Every month, we feature a physician as an opportunity for the community to learn more about the great doctors on staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital. This month, we had the chance to talk with Dr. Gonsch, an Internal Medicine specialist at Little Company of Mary Hospital (2800 W. 95th Street). Read on to get to know Dr. Gonsch, including her special health interests, philosophy of care and even what she would be doing if she wasn’t a doctor.
Dr. Florie Ann Gonsch, D.O.
Two practice locations:
12450 S. Harlem Ave. · Palos Heights, IL 60463 · 708.448.1207
2850 W. 95 th St., Ste. 210 · Evergreen Park, IL 60805 · 708.499.2070
Medical School: Midwestern University
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, Internal Medicine
Primary Specialty: Internal Medicine
Dr. Florie Ann Gonsch. has been affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital since 1999, after completing her residency in Internal Medicine at UIC in Chicago. In fact, she began her career as a registered nurse prior to attending medical school.
What are your special health interests?
I work with my patients to educate them about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Many of my patients live with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or congestive heart failure. I try to have an open dialogue with my patients about preventative healthcare.
I also really enjoy caring for young adults. Many of my young patients come to me via their pediatrician as they make the transition into young adulthood. I see patients beginning at age 16.
Why did you become a doctor?
I began my career as a critical care nurse for 10 years. I decided to go to medical school because I wanted to work with patients throughout the continuum of health and sickness, not just when they were critically ill.
What is your philosophy of care?
It is my goal to offer patient-centered care by providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs.
What are your hobbies or interests?
I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two children and we have fun with physical activities and outdoor sports like snow skiing.
If you were not a doctor what would you be doing?
I’d like to think I would still be helping people – perhaps a professional baton twirler? As a working mom I have perfected the act of juggling a lot different things in the air!