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.
Dr. Robert A. Weil, DPM
Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Weil has been practicing podiatry and sports medicine for over 35 years in the Aurora-Naperville, Illinois area. His specialty in sports medicine is orthotic therapy, combined with specific training and strengthening of the feet and ankles.
Over the years, Dr. Weil has been fortunate to have worked with athletes in all sports, including many of the Super Bowl Bears, local, state and national tennis greats and numerous Chicago Cubs, White Sox and Blackhawks players.
Dr. Weil has been prescribing custom orthotics to top figure skaters for over 3 decades, and consulting with “Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury” author, John Harmata on many of them. The 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 was 10 years old when Dr. Weil first prescribed orthotics for him. Other success stories include Madeline Stammen: co-star in Cirque du Soleil’s Ice Show Production, “Crystal” and solo Ice Dance National Gold Medalist Chloe Ryan.
Dr. Weil’s long running radio show, “The Sports Doctor” airs live Wednesday afternoons on bbsradio.com. Guests continue to include top experts from the world of sports medicine. Previous programs and articles are available on Doctor Weil’s website: http://www.sportsdoctorradio.com.
Doctor Weil recently co-authored with Hall of Fame volleyball player, Sharkie Zartman writing: #HeySportsParents. A complete guide for any parent with a child in sports. In 2019 Dr. Weil was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. For current updates and information in sports medicine join the 30,000 plus Twitter followers of Dr. Weil at: @SportsDocRadio.
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 bio-mechanics education. Gina works with many local figure skating and cheer-leading clubs, dance studios, gymnastics gyms, and musicians as well as endurance sports clubs and more while providing PT services in the Chicago land suburbs with Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute.