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Patient Reviews of University Foot and Ankle Institute

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We also survey all our patients to learn how we did and we read every response. Usually complimentary, sometimes critical, it's our patients who help us learn what we are doing well and how we can improve.

 

We strive to be the best we can and are grateful for the opportunities we are given to help people heal and get back to doing the things that they love.

  • Angies List
    I was treated very well. I have a recheck on Wednesday. Dr. Bob is very personable. He is the head of podiatry at UCLA Medical Center. He's been doing this kind of surgery for 17 years. He is very knowledgeable. He was on time for the surgery and he was very nice. His anesthesiologist was awesome. He timed the anesthesia perfectly and everything went very well. So far, so good. He called the next day after the surgery. He called me in the middle of the night when I had another question. He is pretty available; he is there Monday through Friday. I was able to meet with him and get the surgery scheduled within 2 weeks. The staff has all been very nice. He sent a cold compression machine to my home that I didn't even know that I was getting. It came with complete details. I haven't gotten any bills yet. I have to have the other foot done and I probably will use him for that, but it's only been a week since I had this surgery. He made himself available for questions, which has been huge to me.
    Anonymous
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I found Dr. Franson for a second opinion, after seeing an orthopedic specialist who misdiagnosed me and was about to cut my foot and ankle open. Dr. Franson put me at ease and ordered the appropriate MRI, which the other doctor had not done. He was able to treat me with injections instead and I am so much better. Not to mention a correct diagnosis. He has a wonderful bedside manner and the office and staff are amazing. I have already referred friends to him and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
    C.M.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have had a hard time finding a doctor that is not rushing and truly listens. Dr. Campbell is really the best doctor I have been to in Santa Barbara. He listens, is thoughtful, and wants to make sure I understand. I wish he treated more than feet because he is so good at what he does.
    Pauline C.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I really appreciate the office flexibility, as I never know when my foot issue will flare up and I will need to be seen. It is unpredictable, so I am grateful that the staff works to get me in to see Dr Briskin!
    Nancy S.
  • Google+
    I am an avid runner, but had a foot injury that made even walking excruciatingly painful. I went to University Foot and Ankle Institute after being misdiagnosed by another doctor. Everyone in the office is so nice, from office staff to the technicians. And Dr. Baravarian quickly diagnosed me with a bone spur and recommended orthotics. The orthotics have changed my life! Not only am I completely pain free and enjoying running again, I am training for my first marathon! Thank you Dr. Baravarian!
    Christie C.
  • Google+
    I came to University Foot and Ankle Institute after being misdiagnosed by another doctor. I am a runner and foot pain was making even the shortest walks difficult and painful. Everyone at the office is very nice and Dr. Bob is awesome. They took a quick x-ray, right there in the office, and he diagnosed me with a bone spur and ordered custom orthotics. I was very skeptical that the thin inserts would really help, my foot was really hurting! But thankfully I was very wrong. I immediately noticed a difference. I AM NOW PAIN FREE! I wish I would've come here sooner! I highly recommend them!
    Kay C.
  • My surgery was an amazing success, and I was treated with great care, leading to a complete and painless recovery. I couldn't be happier!
    E.S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone at this group is awesome!!
    Helena O.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    This was my first operation and everything was managed really well. Dr. Baravarian is someone I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
    Diane M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Wonderful organization. Incredibly helpful and accommodating staff, and a brilliant, warm, caring physician in Dr. Franson. Cannot say enough good things.
    Jay J.
  • CustomerSure
    The whole staff at University Foot & Ankle Institute is wonderful!!
    Nathalie R.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Really appreciate the treatment of my ankle from Dr. Morris.
    Myhoa H.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Franson is very nice and a knowledgeable physician. I had a pretty bad break years ago, and now I'm having complications. Dr. Franson found the problem and gave me answers within days! Office staff is very easy to work with and helpful. I would also recommend his partner They are both great! If you need a second opinion in this specialty I highly recommend University Foot and Ankle Institute!!
    Ayla S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Customer service is great, doctors are awesome, and it's easy to get an appointment. My daughter went here when she broke her ankle. Excellent treatment!
    Lisa D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I'm an R.A patient and I was 24 yrs old when I was diagnosed, so I developed feet deformities due to my illness. The joint damage was so severe that I could no longer wear normal  shoes. All I was able to wear was a lousy pair of stretchy sandals, and the pain was so unbearable I hated to walk. I found Dr.Baravarian on the internet and made an appointment a few weeks later.

    After Dr.Baravarian examined  my feet he explained to me that because I  waited so long to have this problem fixed, he had to perform bone fusion and remove some severally damage joints. 

    I had enough with this problem so I decided to go for it.

    He   performed surgery on both my feet, one at a time. I do have to say the healing process was a little lengthy, but it's one of the best decisions I have ever made. I'm just thrilled with the great results .

    Thanks to Dr.Baravarian (one of the best doctors I have encountered, not  to mention a good and compassionate human being ) and his great staff I can walk pain free and  finally wear cute shoes again. Thanks a million!
    Sandra T.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The entire staff and Dr. Franson are exceptional. Everyone is professional, courteous, and provide excellent care. Great office. :)
    Violet R.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    We love Dr. Franson & staff!
    Michael M.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Love Dr. Briskin! He was so reassuring and helpful. Had a fantastic experience!
    Shana F.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have been truly amazed with Dr Baravarian. I had a loose piece of bone at the base of my fifth metatarsal. Got an X-ray and an MRI right there in the building before having it surgically removed yesterday. Surgery was painless, and so is the post-op. As I write this I have no pain whatsoever, after having a piece of bone removed from my foot! 

    I'm so glad my doctor referred me to his office. 

    The desk staff is great as well, none of the attitude or incompetence I've experienced elsewhere. 

    Five stars all the way.
    James D.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone was very helpful and I was so happy to be squeezed in for a same day appointment. Thanks again!
    Anci K.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Campbell is fabulous both in personality & expertise.  I went into my appointment with 4 separate issues & he knowledgeably answered all of my questions & addressed all of my concerns.  Marta who helped to schedule & then reschedule my appointments was extremely helpful & efficient,  I highly recommend them & felt incredibly grateful that I didn't have to drive down to Ventura to find a podiatrist who took my insurance.
    Lisa D.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I always return to Dr. Briskin and UFAI because I know I will receive excellent treatment from Dr. B and the staff.
    Marilyn W.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Franson took me right in. I asked for an emergency appt, and he got me right in. I fractured my ankle, and he took good care me. I've been a regular patient.
    Jen H.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I really like Dr. Campbell. He is easy-going, yet efficient.
    Julia S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Thank you to all of you. I felt welcomed and well taken care of. Thank you all for taking my foot pain away.
    Pauline M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very happy with the knowledge of Dr  Bob Baravarian. After three surgeries by two different doctors he was able to relieve the pain and swelling. The office and staff were always pleasant and very helpful.  I would highly recommend this office!
    Davey F.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am a huge fan of Dr. Bob. I play soccer for fun and have had my fair share of visits to his office. Each time he has been very quick in diagnosing the problem and finding a solution. It is frustrating other doctors aren't as good as him. I have had elbow problems and have gone 2 different doctors and they have not figured it out. I'm thinking about having Dr. Bob look at it.
    Shahrad T.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Morris took the time to listen, diagnose, and answer many questions I had.  In combination of his treatment, suitable ankle support, and physical therapy sessions, which prescribed by Dr. Morris, I was able to heal quickly and could do what I love to do; play badminton, garden and walk with my husband.
    Margaux H.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I'm thankful that you have Saturday office hours. Making appointments is easy. OVERALL VERY VERY SATISFIED.
    Michael S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    It is wonderful to have the Manhattan Beach office -- so much more convenient for those of us who live in the South Bay.
    Frances B.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My feet don't hurt anymore!
    Kirk W.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very happy with entire staff. They are efficient when booking the appointment and getting you into the office. The staff in the office were awesome. The nurse was amazing and very helpful. Took her time to explain things. The doctor made sure I understood what was wrong. He showed me pictures to explain it and had a great demeanor. They put me at ease and it was really nice.
    Debbie K.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The staff is very honest and helpful. I never have to wait long (I am always a little early). They are helpful in every way.
    Penny L.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had a bad break on my 5th metatarsal when I was out of state. I called Dr. Franson's office as soon as I came back home. The office staff was great and got me right in. Dr Franson was amazing and took great care of my break throughout the next few months. He is always so pleasant and was very thorough and professional, explaining everything in a simple, understandable manner.

    Any questions or concerns were patiently alleviated. A few times I had to call the office back with questions, and they always called me back with the answers from Dr. Franson, and a few times he himself called.

    While on my scooter, I often ran into other people with boots or scooters around town. Every one I ran into had gone to Dr Franson and couldn't praise him enough. We are so fortunate to have such a tremendous doctor in our community who really cares about his patients.

    Definitely a 5 star rating for Dr. Franson and his staff!!
    Glenna Rae W.
  • From my first visit to the Foot and Ankle Institute in Santa Monica to my last physical therapy session, Dr. Baravarian and his team always took the time to answer all my questions and do everything possible to ensure the best outcome from my surgery. I will definitely be back for surgery on my other foot.
    Chris
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Justin Franson, Suzanne and Jasmine are awesome!!
    Rian B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I went to see Dr. Bob for the problem I had with my foot.  I was very impressed with him and his staff.  Dr. Bob is both very professional and very knowledgeable.  Thank you Dr. Bob.
    Patty P.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very satisfied. Dr. Campbell is knowledgeable and very helpful.
    Francine F.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Yau is the kindest doctor I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is very informative and never makes you feel rushed. As far as his staff goes, I absolutely love them all. They are all very friendly and make you feel like you are their only patient.
    Lisa W.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Hi again and I just wanted to thank the Doctors at the University Foot and Ankle Institute. I suffered a very severe tear of my ankle around 8 months ago whilst playing with my kids and was getting frustrated with the treatment I was getting back home in Miami.

    Whilst I was in LA, I visited UFAI on the recommendation of a business associate as they were specialists in the field of my injury. The level of care and treatment was fantastic and tit was clearly that my usual doctor was treating me entirely inappropriately. Its not the sort of injury where there's is a quick fix however but after the right support was used and immobilization implemented followed later by gradually exercising more and more, I am now back to full strength.

    I therefore wanted to thank you very much and also offer a full recommendation of your Institute.
    Russell W.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    As I waited in the sitting room for my 1:30 appointment, I was thinking about  how many stars to dock since it was now 3:00!!!  As it turns out, though, the problem was with my stupid health insurance, Anthem Blue Cross, and not with UFAI, as I saw about 3 rounds of other patients get called in quickly and then come out looking fairly pleased with their appointments.  

    Once I was finally able to get in to an examination room, I was seen fairly quickly.  First a guy came by and asked me some general questions.  He took me to another guy who quickly took some x-rays of my foot and took me back to the exam room.  Then someone that works with my doctor came in and asked me some questions and messed with my foot a bit, and finally, I got to see Dr. Briskin. 

    While all of the other folks that I saw were great, Dr. Briskin was wonderful.  He seemed genuine I didn't feel like he was rushing in to make an appearance before having someone else take over for the rest of the appointment.  I also had some concerns about what treatment he was going to suggest since I knew he is also a surgeon, but he definitely veered towards non-invasive methods first, which I can truly appreciate.  I also didn't feel like he was just trying to get me some orthotics which is the experience I've had at other podiatrists offices.

    All in all, I would say that the experience is positive, and I'm looking forward to my follow up appointment once all my health insurance drama has been worked out!
    Halleh M.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I appreciate the thoroughness of care. Dr. Morris was very detailed in his explanation and options available. I am grateful for the time he took with me.
    Catherine R.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Quick, painless, fantastic service.
    Mike G.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My bunions got to the point where I could no longer enjoy wearing nice shoes comfortably, so I decided to find a podiatrist to rid me of this discomfort! After 3 appointments with different podiatrists and not feeling comfortable with any of them, my wife found Dr. Franson at the University Foot & Ankle Institute in Valencia, which was comfortably located within a 25 minute drive from our house. After meeting Dr. Franson, we both felt at ease and very confident about his ability, and decided to put my foot in his hands (so to speak).

    He was THE ONLY Doctor I had been to who offered to perform the surgery to meet OUR schedule. In fact, he agreed to do the bunionectomy the morning before he left for a week's vacation! His staff was friendly and helpful, and the surgery center was conveniently located in the same building as his office.

    It's been one week since my surgery and I went to have the bandage changed this morning! WOW! I was amazed at the incredible job he did and how quickly my foot is healing! In two months (after a couple of trips we'll be taking), I'll be back to get my other foot sculpted by the Master!! Dr. Franson and the entire University Foot and Ankle Institute are amazing!! Thanks SO MUCH for a tremendous experience!!!
    Duane D.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Franson is my doc and I have had four surgeries. He fixed my toe, as my bones were not healing. He put his heart into fixing me up!
    Melody G.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have always enjoyed my experiences here. A very warm and friendly atmosphere.
    Sa W.
  • I am writing to praise your staff for the outstanding patient care I've received over the past several months. Well beyond professional, they are competent, pleasant, and they go out of their way to be accommodating.
    D. L.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    All went well - tested ankle and requested MRI and therapy.
    Terry D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Suzanne at UFAI saved my Ironman! I started to develop ankle stiffness about two weeks before my first Ironman. I was referred to Suzanne at UFAI in Valencia. With Suzanne's help and some emergency PT, I was able to successfully complete my race, pain and injury free! Suzanne is a triathlete (and Ironman finisher) and her expertise,as well as triathlon specific advice, were invaluable. Thanks Suzanne!
    Robert U.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Thank you for taking such good care of me.
    Catherine C.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Excellent service. Dr. Bob is fantastic!
    Dana M.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Awesome!
    Gayle H.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian is a very caring and patient doctor. During my first visit with him he really took the time to listen to my concerns and talk to me about all my options regarding my chronic pain. I highly recommend Dr. Baravarian.
    Sarah L.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Overall service was excellent. The receptionist was very pleasant. The service from the doctor and his assistant was thorough during my entire patient evaluation.
    Jeanne B.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Briskin is fantastic. A great doctor, as well as a warm caring person.
    Elisa B.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone was beyond nice and very helpful. From the moment I walked in, it was superb service. Loved not having a long wait. The nurse was very efficient and helpful. The doctor made sure I understood what was going on and showed me pictures. It was a great experience. I wish more doctors' offices were this helpful.
    Deborah K.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    You guys are 3 for 3 on surgeries for me. Thanks so much!
    Paige K.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very professional and very knowledgeable. I will recommend him to any one!
    Anonymous
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I'm thankful that you have Saturday office hours. Making appointments is so easy.
    Michael S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I love Dr Bob! I am a runner and my feet were hurting so badly that I wanted to stop doing the activity that I loved.  I went to him reluctantly on a recommendation from a friend and his friendly office staff brought me in, I got an x-ray and MRI right there.  He was so friendly and helpful, and as an athlete himself, he understood how I was feeling not being able to run.  He was able to solve my problem and get me back on the road! I am indebted to him!
    A.M.
  • Thank you for all the compassion and hard work you have shown to me. I really appreciate it.
    Sherri
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I injured my foot last night while kickboxing.  I was afraid I broke it.  I called Dr. Bob Baravarian's of the Foot and Ankle Institute, hoping to schedule an appointment.  Luckily, they were able to see me today.

    I know what you're thinking.  Good doctors are overbooked, so if a doctor can see you same-day, something is wrong.  That is true for many doctors, but that did not apply here.

    They saw me at my appointed time.  That's right: No waiting in the waiting room.  There were lots of other patients in the waiting room; they were all seen on time, too.

    The staff was pleasant, and compassionate.  I am somewhat bull-headed, and tried walking on my injured foot.  The assistant ensured that I remain on my crutches, and he even taught me how to use them properly.  He watched me walk several steps, coaching me as I took each step.  How great is that?

    The visit with Dr. Baravarian was pleasant, and the treatment was just what I needed.  He had a good personality, and answered all of my questions.  Great visit.
    Michael C.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I found Dr. Bob  in 2004 when my bunions were bothering me.  I had been diagnosed with knee problems 3 years earlier, but did not know the problems were related.  My knee doctor told me to come back for a knee replacement when the pain got too bad.  When i saw Dr. Bob for bunion pain, his first question was whether I had knee problems.  The whole problem with my bunions and knees was that my arch was collapsing.  Dr. Bob rebuilt both of my feet with screws for joint fusion and ankle implants for stabilization.  Nine years later I have not had a single issue.  No more knee or foot pain.  I cannot thank him enough !
    Janet P.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I can't express how grateful I am for The University Foot & Ankle Institute! I rolled my ankle a while back, and these guys had me fast on the road to recovery. They have experienced surgeons and therapists and 8 locations!

    I was initially very impressed with their extremely informational website. They treat a wide variety of foot and ankle disorders. Over all I was very pleased with the professional and friendly demeanor of the therapists there. Thank you University Foot & Ankle Institute!
    Steven K.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The therapists are very knowledgeable. It was nice to see how they all helped out where needed. If someone started something, but was busy when a treatment ended, then someone else would finish up. A nice team effort.
    Hunter M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    "Dr. Bob" is amazing.  I destroyed my tibia in a Pilon fracture a year ago and was having serious difficulty recovering.  No amount of PT would help, so I ended up seeing a sports medicine doc, who referred me to Dr. Baravarian.  

    I came in for a consult, he took some x-rays (in his office), and told me my ankle was a mess.  He scheduled surgery right away, and cleaned out scar tissue that had formed during my recovery from the emergency procedure.  The procedure (and recovery) were relatively painless, and now I'm making progress, with the help of the UFAI's attached crack physical therapy department.

    He runs a tight ship and has great people working in the office - no showing up for your appointment and waiting for an hour to see the doc, even late in the day.  He has a great bedside manner (you can tell that he genuinely cares about his patients), is great with followup, and has very reasonable prices for those items not covered by insurance.

    I can't recommend him enough.  If you've got a messed up foot/ankle, go see Dr. Bob.  You'll come away (at the very least) better educated about your problem, and in a better frame of mind than when you went in.
    Dave F.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    It's been five months since my surgery, performed by Dr. Sydney Yau, and I've been walking with no pain. Dr. Yau tried to fix my problem with no surgery, and when that was unsuccessful, we decided on surgery and he was always, and is still, concerned with how I am doing.

    A couple hours after my surgery, Dr. Yau called to make sure I was doing okay and called the following day as well. The staff has always been kind and caring to me, and are well organized - I hardly ever have any wait time at all in his office.

    I highly recommend Dr. Yau to anyone with foot or ankle problems. You will be well cared for and will "walk away" without any problems!
    Sandie E.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I broke my foot while working on a film production. One of my friends told me about the Foot and Ankle institute. They provided a great treatment for my foot and I was pain free within a week. I would definitely recommend their services to anyone with foot problems. They will help you "get back on your feet".
    I.S.
  • Google+
    Great doctors. Easy to make an appointment. Great staff.
    Francheska A.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had tendon surgery about 2 years ago at Kaiser and it was the worst experience of my life...Dr. Baravarian is a breath of fresh air! Finally!  A doctor who cares and really seems to care about your recovery! His entire office is nothing but kind and cooperative - and I was lucky to have received the referral to his office. 

    Thanks Dr. B!
    Mz P.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    I had a ganglion cyst on my foot, and Dr. Briskin did an ultrasound and drained it. I didn't have insurance for this procedure, so it was a few hundred bucks. Dr. Briskin was a total pro, and the whole thing essentially painless. He seemed like a totally smart, good guy and no up selling. I would say anybody with a foot problem, he is totally good. High marks!
    Walter M.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I love Dr. Gary Briskin, Gray O' Brien & the physical therapy staff in Santa Monica. Super nice people, and very helpful getting me back on my feet!
    Kira L.
  • I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful surgery that you have done on my foot. You are an amazing surgeon and anyone would be lucky to be your patient. Much love and thanks,
    Mahkameh
  • Angies List
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I would not go anywhere else! They are terrific! Dr. Bob Baravarian is an expert in his profession. No pain, and great care. The best!
    Diane M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    After 15 years of surgery fear and bad big toe joints I could hardly walk for more than 10 minutes. I have visited many Dr.s but was not comfortable until met Dr. Bob Baravarian 2 years ago in Sherman Oaks.  At 62, I needed a RT toe fusion due to damaged joint, so we scheduled surgery and now healed. Surgery went smooth, quick w/ no pain and minimal scarring.

    I was extremely pleased as months later I started running again until my LT big toe started being painful with spurs. I scheduled my second visit with Dr. Bob in Santa Monica , a surgery later with positive results of cleaning out the toe joint and therapy, I have full toe action again with no pain and look forward to running real soon. With the exception of the X-ray tech in SO, all the staffing at both locations are very friendly, professional and help full. I do recommend this Dr. and his staff to any one in need. 

    As far as billing, I asked up front of all fees and costs and there were no issues before or after surgery. All was very good. 

    Kudos  to Dr. Baravarian and his staff.
    Steve N.
  • Angies List
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Exceptional care. Was concerned that I was going to need surgery, but opted for Platelet Rich Plasma injections that now, two months out, have reduced the inflammation significantly. I actually played basketball last weekend, a first in a long time. Very professional, no BS, exactly what I was told would happen, has happened. How often does that happen in the real world? Rarely, but it did here and I am very happy and grateful for that.
    Anonymous
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The doctor and staff really care. Thank you.
    Manuel S.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very kind and warm. Spent time explaining procedure and recommendations.
    Debbie A.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very satisfied, and will definitely recommend to friends and family!
    Pauline M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Visiting UFAI was definitely a low point of my trip to LA, but only because my buddy managed to get a stress fracture in her foot while we were long boarding, and it kinda ruined our plans. 

    We ended up looking some stuff up on Google, and came across the UFAI website, which had a lot of really good info on all things related to the lower extremities, plus one of their many locations is on the UCLA campus, so it was convenient to get to and had a good reputation from the students and fellow Yelpers.

    All the staff were really friendly and knowledgeable, and helped to make a lame (no pun intended) situation not so awful. We were seen fairly  quickly, especially with how busy they were, and were well taken care of. The facilities are reeeally nice too, though I'm only comparing them to some of the scuzzy walk in clinics I've been to in Canada.
    Shanley W.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Best experience I've had in a long time at a doctors office. The staff were wonderful and efficient!!!!!!
    Albert H.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    So fortunate to have found Dr Franson. I was treated by him last year for a torn achilles tendon, and today my daughter was treated by him. She's pregnant and he was very attentive to her concerns about treatment for her toe. He's very knowledgeable and a sweetheart too. The staff was friendly too :)
    S.K.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    So far everything is going well. I really like Dr. Baravarian and his staff, they did a wonderful job. They are very compassionate and professional at the same time. My family and I are very happy and thankful we found you guys, and we are definitely recommending your services to everybody. Thank you again for making me feel at peace at the time of my surgery. I'm so happy with Dr. Baravarian that I will give him 5 stars in any reviews that I can.
    Jeanette D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Right after my first visit with Dr, Briskin was over I knew I found the right doctor. My problem was approached with caution, care and expertise treatment. The treatment was important, but the doctor's mannerism is also. He took the time to converse with me about how I was doing. He wasn't  rushing me in and out. The treatment for my foot and ankle was very successful.Thanks Dr. Briskin!!
    Kirk W.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am in process with Dr. Baravarian now for a chronic ankle problem, and am completely delighted to be in his care.  Both he and the rest of the staff are professional, courteous, helpful, and clearly are very very good at what they do.
    Whitney G.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I appreciate Dr. Bavarian's super-quick responses to my email questions!
    Marylyn T.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Thanks for taking the extra time to treat my foot during the appointment. You saved us a second trip.
    Jill V.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I recently tore my CFL, got an MRI and was recommended surgery by my doctor in Northern California. After doing some of my own research, I came across this article - A Guide to Treating Ankle Sprains from Start to Finish written by Dr. Baravarian. Wanting to get a 2nd professional opinion, I emailed Dr Baravarian the results of my MRI, and he replied a few hours later, and confirmed the recommendation. If I lived in LA, I would definitely come to see Dr. Baravarian.
    Wudan D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have had foot surgery on both of my feet by Dr. B.  His diagnosis of a problem on my first surgery has removed all the pain I had for years. The second surgery restored full function to my other foot. His entire office gave wonderful attention to me. I'm so grateful that we drove from our desert home to Santa Monica for his expert and caring treatment.
    Nancy S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everything about the office was clean, efficient and professional.
    Ronald G.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I was very impressed with my experience at your office. From the quick appointment I got to the minimal wait upon arrival and the professionalism from the staff and doctor was all exceptional. I am very happy I chose your office although I didn't expect anything less really based off the amazing yelp reviews your office has ( my reason for picking your office). Thanks again :)
    Jamie L.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Best doctor hands down. He has helped me so much, and he actually cares about you and wants the best for you.
    Gina V.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I saw Dr. Baravarian after being misdiagnosed by a previous doctor. I was suffering from foot pain for several months - I am a runner and even short walks were becoming increasingly painful. Everyone in the office is super nice and Dr. B is awesome! He quickly diagnosed me with a bone spur and suggested orthotics.  I was reluctant that the thin inserts would make any difference, but I am so happy I was wrong!  I immediately noticed a difference! I am back to running, just ran a half marathon and am currently training for a full - completely PAIN FREE! Can't thank him enough!
    Christie C.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have been suffering for a long time with pain in my toes. Thought it was just something I would have to deal with, my mom cannot even walk anymore due to her arthritis- I cried with relief to find out that Dr. Baravarian could not only treat the pain, but the cause as well. Thank you for giving me my life back!
    Amanda W.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Two years ago I went to Dr. Bob looking for expert advice on what to do about my feet!  It was the best thing I could have ever done.  Now, two years later, after Lapidus Bunionectomies on both feet, I am feeling extremely grateful that I found the right man for the job.  I recommend him to all my friends with foot problems, and I believe he's the best in the west.  Thank you, Dr. Bob :)
    Barbara P.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Would not go anywhere else.
    Stacy B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great Dr., great office, and wonderful patient attentiveness. Would definitely recommend.
    Roxana N.
  • HealthGrades
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Yau takes time with his patient(s) and explains the foot condition professionally. I highly recommend Dr. Yau as a podiatrist.
    Art H.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I've already told Dr. Campbell that I think he's great. He listens to his patients and has a very cool, low-key approach that is genuine and comforting.
    Wendy V.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Saw Doctor Franson for some pain that was shooting down from my hip area to ankle/foot. The doctor seemed very knowledgeable and professional. Front office staff is very friendly as well. I would recommend!
    O. P.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have had an outstanding experiences every time I come to the office.
    John B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian took care of my very painful hung nail last year and I have had no problems since then. I since recommended 3 friends to him for different problems/surgeries and they are all so thankful and happy with this Dr.

    I usually chat with other patients in the waiting room, when I have to see a new doctor. I only heard positive comments about this office.
    Haleh S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My experience with UFAI has been nothing but positive! Your staff is truly responsive and very customer-oriented. My surgery experience was equally positive! Wonderful nurses and staff! I have actually recommended UFAI to several of my friends!
    Barbara S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My feet have been killing me for the past two months and I put off getting it checked out. I finally came to see Dr. Briskin and I regret nothing! My appointment time was mostly kept and he found the problem right away. Dr Briskin is very easy to talk to and answers questions readily.
    Cynthia S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great experince.
    Sandra S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Customer service is great, doctors are awesome, and it's so easy to get an appointment.
    Lisa D.
  • THANK YOU ALL for your treatment and constant encouragement. Next Christmas day in Antarctica I'll get champagne from the cruise ships and offer you a toast.
    George
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Franson and the entire staff at University Foot & Ankle Institute - Valencia are awesome!! I had both feet corrected (bunion surgery) by Dr. Franson and he did amazing work!! He is caring, gentle and friendly, and provides top-notch care. The staff is absolutely wonderful, as well as the physical therapy department. I highly, highly recommend Dr. Franson to everyone, he is the BEST!!
    Helena O.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I've had two Lapidus Bunionectomy surgeries (one for each foot) by Dr Baravarian and I'm thrilled with the results. My bunions were extreme and required extreme expert measures to correct them. Dr. Baravarian is one of the best, if not THE best, foot doctors in L.A. and I feel so grateful to have found him.
    Ryan
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Excellent - this was a follow-up to receive and fit orthotics.
    Linda N.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Briskin is great!
    Robert B.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    We were very impressed with Dr. Briskin. He comes very highly recommended by several people within the community!
    Kimberly F.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Gary was terrific and numbed my toe before he did the procedure. It was absolute pleasure, with minimal pain and anxiety.
    Marcia C.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My 1st time visiting University Foot & Ankle was a great experience! Dr. Yau was very helpful and even provided his email to contact him about any concerns I may have had due to my injury. Awesome staff and great location!
    Juan A.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    I encountered very nice and supportive staff, and a doctor with a very welcoming attitude.
    Diego C.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am so grateful for Dr. Campbell! 

    He is very knowledgeable, skilled, thorough, and patient. His warm, friendly demeanor always keeps me calm (which is amazing for someone who gets as anxious as I do)! 

    During my first appointment, he thoroughly explained my diagnosis (bunions) and discussed conservative and surgical treatment options with me. I had already tried most of the conservative options, so my last non-surgical option was to use prescribed orthotics. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I already had severe bunions at 21, surgical intervention would likely be inevitable. Orthotics would just slow the progression of and ease the pain of my bunions. I appreciated that he provided me with information about all of my options without pressuring me into any of them. 

    Because I was already in excruciating, throbbing pain 24/7 - even with the orthotics (and throwing away my embarrassingly large collection of flip-flops), I decided to get surgery. He made sure that I was prepared and well-informed, did a phenomenal job on the surgery, and is currently ensuring my recovery is comfortable and successful. One of his fantastic qualities is that he ensures the well being and comfort of his patients from the first appointment indefinitely. 

    I got a Lapidus Bunionectomy with bone graft. He used 2 screws to hold the bones together, and he used a titanium plate (fixated by 5 screws) for stability. The UFAI also utilizes some modern techniques that help with the healing (such as using my bone marrow and plasma, and a bone graft from my heel, at the fusion site). In addition to general anesthesia, they also used a nerve block that prevented me from feeling any pain for a day! 

    Dr. Campbell did an amazing job. I am eternally grateful already, and my foot will only keep feeling and looking better! It looks absolutely fantastic and beautiful!  And the pain is only 5% of what I expected. Right now, I am 3 weeks post-op, and my foot hurts significantly less than it did BEFORE the surgery! I plan to get the same surgery on my other foot when this foot is completely healed. 

    A note for anyone who is deciding between a podiatry surgeon or orthopedic surgeon for a foot surgery:

    I ultimately decided that I wanted a surgeon that is an expert on feet - rather than a surgeon that focuses on the entire musculoskeletal system - to operate on my feet.  Of course, Dr. Campbell being so fantastic made that decision easy!
    Amanda S.
  • I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for everything you have done for me. You have truly blessed me in more ways than one.
    Lilly
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I recently saw Dr. Baravarian for an issue I was having with my tibia.  I was referred to him by my primary physician. I am SO happy that I met him.  After a few office visits with him, and a very successful surgery, I am happy to say that Dr. Baravarian has allowed me to walk again, pain free.  I am grateful for all that he has helped me with and I will continue to refer him to friends and family.
    Yesenia B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had foot surgery here in November 2014 with Dr. Baravarian and as far as surgeries go, it was a pleasant experience. The staff is incredibly helpful and nice and Dr. Baravarian was great! I was given very thorough post-op recovery instructions and when I had questions, Dr. Baravarian would return my emails promptly. My physical therapy (with Gray) was also top notch and help my recovery tremendously. I would highly recommend this institute if you have any foot or ankle problems.
    Akela C.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Thorough exam with reasonable, cost effective solutions recommended.
    Catherine M.
  • Angies List
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Exceptional care. Very professional, no BS, exactly what I was told would happen, has happened. How often does that happen in the real world? Rarely, but it did here and I am very happy and grateful for that.
    Anonymous
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Briskin is the best. He is very understanding and caring.
    Lan G.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    You are one of the best doctors, and have the best staff, that I have ever seen. If I ever have a serious foot problem, I'll feel so much better knowing about you.
    Beverly S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I see Dr. Bob in Sherman Oaks.  If it wasn't for him, I really wouldn't be able to walk.  I have bad arthritis in my ankles and feet.  I have seen several doctors regarding my problems but NO ONE was able to help me or understand how to help me or have the knowledge of how to help me.  

    Dr. Bob is intelligent, calm, and funny.  He makes sure you understand what he's going to do before surgery and what's going to happen after surgery.  If he see's you feel anxious or nervous, he takes the time to calm you down.  

    Bottom Line after he listens to you regarding your ailment and after thoroughly examining you he knows exactly what you need and what to do.  If you gives you some cork lifts or a boot or something else it is for your health and he always knows exactly what he's doing.  He's honest and very intelligent.  

    He's an amazing surgeon my ankles are attached and I am able to walk. He's had to do numerous surgeries on my feet because of all my problems.   I trust him and highly recommend him.  I wouldn't go anywhere else.
    Mika M.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Professional, to the point, pleasant. Very happy with the service and the ability to schedule via ZocDoc.
    Deborah F.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had some PT done to my hip flexers. I'm an avid runner and cyclist. The staff is very knowledgeable and knows athletes. So if you're an athlete and need some repairs, I highly suggest this staff. Suzanne is an Iron (Wo)man and is very knowledgeable of our needs. I have visited Dr. Franson for a bunion. I was put into orthodics and it has helped. I do not have pain in my foot anymore. It has stabilized the bunion.
    Tracy H.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    This is by far the best doctor/doctors office experience I've ever had!
    Theresa M.
  • Angies List
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    He is very nice. He is really good with teens who don’t want to wear their orthotics. He is smart and helpful. He really was good at working with my daughter.
    Anonymous
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Was lucky to be referred to Dr. Babak Baravarian in Oct.2010 by my " Podiatrician " cousin. She told me good things about him and his experience in foot and ankle surgeries although she is a podiatrist herself.

    I received bunion surgery and the results were phenomenal. He is attentive, caring and a gentleman. Dr. Baravarian cares about his patients and does everything he can to help them. He is the best in his field and very up to date in new procedures. Dr. Bob is an amazing surgeon and anyone would be lucky to be his patient. A+ rating!
    Mahkameh S.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Yau is very compassionate, soft spoken and easy to talk to. He answers all your questions.
    Vriginia B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I honestly wish I never had cause to go here, but I'm very thankful that I saw Dr. Bob Baravarian for a severe ankle fracture. A pal referred me and they also had a great experience with him.

    From the start, Dr. Bob was great. He spent a good amount of time with me and made me feel as comfortable as I could possibly be having to undergo surgery for breaking both bones in my ankle, as well as tearing 3 ligaments - ouch, to say the very least.

    He has an excellent bedside manner, is warm and funny, and it has to be said, totally gorgeous. He's also an extremely talented surgeon. The incisions on my ankle look pretty good, considering he had to slice into me on both sides of my foot.

    The physical therapy center across the hall is also something to rave about. All the therapists here are excellent. Especially Grey, who I saw three times a week and pushed me in the best way possible.

    The staff are also great, the techs are very adept at what they do. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is there was a frequent wait in the waiting room. Sometimes as long as 30-45 minutes after my appt time. 

    All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to refer the office for any foot issues one may have. My ankle is healed for the most part 5 months later and I still have a ways to go before I'm 100%, but I feel confident I'll get there thanks to Dr. Bob's skills.
    Kelly J.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Everyone is courteous, professional and efficient.
    Joseph O.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am 4 weeks post surgery now and just got my cast off today. Dr. Franson is the BEST foot specialist I have ever been to. He is extremely kind, he's caring and compassionate. He truly cares about his patients and has a fantastic bedside manner, but above all of that, he is an extremely talented surgeon. I was so apprehensive about having this surgery, due to all of the horror stories I had read about others who have had the same Achilles' tendon surgery with other doctors.

    I feel very fortunate to have found Dr. Franson, because so far it's been a breeze compared to others. His staff is great as well. They are all very friendly, caring and professional. The wait is never long, and I always feel that he spends an appropriate amount of time with me answering all of my questions. I have never written a review about a doctor before, but I truly believe Dr. Franson deserves one. I highly recommend Dr. Franson and University Foot & Ankle Institute!
    Kathleen C.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    You all are very good at your job. So glad I am going here.
    Gary D.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    You all are very good at your job. So glad I am going here.
    Helena O.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    So far, so good. Friendly staff that listens to my concerns. Great doctor, and all around a good experience. Worth the travel into Valencia.
    Tony P.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Wow! I have just scrolled down and read through numerous reviews and they are certainly all over the map ! After reading, I felt the strong need to share my family's and friend's multiple satisfying experiences with Dr. Baravarian. Over the past twelve years he has treated me successfully for a horrendous case of heel spurs coupled with plantar fasciitis (almost could not walk), made two sets of custom orthodics, treated me for a broken foot, treated my track-running teenage son for stress fractures in the lower leg and made him two sets of custom orthordics which were life-saving for his running career, treated my adult daughter for a broken foot, treated my aging father with custom shoe adjustments, did major achilles surgery on my husband when he tore it completely off (and visited him regularly when  he had to spend time in the hospital), treated three of my friends for serious foot issues when they had been to multiple other doctors without getting satisfactory results.

    Most of the time over this past 12 years we were insured and the office worked great with out carriers. When my husband was unemployed for 10 months, the office took reduced payments for cash AND let slowly pay off the balance, never giving us grief, nor embarrassing us or making us feel less than. The wait has never been more than about 15 minutes in the waiting room and I have never felt rushed through a visit with Dr. Baravarian. I have, we have, continued to use Dr. Baravarian and to refer him to anyone with foot and ankle needs. He is especially good with athletes. When I read the comment about him having a huge ego, I just had to chuckle. That has never been our impression nor our experience. we have nothing but praise for his expertise and for his patience and kindness.

    Thank you.
    Lorna B.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I love the professionalism of the doctor's office and his therapy office. They are very caring and they go over and above to get you better!
    Jacqueline F.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great service!
    Stella P.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian is a very caring and patient doctor. During my first visit with him he really took the time to listen to my concerns and talk to me about all my options regarding my chronic pain. I highly recommend Dr. Baravarian.
    Tina B.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The office staff and Dr. Campbell were very efficient, timely and professional.
    Susan S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone is amazing.
    Susan H.
  • Google+
    I had been dealing with heel pain for far too long and went to seek treatment from University Foot and Ankle (in Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica). Within three weeks my pain had decreased for the first time in four years. Now six months later the pain is gone. How? I got something to go in my shoes, two targeted injections and daily stretching exercises. No drugs, no surgery and no BS from the doctor. I am very happy with my result and wonder why I did not go here first. Live and learn.
    Greg A.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Doctors are great. Easy to make an appointment. Highly recommend.
    Francheska A.
  • Prior to surgery, snowboarding had become extremely painful with numbness, sharp pain & an overall inability to have control over my foot. This past weekend I went snowboarding & was completely amazed at how incredible my foot felt! Virtually NO Pain! I just wanted to thank you & let you know how grateful I am. Now on to Salsa dancing!
    CC
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Smashed a toe pretty good and had a toenail going in the wrong way. I called the doctors office. They took my California Care insurance no problem. Despite a very busy lobby, staff arranged to sneak me in between patient appointments. Doctor examined my issue within 20 minutes of doing paperwork, checked my toe and informed me how to take care of it. I was very pleased with the service at this doctors office and the professional nature of the staff. The doctor was polite and clearly gave me the medical attention I needed. Overall, it felt like a place where patients and their medical needs came first, not the hustle of the 21st-century medical industry. Highest recommendation for the University medical team! Thank you.
    SurfWithT
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    It was my first visit to Dr. Briskin and it was a very positive experience. He has an excellent bedside manner.
    Tia T.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great staff who put up with my questions and bad jokes. Hope I will not have to return, but if I do have foot problems again, I will go back to these folks.
    Eric F.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    What a great medical experience. They were running early and I saw Dr. Baravarian within 5 minutes.  A very high tech operation, and a great bed side manner.
    John K.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I used to suffer from bunions for as long as i can remember. I danced ballet for 17 years, love wearing heels, and both my parents have bunions, so my bunions were REALLY painful. I researched the best podiatrist and Dr. Bob's name came up. His name was mentioned by a well respected doctor at UCLA. so I went and met with him. Anyone who suffers from a bunion knows how painful it is and knows what kind of surgery will fix it.

    It seemed huge at first and I can't deny that i was scared. Dr. Bob was very reassuring and he explained everything in great detail. After an x-ray, it turned out that i have something called a tailors bunion, and he said that if it doesn't hurt then there is no need to operate on it. i have to say i really respected his honesty and integrity.

    He operated on my left foot almost 3 months ago and my right foot almost 2 months ago. During my recovery i used to see him every 2 weeks and he was always very attentive and would always tell me what to expect next.

    i didn't feel any pain in either of my feet. i could walk from day one and next week i will be back in heels. i read a dozen of blogs about bunion surgeries and the horror stories i have read made feel grateful that I was lucky enough to have picked him as my doctor.
    B.E.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very informative and helpful. Glad I went, as I now know how to help myself.
    Anonymous
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian is a very caring and patient doctor. During my first visit with him he really took the time to listen to my concerns and talk to me about all my options regarding my chronic pain. I highly recommend Dr. Baravarian.
    Tina B.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Listened and understood my concerns, did an appropriate evaluation, and recommended possible treatment choices according to my preferences. Very professional and personable!
    Anonymous
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very happy with the doctors I seen. Very friendly and professional. Thank you!!!!
    Brenda R.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    My first appointment, Dr. Barvarian personally came out to the waiting room, introduced himself, and walked me back to examine my foot; but only after taking a detailed history of what I do for a living, when my injury took place, and what treatment I had already sought.

    He quickly related to my anxiousness of wondering whether or not I would be able to run again. An athlete himself, he empathized with my anxiety and reassured me that with the proper treatment I would be running in time.

    After a few months of following his treatment plan, obtaining orthotics, I was back to running! I am so thankful for his knowledge and expertise. Dr. Barvarian and this institute comes with my highest recommendation.
    Haley S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have already recommended Dr Baravarian to my friend Lynn. Thank you so much. Great staff is everything, and you were awesome and sweet!
    Debbie T.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I've been seeing Dr Baravarian for about a year for a chronic foot injury and I'm very happy with him and the Sherman Oaks office. 

    The staff at UFAI is knowledgeable and friendly. It's consistently easy to get an early morning appointment so I can make it to work on time. I'm a runner and triathlete, so getting any injuries resolved quickly and effectively is very important to me. I feel that Dr Baravarian understands my needs and does everything he can to help me attain my running goals.

    My experience with getting custom running orthodics was very smooth. I would recommend Dr Baravarian and his office!
    Tracy L.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Franson is a lifesaver! I walked in with a lot of foot pain and walked out pain-free. I was expecting to get diagnosed and come back for another visit, but Dr. Franson quickly determined my condition and fixed me on the spot. I was seen on time and the Valencia office staff made me feel very comfortable. Many thanks, UFAI Valencia!
    Amy G.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I was treated at Sansum with no results. Dr. Campbell diagnosed my problem and took care of it. I am a fan!
    Joan C.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    A few months ago, I visited Dr. Baravarian for a foot ailment that I had been suffering from for a few years. After a couple of misdiagnoses and painful cortisone and alcohol injections. He was able to tell me I had a torn plantar plate and ligament of my second toe. I had previously been diagnosed with a second toe neuroma. We decided together that the only course of treatment was surgery to repair everything. A day after surgery, I was no longer in pain and (5) five days later I was able to see a marked improvement in the look and function of my foot and toe.

    Dr. Baravarian and his staff are warm, compassionate and professional. I am always able to get an appointment and I am seen in a timely manner. I have just recently referred Dr. Baravarian to friend, who has been suffering from painful ankles from years of playing sports. My friend had surgery to repair her ankle and told me she was very pleased with the outcome.

    I believe that the quality of a professional office is determined on how many people are referred and receive great treatment. Thank you, again Dr. Bob!
    Tory R.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Franson has seen my entire family for foot/ankle problems, and treated and solved all of them. The office staff is incredible. I highly recommend this doctor.
    H.W.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Wonderful doctor!
    Anonymous
  • When I compare the surgery result and treatment at the Foot and Ankle Institute with the treatment at other offices, I am amazed. I was so happy with my surgery result and that I had Dr. Baravarian fix the foot that was done by another doctor. This place is awesome.
    M. G.
  • I hesitated to see a doctor because I thought I would be told to stop running... when I saw Dr. Franson, I got encouragement instead of discouragement. Suzanne at Physical Therapy not only got rid of the pain, but she also taught me how to avoid further injury. Foot & Ankle Institute goes the extra mile for their patients. Suzanne helped me go 13.1 miles! On March 20th, I completed the Moab Half Marathon without any pain in my legs.
    Kerri
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I was impressed and happy to know I could see the doctor the same day I needed! Very efficient and professional! I've already recommended UFAI to several family and friends for their future reference.
    Ani M.
  • A note of thanks to you in the treatment of my foot. While I don't know the outcome yet. I would like you to know that I appreciate your expertise as well as your manner. I feel that I can connect with you, which is important. You are very good at the Medicine as well as well as the human part of it, I feel fortunate.
    B. T.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great appointment. Great communication. Explained my particular situation very well, blending medical terms and everyday terms. Staff was very friendly and answered all my questions.
    Anonymous
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I did some research online for a podiatrist after I broke my ankle and I found Dr. Bob. He worked in UCLA before opening his own office, where he now has multiple doctors working with him. He is amazing with patients and took the time to answer all my questions and thoroughly explain his diagnosis. 

    Other Advantages of the office:
           -On time
           -In office MRI
           -2nd opinions are available from other doctors at the office      

    Highly recommend Dr. Bob and his office.
    Saman S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    After years of chronic plantar fasciitis I'd given up running, stopped going to the park with my kids and couldn't dance with my wife. Grocery shopping meant icing my feet afterwards. I had been to 3 other podiatrists, had 4 sets of custom orthotics, a night splint boot, cortisone shots, bands, creams - you name it. I was told the only option was surgery on both my feet.

    Dr. Franson wanted to try another cortisone shot, more pliable orthotics and physical therapy every 3 days for several weeks. It took several months for my pain to go away completely, but it eventually did and I got my life back thanks to Dr. Franson and amazing PT Suzanne Hawson. Trips to Disneyland, family outings and dancing with my wife became a reality.

    It doesn't end there. Crazy as it sounds, after being crippled for 3 years, 2 years later I began playing competitive tennis!

    I've seen Dr. Franson and Suzanne for a tennis related ankle sprain and Achilles tendinitis. I recovered fully from both issues/injuries. I know several other tennis players who have seen Dr. Franson and Suzanne. Whether surgery or less invasive treatment was needed, all have made full recoveries and are back in action.

    If you have foot or ankle issues don't even think about going anyplace else!
    AJ H.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Like many, my husband is a classic car buff. I call it classic car nuts! Well one nice day we're going through some car stuff in the garage and BAM!! A steel car rim falls on my foot. Yes, the pain was excruciating! I ended up at the UFAI in Valencia and in walks the best of the best, Dr. Yau. Dr Yau was wonderful. Everyone in the office was wonderfully kind and efficient. Dr Yau put the pieces back together, I had a shattered large toe. It took a few extra pins to hold the bones together for a bit longer than the average 20 yr old. Yes, I'm in what they call golden years ( I call it rusty years). But today I'm pain free, I didn't lose my toe and I'm grateful to have met and had as my doctor the best of the best, wonderful Dr. Yau. Thank you, Dr. Yau!
    Irma G.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I recently saw Dr. Baravarian for an issue I was having with my tibia.  I was referred to him by my primary physician.  I am SO happy that I met him.  After a few office visits with him, and a very successful surgery, I am happy to say that Dr. Baravarian has allowed me to walk again, pain free.  I am grateful for all that he has helped me with and I will continue to refer him to friends and family.
    Yesenia B.
  • Dr. Franson and Dr. Yau are GREAT. I've referred my daughter and will continue to refer patients. I called Dr. Franson on Labor Day evening and he answered, took the time to talk to me and gave me direction as to seeing him the next day and surgery on Wednesday. I could not ask for more. He was kind, considerate and caring about my injury and well being. As for the staff, when I arrived at the office, they were also caring, kind and considerate. I hesitate to mention names because I'm afraid I will forget someone. So suffice it to say all at the front desk were great and as for Gisella, I just love her to pieces.
    Joan A.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had an absolutely great experience with Dr. Morris at this office.  I had a bad ankle/foot injury and although initially they didn't have an appointment available for several days later, they heard my case and agreed to see me that very afternoon, and the doctor as well as the nurse and receptionist all stayed well past office closing hours to complete my appointment. I needed some blood work drawn and an ultrasound done (they did the X-Rays in their office), and the receptionist was very "professionally forceful" with 2 external clinics to get me seen that evening.

    Not only was the care very detailed, thorough, and accurate - but Dr. Morris and the staff's attitude and personalities are absolutely fantastic.  Very personable and I actually looked forward to my follow up visit (well, as much as one can!).  

    Dr. Morris then recommended me to a great local family doctor, as I was having trouble finding one that was accepting new patients as I'm new to Santa Barbara.  Lastly, I randomly ran into the nurse outside in town several weeks later, and she not only remembered my name, but asked me specifically about my foot and recalled exactly what my case was.  Wow!

    Highly recommended.
    Matthew D.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. B and his staff were so kind. I'm extremely sensitive to pain and they were all very comforting and supportive. I would not hesitate to return and refer any of my family members and friends. Thank you for you commitment to excellent patient care.
    Christina A.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian got rid of my chronic tendinitis when nothing else worked! 

    But if you want more info: So I'd been suffering with a case of tendinitis in my foot for MONTHS, seriously, almost eight months and I was getting ready to give up hope that I'd ever be healthy and back to normal again. Tried PT with two different therapists, tried orthotics, tried resting, nothing worked. I started poking around the internet and read a couple of scholarly articles praising the benefits of platelet rich plasma for conditions like mine. Those articles lead me to University Foot and Ankle: Dr. Baravarian is a well-respected authority on this emerging field of medicine.

    I ended up getting two PRP injections with him. Not going to lie, the injections hurt like an SOB, and Dr. B. recommended that I wear an airboot for a number of weeks, and that kind of sucked. Another thing I can't lie about: the PRP injections aren't cheap, but I was charged what I felt was a very reasonable rate, especially compared to what other clinics and doctors charged. 

    But the story has a happy ending: the treatments worked, and I'm back to running, hiking, gymming, all the active stuff I love. 

    Dr. Baravarian is also a compassionate and personable doctor. I never had any trouble getting an appointment, I was always seen promptly and never had to loiter in the waiting room, and his staff were accommodating and helpful. Overall, a terrific experience.
    Lisaraine B.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Doctor Franson and the whole staff have been awesome every step of the way! I recommend them to all my family, friends and co-workers every chance I get! Thanks Dr. Franson and UFAI staff!!!!
    Robert B.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian and the Santa Monica office and staff are helping me stride ahead!
    Edward T.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Have been impressed with the attitude and professionalism of the staff. Waiting times are minimal - it is appreciated.
    David A.
  • Everything was explained to me in detail and all of my questions were totally answered.. My recovery was a breeze. I could not be happier with the care or the final result. Thanks for the great care.
    George
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I saw Dr. Baravarian for multiple breaks in both feet.  Knowing that I would require multiple surgeries, I was looking for a doctor who was on the forefront of medical technology, so I took the time to find the most appropriate doctor.  After many recommendations and a lot of research I ended up in Dr, Bob's care.  

    He has performed 4 surgeries with great results, when it was doubtful that I would walk again.  I have had 20 total surgeries from head to toe in the last four years from the finest surgeons and Dr. Bob is by far my favorite.  

    He had great bed side manor, but most importantly is an excellent surgeon who knows what he is talking about, and knows how to get it done.  If you want good results, he is the doctor to see.  I never found him to be overly expensive, but even if he was, it's worth paying for the best.
    Scott C.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I couldn't be more satisfied. My procedure went better than I anticipated and my followup care has been great.
    Randell S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very helpful that my doctor plays hockey since I had a hockey injury!
    Kristina W.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Went to another podiatrist for months before seeing Dr. Bob Baravarian.  The Foot & Ankle Institute is run like a well oiled machine.  I got an appointment quickly, he identified my issue in 2 minutes, treated me, and I just went back for my follow up.  I highly recommend these guys.  Clean operation in Santa Monica right across from Whole Foods.  My only regret is not going to him first.
    Sean W.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Doc Briskin was a great doctor and a straight shooter in the advice he gave to me. My toe/bone spur problem is greatly improved, and we shall see how far the healing process goes!
    David M.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great staff who put up with my questions and bad jokes. Hope I will not have to return, but if I do have foot problems again, I will go back to these folks.
    Eric F.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My experience with the team was wonderful. Thank you very much!
    Shirley F.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had my first experience with this office earlier this week. Dr. Franson spent ample time with me, and was very attentive to my concerns and questions. I especially appreciated his relaxed, but thorough, way of dealing with patients.

    The office is a model of efficiency. Once called in, there was constantly someone looking after me...I was never left waiting for someone to return to my room. 5 stars and I'm really looking forward to continuing my treatment with Dr Franson and his talented, efficient team.
    Chuck S.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Was very impressed with the professionalism of the entire office. Very courteous and knowledgeable nurses - prompt and gentle too.
    Ronald B.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    GREAT OFFICE STAFF, GREAT MEDICAL STAFF, GREAT DOCTOR!!! THANKS!
    Stanley W.
  • Facebook
    Dr. Baravarian got me back running when no other Dr. could. I can't thank him enough! Everyone in the office is so nice, I highly recommend them!
    Christie D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Excellent thorough care. Absolutely tops in getting me in after 30 days of negligent care from another podiatrist.  Dr Campbell whom I saw here in Santa Barbara CA  was able to see me within 48 hours of my desperate call, due to urgency of the swollen inflamed  ankle sprain that  had occurred over  a month before. Very different and attentive care from Dr Campbell who  prescribed an anti inflammatory (new on market) med and told me to elevate and ice, took me out of the SECOND ill fitting  CAM boot that the doctor at Sansum Medical Clinic prescribed, and had me immediately in a great well fitted brace and starting physical therapy with a great referral, the very next day. Terrific care and real results I could feel and see. Am steadily healing.

    So right on, this doctor, this place, this care!
    Sharon D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I was treated by Dr. Franson last summer after waking up to a debilitating ankle pain. I had been to several doctors in the weeks leading up to Dr. Franson's office visit with no real diagnosis or treatment.

    Dr. Franson and his staff were patient and attentive in assessing my pain source. Within weeks of my first office visit and PT sessions with their excellent on site physcial therapy, I was seeing major improvements. Dr. Franson went the extra mile to not only diagnosis my issue, but to get behind what has caused the problem. He ordered orthotics and spent months tweaking and adjusting until we got it just right.

    I can say 6 months later, I have been able to resume all my sports activities and daily routines with a stronger foot & ankle, and no signs of pain.

    Thank you!
    Ecole L.
  • Google+
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had been dealing with heel pain for far too long and went to seek treatment from University Foot and Ankle. Within three weeks my pain decreased for the first time in four years. No drugs, no surgery and no BS from the doctor. I am very happy with my results and wonder why I did not go earlier. Live and learn.
    Greg A.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I was referred by a friend and was very impressed.  The staff is kind and courteous.  Dr. Baravarian was excellent.  Reconstructive surgery, and on both feet with 12 weeks of recovery.

    The orthodics have been a great help.  He and his staff helped me get the needed medical equipment during my recovery.

    I had a similar surgery 8 years ago in Pasadena with another doctor, and this experience was far better indeed!

    I would definitely recommend them.
    Melissa H.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I'm very happy to be Dr. Campbell's patient! He is not only very well trained, but has a wonderful "bedside manner." He is easy to talk to and always puts me at ease during my visits to his office.
    Elissa H.
  • Angies List
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I went to see Dr. Sydney Yau with foot and ankle pain. After trying many alternative treatments I ended up needing surgery. Dr. Yau was very kind and informative. He has always been available if I had any questions.

    I am still in the healing phase, but Dr. Yau has been on top of everything. He is very kind and makes you feel like you are his only patient. As far as his staff goes, they are all amazing. Each and every one of them is very sweet and personable. I hit the jackpot when I found Dr. Yau.
    Lisa W.
  • Google+
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    This is my second experience, first plantar fasciitis, now my Achilles, lucky me. :( I would not go anywhere else and my feet are glad. Both times I have totally avoided surgery and for the Achilles, I was REALLY concerned that would be the case.
    Steven L.
  • I appreciate all of your efforts to help me and how much I truly respect you as a person and a doctor. Your kindness has brightened my world on many days that would have otherwise been gloomy.
    Andrew
  • When I came to you I thought my long distance hiking days might be over. But with your care and skill I have had a miraculous healing in my foot. For the many things you've done. Last Saturday I hiked in the mountains and my foot did fine for the first time in many months. When I write a book on hiking the triple cross (see map) you will definitely be in the acknowledgement.
    Taylor
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. B gave me excellent advisement regarding several bruised toe nails on my right foot. His assistant Alex trimmed my toe nails. I was a little scared at first, but he had very good technique and it didn't hurt at all.
    Sarah A.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great appointment. Great communication. Explained my particular situation very well, blending medical terms and everyday terms. Staff was very friendly and answered all my questions.
    Anonymous
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Alex was extremely careful with my foot during the MRI. I appreciated that very much.
    Susan C.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Have already sent six folks to you. Love you guys!
    Lorna B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Have already sent six folks to you. Love you guys!
    Lorna B.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Best experience I've ever had. Gary Briskin is wonderful! Treated decently without stress! Learned that daily pain is unnecessary. My toes are gonna cry "Tee-hee-hee", all the way home. Thanks, Dr. Briskin; I can dance again!
    Judith D,
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My toes are so happy, they're crying "tee-hee-hee all the way home" thanks to Dr. Gary Briskin.  He's perfect!  He solved a problem I've had for a long, long time.  For a few years, I've had to wear spongy "toe guards" and puffy tapes and so on in between these 2 specific toes because they were "fighting for the same space" and rubbing against each other, creating very painful, red skin, blisters, callouses, etc.  I mean VERY painful--I couldn't make a single step at home or away -- with any shoes -- even barefoot -- without cringing.  The skin was so sensitive, I even had to wear the toe guard material in bed!  

    Voila -- a few minutes with Dr. Briskin's friendly and patient examination, followed by a gentle and artful callous trimming -- and one simple bandage -- and I'm walking pain free. Day, night, every moment, wherever I go.  No toe guards, spongy separators, etc. Whatever I'll need in the future, he'll be my go-to expert.

    Thanks, Dr. Briskin.    
    J.D.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very satisfied, and will recommend to friends and family.
    Pauline M.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    I have been very pleased with my shoe inserts.
    Judy W.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    So far so good. Oh, how I hope my ankle improves!!
    Whitney G.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am not kept waiting. Communication is easy with all levels of staff. I love the reminders that are done via computer, in that there are a lot loose ends in my day, and the reminders help me stay organized without having to bother a human. I know that when I get home the computer will remind me of correct time or day etc.
    Sharon E.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Exceptional care! The therapist really pays you personal attention. Something I especially liked was being asked my expectations for physical therapy at the onset of the treatment.
    Benji M.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Volkmann was incredibly kind and compassionate. Thank you!
    Madison O.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am presently walking pain free and grateful for the help. Many thanks!
    John M.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Bob is excellent. He recommended a very conservative treatment, and was very knowledgeable and thorough. I am very pleased to have him as my doctor.
    William S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    I'll love you even more if I get my boot off tomorrow!
    Linda H.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Campbell is a phenomenal podiatrist and surgeon!
    Amanda S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone is nice & friendly, which helps a lot. Also they do great work!
    Hannah C.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I appreciated that Dr. Yau called me back quickly after I left a message and he then made time to see me that day.
    Virginia B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Enjoyed getting the left foot bunion done so much (LOL), I went back and had the bunion on my right foot removed on Sept.28 ! This recovery has been even faster than on the left foot as we religiously (thanks to my wife) iced it for 15 minutes (then off for 30 minutes) consistently every day for the first week!!! Another incredible job by Dr. Franson! Thanks so much!!
    Duane D.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Professional, to the point, pleasant. Very happy with service and the ability to schedule via Zocdoc.
    Deborah F.
  • I am so grateful to have found you. I was dealing with so much pain and frustration for a lack of diagnosis. You have been very patient with me and all my questions and concerns. I appreciate how you take the time to sit down and talk. You are very good at what you do and I think it is important for you to know.
    Brittania
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I saw Dr. Franson 2 years ago for bunion removal, and just this year had him replace my ankle and remove my other bunion. I can't tell you how great this doctor is. Very compasionate, very caring, and the staff is just as great. I would recommend him for any ankle or foot problem. He is the BEST!!!
    Karen G.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great doctor, and great technicians and office assistants.
    Susan C.
  • Angies List
    I used Gray O'Brien and he was excellent. They're very, very good. Everybody in that office as far as I can tell is very good. He was very consistent, personable and very professional. He did a great job. I think they were all excellent and professional.
    Anonymous
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Bob is outstanding.  A week ago today he performed surgery on my tarsal tunnel, and I am well on the mend from his handiwork.  He is professional, patient, and thorough in explaining his procedures and opinions.  I'm so happy to have found him!
    Karen L.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Doctor did a fabulous job. My foot looks amazing! But most importantly, I have a very difficult time with anesthetic and I'm allergic to many medications, the doctor listened and took every step to make sure I had the best care with the anesthesiologist.
    Dawn K.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had a great experience with Dr. Bob Baravarian and staff at the Sherman Oaks location and at the 90210 Surgery Center. I always found the staff and nurses  to be courteous and helpful. I have had plantars  flacilitis for 10 years and was getting no relief from other doctors and their treatments.

    Dr. Bob suggested various things to avoid surgery, but I needed it in the end. He and the staff advised us on the least expensive way to have the surgery. I am 5 days post surgery and have had absolutely no pain whatsoever. The surgery center called several times to check on me and were so nice. 

    I would highly recommend Dr Bob and the surgery centers for any foot  pain. !
    Lori S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The Dr. is very handsome! :)
    Laura P.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Morris was great. The whole staff was very responsive. I came to this office, after having a bad experience with another podiatrist. I live in Orange County, so every visit represents a long drive, but is 100% worth it. I had the Tenex procedure done for Plantar Fascitis and I am recovering very well. I work in the Health industry and did my due diligence on this clinic. This is the best clinic in Southern California. Thank you Dr. Morris.
    Emilio R.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I broke my foot while working on a film production. One of my friends told me about the Foot and Ankle institute. They provided a great treatment for my foot and I was pain free within a week. I would definately recommend their services to anyone with any feet pains or problems. They will help you "get back on your feet".
    I.S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Really cares about his patients. Takes his time to find the problem, not a factory trying to get you in and out. So glad we found him.
    Mike M.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone was very nice, professional and caring.
    Sheila W.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The medical care (at UFAI) is the best of the best.
    Douglas C.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Two thumbs up Dr. B. My son and I are both pain free now and we are very happy with the service we got at your office.
    Haleh S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am so pleased with the quality of care I received from UFAI. The physicians and therapists are all extremely knowledgeable and caring. The practice is also efficient and organized, and made the whole process of therapy a breeze. Most important, they made my ankle feel better than new.
    Starelle D.
  • Thank you so much for your skill and kindness before and during my surgery. I am sure that you have many patients that appreciate your work. I am thankful of your professionalism and how attentive you are.
    Rashi
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    I felt well cared for at this first session.
    Jeffrey C.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Morris was great, as well as all the office staff. I live far, but it has been worth the drive. Thank you!!!!
    Emilio R.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    PT Staff are very nice and knowledgeable. It took me a little time to understand how the PT was correcting my issue, but I think I've been cured!
    Terasa H.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Briskin is the best! My various foot concerns lasted 1.5 years so I had the opportunity to see a lot of Dr. Briskin. He's an excellent surgeon and a lovely person. I'd recommend him to any friend or family member with a foot concern.
    Barbara M.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Your institute is one of the best!
    Hana A.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Sydney Yau has been so helpful.
    Laura H.
  • Thank you for all your care and support. After 5 years of pain, you took care of things permanently for me. I can't tell you what a joy it is to be able to walk or simply pick up my kid and not be in pain. I'm forever grateful that you were my doctor. Thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart.
    Miriam
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Bob is fantastic! He is such a caring, attentive, professional doctor who always walks into the room with a smile.

    I had 2 separate experiences that he treated me for. The first one was last summer when he diagnosed tendonitis and plantar fasciitis on my left foot. I had a lot of discomfort prior. I went through their PT office for 3 months and wore a boot brace the first month. He preferred I order custom orthotics for my workout shoes and I had several follow-up visits during the 3 months it took me to heal.

    The 2nd time was this past January. I began to experience different symptoms on my left foot and ankle once again. He diagnosed Tarsal Tunnel. I went through some more PT and wore a boot brace for the first month. It took me a little longer to heal this time and I followed up with more appointments as he suggested.

    I appreciated Dr.'s advice on the brands of shoes which he thought best for me to buy. I also like the fact the he never pushed surgery. He was very quick to respond to any emails I sent him, too.

    If in the future I have any more foot or ankle problems, Dr Bob will be the first person I see! His care is top notch and he really looks out for your long-term well-being.
    Patty G.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am so surprised by the negative reviews over insurance billing.  Everyone hates insurance companies and I consider myself lucky when insurance follows through and gets it right! If there is an issue with my insurance coverage.

    I choose a doctor for their intelligence and knowledge and if I get better, and this is what I am going to write about because it was great. I came back from a hiking vacation with an inflamed Achilles tendon, it just came out of the blue, friggen weird.

    So I went here and saw Dr. Bob at UFAI, where I had been one other time with a different issue.  The first thing he told me is there were four options that I could actually choose from. The first was PT to strengthen the leg and hope that treatment helps in the hopes of avoiding surgery. Covered by insurance, btw.

    The second was PRP, where they do something with my blood and re-inject it into the area to help it heal, kind of high tech but not covered by insurance so I decided to wait on that option.  The third was surgery, and that was not going to happen and lastly do nothing, and that was not an option either.

    I liked having choices and understanding the risks and I chose PT. Their PT folks are great and I learned things I wish I knew before hiking, but it wound up not helping, which sucked, but the odds were not on my side for that one but I chose it.

    We then tried the PRP injection which is really high tech stuff, non surgical and I got to wear this odd looking boot which was cool around Halloween as I told the kids I was trying to become a Transformer but was only able to get my leg to change. Kind of a "make lemonade" moment. :)

    I had two of these injections and it actually brought the swelling and pain down, ptl. So no surgery. I did not think it hurt as much as someone else said, but I got numbed up pretty good for sure!

    I had to pay for what my insurance did not pay, which they told me about up front and it seemed like a fair amount and best of all I wound up avoiding surgery.  

    And I am keeping the boot for the next time i do something stupid to my feet and I know I will go back there without a second thought. No BS at all over there and I appreciated that a lot during my recover.
    Steven L.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Thanks for helping me get out of pain and on a path to feeling better. After two weeks of physical therapy for Plantar Fasciitis, I am beginning to walk without pain.
    Danica P.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian is a pro. Knows his stuff, and wanted to get to the root of the problem. Glad he is the one that operated on me. The staff nurses at St Johns were very professional and kind. Lisa, Jacqueline and Christine were great, and made the stress of going under the knife melt away with humorous and compassion. Well done!
    Dana M.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Yau was able to diagnose my issue during my first appointment with him, something that other doctors hadn't done after several visits and tests.
    Anonymous
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I saw Dr. Baravarian after being misdiagnosed by another doctor. (I am runner, but foot pain was making even short runs very difficult). He was awesome, really attentive and caring. He quickly diagnosed a bone spur in my foot and recommended orthotics. Have to say I was skeptical that the thin inserts could make much of a difference, but I was so wrong! I immediately noticed a difference and am back to running long distance with zero pain. I really can't thank him enough!
    Chris C.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Outstanding doctors and assistants!! Great staff! Excellent care and service.
    Duane D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I live in Seattle, WA  and go visit my mom in LA several times a year.  I had a foot injury last year and someone recommended Dr. Baravarian.  I went for a visit  several times. I am really pleased with what he did for me.   He is so great.  Very personal, caring, and always has time to discuss your problems.  He is one of the reasons that I go to LA now.  He is the best doctor anyone could ask for.
    Flora C.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Brayton Campbell is a very knowledgeable podiatrist.  It is obvious he cares about his patients to make sure we receive the right care.  I am very glad I have him as my podiatrist!
    Carole K.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I felt I was listened to when I had something to say. I appreciated the communication between the doctors and the Physical Therapist in relation to specific treatment and overall condition.
    Harry T.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. B and all the staff is awesome. I appreciate the level and focus of my care. I have, and will continue, to recommend Dr. Baravarian every chance I get.
    Stephen L.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great podiatrist and great staff.
    MIchele M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Bob is the only doctor that I would ever let work on my foot or ankle. I have had both ankle and foot surgery by Dr. Bob. Both times I could not have been happier with the results. Dr Bob has the best personality and is so down to earth. He takes his time and explains everything to you. The surgery center he uses is top notch and everyone is so nice and helpful. Dr Bob is the only doctor for me. His staff is great and friendly......
    Jack J.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The staff up front, especially Michelle, was great with scheduling and billing issues. The therapy team, especially Suzanne and Kristel, were incredible (as usual). Everyone is always friendly and professional, and I appreciate all their efforts to get my body back in good working order!
    Kevin D.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I appreciate the promptness of your staff getting me in on time for my appointments. Everyone is knowledgeable about what they are supposed to do.
    Penny L.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Fast and easy!
    Jonathan L.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My wife and I went to play tennis on a Wednesday morning, and within 10 minutes, I experienced the most excruciating pain in my right ankle!! Yes, I had TORN the achilles tendon!! OUCH! I hobbled to the car and called Dr. Franson's office! They got me an appointment at 1:30 that same day. After examining my ankle, Dr. Franson arranged for an MRI later that afternoon (4:30) and got the results by 6pm. He called me to tell me he'd need to do surgery on Friday. His office also arranged for me to get a pre-surgery exam on Thursday! Talk about a ONE STOP SHOP!!! Dr. Franson and his staff are absolutely amazing and leave nothing to chance! They also arranged for a knee scooter which has been my "best friend" the past few weeks!!

    Thanks GOODNESS, Dr. Franson was available!! If you're going to get injured - you NEED to go to the University Foot and Ankle Institute in Valencia!
    Duane D.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very satisfied!
    Pearl W.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The staff was fantastic and it they really took care of me. Some of the best service from medical professionals that I have ever seen!
    Ryan P,.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Communication is easy with all levels of staff. I love the reminders that are done via computer. There are a lot loose ends in my day, and the reminders help me stay organized.
    Sharon E.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian got me back running when no other Dr. could. I can't thank him enough! Everyone in the office is so nice, I highly recommend them!
    Christie D.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Suzanne and Cristel are both amazing. I have used them both in the past and will continue to recommend their services to others.
    Michele M.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Suzanne & her staff are not only professional at all times during my treatment, but are very thoughtful and caring.
    Frank G.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I love how Dr. Franson involves his patients in coming up with a treatment plan. I went to him years ago, and when I recently hurt my foot, it was a no brainer that I would go back to him.

    But the review I really wanted to share is about Suzanne and Jasmine in the physical therapy office. In only minutes, Suzanne was able to pinpoint exactly why I injured myself and give me immediate, realistic tips to fix the pain and prevent it from happening again. The fact that both she and Jasmine were kind, caring and had a great sense of humor, were a few more reasons my appointment was so enjoyable.
    Jackie M.
  • ZocDoc
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone was very pleasant, and the doctor spoke and listened without typing into a database. Very knowledgeable doctor. I would definitely recommend Dr. Campbell to my "running" friends.
    Thomas T.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I highly recommend Dr. Baravarian at UFAI.  After months dealing with another doctor and getting no results (and a really painful cortisone shot), I was finally diagnosed correctly and had a successful surgery.  I found Dr. Bob professional and friendly AND he was always quick to reply to my emails when I had questions.  I have been in the waiting room MANY times the past three months and have not waited more than 15 minutes past my appointment time (though usually going in sooner).  I found the staff to be friendly and helpful with everything from cast removal to processing disability paperwork.

    Also, the folks in their physical therapy department are STELLAR!!  Friendly, thorough and on it -- they caught a slight complication that I had (no fault of the surgery) which really saved me.  I cannot recommend them highly enough (and I've had my share of PT)

    There were some issues with the billing department but I keep really good records so once I talked to them and compared notes, they were quickly able to clear everything up to my satisfaction.
    Mari W.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I visited Dr. Baravarian based on my primary doctors recommendation.   My primary said he is the best in the business for my situation.  I ruptured my Achilles Tendon on October 6th and had surgery by Dr. "Bob" on October 11th.  So far so good, had the staples out on Oct 28.  So looking to having my cast off in mid November and moving to what I call the Robocop boot.   The staff has been great and appointments are easy and they pretty much run on time.  Dr. Bob and his team have a good bed side manner.  They tell me the full recovery is 4-6 months so I will have more to say over time.   Based on my experience so far, I would recommend Dr.  Bob.  My only suggestion would be that the office/doctors should give you some literature explaining the protocol for your recovery.  (e.g. how long in a cast, when you can start slow walking, exercising, physical therapy, etc.).  I'm a very detailed person so I like to understand every step in the process.
    Dean H.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Bob and the staff in Sherman Oaks are amazing! They are kind, thorough and caring!
    Anita D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have had foot pain for more than a year now and was receiving little to no information from my PREVIOUS doctor, and even worse, I did not feel like I was being heard... In doing online research about my vaguely diagnosed pain I read an article written by Dr. Baravarian that addressed and explained my somewhat uncommon condition and the treatment options that may benefit me. After spending so much time feeling like there was nothing I could do to resolve my problem I finally have not only answers, but hope!

    Although I haven't seen Dr. Baravarian yet, I am grateful for the insight he has provided, and I am confident that he will be able to help me! 

    Now I just need to navigate my insurance company's complicated and restrictive provisions to see him; I won't trust the care of my feet with anyone else!
    Amber S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian did a great job fixing my foot.
    Thomas P.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Campbell and staff are very helpful, welcoming, and patient!
    Amanda S.
  • CustomerSure
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Always great.
    Diana E.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Franson is the best. I wish he was an internal medicine doctor, then he could be my primary care doc. I can't believe I picked him out of the yellow pages when I was new to the area 10 years ago.

    Dr. Franson was treating my adult daughter for toe problems when he thought her leg needed an ultra sound. WOW! She had D.V.T. and it had gone to her lungs.

    Dr. Franson saved my daughter's life. AND......HE IS SO NICE.
    Moira S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My right foot had been very tender and very painful for about two months, when I went to see Dr. Breskin. He was able to diagnose it right away and start treatment. I have Plantar Fasciitis.

    He answers all questions and has a great bedside manner. His staff is very helpful and I have never had to wait more than 5 minutes to start an appointment. They are very prompt. He also recommended me to a wonderful Physical Therapy group. I like the fact that I can get in touch with the doctor and his staff any time when needed to ask questions or get more treatment. Appointments are easy to schedule and work around your own schedule. I would recommend Dr. Breskin and his staff to everyone who has foot problems.
    Penny L.
  • CustomerSure
    I always receive outstanding care in a efficient, timely manner with no waiting.
    Susan S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Franson, the nurses and front desk made everything so easy. Wonderful doctor and support staff. They returned phone calls quickly and we never felt rushed during appointments. The surgery was explained thoroughly and every question was answered completely. I would highly recommend this office to anyone with foot or ankle issues. We live an hour away, so allowing for traffic, we were usually early to our appointments. They frequently got us in early, so wait time was minimal.
    Deidre M.
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  • UCLA Health System - UCLA Medical Group
  • MPTF - Member Industry Health Network
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • ATP - Association of Tennis Professionals
  • And consulting physicians for:
  • C&S - Cedars-Sinai
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