Serge and Ilona Barlam, graduates of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, run Advanced Foot and Ankle Clinics, a full-service center with sophisticated diagnostics, diabetic care, and laser-therapy services. Their treatments emphasize preventive care, with routine care available for those without troubling injuries and physical therapy or surgery available for those who need major changes. Laser therapy relies on GenesisPro by Cutera, Q-Clear, or CoolTouch lasers to diminish the appearance of onychomycosis, a fungus that makes the toenails yellow, thicken, and unable to show off engagement toe rings.
A board-certified surgeon and podiatrist, Dr. Schaengold helms Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic, where he diagnoses and treats a host of conditions plaguing the lower extremities. Every appointment begins with a thorough inventory of the patient’s history, followed by a comprehensive consultation. This not only allows Dr. Schaengold to prescribe the best treatment, but also to ensure his patients are well informed about their condition, treatment options, and the difference between toes and fingers.
Once a course of action is agreed upon, the doctor can begin treatment, be it laser surgery for warts, a nonsurgical shockwave therapy treatment for plantar fasciitis, or gait analysis and correction to alleviate lower-back, hip, and knee pain. And though Dr. Schaengold treats patients of all ages and lifestyles, he specializes in sports medicine, encouraging athletes to take preventive measures before embarking on new challenges.
Dr. Mikhail Burakovskiy's expertise in podiatry has earned him not one, not two, but three certifications from the American Board of Multiple Specialties—in primary care, in podiatric surgery, and in the prevention and treatment of diabetic foot wounds and diabetic footwear. It is this expertise⎯along with his skills with laser systems, injections, and surgical tools to alleviate foot problems such as bunions, ankle pain, and toenail fungus⎯that has helped him become the footcare specialist of fellow doctors.
Dr. Burakovskiy has also been featured on King 5 News as a podiatrist who doesn't chide women for wearing high heels, instead offering foot-pillow injections that create extra padding in the ball of the foot to reduce pain more efficiently than wrapping feet in bubble wrap. He is joined by Dr. Jacqueline Buckley, a Seattle native who has trained in foot and ankle surgery, podiatric medicine, and wound care. She attended Clark Atlanta University and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and has researched cadaveric achilles tendon transplantation, tendon repair, and amnion.
Going beyond the pure pursuit of relaxation, the practitioners at Monroe Therapeutic Massage P.S. work closely with doctors, chiropractors, and hospitals to help ensure a more well-rounded result. To accommodate a variety of clients, the staff has outfitted each massage room with cushy tables perched hydraulic lifts. The highly accessible tables make it easy for patients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to enjoy a seamless transition from the outside world to the indoor relaxation station. For additional comfort, the beds also feature heaters that allow patients to fully unwind and soften any butter packets that may have been pocketed during last night’s dinner date.
Licensed acupuncturists Ke Zang and Ting Zhang studied and practiced traditional Chinese medicine in China years before moving to the United States. Their workplaces must feel somewhat like home, since the treatment rooms at their ACI Clinic & Wellness Center’s two locations are the settings for an array of traditional Chinese medicinal services, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, foot reflexology, qi gong therapy, and tui na bodywork.
Each location also offers chiropractic care and massage therapy, headed at the Kirkland location by Doctor of Chiropractic Allison Zang-Greene, whose specialty is neuromuscular disorders. To the north, at the Lynnwood location, chiropractic therapy is overseen by Doctor of Chiropractic W. Lance Elben, who has a knack for treating injury-related pain. The decor at each location has some unique features, but each interior is outfitted with pleasant green plants and pleasing artwork on the walls.
Whether he's snapping freelance game-day shots of the Seattle Seahawks for Maurer Action Photography or teaching kids to ski at Powderpigs, Lawrence Maurer spends a lot of time on his feet. The rest of the time, however, he spends with other people's feet. Along with his colleague, Peter M. Vincent, award-winning Lawrence draws on years of schooling and residencies when practicing podiatry at Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine. With the help of their qualified staffers, Drs. Maurer and Vincent work with patients to pinpoint causes of foot or ankle discomfort before determining the quickest, most effective, and least sticky means of treatment. They also specialize in diagnoses and treatments of a number of foot and ankle ailments ranging from Achilles tendons to hammertoes.