Today we’d like to introduce you to Teresa Tam.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Teresa. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have been a practicing OB/ GYN physician for over 20 years. However, my calling to become a doctor actually came in the form of our family dog. One day, when I was a teenager, I came home to our dog giving birth to a litter of puppies but my dog failed to break the amnionic sac surrounding her newborn pups and they all died from suffocation. I was heartbroken. So, fortunately for my dog’s second litter, I was there to be her “obstetrician” and carefully performed the procedure myself. After what became my first “delivery”, I had an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and joy. I knew then-and-there, I wanted to become an OB/GYN physician.
So, in 1990, I entered medical school at Rosalind Franklin Chicago Medical School, and graduated with a Dean’s Award in 1994. After completing my OB/GYN residency, I started private practice in Chicago. After being in practice for over 14 years, I decided to expand my surgical skills and advance my medical knowledge. I underwent a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery (MIGS) at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. During my fellowship, I learned advanced surgical techniques under the mentorship of their world-class surgeons, who specialized in minimally invasive surgery and robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.
After completion of my MIGS fellowship, I returned to Chicago to open my own private practice, “All for Women Healthcare, SC“. I initially practiced both obstetrics and gynecology. As the number of patients seeking my expertise grew, I chose to focus primarily on gynecology and minimally invasive surgery.
Over the next few years, my practice continued to grow as more physicians referred to me their more complex gynecological cases, while patients sought out a minimally invasive surgical approach to their surgeries.
Today, besides my private practice, I hold faculty positions in the Ob/Gyne residency training programs at Rush University Medical Center, Presence Saint Francis in Evanston and Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago. I draw inspiration from teaching the residents at these institutions. Being an educator fulfills my passion for teaching and mentoring the future OB/GYN physicians.
In February 2017, thanks to the success of my practice and to accommodate the rapidly growing patient population, I moved my practice to a larger, completely new office in the Presence Center for Advanced Care (PCAC) building in Chicago. The new office offers my patients a beautiful, comfortable waiting room and four exam rooms. The larger space also provides a full lab area to provide in-office phlebotomy and specimen collection making it convenient for patients to obtain testing.
In all, I owe much of my life choices, professional drive, and career success to my focus on patients and their well-being. I never compromise patient care over financial gains, and I never lose sight of their welfare, both of which underscores my business practices. These are the hallmarks of my success as a physician and woman entrepreneur in today’s challenging and ever-changing world of healthcare and medicine.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a solo practitioner in today’s ever-changing healthcare practice and regulations could be a challenge. But I love what I do so I look at these obstacles as learning experiences to improve and grow.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with All For Women Healthcare – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in minimally invasive gynecological surgeries (MIGS). I perform laparoscopic and robotic surgeries like hysterectomies, removal of fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. Being fellowship trained in MIGS sets me apart because I have extensive surgical experience in performing minimally invasive procedures.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I plan to expand my practice by adding more healthcare providers in the future.
- Address: 2845 N. Sheridan Suite 902
Chicago, IL 60657
- Website: allforwomenhealthcare.com
- Phone: 773-904-8641
Photos by Rick Hicaro, Jr.