Milwaukee Foot & Ankle - December 2017

Mequon 10945 N. Port Washington Rd. Mequon, WI 53092 414-228-6444

Oak Creek 7001 S. Howell Ave. Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-622-1574



Wauwatosa 10125 W. North Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53226 414-257-0676


New Berlin 3610 Michelle Witmer Memorial Dr. Suite 110 New Berlin, WI 53151 262-821-1588



B ack when I was a high school and college athlete avidly involved in track and cross country, I suffered a number of repetitive injuries as a result of all that strain on my body. My Achilles tendon seemed to be constantly acting up, so for years I had to be in and out of physicians’ and podiatrists’ offices to stay in peak condition. As a result, I know what it feels like when an injury restricts you from doing what you love most, and I’m well acquainted with that surge of gratitude that comes when a professional is able to help you

athlete’s fathers — who happened to be a podiatrist — I decided to switch tracks and return to medicine.

I took the MCAT, got into medical school, and was fortunate enough to secure a well-known residency program in Detroit. Eventually, this transitioned into a one-year orthopedic foot and ankle fellowship in Columbus, Ohio, wherein I learned a huge amount about the field and the ins and outs of working with the musculoskeletal system. After the fellowship, I came across Milwaukee Foot & Ankle, who was, lo and behold, looking for a fellowship-trained podiatrist with specific orthopedic experience to join the team. I went through the process and joined the team last August, and I haven’t looked back since. I took the long way into my current career, but I have to say that I’m glad that this is where I’ve ended up. I love working with my patients one-on-one, assessing a variety of pathologies and applying my experience to solve whatever problem they may have. Not only does the work constantly keep me on my toes, I get the opportunity to make a concrete, tangible difference in my patients’ well-being. As I’ve been welcomed into the Milwaukee Foot & Ankle family with open arms, I’ve found it to be the perfect fit. The patients are wonderful, the staff is incredibly competent and efficient, and the other partners bring with them over 25 years of experience in the field. It’s a unique opportunity to be able to join a team that’s so well-respected and enmeshed in the local community. I’m looking forward to sticking with them for many years to come. –Chris Milkie

return to it. All the help I received from experts probably resulted in the first inkling of my desire to go into medicine, but it wasn’t a straightforward path to where I am today.

During my time in sports, in addition to all the medical experts that helped me out, I had a number of coaches and mentors who provided an endless amount of guidance. As I went through my pre-med degree in college, I had every intention of proceeding on to medical school. However, right before I took my MCATs, which was basically the final step, I had a change of heart and decided that I wanted to follow in the footsteps of the teachers who’d steered me in the right direction throughout my life. So, I started a job as a high school biology teacher, spending as much time as possible coaching on the side. It was gratifying work to motivate these kids to push themselves both in athletics and academics, but as I’m sure you can imagine, it was also frustrating. I began to get the feeling that, though I loved to coach, teaching wasn’t something I could enjoy doing for the rest of my career. After several conversations with one of my

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