Our Santa Monica Podiatry Location

Updated 5/1/2019

In this video Dr. Baravarian gives a tour of UFAI's Santa Monica location, including physical therapy clinic,  imaging center and orthotics preparation..


Our nationally recognized podiatrists and foot and ankle specialists offer the most advanced foot and ankle care with the most treatment options and the highest success rates in the nation


Our state of the art Santa Monica facility is complete with on-site radiology, and MRI, a Physical Therapy Center, neurosensory nerve testing, ultrasound, state-of-the-art operating rooms and more.


Our Santa Monica Podiatry Location

Corporate Headquarters

2121 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 101

Santa Monica, CA 90403

(424) 238-1042


Schedule a consultation with a UFAI Foot & Ankle Specialist near you.
or call 877-989-9110
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

About Our Santa Monica Location

University Foot and Ankle Institute, a preferred provider for UCLA Medical Group.

Our state-of-the-art facilities provide the very best treatment for foot and ankle fractures, bunions, hammer toes, neuromas, plantar fasciitis heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, as well as advanced reconstructive surgery and limb salvage of the foot and ankle. Services provided by Dr. Bob Baravarian and Dr. Gary Briskin.


Your initial visit at UFAI will include detailed clinical evaluation of your condition. A thorough hands-on examination by your doctor and description of your symptoms will help identify your specific diagnosis.


Exams often include a gait analysis and an evaluation of the entire lower extremity, which allows us to identify any other contributing factors that need to be addressed. This is necessary to achieve a full recovery and return to full function and activities. Additional diagnostic testing may also be part of your exam. These tests can include: X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, nerve testing, and are all available, on-site, at our Santa Monica location


UFAI's Santa Monica Podiatrists Specialize In:

  • Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine
  • Orthotic and Brace manufacturing
  • Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Trauma and Fracture Care/Surgery
  • Bunion Treatment/Surgery
  • Plantar Fascia/Heel Pain
  • Tendon Repair
  • Foot and Ankle Arthritis Care
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Diabetic Foot Care


UFAI Santa Monica Podiatry's On-site Advanced Technologies Include:

  • Digital X-ray
  • Open MRI for Foot and Ankle
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

  • Neurosensory Testing
  • Non-invasive Vascular Testing
  • pedCAT 3-D Weight Bearing Foot and Ankle CT
  • Q-Clear Laser for Nail Fungus Treatment
  • TenJet Therapy for Soft Tissue Damage

  • Topaz Coblation for Chronic Achilles Tendonosis and Plantar Fasciitis

  • Regenerative Treatments including, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Amniotic and Stem Cell Therapies
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • State of the Art Surgical Suites


Our Santa Monica Physical Therapy Clinic


Unlike most physical therapy practices that treat every part of the human body, the physical therapy center at University Foot and Ankle of Santa Monica is dedicated to just one thing - the best care for the foot and ankle. And best of all, it is conveniently located across the hall from our Santa Monica office, our Physical Therapy Clinic


Our team of physical therapists is committed to making you stronger, relieving your pain and returning you to your full potential as quickly as possible.


Our patients are prescribed physical therapy for a variety of foot and ankle diagnoses: Post operative rehabilitation, chronic conditions, acute and sports injuries. We know that no two patients are alike and our board certified physical therapists work directly with our internationally recognized team of physicians to develop the most effective and personalized treatment plan possible. That’s the UFAI advantage.


Physical therapy strategies are custom designed and very often include:

  • Stability and flexibility exercises

  • Coordination and balance training

  • Joint and tissue mobilization

  • Ultrasound

  • Low level laser

  • Functional electrical stimulation


You can rest assured that your healing doesn’t stop when leave us as your physical therapy team will provide a comprehensive home treatment program for you.


Our Santa Monica Physical Therapy Clinic is located at:

2121 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 102

Santa Monica, CA 90403

(424) 444-3699


Meet Your Santa Monica Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrist Santa Monica, Dr. Bob Baravarian


Dr. Bob Baravarian is a member of UCLA Medical Group, an assistant clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine and Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Santa Monica/UCLA medical center.


After his residency at the University of Pittsburgh with an emphasis in sports medicine reconstructive surgery, foot and ankle trauma and diabetic limb salvage, he joined UCLA. Four years later, he opened University Foot and Ankle Institute.


A life-long sports enthusiast, he played tennis in high school and college and currently consultants to the Association of Tennis Professionals, several running clubs and multiple shoe manufactures. He has special interest in sports medicine, arthritic care and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle.


Dr. Gary Briskin, Santa Monica Podiatrist, university Foot and Ankle Institute

As co-founder and co-director of University Foot and Ankle Institute, Dr. Gary Briskin began his medical training at Flint General Hospital in Michigan where he served his residency. He then established a practice in Century City Hospital, where he became chief of podiatric surgery.


Dr. Briskin serves as an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.


Dr. Briskin has a passion for sports and is currently involved with multiple running, hockey and soccer organizations. He has a special interest in sports medicine, arthritis prevention and reconstructive surgery.


Dr. Briskin resides in Manhattan Beach with his wife and son.


Meet your Santa Monica Physical Therapists:


Gray O'Brien, Physical Therapy Santa Monica, University Foot and Ankle Institute

Gray O’Brien graduated with his Master’s in Physical Therapy from Long Island University, where he completed his thesis on the rehabilitation of the lower back and core strengthening. Gray has been with UFAI since 2006.


Growing up, Gray was in and out of the orthopedic clinic with a variety of tennis and skiing injuries. He was always impressed with his physical therapists and how they made rehab setting so enjoyable.


Since 1999, Gray has been working with weekend-warriors, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, with a special focus on orthopedic/sports rehabilitation.


He specializes in foot and ankle pathologies and post-operative recovery.


He lives in the Santa Monica area and proudly shares “soccer parent” status with his wife and four children.



Lydia Salinas, Santa Monica Physical Therapy, University Foot and Ankle Institute

Lydia Salinas comes to UFAI with over 30 years of clinical experience and expertise in outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy.


She takes pride in getting to know her clients personal needs and taking a hands-on approach to restore functional movement, balance, strength, and conditioning.


Lydia was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.


She is a lifelong runner and during her collegiate years, she played rugby for the UCLA Bruins.


Today, she treats several members of some of Los Angeles’s biggest running clubs, including Track Club LA, the LA Road Runners, and the LA LEGGERS.








Yelp Patient Reviews, in their own words...

The following five star Yelp review was posted by University Foot and Ankle patient, Ralph:

5 Star Yelp review, University Foot and Ankle Institute

Dr. Baravarian has treated my left big toe with a Cartiva implant and now a "stretched" right Achilles' tendon, both very successfully. In particular the healing injection in my Achilles is nothing short of miraculous.


I have the utmost faith in his knowledge and treatment. The office is well organized, courteous and efficient. I highly recommend UFAI and Dr. Baravarian.


Click here to see Ralph's review on Yelp.com.



The following five star Yelp review was posted by University Foot and Ankle patient, Mark:

Dr. Gary Briskin 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 Briskin, 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. Briskin without hesitation.


Click here to see Mark's review on Yelp.com.



About University Foot and Ankle Institute's Santa Monica Podiatry Location.

University Foot and Ankle Institute is nationally recognized as among the very best Podiatrists and Foot and Ankle Surgeons in the nation.


Our Santa Monica podiatry location serves Santa Monica, West Los Angeles areas including Malibu, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Pacific Palisades, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Brentwood, Sherman Oaks, and Marina Del Ray and the surrounding areas.



A Look at Our Santa Monica Office:

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