Helen M. Arkema, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics

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214 McHenry Road

Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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Office: 847-459-1160

Fax: 847-459-8692

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77 Rand Road

Des Plaines, IL 60016

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Office: 847-298-0310

Fax: 847-298-5939

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Meet Helen M. Arkema, MD

About me

  • AcneAdolescent MedicineAttention Deficit DisorderConstipationEar InfectionsHospital VisitsLaceration RepairNewborn BabiesPediatricsPhysicalsPre-Puberty ConcernsUrinary Tract InfectionWart Removal
  • https://www.advocatehealth.com



  • Lutheran General Hospital
  • Lutheran General Hospital
  • Medical College of Wisconsin

Board certifications

  • Pediatrics

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Insurance accepted

  • AAH Preferred – Team Member Plan
  • AAH Select – Team Member Plan
  • AARP Medicare Advantage Access HMO
  • Aetna Better Health Premier Plan MMAI
  • Aetna Coventry (Aetna Medicare) HMO
  • Aetna EPO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice (MC) POS
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare POS
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna Medicare Value Plan PPO
  • Aetna NAP - PPO
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna Premier Care Network
  • Aetna Select
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Aetna State of Illinois HMO
  • Aetna State of Illinois Open Access Plus
  • Aetna State of Illinois PPO
  • Aetna Value Performance Network
  • Beech Street Network PPO
  • Benefit Plan Administrators (BPA)
  • Benefits Services and Systems, Inc
  • Blue Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross Community FHP
  • Blue Cross Community ICP
  • Blue Cross Community MMAI
  • Blue Cross HMO Illinois
  • Blue Cross Med Select PPO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO-POS
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Supplement PPO
  • Blue Medicare Advocate Health HMO
  • Blue Precision HMO
  • BlueCare Direct
  • Cigna APWU Health Plan Open Access Plus
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna Health Partners POS
  • Cigna Healthspring True Choice PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna NALC Health Benefits Plan
  • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Cigna Open Access POS
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Coventry / FirstHealth
  • Coventry Health Care HMO
  • Coventry Health Care Open Access POS
  • Coventry Health Care POS
  • Coventry Health Care PPO
  • First Health Network PPO
  • FirstHealth / Coventry Personal Care
  • Galaxy Health Network PPO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna EPO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna PPO
  • HealthLink PPO
  • HealthSmart Preferred PPO
  • HST Care Connect EPO
  • HST Care Connect PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Humana Community Select HMO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Illinois CCN HMO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Humana Medicare Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana Medicare Supplement Plan
  • Humana MMAI
  • Humana National HMO
  • Humana National POS
  • Humana National POS - Open Access
  • Humana POS
  • Humana PPO
  • Medicare
  • Meridian
  • Meridian MMAI
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • SEIU – Local 4 HMO
  • SEIU – Local 4 PPO
  • Tricare Prime
  • UFCW Local 1546 Health and Welfare Fund (UMC)
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Advantage Value HMO - POS
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Complete HMO
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Complete Plan 1 HMO
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Complete Plan 2 HMO
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Supplement
  • UHC National Railway Carriers & United Transportation Union Health and Welfare
  • UHC Railroad Employees National Health & Welfare Plan
  • UHC/ AARP Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • UniCare PPO
  • Union Health Services, Inc.
  • Union Medical Care PPO
  • United Health One Golden Rule
  • United Healthcare Charter HMO
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus PPO
  • United Healthcare Choice PPO
  • United Healthcare Core PPO
  • United Healthcare Group Medicare Advantage PPO
  • United Healthcare Indemnity
  • United Healthcare Medica
  • United Healthcare Medicare Complete Assure PPO
  • United Healthcare Navigate HMO
  • United Healthcare NexusACO OA
  • United Healthcare NexusACO R
  • United Healthcare Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Oxford
  • Wellcare Health Plans HMO

Ratings and reviews

Overall rating

based on 67 patient ratings.


July 7, 2020 8:11 AM

My son was in a car accident on May 2, 2020. So the visit was about his head concussion and neck pain. She was very helpful.

July 6, 2020 4:44 PM


June 1, 2020 10:49 PM

very kind doctor

June 1, 2020 10:49 PM

good experience

March 23, 2020 12:04 PM

My child has been very sick over the last year and we cannot get any answers or help - we always feel brushed off. My kids have been seeing this doctor for many years and we are now going to switch.

January 13, 2020 7:25 AM

We could not love Dr. Arkema more than we do. We are sad our daughter is aging out of her practice.

January 13, 2020 7:25 AM

The phone system can be quite frustrating. We wish we could dial directly to the practice.

January 3, 2020 9:49 AM

I feel welcomed and comfortable that my baby is getting the best care here. If I feel uneasy about something they are very accommodating with my appt. and questions.

December 4, 2019 12:03 PM

Very helpful & nice people.

October 29, 2019 7:00 PM

We waited for 40 minutes before doctor was able to see us. This is absolutely unacceptable!!!

June 12, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Arkema is a good doctor and she very concern and very caring. She give my daughter good advance about health eating habit and be active.

June 4, 2019 7:00 PM

It was a good experience. It did not seem rushed.

March 17, 2019 7:00 PM

I don't like that I cannot schedule a follow up visit w/my doctor at this facility when I am leaving. For some reason all pediatric appointments have to be made over the phone and it is really annoying. I forget to make appointments if I have to call later on.

January 13, 2019 6:00 PM

that was good.

December 5, 2018 6:00 PM

This provider has seen my child since he was 2 months old. She is great but sometimes she is hard to get to. It's hard to book an appointment with her.

November 4, 2018 6:00 PM

dr. Arkema is very awesome, gives enough time to each of my child. just the nurse though was very rude and rough to my kids at the buffalo grove, I think it was almost time for her to leave and so she was in a rush to get everything done.. she was supposed to get a blood work on one of my daughter but didn't get it the 1st poke so we just told her to stop, she was not on focus anymore.

October 31, 2018 7:00 PM

Thank you, Dr. Arkema, for the visit and your follow-up call was so much appreciated. I took X to LGH for his stitches and he is well and healed!...

September 21, 2018 7:00 PM

It would be a better visit for the child and the doctor if more time was spent per patient. The rush in and out sucks! And most of the time is spent with the doctor on the computer.

August 19, 2018 7:00 PM

The receptionists were very rude. They were talking amongst themselves not acknowledging me and when I finally said something they looked at me with a very unpleasant look which made me feel unwelcomed. As for the physician she was very cold, she didn't listen to my concerns and didn't let me explain to her what was happening with my child. I was very unhappy with that visit.

June 15, 2018 7:00 PM

thank you

March 9, 2018 6:00 PM

my only concern was having to wait in a long line of sick people to "check-in" for our check-up appointment. I wish there was a separate check in area for peds. our experience with dr arkema and her nurses was great!

February 22, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Arkema is a good doctor that listens and explains things good.

February 7, 2018 6:00 PM

This provider was genuinely concerned about my child's health and well being. She listened everything I had to say and did order all possible exams to solve my child's issues I have indicated my concern of my child's short stature. Dr. XX did not care. But this provider did. (She used to see my child.) I was glad to meet doctor who would take care of issues and concerns.

February 4, 2018 6:00 PM

we are coming to this office for 20 years. great experience, pleasant environment, helpful staff.

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