Premier Foot & Ankle
Katherine Freeland, DPM and Office Manager Allison Shuck
Growing up, Katherine Freeland seemed to know early what career path she’d choose. “When I played house with my sister, I was always the ‘doctor’ she brought her dolls to,” she said. “I was drawn to medical shows and loved watching surgery on TV. Then, I broke my ankle playing volleyball in high school and my wonderful podiatrist got me back on my feet in time to play my last few games senior year.” Not only did Katherine realize her dream of becoming a podiatrist, but was lucky enough to join a podiatric practice that shares her conservative, surgery-only-as-a-last resort-only philosophy.
Premier Foot & Ankle not only shares her passion for conservative care, but offers Dr. Freeland a warm, family environment in which to practice. “We’re all brothers and sisters here,” she said. “Most of us have played sports all our lives, so we understand how frustrating it can be for our patients when they can’t do the things they love to do. Surgery is the last resort for all of us.” In fact, Dr. Freeland says she normally spends half a day each week performing surgery. “The rest of the time, I’m working hand-in-hand with patients on conservative modalities to get them up and walking without doing anything invasive.”
Allison Shuck serves at the helm of the eight Premier Foot & Ankle locations. Together with Owner/Founder Dr. Jaryl Korpinen, she works to maintain the Premier tradition of combining the latest technology and know-how with small-town friendly care. As the practice has grown, thhist philosophy hasn’t wavered.
“When you call one of our offices a person answers the phone—not a machine,” Allison said. “When you come for a visit you see your doctor, not someone new each time.” Allison has helped hand-select everyone from physicians to office staff. “We all live in the community,” she said. “Many of us grew up here. Now we’re raising our kids here and attending church here. This is our home and our patients are our neighbors.”
“We focus on patient education and communication,” Allison continued. “Our doctors believe foot and ankle pain isn’t a normal part of life. And they want each patient to fully understand their condition and the treatment options available to them.”
“It can be difficult to determine whether a foot problem warrants a visit to a podiatrist or if it should be left to heal on its own,” Dr. Freeland said.
“If walking becomes painful or you have hammertoes, bunions, nail fungus, calluses, corns, ingrown toenails, the dry skin and infections associated with diabetes, or you suffer from chronic conditions such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, Achilles tendonitis, these are not things that will simply go away. It’s time to visit the professionals at Premier Foot & Ankle.”
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