Meet ORA Foot and Ankle Specialist: Dr. Anthony Chesser
Name: Anthony Michael Chesser
Years in Practice: 1
Specialty: Fellowship trained in foot and ankle surgery
Hometown: Rock Island, IL
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. – Arnold Schwarzenegger
What’s your favorite book or movie?
“Tools of the Titans,” by Tim Ferriss. It’s a great collection of the top thinkers’ habits and their philosophies.
How do you like to spend your weekends?
Family is very important to me. I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, as well as our extended family here in the Quad Cities.
What are your interests/activities outside work?
I really enjoy the outdoors. When I have some time, I play a round of golf with my father. He usually wins, but I put up a decent fight.
Name one person you would like to meet.
I was never able to meet my grandfather, Glen Wood. I have heard he was an extraordinary man who was very outspoken, had an infectious laugh, and had many friends. It would be great to have a cup of coffee with him and just talk life.
Where would you most like to travel?
I love trying new types of food, and I have heard Spain has great options, as well as a rich culture.
What made you decide to become a doctor, and specifically an orthopedic surgeon?
I played 4 years of college sports and sustained several injuries, including a high ankle sprain. It was a podiatrist who was responsible for getting me back to full health.
This sparked my interest in foot and ankle surgery. I have been fortunate to learn from top minds throughout the country. I’m excited to return to the place I grew up and to provide for the community that I call home.
My father was a doctor here in the QCA for over 30 years. I have always wanted to be like my father. I was lucky enough to stay in the same community that he helped, and hope to provide the same opportunity to my daughter.
What do you like best about practicing medicine?
The ability to problem solve, I feel, is the best thing about medicine. Identifying the problem and coming up with creative solutions for my patients is satisfying to them as well as myself.
What inspires you most about your patients?
Everyone wants to get better; it’s in our nature. My job is most rewarding when I am able to educate and support my patients, so they are able to advocate for themselves and make informed decisions.
Every patient is different, and it is these differences that make my job so appealing. It’s an honor to help the people of the Quad Cities.
If there is one piece of advice you wish your patients would take to heart, what is it?
We should take care of our feet because we need them each and every day!