Dr. David Leszkowitz
Dr. David Leszkowitz is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine. He is one of just a handful of physicians with these credentials in the state of Michigan. He has served the community for over 30 years. As founder of White Lake Family Medicine he has advised many over the years and helped all those who came before him. He has effortlessly fought for his patients well being on many fronts. He is held in high esteem by his colleagues, medical educators, insurance companies and hospitals which he advises and advocates tirelessly on behalf of his patients. His past and present positions as chief of hospital medical departments, director of in and out patient substance use disorder clinics, medical educator and clinical faculty at major medical schools, lecturer and training of other physicians in the field of addiction has proven to be extremely important in helping those patients most in need. Dr. Leszkowitz is one of just four mentors of Addiction Medicine to other physicians in the state of Michigan. This is through PCSS (Provider Clinical Support Services) with the American College Of Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Leszkowitz is just one of seven physicians in the state of Michigan credentialed through ASAM (American Society Of Addiction Medicine) to teach other physicians to be certified in practicing Addiction Medicine. Dr. Leszkowitz practices what he has been taught. These teachings and the oath taken upon graduation of medical school hold dear to him. Do no harm! Do not judge! Accept all that come! Teach on to other young student and resident physicians the very same principles. When one enters White Lake Family Medicine whether for a physical, or complex personal or substance use disorder problem one is treated with great respect. At White Lake Family Medicine, patients are first. Patients notice a kind, confidential caring staff of nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, all board certified as well as highly trained therapists and social workers. Therefore all that is asked of you at White Lake Family Medicine is to come in.
Chaka Chipawe, NP-C
Mr. Chaka Chipawe is a Nurse Practitioner at White Lake Family Medicine who partners closely with Dr. David Leszkowitz. He originally attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Mr. Chipawe then pursued his studies further at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where he graduated with his Masters of Science in Nursing which qualified him as a Certified Nurse Practitioner in the state of Michigan. While working in the Multi-Specialty, Select Specialty long term acute care Hospital acute care unit, he completed his Master of Science in Nursing with a sub-specialty in Adult Gerontology Care. As a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in the state of Michigan, Mr. Chipawe began working at White Lake Family Medicine with Dr. Dave in 2016. He is involved in the entire continuum of care of White Lake Family patients and you will see him in the office and occasionally the hospital. His passion is in the office, where along with Dr. Dave, their primary purpose is health promotion and prevention with the goal of preventing his patient population from visiting the hospital.
Mr. Chipawe is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Addiction Medicine which has fueled his forever growing passion in prevention of fatalities from drug overdose. He treats all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment and treatment of all addictions. He works with patients already in recovery and those who have the same goal of reaching recovery, providing long term support for those who suffer from this disease. His professional expertise extends to advocacy for his patients before insurance and other agencies to ensure approval and provision of necessary tools for satisfactory recovery. Alongside Dr. Dave, Mr. Chipawe has managed the treatment of people with co-occurring disorders.
Ashley Ziebarth, NP-C
Ashley Ziebarth is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at White Lake Family Medicine. As a family nurse practitioner, she has been trained to treat the whole family from infancy to the elderly. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Oakland University in 2015. She began her career as a bedside Registered Nurse at Beaumont Hospital on a medical surgical unit. During this time, she monitored both acute and chronic illnesses. She transitioned to charge nurse on a mother baby unit caring for both newborns and postpartum mothers in women’s health. She furthered her education and accomplished her Masters of Science in Nursing at South University. While completing her masters, she received extensive training in women’s health and pediatrics, including routine visits, annual examinations and preventative wellness.
Ashley is a member of American Society of Addiction Medicine. She received specific training in this subspecialty for treating and monitoring patients with the disease of opioid and alcohol addiction. Her passion is caring for patients’ physical and mental health throughout their lifespan. It has been a great pleasure for her to work along side Dr. Dave and Mr. Chipawe. She enjoys being able to help patients with their addictions and mental health and continue them on their path of recovery. She believes that healing and wholeness are matters of mind, body and spirit. She is focused on teaching patients about maintaining a balance for optimal health. She works to achieve a patient centered approach to disease prevention, management, education and personalized plans for each patient.