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Our History & Philosophy


Thomas R. Eckman, M.D.

In 1981 Dr. Thomas R. Eckman founded TRE Medical, Ltd. in the professional building adjacent to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL. The practice was founded on the principles of excellence in all aspects of women's health care. From the outset, we at TRE Medical have been dedicated to providing compassionate and personal care while striving to maintain the highest technical standards of a surgical specialty. Dr. James Jenks joined TRE Medical in 1983 and was the beneficiary of mentoring by Dr. Eckman until the founder's retirement in 1992. For over thirty-five years, the physicians and staff at TRE Medical have remained true to the principles established by Dr. Eckman. We are proud to have been associated with a select few physicians during that time including Dr. Thomas Eckman (1981 - 1992), Dr. James Jenks (1983 - 2021), Dr. Robert Polacek (1987 - 1991), Dr. Martin Gallo (1989 - 2006), Dr. Robert Lawler (1993 - 2012), Dr. Virginia Kelly (2001 - 2019), Dr. Gloria Kim (2010 - present), Dr. Jennifer Balash (2013 - present), Dr. Elizabeth Weldon (2016 - present), and Dr. Jennifer Hannan (2020 - present)

Our physicians and staff are committed to providing individualized care in a comfortable and secure environment. We reject the increasingly popular model of "treating the herd" that has been infiltrating modern medical practice. We will continue to meet your specific health needs in the way that is best for you. Where we lack the expertise to address a particular need, we will refer you to a specialist we believe is best capable of helping you. By engaging with you, educating and involving you in your healthcare decisions, we hope to provide for you a basis for a healthy and happy life.

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