Where is Dr. Schumacher from?   

Dr. Schumacher was born in the city  of Chicago, Illinois, but spent most of his childhood years a couple hours north, in the northern suburbs of Milwaukee in the state of Wisconsin

Where is Milwaukee?

Milwaukee is located on the western edge of Lake Michigan--in the southeast portion of the state of Wisconsin.  It is approximately 90 miles north of the city of Chicago.  


Above:  The downtown skyline of Milwaukee taken from Lake Michigan.
Above:  The View Along Milwaukee's "River walk" 

Milwaukee is known the world over as a beer capitol, (it is the original home of such breweries as Miller, Schlitz, Pabst, and Blatz), but it is also the home to a wide-variety of other companies.  For example, Koss headphones, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Northwestern Mutual insurance, Briggs and Stratton engines, Master Lock, Johnson Controls, and Evinrude outboard motors are just some of the companies that make Milwaukee their home.   

Milwaukee's economic output is so strong, in fact, that it surpasses the economic output produced by the entire country of New Zealand.  

Beyond economics, Milwaukee is also known for excellent German food, its fine ballet, the wonderful Milwaukee Public Museum, one of the nation's top zoos, and the striking new art museum on the the shore of Lake Michigan (see right).  

Above:  Milwaukee's art museum.  

Milwaukee is also famous as the home of several TV shows, such as "That 70's Show" (currently airing), and "Laverne and Shirley" & "Happy Days" (programs popular during the 1970's).  





Above:  "Kopp's", the inspiration for "Arnold's", as it is today.  Known as the "Milky Way" and sporting a different exterior until the 1980's, Kopp's still serves the best hamburgers and frozen custard.  A denser, richer, and creamier version of ice cream, frozen custard is a Milwaukee tradition.    

Coincidentally, Dr. Schumacher attended the same high school upon which the "Happy Days" TV show is based.  Though it wasn't actually named "Jefferson High School" as it was in the TV series, the school colors are the same as appeared on the show.  And yes, the inspiration for "Arnold's" is a real-life neighbourhood hangout still in existence today (see right).  


Besides being made famous by "Happy Days", Dr. Schumacher's high school has several well-known alumni, certainly the most famous of whom is Oprah Winfrey.   Dr. Schumacher appeared in a high school talent show with another well-known alumnus--Kato Kaelin.    

Where did Dr. Schumacher do his undergraduate training? 

For his undergraduate education, Dr. Schumacher attended the University of Wisconsin, ("UW" for short), in Madison, Wisconsin's state capitol.  

University of Wisconsin photos on this page are used by permission.  
All photos by 
Jeff Miller, photographer, UW-Madison Un
iversity Communications.  

Above:  The University of Wisconsin campus, the Wisconsin capitol building, and downtown Madison, Wisconsin.  Located on an isthmus, Madison is squeezed between Lake Mendota, pictured on the left, and Lake Monona, pictured on the right.  Madison is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in America.     


Madison is located about 90 miles west of Milwaukee, in the south central portion of the state of Wisconsin, where the star is located on the map of Wisconsin showing Madison  At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Schumacher majored in Zoology, with an emphasis in Cellular Biology and Genetics.  Dr. Schumacher was involved in genetic research in the field of segregation distortion. 

UW is spread out over 933 scenic acres, (about the size of Vancouver's Stanley Park), which are wedged between two large glacial lakes, Lake Mendota and Lake Monona (see picture above).  Home to over 40,000 students, (including one of the largest foreign-student enrolments in any university anywhere), and offering a whopping 4,400 courses, UW-Madison is one of the largest and most diverse universities in the world.  With its tremendous state-supported resources, (UW spends more than a half billion dollars per year in research and development alone--a number consistently ranking in the top two or three in the nation), the university offers top-notch academics.  For example:  

Above:  Bascom Hall  
1.  Wisconsin professors, former professors and alumni have been awarded with 17 Nobel prizes, 23 Pulitzer prizes, 10 National Medal of Science awards, and 79 faculty members have been inducted in the prestigious national academies of science, medicine, engineering, and medicine.

*The statistics above are compiled from the University of Wisconsin document entitled University History, Facts, Honors, People.

Above:  The Economics building & the road to 
the Lake Shore dorms. 

The view on Henry Mall, the Life 
Sciences section of campus

Library Mall


2.  "A list of first-rate academic programs at Madison would be as complete as a college catalog elsewhere.  There are 70 programs considered in the top 10 nationally" ** 

"Coursework is demanding and in many ways akin to graduate school elsewhere" ** 

"Professors at Madison are certainly among the nations best, with Nobel laureates, National Academy of Science member, and Guggenheim Fellows scattered liberally among the departments" **

"Academics:   5 stars (out of 5) **

"Madison is truly a best buy" **

The quotes above are excerpts from the The Fiske Guide To Colleges, 2002 edition.  

Above:  Memorial Student Union

Above:  State Street and the Capitol Building

3.  According to the Gourman report, an independent assessment of undergraduate university programs, the University of Wisconsin has 25 departments ranked in the top five in the nation.*** 

In Dr. Schumacher's areas of study--Zoology major with an emphasis in Cellular Biology and Genetics--UW is ranked #1 (Zoology), #2 (Cellular Biology), and #5 (Genetics) compared with all universities in the United States. ***

**These rankings above are according to The Gourman Report -  Undergraduate Programs -  A Rating Of Undergraduate Degree Programs in American and International Universities, The Princeton Review, 10th Edition).



Where did Dr. Schumacher perform his graduate work? 

After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Schumacher left Wisconsin and moved back to Chicago, in the state of Illinois for his graduate studies in podiatric medicine and surgery. 
Pictured above:  The third-tallest building in Chicago, the 100-story John Hancock Building dominates the "gold coast" portion of Chicago. 

Pictured on the right:  The Sears Tower and the Chicago skyline from the Adler Planetarium.  The Shedd Aquarium is pictured in the foreground.  

Pictured below right:  The Chicago skyline at night, taken from Lake Michigan.

Pictured below left:  The Dearborn Street entrance to the Scholl College Foot Clinics.


For his doctorate studies, Dr. Schumacher attended the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, (or SCPM for short).   A division of the Finch University of Health Sciences, Scholl college is the alma mater of one out of every three podiatrists practicing today.

As part of his medical training, Dr. Schumacher trained as an extern or in some other capacity at several area institutions, including:

Cook County Hospital of Chicago--one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the world, and the hospital portrayed in the television series, "E.R.". 

Northwestern University Hospital of Chicago--the downtown teaching hospital complex of one of the nation's best medical schools.    

University of Chicago Hospital--located in the Hyde Park area on the south side of Chicago, the University of Chicago is one of the top research hospitals in the world.  

Henrotin Hospital of Chicago--Henrotin Hospital is now closed after serving the gold coast area of Chicago for years. 

St. Mary's Hospital of Chicago--located west of Chicago's downtown area.  

Oak Forest Hospital of Chicago--large and sprawling, Oak Forest Hospital is located in the Oak Forest suburb of Chicago.  

Wood V.A. Hospital of Milwaukee--a hospital specializing in unique medical care needs of America's veterans.

While SCPM has offered a dual D.P.M.-Ph.D. degree through Chicago's Rush Medical School for years, SCPM is now a college within the Finch University of Health Sciences system.  

Finch University of Health Sciences is a unique school.  It is one of the few institutions in the entire world exclusively devoted to graduate-level training and research in the health care sciences.  


Founded in 1912 as "The Chicago Medical School", as an institution that used to grant only the M.D. medical degree, the college expanded in 1967 to include other health disciplines.  

To better reflect the expanded scope of training, the school's name was changed to Finch University of Health Sciences.  


Main Campus, Finch University

Today, Finch University consists of four colleges, each completely devoted to graduate-level health care.    

1) The original college, The Chicago Medical School, continues to grant an M.D. degree as it has for more than nine decades now, and it has major affiliations with Mount Sinai, Cook County, North Chicago VA, Lutheran General and Christ Hospitals

2)  The School of Related Health Sciences offers graduate degrees in clinical laboratory sciences, nutrition, physical therapy, and physician assistant practice.

3)  The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers post-graduate degrees in the following disciplines (the type of degree offered follows the field):  Applied Physiology, (M.S.), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, (M.S., Ph.D.), Cell Biology and Anatomy, (M.S., Ph.D.) ,Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, (M.S., Ph.D.), Clinical Immunology, (M.S.), Clinical Psychology, (M.S., Ph.D.) Medical Radiation Physics, (M.S., Ph.D.) ,Medical Imaging Sciences, (M.S.), Microbiology and Immunology, (M.S., Ph.D.), Molecular and Cellular Sciences (Ph.D.), Neuroscience, (M.S., Ph.D.), Pathology, (M.S., Ph.D.), Physiology and Biophysics, (M.S., Ph.D.).  

4)  The fourth college within the Finch University system is the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.   After having been headquartered at the corner of Dearborn and Oak Streets in the wonderful near north "Gold Coast" region of downtown Chicago, Scholl College is now headquartered on the main campus of Finch University on a beautiful north side campus in suburban Chicago. 

Where did Dr. Schumacher do his post-graduate training?

Post-graduate training in Indiana

After graduating with a degree in podiatric medicine, Dr. Schumacher specialized further in medical and surgical studies during a post-graduate medical and surgical program at the Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Clinic of South Bend, Indiana.


South Bend, Indiana is located in northern Indiana, about 2 hours east of downtown Chicago. 

Most famous as the hometown of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend is also the main population hub in the region, and the Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic served a large population base, including a large portion of northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.  



Post-graduate training in Canada

After leaving the post-graduate surgical program in Indiana, Dr. Schumacher traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to complete his training in podiatric medicine and surgery.  

Vancouver, a metropolitan area of over 2,000,000, is located on the west coast of Canada, immediately north of Washington State.  


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Vancouver and the inner harbour, looking southeast. 

Left:  Downtown Vancouver looking north, with the North Shore,  (part of the Cascade mountain range), in the background. 

In Vancouver, Dr. Schumacher participated in the medical and surgical training program with the  Podiatry Group of Vancouver General Hospital.








Above:  Vancouver Hospital's main building in central Vancouver.

Vancouver General Hospital, now known simply as Vancouver Hospital, is part of the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre (VHHSC).  

VHHSC is composed of four sites:  Vancouver Hospital (pictured above), the University of British Columbia, or "UBC" for short, (pictured to the right), G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, & George Pearson Centre.  

Above:  The University of British Columbia, (UBC), with Vancouver in the distance.

With nearly 2,000 beds, and treating over 116,000 patients each year, VHHSC is the second largest medical complex in Canada, the largest west of Toronto, and one of the leading health care centres in the North America.  

How long has Dr. Schumacher been in practice, and where does he practice?

Dr. Schumacher completed his training in 1989, and has been in practice since that time.  He currently has offices in Surrey, Vancouver, Burnaby and Squamish, B.C..  Details on these offices can be found under the section entitled "Office Locations."  


In addition to practicing in Surrey, Vancouver, Burnaby and Squamish, B.C., Dr. Schumacher has for many years also worked to develop podiatric care in remote-site, rural clinics throughout British Columbia, an enormous area larger than California, Oregon, and Washington State combined.  
From traveling five hours by car and ferry up to the northern "Sunshine Coast" town of Powell River at the end of the coast highway, to flying into the Kootenay towns of Trail and Nelson, (near the borders of Alberta, Idaho and Montana), 
and to flying into the Bulkley-Valley towns of Smithers and Hazelton in northern B.C. (near the border with Alaska), Dr. Schumacher has for over a decade traveled to and worked in hospitals, clinics and Aboriginal facilities throughout the province, under sometimes less-than-ideal conditions, to bring podiatric medical services to unserviced areas. 

What conditions does Dr. Schumacher treat, and does he have any areas of specialization?

Dr. Schumacher treats most abnormalities of the foot and ankle, including common conditions like arch and heel pain, heel spurs, bunions, hammertoes, fractures, corns, calluses, warts, ingrown nails, muscle and tendon disorders, skin conditions, nerve pain and diabetic foot abnormalities. 

But Dr. Schumacher has two areas of specialty:   

Foot and ankle function, including sports medicine is one area of specialization for Dr. Schumacher, and he assesses and treats abnormal foot and ankle function and sports injuries.  He designs and fabricates orthotics, braces and orthopaedic appliances, as well as custom-made moulded shoes for severe structural and mechanical abnormalities.   

Dr. Schumacher is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics* and Primary Podiatric Medicine ( or ABPOPPM).  


2.  Foot Surgery is another area of specialization for Dr. Schumacher.  We treat ingrown nails, bunions, hammertoes, Morton's neuromas, heel spurs, arthritis, warts, fractures, tumours, and a wide-variety of other surgical conditions.  

Dr. Schumacher is Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery  (or ABPS). 

What does Board Certification actually mean? 

Many people are somewhat confused about what Board Certification does and does not mean.  If you're interested in this topic, we have a separate web page that discusses this topic in detail.  Simply click on the words Board Certification

What do all those letters--"D.P.M., D.A.B.P.S., D.A.B.P.O.P.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S., F.A.C.F.A.O.M."--following Dr. Schumacher's name mean?

"D.P.M." refers to the professional degree "Doctor of Podiatric Medicine".  This is the degree that allows someone to practice podiatric medicine and surgery. 

The letters "D.A.B.P.S." means that Dr. Schumacher is Board Certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgeons, and holder of Diplomate status within that organization.  The letters "D.A.B.P.O.P.P.M." means that Dr. Schumacher is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine, and holder of Diplomate status within that organization.  

The letters "F.A.C.F.A.O.M." mean that Dr. Schumacher is a "Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics* and Medicine", and the letters "F.A.C.F.A.S." mean that he is a "Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons". 

The American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine and the  American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons are professional organizations that are associated with an interest, training and board certification in foot and ankle orthopaedics and surgery, respectively.  You can travel to the websites for each organization simply by clicking on the letters for each organization above. 


Dr. Schumacher:   
Is Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and holder of "Diplomate" status with that organization.    
Is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Orthopaedics by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics* and Primary Podiatric Medicine, and holder of "Diplomate" status with that organization.
Is a Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Is a Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics* and Medicine.
Is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Is a member of the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association.
Is a member of the British Columbia Association of Podiatrists.
Is Licensed in British Columbia, Wisconsin, and Washington State.
Is Certified in CPR.
Is Certified in Basic Life Support.
Is Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Is a Clinical Instructor of the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre Hospital Podiatry Group Surgical Residency Program.
Speaks English and Spanish. 


*Footnotes: The word orthopaedic is spelled orthopedic (with no "a") in the U.S. and orthopaedic (with an "a") in Canada.  We have tried to use Canadian spellings throughout the website, but have retained the U.S. spelling when the word is used in relation to the titles of the board and college that are based in the U.S. and use the U.S. spelling in their formal title.

**The use of photographs, logos, or other images of the city of Milwaukee, the city of Chicago, the Province of British Columbia, the University of Wisconsin, Scholl College, Vancouver Hospital, American Board of Podiatric Surgery, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine should not be construed as an endorsement by these entities for Dr. Schumacher or his associates.




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