Our Staff

Quality Compassionate Health Care For Women

FPA Chicago abortion clinics offer the highest quality reproductive healthcare. Our staff of board certified OB/GYN physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and registered nurses are committed to providing safe, confidential, and compassionate comprehensive women’s healthcare.

E. Steve Lichtenberg, MD, MPH

Medical Director

E. 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 a 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

Co-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. Dr. Cowett currently serves as a member of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical Staff as an Associate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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.

Pamela Clanton, CRNA

Staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Pamela Clanton worked as a Critical Care Nurse in the areas of Cardiac and Medical Intensive Care Nursing for 10 years prior to entering Nursing Anesthesia School in the 1993. She received her Masters in Nursing Anesthesia from DePaul University and Ravenswood Hospital in 1995. Pamela has previously worked at Methodist Hospital in Indiana and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from 1996-2004. While at Northwestern, Pamela spent five years covering Obstetrics with the Anesthesia Department in Prentice Women’s Hospital. From 2004 to present she exclusively practices Out-patient/Same-day Surgery and Office-based Anesthesia. She has provided anesthesia in a variety of areas such as Cosmetics, GI, Pain, Gyne, Ophthalmology, and Urology in the outpatient/office-based setting.

Diana Maracich

Chief Operating Officer

Diana has worked in women’s health care since 1982. During high school, she began her career at FPA in Modesto, California, in an entry-level position. Within five years, she was the clinic manager. When the organization expanded to Chicago, she was hand-picked by the administration to supervise the transition. In the years since, Diana has been the driving force behind the day-to-day operations, including our expansions into the West Loop area of Downtown Chicago and the Cottage Grove location on the South Side of Chicago.

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 in safeguarding access to abortion on a national level. She served two terms on the Board of Directors for the National Abortion Federation (NAF). Additionally, she has been invited to lecture at several NAF meetings and conferences focused on abortion care nationwide. These opportunities have given her the chance to meet and work with many of the best abortion providers in the United States. Diana is constantly listening and learning, because her primary goal is to make sure that FPA is providing the best care possible, to the patients we serve.

Diana’s passion for women’s healthcare remains the same after all of these years. She is truly committed to helping the women she serves. She still wears scrubs to work and always puts the patients before her administrative duties. On any normal day, she may be answering the phones, going over paper work with a patient, or checking in a patient at the front desk. She firmly believes that this helps to ensure that she’ll never be out of touch with our patients’ needs.

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 Planned Parenthood in 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 Fitch


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, Kathy was quickly promoted to manager of the office. 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 Rivera

Operations Manager

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.

Katy Rabbitt Phipps

Director of Business Operations

Katy as been a member of the Family Planning Associates staff since 2006. With duel bachelors degrees in Women’s Studies and English from The University of Missouri-Columbia, Katy immediately sought work in Women’s Health after graduation. Katy worked at Planned Parenthood Near North for several years as a Reproductive Health Care Assistant, in abortion services. Since joining FPA Katy has sought to enhance the patient experience, developing and upgrading our website content, working with minor patients to ensure compliance with Adult Family Member Notification, assisting patients in need of financial assistance, and training new staff members. Innovation and comprehensive, compassionate patient care are central to Katy’s management style. Working directly with patients and striving to maintain the highest level of patient care will always be top priority for Katy.

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.