OB/GYN Physician, Peoria, IL Private Practice

OB/GYN Physician

Peoria, IL Private Practice

Full-Time         Relocation Assistance           Sign-on Bonus      No OB Call               Work/Life Balance

Tired of the demands of being on-call/delivering babies?  Looking for an excellent base salary with work/life balance? Desire proximity to a big city?  Join the Couri Center!

Successful Gynecology-only boutique practice; No Obstetrics

  • 20 years+ well-established practice voted #1 in Central IL 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Patient growth averages 100 new/month
  • Full patient load from day one
  • Da Vinci Robotic Systems in two local hospitals
  • Modern, beautiful facility with 2019 expansion of 3,725 square feet; totaling 10,000 square feet
  • Beyond gynecology-thriving integrative and aesthetic divisions
  • MonaLisa Touch and Emsella services
  • In-office hysteroscopy/Endosee

Financials & Benefits:

  • Generous base salary with performance bonus/incentives
  • PTO: six weeks
  • Six paid holidays
  • Six paid weeks maternity
  • CME-1 week
  • Full Benefits: 401K, Health, Dental, Life, Disability, Malpractice
  • Low volume call; limited hospital visits
  • Dedicated RN for continuity

Boutique Specialties:

  • Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM, Medical Director, started private practice in 2001
  • Gynecology only; no obstetrics with emphasis on gynecologic surgery (both in hospital and in-office) hormone replacement therapy, traditional gynecology, well-women exams, and wellness.
  • In-office surgical procedures in state of the art facility
  • Integrative division includes a Registered Dietitian overseeing food sensitivity testing, lifestyle programs, weight loss, osteoporosis programs, infrared sauna therapy, and supplementation
  • Aesthetics division includes a Licensed Esthetician offering laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, waxing, & complete skincare lines.
  • Two physicians, three PA-C’s, one DNP


  • A diverse community blending agriculture, industry, retail, service, education, and culture
  • Centrally located and affords a low cost of living
  • Safe, great community to raise a family; solid Midwestern values
  • Progressive medical community boasts an extensive collection of medical & health care research, educational, and clinical facilities, including the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and Jump Training Simulation & Education Center.
  • Peoria, IL boasts the most advanced medical community in downstate Illinois, and as for Gynecology, it facilitates minimally invasive surgery with DaVinci Robotic Systems at both OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Unity Point Methodist.

Please email your cover letter and CV to HR@couricenter.com


Do I Really Need an Antibiotic? By Renee Alwan Percell, MMS PA-C


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As we start the New Year, many of us will make a New Year’s resolution involving our health, diet, or exercise.  One thing we must keep in mind this time of year is healthy habits to avoid the common cold, the flu, sinus infection, and pneumonia.  A healthy habit that many of us forget is when it is appropriate to use an antibiotic for our illnesses.  Everyone plays a critical role in improving antibiotic use and preventing antibiotic-resistant illnesses.  The CDC has started an initiative for health care workers, hospitals and nursing homes to guide providers in evidence-based findings on when an antibiotic is appropriate for treatment.  Working together we can improve and protect the health and well being of everyone.  This is crucial for the well being of generations to come.  We need to be sure the life-saving antibiotics we have today will continue to be useful for years to come.

What are Antibiotics Used for?

We rely on antibiotics to cure life-threatening illness. Antibiotics do not come without risk, however.  Antibiotics can cause diarrhea, GI upset and allergic reactions.  Also, when we take an antibiotic, it kills not only the harmful bacteria but also the good bacteria.  Killing these good bacteria will make you more susceptible to other illness.  This can take your body months to recover, therefore posing a risk to you for getting another illness.

Most importantly, the overuse of antibiotics has created bacteria that are becoming resistant to the antibiotics we have available.  This makes it extremely difficult for some to improve without complications from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Over 2 million people are infected with a resistant bacterium where nearly 23,000 people end up dying as a result.

An antibiotic is not necessary for the common cold, bronchitis, the flu, most sinus infections, and sore throats.  Up to 70% of antibiotics given are not needed.  That means that 7 out of 10 of us take an antibiotic for an acute respiratory infection or something similar that we did not really need. That causes a cascade of effects making our bodies weaker in the long run.  Antibiotics are necessary for the treatment of urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and strep throat.

What Can I do to Stay Healthy?

There are many things you can do to stay healthy.  Healthy lifestyle habits of having a good diet, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep and exercise regularly will help your body fight off infection when exposed.  Also taking a daily vitamin and probiotic will help to maximize your body’s ability to fight infection.  That doesn’t always work, so when you start feeling like you may be getting a cold, you can begin a supplement like OlivDefense.  This is a supplement we have at the Couri Center that lessens symptoms and limits the duration of your illness.  It promotes immune function and provides antioxidant activity.  Resting and drinking plenty of water when you feel something coming on also makes a big difference in limiting your symptoms.

Stay warm and healthy this winter.

Be well

Renee Alwan Percell, MMS PA-C


HOI Peoria, IL News on Supplements featuring Dr. Michele Couri

Take Supplements?

Every day, patients of Dr. Michele Couri ask this very question.  It’s important, too, as many supplements interact with medications.   I’m eating a healthy diet, so how do I know if I need supplements? HOI News, Every Mom, with Jenise Rebholz, interviewed Dr. Couri on this topic.

Watch HOI Supplements in the news featuring Dr. Michele Couri here:

Health experts say catchy ads can lead to unnecessary supplement intake

Personalized MedPax at the Couri Center

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Schedule your visit to find out if supplements are right for you:

At the Couri Center, we take a detailed intake of our patient and then draw labs accordingly.  If you would like to find out more about your personalized supplementation needs, schedule your appointment or call 309-692-6838 today.

Catchy ads can lead to unnecessary supplement intake

Health professionals at Couri Center for Gynecology and Integrative Women's Health and OSF at the RiverPlex say if you do need vitamin supplements, it's important to research reputable brands, because they are not regulated by the FDA.https://hoiabc.com/news/2018/10/08/health-experts-say-catchy-ads-can-lead-to-unnecessary-supplement-intake/

Posted by Jenise Rebholz HOI News on Monday, October 8, 2018




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Understanding the Pap Smear By Dr. Kaleb Jacobs, DO, OB/GYN

No other cancer screening test has seen the success of the pap smear.

Sir John Williams, in the late 1800s first described what would eventually be known as carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the cervix, or abnormal cervical cells that remain in the place where they first formed. Some refer to CIS as precancer. Identifying cancer early when treatment options can prolong the length and quality of a person’s life is the cornerstone of preventive medicine.

In the early 1900s, several scientists discovered that changes inside cervical cells could be seen before cervical cancer was recognized. Pathologists in this early part of the century relied on microscopic examination of tissue biopsies, which meant there was a visible abnormality on the cervix which could be seen by the naked eye. This unfortunately translated to being “too late” for many women, because cancer had taken hold already.

In the 1940s, as the cervical smear was being developed, scientists learned that changes inside cervical cells could be seen several years before cancerous growths, visible by the naked eye, had developed. This process of viewing cervical cells under a microscope is termed cytology. The discovery that individual cells from the cervix have features which may be used to diagnose carcinoma (cancer) is attributed to the “father of cytology,” Dr. George N. Papanicolaou. His landmark publication in 1941 marked the beginning of cervical cancer screening with cytology and the test that bears his name, “the pap smear.”

The finding of abnormal cervical cells on a pap smear, which have the potential to grow into cervical cancer, was a breakthrough in preventative care for women. As a result, the pap smear over the last 40 to 50 years has decreased the incidence of cervical cancer by 75%.

Overtime, cervical cytology (the pap smear) as a means of screening for pre cervical cancer has changed. Most notably and recently, with the addition of testing for human papillomavirus (HPV). It is recognized that an infection with HPV is required for the development of most cervical cancers. It is also established that most women with HPV will NOT go on to develop cervical cancer. A woman’s healthy immune system and other personal risk factors, contribute to her ability to “clear” this virus, thus decreasing her risk for the development of cervical cancer.

Through extensive research and collaboration, two prominent societies, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG), have made recommendations for cervical cancer screening with the pap smear.

The most recent guidelines were published by the ASCCP in 2012 which changed the frequency of screening for women and placed a larger emphasis of combined screening with HPV testing. These changes were made to balance the benefit of screening with the risk of over (and sometimes unnecessarily) treating women for abnormal pap smears.

The nuances of the screening recommendations are many, but there are several steps you as a patient can take to maximize your health:

  • Annual Well Woman Exams with your gynecologist
  • Get pap smears per your gynecologist’s recommendations
  • Do NOT smoke or use other tobacco products – tobacco promotes the abnormal cells which can develop into cancer
  • Get yourself vaccinated or your children (girls and boys) vaccinated for HPV per the CDC recommendations

Last minute facts:

  • About 60% of women diagnosed with cervical cancer have NOT been screened in the past 5 years or longer
  • The lifetime risk of acquiring a genital HPV infection is about 80%
  • HPV-16 and HPV-18 (both covered by all of the HPV vaccines on the market) are present in upwards of 70-80% of cervical cancers

There is a myriad of information available about cervical cancer, screening, and HPV. If you would like more information please reach out to us on the portal.


Dr. Kaleb Jacobs







Creative Healing By Hope Placher, MMS, PA-C, IFMCP

When was the last time you did something creative for the pure joy of expressing yourself? One of my functional medicine mentors, Deanna Minich, posed that question a while back. She was researching how our health is affected by creativity.  I had to think – am I creative? Yes! Yes, I used to be very creative as a vocalist. I still love to sing, but have not been intentional to express that component of who I am. As many of you know, I am a first time mother of twins and most, if not all if my time in the past seven months has been consumed (and enjoyably so) with caring for my family. I was disappointed in myself when I reflected on my lack of intention with my creative side.  It’s not uncommon for creative endeavors to be pushed aside when time is sparse.

If you, like myself, have not been indulging in the enjoyment of creative energy, you may be missing out on a vital piece of your overall health and well-being. In the past few months I’ve had a string of patients who have been extremely motivated to make major changes in their health. Diet, lifestyle, hormone balance, exercise-you name it. They do it and they do it well. And although they feel ’95% better,’ they have expressed frustration that they were ‘missing a piece of the puzzle to total wellness.’ I didn’t have the answer and that weighs on me. I now wonder if the absence of creativity could be hindering people from complete healing.

So what do I mean by creativity? Singing, dancing around your house, looking at a piece of art, doodling, scribbling down your hopes and dreams, taking a painting class, watching clouds float by, enjoying a novel – to name a few. It’s hard to objectify creativity because the options are endless. Don’t be scared of judgment or the potential to fail! Even just listening to music or looking at art has healing benefits. A systematic review of the health benefits of music found that it has the power to positively influence inflammatory cytokines (any of various proteins, secreted by cells, that carry signals to neighboring cells) and cortisol, as well as reduce stress, and thereby provide health benefits for stress-related illnesses. Another study found that listening to music during childbirth reduced the level of postpartum anxiety and pain, and it also reduced the rate of early postpartum depression.

One hypothesis for why creativity is so beneficial to health is that it facilitates deep relaxation. Many of the studies above included patients who felt more relaxation or had reduced stress after creating or enjoying art. Studies have found that stimulating the relaxation response, which is the opposite of the stress response, is correlated with improved health. In one study that compared long-term practitioners of activities that stimulated the relaxation response, such as meditation, led to a decrease in ACTH (a polypeptide hormone, that stimulates the cortex of adrenal glands), which stimulates the stress hormones.

Just recently, Drexel University published an article demonstrating that coloring, doodling, and drawing all showed significant blood flow to the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This is the portion of the brain related to regulating our thoughts, feelings and actions. It is also related to emotional and motivational systems and part of the wiring for our brains reward circuit. And there was no significant difference between artists and non-artists! Creativity is mind-body medicine.  I don’t know what medium will work for you, but I hope you find joy in connecting to your creative spirit and letting it flow out of you.


Hope Placher, PA-C, IFMCP


Introducing Dr. Kaleb Jacobs, OB/GYN

The Couri Center is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Kaleb L. Jacobs to our practice. Like Dr. Couri, his practice will be limited to gynecology.

Dr. Jacobs completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University.

Dr. Jacobs’s interest in healthcare began while he was an undergraduate student at Bradley University when he worked at the American Red Cross. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology, he worked in the clinical lab at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. After spending three years at Northwestern, he returned to medical school to pursue his medical degree.

As a resident physician, Dr. Jacobs received the Resident Award from the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and he was recognized for his commitment to patients when he was nominated for OSF Saint Francis’ Dr. Mary Draeger Schultz Patient Safety Award. Dr. Jacobs also served as the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department’s representative on the Resident Council and served as the Administrative Chief Resident his final year of residency. He is an active member of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and has presented research at its annual and regional conferences.

Excerpts from a recent interview with Dr. Jacobs:


What inspired you to pursue medicine/gynecology?

After my first medical school rotation in obstetrics and gynecology, I knew that gynecology was my calling.   Compassionate for my patient’s needs and concerns, I listen, provide solutions and educate to empower patients to feel their best.

It’s very rewarding to connect with patients and impact their lives, whether a routine office visit or a complex surgery, gynecology is beyond fulfilling. Gynecology is a unique specialty, and I’m proud to have the opportunity to serve our patients.

What are you most passionate about in women’s health?

I am passionate about patient education. In gynecology, many conditions have several possible causes and with that exist many treatment options. Every patient is unique, so we work together to find the best treatment option available. I am especially interested in providing solutions for women with abnormal uterine bleeding, contraception, menopause, as well as the many changes occurring to her body before, during and after menopause.

What is one word you would use to describe yourself?

Determined. I am a problem solver at heart, so I approach patient care determined to provide the best possible solution for my patients. Determined to listen with compassion. Determined to educate and make a difference.

What would a “perfect” day look like for you?

My perfect day would start with me waking up early when the sun is just starting to warm up and the entire neighborhood seems still. I would sit and drink my coffee outside on the patio. For breakfast, I would have frittata or huevos rancheros. During the day, I would either take the dogs for a walk, gather peppers from our container garden, or swim in the pool (which I wish I had). Essentially a day filled with Spanish or Mexican food and being outside would suit me just fine!

What do you do to keep fit?

I try to eat healthy and stay active. For dinner we try to cook at home and use fresh produce.   Brown rice, roasted asparagus, baked fish, and oatmeal often make a weekly appearance. Don’t be fooled however, I have a sweet tooth and dark chocolate is always in season! Probably most importantly, I take every opportunity to be outside, whether it is working in the yard, walking the dogs, or biking up the Rock Island Trail.

What message would you like to share with your patients?

I look forward to meeting you and providing the outstanding patient care you have come to expect from the Couri Center!

Dr. Jacobs is accepting patients starting August 2017!  Schedule your visit today:  692-6838 or visit our patient portal.