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Mark E. Zelent, DPM, D.ABFAS, D.ABPM

I take the time to teach each individual about whatever condition that he or she is facing.
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Approach To Care

Dr. Zelent is a podiatrist with special interests in foot and ankle surgery. He takes the time to teach each patient about whatever condition he or she is facing. He firmly believes that if a person is able to understand why a problem has occurred, then they will understand how to resolve it as well. His approach to care can best be summarized by saying the more an individual knows about any particular condition, the better equipped they are in helping to resolve it.

Dr. Zelent enjoys teaching and is actively on staff with two residency programs in the community as well as being an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota.



  • Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
  • Medical Degree from the Rosalind Franklin College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

Residency and Advanced Training    

  • 12-month Primary Podiatric Medical Residency at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center
  • 36-month Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery Residency at Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, MN
  • Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship at the Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics
  • AO/ASIF Visiting Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship at the Sigvard T. Hansen Foot and Ankle Institute, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA


  • Board-certified in Podiatric Medicine by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM)
  • Board-certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS)
  • Board-certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS)


  • Past Chief Resident in Foot and Ankle Surgery at Mercy Hospital
  • Adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota (current)
  • Has been published several times in peer reviewed scientific journals and continues to serve as a manuscript reviewer for two surgical journals pertaining to the field of foot and ankle surgery


In his spare time, Dr. Zelent enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and baking, and serves as a “test cook,” reviewing recipes and offering feedback for two different well known publications. He fluently speaks Polish and actively serves on the board of directors for a local nonprofit organization called POLESOM, which focuses on teaching Polish language, arts and customs to the children of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Accepted Insurance

All North Memorial Health providers accept the following insurance carriers. Because health insurance plan payments vary and benefit levels are unique to each plan, you may confirm out of pocket cost with your insurance carrier by calling the number on the back of your insurance card.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medical Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Preferred One
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthcare