The Clinic Mundelein staff is dedicated to serving the patients of Lake County, Illinois and make the biggest difference to local residents in Mundelein, Vernon Hills and the surrounding communities. Please visit our news page for more information about our team.

The Clinic Mundelein’s team consists of the following members:

 

Marlene Schwan General Manager

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Marlene joined The Clinic Mundelein (TCM) team as a Patient Care Specialist after a 15-year career improving business practices at law and professional service firms. Marlene is not only a cancer survivor, but a thriver as well.  She brings a lot of energy, compassion, and a great deal of professionalism to the TCM team.  She has become an expert at helping patients through the state’s patient registration process and has helped many patients on the road to finding relief from their long-term symptoms.  She’s a friendly, thoughtful, and reliable source of information for patients every day and is dedicated to making their lives better.

Marlene is an empty nester and lives with her husband in Highland Park.  She raised three children, the youngest with special needs.  Marlene is very involved in her community as a member of the Lakeside Congregation’s Board of Directors, and a former Project Advisor to Ladies of Virtue, a support group for young women.

 

Brian Palach Assistant Manager

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Brian Palach comes to The Clinic Mundelein on the heels of working in Colorado at one of the largest dispensaries in the world. A native of Palatine, Illinois, Brian spent six years at Apple Inc. where he mentored and trained new employees and received multiple AppleCare Excellence Awards. Prior to Apple, Brian worked at Motorola Inc. as a top advisor and case auditor at Motorola’s corporate headquarters in Schaumburg.

Brian earned his psychology degree from the University of Iowa. With his industry experience and training at one of the most coveted medical marijuana companies in the world, along with his corporate and background in customer service, Brian brings a rare combination of skills and expertise to better serve our patients.

 

 

Myke LaMontagne Shift Supervisor

Myke LaMonHeadshot - Myke Ltagne started with The Clinic Mundelein as a Patient Care Specialist in 2016 and is now a member of the management team as Shift Supervisor.  Myke has had retail experience with FedEx for many years and received a degree in graphic design from Elgin Community College.   He brings positive energy and leadership to The Clinic’s team and is always looking out for the best interest of the patients.  Always researching the medicinal effects of all our products, Myke brings a knowledgeable perspective when making recommendations to our patients.

Myke resides in the northwest suburbs, has a brother and sister, plays guitar, can sing on key, loves to travel, and experience new adventures.

Brigitte Willis Patient Care Specialist

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Brigitte Willis was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she attended Ivy Tech College to obtain her Associates Degree in respiratory therapy.  Ms. Willis was a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for 28 years.  She is experienced in hospital-based care for neonatal, pediatric and adult patients. She also has experience in patient transport, accompanying critical condition patients all over the world, including India, Brazil, and Morocco.  

Brigitte has traveled with LEAP Global Missions in Haiti and Belize since 2006 as part of a plastic surgery team for pediatric patients.

Brigitte and her husband live with their two sons. She lived in North Carolina for 16 years until moving to Barrington, Illinois in 2015 with her family. She is an avid racquetball player. She believes in proper nutrition and living a holistic lifestyle .

COW Patient Care Specialist

img_20160527_231954Cow was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago. A patient and  Patient Care Specialist of The Clinic Mundelein, Cow was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007 and cannabis was his choice of med icine.  He brings deep knowledge and experience to the team regarding the various delivery systems and unique qualities of the medical benefits of cannabis therapy here in Illinois.  n athlete the first part of his life, Cow moved into the music scene after finishing up his college baseball career.  With a special zest for life, Cow aims to make everybody’s day a little bit better. 

Ana Cakani Patient Care Specialist

Headshot - Ana CakaniAna Cakani joined The Clinic Mundelein as a Patient Care Specialist in August, 2017.  Ana has a degree in Marketing and Management  and has spent the last decade in retail pharmacy. She is customer-focused and enjoys guiding patients along on their journey with us.

 

Ana lives in South Elgin with her partner and cat named Obi Wan. She is fluent in Albanian and Italian and has traveled to many parts of the world. Her favorite place to visit is the Pacific Northwest. She believes in holistic medicine and a healthy lifestyle.

Jami Lynn Miller Patient Care Specialist

Headshot - Jami LynnBefore she came to work at The Clinic Mundelein, Jami Lynn Miller worked in an escalations department managing sales staff in a corporate environment.  She also spent many years working with the elderly and physically disabled in both assisted living and nursing home settings, as well as at-home-care.  She performed many functions including drawing blood, administering medications, organizing social outings, daily self care and most importantly, she helped residents and their families adjust to their new home and life circumstances.

Jami has two wonderful children, ages 16 and 13.  Outside of work, they are her world.   People are most surprised to learn she have a Mortuary Science degree with her practicum being completed at Cook County Morgue.

JR (Rick Russell) Patient Care Specialist

As a patient, JR is priHeadshot - JRvileged to be a part of the medical cannabis industry.  He himself experiences relief for his own condition and watches patient’s hope for a better future as it alleviates specific ailments. Cannabis gives us options other than traditional Western medicine, and it is a joy to know that it gives us hope here in Illinois for JR.

Prior to finding his calling as a Patient Care Specialist at The Clinic Mundelein (TCM), JR spent 14 years as a machine builder in the automation and robotics industry. After relocating to the Northern Suburbs and being a TCM patient himself, he jumped at the chance to rekindle a lifelong passion for medicinal cannabis and assist others at discovering the benefits of medical cannabis. While not at The Clinic Mundelein, JR enjoys life and its adventures with his family.