Retired, December 2016
Dr. Donald McGowan grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. He received his undergraduate education at Loyola University in Chicago and the University of Wisconsin. He earned his doctoral degree at the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, where he graduated cum laude. He practiced in Illinois until 1989, when he moved to South Bend to begin practicing with Dr. E.E. Swigart.
In 1991 Dr. McGowan founded the Foot & Ankle Clinic of Michiana. In 1999 the office was moved to the current location. Dr. McGowan served as the podiatric residency director at the Michiana Community Hospital in South Bend from 1991-1994. He served on the American Board of Ambulatory Foot Surgery for many years. He has often provided educational lectures to podiatry students, as well as medical and non-medical community groups.
Dr. McGowan currently serves on the board at Hannah’s House in South Bend. He enjoys gardening, grilling, and watching Notre Dame sports, especially women’s basketball. He and his wife Bonnie have four children.
Dr. Cassandra Papak grew up in Rensselaer, Indiana, where her parents and sister still reside. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007, where she received a degree in Anthropology and was a member of the Honors College. While at Notre Dame she volunteered at the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center in South Bend and became interested in a career in podiatry.
Dr. Papak earned her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine in 2011 from the Scholl College in Chicago. She finished residency training at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka in June 2014. She is married to Mr. Brandon Elek, who grew up in South Bend, and now works as a senior project engineer at CTS Corporation in Elkhart. She enjoys baking and traveling. Dr. Papak has staff privileges at St. Joseph Health System Mishawaka Medical Center (including the Wound Healing Center), Memorial Hospital of South Bend, and Kindred Hospital of Northern Indiana.