Meet The Staff of Our Chicago Weight Loss Clinic
Our Staff Have Made Weight Loss Their Life Mission
When you walk in the door at Olivera Weight Management, you are greeted by a member of our committed staff who has made helping people lose weight part of his or her life’s mission.
We are a team of caring and compassionate people who get to experience the rewards and joys of helping patients achieve meaningful change on their way to healthier lives. Learn more about each of our staff members below.
Mayra R., LPN
Graduated from Wilbur Wright college. As a vegetarian she’s always looking for new ways to cook healthy meals. She counsels patients on the importance of a balanced meal along with exercising and making small changes in order to achieve goals and prevent feeling overwhelmed. She believes smalls steps go a long way.
Cassandra T., RD, LDN
Cassandra works remotely with our patients who are looking for more individualized counselling and support. “My favorite part about being a dietitian is helping people transform themselves. I love hearing them tell me how much happier they are, how much better they feel and how losing weight has improved their lives.”
Edith R., Front Office
Edith joined the practice in 1985 when Dr. Olivera’s father ran the clinic. She speaks Spanish and has witnessed the positive effects of weight loss for many, many patients. Edith wants to make sure you are taken care of and treated right when you come to see us. She always remembers our birthdays.
Teresa M., RN
Teresa received her BSN from Saint Xavier University and a psychology degree from UIC. In the past, she has worked extensively with patient having chronic metabolic conditions. Teresa is passionate about public health and nursing. She is always looking for better ways to educate our patients.
Brian H., RN
Brian has been a RN since 2007. He has a passion for nutrition and fitness and actively lives that lifestyle. Brian finds teaching and counseling patients on their weight loss and fitness goals are the most rewarding part of his job as a nurse.
Antonio C., MA
Tony has been a medical assistant with Olivera Weight Management since 2007. He loves making people laugh and is an expert at when it comes to making nervous patients feel comfortable. Tony speaks Spanish, is a boxer, and enjoys sharing his workout tips with patients.
Arlene T., Practice Manager
Arlene is our office manager and oversees day-to-day office operations and marketing. She has worked at Oliver Weight Management since 1999. A graduate of Marquette University, Arlene has helped to create changes over the years that make the practice run more efficiently while maintaining a strong focus on patient satisfaction.
Sonny R., Operations Manager
Sonny is our operations manager and has a degree in computer science. His 20+ years here have included working with both Dr. Olivera and his father. Sonny is usually the first person you see when you walk through the door and is the “go-to” guy for almost everything in the office. We wouldn’t know what to do without him!
Patrick F., Practice Administrator
Pat is the executive director of Olivera Weight Management, where he has primary responsibility for business management, strategic planning and ensuring that Olivera stays true to its mission of helping patients lose weight and be healthy. Pat has worked with Dr. Olivera since 1997, and before that he worked for Dr. Olivera’s father.
Gwen M., MA
Gwen graduated from Everest College in 2009. She loves helping patients find new recipes and healthy alternatives so they can stay on track with their new lifestyle. She finds helping patients reach their short term goals and becoming more confident in themselves especially rewarding.
Stephanie S., MA
Stephanie is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She is enthusiastic about preventative health and establishing a positive body image. When she is not in the office, Stephanie interns as a HIV/Aids community health worker.
Carolina C., NP
A graduate of Olivet Nazarene University in 2016 with her MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner degree, Carolina has over 10 years of RN experience with a background in neurology. She also has a BS in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University and is fluent in Spanish. Carolina is passionate about educating patients.
Azra H., FNP-BC
Azra has 15 years of nursing experience including Internal Medicine, GI and Women’s Health. While many of our staff speak Spanish, she adds a couple more languages to the Olivera mix with Serb-Croatian and Bosnian. Azra believes every disease can be prevented with healthy lifestyles and is often heard telling patients, “The greatest wealth is your health so take good care of it!”
Sanna H., LPN
Sanna is a LPN who attended the Northbrook College of Healthcare. She speaks conversational French and is fluent in Urdu. Sanna loves encouraging patients to make meaningful changes in their lives with healthier food choices so they can look and feel their best.
Emily D., AGNP
Emily has been a nurse since 2008. She recently graduated from Loyola with her Master’s in the Science of Nursing. She’s fluent in Spanish and has coordinated health and wellness trips to Mexico and volunteered as a RN in Guatemala.