Family Medicine Faculty
Thomas Golemon, M.D. — Department Chair
Dr. Golemon was born in the piney woods of Jasper, Texas. He majored in biology at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a BA, cum laude. He was awarded his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. His family medicine residency in Columbus, Georgia, was followed by one year of teaching as a junior faculty member and fine-tuning his southern accent. In 1979, Dr. Golemon began a rural practice in Lockhart, Texas, where he experienced the full spectrum of family medicine and developed a special interest in obstetrics. The decision to teach led him to Peoria in 1989. Dr. Golemon was named Saint Francis Family Practice Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991. He then became program director at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois in 1992, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1993 and 2000. Dr. Golemon is one of three of our faculty members who have been honored by the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians’ (state wide) Teacher of the Year Award. He recently became the Thomas and Ellen Foster Char for the Department of Family and Community Medicine and is a professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine where he is also director for the ethics course for medical students.
Dr. Golemon’s wife, Dr. Joan Golemon, is also a faculty member. They have six children: Buck, Joseph, Luke, Austin, Hayden and Katelyn. His family enjoys hiking and camping trips. Dr. Golemon is interested in history, especially the Civil War and American history. He also enjoys golfing, football, jogging, tennis and other sports.
Kelvin Wynn, M.D. — Family Medicine Program Director
Dr. Wynn joined the faculty in May 2007 after spending the previous fifteen years practicing the full spectrum of family medicine in rural North Central North Carolina. He practiced medicine at federally qualified community health centers for seven years before joining a private group practice for eight years.
Dr. Wynn was born in the Bronx borough of New York City where he spent the first three years of his life before his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he grew up. He received his BS in zoology from North Dakota State University where he was a member of the varsity basketball team for four years. He was awarded his MD from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his family medicine residency training at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Wynn is a member of the American and Illinois Academies of Family Physicians. He enjoys all aspects of family medicine and recently became the new program director for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria Family Medicine Residency at the Methodist Medical Center of Illinois.
Dr. Wynn and his wife, Shari, live in Peoria. His outside interests include visiting different college and university campuses to collect sweatshirts (his wife says he has over 150!), sports trivia, and reading murder mystery novels.
Jeffrey Leman, M.D. — Associate Family Medicine Program Director
Dr. Leman was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and grew up as a small town Midwest boy. He completed his undergraduate education at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was an Academic All-American football player. He received his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. From there, he moved to Oklahoma City to complete his family medicine residency and a surgical fellowship at St. Anthony Hospital Family Medicine Program. During two years of part-time work as a family practitioner, he also completed a master’s degree in religion from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.
In the fall of 2001, Dr. Leman moved with his wife and family to rural northern India to work in a small charitable mission hospital serving the poor. In 2003, he became the director of the first national, board-approved family medicine residency in the state. He worked there until the end of 2008 training residents, overseeing the TB program, and caring for the underserved. He completed a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from Johns Hopkins University in 2003.
He and his amazing wife Janet, along with their 4 children live in Morton, Illinois. Jeff enjoys sports, exercise and being outdoors. He enjoys reading, including history, theology, and the Asian subcontinent.
Joan Golemon, M.D. — Family Medical Center Director
Dr. Golemon was born in Greenfield, Illinois, the second of five daughters born to Dr. James Reid, a “front-line” rural family physician. She graduated summa cum laude from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, with a BA in biology. Dr. Golemon received her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and finished residency training in family medicine at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois where she was the recipient of the Resident Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Golemon is currently an associate director for the Family Medicine Residency Program where she is in charge of the sports medicine curriculum, and she is the medical director of the Family Medical Center. In addition, she has earned her Certificate of Additional Qualification in Sports Medicine and was recertified in 2009. Dr. Golemon is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the Illinois Academy of Family Medicine.
Dr. Golemon’s husband, Dr. Thomas Golemon, is also a faculty member. They have six children: Buck, Joseph, Luke, Austin, Hayden and Katelyn. Dr. Golemon enjoys watching and playing all sports and trying to keep up with her children’s activities.
Melanie Andrews, M.D.
Dr. Andrews grew up in Orland Hills, Illinois. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in sociology. She then went on to Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to earn her MD. Dr. Andrews completed her residency training in family medicine at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, graduating in 2013. During the past year, she has also completed a fellowship in High Risk and Surgical Obstetrics at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Dr. Andrews and her husband, Brandon, spend most of their free time outdoors camping and exploring with their dogs. She also enjoys knitting, listening to NPR, and the end of football season.
Aaron Costerisan, M.D.
Dr. Costerisan grew up in central Illinois, then attended college and medical school in the Chicago area. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, he completed residency in beautiful, sunny Ventura, California at the Ventura Family Medicine Residency Program. Residency training provided him the opportunity to be a full-spectrum family doctor, and the desire to maintain this focus led him to the Maternal Child Health Fellowship Program through PCC Community Wellness Center back in Chicago, Illinois. Along the way, he found a love for clinical teaching and caring for patients as part of a team, and realized that a residency program is an ideal place to incorporate all of these aspects of family medicine. His professional interests include obstetrics, medical ethics, point-of-care ultrasound, and acute care.
Dr. Costerisan and his wife have three very active young sons. He hopes to soon convince his family to go camping on a regular basis.
Craig Griebel, M.D.
Dr. Griebel was born in Mankato, Minnesota, the youngest of six children. After attending college at Valparaiso University, he received his MD from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed his family medicine training at the Mercy/St. Luke’s (now Quad Cities Genesis) Family Medicine Residency Program in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Griebel was in private practice in Wisconsin for ten years before he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria Family Medicine Residency at the Methodist Medical Center of Illinois in 2002. Dr. Griebel enjoys all areas of family practice, but especially enjoys obstetrics and pediatrics. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Griebel and his wife, Cheryl, have three children: Tyler, Christopher, and Emily.
Asim Jaffer, M.D.
Dr. Jaffer was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. While attending medical school he received his training in both urban and rural settings. After graduating from Windsor University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where he developed a special interest in teaching both residents and medical students. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois soon after finishing his residency because he enjoys the academic setting. Dr. Jaffer has a special medical interest in palliative care and inpatient medicine but is interested in continuing to expand his skills.
Dr. Jaffer is a Chicago sports fan and enjoys golfing and playing basketball where he also is continuing to expand his skills. His wife is a pharmacist and works in the area. They have two children: Kamran and Sommer.
Rahmat Na’Allah, M.D.
Dr. Na’Allah was born in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, the only daughter of a family of three. She has had an interest in medicine since early childhood. She trained at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria (one of the nation’s WHO Centers for Community-based Experience programs). This further enhanced her yearning to serve the underserved.
She obtained her master’s degree in public health at the University of Illinois at Springfield and completed her family medicine residency at Southern Illinois University, Springfield. During residency, she received the Resident Teacher Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Noemi Gietl and Sharon Rogers Humanitarian Award, and an award for the best resident research project. Dr. Na’Allah completed a fellowship in Maternal-Child Health at PCC Community Wellness/West Surbuban Medical Center, Oak Park, Illinois.
As well as doing general family practice, Dr. Na’Allah specializes in women’s health and high-risk obstetrics, and she performs cesarean-sections. She has published several articles and given national and international presentations. Her research interest is in obstetrics and women’s health.
Dr. Na’Allah and her husband, Abdul-Rasheed, have four children. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking and entertaining as she is especially known for making excellent cheese cake.
Behavioral Medicine Faculty
Heidi Charron, CRC, LCPC
Heidi Charron was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Peoria, Illinois. Heidi has a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Northern Illinois University. She has provided therapeutic and support services to children and families with emotional, learning and behavioral needs since 2005. Heidi has experience providing in-home therapy, behavior modification, crisis intervention and case management services. She also has a strong knowledge of local community networks that aid in providing services for children with disabilities. She has worked closely with many social service groups, local psychiatrists, and school districts. She also has much experience in the coordination of services for the Individual Care Grant for children with mental illness.
Heidi and her husband, Austin, have two sons. She enjoys spending time with family, cake decorating and reading.
Brian McIntyre, Ed.D.
Dr. McIntyre is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his BA in psychology from Taylor University, and an MA in psychology from California State University in Sacramento. Dr. McIntyre did his doctoral work in counseling and applied psychology at the University of San Francisco.
Dr. McIntyre is associate professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, which is his home department. In the Department of Family and Community Medicine, he holds the rank of clinical associate professor, spending 50% of his time working with the Family Medicine Residency. Dr. McIntyre is also clinical associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is Co-Chairman of the University’s Institutional Review Board.
His teaching emphases are in the areas of health and medical psychology and behavioral medicine. Dr. McIntyre also sees patients with complaints of sexual dysfunction and couples therapy. His outside interests include music, gourmet cooking, book collecting, and auto racing.