Did you know, that one of our volunteers, Dr. Edward J. Jelonek, Jr., D.O., has a history that creates admiration in every person who hears it.  Dr. Jelonek graduated from Wayne State University in 1979, received his Medical Degree in 1984, and completed his internship in 1985.  He then served his country as a  Lt.-USNR, and as a general medical officer with the US Navy and Marines, from 1985 to August, 1988.

He then went to the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Chicago, Illinois, completing his Residency as Chief Resident, in 1992.  During all of these endeavors  he managed to marry his wonderful wife, Mary Therese Hammer in 1987.  He and she started a family and they are very proud of the two boys and one girl that they brought into this world.

From 1992, until this date, he has worked as an Emergency Physician in the Emergency Room of several superb hospitals in Southeast Michigan.  He is presently working in the Emergency Room of Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, MI.  Since 1995, he has found time to direct and staff volunteer rural medical clinics in Central America, specifically Honduras and Guatemala,  during the summers he has been available.  From August, 2010 to the present he has also been Assistant Clinical Professor — Department of Internal Medicine, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan.

Since November, 2004, he has served as medical director of the free bi-monthly medical clinic in Detroit at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, at Grand River and 15th Streets.  He has attended to every one of the bi-monthly medical clinics.  He loves the patients, and they love him.  He also is an active Volunteer Member of the Men’s Club at St. Mary’s Church in Royal Oak, Michigan.

We are all blessed.