Our Staff

Quality Compassionate Reproductive Health Care Personalized to Fit Your Needs

Our staff are lead by a team of board certified OB/GYN physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and registered nurses who are committed to providing safe, confidential, and compassionate comprehensive women’s healthcare. FPA Chicago abortion clinics offer the highest quality reproductive healthcare. If you are interested in joining our staff or volunteering with an organization that offers support for our patients please click here.

Meet Our Staff

We want you to feel comfortable in our offices. With this in mind, our staff has prepared personal statements.

  • Allison A. Cowett, MD, MPH
    Allison A. Cowett, MD, MPH Medical Director

    Allison A. Cowett, MD MPH is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University. She went on to complete a fellowship in Family Planning and a Master in Public Health degree at Northwestern University. During her fellowship at Northwestern, Dr. Cowett worked closely with Family Planning Associates Medical Group and received extensive training with our medical director, Dr. E. Steve Lichtenberg.

    Dr. Cowett is a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Abortion Federation and the Society of Family Planning. Dr. Cowett was Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Center for Reproductive Health and Gynecologic Ultrasound and Director of the Fellowship in Family Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) immediately prior to joining our staff at Family Planning Associates. Dr. Cowett currently serves as a member of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical Staff as an Associate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    As the Director of the Center for Reproductive Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Dr. Cowett oversaw the provision of comprehensive contraception and abortion services. She is active in community wide efforts to enhance access to family planning services for patients in underserved populations and to forward a legislative agenda that champions reproductive freedom. Her research focuses on abortion in the second trimester, patient knowledge and understanding of restrictive abortion legislation and long acting reversible contraceptive methods.

  • E. Steve Lichtenberg, MD, MPH
    E. Steve Lichtenberg, MD, MPH Co-Medical Director

    E. Steve Lichtenberg, MD, MPH is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and has been medical director of Family Planning Associates Medical Group since its inception in 1988.

    Educated at Cornell University (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MD), the University of California, Berkeley (MPH) and the University of California, San Francisco (OB-GYN residency), he is currently a professor of clinical OB-GYN at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where he serves as a preceptor, research director and site director for medical student, resident and fellowship teaching.

    He has served as an author and second editor of two seminal comprehensive textbooks in family planning, A Clinician’s Guide to Medical and Surgical Abortion (Churchill Livingstone, 1999) and Management of Unintended and Abnormal Pregnancy: Comprehensive Abortion Care (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

    As a charter member of the Society of Family Planning, an invited organization of researchers dedicated to improving family planning methods, he serves as a referee of research papers submitted to medical conferences and to peer-reviewed medical journals.

    He formerly served as the chair of the National Medical Committee of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a consensus scientific panel of national experts in family planning.

    He has co-authored numerous family planning-related research studies published in the peer-reviewed medical literature.

  • Diana Maracich
    Diana Maracich Chief Operating Officer

    Diana has worked in reproductive health since 1982. During high school, she began her career at FPA in an entry-level position in Modesto, California. Within five years, she was the clinic manager. When the organization expanded to Chicago, she was hand-picked by the administration to supervise the transition and because of her success she was asked to stay on as the administrator. In the years since, Diana has been the driving force behind the organization’s operations and growth, including our expansion when we opened the West Loop (Washington Boulevard) and North West Side (Milwaukee Avenue) facilities.

    She is actively involved with the Chicago area community, working with other abortion providers, academic institutions and legislators to ensure that patients can more easily obtain and pay for the abortions that they need.

    Diana is also involved on a national level. She served two terms on the Board of Directors for the National Abortion Federation. This allowed her the opportunity to work with many of the best abortion providers in both the United States and Canada and ensure the best quality of care to the patients Family Planning Associates serves. She has been invited to speak at meetings and conferences nationwide.

    Diana’s passion for reproductive healthcare remains the same after all of these years — helping the patients she serves. She still wears scrubs to work every day and always puts the patients before her primary job in administration. She may be the person taking your blood pressure, going over paper your work with you individually, or she may answer the phone and make your appointment. Regardless, she’ll never be out of touch with our patients’ needs.

  • Holly Hines, RN
    Holly Hines, RN Recovery Room Nurse

    Holly has been the recovery room nurse at FPA since 2006. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Loyola University Chicago, she holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and master’s degree in theology from McCormick Seminary in Chicago. She began her work in reproductive healthcare in 1999 at Planned Parenthood in Chicago where she was a patient representative, ultrasound technician, surgical assistant and lab technician. At FPA she is devoted to keeping patients safe and comfortable after their surgery. She is proud to be part of FPA’s excellent team of abortion providers.

  • Kathy Fitch
    Kathy Fitch Manager

    Kathy started working in family planning services in 1985 with Albany Medical-Surgical Center as a switch board operator. Upon the inception of Family Planning Associates, Kathy was quickly promoted to manager of the office. Her commitment to staff and patients is nothing short of incredible. Many patients describe her as helpful, full of knowledge, and compassionate. Kathy’s “hands on” management style shows that there is nothing she isn’t a part of. Kathy has represented Family Planning Associates at many community events, national conferences, and round table discussions. Although her responsibilities are far and wide, she is still grounded in her dedication and commitment to our patients.

  • Linda Rivera
    Linda Rivera Operations Manager

    Linda has worked for Family Planning Associates for her entire career. As a young woman, she started working at FPA in California as a medical assistant, and worked her way up to the management level. She was instrumental in ensuring that her clinics reached and maintained accreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. In 2005, she was called upon to transfer to the Chicago offices to assist in our growth and development. Always up for a challenge, Linda joined FPA Chicago and continues to ensure regulatory compliance and excellence. Not only does she work behind the scenes in an administrative capacity, Linda also spends a good deal of time interacting with patients and making sure their experience with FPA is as seamless and pleasant as possible.

  • Katy Rabbitt
    Katy Rabbitt Director of Business Operations

    Katy as been a member of the Family Planning Associates staff since 2006. With duel bachelors degrees in Women’s Studies and English from The University of Missouri-Columbia, Katy immediately sought work in the field of reproductive healthcare after graduation. Katy worked at Planned Parenthood Near North for several years as a Reproductive Health Care Assistant, in abortion services. Since joining FPA Katy has sought to enhance the patient experience by developing and upgrading our website content, working individually with patients experiencing the loss of a desired pregnancy with travel plans and coordinating genetic testing with their OB, assisting patients in need of financial assistance, and training new staff members. Innovation and comprehensive, compassionate patient care are central to Katy’s management style. Working directly with patients and striving to maintain the highest level of patient care will always be top priority for Katy.

  • FPA Ancillary Staff
    FPA Ancillary Staff -

    Our staff include some of the most informed, educated, and committed people who are devoted to reproductive health care. We have employees from various educational and professional backgrounds who come together to make one of the best teams anywhere in reproductive health care. Our employees range from 3 months of employment to over 20 years! We look forward to meeting and helping you with your health care needs.

Career and Volunteer Opportunities

We are continually looking for enthusiastic staff members who are dedicated to providing comprehensive reproductive health care. It is essential that you trust people to make their own decision regarding abortion, and that you actively want to play a role in the provision of abortion care.

If you are interested in a career opportunity with Family Planning Associates Medical Group (FPA Chicago) send your cover letter and resumé to the Human Resource Director: via fax: 312-707-9223 or email us at hr@fpachicago.com. If we are not currently hiring we will keep your resumé on file.

Family Planning Associates does not have any volunteer staff at this time. If you are interested in volunteering with or donating to an organization that is dedicated to keeping abortion care safe and accessible for everyone we recommend that you contact the following organizations:

Illinois Choice Action Team

Chicago Abortion Fund

The National Network of Abortion Funds

Midwest Access Coalition