Kristen Donigan :: Internal & Functional Medicine


Dr. Kristen Donigan is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. At the heart of Dr. Donigan’s belief system as a physician is that each of us has the innate capacity to heal ourselves and be healthy beings. We are the ‘stuff’ of mind, body, and spirit, intimately connected to our environment. Dr. Donigan’s approach is to address your symptoms, but more importantly, seek their cause. She envisions your ‘symptoms’ as messages from your body seeking your help to restore its proper function and return it to good health. Rather than using prescription medications to suppress your symptoms, she’ll work with you to put your body back onto its own pathway to perfect health.

As a D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine), Dr. Donigan is fully licensed to practice medicine, just like M.D.s, but she has additional training in osteopathic manipulation, a century old form of hands-on diagnosis and treatment. Her training as a physician is thus very broad-based, including osteopathic medical school and her internal medicine residency in one of Chicago’s highest regarded academic programs.


If you want to:

Explore what your body is communicating through your symptoms.

Understand how all aspects of your life—eating habits, physical activity, innermost thoughts, emotions, and beliefs—all influence your well-being.

Improve the quality of your health and well-being.

Learn techniques in mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Prefer natural therapies to prescription drugs (although Dr. Donigan will prescribe medications when necessary).


  • Gentle guidance through the complex system of healing modalities.
  • Thorough responses to all your questions.
  • Compassionate questions to explore your history and goals.
  • Consideration of all factors contributing to your health.
  • Collaborative development of a wellness plan.
  • Appropriate use of diagnostic tests and referrals.
  • Careful utilization of both conventional and alternative treatment modalities.


  • Well-woman exams.
  • Educational tools for better eating, exercise, and stress reduction.


By appointment Monday through Saturday and by email every day.


“To me, the study of health is endlessly fascinating because it encompasses all aspects of the human experience. It’s more than just the biochemistry and physics of genetics, nutrition and exercise—it’s about relationships, culture, thought, emotion, belief, history, environment, and even art and politics. I find each of these subjects can inform my work daily. My passion and purpose is the pursuit of understanding what it means to live our best life and achieve our fullest potential.”

Here’s my video

15 comments on “Kristen Donigan :: Internal & Functional Medicine
  1. Diane Swiderski says:

    Dr.Donigan is the best doctor that I have ever had. I am 65, have hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, and achy joints, etc.. She listens, closely, to my concerns, and prescribed medicine, vitamins, and supplements, which, over time, have helped me feel, so, much better. She is, always, going to seminars, to learn, more, on how to help her patients. More doctors should be like Dr. Donigan, because anybody going, to her, would improve their health.

  2. Holly Enns says:

    Can you tell me which, in any, “Obama care” health ins plans Dr Donigan excepts? Is she currently escepting new patients? Thank you, Holly Enns

  3. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Holly – We are currently only in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, but are awaiting approval to be in the Blue Choice PPO network; this tends to be available on the health insurance exchange. You can use any PPO plan to see Dr Donigan, but any other plan will be considered out of network. WholeHealth will submit for you and collect 40% of charges at the time of service. Any portion of the visit not covered by an insurance plan will then be due. Hope this helps! Feel free to contact our front desk for more information.
    Best wishes,
    Dr M

  4. Bonnie Plambeck says:

    Do you accept Medicare, through disability?
    I also have a secondary insurance.

  5. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Bonnie – Dr. Donigan does not accept Medicare. Typically a secondary insurance will deny a claim if medicare denies it, but check with your secondary health insurance to see if they abide by this norm in the industry. WholeHealth can submit a claim for you for your visit, but patients with medicare are considered self-pay on the day of their appointment.
    Hope this helps!
    -Dr M

  6. Ber says:

    Could you please tell me if Dr Donigan accepts Medicaid insurance?

  7. cliffmaurer says:

    Hello Ber – WholeHealth Chicago (including Dr Donigan) unfortunately does not accept Medicaid. Our Patient Services staff can answer questions about out-of-pocket costs for an appointment if you wish. They can be reached at 773-296-6700.
    Best wishes,
    Dr M

  8. Donna Perry Poindexter says:

    Is there any chance you are seeking to become height of United Healthcare plan? I suffer from migraines I have recently started using zomig and I don’t like it even if it helps. Is there any hope that this will happen?

  9. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Donna – Dr. Donigan is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO. United Healthcare is considered out of network. Most of the time, this means that WholeHealth will ask for 40% of the total from your visit at the time of service and we will bill UHC for you. Any remainder will be due in 30 days. Lab tests (usually the most expensive part of healthcare) are done in-network as much as possible. A patient service representative can go through out-of-network arrangements with you if you’d like, and they can be reached at 773-296-6700.

    Hope this helps!
    Dr M

  10. Rob says:

    which physician at your facility would be best suited to treat lames and thyroid conditions.

  11. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Rob –

    A good place to start would be with our Integrative Holistic Nurse Practitioner Maureen Milota who can order appropriate diagnostic tests and start treatment. If a more specialized opinion is needed, she will help guide you from there. Feel free to give our front desk a call at 773-296-6700 to schedule. She can likely see you for an intake visit as early as Thursday.

    Dr M

  12. Didi Mancheski says:

    My husband is 89, and has Alzheimers. We have read Grain Brain, are on a gluten free, healthy diet and avoid sugar as much as possible. Aside from vitamin supplements, and some exercise, is there anything he can do to bring back a normal life of remembering? Do you have solutions? We will come to Chicago to see you if it can help him. Please respond.

  13. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Didi – It’s certainly worth investigating. I’d recommend starting with a visit with Dr. Edelberg so we can do some testing and determine if there are other approaches that might help. Dr. Edelberg typically books up about three months in advance, so we’d recommend calling to check his availability. You can also look at websites like or for listings of other like-minded physicians in your area that could help, particularly because travel can be challenging and follow-up can be difficult if you’re not in the area. Nonetheless, we’re here to help if we can.
    -Dr M

  14. Diann says:

    I have fibromyalgia and am now struggling with IBS which is causing pain and fatigue due to lack of absorption. Your office doesn’t take my insurance, and now that I am recently divorced, I am struggling to make ends meet as it is.

    What would be the most affordable yet effective way to use your offices’ services?

  15. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Diann – If you have an out-of-network PPO, we can submit for you, and typically we collect 40% at the time of service. We do not, however, accept HMO plans or medicaid. Probably the most cost effective way to utilize WHC’s services is to start by meeting with one of our nurse practitioners. Katie McManigal or Maureen Milota can get you started and their fees are less than MDs, making it more affordable. Hope this helps, and best wishes to you.
    -Dr M

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