Dr. Dimitrios Mantzoros was born in a village outside of Patra, Greece. He lived in Greece until he was 10 years old. His parents moved the family to Chicago in 1970. He has one brother, Bob, who still resides in Chicago. His parents have since returned to their home in Greece.
Dr. Mantzoros attended Sullivan High School in Chicago. His sports activities included boxing and football, highlighted by a football championship that was played and won at Soldiers Field. After high school, he attended Loyola University in Chicago. During his senior year he transferred to the University of Illinois at Champaine/Urbana, maintaining a pre-med biology major.
Dr. Timothy Casperson was born in San Antonio, Texas before moving to Conroe where he was raised by Dr. Thomas Casperson and his wife Faith. He is the oldest of two younger sisters who still reside in Texas pursuing their careers. Upon graduating from Conroe High School, he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biomedical Science and graduated with honors from Texas A&M University. He later earned his medical degree from the California School of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, California.
Dr. Gurpreet Mukker was born in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada, where she spent most of her elementary years. After enduring the merciless winters for years, her family decided it was time for a warmer change. They moved across the country to the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley of Central California.
Dr. Mukker and her brother grew up working hard on their families almond farm while attending California State University, Fresno. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a bone, tissue and organ recovery technician. There she came to the realization that she was destined to work in the medical field. However, after many sleepless nights, she soon grasped the importance of balancing family life with work.
In the spring of 1972 at the age of 18, I had a life altering experience. I had been challenged for over three years with recurrent plantar warts and had reached a point where my lifestyle was being dramatically hindered. Upon the advisement of my family practitioner, I was referred to a Podiatrist who not only corrected my physical problem, but also, ultimately, changed my life in deciding a life-long career.
One of the first principles I learned early on in my childhood development was "service-to-others." Being born to a Southern Baptist Minister father and a Public School Teaching mother, I witnessed first hand the practice of helping those in need. In addition, growing up on a farm, I would spend time with our local Veterinarian as he treated our animals both medically and surgically. I had dreams of one day becoming a Vet. until my experience in 1973. I remember returning home after my last visit with the Podiatrist who treated me and stating to my mother, "That Podiatry is pretty neat. Maybe I would like to do Podiatry instead of Veterinary Medicine!?"