Poronsky Family Practice, Ltd. has been providing quality and comprehensive care to individuals and families on the southwest side since 1990 when Dr. Albert B. Poronsky began the practice in Oak Forest. In 1998 the practice moved to Palos Heights and now includes Dr. Galia Beitner and three Family Nurse Practitioners: Coleen Carney, Christina Minic and Cathlin Poronsky. Each one of our providers is nationally certified to provide care to patients of all ages and strives to treat patients as he or she would want family members treated. Drs. Poronsky and Beitner are members of the medical staff at Palos Community Hospital.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement:  Our goal is to be partners with our patients to optimize health and control chronic disease. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care in order to attain that goal.

Specialties of Poronsky Family Practice

Our specialty is Family Practice. We offer comprehensive family-centered healthcare for adults and children. Our physicians and nurse practitioners can provide care for over 85% of the medical problems of most individuals and families. We offer healthcare that is structured to include the patient in decision-making. Our specialty is unique in that we are specifically trained to care for both adults and children through their life cycle including well child visits through end-of-life issues. We can act as coordinators of medical services, also known as a medical home. When further specialty care is needed, we will act as a liaison and coordinator for your healthcare needs.  Family Physicians and Family Nurse Practitioners can provide ongoing care and management of most chronic illness with the long term goal of maintaining quality of life.

Did you know?

Our physicians are osteopathic family physicians, board certified in Family Practice Medicine.  In the United States there are two types of medical education for physicians, Doctors of Medicine (MD) and the Doctors of Osteopathy (DO).  Both DOs and MDs incorporate medications, surgery, and other standard methods of treating disease. Osteopathic doctors are trained to look at the whole person and integrate them into the health care process as a partner. In addition, DOs place special emphasis on problems involving the musculoskeletal system, which includes muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints. One key concept in osteopathic medicine is that structure influences function. So if there is a problem in one part of the body's structure, then function in that area will also be affected.  Another principle of osteopathic medicine is the body's innate ability to heal itself.

Our Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are board certified in Family Care. Each NP is a Registered Nurse who has completed advanced education at the Masters Degree level and holds an Advanced Practice Nurse license in the State of Illinois.  NPs offer some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians. An NP can serve as a patient’s regular health care provider and provide treatment for both acute and chronic conditions through prescribing medications, ordering tests, and therapies. Nurse practitioners place special emphasis on prevention, wellness, and patient education. NPs also utilize a holistic model for treating illness and seek to integrate patients as partners in the health care process.