Our Team

Working Together to Care for
Children and Teens In a Collaborative,
Family-Inclusive Manner

Founded on the belief that the most appropriate care is comprehensive, involves the entire family and is provided by a coordinated team, the MiraCare team includes Board Certified Child/Adolescent Psychiatrists; Psychologists, Therapists and other behavioral health professionals. By working together in one collaborative patient focused environment, support therapy is rooted in the MiraCare continuum of care and children, teens and families benefit from a higher level of listening, bridging and sharing.

Christopher Higgins

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Christopher Higgins is the owner of MiraCare Group, a practice currently providing a full range of outpatient and inpatient behavioral health services. Dr. Higgins started MiraCare over twenty years ago to provide children, adolescents, adults and their families, a place where they can receive the best of care all in the same place. He received his doctorate in the first class at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. He then continued his training to become a Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology and in the past was an approved Supervisor in Marriage and Family treatment. As of today, Dr. Higgins has been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist and training other psychologists for over thirty years. He is mostly interested in mentoring other providers and ensuring their quality of patient and self-care and the growth and success of the MiraCare group and all of its patients.

Dr. Higgins is (or has been) a board member on numerous national and local not for profit organizations. He lives locally with his wife and has 3 grown daughters. He is a strong golf enthusiast.

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Julie Johnson, Psy.D., SEP
Julie Johnson, Psy.D., SEP Palos Heights Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner,
Clinical Director,
Co-Training Director
Jessica Mikulecky, Psy.D., SEP
Jessica Mikulecky, Psy.D., SEP Palos Heights & Tinley Park Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner,
Clinical Director,
Co-Training Director 
Vijay Chand, MD
Vijay Chand, MD Palos Heights & Lemont Office
Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist,
Medical Director of Outpatient Services 
Rajitha Avva, MD
Rajitha Avva, MD Palos Heights Office
Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Eliza Sukiennik, MD
Eliza Sukiennik, MD Palos Heights & Mokena Office
Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist 
Tammy Yuen, MD
Tammy Yuen, MD Palos Heights Office
Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist 
Natasha Begich, Psy.D., BCN
Natasha Begich, Psy.D., BCNPalos Heights & Lemont Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Board Certified in Neurofeedback,
Director of PNT
Corey Cashen, Psy.D.
Corey Cashen, Psy.D. Mokena Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Mokena Clinical Coordinator 
Amanda Jenkins, Psy.D.
Amanda Jenkins, Psy.D. Palos Heights & Tinley Park Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
Cynthia Rangel, Psy.D., BCN
Cynthia Rangel, Psy.D., BCN Palos Heights & Lemont Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Board Certified in Neurofeedback,
Training Coordinator 
David Yesko, Psy.D.
David Yesko, Psy.D. Palos Heights Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
Gery Gilbo, MA
Gery Gilbo, MAPalos Heights Office
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Christina K. Nolan, EdD, NCC, LCPC
Christina K. Nolan, EdD, NCC, LCPC Palos Heights Office
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 
Catherine Jackson, Psy.D., BCN
Catherine Jackson, Psy.D., BCN Palos Heights Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Board Certified in Neurofeedback 
Neel Mehta, Psy.D.
Neel Mehta, Psy.D. Palos Heights Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
Julie Bennington, Psy.D., HSPP
Julie Bennington, Psy.D., HSPP Mokena & Tinley Park Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Clinical Director of Acute Care Services
Elizabeth Smith, Psy.D.
Elizabeth Smith, Psy.D. Palos Heights Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
Alyssa Abbate, Psy.D.
Alyssa Abbate, Psy.D. Palos Heights & Tinley Park Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Breanne Gremillion, Psy.D.
Breanne Gremillion, Psy.D. Palos Heights Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Training Coordinator 
Ian Hoffman, Psy.D.
Ian Hoffman, Psy.D. Mokena & Tinley Park Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
Richard Markin, Ph.D.
Richard Markin, Ph.D. Palos Heights Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
Patrick Kaulen, Psy.D.
Patrick Kaulen, Psy.D. Palos Heights Office
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Clinical Director of Acute Care Services
Larisa Kononova, MD
Larisa Kononova, MD Palos Heights Office
Board Certified Psychiatrist 
Tiffany Keller, Psy.D.
Tiffany Keller, Psy.D. Tinley Park
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Testing Center Coordinator 
Amanda Slater, Psy.D.
Amanda Slater, Psy.D. Palos Heights & Mokena Office
License Clinical Psychologist
Caitlin Slotter, Psy.D.
Caitlin Slotter, Psy.D. Palos Heights & Tinley Park Office
Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow 
Kevin Davis, MA
Kevin Davis, MA Tinley Park & Palos Heights Office
Therapist
Rachel Hughes, Psy.D.
Rachel Hughes, Psy.D. Palos Heights, Mokena & Tinley Park Office
Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow 
Taylor Bonno, Psy.D.
Taylor Bonno, Psy.D. Palos Heights & Tinley Park Office
Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow 
Jessica Cruz, Psy.D.
Jessica Cruz, Psy.D. Palos Heights Office
Psychotherapist
Jenny Weissman, MA
Jenny Weissman, MA Lemont & Palos Heights Office
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern 
Irene Stewart, MA
Irene Stewart, MA Tinley Park & Palos Heights Office
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern 
Andreya DeLarco, MA
Andreya DeLarco, MA Tinley Park & Palos Heights Office
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern 
Madeleine Schwartz, MS, MA
Madeleine Schwartz, MS, MA Palos Heights & Lemont Office
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern 
Patrick O’Connor, Psy.D.
Patrick O’Connor, Psy.D. Palos Heights & Mokena Office
Psychotherapist
Jasmine Alkhatib, MA
Jasmine Alkhatib, MA Palos Heights Office
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern 
Natalie Escalante, MA
Natalie Escalante, MA Palos Heights & Tinley Park Office
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern 
Stephanie Morris, MA
Stephanie Morris, MA Palos Heights & Tinley Park Office
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern 
Adam Sensoli, MA
Adam Sensoli, MA Palos Heights & Tinley Park Office
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern 
Christine Fallucca, RN, MSCRN
Christine Fallucca, RN, MSCRN
Director of Nursing

PATIENT FOCUSED

By working together in one collaborative environment, patients and families benefit from a higher level of listening, bridging and sharing.

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DEVOTED TO FAMILY

With a long history of caring for children and teens in an inclusive manner, family is rooted in the MiraCare continuum of care.

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