About Dr. Schumacher

Where is Dr. Schumacher from?

Dr. Schumacher was born in Chicago, Illinois.  He grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Where was Dr. Schumacher educated?

Dr. Schumacher attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin for his undergraduate education. 

Dr. Schumacher majored in Zoology, with an emphasis in Biology and Genetics.  Dr. Schumacher participated with genetic research in the field of segregation distortion.


Where did Dr. Schumacher get his medical education?

After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Schumacher returned to Chicago for his doctorate in podiatric medicine and surgery.

Dr. Schumacher attended the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (or SCPM for short).  A college within the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Scholl College is the alma mater of approximately one out of every three podiatrists practicing today. 

During his medical training, Dr. Schumacher trained at the following facilities:

  • Cook County Hospital (Chicago Illinois):  One of the largest and busiest hospitals in the world, this is the hospital portrayed in the television series, "E.R.". 

  • University of Chicago Hospital (Chicago, Illinois):  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.  

  • Northwestern University Hospital (Chicago, Illinois):  The downtown teaching hospital complex of one of the nation's best medical facilities.

  • Henrotin Hospital (Chicago, Illinois):  Now closed, Henrotin served the gold coast of Chicago for years.

  • St. Mary's Hospital (Chicago, Illinois):  Located west of Chicago's downtown area.

  • Oak Forest Hospital (Oak Forest, Illinois):  Enormous and sprawling, Oak Forest is located in a suburb south of Chicago.

  • Wood V.A. Hospital (Milwaukee, Wisconsin):  A hospital specializing in unique medical care needs of America's veterans. 

  • Numerous private practices in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington State, California, and British Columbia.

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

After graduating with a doctorate 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 in South Bend, Indiana.  This facility specialized in minimal incision surgical procedures. 

From there, Dr. Schumacher traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to complete his surgical training with the Vancouver General Hospital Podiatry Group program.  The program is now known as Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre / University of British Columbia. 

With some 2,000 beds and treating over 120,000 patients per year, VHHSC is the second-largest medical complex in Canada, the largest west of Toronto, and one of the leading health care centres in North America.

How long has Dr. Schumacher been in 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 on the page, "Office Locations". 

Dr. Schumacher has also worked to develop and promote rural clinics throughout British Columbia in order to provide foot care to unserviced areas.  Dr. Schumacher has handled remote-site locations in clinics, hospitals, and Aboriginal facilities in Powell River, Trail, Nelson, Smithers, and Hazelton.

What kind of credentials does Dr. Schumacher have? 

Dr. Schumacher:  

The ABPS and ABPOPPM are the only two certifying boards accepted by the podiatric medical profession, and less than 1% of podiatrists in Canada are board certified by both organizations.  For more information on this topic, please visit our web page on board certification.)

What kind of 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, ingrown toenails, warts, muscle and tendon disorders, skin conditions, nerve pain and diabetic foot abnormalities. 

But Dr. Schumacher has several 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 (ABPOPPM) and holder of Diplomate status with that organization.  


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 (ABPS) and holder of Diplomate status with that organization. 

3 Heel pain is a third area of specialization, and Dr. Schumacher has stocked the Achilles Foot Health Centre with top-of-the-line equipment to assist in treating difficult cases of heel pain, including a state-of-the-art fluoroscope, diagnostic ultrasonagraphy, vascular testing equipment, treadmill gait analysis, radiosurgical equipment, and cryosurgical equipment.  Visit our webpage About Our Facility for more information on our office.  Visit our website www.heelpain.ca for information about our heel pain specialty clinic. 

4.  Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is Dr. Schumacher's third area of specialization.  Difficult-to-treat cases of Plantar Fasciitis (Arch Strain), Heel Spurs, Achilles Tendinitis, slow-healing connective tissue injuries, and slow-healing bones following surgery or trauma all may respond to this new technology, and ours is the only facility in western Canada to offer piezoelectric ESWT, the newest, most up-to-date form of ESWT available anywhere.  (This newest form of ESWT is still unavailable in the United States.)  For more information on this specialization, visit www.shockwavetherapy.ca

What do all those letters following Dr. Schumacher's name mean?

You may see several sets of letters following Dr. Schumacher's name: 

B.Sc. 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.  

"B.Sc.", known as a "B.S." degree in the U.S., stands for a Bachelor of Science.  This was Dr. Schumacher's first university degree achieved in biological science. 

"D.P.M." refers to the professional degree "Doctor of Podiatric Medicine".  This is the four-year specialty podiatric medical degree (pursued after the first four-year degree in university) that allows someone to practice podiatric medicine and surgery. 

The letters "D.A.B.P.S.", which occasionally follow Dr. Schumacher's name, 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.", which also occasionally follow Dr. Schumacher's name, 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.S." mean that he is a "Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons".  The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons is a professional organization associated with an interest, training,  board certification, and education in the specialty of foot and ankle surgery.  

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".  The American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine is a professional organization associated with an interest, training,  board certification, and education in the specialty of podiatric orthopedics (concerning fields of study such as biomechanics and foot and ankle function, trauma management, etc.) and general podiatric medicine (concerning general podiatric medicine topics like diabetes, infection, and other medical management of foot and ankle issues).



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