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

Cristina Flores

Joe Guyette

Martin Nieto

Judy Rubenacker

Michael Shannon

Emily Wee

 

Leadership Team

 
Promise Healthcare Primary Care Providers
Marisol Chirinos, PA-C
Crystal Clark, FNP
Kathy Derrick, FNP
Kristen Erickson, NP
Sandy Foltz, NP
Simone Hampton, MD
Sonja Hansen, MD
Corinne Kohler, MD
Alina Paul, MD
Nick Ramey, NP
Shelly Tangen, NP
Connie Thomas, NP
Carle Family Medicine Residents for OB and pediatrics
U of I Internal Medicine Residents Promise Healthcare
 
Psychiatrists
Archana Chopra, MD
Feiteng Su, MD
Hang Sung Yang, MD
 
Mental Health Therapists
Shae Ellington, LCSW
James Hamilton, LCPC
 
Promise Healthcare Dentists
Cesar Alburez, DDS
John Anderson, DDS