Meet Our Staff
Our staff are experienced and trustworthy
FPA Chicago abortion clinics offer the highest quality of women’s health care. Our staff of by board certified OB/GYN medical doctors, nurses, technicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse anesthetists are committed to confidential and personal care, patient education and excellence in medical practices.
Steve Lichtenberg, MD, MPH
Steve Lichtenberg, MD, MPH is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and has been medical director of Family Planning Associates Medical Group since its inception in 1988.
Educated at Cornell University (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MD), the University of California, Berkeley (MPH) and the University of California, San Francisco (OB-GYN residency), he is currently associate professor of clinical OB-GYN at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where he serves as a preceptor, research director and site director for medical student, resident and fellowship teaching.
He has served as an author and second editor of two seminal comprehensive textbooks in family planning, A Clinician’s Guide to Medical and Surgical Abortion (Churchill Livingstone, 1999) and Management of Unintended and Abnormal Pregnancy: Comprehensive Abortion Care (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
As a charter member of the Society of Family Planning, an invited organization of researchers dedicated to improving family planning methods, he serves as a referee of research papers submitted to medical conferences and to peer-reviewed medical journals.
He formerly served as the chair of the National Medical Committee of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a consensus scientific panel of national experts in family planning.
He has co-authored numerous family planning-related research studies published in the peer-reviewed medical literature.
Allison A. Cowett, MD, MPH
Associate Medical Director
Allison A. Cowett, MD MPH is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University. She went on to complete a fellowship in Family Planning and a Master in Public Health degree at Northwestern University. During her fellowship at Northwestern, Dr. Cowett worked closely with Family Planning Associates Medical Group and received extensive training with our medical director, Dr. E. Steve Lichtenberg.
Dr. Cowett is a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Abortion Federation and the Society of Family Planning. Dr. Cowett was Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Center for Reproductive Health and Gynecologic Ultrasound and Director of the Fellowship in Family Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) immediately prior to joining our staff at Family Planning Associates.
As the Director of the Center for Reproductive Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Dr. Cowett oversaw the provision of comprehensive contraception and abortion services. She is active in community wide efforts to enhance access to family planning services for women in underserved populations and to forward a legislative agenda that champions women’s reproductive freedom. Her research focuses on abortion in the second trimester, patient knowledge and understanding of restrictive abortion legislation and long acting reversible contraceptive methods.
Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSc
Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. Having served as the Medical Director of Family Planning of Metropolitan Washington DC, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, and a fellowship in Family Planning at the University of Michigan, he now serves as Associate Medical Director of Family Planning Associates. Additionally, he is a faculty member at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, and has hospital privileges at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Berea College in Kentucky, an MD degree from the University of Iowa, a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Masters of Science in Health Services Research from the University of Michigan.
Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and trained in preventive medicine, training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cincinnati, preventive medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Epidemic Intelligence Service with the Centers for Disease Control round out Dr. Parker’s expertise. His more recent work has focused on violence against women, sexual assault, and women’s reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men’s reproductive health.
Chief Operating Officer
Diana has worked in reproductive health since 1982. During high school, she began her career at FPA in an entry-level position in Modesto, California. Within five years, she was the clinic manager. When the organization expanded to Chicago, she was hand-picked by the administration to transfer to our surgery center. In the years since, Diana has been the driving force behind the operations of starting the Washington and Cottage Grove facilities for Family Planning Associates.
She is actively involved with the Chicago area community, working with other area abortion providers, academic institutions and legislators to ensure that women in the Chicago area can more easily obtain and pay for the abortions that they need.
Diana is also involved on a national level, serving her second term on the Board of Directors for the National Abortion Federation. This allows her the opportunity to work with many of the best abortion providers in both the United States and Canada and ensure the best quality of care to the patients Family Planning Associates serves. She has been invited to lecture at NAF meetings and conferences nationwide.
Diana’s passion for women’s healthcare remains the same after all of these years — helping the women she serves. She still wears scrubs to work and always puts the patients before her primary job in administration. She may be the woman doing the ultrasound, she may go over paper work, or she may be at the front desk. Regardless, she’ll never be out of touch with our patients’ needs.
Neal Gould, CRNA
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Neal was the top student of his CRNA graduating class in 1982 from Rush University in Chicago. He spent 10 years as a CRNA at Cook County Hospital, then 10 years at Copley Hospital in Aurora. He has also worked at several other hospitals and clinics in the area as part of an anesthesia relief service. He has had the privilege and honor of providing anesthesia for abortion services since 1984. He knew that patients seeking abortions deserved the best sedation and pain relief they desired, and he wanted to provide that service. He has likely provided more anesthesia for abortions in the Chicago area than any other actively working individual. Patients can feel confident that they will get quality care and compassion from Neal.
Holly Hines, RN
Recovery Room Nurse
Holly has been the recovery room nurse at FPA since 2006. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Loyola University Chicago, she holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and master’s degree in theology from McCormick Seminary in Chicago. She began her work in women’s health in 1999 at Family Planning Chicago where she was a patient representative, ultrasound technician, surgical assistant and lab technician. At FPA she is devoted to keeping women safe and comfortable after their surgery. She is proud to be part of FPA’s excellent team of abortion providers.
Kathy started working in family planning services in 1985 with Albany Medical-Surgical Center as a switch board operator. Upon the inception of Family Planning Associates at the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center, Kathy was quickly promoted to manager of the surgery center. Her commitment to staff and patients is nothing short of incredible. Many patients describe her as helpful, full of knowledge, and compassionate. Kathy’s “hands on” management style shows that there is nothing she isn’t a part of. Kathy has represented Family Planning Associates at many community events, national conferences, and round table discussions. Although her responsibilities are far and wide, she is still grounded in her dedication and commitment to our patients.
Linda has worked for Family Planning Associates for her entire career. As a young woman, she started working at FPA in California as a medical assistant, and worked her way up to the management level. She was instrumental in ensuring that her clinics reached and maintained accreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. In 2005, she was called upon to transfer to the Chicago offices to assist in our growth and development. Always up for a challenge, Linda joined FPA Chicago and continues to ensure regulatory compliance and excellence. Not only does she work behind the scenes in an administrative capacity, Linda also spends a good deal of time interacting with patients and making sure their experience with FPA is as seamless and pleasant as possible.
FPA Ancillary Staff
Our staff include some of the most informed, educated, and committed women and men who are devoted to women’s health care. We have employees from various educational and professional backgrounds who come together to make one of the best teams anywhere in women’s health care. Our employees range from 3 months of employment to over 20 years! We look forward to meeting and helping you with your health care needs.