UFAI 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.

3587 Total 1st Party Reviews
4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Wonderful doctor! Dr. Briskin is a genius! I love his physical therapy doctors and workers as well. Doesn't get better than this as far as treatment and healing is concerned.
    Jacqueline F.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I could not be more pleased with the care I received from Dr. Briskin and his staff.  I have complete confidence in Dr. Briskin and really appreciated his easy going manner.  I have ptsd and doing something as simple as going to the podiatrist can be difficult.   Here, I got friendly smiles and actually saw the doctor right on time.  And most importantly,  I received great care from Dr. Briskin!
    Lee J.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My toes are so happy, they're crying, "Tee-hee-hee all the way home", thanks to Dr. Gary Briskin.  He's perfect!  He solved a problem I've had for a long, long time.  For a few years, I've had to wear spongy "toe guards" and puffy tapes and so on, in between these 2 specific toes, because they were 'fighting for the same space" = rubbing against each other, creating very painful, red skin, blisters, callouses, etc.  I mean VERY painful--I couldn't make a single step at home or away -- with any shoes -- even barefoot -- without cringing.  The skin was so sensitive, I even had to wear the toe guard material in bed!  

    Voila -- a few minutes with Dr. Briskin's friendly and patient examination, followed by a gentle and artful callous trimming -- and one simple bandage -- and I'm walking pain free. Day, night, every moment, wherever I go.  No toe guards, spongy separators, etc. Whatever I'll need in the future, He'll be my go-to expert. Thanks, Dr. Briskin.     -- "jubidee"
    jyelp D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very happy with the knowledge of Dr  Bob Baravarian.  After three surgeries by two different doctors he was able to relieve the pain and swelling.  The office and staff were always pleasant and very helpful.  I would highly recommend this office !
    Davey F.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Morris is a cool dude. No bullshit. Helped me work through my issues in what made most sense to me financially and really worked to not make sure I got the best value for what I needed at the time.
    Joshua B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am in process with Dr. Baravarian now for a chronic ankle problem, and am completely delighted to be in his care.  Both he ~ and the rest of the staff ~ are professional, courteous, helpful, and clearly are very very good at what they do.
    Whitney G.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    I attended one of the UFAI seminars by Dr. Morris and realized that the
    current treatment of my ankle injury from another foot & ankle doctor was
    not adequate which prolonged the problem unnecessarily.  Dr. Morris took
    the time to listen, diagnose, and answer many questions I had.  In
    combination of his treatment, suitable ankle support, and physical therapy
    sessions, which prescribed by Dr. Morris, I was able to heal quickly and
    could do what I love to do; play badminton, garden and walk with my
    husband.
    Margaux H.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Morris was great.  The whole staff was very responsive.  I came to this office, after having a bad experience with another podiatrist.  I live in Orange County, so every visit represents a long drive, but is 100% worth it.  I had the Tenex procedure done for Plantar Fascitis and I am recovering very well.  I work in the Health industry and did my due dilligence on this clinic.  This is the best clinic in Southern California.  Thank you Dr. Morris.
    Emilio R.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    A few months ago, I visited Dr. Baravarian for a foot ailment that I had been suffering from for a few years. After a couple of misdiagnoses and painful cortisone and alcohol injections. He was able to tell me I had a torn plantar plate and ligament of my second toe. I had previously been diagnosed with a second toe neuroma. We decided together that the only course of treatment was surgery to repair everything. A day after surgery, I was no longer in pain and (5) five days later I was able to see a marked improvement in the look and function of my foot and toe.

    Dr. Baravarian and his staff are warm, compassionate and professional. I am always able to get an appointment and I am seen in a timely manner. I have just recently referred Dr. Baravarian to friend, who has been suffering from painful ankles from years of playing sports. My friend had surgery to repair her ankle and told me she was very pleased with the outcome.

    I believe that the quality of a professional office is determined on how many people are referred and receive great treatment.

    Thank you, again! Dr. Bob....
    Tory~
    Tory R.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I had foot surgery here in November 2014 with Dr. Baravarian and as far as surgeries go, it was a pleasant experience. The staff is incredibly helpful and nice and Dr. Baravarian was great! I was given very thorough post-op recovery instructions and when I had questions, Dr. Baravarian would return my emails promptly. My physical therapy (with Gray) was also top notch and help my recovery tremendously. I would highly recommend this institute if you have any foot or ankle problems.
    Akela C.
  • Facebook
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Lindsay Mae Chandler is everything one would want in a Doctor. So glad I found her.
    Lisa S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Was lucky to be referred to Dr. Babak Baravarian in Oct.2010 by my " Podiatrician " cousin. She told me good words about him and his experience in foot and ankle surgeries although she is a podiatrician herself. I recieved bunion surgery and the results were phenomenal. He is attentive, caring and gentleman. Dr. Baravarian cares about his patients and does everything he can to help them. He is the best in his field and very up to date in new procedures. "Dr. Bob is amazing surgeon and anyone would be lucky to be his patient." A+ rating!
    Mahkameh S.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    For all you TL;DR types out there, here is the soundbyte: Dr. Baravarian got rid of my chronic tendinitis when nothing else worked!

    But if you want more info:

    So I'd been suffering with a case of tendinitis in my foot for MONTHS, seriously, almost eight months and I was getting ready to give up hope that I'd ever be healthy and back to normal again. Tried PT with two different therapists, tried orthotics, tried resting, nothing worked. I started poking around the internet and read a couple of scholarly articles praising the benefits of platelet rich plasma for conditions like mine. Those articles lead me to University Foot and Ankle: Dr. Baravarian is a well-respected authority on this emerging field of medicine.

    I ended up getting two PRP injections with him. Not going to lie, the injections hurt like an SOB, and Dr. B. recommended that I wear an airboot for a number of weeks, and that kind of sucked. Another thing I can't lie about: the PRP injections aren't cheap, but I was charged what I felt was a very reasonable rate, especially compared to what other clinics and doctors charged.

    But the story has a happy ending: the treatments worked, and I'm back to running, hiking, gymming, all the active stuff I love.

    Dr. Baravarian is also a compassionate and personable doctor. I never had any trouble getting an appointment, I was always seen promptly and never had to loiter in the waiting room, and his staff were accommodating and helpful. Overall, a terrific experience.
    Lisaraine B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I was in misery before I found Dr. Bavarian and now, I am SO PLEASED. He diagnosed my tendonitis problem and came up with a solution the first visit. I am now healing quickly wearing a foot brace, insoles and lifts. He also prescribed physical therapy at Vargo, which is working like a charm. I felt better just days after seeing Dr. Bavarian than I had in the months prior wearing a walking boot prescribed by 2 previous Doctors. I am only sorry I didn't go see Dr. Bavarian before wasting my time listening to other Doctors who didn't know what they were doing. I will recommend him to anyone that has chronic tendonitis or other foot and ankle issues.
    *His staff is also very friendly and professional...always a plus.
    Melinda D.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    I visited Dr. Baravarian based on my primary doctors recommendation.   My primary said he is the best in the business for my situation.  I ruptured my Achilles Tendon on October 6th and had surgery by Dr. "Bob" on October 11th.  So far so good, had the staples out on Oct 28.  So looking to having my cast off in mid November and moving to what I call the Robocop boot.   The staff has been great and appointments are easy and they pretty much run on time.  Dr. Bob and his team have a good bed side manner.  They tell me the full recovery is 4-6 months so I will have more to say over time.   Based on my experience so far, I would recommend Dr.  Bob.  My only suggestion would be that the office/doctors should give you some literature explaining the protocol for your recovery.  (e.g. how long in a cast, when you can start slow walking, exercising, physical therapy, etc.).  I'm a very detailed person so I like to understand every step in the process.
    Dean H.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Went to another podiatrist for months before seeing Dr. Bob Baravarian.  The Foot & Ankle Institute is run like a well oiled machine.  I got an appointment quickly, he identified my issue in 2 minutes, treated me, and I just went back for my follow up.  I highly recommend these guys.  Clean operation in Santa Monica right across from Whole Foods.  My only regret is not going to him first.
    Sean W.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian is a very caring and patient doctor. During my first visit with him he really took the time to listen to my concerns and talk to me about all my options regarding my chronic pain. I highly recommend Dr. Baravarian.
    Tina B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    After seeing Dr. Baravarian for the last 6 months due to chronic plantar fasciitis I am finally able to run again. The staff and doctor are always so helpful, kind, and caring every time I have an appointment. I cannot saw enough good things about this doctor and staff.
    Sarah L.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I recently saw Dr. Baravarian for an issue I was having with my tibia.  I was referred to him by my primary physician.  I am SO happy that I met him.  After a few office visits with him, and a very successful surgery, I am happy to say that Dr. Baravarian has allowed me to walk again, pain free.  I am grateful for all that he has helped me with and I will continue to refer him to friends and family.
    Yesenia B.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I went to see Dr. Bob for the problem I had with my foot.  I was very impressed with him and his staff.  Dr. Bob is both very professional and very knowledgeable.  Thank you Dr. Bob.
    Patty P.
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