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.

4,249 Total 1st Party Reviews
4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Staff is great!
    Laurie S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Nr. Alex is awesome.
    Shabnam E.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very knowledgeable and kind!
    Diana M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    More information on the time it might take for the cortisone shot to work would have been helpful. Thanks!
    Kathleen B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    poor discussion of the balance problem that I have. Itr starts with the feet. More to the point i have calluses on my left big toe and second toe, also the same two toes on the right. They are different, but they send up very acute pain from time to time. And finally the prostheses are wonderful where they fit. I need some discussion about what to do with them. Thanks John
    John L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Dr Bob is awesome and the staff are so pleasant
    Gertrude C.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Baravarian is awesome & so is his staff!!!
    Donna G.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    One stitch was missed - my husband took it out.
    Jean M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The wait to see the doctor was about 45 minutes. I would prefer a shorter wait time
    Dana C.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Been very happy with everything regarding my bunion surgery. Everyone has been great. Explain everything so I understand. Overall has been a very positive experience and I would recommend Dr. Bob and everyone else to anyone who ever asks me.
    Richard G.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Waited almost an hour just to be seen.
    James T.
  • Facebook
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very happy with the entire experience. Dr. Bob and the entire staff are excellent. Extremely qualified and friendly. For anyone who has a foot or ankle issues this is the place to go.
    Rick G.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great. Like a spa treatment.
    Allison L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very professional and the Dr. appears to have resolved my issue. Thank you.
    Heather S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Following instructions
    Gloria L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great service, that's why I am a return patient.
    Sandra V.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I’m very pleased with UFAI. Very courteous and helpful. Dr. Bavarian is an expert. My treatments have been very beneficial.
    Ralph L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Awesome doctors, superior care!
    Callie B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    .nope
    Irene S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    This has been a good experience.
    Only set back was the first boot that they put me in was to tall. My knee is still a little off from that.
    Robin B.
  • Facebook
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Baravarian and the team at UFAI are simply the best. I am 53 and very active. I had surgery to reduce a bone spur that impinged the flexibility of my big toe, and repair the damage to the joint, which made running impossible and walking for long periods very painful. The recovery and healing were absolutely pain free; the entire process was "text book" and I am walking and feeling better than anytime in the last 4 years and fully expect to be hiking, skiing, cycling and running in the next few weeks. You can't find a more qualified team that is more focused on your needs, perfect treatment and your comfort.
    Craig H.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I'm not one to usually write reviews, but Dr. Babak Baravarian and his staff have always been exceptional when it comes to the care of their patients. I have had two surgeries done in this institution and they both were done quickly and smoothly. They are a great group of individuals that make everyone feel comfortable and cared for.
    Farah F.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Excellent care and super smart people. They got me back on my feet, literally. My heel pain is gone, finally and they made it happen,.
    Greg W.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    3.0
    This was a few years ago. I saw Dr. Jason Morris (who is no longer there) who I found to be kind of rude and short.  I also had some issues with billing.

    That being said, I am upgrading review to 3 stars for efforts by Steve on their end to try to work with me for a resolution, which turned out to be great.
    Amy D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I went here for ankle surgery back in late July 2017. Surgery with Dr. Baravarian was accomplished and swift. He guided me through the healing process smoothly and I healed quickly.

    Then I was on to physiotherapy. Gary and his team were kind, thorough and comprehensive in the many ways I could strengthen and heal my ankle. It was a pleasure visiting them and slowly, methodically, working through my treatment program. I was back on my foot in weeks and I am still feeling the positive effects of their work every day months later.

    I would highly recommend this business and these professionals.
    Scott M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I highly recommend this place.  They are full service with multiple doctors, X-ray and MRI, and physical therapy across the hallway. There might be a wait - but emergencies aren't unusual for foot issues so sometimes it's even you needing the immediate help! Dr Clark is fantastic! Even though X-rays showed no break, he asked me many questions, listened intently, and felt around my foot to such a degree we discovered two very painful sites. Ordered MRI and lo and behold they were both small breaks that hadn't shown up on X-ray. Save yourself going all over the place for foot and ankle care.
    Jessica L.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I've known Dr. Briskin for over 10 years now.  They make great orthodics.  They can customize them for whatever shoes you have (office, tennis, casual, etc).  Their staff is super friendly, too.  Thanks, guys!  :)
    Denise B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Gary Brisken has been my doctor going on two years. He's a very kind and thoughtful physician. The heath of my feet has improved exponentially. It's not just how much I admire Dr Brisken, it's that he has a great staff. From the front desk staff of Teresa to all the the men and women in his office. They really do make a difference. Helping you get your medication to your pharmacy or just be helpful. I would recommend Dr. Brisken without hesitation.
    Sincerely
    Mark
    Mark P.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    This place "Rocks" ! I started my journey almost 3yrs ago in search of a practice that would be a good fit for me to have my feet as in both left and right feet bunionectomy.

    Dr. Bavarian fondly referred to as Dr. Bob, made me feel comfortable from my very first visit. Straight to the point, explained the procedure, performed the surgery. Cheli made scheduling my surgery quite the breeze. Follow up was easy and precise. Even coordinating with my insurance company. Everything went well. Here is why I decided to write this review. I have been to 2 post surgery appointments and they both have been above par in the level of treatment and care I received. One would expect a certain level of service leading up to surgery, but after surgery follow up has been nothing short of incredible. During my first visit Donald was extremely nice and caring, explaining and talking us through what was going to take place. Once again Dr. Bob was very personal yet professional which I greatly respect. My second post surgery appointment was equally as incredible. I know these words may seem exaggerated but I tell you when you leave you feel like you have been treated very well. During this visit I had the pleasure of Donald, Bernardo, Adrian...all assisting me at some point. Guys kudos for being such professional examples of how to treat, talk and interact with patients. Once again Dr Bob with straight to the point advice which I always appreciate and instruction on what I need to be doing. Last but certainly not least, but because he was the last person to actually meet with me was Dr. Ali. Professional, personable, yet confident in his ability as a doctor. One might think putting a cast on is a simple routine and I am sure for these docs it is...however, the time they take and the care, attention to detail is all a part of the healing process that so many take for granted. Dr. Ali you rock brother! If you are looking for a place to have any sort foot surgery done look no further. I can only speak to my procedures, but if their approach is like it was with me I am confident in saying if you chose them this would be a wise choice. Before I forget, the call center first point of contact is where it all starts. They are awesome...every time I call never long waits and extremely proficient.  I never thought I would say this but I can't wait to have my right foot surgery in December this year.

    SDN
    Steven N.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Instant and energetic response is provided to any question or need that I might have. I have the highest confdcence in Dr. Baravarian and his staff.
    Michael M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    This updated review is for the Physical Therapy Dept. only.
    I had my first appointment with them yesterday. I found Gray & his colleague to be very pleasant, professional & responsive. The ankle area sure felt better after the massage, icing & exercises. Gray gave me some exercises to do at home.
    I've never had tendonitis or physical therapy before. I wasn't sure what to expect. After yesterday's appointment, I know that the recovery does take time & I am on track. This information & encouragement are priceless.
    All in all, a really great experience at this office. :)
    Linda K.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Got my foot surgery done by Dr. Briskin and follow up PT across the hall with Gray and these two are top notch. I had some hesitation with getting surgery on my feet after a bad experience in Burbank but I'm so glad I went with this office and this doctor. Staff is excellent.
    Simon H.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I saw Dr. Briskin two years ago for a sharp pain in the ball of my foot.  After x-rays, he diagnosed me with a fractured sesamoid bone.  He placed me in a walking cast for 2 weeks and saw me for a follow-up afterward.  I had custom orthotics that I had been wearing for 5 years.  They were old, but Dr. Briskin noted that my insurance had a high deductible and made repairs and adjustments to my existing orthotics to spare me from spending a lot of money.  I was grateful and was able to wear those orthotics for another year.  

    Last year, my sesamoid bone and the surrounding tendon became inflamed again.  I decided to get new custom orthotics made and I couldn't be happier with the ones made by Dr. Briskin and his team.

    I just saw Dr. Briskin today for a follow up on my ankle, which I fractured 2 months ago. He was as pleasant as always and positive.  Where another podiatrist in the practice mentioned the possibility of surgery at only 6 weeks post injury, Dr. Briskin (along with my orthopedic surgeon at Cedars) was not aggressive and informed me that it will actually take 6 months for the broken bone to completely heal.  He reassured me that everything was aligned in the right place and I just needed to be careful, and give it a total of 6 months to heal.  

    I HIGHLY recommend DR. BRISKIN and his staff!  He is THE ONLY doctor to see in this practice!
    Maya F.
  • 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. An amazing thing called PRP (don't ask me to spell what those letters mean), where they spin my own blood down an then re-inject it in the Achilles to tell the body to get its act together and heal the area, is amazing. And it's working, which is the most amazing thing of all.I am thankful for UFAI and that I don't have to think about my Achilles pain anymore.
    Steven L.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    This review is for the Physical Therapy group...Jason is amazing!  I had pretty severe tendonitis in my ankles and he got me back to healthy and active.  He knew exactly how to treat the problem.  I would always come back to him for any foot or ankle problem in the future, no doubt. Thank you!!
    Kathie N.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had been dealing with bilateral Achilles tendonosis for about 2 years and had gotten to the point where I was in pain whether I was walking or sitting. Also, when I did walk I had extreme pain and limited mobility.

    When I started PT with Jason Tanaka I had two half marble sized nodules on both of my Achilles. After  just a few months of Jason utilizing the Graston technique the right nodule disappeared and is completely healthy with the left on its way. My mobility is immensely better and I am extremely grateful to Jason and his team for getting me better.

    Please note: The Graston technique is really painful but it really works. If you have the patience to stick with it you will no doubt see great results.

    Thank You Dr. Tanaka
    Aryan P.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great experience! From the phone consultation to appt scheduling, same day, by the way, to the super friendly and professional staff.  Dr. Bob Baravarian is kind, generous and a professional besides being fully credentialed. You're in good hands there.
    Tina S.
  • Facebook
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    3.0
    Dr. Briskin is great. However, when it comes to any kind of brace or medical device that they are recommending, you should check on Amazon before purchasing.
    Eric H.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Surgeons are in a position of moral hazard. They make more money from surgery than from a low-tech solution. I was impressed that Dr. Baravarian suggested starting with the low-tech solution, leaving the two surgical options to be decided if this doesn't work. He was very pleasant, very professional, clear in his explanations, and answered all my questions. His office  seems very organized and well run, and the staff treated me well. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dr. Baravarian.
    Andy S.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    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 painfree and enjoying running again, i am training for my first marathon! Thank you Dr. Baravarian!
    Christie C.
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