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Family Medicine Residency Program-Rockford

Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Program Director

Alhang Sanyo Konyak, MD, FAAFP

Program Director, Mercyhealth Family Medicine Residency Program

I am a family medicine physician in true sense of the word. I take care of the whole family and enjoy getting to know them. My mission statement is: “Everyone has one life to live, and it should be lived to the fullest potential possible”.

My goal for my patients is to help them achieve their best health and life. I approach each patient as a valuable individual, and provide comprehensive care of their health—body, mind and spirit.”

Dr. Konyak earned his medical degree at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India. He completed an OB/GYN residency in India, earning a degree of Diplomate of National Board. He completed Family Medicine residency at In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program, Tulsa, OK. Dr. Konyak is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

His special interests include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Adult health care
  • Pediatrics
  • Training today’s young physicians

Core Faculty

Emily Eckerstrom
Emily Eckerstrom, MD

“I love the family in family medicine. I enjoy the opportunity to work with all ages and treat people with a wide range of conditions. I believe that medical care should be a partnership between the patient and the doctor. I want to work with my patients to provide comprehensive care based on their goals and the most up-to-date medical recommendations.”

Medical School: University of Illinois-Rockford
Residency: Family Medicine, Mercyhealth, Wisconsin



Sandra Labak
Sandra Labak, DO

“I treat all my patients as if they were an immediate family member. I listen to their concerns, analyze their information, then offer treatment options. This allows them to participate in the decision-making process. I respect their preferences and try to treat all patients equally and fairly. I treat and love to work with all age groups.”

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
Residency: Family Medicine, Chicago/Christ Hospital, Illinois


Nichole Lupei, DO
Associate Director

“My goal is to empower patients to care for themselves to the best of their ability. I do this through education, encouragement, and empowerment. I try to work with patients to come up with an achievable treatment plan to help balance their mental and physical wellbeing.”

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
Residency: Family Medicine, Resurrection Medical Center, Illinois

Anthony Rizzo, DO
Associate Director

“Medicine is more than just treating a patient. It is about building connections and being able to place myself in their shoes. My goal is to help my patients obtain a healthy lifestyle and to maximize each and every one of their medical potentials. I believe that in order to treat a person, you have to treat their whole being, both mentally and physically. I have a passion for sports medicine and I am excited to bring that part of my training to the program.”

Medical School: Midwestern University-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL
Residency: Family Medicine, Presence Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Presence Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago

Paul Schroeder

Paul Schroeder, MD

“I enjoy taking care of families and contributing to their overall health. I would like all of my patients to feel that they were treated in a caring and professional manner.”

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Residency: Family Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wisconsin



Jean Walsh
Jean Walsh, DO

“My most important role is to help others achieve their most comfortable, productive life and their best potential. Educating my patients and developing a collaborative relationship with them promotes this. My patients appreciate this type of working relationship, especially when I listen and incorporate what they have to say into their plan of care. People tend to better follow their plan of care when they contributed to it.”

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
Residency: Family Medicine, Midwestern University, Illinois

Inpatient Core Faculty

Sanya Siraj
Sanya Siraj, MD
Family Medicine Inpatient Medicine Attending

Medical School: Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Fairborn, OH
Residency: Internal Medicine, Wright State University, Fairborn, OH




Marian Tripp
Marian Tripp, MD
Family Medicine Inpatient Medicine Attending

“As a physician, I strive to provide a holistic approach to patient care that meets the diverse health needs of patients and families. I recognize the importance of addressing the multiple components that can affect a patient’s life and, in turn, their health. Excellent communication between the medical care team and the patient is vital in both providing optimal medical treatment and ensuring patient comfort. By listening and communicating well with a patient, I hope to address social and cultural issues that may arise as well as their medical needs.”

Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University: Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago Family Medicine Program, Chicago

Behavioral Faculty

Alissa Otto, MSW

“My goal is to collaborate with patients and their providers to address the barriers and challenges patients may be facing. I strive to provide patients with support and link them to community resources so they have the tools needed to become their own best advocate. I focus on equipping patients with skills needed to achieve their best outcome.”

Education: Master of Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago

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