MEET OUR PROVIDERS
Dr. Susan Rife, D.O.
Dr. Rife is a Board Certified specialist in Family Medicine. She graduated from Midwestern University and completed her residency at Rush Presbyterian, St. Luke's, and Advocate Christ hospitals. She has special interests in adolescent medicine and women's health. Dr. Rife is able to cover most of your families health needs, and performs office surgery, pap smears, physicals, and more. She resides in Orland Park with her husband.
Dr. Mark McKeigue, D.O.
Dr. McKeigue is a Board Certified specialist in Sports and Family Medicine. An avid marathon runner, he takes a special interest in patients who are active in recreational and competitive sports. He lives in Palos Park with his wife.
Joelle Rickey, P.A.-C
Joelle Rickey is a Board Certified Physician Assistant and has been in practice over 10 years. She graduated from Midwestern University in 2001, and has a special interest in diabetic patients, especially those who are insulin dependent. Joelle strives to keep her patients as healthy as possible in ways that are cohesive to their lifestyles. She lives in New Lenox with her husband and three children.
Lindsay Gnade, P.A.-C
Lindsay Gnade is a Board Certified Physician Assistant who has been with our practice since she graduated from Midwestern University in 2007. She has a special interest in rheumatology, preventative care, and patient education. She believes it is important to clearly explain to patients their condition, and the course of treatment. She lives in the south suburbs with her husband and three children.
Cory Cunningham, P.A.-C
Cory Cunningham is a Board Certified Physician Assistant who has been in practice for over 15 years. She is a 2001 graduate of Midwestern University and has special interest in acute care and women's health. Cory finds making patients more comfortable with a diagnosis through education takes a lot of their fears away, allowing them to focus on health improvement. She lives in the south suburbs with her husband and three children.
DANIELA JUREVICIUS, P.a.-c
Daniela Jurevicius is a board certified Physician Assistant who started with our practice after graduating from Midwestern University in 2018. She has a special interest in pulmonology, cardiology and pediatrics. She believes in thorough patient education and reduction of poly-pharmacy. She lives in the southwest suburbs with her husband and pets.
Dalton Sexton, P.A.-C
Dalton Sexton is a Board Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Midwestern University in 2018. He has a special interest in cardiology, diabetes management, rheumatologic disease, and preventative medicine. He believes in providing high quality patient care, as well as high quality patient education. He finds it important to involve patients in shared decision-making. He currently resides in the south suburbs.
We are a Patient Centered Medical Home
At Rife and Associates Family medicine we are always striving to provide our patients with the best health care experience possible. To this end, we have achieved patient centered medical home status (PCMH).
To achieve this status, a medical practice has to document and prove that they have improved in many different areas of the practice, from front end operations through back office operations, but most importantly they need to show improvement in patient care. We strive to achieve PCMH status, and have a few examples to share on the areas we have improved on:
A major cost in our health care system has always been patient visits to the emergency room. Our practice has taken steps to reduce the amount of visits our patients make to the ER. We have expanded our hours and are giving same day availability for appointments. We also have a way to contact your provider through our answering service after hours. These all contribute to reduce ER visits.
We are happy to report over the past twelve months we have decreased the rate per 1,000 patients visiting the ER from 198.1 down to 179.8.
As part of our PCMH status, we have taken steps to better care for our diabetic patients. The most important step is getting your A1C test performed regularly so your provider can measure your progress and make adjustments to your treatment when necessary. The steps we have taken to improve in this area include reaching out to our diabetic patients through appointment reminders via text and the patient portal. Our medical staff will also remind patients when they should schedule their follow-up appointments.
The results have been very positive - the number of our diabetic patients that have had their A1C tested in the last twelve months has improved from 48.6% to 72.8%. Remember, as family practitioners we successfully manage chronic conditions such as diabetes every day without the use of a specialist. Although, we will refer you to a specialist when it is in the best interest of your health.
We will continue to focus on providing you with the right care, at the right time, in the right place.