Dr. Karen Ekwueme

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Internship & Residency: Cook County Hospital
Doctorate: University of Illinois at Chicago

Physician

Although she originally started her career practicing in primary care, Dr. Karen Ekwueme is very happy to be seeing patients at ReadyMED. “One of the reasons I like urgent care is that it gives me a chance to interface with people who don’t always go to see their primary care physician,” she explains. “However, this gives me an opportunity to plant a seed in their mind about taking better care of their health and seeing their primary care provider more.”

Dr. Ekwueme is a big believer in partnering with her patients to ensure they receive care that’s right for them. “I think it’s important to understand what patients really want from their visit as opposed to just identifying a problem and telling them all about it. For instance, someone may come into the clinic because they have hypertension. Listening to them you may learn that the real reason they have high blood pressure is because they are having relationship problems and it’s causing stress. The more you know about people the better you are able to treat them.”

One of the things that Dr. Ekwueme enjoys the most about her job is connecting with patients. “I enjoy hearing stories from patients, and giving them a place that they can feel at ease with someone to confide in.” Dr. Ekwueme has long been interested in patient-centered care. She completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine and is in the process of getting certification from the Institute for Functional Medicine. “Integrative medicine is an approach to care that revolves around the patient and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health,” she explains. “Functional medicine takes a whole body approach to care and incorporates lifestyle choices, disease prevention, as well as patient-centered treatment.”

When she is not busy helping patients, Dr. Ekwueme enjoys Chicago-style stepping, a traditional African-American ballroom style partner-dance. In addition, in the winter she likes to snowshoe and in the warmer months she likes to hike, kayak and horseback ride. Dr. Ekwueme also enjoys cooking, growing herbs and traveling.

Sarita Fage, PA-C, Associate Chief of Same Day Services

Sarita Fage, PA-C, Associate Chief of Same Day Services

Master of Science:
Nova Southeastern University
Bachelor of Science:
Worcester State College

Physician Assistant

Sarita Fage began her career in healthcare in 2003. While studying to become an EMT, she was also working as a home health aide taking care of a young woman with ALS. This experience helped her realize that healthcare was an ideal career choice for her. “When I was younger, I developed a strong interest in medicine and decided to pursue my career as a Physician Assistant several years later,” she explains.

Working at ReadyMED, Sarita enjoys the variety of cases she treats each day. She especially likes using her critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help her patients. Sarita loves interacting with her patients and educating them on their condition. “To provide the best possible care, it’s important to educate each patient so that they fully understand their diagnosis and treatment plan.”

Sarita believes it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in medicine in order to provide patients with the highest level of care. “Some cases require more time and questioning, but in the end we all have the same goal – to provide proper patient care.” When she is not busy working at ReadyMED, Sarita enjoys playing the guitar, camping, reading and, most importantly, spending time with her family and friends.

Ryan Hester, PA-C

Ryan Hester, PA-C

Bachelor of Science: Westfield State University
Master of Physician Assistant Studies: Bay Path University

Physician Assistant

A graduate of Westfield State College and Bay Path University, Ryan worked as an EMT for a number of years before becoming a Physician Assistant (PA). Coming from a medical family, Ryan says it wasn’t surprising that he choose healthcare for a career. “I have always been involved in the medical field and seeing what my stepmother was able to do as a PA drove me to do the same,” he explains. Ryan chose to work in Urgent Care because he enjoys the wide variety of concerns he gets to treat. “I enjoy the fast-paced environment of Urgent Care which allows me to use my different skills helping patients each day.” In his spare time Ryan enjoys watching sports, working out at the gym, playing with his favorite pets, and spending time with friends and family.

Inna Hubert, PA-C

Inna Hubert, PA-C

Master of Physician Assistant Studies: MCPHS University
Bachelor of Science: MCPHS University

Physician Assistant

A graduate of MCPHS University, Inna has been a practicing physician assistant since 2011. She became an advanced practitioner because she loves medicine, learning about the human body, and working as part of the team to help patients.

Inna believes strongly in educating each patient about their condition. “I feel that if patients understand everything that is happening and what is wrong with them, they are more likely to follow the treatment guidelines of the provider,” she explains. Inna also works hard to help patients understand how their lifestyle can impact their overall health. “I feel that simple lifestyle changes can greatly improve a patient’s medical condition and always encourage patients to make changes when they are appropriate.”

When she is not busy helping patients, Inna enjoys spending time with family, reading, and traveling as much as possible.