History Providers Leaders

Frances Nelson was a significant figure in the history of the Champaign-Urbana community. In the 1940s when African-American children found themselves without a home, Ms. Nelson welcomed them with open arms and put a roof over their heads. She encouraged them to become outstanding members of the community. 

A volunteer-staffed health center was created in the 60's to address the issue of high infant mortality in the African-American community. It has since transformed into a health center with staff physicians dedicated to providing primary health care to the underserved in our community. This health center was named for Frances Nelson when it moved into her former home in 1969.

In 2006, the Health Center moved to its current location on Bloomington Road in Champaign. Just five years later, in 2011, the Frances Nelson Dental Center opened in the same location. In 2012, ownership of both clinics was transferred to a local entity, Promise Healthcare.

Born from a grassroots effort to create a county public health department, SmileHealthy was started in 2002. With a public health mission and the flexibility of a small nonprofit,  SmileHealthy would test and try new ways to deliver care to those who might otherwise go without. They added a mobile dental clinic program which now holds over 50 mobile clinic events a year, serve Champaign County Head Start with a permanent clinic in Rantoul, provide comprehensive education and case management, and even specialty care. 

Board of Directors

Brice Hutchcraft, President

Claudia Lennhoff, Vice President

Randy Hulett, Treasurer

Minnie Pearson, Secretary

Courtney Nicole Bean

Pamela Bigler

Oliva Brown

Marya Burke

Chifan Cheng, DDS

Jerome Dryan

Dr. James Ellis

Scott Greenlee

Joe Guyette

Martin Nieto

Judy Rubenacker

Kandace Turner

Emily Wee


Leadership Team

Promise Healthcare Primary Care Providers
Omar Al-Heeti, MD
Marisol Chirinos, PA-C
Melonie Darnall, NP
Kristen Erickson, NP
Sonja Hansen, MD
Corinne Kohler, MD
Alina Paul, MD
Shelly Tangen, NP
Jiayi Tao, PA-C
Connie Thomas, NP
Carle Illinois Family Medicine Residents for OB and pediatrics
Carle Illinois Internal Medicine Residents 
Roselin Arunachalam, MD
Archana Chopra, MD
Feiteng Su, MD
Hang Sung Yang, MD
Carle Illinois Psychiatry Residents 
Mental Health Therapists
Shae Ellington, LCSW
James Hamilton, LCPC
Promise Healthcare Dentists
Arshita Patel, BDS