Patient Reviews of University Foot and Ankle Institute

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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.

10440 Total 1st Party Reviews
4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    This is one business I hope I never need to return to but if I do I hope physical therapists Jason and Ali are still there.

    Both were very helpful and pleasant to work with. They made the experience as relaxing as I can imagine physical therapy ever being and their interest and concern for me and the other patients I observed them treating was sincere. Their suggestions have proven to be helpful and the treatment successful.

    I'd  have given more stars if I'd had any other experiences to compare them to which I hope against all reason will never happen.
    Joel M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Baravarian is awesome!  I say this because he's perfectly willing to admit when he doesn't know something and when he cannot help.  Humility, like that, is a rare and highly admirable trait in any doctor (I know that sounds weird, but you can trust a doctor that tells you their limitations instead of bullshitting you and trying things at your wellbeing's expense).
    He gave me some great recommendations on peripheral nerve surgeons to get consultations with.
    He also checked out my surgical sites (from previous orthopedic surgeries last year) and let me know his opinion on them.  I wish I had known about him before!  He and his team were great and even though they couldn't help me there... They gave me a direction to go in next.
    Thank you Dr Baravarian!
    Julie D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I recommend without reservation the incredible team at University Foot and Ankle and their Physical Therapy department at their Wilshire  Boulevard offices in Santa Monica.  From my first phone call to Irma the receptionist,  I was so impressed with their patience and compassion.  I was never rushed and I had many questions.
    The PT staff itself consisting of Gray, Tammy and Ali are the best.  They know their stuff and devote their full attention to each patient even when the room is filled with patients.  I feel my feet are in the best hands (LOL!) and I cannot imagine a better team of therapists to treat any and all foot disorders.  Five stars at least!  I'd give 10 if that was an option.
    Jeff K.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian and his staff were very helpful and extremely courteous.  Impressive practice
    Holly C.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    It can be very hard to find a doctor to one's liking but the five star reviews for this office speak to the quality of the doctors they have here. I saw Dr. Volkmann for the removal of two toe nails and I couldn't be happier with the thorough consultation prior to the surgery, the surgery itself, and the aftercare. I highly recommend this office and wouldn't think twice about recommending Dr. Volkmann for any of your podiatry needs.
    Lauren B.
  • Facebook
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Baravarian is awesome. The best care. Very upfront. Love him and his stafg.
    Sue B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Everyone is terrific and helpful at both the Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks offices.  Dr. Bob is especially patient with you and will answer all of your questions with easy to understand termNo surprises.  He actually listens to you!  What a refreshing experience for a doctor.'s visit.
    John F.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Franson is a great doctor! I wish all doctors were more like him. When discussing a treatment plan he makes it a discussion and really makes me feel like I am in control of my care. This is a very nice change compared to other doctors who just say "we are going to schedule a procedure" with no discussion first. The staff are very friendly and personable as well.

    The physical therapy department is also wonderful! They really focus on the rehabilitation aspect of the therapy. Although they are working in a foot and ankle institute they do therapy on all parts of the body. They have early morning hours to accommodate people before work which is very helpful.
    Rhonda E.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had bad bunions on both feet, and could never wear normal, cute shoes without pain. My feet were always Fred Flintstone feet, and needed lots of support. In my late 20s I did marathons and had lots of foot problems. With age, my feet got worse and were more akin to bear's feet. Bad foot genetics. My grandmother had horrible bunions. As an athletic and competitive person, the bunions and lack of foot support were starting to cause other issues such as knee, hip and low back pain, and thus interfering with all my activities. Making me old before my time! Dr. Baravarian surgically corrected both bunions with a Tailor's Bunionectomy and Osteotomy, on both feet, 3 weeks apart. He also cleaned up the arthritis that was developing. The recovery was easy. Much easier than I could have ever anticipated. NOT recommended but I did do my martial arts class the day after surgery because I felt so good (and without taking the drugs prescribed except Ibuprofen for inflammation). I was careful, but that was stupid. I was swimming as soon as the incisions were clear, and started running a few months after. I could do upper body exercises with the boots on during recovery. Wished I did the surgery long ago had I known it wouldn't be such a big deal. The knee, low back and foot pain went away. Added bonus: feet are normal looking and can wear normal shoes. Several years later, feet corrected but still need support (and I was bad not regularly wearing my orthotics), I developed plantar fasciitis. Currently working w/ physical therapy team and they are fantastic as well. Dr. Baravarian and his whole team are great. All they do is concentrate of foot and ankle issues so you can trust you're in good hands. On that note, a lot of recovery and prevention is up to you, the patient. Stay healthy and continue to do physical therapy strengthening exercises and stretching. Basically, you should commit to the self-care for the rest of your life. The team can fix the structural problems, but it's up to you, the patient to keep yourself healthy and well.
    Lyn C.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Baravarian was a referral from a friend who also had bunion surgery with him. He is knowledgeable, respectful and very professional. He tells it like it is and his staff is great. I had bunion surgery almost 8 weeks ago and I am healing great. I would highly recommend him to anyone that asks. Thank you for your great work and staff!!!
    Sue B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Briskin operated on my toe to correct a hammertoe. He a very professional doctor and personable, as well.   The operation was not painful and was performed as outpatient surgery.  I followed instructions; continued with the recommended P/T for a few weeks following.  The P/T topped off a very successful surgery. The P/T staff at UFAI are fabulous.  Jason and Gray are the therapists who definitely know feet and ankles; staff Ari, Stephanie and  Erma are so caring and assets to the office.  By following instructions and receiving very good care, I am now as good as new!
    Rosemary B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Bob and all the staff have been nothing short of wonderful. I highly recommend the clinic.
    Alan B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Hi highly recommend Dr Baravarian as someone of experience, expertise, and patience.Yesterday, my daughter who is an aspiring tennis pro went to Dr Baravarian hobbling with tremendous pain and had to play a high level tennis tournament in 5 hours.
    We were expecting the worst. But after taking xray to make sure she wasn't in danger, his vast knowledge with sports athletes fixed the situation and she is on her way. He fitted her with orthotics and gave tremendous advice for her future work outs and playing tournaments.
    I can't thank him enough and the kind supporting staff that he has.
    Ron B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Top-notch patient services in a comfortable and accessible setting. Appointments can be made online or over the phone. I saw Dr. Volkman and was so pleased with his comprehensive examination of my upper foot pain. He examined my foot, did a few x-rays, and watched me walk to come up with a feasible and workable plan to make my foot better, and he didn't default to expensive and lengthy treatments. It looks like I have the start of breakdown of cartilage tissue (arthritis), exacerbated by a protruding toe bone--or at least that's my layman summary of what he said. He showed me what to look for in a good walking shoe, gave suggestions for retail stores that specialize in wearable comfort shoes, and recommended trying custom-made orthopedic inserts if the problem persists. I am working on number one of his plan, good walking shoes, and will see if that doesn't take care of my issues for the time being. It's good to know that, if it doesn't, I have a quality podiatrist that I can visit in future.
    Brittany B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian is an excellent physician that truly understands the industry better than anyone else. I have visited other podiatrists that couldn't fix my issue and Dr. Baravarian was able to help me in one session. Nobody else compares.
    Paul R.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I've been coming to Dr. Briskin ever since my son was in elementary school (he's now 29). I don't think there's a better podiatrist on the westside. Dr. Briskin has always been caring, knowledgeable and professional. I recommend him to all my friends and family!
    Tina C.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Briskin and his team are outstanding. Friendly, timely, well organized, communicated very well making me feel completely at ease with my procedure. Highly recommend, thanks for the exceptional care!
    Justin G.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great doctors. Easy to make an appointment. Great staff.
    Francheska A.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I was traveling recently and injured my foot. Based on the recommendation of a friend (and after reading all the great reviews), I decided to give University Foot & Ankle Institute a try. Considering the circumstances, the whole ordeal was pretty painless! The wonderful staff at UFAI was able to get me in to see Dr. Baravarain quickly and efficiently, they even took my insurance! After a visit with Dr. Bob, I was pain free and on my way in no time! Thanks UFAI for taking such great care of me!
    Sarah V.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I always receive outstanding care in a efficient, timely manner with no waiting.
    Susan S.
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