Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists Podiatrists & Foot Doctors

Proven Podiatrists & Foot Doctors

STOP living with foot and ankle pain, we want to HELP! We have the best podiatrists and foot doctors in Brighton, Howell, Dexter and Ann Arbor.



Podiatrist & Foot Doctors in Brighton MI, Howell MI & Ann Arbor MI



Where Can You Find Our Podiatrists and Foot Doctors?

We currently have 3 locations and 4 podiatrists working in our clinic. We are on staff at 4 different St. Joseph Mercy Hospital locations.

Whether in the hospital or in the clinic, we can help with any of your foot and ankle needs!


 Howell, Michigan Office:

1221 Byron Rd #3, Howell, Michigan (MI) 48843, United States (US)
Phone: 517-548-3100


Brighton, Michigan Office:


7743 Grand River AveBrightonMichigan (MI) 48114United States (US)
Phone: 810-227-7722


Dexter, Michigan Office:


2820 Baker Rd #202, Dexter, Michigan (MI) 48130,  United States (US)
Phone: 734-253-2687



Who is the Best Podiatrist Near Me?

We want to be the best podiatrist and foot doctor near you! We have offices in Brighton Michigan, Howell Howell Michigan and Dexter Michigan and we have been here for many decades. In one form or another Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists have been serving Livingston county and has been your trusted choice for foot doctors!

Our foot doctors are on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Howell and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Brighton. These are the only two 24 hr emergency rooms in Livingston county.

We are the preferred podiatrists of IHA (Integrated Health Associates) in Livingston county including Brighton and Howell Michigan.


Are We Qualified to Be Your Podiatrists and Foot Doctors?

Our foot doctors have the highest levels of training, 4 year medical degrees, 3 year or more surgery residency training, post residency fellowship training and more.

Our podiatrists undergo some of the best of training including surgical qualifications and certifications with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. This is a multi stage training and committee overview for the best of surgical results and training.

We have the highest rated and best reviewed podiatrists in Livingston county. Let us show you exactly why!

We have four excellent and well trained podiatrists within our practice. We are the trusted choice of these two organizations, let us be your trusted choice!





Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Brighton, Howell and Dexter:

Why do we go by so many names? Our practice is the fusion of some of the most successful podiatrists and foot doctors  in Livingston county. Today we are working together with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and IHA (integrated health associates) to provide you the care that you need. Below is the listing of our office locations and some of the names that we have gone by.

We are the most highly regarded podiatrists and foot doctors in Livingston County. Ask around and read some of our credentials and reviews, you won’t be disappointed!


If you are looking to schedule an appointment, please download and fill out this paperwork. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Brighton Mi Podiatrist and Foot Doctor:


Brighton Michigan Podiatrists & Foot Doctors


See a video and preview of our Brighton Michigan Office Below.



  • We are located just south of St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Hospital. We are in the Riverbend Office Building Complex about 1/4 of a mile southwest on the East side of the highway.
  • This office is staffed by Dr. Tomasz Biernacki, Dr. Marc Bonanni and Dr. Danielle Meyka.
  • This is also known as Brighton foot and ankle, brighton foot care and . We were also known previously known as Brighton family foot care center. We are also known as Michigan Foot Doctors and Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists.



Howell Mi Podiatrist and Foot Doctor:


Howell Michigan Podiatrists & Foot Doctors


Let us be your choice for the most proven and reliable podiatrist and foot doctor in Howell Michigan.



  • This office is located directly accross the street from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital main entrance.
  • We are conviently located just south of M59 and north of I-96 on Byron Rd.
  • This office is also known as Howell Foot and Ankle, Howell Family Foot Care.  We are also known as Michigan Foot Doctors and Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists.



Dexter Mi Podiatrist and Foot Doctor:


Dexter Michigan Podiatrists & Foot Doctors


Let us be your best choice for podiatrist and foot doctor in Dexter Michigan.



  • We are located on the 2nd floor suite above the Dexter pharmacy just south of downtown dexter.
  • We can be reached by taking exit 167 north from highway I-94. We are just a few minutes out of west Ann Arbor Michigan.
  • This office is also known as Dexter Foot and Ankle, Dexter Family Foot Care.  We are also known as Michigan Foot Doctors and Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists.



IHA Podiatrist (Integrated Health Associates):
  • We are a preferred podiatrist for IHA (integrated health associates) and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
  • our foot doctors are the recommended choice and the proven choice for Livingston county.
  • We are the on staff podiatrists at St. Joseph  Brighton, St. Joseph Livingston, St. Joseph Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Chelsea.
  • Dr. John Stevelinck is the chair of the podiatry department at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor.
  • Dr. Tom Biernacki , Dr. Marc Bonanni and Dr. Danielle Meyka are also on staff at all St. Joseph Hospitals.
  • He has been elected chair of the department but all podiatrists in the surrounding counties of Washtenaw, Livingston and Wayne counties.


St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Podiatrist:
  • We are on staff physicians at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Chelsea, Howell and Livingston hospitals.
  • Between Dr. Tom Biernacki and Dr. John Stevelinck, you will be covered 24 hours a day in Livingston County.
  • Whether you have a diabetic foot infection, need wound care or just want to make sure you are doing well, we will be there for you!
  • We can help with more than just infections, we can help with ingrown toenails, foreign bodies like needles, lacerations or even lawnmower injuries.
  • If you have a broken toe, foot or ankle, we can help you there too!
  • Did we mention that Dr. John Stevelinck is the head of the podiatry department at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor and all surrounding St. Joseph Locations in the tri-county area?



What Type of Insurance Does A Podiatrist Accept?

We accept most major forms of insurance:

  • Medicare.
  • Medicare Advantage Plans.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • Priority Health.
  • Aetna.
  • CoreSource.
  • Blue Care Network Premier Care (BCN Premier Care).
  • Cofinity.


Does Insurance Cover Podiatrist Care?

Yes in almost all cases, podiatrist care is covered by insurance.

We are trained to provide medically necessary foot and ankle care. We can provide some cosmetic care but we will be sure to let you know well ahead of time if this is the case.

Insurance does cover medical visits if you are having pain and it is medically necessary to provide a visit for this reason.

We may also provide some in office procedures such as injections,toenail surgery or X-rays within the office. These treatments are also covered benefits by most insurances.

Some insurances do not cover certain types of medical equipment such as diabetic shoes, orthotics or immobilizing boots. If we feel that this is something necessary for you, then we may have to send you to an outside facility to pick up your orthotics, diabetic shoes or immobilizing boots.


New Patient Paperwork Forms:

Please download the fill out the following paperwork. This allows us to schedule you for a visit.

We want to make sure your appointment with our podiatrists goes as smoothly as possible. Ideally with your packet filled out, you will be able to get into your appointment within a few minutes.

This paperwork is admittedly way too much, but we need to know most of these details to make your visit run smoothly and to make sure your health insurance covers your visit!

Click on this link to download our new patient paperwork. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Is A Podiatrist A Real Doctor?

Yes! In the past the training was a little less stringent than it is now. Podiatrists many decades ago did not receive residency training, they were not hospital trained and there was no board certifications for surgery.

These days the minimum requirement to become a podiatrist is 4 years of undergraduate degree, 4 years of medical training, 3 years of surgical residency and training in the hospital.

All of our podiatrists and foot doctors are along the path of board qualification and certification in foot and ankle surgery. This is a very stringent training process that follows over 3 years of surgical training.

The degree DPM means doctor of podiatric medicine. Although this designation is different than the MD or DO degree, legally all three are considered a physician with equal allowances in the field of medicine.

There is admittedly confusion due to less training in the past by podiatrists, but we are proud to be the leaders in all aspects of foot and ankle care including surgery. Podiatrists today are considered leaders in foot and ankle medical journal publications, the field of academics, surgery and fellowship training.



What Does a Podiatrist Do?

Podiatrists and foot doctors are specially trained to handle all foot and ankle disorders:

1) Medical pedicures: diabetic and at risk foot care:


What Does a Podiatrist Do?
A medical pedicure can help you start walking without much pain!



  • A medical pedicure is a medically necessary treatment for someone who is deemed “at risk”.
  • This generally consists of people with enough health conditions that they have a hard time taking care of their calluses and toenails.
  • This can definitely consist of people with with diabetes, poor blood flow and other health conditions that can lead to numbness of the feet.


2)Toenail and Foot Fungus:


Fungal Toenail Treatment
If you have toenail fungus, you need a podiatrist!



  • There are many options available for foot fungus and toenail fungus.
  • Most people don’t need advanced medications, what they really need is a proper diagnosis!
  • Many patients we see are on high doses of topical antifungal medicaiton and oral antifungals, what you really need is good foot maintenance combined with the right medications.


3) Ingrown Toenail and infected toenails:


Ingrown Toenail Podiatrist
If your toenail is infected or ingrown, we can help and it can be painless!



  • There is a few procedures that we can perform depending on what your issue is.
  • If you qualify, the best option is usually the permanent toenail procedure.
  • This is a procedure that when done correctly can prevent your toenail from ever growing back.
  • Recovery generally consist of treating the area like a cut and using a bandaid for a week.



4) Bunion surgery and Foot Surgery:


Before & After Bunion Surgery!



  • Our podiatrists are some of the best trained bunion surgeons in Michigan.
  • We are well trained foot and ankle surgeons with years of experience.
  • We are able to help you with bunion surgery, 1st MTPJ fusions, lapidus procedures, implants and flat foot surgery.


5)Foot Skin Problems


Podiatrist dermatology
Dermatology & plastic surgery of the foot? We’ve got you covered!



  • If you have a rash or skin problem such as a corn or callus, you have come to the right place!
  • We can help your skin feeling good after fast as possible.
  • We can perform debridements and biopsies as needed to take care of your feet.


6)  Toe, Foot & Ankle Fracture Surgery:
Broken Heel Bone
Broken bone? We can do that! We are at every St. Joseph Mercy ER on call.


  • If you have a broken toe, broken bone in your foot or ankle we can help.
  • Even if you can’t tell the difference between a broken ankle or a sprained ankle we can help with that.
  • If you stepped on a needle, have a foreign body or a laceration, that’s what we’re here for!



7)Flat Foot Surgery:


Achilles tendonitis Podiatrist
Flat foot or tendon pain? We’ve got you covered on that as well!


  • If you have chronic foot pain we can help with that.
  • Ideally we want to do everything we can to prevent you from ever needing surgery in the first place.
  • We can help you with shoe recommendations, orthotics and braces. But if needed we can always move toward surgery.



8) Sports Medicine:


What does a podiatrist do?
Do you need help running or walking pain free? This is the place to go!


  • This is one of the areas where we can help you the most.
  • We will be able to evaluate your biomechanics and see where you are weak, contracted or too tight.
  • We can work on optimizing you in these areas.
  • We can recommend the right shoes, orthotics and braces to get you moving as fluid and pain free as possible!


9)Diabetic Wound Care:


Podiatrist foot wounds
Do you have wound problems? We’ve got you covered for this as well!


  • Our podiatrists are well trained and hospital trained in diabetic foot and ankle wound care.
  • We have many options available such as access to wound care centers, surgery and offloading.
  • Come see us to get your wound healed as quickly as possible!




Overview of what a podiatrist can do for you:

A foot and ankle specialists provide care ranging from care of the toe, the foot and the ankle to all the way just below the knee. Podiatrists generally provide care for heel pain, heel spurs, sore heels and arch pain. If you have a foot problem, then a podiatrist is the doctor to see for your foot care.  For any type of foot pain relief, come to our foot clinic.

Podiatric surgeons are top surgeons for bunion surgery and bunion pain in Michigan. Podiatrists care for ingrown toenails, provide ingrown nail surgery and surgery as a bunion treatment, foot care, orthotics and any other type of foot pain. If you have a bunion on your feet, then a podiatrists is the person to see. They are the best trained foot specific specialists in the USA.

Pediatric podiatrists are foot specialists that take care of an infant’s or a child’s foot. We are specifically trained to provide both surgical and non surgical care for your child. It is rare for a child to need any type of surgery, but whether they need toenail or toe surgery, our foot clinic is the one to see you.



What Type of Training Does A Podiatrist Have?

A foot doctor can also be considered an ankle doctor, they are well trained in both foot and ankle surgery. This is not your every day local foot doctor, but we have specially trained surgeons who studies at some of the best doctors in the country including Harvard, St. Joseph Ann Arbor, University of Texas and more.

Foot doctors, Dr. Stevelinck, Dr. Bonanni and Dr. Tom Biernacki provide treatment including toenail care, callus care, medical pedicures, foot and toe corn removal surgery and treatment. Dr. Stevelinck and Dr. Tomasz Biernacki also provide treatment including surgery for the foot, the ankle, lapiplasty surgeries, bunion surgery, hammer toe surgery, hammertoe surgery, diabetic and diabetes surgery. Dr. Tom Biernacki provides care for broken foot and ankle surgery, ankle surgery, heel surgery, heel spur surgery, diabetic wound surgery and ligament or tendon surgery.

Podiatrists are able to provide toe surgery, bunion surgery, bunion treatments and they are able to make orthotics, prosthetics and ankle foot orthotics (AFOS)s.

Best Foot Doctor in Brighton Mi, Howell Mi and Dexter Mi



Let Us Be Your Foot Doctor and Podiatrist:


The top foot doctors, podiatrists and top foot and ankle surgeons in Michigan include:


Dr. Tom Biernacki DPM.

Dr. Tom Biernacki DPM


  • Dr. Tom Biernacki went to College at the University of Tennessee Memphis, then medical school at Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine.Dr. Biernacki performed a three year surgical residency training period at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor as well as St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia.Dr. Biernacki they trained following residency with Dr. Edgardo  Rodriguez in downtown Chicago at St. Joseph Mercy Presence Hospital. Dr. Biernacki also trained further with Dr. Thomas Zgonis at the University of Texas in San Antonio in diabetic surgery and training.



Dr. John Stevelinck DPM,


  • Dr. Stevelinck completed a rigorous surgical residency at Kaiser Permanent Medical Center in San Francisco California specializing in Diabetic Limb Salvage.He has a wife and 3 children who currently reside with him in the Pinckney Michigan Area. Dr. Stevelinck graduated from Wayne State University and has grown up in the Michigan area.
  • He is currently serving as chief of podiatry at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.



Dr. Marc Bonanni DPM


  • Dr. Bonanni graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1997 and has been in practice for over 19 years. He completed his surgical residency at The Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.



Dr. Danielle Meyka-Blanchard DPM


  • Dr. Meyka-Blanchard graduated from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 2001 and has been in practice for over 13 years. She completed a residency at Saint John Macomb Oakland Hospital Oakland Center. She currently practices at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists and is affiliated with St Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital and St Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital.