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Medical Advisory Staff

Geppetto’s Skate Shop and Mr. Edge are always looking for ways to improve on how we do things and in relaying important information to you. Your input has lead to the creation of our “Medical Advisory Staff”, which we believe to be made up of some of the most knowledgeable people from around the world in their respective fields.

We are just now in the beginning stages of putting together our staff and as time goes on we will be bringing you stories and information we feel is vital to skaters, skating parents, and coaches via our website, blog, and newly created newsletter. To become a subscriber to our newsletter, simply go to the Ask Mr. Edge homepage and enter your information on the right hand side of the page. Your e-mail address and name will be automatically recorded and put into our data base.  Note:  We do not share nor sell your name or e-mail address to anyone!

Dr. Robert A. Weil, D.P.M.

Born and raised in New York, Dr. Weil has been practicing podiatry & sports medicine for over 35 years in the Aurora- Naperville, Illinois area. His specialty in sports medicine is orthotic therapy, combined with specific training & strengthening of the feet & ankles.
 
Over the years, Dr. Weil has been fortunate to have worked with athletes in all sports; including many of the Super Bowl Bears back in the 80's, tennis greats John McEnroe & Tracy Austin, & numerous Chicago Cubs & White Sox players.

Dr. Weil also hosts a weekly radio show called "The Sports Doctor," which can be heard locally on WDCB, 90.9 FM, Thursdays from 6:30 to 7 pm. Previous programs and articles can be accessed through his website: sportsdoctorradio.com. In addition to his weekly radio show, Dr. Weil also writes articles for local newspapers.

Dr. Weil has been "prescribing orthotics for top figure skaters for more than 30 years, consulting with John Harmata on many of them". The central highlight of Dr. Weil’s career came while watching Naperville's hometown figure skater Evan Lysacek win the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal for men's figure skating. Lysacek has been a patient of Dr. Weil since the age of nine and to this day still wears orthotics prescribed by Dr. Weil in his skates.

These high performance youngsters still remain his passion and because they do, Dr. Weil has teamed up with Rick Osbourne; author and creator of “Pull Your Own Weight” to produce and co-host a nationally viewed podcast called “Kids Beating Obesity”.

Gina Pongetti, MPT, MA, CSCS, Art-Cert.

A former gymnast of 14 years, and an accomplished triathlete herself: Gina raced in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI in October of 2006.  She treats on site at Ironman events nationwide and is the provider of choice for many of the worlds’ top Ironman triathletes. 

Gina received her Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Masters in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where she served for more than 8 years on the USA Gymnastics National Health Care Referral Network; providing medical care at meets and lecturing. Currently, Gina takes care of many of our nation’s top gymnasts, including National Team members, World Team competitors, Olympians, and Pan American Champions.

Before starting her PT career, Gina obtained a Masters in Health Communication from Michigan State University in order to broaden her education and knowledge of health care campaigns, patient-practitioner interaction, and the art of “marketing” health to her patients. While at MSU, she served as an assistant Women’s Gymnastics coach. 

Through school and after, Gina had focused on all levels of athletes and became nationally and internationally recognized as a leading lecturer, educator, and researcher. She has presented over 100 lectures for coaches, parents, gyms, and athletes on various aspects of health care. She has been published in “Technique Magazine” for gymnastics professionals and coaches nationwide, is a Medical Editor for “Inside Publications”, whose disciplines include gymnastics, cheerleading and volleyball. She also writes for “Irish Dancing and Culture Magazine”, as well being a medical blogger/contributor for adolescent, adult, and women’s health through “Shannon Miller Lifestyle” online. 

Gina has also co-written the only American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) approved manual and course on performing arts medicine: recognized worldwide. Her Performing Arts Medicine specialization includes treatment on site of Broadway touring theater musicals and local productions. Analysis, assessment, treatment, injury prevention, program creation and tour health longevity are focuses of her time with the performers. Gina has been privileged to work with shows such as “Mary Poppins National Tour, Jersey Boys Chicago, A Chorus Line - National Tour, Fiddler on the Roof - National Tour, Memphis, Shrek - National Tour, the Billy Elliott National Touring Company, and The Book of Mormon”.

Gina focuses on manual therapy/hands on techniques in combination with in depth analysis of biomechanics and movement patterns. She is fully certified and serves as an instructor with Active Release Techniques, based in Colorado, the leading elite technique for soft tissue-based and overuse injuries. Gina is currently focused on both treatment and education.

In 2007 Gina started her own business: MedGym, LLC and has expanded it via websites, blogs, publications, and educational seminars. Locally, she provides physical therapy and movement analysis, strength program creation, flexibility assessment and sport-specific biomechanics education. Gina works with many local figure skating and cheerleading clubs, dance studios, gymnastics gyms, and musicians as well as endurance sports clubs and more while providing PT services in the Chicagoland suburbs with Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute.

Dr. Daniel J. LehouxDr. Dan Lehoux

Dr. Dan is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician serving the Chicagoland area for over 23 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and is certified in the treatment of sports injuries. Dr. Dan has completed post graduate training in functional rehabilitation and biomechanics.

When treating patients, Dr. Dan utilizes a strong educational approach and will often times prescribe a customized nutrition and exercise program along with his routine treatments to meet their individual needs.

Dr. Dan serves his local community as a Fire District Commissioner while providing health and wellness lectures and workshops for local businesses, sports and non-profit organizations. Topics include: detoxification strategies, natural remedies to treat headaches and Laser light - pain relief.