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 About Family First

Located in Sycamore, IL, our private practice offers a variety of services in pediatrics, women's health, aesthetics, and healthy lifestyle.

At Family First, our patients' health and well being are our top priority. With our incredible staff, we make you feel like part of our family from the moment you walk in our door. Each and every patient comes first!


We thank you for placing your trust in us!

Dr. Karen Federici, MD, IBCLC, FABM

Physician & Owner


Dr. Federici is board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM). She earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, completed her family medicine residency at Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, IL, and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She is the founder and owner of Family First Physicians, which began in Genoa, IL in 2006, and then relocated to its current location in Sycamore, IL in 2019.


Dr. Federici specializes in primary care and wellness for women and children, nutrition, and breastfeeding medicine. Her approach integrates common sense and medical expertise. She is the creator of the infant feeding video, Starting Solids with Your Baby, and the healthy lifestyle program, a healthier you.

Award-winning physician, Dr. Federici, is the recipient of Kishwaukee Hospital’s Outstanding Service to Patients Award, and the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition's Breastfeeding Friendly Physician Award, and she has been voted Best Physician by the Daily Chronicle Readers' Choice Awards numerous times.


Dr. Federici and her husband, Colonel Barry Federici, are residents of DeKalb, IL and have four children, Kayla, Alexander, Grace, and Tessa. Besides family time, she enjoys a plant-strong lifestyle, running, riding her stand-up bike, fitness classes, recipe creation & cooking, travel, and listening to audiobooks.

Meet Our Team

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
Office Coordinator
Billing Coordinator
Medical Assistant
Medical Assistant

Our Family First Approach


 Effective communication is the key to an effective doctor-patient relationship.

We prioritize listening to our patients to optimize their care. and help them meet their health goals.

Family First

 As our name implies, we put family first. Our approach is to treat our patients like our own family members. We value the trust of our patient families, and strive to get to know each and every one!


We combine effective, trusted medical solutions with a wellness-focused style of healthcare, including healthy lifestyle, advice, to help patients live health and happy lives.

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