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.

4,917 Total 1st Party Reviews
4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr carter was very pleasant and helpful.
    Marvin V.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian truly cares for his patients!! He listened and truly wanted to figure out my problem.
    Rebecca G.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    excellent care by complete staff
    Kenneth B.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    I would like to have more time with the Dr.
    Jina E.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Awesome experience. Dr. 'B' take the time to explain his examination orthotics process. Once your orthotics are made another short examination takes place with a break-in time period suggested.
    Joseph C.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Technicians were exceptional
    Howard R.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I don’t love the new payment set up where you have to put down a credit card.
    Jennifer G.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I knew two years ago when I met Dr. Baravarian he was the surgeon who had the abilities to help me, but I was too afraid to have surgery at that time. Even after two more years passing and my causing even more damage to my foot, my surgery was successful and I finally have the faith I will get my life back. I am very grateful for such a caring and meticulous surgeon. As well as the kindness and helpfulness of the staff I've been working with throughout this process as well.
    Cheryl R.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Feel very well taken care of. My foot is slowly getting better
    Janet H.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I referred a colleague to you, Lauren wheelwright
    Amanda P.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Wish office was closer to Ventura
    Dusty L.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Bob is kind, compassionate and so smart. He is the best!
    Dusty L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Bob and staff are great!!
    David L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I've had an extremely positive experience and outcome from my time at UFAI.
    Friendly and efficient staff, knowledgeable Doctors and the exact result I was hoping for.
    Duane F.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Every thing was good
    Said M.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    They treat me very well. They explain everything more then once and they always take care of very well. They make me feel like family.
    Pablo M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Both Dr. Briskin, his staff,and the physical therapy folks are wonderful.
    Peter V.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The foot therapy group is terrific!
    Frederick S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    nothing else to say
    Gerald K.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    Had an MRI on Monday 8-20. After several phone calls I was able to get the results. (I think Dr Baravarian was out of town)
    I did not receive he MRI report until Thur 8-30. This is way too long.
    I have an appt with Dr B. for Thursday Sept 6.
    Ronald L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The faculty and facility both are top notch and my visit was beyond expectation
    Daniel C.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Appointment on time
    Staff very friendly
    Dr Briskin knows his stuff
    Physical therapy staff the best
    Jerrold F.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    I would have liked to know the overall treatment plan in advance so that I could set my expectations accordingly.
    Karen I.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Dr. Baravarian was the first to correctly identify my CRPS post injury.
    Susan M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Your practice is the most organized and technologically savvy of any doctor's office I have been to.
    Patricia L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Always treated with care and respect! Communication with Dr. was direct and to the point. Therapy staff genuinely wants you to get better and they really care!
    Lorraine F.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. B and the entire staff were very friendly and I always felt like I was in excellent hands.
    Jon B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Happy with the level of care and service. Easy to schedule appointments and to find a good time. The therapists are extremely caring and pleasant.
    Miriam L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarin is marvelous of course, and ditto the entire staff. I've never been kept languishing in the waiting room, and the team seems professional and well organized.
    Whitney G.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Excellent communication and advice from all therapists. Very caring , concerned and a very personal attitude taken by all.
    Tracy B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very pleased with the doctor and staff. Only negative is the cost of parking in the building :)
    Dorit K.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    I appreciate the honest feedback on what can be done to treat my condition. The exercise's that were recommended seem to help a bit. But I think I might need to address my condition with another surgery.
    Robin C.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    great staff-- great group of people! highly recommend-
    Giacomo R.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    everything is fine
    Patrick O.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    No doubt the best staff and doctors!
    Cesar N.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The professionalism from the moment you walk through the door is bar none! And unlike many medical mills, these docs actually want you to get well. Love this place!
    Ava D.
  • Google
    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.
    Andrei M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The doctor was thorough and answered all my questions along with offering various options for dealing with my particular foot issues. I would definitely recommend him to friends & family.
    Patricia F.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian helped me with a path out of debilitating ankle pain to enjoy my activities again!
    Emmy M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian and his staff are the best around, in my opinion.
    Rocco L.
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