Edward Traisman, M.D.
Dr. Traisman graduated from the Honors Program at Northwestern University Medical School in 1981. After completing his pediatric training at Children’s Memorial Hospital in 1984 he joined our practice. His area of interest is pediatric rehabilitation medicine and the care of the chronically ill. Dr. Traisman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Medical School. Away from the office, he likes to run for exercise and enjoys creating clay figure sculpture.
Irwin Benuck, M.D., Ph.D.
Prior to receiving his MD from Northwestern University Medical School in 1979 (Feinberg School of Medicine), Dr. Benuck received a PhD in 1974 and undertook two years of postgraduate work. He completed his residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in 1982 when he joined our practice. He is the Divison Head for Community-Based Pediatrics for the Department of Pediatrics at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Unversity and is the attending physician for the Preventive Cardiology Program at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. His interests include preventive health and cardiology and he was a member of the expert panel commissioned by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute to develop guidelines for cardiovascular risk reduction in children and adolescents which were published in 2011 and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In his free time, Dr. Benuck enjoys spending time traveling with his wife of more than 39 years, exercising, writing, and spoiling his grandchildren.
Teri A. Merens, M.D.
Dr. Merens received her MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1986. Previously, she received an M.S. at The Ohio State University in Microbiology. She completed her residency at Loyola University Medical Center in 1989 where she served as Chief Resident of Pediatrics and joined our practice in 1989. Dr. Merens enjoys providing well child care for patients of all ages but has an added interest in adolescent health issues and gynecology. In her free time she enjoys cooking, various outdoor activities and following the youth and high school sports careeers of her children. Dr. Merens is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School.
Valerie A. Kimball, M.D.
Dr. Kimball received her MD from The University of Illinois, Chicago in 2001 and completed her Pediatric Residency at Loyola University Medical Center in 2004. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Kimball earned a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1993 and worked in a muscle physiology research laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Kimball is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her medical sphere of interest is the care and development of infants and young children. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her three active children and is also an avid runner.
Melanie Thomas, M.D.
Dr. Thomas received her MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2010 and completed her Pediatric Residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland in 2013. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Thomas earned a Bachelors of Music concentrating in flute from Loyola University, New Orleans. Dr. Thomas has a special interest in caring for children of international and domestic adoptions. She also has an interest in breastfeeding medicine and is dedicated to helping new mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals. Outside of the office, Dr. Thomas enjoys cooking, music, and spending time with the Thomas Family Zoo- her husband, two young sons, chocolate Labrador retriever, and two cats.