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A gift from the Windy City

New physician joins Ashby Ponds medical team

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February 21st, 2012

The old adage, One man s loss is another man s gain, rings true this spring at Ashby Ponds, when Thomas Morris, D.O., aka Dr. Tom, becomes Ashby Ponds medical director, joining Sheveta Kotwal, M.D., already on staff. Since July 2006, Morris served as the medical director of Monarch Landing, a retirement community located in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Ill. During his five-year tenure, Morris made knowledge and accessibility pillars of his practice. I believe it s important to treat the whole person and to provide opportunities to learn about health and wellness, says Morris. The more my patients know about keeping themselves well, the less often they will need me. While at Monarch Landing, Morris offered a popular series of monthly forums established to familiarize residents with the full landscape of current health care debates, developments, and breakthroughs for seniors.

Always on call

One of the things I ll enjoy the most about Ashby Ponds is that my patients will always be within walking distance of my office, says Morris, referring to the on-site medical center, a feature of every Erickson Living community. Morris makes himself available for same-day appointments. Like other Erickson Living communities, Ashby Ponds enables doctors to see their patients for a full 30 minutes, allowing them time to address all health needs, as well as important questions. When you need your doctor, you need your doctor, Morris says. No one should have to wait, whether they are sick or have a question about their health.

Man of experience

Morris brings with him more than 23 years of experience practicing medicine. He is board certified in family practice and obtained two degrees, one in chiropractic medicine from Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, and the other in osteopathic medicine from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. We are excited to welcome Dr. Morris to our community family, says David Gallagher, executive director of Ashby Ponds. He will be a tremendous asset to our residents in meeting their immediate medical needs as well as their long-term wellness goals. I m also very excited to be joining the Ashby Ponds community, says Morris. I continue to be impressed by the wonderful people I meet on campus. I encourage all of them to come by the medical center and say hi.