Podiatric Care

Foot, ankle & lower extremity conditions we treat.

PODIATRISTS ARE LIKE THE FAMILY PRACTITIONER’S OF THE LOWER EXTREMITY, WE TREAT EVERY SYSTEM IN THE BODY AS THEY ALL AFFECT THE LEGS AND FEET…. issues like; Orthopedic, Biomechanical, Vascular, Rheumatologic, Dermatologic, we do surgery, we order and read every type of imaging modality, we take care of wounds and help improve gait with shoes, braces, and orthotics, there is nothing we can not treat in the foot and ankle
Our goal is a happy and healthy patient.
She always keeps in mind the movements of each sport and incorporates that into the treatment plan.

According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, athletes' feet and ankles are prime examples of injuries due to the repeated pounding on the pavement and side-to-side motion. From sprains, pain, stress fractures, and nerve irritations, your feet take a beating. At Gurnee Podiatry and Sports Management Association, we aim to treat, prevent, and rehabilitate patients dealing with pain in their feet or ankles. We treat your podiatric condition and discuss the cause of your diagnosis and how you can prevent future reoccurrences. 

Our History

More than 30 years ago, Dr. Lisa M. Schoene began the pediatric podiatrist practice with one patient, one staff member, and one doctor. Since then, the practice has grown exponentially to become a holistic center where physical therapists, podiatric associates, and massage therapists work. In addition to traditional podiatric care, we also use acupuncture techniques, chiropractic care, and homeopathic medications to help you recover.

Our Locations

Dr. Schoene owns and operates two convenient locations where you can visit one of our foot specialists. Both offer professional foot care tailored to each specific patient. 

The Chicago location is at Sports Medicine Associates, located at 401 W. Ontario St. Suite 240 in the River North Gallery District. You can park at the SP+ Parking station located on the next block or take the No. 37 bus to the Orleans and Erie station just two minutes away. We are open Monday through Thursday starting at 9 a.m. We close at 9 p.m. on Monday, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and at 7 p.m. on Thursday. This office also has hours on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Our other location, referred to as the Park City branch, is north of the city in Gurnee at 351 S. Greenleaf St. Suite C. This office allows us to serve the Lake County townships of Waukegan and Warren. We offer a large on-site parking lot for your convenience. Hours at this location are almost the same as the Chicago location except the Gurnee office closes at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Our Doctors

In practice for more than 30 years within the Chicagoland and Lake County area, Dr. Lisa M. Schoene is a certified athletic trainer who has worked with athletes and takes a special interest in sports medicine and rehabilitation. A podiatrist and sports medicine specialist, she is one of the few physicians in the country to practice both. She has experience working with Olympic, professional, semi-professional, and elite athletes. In 1996, she was one of 17 podiatrists to work the Olympic Games in Atlanta, and she worked the 1994 World Cup games in Chicago.

Dr. Schoene knows how important it is to have the best podiatrists on her staff, so she handpicked two doctors to help her care for patients. At the Chicago location, she works with podiatrist Dr. Bruce Bever, DPM who is a renowned foot specialist doctor as well as a foot and ankle surgeon. For the Gurnee office, she works alongside Dr. Erin Smielewski, who has experience working in diabetic wound care and infectious diseases.

Dr. Bruce Bever, DPM grew up on a small island off the western coast of Florida. He worked as a professional photographer before returning to health care in 2011. He completed his undergraduate work at Rochester Institute of Technology and post-baccalaureate coursework at the National University of Health Sciences. He went on to secure his doctor of podiatric medicine degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and a three-year residency at Amita Health Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Bever is a surgically trained foot and ankle surgeon who has experience in the forefoot and rearfoot surgical procedures.

In 2010, Dr. Erin M. Smielewski joined the staff as an associate. A native of the southwest suburbs of Chicago, she graduated from Illinois State University with honors with a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She went on to graduate from the top of her class from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, where she obtained her podiatric medical degree. She has training and experience from Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and strives to provide the highest level of care for patients of all ages dealing with foot and ankle pathology.

Our Specialties

At Gurnee Podiatry and Sports Medicine, we specialize in treating athletes, dancers, and runners. Our focus on sports medicine and dance medicine sets us apart from others in the industry as we know what athletes and dancers put their feet through. We help these patients minimize their risk for injury and aid them in recovery, extending their careers. To do this, we offer the following:

  • Sports strength conditioning programs.
  • Sports medicine evaluation, screenings, and treatments.
  • Dance shoe prescriptions and modifications.
  • Dance injury evaluations and prevention plans.

Think of podiatrist doctors as the family practitioners of the lower body. We treat every system within the body because they all affect the feet and legs. Areas such as vascular, orthopedic, biomechanical, rheumatology, and dermatology all affect the lower extremities. We also care for patients requiring corrective reconstruction, including those dealing with bunions, persistent heel pain, and hammertoes.

Before deciding on a course of action, we provide a full examination and history to discuss treatment options. We order and read every type of imaging modality as well as perform surgery to take care of wounds and improve the gaits. Whether that involves having the patient wear shoes, braces, or orthotics, we want everyone to live pain-free. If needed, we offer custom orthotics, bracing, taping, and shoe prescriptions. We want happy and healthy patients to leave our office satisfied with the services we've provided for their feet and ankles.

Contact Us

Aches and pains in your feet or ankles can cause you immense discomfort and affect your quality of life. Oftentimes, these pains are treatable. If you're interested in learning more about what we have to offer or need a consultation, reach out to our office. You can call us directly at 847-263-6073 or complete our online form, and one of our staff members will be in touch with you shortly.



"The entire experience was excellent. Dr. Smielewski explained everything carefully and gave me very good care. The staff member that took my information was polite, friendly & thorough."

- G.L.M.


She always keeps in mind the movements of each sport and incorporates that into the treatment plan.