Dance Medicine

Dr Schoene has extensive experience with dance medicine in the Chicago and Northern IL area.

Dr Schoene has extensive experience with dance medicine in the Chicago and Northern IL area. She takes a special interest in dancers of all types, from young dancers, attempting pointe work, to professional dancers.

For over 16 years she has been a consultant, has covered performances back stage, given lectures, preformed medical screenings, and has taught proper lower extremity strengthening exercises for many Chicago dance companies and studios. These include The Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, Inaside Chicago Dance, Ballet Chicago, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Chicago Tap Theatre, and Evanston Dance Ensemble. She has covered back stage for Theater shows for "Broadway in Chicago" performances too.

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"Dr.Schoene is very competent and thorough. She applies common sense to her knowledge and experience and genuinely wants to see you back on your feet asap. She also uses economical ways to find a solution to your problem"

- M. H .


Dr. Schoene is a regular teacher, lecturer nationally and internationally, and author on many dance topics. She has authored 2 chapters on Dance, in a sports medicine textbook; "Athletic Footwear and Orthoses in Sports Medicine" and was a contributor to the recently revised “Parents Guide To Beginning Pointe” book by Russian Pointe

She attends many Dance Medicine specialty seminars and is a member of the association “International Association for Dance Medicine and Science”.

Dr. Schoene feels strongly that the Chicago area has top notch dance culture, with varied companies, and has been on dance company boards, has donated her time in many capacities, and has helped many dance companies with their financial needs as well to continue to serve this community and movement.

We want our patients to be well-informed about their conditions and treatment decisions. Discussion and education about the root cause of the patient's diagnosis will help to prevent future reoccurrence.

Our goal is a happy and healthy patient.

Since statistics prove that dancers have a very high incidence (over 85%) of lower extremity injuries, it is important for the dancer to receive an in depth dance evaluation and dance based treatment plan.

For the dancers she treats, Dr. Schoene strives to get them back to classes and performance quickly, while stressing the importance of conditioning, prevention and proper treatment.

Dr. Schoene feels education for all injuries is very important, and should always accompany any treatment plan.

After thorough evaluation, Dr. Schoene will recommend many types of treatment modalities, including physical therapy, massage therapy, shoe gear changes, sometimes Orthotic devices to help support and guide the foot while in street shoes, is just what the dancers foot and lower extremity needs to maintain proper form, relief from stresses of dancing, and to assist tired and achy feet and legs.

Many suggestions are given for managing the injury even while the dancer continues to work and perform. All of this is done with aggressive but conservative measures.

Dance Medicine Services:

  • Dancer specific lower extremity evaluations.
  • Extended new patient appointment times.
  • Communication with all dance teaching & artistic staff.
  • Dance specific exercise prescription and therapy.
  • Dance shoe evaluation and street shoe suggestions.
  • Orthotics for lower extremity stress relief.
  • Company Intensive, and dance workshop lecture presentations.
  • Back Stage Dance performance coverage.
  • In Studio Injury Screenings.
Our goal is a happy and healthy patient

"Dr. Schoene, I just wanted to thank you again for helping me to treat my foot issues and giving me the tools to prevent future injuries. Tap dance is my passion and being able to dance pain-free makes it that much more enjoyable. Thank you for being so generous and easing the financial burden that I have anxiously been anticipating I am forever grateful."

- K. S.