Health & Wellness Center Information
Health & Wellness Center Team
David Wester, PA-C
David Wester is a physician assistant with a great passion for empowering patients to live healthy lives. He enjoys treating adults as well as children with compassion for the human body and spirit. David holds a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University, and a BS from Wheaton College in Exercise Physiology/Biology. He lives an active life with his wife and five children in a 100+-year-old farmhouse on a couple acres where his family raises a large garden, a small orchard and small livestock.
Sheri Pierce, MD
Sheri comes to the Rockford wellness center with a Bachelor in Nursing and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Masters from Arizona State University, as well as a Doctor of Medicine degree from St. James School of Medicine. She is also certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine. When she’s not treating patients, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, hiking, yoga and preparing/eating healthy food. Born in Springfield, Missouri, she considers Phoenix, Arizona, her hometown, where she spent most of her life.
Danielle Solares, APRN
Danielle is a certified nurse practitioner who shares the philosophy of Sakyong Mipham, “The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Danielle was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. She enjoys baking, listening to music, meditating, exercising, and spending quality time with the people and pets she loves and cherishes most. Danielle and her husband also love outdoor activities, traveling and hiking whenever possible.
Health & Wellness Center Team
Tina Haller-Wade, DO
Dr. Tina Haller-Wade approaches family medicine with Hippocrates in mind: “To cure sometimes, often treat, and comfort always.” She completed her family medicine residency at Loma Linda Medical Center in California, and is board certified in family medicine with BLS and ACLS designations. She lives with her family on a 10-acre farm in the Genoa-Kingston area and enjoys hiking, kayaking and spending time outdoors.
Health and Wellness Center Messages
It is time for your annual influenza vaccine! Once again, the Center for Disease Control is again recommending that all people 6 months and upward receive the flu vaccine. October is the ideal month in which to receive the flu vaccine, but the vaccine is effective as long as it is received at least 2 weeks prior to exposure. The prime influenza months are from November through March.
Components in the flu vaccine are all “inactivated”. This means that one cannot get influenza from any of the current influenza vaccines. The most common reaction is to have site redness or soreness where the vaccine was given.
Influenza vaccines are especially important for children under 5 years of age, those with chronic medical problems and those with lung conditions. By receiving a flu vaccine, you decrease your risk of getting sick with influenza, which often lasts for 5-10 days. CDC recommendations are that if you do get sick with influenza, do not go to work or school until 1 week after the start of the illness, in order to limit the potential spread of influenza.
We are both excited and honored to announce that this July, The Local 23 / Activate Healthcare Family Medical Center will open, providing amazing comprehensive primary care services for all members and our families at no cost. We are proud to offer these kinds of benefits to our deserving members. This is YOUR Family Medical Center; its sole purpose is for the betterment of the members of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 23 and our families and that is the definition of a benefit.
We are confident that the new Activate Healthcare Family Medical Center will enhance the lives of members and our families. We encourage you to take advantage of the free quality healthcare that not only provides members with individual cost savings, but has the potential for significant cost savings to the Health & Welfare Fund.
The Board of Trustees