Quality Health Care: Meet our Doctors in Northwest Indiana
Rujuta Gandhi, M.D.
Dr. Gandhi oversees our medical staff at all four local health clinic locations and also sees patients at our State Street location. Dr. Gandhi attended Illinois Wesleyan University, Ross University Medical School and completed her residency at Advocate Christ. Dr. Gandhi is passionate about preventive health care and chronic disease management. Dr. Gandhi is Board Certified.
René M. Roberts, M.D.
Dr. Roberts completed her undergraduate schooling at the University of Colorado before coming to Indiana University to earn her Medical Doctorate. Since earning her M.D., she has been working at St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Seton Family Health Center in Chicago. Dr. Roberts is Board Certified and brings a wide variety of experiences, skills and passions to the work she does here at Regional Health Clinic.
Janee Ware, M.D.
Dr. Ware began her education at Chicago State University and then went on to attend medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is Board Certified, a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Dr. Ware excels in and is drawn to working with underserved communities, women's health care, maternity care and gynecological procedures. We are thrilled to have Dr. Ware on staff here at RHC, and we know that she is excited to work with you!
Harrison Dai, D.D.S.
Dr. Dai is new to our Hohman Avenue Clinic, but has been providing affordable dental care to our patients, off-site in Merrillville, since 2014. He studied at Northwestern University and at the University of Illinois Dental School. When patients heard that Dr. Dai would be taking charge of our new on-site dental clinic in Hammond, we literally heard squeals of excitement. Even moments after receiving extensive dental work, his patients come out with a smile.
Felicia Sanford, PsyD
Felicia has been with Regional for several years, working with Intake at Regional's Strawhun Center in Merrillville. She was one of the first people that many Regional clients met as they took that first step to getting better. Felicia has joined us at the community clinic as a Behavioral Health Consultant to further realize our organization's dream to integrate physical and behavioral health care options. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola, her Master's from Roosevelt and her Doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Adam Machara, L.D.H.
Indiana University graduate, Adam Machara loves being a dental hygienist because he can provide the best oral treatments while making his patient's visits as relaxing and comfortable as possible. When he isn't increasing his patient's confidence through cleaner, whiter smiles, Adam enjoys going to the movies, live UFC events, fishing and spending as much time as he can with his wife and son.
Frank Stirlacci, M.D.
Dr. Stirlacci comes to Northwest Indiana with over 25 years of experience in primary health care. His undergraduate education began at American International and continued on to Boston University before his residency at the University of Louisville in the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program. Dr. Stirlacci is Board Eligible. Dr. Stirlacci has been dedicated to caring for people since his childhood, when he dreamed of being a primary health care physician.
Sujittra Niyakorn, M.D.
Dr Niyakorn is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has been in practice for over 12 years. She graduated from the University of Kansas’ School of Medicine and has been providing the community with health care ever since. Dr. Niyakorn’s compassion and attention to detail make her a great asset to our patients, our clinic, and our community.
La Tasha M Pittman, MSN, FNP-BC
LaTasha is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner at our Hammond location on State Street. She graduated from Governor State University and has more than 10 years of experience as a nurse. LaTasha’s favorite moments at the primary health care center include taking the time to educate her patients on ways to improve their health. When she isn't wearing a stethoscope in the clinic, she can be found in skates at a nearby roller rink. We are proud to have her with us!
Lee Patterson, M.D.
Dr. Lee Patterson, MD is board certified in Pediatrics, and he brings 25 years of primary health care experience. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University; his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; and completed his pediatric residency at Rush Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Patterson’s areas of special interest include the management of asthma, allergies, dermatological conditions, and the prevention of childhood obesity. He strives to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for his patients and their families during the medical visit. He provides primary health care for children and is currently accepting new patients from 0 – 18yrs old.
Diane Hennessy FNP-BC
Diane comes to us from the South Suburbs with a passion for meeting patients, getting to know them, and helping them live their best lives. She studied at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before pursuing her Master’s in Nursing from Saint Xavier in Chicago. Outside of clinic hours, Diane enjoys working out and being the mother of four amazing children. Diane is Board-Certified and is a great addition to our team.