All Providers

A gifted team of dedicated professionals who care about each patient and have a passion for their wellness.

All healthcare providers at Crusader are American trained and board certified, which means they have passed very difficult national tests. No volunteers are used here. Our staff includes physicians, dentists, Certified Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives and Doctors of Pharmacology. Most work full time only at Crusader Community Health.

During your health care visit, you will be asked to choose a Primary Care Provider (PCP) for your medical and dental needs. You will not rotate sites or providers, unless your personal provider is not available.

Our focus is out-patient (out of hospital) ‘primary care’ that involves adult internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics and women’s health. Some specialty services are on-site; however most specialty care is handled by a referral outside our system. We also focus on care to prevent illnesses, care to find problems early (such as cancer) and care to prevent complications from diseases.

Crusader providers will utilize “Best Practice” modern standards of care at all times to manage and improve your health care.

  • Jithinraj Edakkanambeth Varayil, MD

    Jithinraj Edakkanambeth Varayil, MD Family Medicine

    Board Eligible Family Medicine Medical School: Charles University, Faculty of Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic Residency: University of Illinois,…

  • Christina Emmert, RDH

    Christina Emmert, RDH Dental

    Hygiene School: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Fluent Language:  English Special Interests: periodontal health

  • Gina Fernando, APN

    Gina Fernando, APN Family Medicine

    Nurse Practitioner School: Chamberlain University, Addison, Illinois Fluent Language:  English Special Interests: mental health, preventative care, hypertension, congestive…

  • Gary Patrick Fernando, MD

    Gary Patrick Fernando, MD Pediatrics

    Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, Illinois Residency: Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, Stony…

  • Nancy Fredrick, LCPC

    Nancy Fredrick, LCPC Behavioral Health

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Graduate School: Argosy University, Schaumburg, Illinois Licensure/Certification: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor…

  • Dina Girgis, DDS

    Dina Girgis, DDS Dental

    Dental School: Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Residency:  Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois Fluent Language: …

  • Marie Gonzalez, APN

    Marie Gonzalez, APN Women's Health

    Nurse Practitioner School: University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois Fluent Language: English, Spanish Special Interests: women’s health issues in…

  • Jacqueline Gonzalez, APN

    Jacqueline Gonzalez, APN Family Medicine

    Nurse Practitioner School: Saint Anthony College of Nursing, Rockford, Illinois Fluent Language: English, Spanish Special Interests: Diabetes, hypertension

  • Amanda Hahn, CNM

    Amanda Hahn, CNM Women's Health

    Midwifery School:  University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois Fluent Language:  English Special Interests: teen pregnancy, natural birth

  • J. Kaden Harding, PA-C

    J. Kaden Harding, PA-C Pediatrics

    Certified Physician Assistant Physician Assistant School: Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois Fluent Language: English, Swedish Special Interests: Prevention…

  • Melissa Hartzell, PA-C

    Melissa Hartzell, PA-C Family Medicine

    Physician Assistant School: University of Wisconsin–LaCross-Gunderson Lutheran–Mayo, LaCrosse, Wisconsin Fluent Language:  English Special Interests: Chronic Disease Management &…

  • Heather Hatfield, APN

    Heather Hatfield, APN Women's Health

    Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Nurse Practitioner School:  Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, Kentucky Fluent Language:  English Special Interests: family…