Occupation: Podiatric surgeon, Cary-Grove Foot and Ankle Center
Residence: Prairie Grove
Hometown: Orland Park
Family: Piper, 5 (my dog)
Education: Bachelor of science degree from Northern Illinois University; doctor of podiatric medicine degree from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.
Favorite McHenry County restaurant? I love breakfast at Benedict's La Strata
Favorite movie? "Shawshank Redemption"
One word that describes you? Motivated
What is your job and what makes you so good at it?
I am a doctor of podiatric medicine. I treat all conditions of the foot and ankle. This includes skin and toenail conditions, bone and joint problems, and nerve issues. I treat patients with conditions at a pediatric, adult and geriatric level. I was a NCAA division I college wrestler and I am well versed at sports medicine, as well. I understand the mentality of an athlete. I have had very thorough training including four years of residency training after podiatry school.
What accomplishments and innovations are you most proud of this year?
I received my board certification this year by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. I also have helped many patients in the last year to relieve their pain and improve their function.
How do you give back to the community and what drives your service?
I am on my fourth season as a volunteer varsity wrestling coach at Cary-Grove High School. I had great coaches growing up who volunteered their time to guide my success on and off the mat.
It just seemed natural to give back. I also perform foot screenings at local community events benefiting the underprivileged and elderly.
What is something you have never done but want to do some day?
I have always wanted to visit Ireland.
What is the best career advice you have received?
I was told by one of my mentors to listen to patients and treat them like family.
“He is dedicated to being involved locally and volunteers his time as a wrestling coach at Cary-Grove High School, working with young athletes and providing the wisdom and knowledge to encourage effective training without injury. He has spearheaded events and fundraisers for the high school’s wrestling club to benefit the young athletes,” said Suzanne Corr, executive director of the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. “He frequently shares his knowledge of foot health and offers consulting services to local senior groups and free lectures for both the general public and senior living communities. He regularly visits elderly patients at our local senior homes.”