Dr. Kreiling has been a practicing pediatrician in Naperville
since she and Dr George
co-founded Children’s health partners in 2000. In the nearly 20 years she has been in practice she has found true enjoyment in watching her patients grow from infants to thriving young adults. She particularly enjoys taking care of patients with learning differences like dyslexia and ADHD. One of the most rewarding parts of being a pediatrician is helping parents understand their child’s problem, whether it’s medical or behavioral.
Dr. Karen Kreiling grew up in the small town of Ontario in western New York State, making her intolerant of people who complain about snow and tragically, a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan, possibly the only group sadder than Cubs fans. But, every summer, she believes that this could be the year.
After leaving New York, she studied Molecular and Cell Biology at Penn State and then received her MD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She came to Chicago to do her pediatric residency at Northwestern’s Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children’s). During her residency she met Dr. George and the two of them spent an additional year at Northwestern as Chief Residents. After a couple of deeply demoralizing job interviews early that year, the idea to start Children’s Health Partners was born.
Dr. Kreiling, who lives in Naperville with her husband and three children, has been an active member of the community. She is a co-founder and President of Dyslexia Action Group of Naperville, a non-profit support group for families whose children struggle to read. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, walking or hiking. She gets immense personal satisfaction from actually finishing a knitting project. If she could offer parents a single line of advice, it would be “Love your children for who they are.”