Dr. Mary Ann Bender
Director, Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce
Term: 1st term expires 12/31/18
Leadership Role(s): Health & Wellness Fair Co-Chair
Member Organization: Mary Ann Bender Podiatry
Dr. Mary Ann Bender is a podiatrist with Advanced Physical Medicine, located at North and Woodbine in Oak Park. She treats all conditions of the foot and ankle and offers Spanish, Russian, and Polish speaking staff members, convenient street parking adjacent to her office, and in office digital x-rays. Dr. Bender has convenient day and evening hours and online scheduling.
While training as a figure skater for 19 years, Dr. Bender became interested in podiatry, and because this sport is particularly hard on the feet, Dr. Bender has had three surgeries on her feet as a result of the years she spent in figure skates. She truly understands foot pain, trying different treatment options, and recovery times, and this allows her to relate to and understand the needs of her patients.
Dr. Bender has a vast work experience in her field. She worked for JB Jenkins and Associates, a large podiatry group practice on the far South Side of Chicago for 13 years where she treated all conditions of the foot and ankle. Additionally, she served as a clinical instructor with Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University for 9 years where she worked with podiatry students to provide foot care to uninsured and homeless patients throughout Cook County. Shortly after the birth of her first daughter in 2008, Dr. Bender decided to open a podiatry practice of her own in her community of Oak Park.
Being active in her community and profession is important to Dr. Bender. She is a member of the Oak Park River Forest Rotary Club, American Podiatric Medical Association, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, and American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, and she is a board member of the Horace Mann School PTO. In 2015, she served as a co-chair of the first annual Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Fair, which attracted over 300 visitors and 50 vendors.
She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Oak Park and enjoys traveling, yoga, and exercising in her free time.