Meet our pediatricians
At Cook Children's, taking care of kids means including the whole family. We take the time to listen to you and your child, answer questions and help you navigate parenthood.
Our doctors are specialists in the health care of infants, children and adolescents. Our team includes board certified pediatricians that, together with you, will get your kids on the path to leading happy and healthy lives.
Bruce Eckel, M.D., D.A.B.P., FAAP
Dr. Eckel is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and has been in general practice since 1983. He has a large general pediatric practice and has a special interest in international adoptions. He takes care of children from newborn to age 21 years of age and is on several "second generation" families in Denton.
Dr. Eckel grew up in a small town in rural Iowa and did his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Iowa. He then attended a three year residency in pediatrics at Oklahoma Children's Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City. He practiced in Temple, Texas for six years before settling in Denton in 1989. He is married and has four children.
Dr. Eckel currently serves on the board for Serve Denton which is working to build collaboration and cooperation between multiple nonprofit agencies in Denton. He also serves as medical director and board member for First Refuge Ministry Center in Denton which is providing indigent healthcare and other services for families with little or no insurance.
Dr. Eckel is founder and director of the North Texas International Adoption Clinic, which was the first of its kind in North Texas. The clinic helps with reviewing medical records and evaluations of children adopted from other countries. He has two teens adopted from China as toddlers and has taken part in several mission trips including China, Russia, Brazil and most recently Haiti. He is active at First Baptist Church in Denton and has been part of the Kiwanis children's clinic, Ronald McDonald House project, Scottish Rite camps and several other volunteer projects over the years. He enjoys photography and sports as well as several other hobbies.
Marilyn Janke, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Janke attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed a pediatric residency at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi where she served as chief resident for six months. Afterward, she stayed on to become a project director for its outreach clinic in Robstown, Texas. In 1988, she moved to Denton. Dr. Janke is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Pediatric Society and the Texas Medical Association. She's the former president of the Denton County Medical Society and is serving as Chief of Pediatrics for Denton Regional Medical Center. She enjoys working with children of all ages and is interested in asthma, learning and psychological disabilities. She's married and has two grown daughters who are studying to be doctors.
Milton Squiers, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Squiers joined Cook Children's Denton in 2001 after 19 years of practice in San Angelo, Texas. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a member of the Society of Adolescent Medicine and of the Christian Medical Association. After medical school at Howard University in Washington, D.C., he completed his internship, residency and adolescent medicine fellowship in Denver at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center. He is interested in health care for teenagers, children with attention and learning disabilities. Dr. Squiers has four adult children. He and his wife are members of the Denton Bible Church.
NhuNha Tran-Lee, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Tran-Lee is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and has been in general practice in Denton since 2009 before joining the Cook Children's Physician Network in North Denton in 2013. She takes care of children from birth to age 18. Pediatrics is her specialty of choice because she wants to provide care for children as she helps guide parents through their growth and development. She has an interest in nutrition.
Dr. Tran-Lee was born in Malaysia after her parents had left Vietnam and immigrated to the United States just before age one. She was raised in Poughkeepsie, a town in upstate New York and moved to Texas in 2006 for residency training. She obtained her bachelor of science in nutrition at Case Western Reserve University and completed a dietetic internship at Yale New Haven Hospital prior to entering medical school at University at Buffalo. She completed her pediatric residency at Children's Medical Center Dallas in 2009. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In her time away from the office, Dr. Tran-Lee enjoys spending time with her husband, son and dogs, playing volleyball and cooking, especially baking.
Diane G. Van Maele, D.O., FAAP
Dr. Van Maele has lived in Texas for 31 years. She currently lives with her husband of 38 years in Lantana, Texas. Her two grown sons, Josh and JP, are practicing attorneys who live in Houston. Josh's wife, Lilly, is also an attorney and has brought joy to family gatherings.
After a successful career in the corporate world, Dr. Van Maele realized it was time to pursue her childhood aspirations of a medical career.
"I remember telling my best friend that I was going to be a doctor when I grew up. I was ten years old at the time. Little did I suspect that the 'growing up' process would take half of my adult life and have a few interesting detours along the way," Dr. Van Maele said.
Dr. Van Maele combined all that she had learned as a money manager, soccer mom, Sunday school teacher and community volunteer to prepare for medical school. Using all the patience, determination, and resiliency she gained from raising two boys, she completed medical school and residency training.
Why Pediatrics? Dr. Van Maele decided to become a pediatrician because kids still believe in the magic of life. They have a contagious energy and pure spirit. She enjoys having the opportunity to help them grow and enjoy a healthy childhood. "As much as I love seeing 'my kids' and their parents, my goal is to see them once a year at their annual checkups," Dr. Van Maele said. But when they are sick, I want them to be comfortable, and know that a trip to the doctor is going to help them feel better. I do believe in the old adage that "it takes a village" to raise a child. And, my heart sings when I walk in to a room and a child's face lights up and a parent tells me that this munchkin woke up and asked to come see Dr. Van Maele because she'll help him or her feel better (with the help of great stickers, a trip to the treasure box and a sugar free sucker).
In the office
Dr. Van Maele is known by her patients as Dr. Van.