Dr. Tanler Volkmann has a physician’s blood in his veins. He was born in Aibonito, a small town overlooking gorgeous mountain vistas in Puerto Rico, where his father initially practiced medicine following residency at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons From there, his family swept across the country to Olympia, Washington.
On the banks of the Puget Sound, Dr. Volkmann’s family enjoyed backpacking, skiing on the waves and on the slopes, and travelling. In high school, Dr. Volkmann played football, soccer, and competed in freestyle and butterfly events on the swim team.
Dr. Volkmann’s passion for recreation followed him to Seattle University and The Evergreen State College, where he played on the men’s soccer team. A budding medical professional, he studied political economy and pre-med, and worked his way through school as a medical assistant and phlebotomist with student health services.
During his short tenure as an orthopaedic technologist at the athletic department at San Diego State University, Dr. Volkmann learned the fascinating intricacies of foot and ankle surgery, which inspired him to pursue a career in the field. “I realized I could continue to treat athletes and work within a unique specialty that could influence people’s daily health and happiness,” he says.
If there’s one thing that’s clear about Dr. Volkmann, it’s that he never stops moving! Dr. Volkmann completed a post-bacc in biological and chemical sciences at American University in Washington DC, then he whisked off to the Big Apple to earn his DPM at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
As if sports and medical school could not keep him busy enough, he also served as president of the Surgery Club, a class officer of the Sports Medicine Club, and was an active member of the Running Club.
He completed a three-year surgical residency program in Los Angeles through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, where he served as chief resident. There, he was trained in all manners of foot and ankle care, although he took a special interest in sports medicine and surgical management of the foot and ankle.
Today, he’s settled into the Santa Clarita Valley with his wife and two young boys. A lifetime adventurer, he can be found backpacking with his family or heading to the coast for surfing, wakeboarding, and scuba diving.
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