We are extremely proud to employ a staff of physicians that are committed to the medical needs of their patients. Our extraordinary team of OB, Pediatrics and Family Practice physicians excel in their specialty and are some of the most recognized physicians in the area. Community HealthNet (CHN) is pleased to offer our patients care under the expertise of our chosen staff and their medical teams. We receive great feedback as it relates to the care and services of our medical team.

Our Medical Teams

Dr. Melvin Richardson, MD
Graduate Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
Specialty:  Family Medicine
Practicing at CHN since March of 2012

Dr. Kathleen Kleefisch, RN, DNP, APN
Graduate: Valparaiso University,
Valparaiso, IN
Specialty: Family Medicine
Practicing at CHN since November of 2017

Valerie Robinson-Royal, RN, MS, APN
Graduate: Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
Specialty: Family Medicine
Practicing at CHN since September of 2010

Adaobi O’Gonuwe, RN, MS, APN
Graduate: Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
Specialty: Family Medicine
Practicing at CHN since January of 2015

Adaobi is passionate about providing quality healthcare for Community HealthNet patients of all ages.
Before coming to the United States, she was both a school teacher and then a journalist. She enjoys reading, writing and traveling.

Dr. Lynn Miskovich, RN, DNP, APN
Graduate: Valparaiso University,
Valparaiso, IN
Specialty: Adult Medicine
Practicing at CHN since June of 2015

Dr. Cynthia Hoess, MD
Graduate: Medical College of Toledo,
Toledo, OH
Specialty: Pediatrics
Practicing at CHN since August 2009

Dr. Camille Borders, MD
Graduate: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Specialty: Pediatrics
Practicing at CHN since October of 2007

Dr. Shah Chowdhury, MD
Graduate: University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
ECFMG Certified
Specialty: Pediatrics
Practicing at CHN since February of 2018

Dr. Chowdhury has been a pediatrician for many years and has treated pediatric patients both abroad as well as the in the United States of America. He has practiced in rural communities as well as in metropolitan areas, and speaks six languages. He works with several different charitable organizations to provide medical care for children.

Dr. Chowdhury has been a practicing pediatric physician in Northwest Indiana for over 16 years, and has received the “Parents Choice” award as the “Most Compassionate Doctor” on multiple occasions. He enjoys spending time with his family traveling, fishing and gardening. He believes that his family inspires him to be a better person and pediatrician.

Dr. Steve Simpson, MD
Graduate: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Specialty: Pediatrics
Practicing at CHN since September of 2011

Dr. Brenda Thompson, MD
Graduate: Howard University Medical School, Washington, D.C.
Specialty: Pediatrics
Practicing at CHN since January of 2013

Leahdon Staples, RN, MS, APN, CNM
Graduate: Frontier School of Midwifery, Hyden, KY
Specialty: Midwifery
Practicing at CHN since June of 2006

Lori Oxley, RN, MS, APN, CNM
Graduate: University of Illinois,
Chicago, IL
Specialty: Midwifery
Practicing at CHN since January of 2018

Dr. Caterina Komyatte, OD
Graduate: Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL
Specialty: Optometry
Practicing at CHN since September of 2019

Dr. Caterina Komyatte has been an optometrist in Lake County since 1997. Dr Komyatte enjoys serving all of her patients at the Vison Centers at MLK and Calumet New Tech High School. The OneSight program provides free eyewear and complete exam to qualifying students.

Dr. Milton Armston, Jr., Psy.D.
Graduate: Illinois School of Professional Psychology – Chicago Campus, Chicago, IL
Specialty: Clinical Psychology
Practicing at CHN since June of 2015

Shari Baldwin, MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Graduate: Governors University, University Park, IL
Specialty: Clinical Social Work
Practicing at CHN since November of 2018

Claude Ann Poupolos, MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Graduate: Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
Specialty: Clinical Social Work
Practicing at CHN since April of 2017

Liliana Martinez, MSW, LCSW
Graduate: Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Specialty: Clinical Social Work
Practicing at CHN since April of 2020