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.

3340 Total 1st Party Reviews
4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I am very happy with the bunion surgery I received from Dr. Baravarian. He and his staff were outstanding. I would highly recommend this facility for foot and ankle problems.
    Blair M.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    After over 3 years of relentless research and visiting over 10 different board-certified orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physical therapists, and massage therapists, I contacted Dr. Bob Baravarian (after finding him online and researching some of his publications) as a last resort before either living with the debilitating heel/arch pain I had or going under the knife, the latter suggested by my other doctors. Dr. Baravarian was the only doctor who ever thought that my symptoms might not be the "plantar fasciitis" that other doctors were so eager to diagnose me with. All of these doctors were so sure they even had me fully convinced I had a stubborn case of plantar fasciitis in both feet. Come to find out, after Dr. Baravarian suggested I did not have some of the hallmark symptoms of PF and after not responding to conventional treatment, rest, medication, shockwave therapy, amniotic fluid injections, physical therapy, and the yada, yada, yada other doctors treated me with...that I get an MRI to see what was going on (which the other doctors thought was a waste of time!). I in fact had completely normal plantar fascia in both feet and a wholly different issue...and these other doctors wanted to cut my plantar fascia!!! I was baffled at the incompetence in this array of varied "leading foot doctors" I could find in 3 different cities, including one practice in the medically-renowned Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Clearly more than crude ultrasound diagnostic imaging need be used in podiatry/orthopedics for cases of long-term recalcitrant heel/arch pain such as I had, and this was something Dr. Baravarian recognized right away. After the MRI results came back that I had an uncommon form of tendonitis (flexor hallicus longus) in both feet, I felt both confused but absolutely relieved at the same time. Dr. Baravarian suggested some things to do and how to take action on my own since we were telecommunicating across the country. His guidance led me to have the most relief in pain I have had in over 3 years of actively trying to get better. The craziest part is I never even saw Dr. Baravarian in person or visited his practice - this was all done over FaceTime and email! As a young active male, this condition has taken a toll on me not only physically, but also financially, career-wise, socially, and often emotionally. Being in constant foot pain is not something people think about, but when you are afflicted with it, it is something that deeply affects and changes your daily life. To finally have some relief is truly a godsend - and I owe it to Dr. Baravarian for his expertise and QUESTIONING of the today's seemingly "standard diagnosing practices" of slapping plantar fasciitis on any patient with foot pain that comes a podiatrist's/orthopedic specialist's way. It has only been a month since I started to get the correct treatment that Dr. Baravarian recommended and I am already markedly improved. Foot pain is nothing a person should have to live with or deal with, and it is possible to get better even if you think all hope is lost or you will have to go under the knife. In my opinion, the "small percent" of patients who don't respond to standard plantar fasciitis treatments, including surgery, are probably also those who were misdiagnosed. Sometimes you have to take your health into your own hands, question things if they don't seem to add up, and spend the time to find the right doctor with the expertise and care to get you the correct treatment. Or you can just contact Dr. Baravarian, who can do all of that for you. I wish I would have 3 years ago and saved myself the money, heartache, and pain.
    Justin P.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Visting family in california,I started having some inflamation and a lot of pain in my left ankle. This has been popping up periodically for years . Thinking it was my ankle because of a break many years ago. I lived with tremedous pain and discomfort for years went to many doctors in NYC.
    Lucky break ''excuse the pun'' I found DR. Bob. he thought some thing wasen't right with at least my self diagnosis ( and many other doctors) a few Xrays and some poking around later we discovered it was a Nivular bone issue. Who knows what that means ? He took the time to expain it to me and what my obstacles will be in the future. At least now I know and he recomend a fine physician in my neck of the woods I'm very grateful his knowledge and compassion. Great place Great Doctor . Dr Bob Thank You!
    Michael F.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    A great experience was had. Good service and very friendly to my little dog Brownie.
    SAMUEL E.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Simply terrific and no bs, no upsell, super professional. The doctor's diagnostic skills were awesome and the best part was I did not need surgery, which two other docs insisted I did.Just finished PT and I feel better than I did before my injury. Very happy, highly recommend.
    Gregory L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    y'all are great. From he moment I walk in till I leave -- I feel cared for.
    Brenda W.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My only comment is that it is so hard to get in the door on crutches! Of all doors anywhere, the door at a foot and ankle clinic should be automatic :)
    Sheridan F.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Evaluation by Dr. Baravarian after recommended therapy.
    Henrietta K.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I haven't had any problems visiting UFAI. The staff is courteous. I would see them again if I have any more problems with my feet.
    Jonathan B.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    I just get my toenails clipped since I am a diabetic.
    Paul B.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Scheduling my appointment the same day was amazing.
    Peter M.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I think so highly of Dt. Baravariand and his staff!
    Whitney G.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    This practice is the best practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Baravarian is the best.
    Nandita P.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Enjoyed every conversation had with the doctors & staff. Great atmosphere!
    Hannah Y.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I love Dr. B, but it would be nice if he a) was courteous and introduced the phalanx of fellows in tow, and b) listened for 15 seconds before dismissing my opinion of my own ankle.
    Bruce O.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Amazing professionals and amazing results!
    Jo C.
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    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    great experience and a wonderful doctor...
    Tracy M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Dr. Briskin and staff render a level of service that is excellent, a solid A. I will remain his patient and would recommend him without hesitation. The facility is very clean too.
    David K.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Quick, efficient, and friendly
    Kevin P.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    This office continues to be the best. I tel anyone who will listen about you guys
    Jon S.
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