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We are dedicated to helping adults, teens, and children to be and stay healthy.

Our team of doctors, nurse practitioners, chronic care specialists, nurses, behavioral health consultants, case workers, medical assistants, and interpreters work as a team to provided integrated, Person-Centered Care for all ages.

Insurance or no insurance, LCH will take care of you. We evaluate everyone to determine eligibility for discounted services. Our sliding scale fees are based on your income and family size. We don’t turn anyone away due to inability to pay.

Providers

  • Federico Ceppa, MD

    Medical Director, Physician NPI#1144284704

    Federico Ceppa, MD

    Medical Director, Physician NPI#1144284704

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined LCH in October, 2015.

    Where did you go to school for your medical training?

    I attended Kenyon College in Ohio, and I completed my medical training at Howard University in Washington, D.C. I then completed a residency in Surgery at St. Agnes Healthcare.  After 10 years of practicing surgery, I transitioned to family medicine via the Lifeguard Program with the PA Medical Society.

    What type of medicine is your specialty?

    Family medicine. I also provide surgical care.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    I like working at LCH because I feel that I make a difference in so many people’s lives.  Also, I want to give back to the Latino community, which has always supported me.

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    Exercise and stay active.  Even just a short walk every day helps with weight loss, blood pressure, cholesterol and mental health.

  • Elaine Kirchdoerfer, MD

    Physician, Oxford Location NPI#1780624346

    Elaine Kirchdoerfer, MD

    Physician, Oxford Location NPI#1780624346

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined LCH in December, 2015.

    Where did you go to school for your medical training?

    I studied with the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.  I also served in the National Health Service Corps.

    What type of medicine is your specialty?

    Family medicine.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    The individuals and families that we serve at LCH—this is why I decided to work in the field of medicine.  I want to be there for those who need it most.

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    Exercise and diet are the keys to good health and a long life. Even a little bit of walking each day goes a long way to making you more healthy.

  • Jessica Fuentes, MSN, CRNP

    Certified Family Nurse Practitioner NPI#1194199224

    Jessica Fuentes, MSN, CRNP

    Certified Family Nurse Practitioner NPI#1194199224

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined in November 2018.

    Where did you go to school for your medical training? 

    I studied Nursing and got my Masters of Science at The University of California San Francisco and my Family Nurse Practitioner certification at Sonoma State University.

    What type of medicine is your specialty?

    I specialize in Family Medicine and Community Health.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    I enjoy helping the community where I live and work. I believe that equal access to health care is a right and I appreciate that LCH provides exemplary care regardless of your social, economic or immigration status.

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    Do one thing that makes yourself happy every day. People forget the importance of the mind, body, and spirit connection. We must take care of our whole-selves.

  • Fatima Sattar, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C

    Certified Family Nurse Practitioner NPI#1184087967

    Fatima Sattar, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C

    Certified Family Nurse Practitioner NPI#1184087967

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined LCH in May, 2016.

    Where did you go to school for your medical training?

    I completed my Associate’s Degree in Nursing with Luzerne County Community College and then my BSN and MSN at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA.

    What type of medicine is your specialty?

    Family medicine.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    It has long been a passion of mine to help those most in need and I like that LCH focuses on culturally appropriate and equal care regardless of insurance status. The strong community ties, integrated primary/behavioral health model, and all of the social services and education at LCH are exactly what is needed to decrease health disparities and improve population health.

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    I think the single most important health tip for anyone, not only our patients, is to get up and move! So many of the health problems we face today can be averted with just 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day.

  • Cheryl L. Fattibene, MSN, MPH, CRNP

    Certified Family Nurse Practitioner NPI#1164680625

    Cheryl L. Fattibene, MSN, MPH, CRNP

    Certified Family Nurse Practitioner NPI#1164680625

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined LCH in March 2018.

    Where did you go to school for your health care training?

    I obtained master’s degrees in nursing and public health at the Yale School of Nursing and Medicine concurrently and graduated in 1990 from their joint program.  I am currently in a nursing doctoral program at Regis University.

    What type of healthcare is your specialty?

    Family practice.  I am certified in family practice as well.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    Much of my professional practice has been working with underserved communities in federally qualified health centers so LCH is a good fit for me.  I knew LCH when it was Project Salud and applaud its work with the community it serves. I’m proud to be part of the LCH team!

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    Be an advocate for yourself and your loved ones when it comes to health care.  Ask for what you need and reach out when you need our help!

  • Brittney Gangemi, MSN, CRNP, CPNP-PC

    Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner NPI#1992238547

    Brittney Gangemi, MSN, CRNP, CPNP-PC

    Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner NPI#1992238547

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined LCH in August of 2019.

    Where did you go to school for your health care training?

    I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Saint Joseph’s University before completing my Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. My international training includes a Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Diploma in Public Health from the School for International Training.

    What type of healthcare is your specialty?

    I specialize in Pediatrics.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    I’m grateful to be a part of organization that shares my values of welcoming the stranger and caring for our neighbors in such a genuine and respectful way. On a daily basis, I have the privilege of supporting newly emigrated Latino families, empowering young mothers, and mentoring teenagers—all of which brings me a deep sense of purpose and joy. I also love working at LCH because my coworkers and boss are awesome!

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    Do something active that you enjoy every single day. Dance, run, bike, swim, play—it doesn’t matter. Just get your body moving!

  • Paula D. Brenn, MD, FAAP

    Pediatrician NPI#1184750309

    Paula D. Brenn, MD, FAAP

    Pediatrician NPI#1184750309

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined the LCH team in November 2018.

    Where did you go to school for your medical training?

    I went to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA, and also stayed there for my residency.

    What type of medicine is your specialty?

    I practice Pediatrics and enjoy seeing patients from newborns through 18 years of age.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    I am very excited about being in this community.  It is a warm and welcoming community which is what I treasure the most.  I have connections within this community at KACS, where I’ve volunteered for the past 6 years, and also via CVIM in West Chester where I volunteer seeing and treating pediatric patients.

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    I try and practice medicine with a holistic vision, emphasizing excellent self-care  with respect to nutrition, sleep, exercise and general good health practices.

  • James Cardasis, DO

    Physician NPI#1275590556

    James Cardasis, DO

    Physician NPI#1275590556

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined the team in August 2019.

    Where did you go to school for your medical training?

    I attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA  for my Bachelor of Science degree and the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for my medical school education.

    What type of medicine is your specialty?

    Family Medicine,  but I am also certified in Functional Medicine, a form of integrataive medicine that seeks to get to the root cause of complex chronic disease.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    I like LCH because every on is so positive and pleasant. There is a very unique culture in our staff the is infectious (in a good way).  The patients are also super pleasant and appreciative of the care we provide.

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    The most important tool that you have is your fork!  We truly are what we eat and we get to make choices many times a day about what we put in to our bodies. Food is sharing, love, culture, energy and information for our bodies. Learn very carefully how to eat for good health and a good life.

  • Preetha Thilak, BDS, DMD

    Dentist NPI#1639307549

    Preetha Thilak, BDS, DMD

    Dentist NPI#1639307549

    When did you join LCH team?

    I joined LCH on July 17th, 2017.

    Where did you go to school for your Dental Training?

    I graduated from the Honors Program of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental medicine in 2009. While studying at Penn, I worked in the school’s Dental Care Center. Prior to earning my degree from Penn, I received initial dental training from the College of Dental Surgery in India. While in India I also worked in a mission hospital significantly contributing to the dental needs of under-served citizens.

    Why do you like working for LCH?

    I like working for LCH because I love our mission statement, of Person centered, integrated, and quality affordable healthcare for all. I am very honored to be a part of the team carrying it out.

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    As a dentist I recognize that each of my patients are unique; trust, competence and approachability are all the hallmarks of my practice. My mantra would be “ No questions should go unanswered when it come to your teeth” So Brush, Floss and Smile..

  • Kathryn Severson, APN, WHNP-BC

    Women's Health Nurse Practicioner NPI#1932508819

    Kathryn Severson, APN, WHNP-BC

    Women's Health Nurse Practicioner NPI#1932508819

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined the LCH team in August, 2018.

    Where did you go to school for your medical training?

    I studied at the University of Pennsylvania to become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

    What type of medicine is your specialty?

    I specialize in Women’s Health. That includes primary, gynecologic, and perinatal care.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    We have the best staff and clients! The LCH staff is full of smart and sincerely caring people, dedicated to our mission to change lives. Working with our clients, who are so kind and inspiring, makes me hopeful and proud to be a member of our community.

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    My first and most important tip is to be kind to yourself. Know that you deserve to be happy and healthy, and give yourself credit for how hard you work every day. Once you can do that, it will be easier to make positive changes.

  • Catherine Domanska Elliott, WHNP-BC

    Women's Health Medical Director NPI#1275877615

    Catherine Domanska Elliott, WHNP-BC

    Women's Health Medical Director NPI#1275877615

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined LCH in July, 2014.

    Where did you go to school for your medical training?

    I completed my WHNP-BC with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

    What type of medicine is your specialty?

    Women’s Health. I take care of women from puberty to post-menopause and I also provide care to pregnant women.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    I love all of the people I work with – my patients and the staff here at LCH. My patients are friendly and warm and make me happy to come to work every day! The women’s health team is dedicated and caring and really prides themselves on knowing each and every one of our patients.

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    A healthy diet and regular exercise is not only important for your physical health but also your emotional health.  If you can fit in a daily walk I promise you that you will feel less stressed and happier, even if you can’t change anything else in your life!

  • Teri Noone, CNM

    Certified Nurse Midwife, CRNP NPI#1568799021

    Teri Noone, CNM

    Certified Nurse Midwife, CRNP NPI#1568799021

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined LCH in 2013.

    Where did you go to school for your medical training?

    I received my BSN and my MSN with the University of Pennsylvania.

    What type of medicine is your specialty?

    Women’s health and midwifery.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    We have an amazing team and we have incredible patients.

    What is your most important health tip for patients?

    Happy, supportive, loving relationships are so important to your general health.

Primary & Acute Care

LCH believes in quality, Person-Centered Care for all members of the community.

Primary and Acute Services

  1. Physical exams, wellness visits, and immunizations
  2. Diagnosis and treatment for chronic illness
  3. Minor injuries, aches, and pains
  4. Behavioral health counseling
  5. Counseling for behavioral modification and lifestyle changes
  6. Referrals to specialty care
  7. Minor surgical procedures and wound care
  8. Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases

We emphasize preventive care, and educate our patients on how life experiences and influences at work and at home can affect overall health.

Through our integrated electronic health record system, LCH Centricity, service providers can understand social and environmental influences firsthand on each patient. The LCH team has a full understanding of a patient’s situation, and works together to help move the patients forward to the next level of health, independence, and confidence.

LCH is certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level I Physicians Practice Connections ® – Patient-Centered Medical Home ™. LCH is a Federally Qualified Health Care Center (F and a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Deemed facility.  In 2013, LCH was in listed as one of the top five Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s) out of the 40 FQHC’s in the state of Pennsylvania.

Schedule an appointment in the Health Center today

610.444.7550

Chronic Care

Our specialists work with patients and their families on how to manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

It takes lifestyle change to manage a chronic disease, and the whole family needs to understand how to support healthy choices for the health of the patient.

Care managers, health educators and social services staff work together to ensure the patient is making healthy lifestyle changes to manage their chronic diseases. LCH continues to bring awareness and resources to the community through outreach and programs.

Schedule a Chronic Care consultation today

Behavioral Health

Many aspects affect a person's overall health. LCH Behavioral Health Consultants (BHC's) provide on-site behavioral health support and resources for LCH patients.

BHC's meet with members to answer questions and provide information on topics like depression, anxiety and other mental illness, as well as behaviors affecting health.

At each visit, both the social assistance and health center teams screen members for depression. BHC’s are available to check in with the member and provide further evaluation, interventions, and recommendations for additional treatment if necessary.

Many behaviors affect overall health, such as trouble sleeping, drug and alcohol use, smoking cessation, parenting skills, relationship issues, domestic violence, weight loss or gain, exercise, etc. The BHCs work with members to explore their behaviors and create action steps on how to manage or adjust behaviors toward more healthy choices.

  • What is behavioral health?
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    What is behavioral health?

    Behavioral health is the ability to manage the daily challenges and stress of life, as well as the exploration of mental illness such as depression and anxiety and how these diseases affect overall behavior.

  • Do I need to be a patient of LCH to see a Behavioral Health Consultant?
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    Do I need to be a patient of LCH to see a Behavioral Health Consultant?

    Not for the initial visit, but in order to move forward with BHC visits, you will need to be screened by our Health Center.

  • I would prefer to speak with a male counselor. Is this possible?
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    I would prefer to speak with a male counselor. Is this possible?

    Yes. We have both male and female BHC's on staff. Please mention your preference when you schedule your appointment.

The Behavioral Health Team

  • Abner Santiago, LPC

    Behavioral Health Manager

    Abner Santiago, LPC

    Behavioral Health Manager

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined LCH in October 2014.

    Why did you decide to become a Behavioral Health Consultant?

    The integrated care model in conjunction with population based care was appealing.  I wanted to not only join a great organization, but be in a position where I would have many opportunities to make an impact in the lives of the community we serve.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    I have the pleasure of working with a dedicated and passionate team.  Being able to help the community is rewarding.

    What is your most important mental health tip for patients?

    Self-care is essential.  Taking time to implement social contact and leisurely activities is highly important.

  • Anna Roosevelt, LCSW

    Behavioral Health Consultant

    Anna Roosevelt, LCSW

    Behavioral Health Consultant

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I first joined the LCH team in 2013 working as an ESL teacher and a Resource Specialist in the social service department. After going back to school to get my MSW from 2015 to 2016 I returned to LCH in September, 2016 to join the BHC team.

    Why did you decide to become a Behavioral Health Consultant?

    I decided that I wanted to become a Behavioral Health Consultant when the Behavioral Health program started at LCH a few years ago. Seeing how Courtney, Abner, and Amy were integrating mental health services into primary care inspired me to go back to school because I believed and still believe that holistic, integrated, care is how to truly make our community healthier.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    I like working at LCH because I believe strongly in the mission and feel proud of the work we do and the services we provide. It is truly a special place.

    What is your most important mental health tip for patients?

    The most important mental health tip that I have for patients would be to embrace self-care i.e. carving out time specific time every day to do things “just for you” that make you happy, whether it’s taking a walk in the park or playing games with the kids.

  • Courtney Erroa, LCSW

    Behavioral Health Consultant

    Courtney Erroa, LCSW

    Behavioral Health Consultant

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I have been a part of the LCH team since October 2011.

    Why did you decide to become a Behavioral Health Consultant?

    I have seen great limitations in our current mental healthcare system and I believe that by integrating behavioral health into primary care we are making a difference to many people. It is exciting to be on the front line of a new model of care! As a social worker, I believe that people are resilient and strong and sometimes all they need is the opportunity to be heard. I feel privileged and humbled to hear people’s stories as a Behavioral Health Consultant at LCH and hope to provide the best care possible within primary care.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    I am grateful to work at a place that cares about community and constantly strives to improve. I also love working with bilingual colleagues from around the globe- everyone brings a little something different to the table, and we learn a lot from each other!

    What is your most important mental health tip for patients?

    Self-care! We all experience stress; Pay attention to the impact it has on your life, and find ways to eliminate or decrease those effects. Even things as simple as cooking a good meal, going for a walk in the park or a taking a hot bath can make you feel relaxed or give you the boost of energy you need to get through a tough day.

  • Meredith Sullivan, CADC

    Behavioral Health Consultant

    Meredith Sullivan, CADC

    Behavioral Health Consultant

    When did you join the LCH team?

    I joined the LCH team in April 2018.

    Why did you decide to become a Behavioral Health Consultant?

    I decided to become a Behavioral Health Consultant because I enjoy helping people to understand themselves better, and helping them to create even better versions of themselves.

    Why do you like working at LCH?

    I enjoy working at LCH because the staff and the work environment are very welcoming, positive, and supportive. I also enjoy being part of an organization that helps members of the community in such a variety of ways.

    What is your most important mental health tip for patients?

    My most important mental health tip for patients is to take time for yourself each day. Taking a few minutes to relax each day will help to lessen stress and create positive energy.

Talk with a Behavioral Health Consultant today

610.444.7550

Understanding the needs of patients

  • With our new electronic health record, I have a full understanding of what the patient is going through, and what the patient needs. We are truly an integrated team, and together we change lives.

    Abner Santiago, LCH Behavioral Health Consultant

  • Many factors influence the health of our members. At LCH, we understand these factors on many levels. This is why we provide so many services under one roof. I know that my patients are getting the care and referrals they need to become and stay healthy.

    Marybeth Rizzo Moore, LCH Nurse Practicioner

  • In order to gain a full understanding of patient needs, we must have an understanding of where the patient has been, and where the patient wants to be.

    Daphne Alos, LCH Interpreter and Patient Advocate