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. 

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.  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 below.

At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Schumacher majored in Zoology, with an emphasis in Biology and Genetics.  Dr. Schumacher was involved in genetic research in the field of segregation distortion. 

One of the largest and most diverse universities in the United States, the University of Wisconsin offers top-flight academics.  UW has over 70 academic departments ranked in the top 10 in the nation, and in Dr. Schumacher's areas of study, Zoology major with an emphasis in Biology and Genetics, UW is ranked #1 (Zoology), #4 (Biology) and #5 (Genetics) compared with all universities in the United States.  (The Gourman Report, 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. 

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 world completely 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.  

Today, Finch University has four colleges within the university:  

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.

Most famous as the home 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.  

In Vancouver, Dr. Schumacher participated in the medical and surgical training program with the Podiatry Group of Vancouver General Hospital.  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 left), the University of British Columbia, or "UBC" for short, (pictured to the right), G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, & George Pearson Centre.  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. 


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