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Dr. Breck Tiernan, DPM

Podiatrist

Professional statement

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.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross

Specialties

  • Podiatrist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Norwegian American Hospital

Education and training

  • Des Moines University, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Norwegian American Hospital, Residency in Podiatric Surgery

Professional memberships

  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Awards and publications

  • Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma for Wound and Osseous Healing: A review of the Literature and Commercially available products. Advances in Therapy Mar - April; 23(2) 218-37
  • Spontaneous Bilateral Ankle and Midfoot Sepsis in a Non Immunocompromised Patient; Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Associatation 2006 96: 139-147

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1861614380

Office locations

Advanced Foot and Ankle Centers of Illinois

350 Houbolt Road, Suite 104

Joliet, IL 60431

Advanced Foot and Ankle Centers of Illinois

10751 West 143rd Street

Orland Park, IL 60462

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I have been coming here for 18 months. I usually dont have to wait to see the doctor. We always talk for a couple of mins on how my feet are doing and talk about what could be next for treatments. Dr.Breck does a great job and is very friendly
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Appreciated that he was right to the point and treated my plantar fasciitis immediately.
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He was great told him where the pain was on my foot and he new right away what to be done. Today I was able to walk with no pain. Thank you Dr. Tiernan
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Once again, a great visit! Dr. Tiernan is such a caring doctor and really listens to you, the patient. From the moment you walk in, he always looks for the best solution— I never feel unwelcome or like a problem. Heis extremely patient. I also want to give a mention to the great staff he has there as well! They are all so personable and friendly!
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Very personable, professional and no nonsense.
Less than 3 months ago
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In and out great as always! Thanks Dr. Tiernan
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The visit was pleasant. Doctor was thorough, friendly, and assertive. The online appointment setup was easy and very convenient. I also loved the in office paperwork because there wasn't any! The tablet to enter my information was very user-friendlyfor any skill level. There was complimentary coffee in the waiting room and chocolate! I would highly recommend this doctor. I have been there once before and in the world of doctors offices where so many patients are pushed to the side I felt like for the first time in a long time this office excelled in customer service! From the time I walked in the door and signed in, my visit with the doctor, and when I left everyone was very pleasant.
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Appointment was great experience. Wonderful dr and staff.
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Very personable, patient, and genuinely interested in a patients concerns and needs.
Less than 6 months ago
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Doctor Tiernan was both very personable and professional. After he answered all my questions, he told me to call back if adjustments needed to be made to my inserts. No matter how often adjustments would be needed, he would make certain my feet would feel fine.
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Dr.Tiernan was had an excellent beside manner and was very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend him.
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This was our second time seeing Dr. Tiernan. His bedside manner was excellent when working with my child. He calmed their nerves and talked them through the process to keep them comfortable at all times. Would highly recommend to others
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Always helpful and conscientious!
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He was great! Really cared about my problems and my feelings . Didn’t feel rushed or pushed into making a decision about care, he made sure I knew all my options and made sure insurance is taken care of. I was extremely happy with my visit!
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Once again he is very professional and has extreme command of his profession. I trust him 100% for the work he has had to do on my toes!
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Dr. Tiernan is always very helpful, kind, and patient and explains everything so I can understand and gives options when possible. I never feel rushed or unwelcomed. Have already recommended to my family who sees him now too. Very down toearth and approachable. He can also be reached by e-mail which has been helpful in the past. Overall awesome doctor!
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Excellent and professional, solved my concerns right away
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Dr. Tiernan was very knowledgeable and has a great demeanor and bedside manner. He’s very professional yet quite personable as well. The wait time was minimal. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a podiatrist.
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Excellent care and explanation, I trust him with my feet 100%
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Not only was Dr. Tiernan friendly & comforting but the staff was as well. Great experience.
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Great dr! Very helpful and is helping me solve all of my foot problems.
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Very personable and really spends time with his patients
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Doctor Tierney is always very professional very caring and easy to talk to and he definitely knows what hes doing
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Dr Tiernan is very friendly and gets me in right away.
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Great experience. Friendly staff.
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He was absolutely amazing & extremely kind !! He addressed my issue swiftly...he was very thorough & I was beyond pleased with the outcome !!!
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He always listens and looks at best solutions.
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Great doctor, very knowledgeable, great office staff, no wait
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He is a great doctor. I'm glad he my doctor. I would recommend him.
Less than 1 year ago
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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.
Less than 1 year ago
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Excellent Doctor
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Great "bedside" manners, listened and resolved my concerns with confidence in his treatment.
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He is a very nice man and he treated me with professionalism.
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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 issuesand 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.
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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.
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Dr. Tiernan is very professional and I never feel rushed through my appointment. My family has had great success with him.
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Very informative, asnwered all my questions thoroughly. Had a friendly personality. Will recommend him to family and friends.
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excellent as always. on time and never late. great doctor
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I am very happy with Dr. Tiernan.
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He is a great doctor and very nice. Explained everything very well.
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Two thumbs up! I would definitely recommend Dr. Tiernan, DPM.
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Great Doc! Great to talk with,LISTENS to your concerns and acts on them!
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Great doctor!!!
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Great doctor. Explains everything. Clearly.
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excellent doctor
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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.
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excellent as always
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He is a great doctor. Caring and has compassion.
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Great doctor
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Awesome. Hope this works.
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