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While attending the University of Iowa, I looked for a career in the medical field that was challenging and yet set in a controlled comfortable environment. My studies lead me to the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. I was thrilled that there was a study of medicine that was mostly beloved by its patients and not feared like many others in the medical field. Being a foot and ankle specialist has allowed me to work in a comfortable office setting and surgical centers rather than working on floors of a hospital. I am hoping that this brief introduction into my patient care philosophy and educational background will provide you with enough information for you to make an important decision about your foot and ankle physician. The doctor is often more to be feared than the disease. ~French Proverb This Proverb hold true in today's system of medicine and says a lot about the perceived doctor patient relationship. In my clinical experience, patient comfort and education during an appointment are the most important aspects of any doctor visit. My goal as a physician is to make the appointment as relaxing and calming as possible, and to also educate the patient about the condition and possible treatments. I encourage all questions about the condition and treatments. I will explore all options of treatment for every condition and I will only consider surgery when all conservative treatment has been exhausted. Educational and training background is also important for the patient to consider making an informed decision about their physician. I graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Chemistry before heading to medical school in Des Moines, Iowa. My education finally ended here in the Chicago area where I completed a rigorous multi-year surgical residency at Norwegian American Hospital. At Norwegian American Hospital, I completed over 800 foot and ankle procedures in 24 months. I am trained in all surgeries of the foot and ankle including reconstructive surgery. While training at my residency, I took numerous classes on lower limb deformities and External Fixation techniques all around the country. I have published two papers with one on them being in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Currently, I have privileges at Norwegian American Hospital and numerous surgical centers in Chicago and the southwest suburbs. I am also involved with the training of residents in Chicago, teaching surgical techniques. I hope you find this web site informative in your search for a foot and ankle specialist. I thank you for your time.
Verified Patient Reviews
Very personable and really spends time with his patients
Doctor Tierney is always very professional very caring and easy to talk to and he definitely knows what hes doing
Dr Tiernan is very friendly and gets me in right away.
Great dr! Very helpful and is helping me solve all of my foot problems.
Great experience. Friendly staff.
Great doctor, very knowledgeable, great office staff, no wait
He always listens and looks at best solutions.
He was absolutely amazing & extremely kind !! He addressed my issue swiftly...he was very thorough & I was beyond pleased with the outcome !!!
He is a great doctor. I'm glad he my doctor. I would recommend him.
Dr. Tiernan is a doctor who really listens to a patient's concerns and takes the time to discuss diagnosis and treatment options. He has a pleasant and cheerful manner and puts you at ease during your examination. I am pleased with the service he provides.
He is a very nice man and he treated me with professionalism.
Great "bedside" manners, listened and resolved my concerns with confidence in his treatment.
The staff was friendly. The office is paperless so you use a tablet of sorts to enter your information which is nice. I was early and was called back after a very short wait. The Dr. Was friendly, addressed my issues and took some digital xrays which he showed me immediately. We discussed his treatment plan. I did not feel rushed, I felt he was knowledgeable, and I am confident I picked the right place.
Dr. Tiernan is very professional and I never feel rushed through my appointment. My family has had great success with him.
Dr, Tiernan was wonderful, friendly, polite, and very gentle. I appreciate how he explained everything and all my options. My problem was taken care of that day, which was wonderful. Thank you Dr. Tiernan.
Very informative, asnwered all my questions thoroughly. Had a friendly personality. Will recommend him to family and friends.
excellent as always. on time and never late. great doctor
I am very happy with Dr. Tiernan.
He is a great doctor and very nice. Explained everything very well.
Two thumbs up! I would definitely recommend Dr. Tiernan, DPM.
Great Doc! Great to talk with,LISTENS to your concerns and acts on them!
Great doctor. Explains everything. Clearly.
Made appt with Dr. Tiernan based on reviews of others and they were correct. Dr. Tiernan evaluated my problem and discussed treatment options. Made me feel very comfortable, listened to concerns. Would definitely recommend to my family and friends.
excellent as always
He is a great doctor. Caring and has compassion.
Awesome. Hope this works.
Bracket was very friendly, down to earth, and knowledeable. My appointment wait time was immediate after all of my electronic paperwork was filled out since I was a new patient.
Dr Tiernan is very personable and knowledgeable!
Dr Tiernan is awesome very sympathetic and knowledgeable
It was a great experience.
Great and friendly doctor! Would recommend him to whoever needed a foot and ankle doctor.
Always a pleasure
I loved my visit, and at this time will not be seeing my current DPM anymore. I have found a new DPM. I really liked the game plan that doctor Breck came up with. My current DPM wants to perform another surgery which will be my 4th surgery in approx. 10 years. Although there is a slight chance of some type of light surgery in the future we are going with non-invasive procedures for now. Everything sounds great. Rich S. Happy new patient
Very personable & competent, very clean office, no wait time I would definitely go back if for any future needs. I thought his reviews were spot on. I highly recommend him as well.
Dr. Tierman was kind & understanding and offered several options for treatment. However, it's too soon to report if the treatment I chose to go with will be helpful.
He was friendly and professional. Nice offices and super friendly staff. I love a doctor that talks to you like a normal person! Diagnosed and treated my son's injury with great care and concern.
Dr. Tiernan is a great Doctor. He listens to the symptoms and finds the problem. Easy to talk to. If I have any more trouble I will go back to Dr. Tiernan. Jeff K
As always my visit with Dr. Tiernan is a great experience. I always leave his office knowing I'm leaving out better then I came in.
Great manner and listened to my concerns, treated me quickly and efficiently
Dr. Tierman was great. He referred me to a neurologist. After a little research on my own afterward, I am pretty sure he is correct about my condition. He described exactly what I was feeling. Wouldn't hesitate to see him again.
Was very impressed with Dr. Tiernan. Had excellent bedside manner, and listened to my symptoms etc, had some new ideas on what has been an ongoing medical mystery for me. Would definitely recommend!
I highly recommend Dr. Tiernan. The doctor is friendly and has a great bedside manner. He has gone the extra mile to get me back to where I was before I injured my foot. Also, the office is very nice and the staff is wonderful.
Awesome appointment, Dr. Tiernan was very informative giving me step by step information on what steps we could take to heal my ankle. Office was very clean and office staff was kind as well.
This is the second Podiatrist that I have seen. He was knowledgeable, straight forward and offered many options for dealing with my ailment. Would highly recommend.
Dr.Tiernan was very professional and listened to me. He also explained diabetes and the risk too my feet that having diabetes may cause.
Dr. appologized for making me wait, but I really only waited 15 min while I was filling out my paperwork on an ipad.He was very easy to talk to and even had varied ways to heal my feet.
excellent visit as always
Dr. Tiernan is the best at what he does, eveey time I come, I no I'm well taken care of and I'm going to be in and out..
Great doctor and a great office team.
Super friendly and welcoming staff as usual, quick service!
Opening the door for the first time was very comforting, warming. The reception welcoming and informative. Wait time was non existent. A doctor who seems to hear you. Very appreciative and highly recommended. Thank you
Have used a few different podiatrists over the years, but Dr. Tiernan has by far been the best! Great office, easy to check in, very professional and overall a great experience!
Dr. Tiernan has great people skills making the patient feel at ease and gives full attention to your concerns. He answers all your questions in a manner that you can understand.
Best foot doctor around! Dr. Tiernan is very professional and extremely knowledgeable.
Great reception staff. Dr. Tierman gave a thorough examination demonstrating his expertise, addressing my concerns, and providing resources, medical advice, and a treatment plan.
Dr. Tiernan is knowledgeable, personable and explains everything in layman's terms. I enjoyed my visit with him and will return when necessary.
Great! He was conservative and kind. Right to the point.
Very friendly and provided multiple treatment options.
Always very understanding of my concerns. I never feel rushed when asking many questions. Dr. Is very easy to speak with. Highly recommend!!!!!
Very nice, patient, and helpful. He knew exactly what he was doing and knew exactly what he was talking about .
Doctor was very patient with my concerns and addressed them well.
Dr. Tiernan is wonderful! He has great bedside manner and really tries to listen to his patients in order to get the best results. I needed a cortisone injection for my plantar fasciitis and he performed the procedure with ease. It didn't hurt as much as I thought it was going to hurt!!! He has good technique and was very gentle! I would definitely recommend him to family and friends.
I am extremely pleased with Dr. Breck Tiernan He has the best bed side manner than most doctors. I spent a lot of time explaining to him how a different Dr. Wanted to do surgery. I never felt rushed, neither was I made to feel stupid. I left there understand what was going on with my foot. Highly recommended!!!!!!
Dr. Tiernan was truly interested and listened to all of my problems, he gave me great advise. I never seemed rushed, he is a great Dr!
For Dr. Tiernan's explaination and treatment, I am grateful.
Very comfortable. Great doctor
excellent as always
Very satisfied! Simple electronic check-in. He made me feel welcome and took the time to answer all my questions. Would highly recommend.
He's is professional and very nice I will go back again ????
It was very professional but casual.
I've seen Dr. Tiernan a few times now and he has been great. Very professional, knowledgeable and funny to boot.(pun intended!) He fixed me right up--thanks Doc!
I've been to him for years - like a friend
This visit was just a follow up to the first. Great office and staff. Would recommend to anyone.
Dr. Tiernan was great! Explained things clearly, great with my fears and concerns, easy to talk to- highly recommend
Dr. Tiernan was very personable and kind. He was wonderful. He did not minimize the pain I was feeling. I was able to have a cortisone shot in the office that day. He performed the procedure with ease. It less painful than I had originally thought it would be. I enjoyed seeing him and would see him again.
Great bedside manner. Made me feel very comfortable in an otherwise uncomfortable situation. Overall bist was great.
excellent as always. the doc was early and treated my problem with great results.
Dr. Tiernan was very thorough in his evaluation. Suggested a step by step course of treatment for my injury. Highly Recommend!
Excellent Will return wait time due to my early arrival
Nice office. I liked how easy it was to book my first appt online and filling out my info in the office was easy (all done on tablet). Everyone in the office was very nice.
Always pleasant. Nice people who listen
Dr. Tiernan was one of the nicest and most attentive doctors I have ever seen, I would highly recommend him.
excellent doctor and always early for his appointments
Dr. was very casual but professional.
The visit was one of the best and most enjoyable I have ever had at a doctors office. He was very professional and friendly. Easy ro talk to.
He explained everything including the pain that may be associated with which ever procedure I chose. He was very kind and really knew what he was taking about.
Dr. Tiernan was professional and very thorough in answering my questions and explaining my diagnosis.
Very professional and had a nice side manner,
I love coming to him he gets me in and out. He takes his time to talk about all my choices before doing anything. Also tells you what will work and what might work.
Felt very comfortable. Thank you
Dr Tiernan was professional and provided accurate treatment and diagnosis to the problem I was having. I would highly recommend his care.
He listened to my concerns, addressed each of them, and was very clear about the treatment plan. I appreciated that he was friendly, understanding, and open about his thoughts regarding my injury and previous treatment.
He was very personable, made me feel very comfortable. Explained everything throughly, and made sure to answer any questions I had. Didn't Rush our apt at all. Very satisfied.
Dr. Tiernan was absolutely amazing. Took his time and did not rush. Fitted me with custom shoe molds and fixed my ingrown toe nail. He eased my anxiety. Friendly and personable ! Highly recommend !!
It was great! As soon as I walked in, I was taken to the back, he was walking in as soon as i sat down and got comfortable. ..
Dr. Breck Tiernan always takes the best care of his patients.
Dr.Tiernan was great, and I would recommend him to for a foot consultation
He was great.. I came in with my 5yr old son and he saw us right away... I had a minor surgical treatment and I was in and out...This guy is Great. .Next time its the other Foot!!! LOL
Great Doctor, listens to your issues and explains treatment options. No waiting at appointment time.
The doctor and staff were professional and friendly. The doctor listened to my concerns and explained my options.
Excellen customer service! I will definitely recommend him to other people!!!
This was my second visit, I am happy to say I have found a podiatrist I will now stay with. He is an excellent care giver!
excellent doctor as always
excellent doctor. very knowledgeable and a great surgeon. also on time or early on your appointments.
Very professional. He answered all of my questions. Great location
Dr. Tiernan answered all my questions and listened attentively. I would recommend him and will be returning to his office. He also has a great staff working with him.
Excellent. V. Professional.
Initial consultation was straight forward and quick with instant feedback on some easy solutions.
excellent doctor, very timely and excellent results from recent surgery.
Dr.Breck was very nice and answered all my questions. I would recommend him and his office to others. I was very happy with the service I received.
He is a great Dr and listenes to you as a person.
excellent as always
I would recommend this doc. His office is super comfortable and he gets you right in. He listened to my issues and recommended a treatment no one else has for my chronic pain. Friendly staff, very professional, and K-cups! sold.
Always good. Always friendly.
Kathy & Dr. Tiernan are great! I've never had to wait to be seen. Dr. Tiernan listens & then explains things in a way that you leave knowing what is wrong & how to fix it. I won't go anywhere else.
Dr. Tiernan is an excellent doctor. Great bed side manner. He listened attentively to all of my concerns and then discussed various treatment options while being very frank and honest about the rate of success of the treatment options. Definitely recommend Dr Tiernan.
This man was amazing....he is so gentle,understanding of my fear that I am going back in 2 weeks to have another procedure......that's how good he is. For anyone who has any doubt or fear....fear none!!!!! would recommend him to everyone.
Breck Tiernan, DPM, is very personable and he gave me great recommendations in how to treat my toes.
HE was knowledgeable, forthcoming with information, a good listener, and took time to actually figure out what was going on with my foot pain.
I would highly recommend Dr. Tiernan. He is there for his patients and does his best to help them.
Dr. Tiernan was very attentive and very nice. Made me feel comfortable and at ease
I WILL BE GOING BACK FOR FOLLOW UP TREATMENTS. HAVE ONLY HAD GOOD EXPERIENCE WITH DR.
Very nice and easy to have a conversation with him.
Very pleased with the Dr and plan on another appointment when he has brace that he ordered for me.
He is very nice. Explained things very well and took the time to answer all of my questions. Very personable and approachable doctor. I'll gladly see him for any future needs. Very impressed.
Very friendly and easy going. Willing to answer any questions.
Clean, updated Office. Everyone was extremely friendly. I would highly recommend Dr Tierman to anyone that has foot or ankle problems!
My daughter enjoyed her visit. He answered her questions and mine.
Dr.Tiernan very nice and professional but front desk receptionist could be less rude.
It was a wonderful first time experience! Dr Tiernan is very knowledgeable and let me make the decision regarding my treatment plan. What was even better is that I signed in and was taken right away!!!!!
Dr. Tiernan was very friendly and was patient with me at my appointment. He was able to answer all of my questions, and explained the pros and cons of different treatments. I was seen right away and it was easy to make my appoitment online. I would DEFINITELY recommend Dr. Tiernan to any of my friends and family!
I will highly recommend Dr. Tiernan to anyone who has a need to see a podiatrist. In addition to being a capable foot/ankle doctor, he is experienced and friendly. His in-office x-ray equipment means you get an accurate diagnosis on the spot. I visited his Joliet office, but he also sees patients in Orland Park.
Awesome office and caring doc!
Great experience. Dr Breck was professional, personable and very knowledgable.
Abosultly delightful. Talked me through everything he was doing.
He was very nice, easy to talk too and very informative.
Great visit!!!! super friendly staff, very easy and fast initial check in.
very personible. Gave lots of options to correct problem. Would highly recommend to friends & family.
excellent as always, on time, and a great doctor.
Very nice Dr...great with kids, also. Woukd recommend him to anyone needing podiatry services.
Dr Tiernan was very professional and knew what he was talking about. He explained the issue I was having very well and then helped me resolve my problem.
Felt very comfortable with Dr. Ternan. He answered my questions and then some. Hopefully he can help me and it appears he will try his best.
I love the fact that i could check in on an IPad..great technology
Very friendly,understanding,honest and trustworthly.
DR. TIERNAN HIT MY PROBLEM RIGHT ON THE HEAD AND WAS ABLE TO EASE MY PAIN. ONE VISIT MAY HAVE BEEN ALL I NEEDED. I THINK HE IS EXCELENT.
Very punctual. Dr. Tiernan was very personable. Dr. Tiernan listened to my complaints and concerns. He then gave me all options, risks, etc. His office schedule future procedure right away. I will continue to see Dr. Tiernan for future issues.
Explains everything - very professional
It was a wonderful experience.
Comfortable and informative.
He was very respectful and understanding He was very nice and personable I would recommend him to all my friends just incase they sprain there ankle !!!!!
Everything was great about my mom's appointment. We actually saw Dr. Kwon instead of Dr. Tiernan. Had we not liked Dr. Kwon, this might have been upsetting, but Dr. Kwon was excellent. He was patient and kind to my mother, and explained everything very thoroughly. My Mom was very happy about the entire experience. The ratings I gave above are for Dr. Kwon.
Fantastic place, great staff. Other doctors should take note... This is how an office should be run
He was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable.
This doc is great,he has your best interest at heart ,I have another appointment .
I am very happy. The office is very friendly and professional. Making my appointment online was so easy. This is how every doctor should operate their office.
The best office I've ever been to great job
The doctor was very friendly and comforting. I hate anyone touching or even looking at my feet and I actually didn't feel uncomfortable at all with him. I would recommend him to anyone. Oh and the office is state of the art and immaculate.. I was impressed.
Very personable and professional.
Hew was very personable and knowledgeable.
Dr. Tiernan was very nice and comforting.
He was one of the best Doctors I have been to. My mom and I both had appt's same day and he was wonderful with each of us. I was able to get an appt rite away as i had a lot of pain. Check in laptops were amazing. His staff was great! I highly recommend him!
Excellent professional. Highly intelligent.
He didn't push any procedures, just recommended them and it was my choice. I thought he was very easy to talk to and he listened.
doc and office was great
Actually I was pleasantly surprised... He listened, understood and had empathy for my foot issues... Most of all, he acted upon my foot issues immediately rather than have me come back. He is one of the best and I who have had foot problems for 30 plus years, have been through many. Kudo's to you Dr. Tierman! and my EXTREME gratitude!
I would highly recommend Dr Tiernan,my visit to office was fantastic I did not have to wait long to see him and had lots of important info for me ABT how I can better take care of my foot problems luv him would come bk .
Very professional and informative.
He was very caring and his knowledge is excellent.