.

Drs. Brian Miller and Sam Battaglia of National University of Health Sciences.
National University of Health Sciences, 720 W. Maxwell St., (312) 733-6940, fax (312) 733-0819, A satellite of the National University of Health Sciences of Lombard, IL, this institution provides chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, Xrays, and blood work and soon will offer Oriental medicine such as naturopathic, nutrition lifestyle counseling, homeopathic medicine, and soft tissue adjustments as well as herbs and dietary therapies for a holistic approach. This office has been located in the University Village Marketplace ( since May 2008. It was previously located at Ashland Avenue and Warren Boulevard for 50 years. The main campus in Lombard offers degrees in all clinical specialties, as well as a student internship program. There also is a satellite office in Aurora and at the Salvation Army site in Chicago. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Worker’s compensation and personal injury cases also are welcome. Hours: Mon. noon to 7 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thurs. 8 a.m. to noon, and Fri. and Sat. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

University Village Chiropractic, 1354 W. Taylor St., (312) 733-8589, fax (312) 733-8533, Chiropractic treatments are offered at Dr. Brian Miller’s and Dr. Sam Battaglia’s University Village Chiropractic, with techniques that also include acupuncture, massage therapy, Graston technique (instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy), Xrays, vitamins, and botanical supplements. In addition to care for neck and back pain, alternative treatments for shoulder, knee, hip, foot arthritis, and TMJ headaches are addressed as well as high cholesterol and other conditions. Most major medical insurance plans are accepted in addition to Medicare. Hours: Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to noon.

Village Eyecare, 1116 W. Taylor St. (University Village), (312) 829-6173 and 1243 S. Wabash Ave. (South Loop), (312) 663-4250, Comprehensive vision examinations, treatments, prescription glasses, and contact lenses all are available at Village Eyecare. The Village Eyecare mission is to provide patients with the finest eye care possible with excellence and compassion. The highly-trained Village Eyecare professionals serve their patients’ needs with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools. Village Eyecare also provides the highest quality lenses and eyewear and the latest in contact lens technology. Village Eyecare offers an extensive line of designer frames and sun eyewear. Commitment to their community, professionalism and superior personal service are at the core of their values. Hours at Taylor Street location, Mon. and Thurs. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tues. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours at South Loop location, Mon. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tues. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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