Joanna Betancourt M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Betancourt is the practice's founder. She started practice in 2004, just 3-years after she completed her Pediatric Residency from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a board certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Betancourt also is an associate professor at Northern Illinois University. Recently, she was selected by the American Academy of Pediatrics to be the spoke person for the nationwide launch of healthychildren.org in Spanish. Dr. Betancourt often emphasizes that her focus as a primary care doctor is to center on the whole child; looking at the physical, mental and social health issues that might affect a child’s growth and development. She also highlights that her role as your pediatrician, is to educate, counsel and be an advocate to children and their parents or guardians. As a wife, a mother of three children, business owner and full-time working mom, she empathizes with parent’s needs and anxieties.
Besides being a pediatrician, how do you spend your time?
Besides being a pediatrician, I dedicate most of my "off work" time to my 3 children; 2 of them currently in elementary school and one in her freshman year in high school. I also make time to work-out. I believe that a healthy body reflects in a happier person. I enjoy kayaking, running, but my favorite work-out activity is cardio kick boxing.
Tell me about the decision to become a pediatrician:
I became a pediatrician because the most enjoyable rotation for me during medical school was the Pediatrics one.
If you weren't in medicine, what career do you think you would have chosen?
I think I would be a teacher if I would not be a pediatrician.
What is your favorite thing a out being a pediatrician?
My favorite aspect of being a pediatrician is enjoying the relationship with my patients and their parents as the kids grow and face new challenges. It's funny, the loss of a tooth of a 6 year old is a huge deal if you have known that child from the first day of his or her life! It is truly difficult to find the words to express how much joy my career brings to me.
What can you tell us about Salud Pediatrics and why it may be the right practice for parents?
At Salud Pediatrics, our mission is to provide unsurpassed, compassionate care to our patients. We all work as a team to provide comfort, preserve and restore wellbeing to every child under our care. Each day we strive to run the extra mile to achieve our goal and every decision we make begins with our patients at the center. But most important, I offer my patients the care that, as a mom, I would like to be offered from my children's pediatrician.
Sandra Graba MD
I completed my medical degree at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and my pediatric residency training at Loyola University Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital. I have affiliation with both St. Alexius Medical Center and Sherman Hospital. I have been practicing pediatric medicine for the past three years and am very excited to be joining the Salud family and the Algonquin area community.
My specific interests include newborn and early childhood care, asthma management, nutrition, and breastfeeding but I most enjoy watching the growth and development of children and becoming a part of their families. As a mom, I know our children are our most important asset and understand how much we love them and worry about whether the decisions we make for them are the right decisions.
My role as a pediatrician is to be a friend, advocate, and resource to families in addition to monitoring their child's growth, development, and healthcare needs. I look forward to becoming a part of your family.
Marciann Bock, APN
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with my Masters in Nursing. I am a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I am also an adjunct faculty member at UIC at Chicago and function as a preceptor for future nurse practitioners. I have been actively working as a pediatric nurse practitioner for the past 4 years.
I have spent the majority of my career focusing on the health and well being of children at various developmental and socio-economical levels.
I am a compassionate individual dedicated to my career and the patients and families that I serve. My goal to you as your child’s provider is to deliver care that is unsurpassed and be a representative and advocate for you and your child while preserving their autonomy as they grow older.
During my free time, I do baseball with our 9 year old Anthony, tumbling with William, our 5 year old, Dance with Amber (Amber is 4 years old) and with Nikolas, well, we do baby stuff… he is only 15 months old.