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By Dr. Rion Berg
September 19, 2013
Tags: foot doctor   mothers   children  

Next time you come to the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City you’ll probably notice a new face around the office. Dr. Berg is pleased to announce that Dr. Robyn W. Paloian has recently joined our practice. Dr. Robyn most recently worked for the Midwest Podiatric Centersin Minneapolis, MN as an Associate Foot and Ankle Surgeon. An honors graduate of the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, she completed her residency in foot and ankle surgery at Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. She holds a B.S. degree in Neuroscience from Emory University.

Dr. Robyn moved to Seattle one year ago with her husband and almost two year old daughter. She grew up in Minneapolis and Southern California and was born in Des Moines, Iowa.

Our Patient and Community Relations Manager, Lynn Chapman, interviewed Dr. Robyn so that our patients can get to know her better.

What initially attracted you to the field of podiatry?

“Because I’m athletic--I run, practice yoga and dance--I’ve had my own afflictions with the lower extremities including a stress fracture, pulled muscles and sprains. My undergraduate coursework led me down a pre-med path. After meeting with podiatrists, I realized how much impact they can have on their patient’s lives even after a short visit. That helped me greatly in my decision to enter the field.”

What about being a podiatrist keeps you interested and wanting to learn more?

“I’m passionate about science and medicine and the fact that there are always new technologies emerging. I not only derive great pleasure from learning about the latest and greatest surgical techniques but also getting to meet new people every day and learning about my patient’s over time.” Dr. Robyn believes it’s important to get to know the whole patient, not just their feet. “I want to know about my patient’s lifestyle and interests. It makes treating the patient more effective, interesting, and rewarding.”

What areas of podiatry hold the greatest interest for you? “Complex cases are interesting because of the challenges they present, but even a problem that may seem simple or straightforward is equally enjoyable when I can help patients get quick relief with their ailments.”

What type of patients would you most like to serve?

“As a new mother, I can empathize with new parents and young families.” Even though she enjoys seeing her contemporaries, she’s very comfortable treating baby boomers and retired patients as well as children.

We have a lot of older adults and patients with disabilities in our practice. What is your approach to treating these patients?

“It goes back to getting to know the patient as a whole, staying engaged, and exhibiting a lot of compassion. My touch is gentler and my speech is gentler, instead of rushing through to see the next patient.”

I understand that you are somewhat of an exercise buff. Tell me more about that and how this might help you in treating patients who are also active.

“Being a runner and a yogi, I’m able to relate well to the athletic patient. I can appreciate all types of sports injuries and I can understand how they impact athlete’s physical goals and emotional wellbeing”.

Of course our patients want to know a little bit about your personal life.

“As I mentioned I have a toddler--she’s very busy and she keeps me on the run. As a family we enjoy getting outside, hiking, getting to know different areas of Seattle and Washington”. Her husband is also in the medical field, and works as a pediatrician. She feels fortunate to have someone to discuss new approaches in helping her young patients.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

“Music has always been a big part of my life”. She studied piano from age five to 18 and enjoys attending concerts and other musical events with her family. Dr. Robyn also participated in dance, taking classes of various styles and competing in high school.  To this day, you'll find her on the dance floor at any wedding or celebration.

Where have you travelled?

“I love seeing different regions of the United States”. She’s also been to the Middle East, Europe, and South America. “The Amalfi Coast in Italy was so beautiful and serene; I would like to explore it more”.

What do you enjoy about the Seattle area?

“The culture, the arts, food, and relaxed nature of Seattleites. I love how close this big city is to such beautiful and natural attractions--the mountains, the water and the greenery.”

If you are a young mother and/or have children or grandchildren who are experiencing foot pain or other problems, call us at 206-368-7000 and ask about making an appointment with Dr. Robyn in the coming months. Very soon she’ll be carrying her own patient load.

By Dr. Rion Berg
January 14, 2011
Category: Uncategorized

The American Diabetes Association now recommends that patients have at least one Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE) per year to identify high-risk foot conditions often prevalent in patients with diabetes.

With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it's at risk for infection. As a diabetic, your infections spread quickly. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day. Look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail problems. Get someone to help you, or use a mirror.

The CDFE is a comprehensive, visually compelling exam that was developed to identify, monitor and thus prevent complications to your feet. Pressure readings are taken of your feet, allowing you to see and discuss any at-risk conditions and pressure points that may be evident.

The CDFE includes a review of your nerve supply, blood supply, skin & nails and foot structure systems. The results of your CDFE will be the basis of the necessary preventative care recommendations for you to take in order to avoid health-threatening complications related to your diabetes. The CDFE also assesses whether you qualify to receive appropriate offloading and care solutions with therapeutic shoes provided through Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program. Non-Medicare insurance carriers may also cover the exam.

Avoid foot ulcerations, infections and even the very real possibility of amputation with regularly scheduled evaluations of your feet and wearing appropriate shoes and inserts. A daily home inspection of your feet, will always be critical to avoiding serious foot complications.

If you experience neuropathy (loss of feeling) in your feet due to diabetes or another condition, or if you have diabetes but not been seen by your podiatrist recently, it is important for you to schedule a Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam at your earliest convenience.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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