Our Physicians

The Team

Our Physicians specialize in the medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle. We serve patients in three convenient locations. Visit us in our Glenview, Lake Forest, and Grayslake offices. We invite you to read about each of our doctors. We created this web site to help patients learn about our group, the conditions we treat, and to help you pick a podiatrist for your own foot and ankle needs.

Gary Friend

Gary Friend, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

Appointments

  • North Shore University Health System (Highland Park, Glenbrook, Skokie and Evanston Hospitals)
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
  • Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center
  • Faculty, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine

Education

  • Undergraduate - State University of New York at Buffalo, BA- Biology
  • Medical - Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, DPM
  • Residency - Northlake Hospital, podiatric surgical residency
  • Post Graduate - Northwestern University, MA- Counseling Psychology

Publications

  • Metastatic Melanoma of a Metatarsal,  J. American Podiatric Medical Assoc.  (2017)
  • Cortical Screws vs Absorbable Pins for Fixation of the Short-Z Bunionectomy, J. Foot Ankle Surg. (1994)
  • L-Osteotomy with Absorbable Fixation for Correction of Tailor's Bunion, J. Foot Surgery (1993)
  • Correction of Iatrogenic Floating Toe following Resection of the base of the Proximal Phalanx, Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (1986)
  • Correction of Elongated Underlapping Lesser Toes by Middle Phalangectomy and Skin Plasty, J. Foot Surg.  (1984)
  • Sequential Metatarsal Stress Fractures after Keller Arthroplasty with Implant, J. Foot Surg.  (1981)

Practice Philosophy

  • I strive to create a warm and friendly environment for my patients. I believe that my patients and I are partners who consult together to select a course of treatment. While I enjoy treating all foot problems, I am especially interested in heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, and sports medicine.

About Myself

  • I became interested in photography in junior high school and have been taking pictures since. I enjoy travel and have made six trips to Cuba where I learned about that country's surprisingly sophisticated medical system. I am also a certified SCUBA diver.

Video Introduction to Dr. Friend Click Here

 

James Robert Gosse

James Robert Gosse, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Appointments

  • Lake Forest Hospital - Attending Staff
  • North Shore University Health System Hospitals - Attending Staff
  • Faculty, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine

Education

  • 1991 - 1993 Podiatric Surgical Residency - Oakwood Downriver Medical Center - Lincoln Park, MI
  • 1990- 1991 Podiatric Orthopedic Residency - West Roxbury Veterans Medical Center
  • 1986 - 1990 DPM - Temple University, College of Podiatric Medicine - Philadelphia, PA

Practice Philosophy

  • My goal is to develop a relationship with each patient. This relationship allows me to meet each patient\'s needs. Educating my patients about their foot and ankle problems is a priority. I am especially interested in sports medicine, heel pain, bunions, pediatrics, and foot surgery.

About Myself

  • I am active in sports, including softball, weight training, yoga, and running.

Video Introduction to Dr. Gosse Click Here

Kathryn S. Grace

Kathryn S. Grace, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Appointments

  • North Shore University Health System Hospitals
  • Faculty, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
  • Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center

Education

  • Residency - Lincoln West Hospital Podiatric Surgery
  • Medical - Dr. William M. Scholl college of Podiatric Medicine
  • Undergraduate - Loyola University of Chicago

Publications

  • Cortical Screws vs Absorbable Pins for Fixation of the Short-Z Bunionectomy, J. Foot Ankle Surg. (1994)
  • L-Osteotomy with Absorbable Fixation for Correction of Tailor's Bunion, J. Foot Ankle Surg. (1993)

Practice Philosophy

  • I believe successful treatment depends on a partnership with my patients. I strive to provide the information pertinent to the patient's condition, including new state-of-the-art options, to enable the patient to make the best decision for their care. I have special interest in complicated foot deformities, bunions, pediatric foot problems, and sports medicine.

About Myself

  • In my spare time, I enjoy spinning classes, paddle tennis, and spending time with my family.

Video Introduction to Dr. Grace Click Here

Rebecca L. Leapman

Rebecca L. Leapman, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Surgery Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Appointments

  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital - Attending Staff
  • Faculty, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept of Family & Community Medicine
  • North Shore University Health System Hospitals - Attending Staff

Education

  • Residency - Northern Virginia Podiatric Residency
  • Plastic Surgery Fellowship with an emphasis on lower extremity wound care and limb salvage
  • Medical School - Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate - Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Practice Philosophy

  • I think of the patient and doctor as a team, working together to formulate a treatment plan. While I enjoy treating all foot and ankle conditions, my training focused on surgery of the foot and ankle, trauma, and the special foot concerns of diabetic patients.

About Myself

  • Since I was young, l have enjoyed sports and the great outdoors. I am an avid skier, gardener, and I spend time weight lifting.
    The kitchen is my second home. I enjoy baking for family and friends.
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Lisa Levick

Lisa Levick, DPM

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
  • Board Qualified, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery

Appointments

  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital (pending)

Education

  • Undergraduate - Michigan State University
  • Medical - Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Residency - Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, UCLA Olive View, Kaiser Woodland Hills

Specialty Areas

  • Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery
  • Bunions
  • Heel Pain
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports Medicine & Trauma
  • Arthritic Conditions 
  • Diabetic Wound Care
  • Geriatric Foot Care
  • Ingrown Nails
  • Laser
  • Flatfoot
  • Orthotics

Practice Philosophy

I strive to make both conservative and surgical treatments for the foot and ankle available to my patients, with the ability to utilize state of the art technology. I believe honesty and trust are the foundation of all relationships. I want my patients as informed as possible to ensure a speedy recuperation. My motto is “The patient may not remember what you did for them; however, they will always remember the way you made them feel."

About Myself

I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, spinning, and musical theater.

Howard A. Stone

Howard A. Stone, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons

Appointments

  • Faculty, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine
  • Faculty, Rush University Podiatric Residency Program
  • NorthShore University Health System - Attending Staff
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital - Attending Staff
  • Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center

Education

  • Undergraduate - University of California at San Diego
  • Medical School - Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Residency - Highlands Presbyterian/St. Luke's Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency, Denver, CO

Specialty Areas

  • Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Advanced Total Joint Replacement
  • Difficult cases (Failed previous surgery)
  • Pain following trauma
  • Advanced tendon repair
  • Soft Tissue Laser Therapy
  • Amniotic Fluid Injection

Publications

  • Hallux Rigidus - First Metatarsal Head Resurfacing. In International Advances in Foot and Ankle Surgery (2012)
  • Cortical Screws vs Absorbable Pins for Fixation of the Short-Z Bunionectomy, J. Foot Ankle Surg. (1994)
  • L-Osteotomy with Absorbable Fixation for Correction of Tailor's Bunion, J. Foot Ankle Surg. (1993)

Practice Philosophy

  • I work closely with my patients to accurately diagnose and treat their foot or ankle condition. I believe it is very important to use the latest technologies available. My areas of specialty include foot surgery, ankle reconstructive surgery, and difficult cases including tumors, childhood deformities, and pain following trauma.

About Myself

  • I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, and traveling.