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.

3781 Total 1st Party Reviews
4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Excellent care
    Beverly H.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Bob and his staff and the entire PT staff are excellent! I will return at the first sign of foot pain! Right now, my foot feels great and I am continuing with all the stretches and correct shoes. Thank you!
    Cheryl H.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very happy with staff and Dr.
    Nicholas N.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great Staff, friendly and very efficient!
    Ruth M.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great care
    Stacie H.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Positive appointment.
    Marcia B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have a plantar plate problem. Orthotics helped a little with the problematic toe but created other problems. Physical therapy also helped a little but when the doctor said I will need surgery I wondered why was I still in PT?
    Phillip C.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Doctors are amazing!
    Alexandra B.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    great doctor Baravarian

    I already send this in
    Jessica F.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Good staff and good doctor
    Tippy N.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    Everything is great. Love that the front desk takes care of referrals and that the insurance billing has been correct.
    Nena E.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have horrible feet. Bad DNA. My aunt and my mother have both had multiple surgeries. I had hallux rigidis in both feet and neuromas in both feet.
    Andrei M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very professional staff. Very courteous and accommodating. I m always made to feel uncomfortable and well cared for.
    Queen Patterson
    Queen P.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great all around. Thank you!
    Andrei M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great experience from start to finish. Thank you.
    Dean C.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian is AMAZING
    Anjanae B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone is so responsive and helpful. Dr Baravarian is the best!
    Nandita P.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    the guy named sean was terrific
    Richard S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
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    Attila V.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I appreciated the care and expertise shown very much.
    Robert L.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have horrible feet. Bad DNA. My aunt and my mother have both had multiple surgeries. I had hallux rigidis in both feet and neuromas in both feet.

    I met with surgeons at Cedars, Kerlan Jobe, UCLA, DISC, and other places. Then I asked my primary care physician (with St. John's which has Santa Monica Orthopedic Group / SMOG) who he would pick and he said his daughter is having bunion surgery and he is going to Dr. Baravarian. My brother in law and a high school friend who are both orthopedic surgeons most-agreed with Dr. Baravarian's diagnosis and treatment advice. It is a luxury in LA to have many good surgeons to choose from but I have now had three surgeries with Dr. Baravarian and am 100% happy I chose to go with University Foot and Ankle.

    Quick rundown:
    Playing sports means more to me than almost anything.
    I am in the gym playing basketball, out playing tennis, skiing, running with my dog, or at least lifting weights 6-7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. I'm 6'3" and 200lbs so I am tough on my feet. When I play basketball I play in a game with a number of people who used to play professionally in Europe and the NBA. It is a high level game and it was very important to me that after foot surgery I wasn't just going to be "walking pain free" again but playing at the highest level I could.

    Neuromas in both feet were handled wonderfully. I was suffering from a lot of irritation. The bottoms of my feet had pockets of fluid where my body was trying to protect myself from the rubbing on the nerve and anything athletic was painful. The feet were swollen slightly afterwards but I basically was walking right away. Over time the feet were a bit sore and it took a little while to heal but after a few months I could not tell the surgeries were ever done. Perfect.

    In my left foot I had a cheilectomy for the hallux rigidis. 6 years after the surgery it feels great. One day I may need to go to a full fusion here but not yet. The cheilectomy felt easy. It was a while ago but I think I was walking that day. It healed great.

    In my right foot I had a cheilectomy done knowing that eventually I might have to have a full fusion because that foot was in much worse shape than my left foot. 6 years later I had the fusion done (March of 2018). By the end of June I was playing tennis again, playing basketball, running and squatting in the gym. I can explode off my right foot (my plant foot) and get above the rim in basketball with ZERO felt difference between my toe pre and post-fusion. Actually post-fusion it only feels better because it is pain free (and range of motion is indistinguishable).

    If I had any regret at all it is that I didn't get both toes fused just because the fusion went SO WELL on the right foot that why not take the risk of ever having to get the left foot cheilectomy redone off the table for the rest of my life?

    So that is it - I have had numerous surgeries with Dr. Baravarian. He consistently recommended a thoughtful and conservative treatment approach, every single surgery has led to a great outcome I am very happy with, his office is always accommodating if I need to get in for something small like a new pair of orthotics or something more important like seeing Dr. Baravarian about new foot pain. As a surgeon, Dr. Baravarian listened to my athletic goals and customized the plate that fixed my fusion in place. Also Dr. Baravarian listened to my reasonable concerns about wanting to travel for work and not wanting to be in a cast for 3 straight months, switching me to a boot after a reasonable period of time. This let me start walking earlier, didn't atrophy my muscles as much, was able to stay more connected at work and was psychologically relieving. Other surgeons were more conservative about keeping you in a cast forever. I appreciate a surgeon who is willing to listen to the patient and be reasonable and thoughtful based on the individual.

    10 stars.
    citizen L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great Staff!
    Fidias M.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    Thank you for seeing me.
    Erin I.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr and staff always kind, patient, in providing excellent service and care
    Muriel C.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Briskin is phenomenal. He is a genius when it comes to foot injuries and issues. The staff and medical team members are all very good.

    I will highly recommend Dr Briskin for the quality of his service and dedication to his patients.

    Sincerely,
    Ederlinda (Lynn) Mason
    Ederlinda M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    All good no complaints at all
    Michelle P.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My feet do so much better since Dr. Briskin takes care of them.
    Thank you Dr. Briskin
    Margarita W.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Briskin was very helpful, and his staff are very nice. Also very helpful
    Rose S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone was friendly and on time.
    Kenneth Y.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    no notes
    Lucille O.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    Very courteous and professional staff. My second set of inserts and the fit great.
    Mark S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My face went I went in :((( my face when I went out :)))) Dr.Briski my life saver.Thank you to you all.
    Jesse S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very pleased
    Melissa B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Can you do in-home physical therapy so that I don’t have to go to your offices? I have Medicare blue shield.
    Russell T.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The doctor's procedure with the scalpel on my callous was terrific, I don't have any pain at all. Thank you
    Stephen M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    No problem.
    Roy G.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Outstanding group !
    Jay A.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    The woman who showed me how do to my stretches didn't know why the sheet of paper suggested doing them first thing in the morning. I would have felt more confident had she known that.

    The doctor I initially had my appointment with went to get a colleague of his to weigh in o what he thought was going on with me which I liked. I'd rather have someone not be certain of the answer, ask for a second opinion and feel like I have a team working with me rather than make up an answer he's not sure of and I don't get the care I need.

    Thanks!
    Naomi A.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Keep the great work ! And will go back is I ever need services again.
    Thank you!!!
    Beatriz F.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very efficient and friendly front office
    Joseph R.
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