Our Staff is Focused on Excellence in Podiatry
All of the professionals here at The Foot & Ankle Center pursue ongoing education to stay current with the latest trends in podiatric medicine.
Our practice has also been honored to receive the Richmond Magazine "Top Docs" Award six times, including the last five years in a row (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).
Dr. Mitchell Waskin
Richmond, VA Podiatrist, The Foot & Ankle Center
Dr. Waskin was born in Philadelphia and attended college at Albright College and Temple University . He received his doctorate in Podiatric Medicine in 1983 from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. During his senior year of medical school he received the American College of Podopediatrics Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Dr. Waskin continued his training at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he completed a surgical residency in foot and ankle surgery. He continued his post graduate education by receiving training in Laser Surgery, Foot & Ankle Arthroscopy, Rigid Internal Fixation and Cryosurgery.
In 1988 he received a Virginia Podiatric Medical Association Service Award. Dr. Waskin was board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in 1995 and re-certified in 2004. He was selected to sit on multiple peer review committees for the State of Virginia and professional societies. He has been involved in developing criteria for credentialing foot surgeons at several Virginia hospitals.
A past president of the Richmond Academy of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Waskin has lectured to doctors on a variety of topics and is published in the Journal of Foot Surgery. He is affiliated with CJW Medical Center (Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Medical Centers).
Dr. Jeffrey Frost
Richmond, VA Podiatrist, The Foot & Ankle Center
After earning his degree in industrial engineering, Dr. Frost changed course and chose to enter the field of podiatry. He earned his degree at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and has been practicing for over 20 years. Dr. Frost is a member of the American and Virginia Podiatric Medical Associations, the Richmond Academy of Medicine and is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Meet our Certified Pedorthist (Shoe Fitting Specialist)
An ABC certified pedorthist is a healthcare professional who is specifically educated and trained to fabricate, fit, adjust and modify devices that aid in the proper functioning of the foot. This includes therapeutic shoes, partial foot prostheses and custom foot orthoses.
Sarah J. Garcia, C-Ped, grew up in Florida but relocated to Richmond in 1992. She started her career in Podiatry in 1990. During the ensuing 16 years she worked in several foot and ankle clinics, learning all aspects of podiatric care. In 2006 she joined The Foot & Ankle Center and managed the clinical services. Although Sarah found her duties satisfying she wanted to offer more to her patients as well as her career. While juggling a full time job and her family — which includes her husband Victor, son Jordan and daughter Kayla — she completed the requirements to sit for the state board exam in pedorthics. She passed the exam on her first attempt (more than half fail the first time), and she is now one of only 3,000 pedorthists in the nation. We are pleased to have her as a part of our podiatric team and family. Sarah offers knowledge, compassion and the drive to always do the best job.
Meet the Licensed Nail Technicians of The Foot & Hand Spa
Doris, aka The Foot Lady, really loves feet. In fact, she collects them. Doris’ collection of wood, plastics, glass, ceramic and jewelry feet is 400 strong and growing! So, when she gives you a medical pedicure at the Foot and Hand Spa, you know your feet are in good hands. In addition to making feet look great, Doris, a 21-year veteran nail technician, identifies and assesses potential foot-related problems so she can refer patients for further care when needed. In addition to medical pedicures, Doris provides other spa services and extended deep massage, and specializes in personal designs and original artwork. She is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Karen discovered her interest in nail care while, as a caregiver, she started doing her mother's nails. She decided to pursue her interest by taking a 150-hour class to pass the state boards and earn her Virginia state license. After an 11-year career at the nail spa of the Country Club of Virginia, Karen joined the staff of The Foot & Hand Spa. She looks forward to providing expert nail care to diabetics and others requiring specialized care — as well as to anyone concerned about germs and infection and looking for a clean place to get a manicure and pedicure.
Taylor developed an interest in the beauty industry in high school, where she participated in a nail technician program, and went on to receive her Virginia Nail Technician license. She also competed as a member of the nail program "Skills USA," achieving first place at the district level, and fifth place at the state level. Before coming to The Foot & Hand Spa, Taylor worked as a nail tech, and owned her own nail spa. Today, when she's not working with her wonderful clients to make their nails look fabulous, Taylor enjoys spending time on her farm with her beloved horses.
Adia has been a licensed and practicing nail technician in Virginia since 2000, serving clients throughout Richmond and the surrounding counties. At The Foot & Hand Spa, Adia has made it her personal goal to ensure that every person who visits the spa receives the best pedicure they have ever had. She also hopes to raise awareness that it's not just important to have feet that look great, but to have feet that feel great, too. Her motto: God first, family/friends second, feet third — because she believes all three can help you get to where you're going in life!
Alli, our spa manager, was a hair stylist and nail tech for 14 years before joining our staff. According to Alli, the best things about The Foot & Hand Spa are the fact that podiatrists are readily available if a medical opinion is needed, and also the priority we place on sanitation, so our guests don't have to worry about germs and infection. Her favorite thing about working at The Foot & Hand Spa is when clients express how they feel about receiving amazing service. When she's not at work, Alli enjoys repurposing home furnishings and décor for the home. She also enjoys documentaries and learning new things.