Thomas Ficho grew up in Lincolnwood, attending Niles West High Scool. He received a BS in Biology from the University of Denver, a Masters and Doctorate in Immunology from the University of Illinois Medical School, and served as a postdoctoral fellow at Rush. He earned his M.D. from Northwestern University. After choosing Internal Medicine as a specialty, he did a three-year internal medicine residency and then a year as Chief Medical Resident at Evanston Hospital and was Board certified in Internal Medicine in 1985. Currently he holds the rank of Senior Attending Physician in the NorthShore University HealthSystem. In 1985, he co-founded the Orchard Medical Group in Skokie and served as its president for 18 years. In July of 2005, he founded Glen Medical Associates in Glenview. Since that time, the group has expanded to four physicians.
His professional interests are preventive medicine, osteoporosis, and cardio-metabolic risk reduction. Being proactive and preventing disease are his professional goals.
Dr. Ficho developed an interest in computers in medicine in 1997. While president of Orchard Medical Group, he worked on an alpha/beta development team of an electronic medical record developed by Siemens Health Systems. Dr. Ficho served on the Siemens Physician Advisory Panel for three years and used this electronic medical record through January of 2005. In February of 2005 he began using Epic, the community-based medical record used by the NorthShore University HealthSystem (meaning that all of your NorthShore-based physicians contribute to one comprehensive medical record).
Dr. Ficho is married and has four children. Pastimes include aviation (private pilot, almost instrument-rated), snow skiing, fly-fishing, and copper foil stained glass lamps and windows.
Videsha Kulkarni, M.D.
Videsha Kulkarni was born and raised in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She graduated in 1993 with a BS degree and a major in cellular and molecular biology. She then attended Wayne State University Medical School in Michigan, graduating in 1997 with high distinction and membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Dr. Kulkarni began her internal medicine residency at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1997. It was here that she met her husband and began her career in private practice, affiliated with Northwestern. Dr. Kulkarni and her husband then relocated to Denver, Colorado to continue their academic careers.
Dr. Kulkarni worked as a clinician educator in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado and maintained her own practice. She worked closely with internal medicine residents and medical students during her three years in Denver.
In 2005, Dr. Kulkarni and her family came back to Chicago and she began practicing at Glen Medical Associates. She continues to enjoy the North Shore, raising a family, and practicing Internal Medicine.
Dr. Kulkarni welcomes new patients and truly values the patient-doctor relationship.
Scott Meyer, M.D.
Scott Meyer was born in Chicago and grew up in Morton Grove, graduating from Niles West High School. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University and earned his M.D. from Rush Medical College in 1984, graduating with a recommendation of the Highest of Honors. He then completed a 3-year residency in Family Medicine and became Board certified in 1988. After residency, he joined Metro Family Practice and over the next 18 years was President and CEO of the group, growing the practice from two doctors to seven. He then moved on to the Greater Northwest Medical Group, where he practiced for the next 4 years. He then joined Prairie Glen Medical Group, which became a part of the North Shore University Medical Group. In 2014, he came back to a smaller, more private practice-oriented work environment when he joined Glen Medical Associates.
Dr. Meyer’s professional interests have mostly been involved with teaching. For nine years he ran a program at Lutheran General Hospital called Medicine for Today. This was a program where he provided practicing physicians with the latest medical information. He has also spent the last 28 years teaching physicians, residents, medical students, pre-med students, advanced nurse practitioners and medical assistants how to practice quality medicine.
Dr. Meyer has extensive procedural skills ranging from joint injections, outpatient skin surgeries, laceration repair, no-scalpel vasectomy, and scleral therapy of varicose veins, just to name a few. He takes care of patients from birth all the way through late life.
His practice philosophy is simple: treat patients the same way that he would want to be treated. He listens to patients and he thinks that this is a quality that has been lost in this world of speed and technology.
He has three grown children, including a Harley-Davidson mechanic and custom fabricator, a high school algebra teacher, and a geophysicist working for NOAA. He describes himself as an adrenaline junkie with an interest in restoring classic cars and motorcycles. He loves animals, is an equestrian, and dog lover.
Astrida Nikurs, M.D.
Astrida Nikurs was born and grew up in Chicago, attending Stephen T Mather High School and graduating as valedictorian. She obtained her BA in Biochemistry- Molecular Biology from Northwestern University, and went on to obtain her MD from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1985. She then chose Evanston Hospital, at that time affiliated with Northwestern University, for her 3 year residency in Internal Medicine. She did one additional year of a Radiology residency at Michael Reese Hospital before deciding to pursue a practice in Internal Medicine. She became Board Certified in 1988. In August of 1988, Dr. Nikurs opened a practice in Northfield, working with another physician as Northfield Medical.
She married in 1993, and, two years later, she and her husband took an opportunity to live and work in Germany on the US Army base in Grafenwoehr. Dr. Nikurs worked in the Army clinic, caring for the civilian family members of the soldiers, as well as the military retirees still working in Germany as contractors.
Dr. Nikurs and her husband returned to Northbrook in 1997, after which she worked some locum tenens jobs while awaiting the birth of their daughter in early 1998. She then took some time off from practice to raise their daughter.
In 1998, Dr. Nikurs returned to the practice of Internal Medicine with the Lake County Health Department in their Community Clinics. While mainly working in North Chicago, she also worked in all their affiliated clinic locations over the years.
After almost 22 years in Public Health, Dr. Nikurs decided to return to a smaller, more personal private practice setting closer to home, joining Glen Medical Associates. She feels that communication with her patients is of utmost importance, so that they may actively participate in their own healthcare decisions. She is welcoming new patients into her practice.
Dr. Nikurs’ interests include extensive traveling, cooking exotic cuisines, going for long walks with her dog Trixi, and singing in her church choir. Her husband is retired after 36 years with IBM, and her daughter will be pursuing a career in accountancy with Deloitte.
We are a Federally-certified Yellow Fever vaccination site and carry most vaccinations you may need for international travel. If you have plans to travel and would like to know what you need to do to protect yourself, call our office at (847) 998-0010 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Videsha Kulkarni.
Each travel visit requires a counseling visit with a physician, in addition to any vaccinations you may receive. To help you estimate costs, here are some of the most common vaccinations given for travel and their prices (all prices include the additional administration fee):
Yellow Fever $197.00
Hepatitis A $160.00
Hepatitis B $173.00
Typhoid injection $133.00 (Typhoid can also be given as pills which you pick up from the pharmacy)
The counseling visit with the physician can range from $85.00 to $295.00, depending on time and complexity.
If you have other questions about travel visits, please call the office at (847) 998-0010 and we'll be happy to help.
We look forward to helping you travel healthy and happy!