Small Changes, Big Difference

You don’t have to make drastic changes to make your health a priority. Altering one small thing in your daily activities could lead to big time enhancements to your quality of life. Here are some great ideas from the IWS providers:


Keep in mind portion sizes when preparing a meal. For more information, visit to see the examples we share with families here in the clinic. – Nurse Ana


Floss your teeth more often. “According to Dr. Roizen’s book Real Age, flossing regularly can add an additional 6.4 years to your life!” -Dr. Hall


Take the stairs more often than you take the elevator. Getting more exercise should be at the top of all of our lists and this simple strategy is a great start. -Dr. Cieslak


Take frequent breaks when reading or looking at the screen to give your eyes a break. -Dr. Weil

Self Care

Engage in some form of relaxation every day and to keep strong connections to people you love. Also, keep a gratitude journal to help you focus on the things that you are grateful for each night before bed. -Karen Godines, LCSW

Dr. Tara Ioffe

Family Practice

Dr. Tara Ioffe is a dedicated and compassionate Board-Certified Family Medicine physician with a strong commitment to providing excellent care to her patients. She obtained her medical degree from Avalon University in Curacao and went on to complete her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Oklahoma. She has worked at the University of Chicago and most recently NorthShore University. She has since returned to Chicago and is thrilled to join the IWS Family Health team in 2023, where she will continue to provide excellent care to her patients.

Throughout her career, Dr. Ioffe has gained experience in diverse medical fields, such as immediate and urgent care medicine while working at NorthShore Immediate Care. She did clinical research at the University of Chicago. Dr. Ioffe strives to foster a secure and inclusive environment for all her patients. She believes in an integrated approach to medicine, dedicating her time to understand each patient’s unique needs.

During her leisure time, Dr. Ioffe indulges in reading a variety of books for pleasure, plays boardgames, and loves to explore Chicago with her spouse and young child.