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Dr. Mary Ann Bender, DPM

Podiatrist

Professional statement

After working for a large podiatric group practice on the far South Side of Chicago since 2002, I had always longed to work in my own community of Oak Park. After the birth of my daughter in 2008, I realized I had the perfect opportunity to decrease my commute; so I opened my podiatry practice at North and Woodbine in June of 2009. I came to podiatry as a result of competitive figure skating. Skaters typically wear a size, sometimes two, smaller than their conventional shoes. As you can imagine, that means the skater's foot, specifically the toes, suffer. I trained as a competitive figure skater for nineteen years, and the result has been several surgical procedures, most recently three years ago while working as a Podiatrist. A fellow Podiatrist performed the procedure on a Friday and the following Monday I was back at work, wearing a surgical boot and treating patients who were more than a little amused that the doctor was also a patient. But their amusement aside, the additional benefit to my patients is that I know what it is like to have serious foot problems, and more importantly, how to effectively and compassionately help my patients heat comfortably with or without surgery and recover with minimal disruption to their every day lives. The feet are truly the foundation to the entire body, and happy feet lead to happy people!

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross

Specialties

  • Podiatrist

Practice names

Board certifications

  • American Board of Lower Extremity Surgery

Education and training

  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Catholic Health International, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Residency in Podiatric Surgery
  • North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Residency in Podiatry

Professional memberships

  • Illinois Podiatric Medical Association
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management

Awards and publications

  • Bender MA. Women's Foot Complaints. J Watch Women's Health 2008 Dec: 13:93

Zocdoc awards

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1184795239

Office locations

Advanced Physical Medicine

6931 North Ave

Oak Park, IL 60302

Patient reviews
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She is extremely nice and very welcoming. I love the professionalism and the office was clean which is definitely a perk.
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Overall a very good experience very professional and well mannered.
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Dr. Bender and her staff were welcoming, kind and thoughtful. My issue was promptly addressed, and follow-up procedure scheduled. Dr. Bender explained everything, offered options and made me very comfortable and I felt very informed alongthe way. What a difference to my last visit with a different podiatrist. I very highly recommend Dr. Bender.
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Excellent and very to the point
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Great tips for healing
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Dr Bender was so wonderful with my daughter. Professional, friendly, thorough. She put us at ease right away!
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The appointment was great. I was seen immediately, Dr. Bender was quick to resolve my issue and I was out the door and on my way in less than 30 minutes.
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Dr. Bender listened to me, answered my questions, and gave me her best advice. She told me I could email with any questions I forgot and she would always answer emails. Very friendly, very accessible, and smart. I highly recommend her.
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It's a nice clean friendly place would recommend to everyone I was scared but walked out with a fix to my issue and I felt like I have been going there for years such nice receptionist and Mary was great with all the ways I could go
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Friendly. Informative.
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Dr. Bender is great! She is very professional and nice. Her appointments usually run on time and parking is easy on the near by side streets.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Bender was great! She addressed my problem right away and performed the procedure I needed. She has a great professional manner and is easy to talk to. She listens to your concerns and makes sure she addresses all questions before proceeding. I would highly recommend her!
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Dr. Bender was thorough, professional and personable. She explained everything and answered all of my questions.
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Quick but thorough, no wait time between different parts of the appointment. Very friendly and knowledgeable!
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Good doctor - seemed knowledgeable.
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Besides the little hiccup I had with the office not having my appointment on their schedule everything was good. They were able to see me that day obviously I had to wait a bit. Something about ZocDoc not syncing with theirschedule. Since I work in the dental field as a patient coordinator, I always expect the very best from the front desk team regardless of their title. The first front desk person I encounter wasn't so nice, heck she gave me the stink eye when I handed her my insurance card and she noticed it had another woman's name on it and I told her it was my wife. The blonde girl who finished my appt was awesome and so was the doctor. Felt good about the formation dr bender gave me as well as her recommendation to help me heal.
More than 1 year ago
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Excellent service and attention. Thanks.
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Dr. Bender is very personable; she listened to my concerns and explained things in detail. I also appreciate the fact that my wait time was nonexistent.
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Dr. Bender answered all my questions thoroughly. She was very nice and I will use her again.
More than 1 year ago
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Mary Ann Bender is just the best! She was beyond helpful when my son fractured his foot and took a personal interest in his care/recovery. You can tell that she is a mom and wants the best for her patients.
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This place is a dump! The exam rooms are the size of a closet.. nothing was explained to me the Dr sat with me for maybe 5 min no xray no mri nothing!!!
More than 1 year ago
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Very nice and Great person
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Great compassion. Good listener. Took a good history with her intake documents in the waiting room. Caring and thoughtful with her diagnosis. I'm very happy to recommend her. I will go to therapy and then follow up in two weeks. I'm very excited that I'll be feeling better soon.
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Dr Bender is always professional and administers the necessary treatment for my feet. I have recommended her highly to my friends.
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If you are in need of quality care for your feet, see Dr. Bender! Your feet will thank you!
More than 1 year ago
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She is a great doctor and knows her stuff, she was super cool and very professional
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Dr Bender is really great! She insisted that I get on my exercise bike and get my blood sugar down. I have been very lazy and needed a kick in the ass to do this. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Thank you, Dr. Bender is great with kids!! I'm very happy with the services we received ..
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She's great!
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I booked last minute and they accommodated my request without hesitation. Laid back atmosphere yet professional. Very knowledgeable yet totally accessible.
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Got in and out pretty quickly; she's very personable and suggested treatment and took care of what she could right away. Great visit.
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Great doctor!
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Bender is a professional who provides the best possible care for her patients. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of a podiatrist. Thanks again, Dr. Bender!
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Great and professional.
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Great experience. Super nice and thorough.
More than 1 year ago
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Excelente Muy profesional! !!
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Dr. Bender does a great assessment of the problem and quickly resolves the issue. She is engaging and checks in frequently regarding my level of comfort when engaging in a procedure. I always feel cared for in her office.
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It ws very pleasant. Dr. Bender was very pleasant, explained things well and explained what next steps needed to be done.
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Professional, knowledgeable,and courteous. We were seen within minutes of our arrival
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Dr. Bender was amazing. She really listened and got right to the problem with my foot. Very impressed.
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Dr. Bender was efficient and friendly
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She directed me to a surgeon that she belt was perfect for my situation. She was correct in her estimation.
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Dr. Bender is terrific. She quickly diagnosed my daughter's problem and set a course of treatment.
More than 1 year ago
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It was my first time outside of my normal health facility, so I was a little nervous. But, the staff was kind and welcoming and Dr. Bender was very friendly and quickly put me at ease.
More than 1 year ago
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I am so thrilled to have connected with Dr. Bender. I look forward to seeing her again next week for follow up on today's appointment. I'm already experiencing some relief and hope it continues to improve.
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I went in for a second opinion on a surgery I had done several months ago. She explained thoroughly and helped better ease my mind on my situation. I am considering switching doctor's!
More than 1 year ago
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First visit went well. She was pleasant, informative and had really good bedside manner.
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Very informative
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Dr. Bender was very formative. She explained my situation to where I could understand, she also explain how I could help my situation.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Bender is one of the best ... I HIGHLY recommend her!
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