Interested in a more personal glimpse into the Friendly Foot Care team?
Please find below a brief bio on each of us.
Michael S. Nirenberg, DPM
Dr. Nirenberg founded Friendly Foot Care in 1992 in a small two-room office and now is proud to offer patients the highest level of professional care in a custom-designed 4000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.
He is not only a podiatric physician and surgeon, but also an educator, writer, researcher, and one of a handful of forensic podiatrists in the world. His long career of dedicated public service in the Chicago area has seen him assist law enforcement in criminal investigations which involved foot-related evidence at crime scenes. He has had the honor and privilege to treat many thousands of patients, including area doctors, nurses and their families, and has been featured on a wide variety of national media.
Some of Dr. Nirenberg’s major interviews and features include:
- Magazines: First for Women Magazine; Martha Stewart’s Whole Living; NWI Parent; Get Healthy; and Vim & Vigor.
- Newspapers: Wall Street Journal; Post-Tribune; Indianapolis Recorder; and NWI Times.
- Television Networks: PBS; History Channel; and Fox News.
Dr. Nirenberg’s paper “Forensic Methods and the Podiatric Physician,” published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, earned him the prestigious Distinguished Podiatric Writing Award while he was still a medical student. He was the first podiatry student to have a paper published in the journal without a co-author.
His professional articles have been published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association; the Journal of Foot Surgery; Northwest Indiana’s Parent Magazine; Get Healthy Magazine; the Fixing Your Feet E-zine; the Journal of Forensic Identification; and The Barefoot Running Book.
Dr. Nirenberg is a Student Mentor for the American Podiatric Medical Association
- Podiatric physicians at the Midwest Podiatry Conference in Chicago and the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association Conference in Indianapolis.
- Forensic scientists at the International Association for Identification’s Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY and to their Indiana chapter at their annual meeting in Evansville.
- Students on podiatric medicine at Indiana University Northwest and Valparaiso University.
- The public on diabetic foot problems on behalf of Methodist Hospital.
Dr. Nirenberg has also spoken at Chicagoland events organized by St. Mary Medical Center, the Kiwanis, the Y-Me Cancer Support Group, and the Chicago Arthritis Foundation. He has lectured to salon and pedicure students on how they can spot foot and ankle problems on their clients.
Dr. Nirenberg’s caring approach to assisting patients is to treat each of them as a member of his own family. “I take a very thorough approach to each patient’s foot or ankle problem,” Dr. Nirenberg says. In fact, in one case, he was so thorough he discovered a young man’s foot pain was due to a tumor in his neck! The case was published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and he was featured on the front page of the region’s largest paper as seen here.
Dr. Nirenberg studied podiatric medicine in Chicago and completed a residency in foot and ankle surgery.
He is Board Certified in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Bachelors of Arts degree. For 15 years he served as a Podiatric Residency Instructor, teaching new podiatrists the art and science of treating their patients.
He is not only a member of the APMA, but also of the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association, and the American College of Forensic Examiners. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Forensic Podiatry, and on the APMA’s Podiatric Seals Committee that determines which foot products would earn the coveted Podiatric Seal of Approval.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Nirenberg married Miriam in 1992, and enjoys spending time with his family. In his free time he writes employee bios.
Harpreet Minhas, DPM
Hails from India and grew up in the Chicagoland area, where he became a devoted (and often frustrated) Bears and Cubs fan.
Dr. Minhas recently joined the Friendly Foot Care and we love having him! Strongly dedicated to helping patients, he knew he had to be a podiatrist the day he suffered a severe ankle sprain while playing football for his high school and a podiatrist got him “back in the game” quickly and without surgery.
Dr. Minhas received his undergraduate degree with honors at University of Illinois at Chicago. He then attended the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine for his doctorate degree and continued his podiatry training at the nationally recognized foot and ankle residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago where he served as a chief resident.
Dr. Minhas loves solving tough heel, foot and ankle problems, and he is passionate about staying on the leading edge of research and development of new procedures. An avid sports enthusiast, who continues to play football, Dr. Minhas enjoys helping athletes with sports medicine problems, and also has had extensive training in diabetic foot care, heel pain, arthritis, foot and ankle surgery; and treating bunions, hammertoes, and sprains, strains and fractures of the foot and ankle.
Lead medical assistant and orders our medical supplies. Krystal makes sure we never run out of Band-Aids – or candy! She always has a smile on her face, and when not helping the doctors, she takes care of her children and spends time with her friends. She is a big help and we often wish we had another employee like her. Interestingly, she does have a twin sister, but she’s happily employed elsewhere. So until they can clone people, we’ll just have to make do with one Krystal.
Team leader for greeting patients and checking them out, Yolanda exudes positive energy and always has a big smile on her face. With an aptitude for being creative, we count on her to dress-up the office’s signs and forms. When not in the office, she spends time with her family, friends, at church, or watching sports, especially basketball – and she still can’t believe the doctors turned down courtside seats for the Chicago Bulls.
The “point person” for the insurance department, Barb has an ever–ready smile to brighten your day, and is always willing to help out! She brings a ray of sunshine to the sometimes difficult task of dealing with insurance companies and addressing patients’ insurance concerns. When insurance companies and patients are not keeping her busy, Barb spends her time with her family and friends.
With her super–pleasant smile and demeanor, she is a dynamo at assisting patients with their appointments and helping to keep the front desk running smoothly and efficiently. In addition to working with us, she spends her “free time” raising her young daughter, watching movies and taking anonymous road trips for adventure!
Pictured here with her husband Scott, Karin is the “Girl Friday“ of the office and a key person in our insurance department. She is always ready to help out where needed or assist patients with insurance questions, as she relentlessly stays on top of the insurance companies to make sure patients claims get paid–allowing us to keep the lights on! In her spare time, she is an avid bowler, competing in bowling tournaments, and spends time with family and friends.
Always smiling and ready to help out, Amy is a superb Medical Assistant who joined the Friendly Foot Care team in 2014 and we are happy to have her! With her big heart, she truly puts the “caring“ into Friendly Foot Care! She also has extensive podiatry experience, having worked for a prominent Pittsburgh podiatry practice for 13 years. When she is not busy assisting the doctors or helping patients, she is mom to two beautiful young children and is excited to build a new chapter in her life in Northwest Indiana.
We didn’t realize that when amazing collides with the friendliest smile in Northwest Indiana we would get Susana! She joined our office in 2015, and with her positive outlook and determination, she hit the ground running. Susana loves animals, people and helping – and it shows. She is our newest medical assistant and we are super happy to have her!