From Dancer to Doctor
Dr. Theresa Ronna, DPM, was raised in Passaic County and aspired to be a professional dancer. She initially attended Montclair State University as a dance major, but realized that she needed a back-up plan. Dr. Ronna’s love for science and interest in sports medicine changed her direction to pre-med.
After graduating in 1990, she attended Columbia University as a graduate student while embarking on a rare opportunity to work at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Center. In 1992, she attended the NY College of Podiatric Medicine, where she continued to excel in sports medicine and research. Dr. Ronna launched the Podiatric Medical Review, a peer-reviewed journal where students can publish their work. After graduating in 1996, she did a surgical residency at United Hospital/Roseland Surgical Center.
Upon residency completion, Dr. Ronna spent three years at Naval Hospital Camp Lejuene in North Carolina. It was there that she put her knowledge of lower extremity biomechanics and sports medicine into practice. During her time at Camp Lejuene, the Base General awarded her the highest civilian honor, the Naval Commendation Award, for her work as a podiatrist.
After returning to New Jersey, Dr. Ronna began practicing part-time and found a niche in working with the geriatric population. Branching out into diabetic wound care, she treated patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Currently, Dr. Ronna is a consultant podiatrist at the Christian Health Care Center and Preakness Health Care Center. She is on staff at St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital, Patient Care Associates and Chilton’s West Parkway Ambulatory Surgical Center.
Dr. Ronna has trained with many highly regarded pioneers in the field of sports medicine. She received a stipend from Harvard Medical School to attend their summer research program and was published as a result of her work there. Dr. Ronna also did an internship with Dr. Lyle Mikali, a Harvard Medical School professor and orthopedic surgeon who is an expert in dance medicine. She spent two subsequent years in clinical observation with William Hamilton, MD, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon who is considered the father of dance medicine.
Dr. Ronna has been part of the medical team for several NYC marathons; pre-Olympic games; The Fourth All African games in Nairobi, Kenya; the World Games in Rome, Italy; and the Can-Am Rugby tournament in Lake Placid.
- New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, NY, 1992-1996
- Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine
- Columbia University, New York, NY, 1991-1992
- Graduate degree in Biology
- Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, 1987-1991
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, Cum Laude
- Roseland Surgical Center/United Hospital Center, Roseland, NJ, 1996-1997
- Resident in Podiatric Surgery
- American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry
- Board Certification in Podiatry