The Doctors

Dr. Thomas ShonkaDr. Thomas Shonka

Dr. Shonka has been practicing in Boulder for over 30 years.  He graduated from the Illinois College of podiatric medicine in 1978.  He served a surgical residency at the Hines Veterans Administration hospital associated with Loyola University School of Medicine.
 
His memberships include both the American and Colorado Podiatric Medical Associations.  He maintains board certification with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine as well as a Past President of this organization.  He serves as the attending podiatrist for the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center (CUSM&PC)
 
Dr. Shonka’s practice revolves about sports medicine and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle.  He enjoys his role as an "information broker" and invites active participation of his patients in the decision-making process regarding their care.
Primarily a cyclist, he has been actively involved in athletics his entire life.  He played college and Junior B hockey in the Chicago area where he grew up.
 
"I feel privileged to be able to provide care to the people of Colorado.  Whether they are 17 or 77 years young, the majority of our patients are fit and active, well informed and an absolute pleasure to work with."
 
"Life in general and surgery specifically gets easier the older you get.  There is no substitute or short route to experience."

Dr. Brian GradisekDr. Brian Gradisek

 

Dr. Gradisek completed a 3-year residency at an esteemed program where he trained in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery.  He then completed an elective 1-year Fellowship program at the internationally recognized Weil Foot, Ankle, and Orthopedic Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Weil where he focused on advanced reconstructive foot and ankle surgery as well as sports medicine.  He is one of the few fellowship-trained podiatrist in the United States.  Due to his advanced level or training and understanding of modern techniques, he can get you back on your feet and back to the activities you love much faster than most other surgeons. Dr. Gradisek's expertise includes Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery, Arthroscopy, Trauma, Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine, and Pediatrics.  He also specializes in bilateral surgery, meaning he can fix both of your feet at the same time! 

When Dr. Gradisek is not in the office he enjoys spending time with wife and his son, hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, golfing, climbing, and anything that gets him outdoors.

Awards/Distinctions/Credentials

  • Has lectured at the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society national meeting, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons national meeting, and the National Foot and Ankle Fellowship meeting
  • Author of scientific papers presented at the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons national meetings
  • Author of chapters on midfoot trauma in Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery, on surgical hallux varus repair in Clinics and Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and on first metatarsal osteotomies in Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
  • Department winner of Christiana Care Health System residency wide research project with a paper entitled: A dorsal transverse incision approach to the tarsometatarasal joints in acute traumatic injury
  • Assiciate, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Member, American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Member, Child Family Health International
  • Member, American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate: Biology – BS, Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Medical School: Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, OH – DPM
  • Residency: Christiana Care Health System Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery, Wilmington, DE
  • Fellowship: Advanced Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery, Weil Foot, Ankle and Orthopedic Institute, Chicago, IL