Santa Monica Podiatry Clinic Patient Testimonials

We survey all our patients to learn how we did and 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.

3,923 Total 1st Party Reviews
4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Nothing else....
    Mindi T.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I came in all ready to get my surgery done; had someone bring so I wouldn’t have to use pressure on my foot in driving; planned the day etc. when I got there the assistant was setting up the room and discovered one piece of vital equipment was not functioning. Dr. B came in and apologized then said we have to cancel. I understand that these things happen was this equipment working ok the day before? Was it checked prior? The thing is I had someone give up her morning to bring me over. Not to mention my time as well. So please check your equipment. I am scheduled for August 1st. So sorry to complain ; your office is really great but you thought you should know
    Christina A.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I hate Michael Santa and feel like a moron that I gave that guy a penny.
    Babak B.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone was nice but I still have same pain and same problem.
    Dejan N.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Thank you Dr Barvarian for being the first to be report your experiences with failed Cartivas. You are a physician with character, who puts patients first. Now other doctors are finally saying the same thing. A brave, honest trail blazer!
    Laura L.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Most impressive medical care. Can’t wait to see if the surgical procedure actually worked, as I’ve struggled with this condition for eight years. It’s satisfying to feel as though there are people who really care about my wellness.
    Stephanie D.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I appreciate that I've always been cared for in a timely manner, and made to feel important by Dr. Baravarian and the staff.
    Tobyann S.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Doctor and Staff professional and competent!
    Barbara J.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Quick, friendly, clean, professional, and result oriented.
    Sinan B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I look forward to my next visit.
    James M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Bob and his staff are terrific!
    Marc B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Thanks for all your help
    Farhad R.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    Staff and doctor all very kind and helpful.
    Nancy A.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The office is very well run. Everyone is friendly and professional and appointments are kept in a timely manner. Well done!
    Dorit K.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very happy with the outcome and Dr.Bob was great
    Patricia B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Appreciated the service and attention to foot problem.
    Richard K.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am grateful that I went to see this doctor, because I live in Memphis, TN. and I have seen over three physicians that wanted to either cut on me or do nothing but medicate me. This doctor gave me hope by suggesting that an injection of Botox would temporarily relax my contracted gastronomic muscles and allow me to walk normally so I can go back to work. So with his great research/studies and willingness to help I’m thankful.
    Latryce T.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great Doctor and Staff!
    Nancy Y.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    You guys are the Best!!!
    Giovanni J.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I consider Dr. B one of the best drs I have ever had.
    Dawn K.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My comments are my rankings.
    James E.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very clear and helpful description of condition and demo of exercises.
    Hand out sheet of definition of condition and the list of exercises and care was much appreciated.
    Stephanie D.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian and staff were fantastic. I felt well cared for and confident that together we willl resolve my ankle pain. Thank you!
    Betina R.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Overall satisfied
    Bobby N.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Medical staff experience was great. Faced some unhelpfulness at the front desk -- as I tried to determine money-owed at appointment's end. Had to clarify with doctor who intervened on my behalf. (The idea being: based on my insurance, I didn't want any non-covered procedures be performed until I was clear about my out-of-pocket costs.) The doctor was extremely helpful. Front desk, decidedly less so.
    Eric A.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Baravarian had to revise a failed surgery that the Dr near my home performed. I did not have to wait long for my consultation appointment, and my surgery was scheduled two weeks later.
    I am out of pain now and look forward to getting back to my regular routine.
    Thank you so much to Dr Bob!
    Jennifer C.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very helpful and friendly
    Raul A.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Thank you!
    Alyssa H.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I’ve been using UFAI for 5 years to deal with conditions which impact walking comfort. They are organized, skilled and patient oriented. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
    Robert M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Briskin is the best
    Paul G.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Thank you for your kindness!!
    Lori G.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    Staff was professional
    Brian L.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am very happy with the bunion surgery I received from Dr. Baravarian. He and his staff were outstanding. I would highly recommend this facility for foot and ankle problems.
    Blair M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    After over 3 years of relentless research and visiting over 10 different board-certified orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physical therapists, and massage therapists, I contacted Dr. Bob Baravarian (after finding him online and researching some of his publications) as a last resort before either living with the debilitating heel/arch pain I had or going under the knife, the latter suggested by my other doctors. Dr. Baravarian was the only doctor who ever thought that my symptoms might not be the "plantar fasciitis" that other doctors were so eager to diagnose me with. All of these doctors were so sure they even had me fully convinced I had a stubborn case of plantar fasciitis in both feet. Come to find out, after Dr. Baravarian suggested I did not have some of the hallmark symptoms of PF and after not responding to conventional treatment, rest, medication, shockwave therapy, amniotic fluid injections, physical therapy, and the yada, yada, yada other doctors treated me with...that I get an MRI to see what was going on (which the other doctors thought was a waste of time!). I in fact had completely normal plantar fascia in both feet and a wholly different issue...and these other doctors wanted to cut my plantar fascia!!! I was baffled at the incompetence in this array of varied "leading foot doctors" I could find in 3 different cities, including one practice in the medically-renowned Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Clearly more than crude ultrasound diagnostic imaging need be used in podiatry/orthopedics for cases of long-term recalcitrant heel/arch pain such as I had, and this was something Dr. Baravarian recognized right away. After the MRI results came back that I had an uncommon form of tendonitis (flexor hallicus longus) in both feet, I felt both confused but absolutely relieved at the same time. Dr. Baravarian suggested some things to do and how to take action on my own since we were telecommunicating across the country. His guidance led me to have the most relief in pain I have had in over 3 years of actively trying to get better. The craziest part is I never even saw Dr. Baravarian in person or visited his practice - this was all done over FaceTime and email! As a young active male, this condition has taken a toll on me not only physically, but also financially, career-wise, socially, and often emotionally. Being in constant foot pain is not something people think about, but when you are afflicted with it, it is something that deeply affects and changes your daily life. To finally have some relief is truly a godsend - and I owe it to Dr. Baravarian for his expertise and QUESTIONING of the today's seemingly "standard diagnosing practices" of slapping plantar fasciitis on any patient with foot pain that comes a podiatrist's/orthopedic specialist's way. It has only been a month since I started to get the correct treatment that Dr. Baravarian recommended and I am already markedly improved. Foot pain is nothing a person should have to live with or deal with, and it is possible to get better even if you think all hope is lost or you will have to go under the knife. In my opinion, the "small percent" of patients who don't respond to standard plantar fasciitis treatments, including surgery, are probably also those who were misdiagnosed. Sometimes you have to take your health into your own hands, question things if they don't seem to add up, and spend the time to find the right doctor with the expertise and care to get you the correct treatment. Or you can just contact Dr. Baravarian, who can do all of that for you. I wish I would have 3 years ago and saved myself the money, heartache, and pain.
    Justin P.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Visting family in california,I started having some inflamation and a lot of pain in my left ankle. This has been popping up periodically for years . Thinking it was my ankle because of a break many years ago. I lived with tremedous pain and discomfort for years went to many doctors in NYC.
    Lucky break ''excuse the pun'' I found DR. Bob. he thought some thing wasen't right with at least my self diagnosis ( and many other doctors) a few Xrays and some poking around later we discovered it was a Nivular bone issue. Who knows what that means ? He took the time to expain it to me and what my obstacles will be in the future. At least now I know and he recomend a fine physician in my neck of the woods I'm very grateful his knowledge and compassion. Great place Great Doctor . Dr Bob Thank You!
    Michael F.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    A great experience was had. Good service and very friendly to my little dog Brownie.
    SAMUEL E.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Simply terrific and no bs, no upsell, super professional. The doctor's diagnostic skills were awesome and the best part was I did not need surgery, which two other docs insisted I did.Just finished PT and I feel better than I did before my injury. Very happy, highly recommend.
    Gregory L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    y'all are great. From he moment I walk in till I leave -- I feel cared for.
    Brenda W.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My only comment is that it is so hard to get in the door on crutches! Of all doors anywhere, the door at a foot and ankle clinic should be automatic :)
    Sheridan F.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Evaluation by Dr. Baravarian after recommended therapy.
    Henrietta K.
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