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Dr. Mary Ann Bender DPM

I trained as a competitive figure skater, so I know how much feet matter to performance.

About Dr. Bender

Board Certified Podiatrist

Dr. Mary Ann Bender is a podiatrist with Weil Foot and Ankle Institute at Rush Oak Park Hospital. She treats all conditions of the foot and ankle. Her office has convenient, free parking and in-office x-rays, MRI, and physical therapy. Dr. Bender has convenient day and evening hours.

While training as a figure skater for 19 years and because this sport is particularly hard on the feet, Dr. Bender became interested in podiatry. 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 which allows her to relate to and understand the needs of her patients.

Dr. Bender has 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. 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. She operated her solo podiatry practice for 11 years prior to joining Weil Foot & Ankle. Her practice was awarded the Best Customer Service Spotlight Award by the OPRF Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

Being active in her community and profession is important to Dr. Bender. She is the Past- President of the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce serving as President in 2020 and 2021. She has chaired the Chamber’s Annual Health and Wellness Fair three times and Economic Luncheon once. In 2016, Dr. Bender received the Ambassador of the Year Award from the OPRF Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Bender is a member of the Rotary Club of Oak Park and River Forest, American Podiatric Medical Association, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, and American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and she is a former board member of the Horace Mann School PTO, North Avenue Business District, and her local Rotary Club.

Dr. Bender lives with her husband and two young daughters in Oak Park and enjoys traveling, reading, watching her children’s games and practices, and exercising in her free time.




The William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Purdue University
Butler University


Conservative and surgical treatments

Additional training

Residency at North Chicago Veterans Administration Hospital


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