Welcome to the St. Vincent Podiatry residency training program. The first resident began training here in 2006. St. Vincent has a long tradition of educating medical residents. Their reputation is second to none when it comes to education. It is an honor for podiatry to be part of the excellent opportunity that St. Vincent affords its residents. We are dedicated to teaching and have an excellent faculty of both podiatrists and other medical and surgical specialty physicians that are interested in teaching. The residents also have the opportunity to teach the fourth year podiatry students during their rotations at St. Vincent. We have a wide variety of patients to draw upon for learning. This includes the primary care center where the residents have a clinic, inpatients, surgery center, wound center, and private offices.
Being part of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic healthcare network in the country, our program abides by the core values of St. Vincent: integrity, wisdom, creativity, reverence, dedication, and service to the poor. We instill in our residents these values when treating patients. It is through these qualities that we feel we can train the future podiatrists here at St. Vincent.
We are a strong program with nine residents training here for three years. Our residents work closely with a core group of attending podiatrists and there is ample opportunity for research opportunities with these attending podiatrists. Our program is very friendly and our residents work very well together and with the other services. The program has a vast array of services at our disposal. We work closely with all of the medical and surgical specialties. This is particularly true of infectious disease, vascular surgery and internal medicine. There is a high inpatient volume that affords a wealth of learning opportunities of the critically ill patient. On the outpatient side, the resident will be exposed to a number of different podiatrists both in their offices, surgery centers, and other local hospitals. This allows a great breadth of experience and will allow the resident to ultimately form their own opinions as to how they will eventually wish to practice.
Thank you for your interest in our program. As you are considering residency programs in podiatry please keep in mind that each program is unique and has its own strengths. The program here at St. Vincent has many strengths and that comes from our residents and faculty who are committed to education and foster an environment which is conducive to learning. We wish you success in your search for a residency program.
The St. Vincent graduate training program offers a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) which is a three year program. It is CPME (Council on Podiatric Medical Education) certified as a PMSR with added certification in rear-foot and reconstructive ankle surgery. We have CPME approval for 3 residents per year for a total of 9 residents. We have one designated chief resident during their PGY-3 year. Clinical experience is drawn from approximately 35 active podiatric attending physicians.
Our residents rotate on surgical services with general surgery, vascular surgery, and orthopedic surgery. There is an on campus outpatient podiatry clinic run by the residents and staffed by an attending podiatrist. The residents also participate in the wound care center at the hospital which sees a high volume of diabetic foot and lower extremity wounds. The program has formal required rotations in podiatric medicine, podiatric surgery, wound care, anesthesiology, internal medicine/family medicine, orthopedics, infectious disease, pathology, medical imaging, general surgery, vascular surgery, and behavioral science. There are elective rotations available in dermatology, pediatric orthopedics, private podiatry office, neurology, sports medicine, pain management, rheumatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and plastic surgery.
The podiatric surgical training will occur at the main campus of St. Vincent 86th St. Additional training in podiatric surgery occurs at approximately 10-12 outside surgery centers and other local hospitals. This will allow the resident to see a wide variety of both inpatient and outpatient podiatric cases. This will also expose them to a wide variety of different techniques as performed by a number of different podiatrists.
Academic knowledge is gained from weekly podiatric related journal club. Monthly podiatric lectures and case presentations also occur with local podiatrists who are active in teaching. We also have a formal evening lecture series once a month where residents present journal articles on several similar subjects. There is also a speaker for the monthly evening formal journal club. Occasional board review lectures are also presented by the residents for the students. Other academic offerings include cadaver dissections and surgical skills workshops organized at various times throughout the year. Our residents also gain academic knowledge from the use of the APMA sponsored Residency Resource Education Center online teaching programs.
We have an active clerkship program that accepts both third and fourth year podiatric medical students from all nine podiatric medical schools. A research project is required that is suitable for publication and should be ready for submission by the end of the third year. Daily grand rounds occur in the hospital are available to our residents and we occasionally will present at these lectures.
Podiatry residents will gain an extensive array of experiences working on cases which provide a comprehensive scope of the foot and ankle. The cases will include forefoot, rear-foot, reconstructive and ankle procedures. The resident will also be exposed to a high volume of wounds and directly participate in wound care in the inpatient and outpatient setting. They are involved with limb salvage and are a critical part of the multi-disciplinary team when treating the diabetic foot. There is a high volume of inpatients on our service and our residents are actively involved in the care of these patients.
In addition our residents will be exposed to a variety of different clinical experiences in a private practice setting. The opportunity exists to rotate with various community podiatrists in their private offices.
Our program does participate in the Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR) and does attend the Centralized Residency Interview Program (CRIP). Our program leads to certification pathways in podiatric medicine by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPOPPM), the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) in both forefoot and rearfoot reconstructive/ankle, the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry (ABMSP), wound care certification by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) to become a Certified Wound Specialist-Physician (CWS-P). Our program also leads towards physician wound care certification by the Council for Medical Education and Testing (CMET) as well as the American board of Wound Healing (ABWH) in order to obtain physician certification in wound care.
The three year curriculum will expose the podiatric resident to a wide variety of clinical experiences throughout their time at St. Vincent. The first year will focus on the core rotations in addition to introducing them to the basics of podiatric medicine and surgery. The second year will expand on their knowledge and begin to introduce them to more advanced surgical techniques while increasing their clinical skills. The second year will also allow the resident to participate in other surgical specialties and improve their surgical skills. The third year will focus on more reconstructive surgical procedures as well as fine tuning their surgical and clinical skills and also allowing them the opportunity to rotate at private offices and rotate in sub-specialties
Hometown: Spring, TX
Undergraduate: Southwest Texas State University
Podiatry School: Kent State University - College of Podiatric Medicine, Independence, OH
Dr. Leshikar was born and raised in Texas. He lived in his hometown until he graduated high school and then moved to Austin, TX for college. He was a dual sport college athlete playing basketball and soccer. He received a B.A. in Political Science and International Business. It was many years after graduation, that he met his future wife, who supported his decision to make a career change. So he quit his job, went back to school for an associates in biology, and started a new job as a rehab/wound Care tech at a local hospital.
During his time as a wound care technician, he met a podiatrist that specialized in limb salvage/wound care and immediately knew that podiatric medicine was the career path he wanted to pursue. After completing four years of medical school in Ohio, he chose to head to the Midwest, where he knew St. Vincent Hospital would give him the greatest opportunity to be challenged and grow professionally.
In the field of medicine, Dr. Leshikar enjoys the areas of: infectious disease, wound care, rearfoot/ankle trauma and limb salvage.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Justine and his children, Charlotte, Cora, Celine and James. If he has any other free time on the weekends, he loves playing golf, basketball and tennis.
Hometown: Wayland, Michigan
Undergraduate: Ferris State University
Podiatry School: Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Dr. Lauren Kompier was raised in Wayland a small town in southwestern Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University.
During her undergraduate years Dr. Kompier began to shadow podiatrists in her area following a suggestion from her academic advisor.
Once she saw how podiatry encompassed many different aspects of medicine in one specialty, she decided to attend the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Kompier enjoys all aspects of podiatric medicine especially wound care, diabetic foot care, trauma and foot and ankle surgery.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Hometown: Anderson, Indiana
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Podiatry School: Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, Miami, Florida
Dr. Rachel Chhiba grew up in Anderson, Indiana.
She attended the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Indiana University. Upon graduating, Dr. Chhiba worked as a pharmacy technician and research assistant when a family member’s foot injury led her to pursue a career in podiatric medicine.
Her interest in podiatry furthered upon shadowing two area podiatrists and she later became a graduate of Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Chhiba enjoys all areas of podiatric medicine with an increased interest in sports medicine, wound care, and foot and ankle surgery. She chose the St. Vincent Hospital Residency Program as it incorporates all these characteristics and expresses an opportunity to learn from highly trained physicians in both podiatry and general medicine.
Aside from podiatry, Dr. Chhiba enjoys attending sporting events and concerts, traveling, and ultimately is very excited to be back in Indiana making it easier to spend time with her husband and family.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Podiatry School: Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL
Dr. Khan was born in India and move to Chicago with her family at the age of 14. She completed her high school education in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Dr. Khan received her undergraduate degree from Benedictine University, Lisle, IL and her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL in May, 2015.
While at Scholl, Maliha served as a Vice-President, on the Board of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Student Association (IPMSA).
Maliha chose podiatry because she loves surgery and wound care. It’s all about healing the patient.
She also enjoys cake baking from scratch.
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate: York University, Toronto, Canada
Podiatry School: Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL
Dr. Patel was born in India and moved to Canada with his family when he was 14. He completed his high school in Toronto and played Cricket during his tenure at the high school. At York University, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Medical Sciences and continued to play cricket for the college.
During college, he shadowed physicians of different specialties and volunteered in ED at a local hospital. While rotating through a podiatry clinic in Toronto, he became fascinated with multifaceted approach in treating various lower extremity conditions and decided to pursue a career in podiatry.
He attended Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL to study podiatric medicine. He chose St. Vincent Hospital to obtain thorough training in podiatric medicine and surgery. He is confident that this residency program will provide him with ample opportunities to learn from physicians from all aspects of medicine and surgery.
Dr. Patel enjoys all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery with an emphasis on wound care, trauma, sports medicine, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. In his free time, Dr. Patel likes to work out, play table tennis, travel and attend sporting events.
Hometown: Washington, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Westminster College
Master of Science: Chatham University
Podiatry School: New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Dr. Standish is from Washington, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate coursework at Westminster College, where she studied biology and chemistry. She then went on to obtain a M.S. degree at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Her family opened a small nursing home when she was a young girl. Through regular interaction with patients and their ambulatory ailments, Dr. Standish gained a great appreciation for biomechanics and the impact that mobility has on physical and mental health. Although always an avid student of the sciences, it was ultimately her experiences in elderly care that led her to explore podiatric medicine. She attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Harlem, New York where she earned a doctoral degree.
Dr. Standish is very excited to be a part of the St. Vincent’s Residency Program. She enjoys many aspects of podiatric medicine and patient care. Additionally she enjoys singing, painting, hiking, and theater.
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Podiatry School: Kent State college of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Dr. Goldstein is from Louisville, Kentucky. Her father is a podiatrist, and she grew up working in his office and going on nursing home calls. That's where she found her love of podiatry and healthcare, and decided to literally follow in her father’s footsteps.
She completed her undergraduate studies with a bachelor of arts in Film Studies and a minor in Chemistry from University of Pittsburgh. While in school, she pursued her love of sports medicine by working at a New Balance store for four years, while gaining appreciation for biomechanics and other podiatric ailments. She attended the Kent State college of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio where she earned a doctoral degree.
Dr. Goldstein is very excited to be closer to where she grew up and be a part of the St. Vincent Residency Program. She loves podiatric medicine, especially sports medicine and wound care. She also enjoys, photography, cinema, going to the dog parks with her dog, and traveling.
Hometown: Frankfort, Illinois
Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University
Podiatry School: Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL
I am from Frankfort, Illinois. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s of Science degree in 2012. I am a graduate in the class of 2016 from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University.
I enjoy fishing, hockey, snowboarding and watching college sports. My family raised me as a Chicago Blackhawks and Bears fan.
I am a quadruplet, with three sisters, two of which are in the medical field as well
Hometown: Coppell, TX
Undergraduate: Oklahoma State University
Podiatry School: Des Moines University
Dr. Shannon Michael was born and raised in the city of Coppell, a thriving suburb of Dallas, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University in Physiology with a Pre-Med emphasis. Dr. Michael’s interest in podiatry was originally sparked while volunteering at a summer camp for children with Spina Bifida. These children had varying degrees of deformities, hip, knee, foot, and scoliosis; many were wheelchair bound. While carefully monitoring these children’s lower extremities, Dr. Michael also shared the camper’s joyful discoveries of outdoor life, camping and even riding a horse. After this experience, Dr. Michael’s interest in podiatry and the treatment of lower extremity injuries and pathologies grew.
Ultimately, Dr. Michael received her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 2016 from Des Moines University. This was the culmination of four years immersion in podiatry through the printed word, hands on lab work, as well as, experience working side by side with innovative podiatrists across the country.
These professionals used traditional, as well as, advanced surgical procedures that were definitely on the cutting edge of podiatry. The diversity of patients and their ailments made each day an exciting opportunity for learning. During her time at Des Moines University, Dr. Michael was an active member of many professional organizations such as the Student Chapter of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (SCACFAS), American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), and the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.
Outside of work Dr. Michael enjoys attending concerts and sporting events.