Growing Up Healthy

From birth to early adulthood, we pride ourselves on caring for your children as if they were our own. We offer progressive care and are affiliated with Chicago’s leading hospitals and teaching institutions.

Practice Update

We still have flu shots!  Call and schedule your child’s appointment for his/her annual flu shot.





Tracing our Roots

As one of the most established practices in the area, we still offer the accessibility and ease of a small town doctor’s office. Conveniently located at the cross roads of Chicago, Evanston, Lincolnwood and Skokie we see children from all around the City and the North Shore. For more than 80 years, we have provided a caring environment your family can call home. As your child’s medical advocate, we seek to ensure their physical, emotional and developmental well-being. Founded in 1923, by Dr. Traisman’s grandfather, Alfred Traisman, M.D., we continue his legacy of compassionate care. All of our doctors are board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and are faculty at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where we shape policy and standards of care of all children. We are also active staff members at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and NorthShore University Health Systems Evanston Hospital.


Family of Physicians

Dr. Edward TraismanEdward 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.

Dr. Irwin BenuckIrwin 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.

Dr. Teri MerensTeri 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.

Dr. Valerie KimballValerie 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.


Hop on Over

We look forward to getting to know your family. All of our doctors are currently accepting new patients, and we invite you to call us at (847) 869-4300 to schedule a visit for your child today. It’s best to schedule routine examinations and follow-ups as far in advance as possible so you may arrange a time convenient for you. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to reschedule 24 hours in advance. It is our policy to see all children who need immediate attention on a same-day basis whenever possible and one of the doctors is always on call 24/7 in case of emergency.


Tree of Knowledge

All our doctors are board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and maintain yearly continued medical education.
Yes, we are accepting patients that are new to the area, transferring to us with records from the previous pediatrician, and/or newborns.
If there is a life-threatening emergency please call 911.

In case of poisoning call the Poison Control phone number 1-800-222-1222.

If the office is closed and you have an urgent problem, call the main number of our office 847-869-4300 and follow the prompts.  Calls concerning medication refills or appointments should be made during normal business hours.

We offer all our customary services whenever our office is open (see office hours).  When the office is closed, urgent problems will be handled by our on-call physician.
We ask that you call the office to make an appointment for your child.  If you come without an appointment, we will try to work you into the schedule which may involve some waiting.  If your child is ill, it’s best to first call to speak to a physician.
We see sick children the same day that you call if the severity of the illness necessitates immediate care.
We schedule well-child care according to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.  We recommend visits at 1-2 weeks, 1,2,4,6, 9,12,15 and 18 months of age.  Check-ups are also recommended for 2 and 3 year old children; then once a year, usually near the child’s birthday.  The doctor may change these recommendations depending on the child’s condition.
Before the following grades: Pre-school, kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades.  Annual exams are required for Jr. High and High School sports.
Yes. We recommend this per the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  During these exams teens are able to get reliable answers to questions that may be difficult to ask other adults as well as counseling the teen on normal maturing and a healthy lifestyle.
If your insurance requires a referral to see a specialist, please give our office 5 days advance notice for processing. We will be happy to assist you!
We see children from birth thru the college years.
We ask that you bring your child’s immunization records, insurance card, Medical History and Patient Registration forms.  If you do not have your child’s immunization records, you must fill out an Authorization for Release of Information form and send it to your child’s previous doctor.  Patient Registrations and Medical History forms can be downloaded and filled out prior to your child’s visit.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your child’s visit so we may complete your child’s information for our billing system.
You are required by your insurance company to pay your co-payment obligation at the time of service.  To make your check-out easier, we collect the co-pay before your child is seen by the doctor.
Most patients in our practice associate with one physician; however, due to vacations, days-off, or physician schedules, your child may see another doctor during an urgent visit.
If your child has been seen within the last year, we can prepare a form from your child’s chart.  If we have not seen your child in the last year, you will have to schedule an appointment for a check-up.
We need a signed authorization to release records.  Patients over 18 years of age must sign the release themselves.
NO. Your doctor needs to examine the child and determine what treatment is appropriate.
Medication refills are handled on an individual basis based on your child’s health and medication needs.  Please call the office during business hours to request refills.
All children with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder on stimulant medicines require a medication check/visit every 4-6 months.  Between these visits, monthly refills may be requested by phone with at least 24hrs advance notice.  These prescriptions must be picked up at the office.  By federal regulations we are not permitted to mail, fax or phone in these prescriptions.
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Phone: (847) 869-4300
Fax: (847) 869-4330


Well and sick visits Monday through Saturday.  Call for same-day sick visits.
Monday:         9am-7pm
Tuesday:         9am-6pm
Wednesday:   9am-7pm
Thursday:       8:30-5pm
Friday:             8:30-5pm
Saturday:        8:30-11:30
Sunday:           Closed


We’re on-call for our patients after-hours, 365 days a year.  For urgent medical questions, please reach us at 847-869-4300.


Our office is conveniently located in the Evanston Plaza:
1950 Dempster Street
Evanston, IL 60202