The Magic Behind the Couri Center By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

Recently, the Couri Center was awarded for the 3rd consecutive year, Peoria’s Best of the Best Award for Obstetrics and Gynecology. We were genuinely honored and humbled to accept this award. Even though the plaque states, Dr. Michele Couri, as the recipient, I must say that it is truly my staff and our patients that rightfully deserve this award. First, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to every single patient who took the time to vote for us. Your generosity and caring hearts are what makes it a privilege to care for and serve you. You have likely heard me say on numerous occasions that we have the very best patients in the world. For that, I am and forever will be grateful. Next, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of our staff for their selfless dedication to enriching and empowering the lives of our patients every day.

Co-physician: Alexandra Mathern, MD
Physician Assistants: Hope Placher, Renee Alwan-Percell, Deb Collins
Certified Nurse Practitioner, Doctorate of Nursing: Dana Humes Goff
Licensed Dietician/Exercise Physiologist: Leslie Rusch-Bayer
Nursing Staff: Theresa Bowles, Kristine Cox, Geni Randle, Gail Williams, Christine Gorman, Karen Kelley, Heather Dentino
MOAs: Lisa Dearing, Janet Rocke
Sonographer: Amber Katz
Lead Biller/Insurance Specialist: Rhonda Britton
Surgery Scheduler/Referral Coordinator: Alyce Couri
Front Office Personnel: Kelly Beeney, Deb Seyller, Donna Rademaker, Jacquelyn Collier, Susan Spears, Susan Korfias, Carina Schilling
Pellet Coordinator: Becky Descamps
Marketing Director: Cheryl Neumann
Phlebotomists/Lab Personnel: Carmen Reese, Betty Quotskyva
Esthetician: Leslie Ann Gilstrap
These ladies are undeniably some of the most talented women in their specialty.

Lastly, for those that are not aware of the history of the Couri Center, I would like to briefly share its story. First of all, our building that houses our office sits on the land that I and my five siblings grew up on as children. That land used to be our baseball diamond, our field for go-karting and snowmobiling, and a gateway to the mystical woods that used to exist at the north end of the property that made many a magical adventure for our imaginative little minds. You can say that the Couri Center, which came into existence in 2001, has been in my blood for as long as I can remember.

The Couri Center building recently underwent an expansion, adding an additional 3,500 square feet of space, providing more exam rooms, procedure rooms, and offices. That expansion was masterfully carried out by my brother Bob and his team of craftsmen at RJ Unes Construction. My father, John Unes, was a brilliant and impeccable carpenter and cabinet maker, and he, along with my brother, was instrumental in the construction of the original space in 2001. My dad took great pride in his work, never settling for mediocrity, never performing less than his potential, and never sacrificing quality as his customers always deserved the best. He passed those traits on to me and my siblings, and for that, I am beyond blessed. That mantra has served me well so far in my career of eighteen years.

Collectively, the contributions of my dad, my brother, my amazing staff, and most importantly, the trust and inspiration of our patients have made and continue to make my time at 6708 N. Knoxville as special as it was growing up. Thank you, and God bless.

To Your Health,

Dr. Couri