The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.
Southwest Foot Institute
Dr. Michael Dershowitz is the founder and medical director of the Southwest Foot Institute which he began in 1979 in Phoenix and later expanded to Glendale and Scottsdale.
He is a graduate of The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. in 1973 and of the Pennslvania College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 1977 (now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine). Following graduation from medical school, he completed an intensive year of foot surgery training at the Community Hospital of Phoenix in 1978.
Dr. Dershowitz is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery since 1987 and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also a member of the American and Arizona Podiatric Medical Associations. He is a former Vice-President of the Arizona Podiatric Medical Association and a member of its Ethics Committee.
A former co-host of "Your Good Health" on KXEG radio in Phoenix, Dr. Dershowitz has been featured on various local TV and radio stations introducing new and innovative surgical procedures to the public (Endoscopic Heel surgery and Nerve Decompression surgery for neuropathy).
Of particular note is the specialized training he has undertaken with A. Lee Dellon, M.D., a professor of Neurosurgery and Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical School, in Baltimore, Maryland, to learn nerve decompression surgical techniques to aid in the restoration of sensation and elimination of neuropathic pain, both in diabetics and non-diabetic patients.
Click on link to view Channel 3 Interview with Dr. Dershowitz regarding neuropathy surgery:
Dr. Dershowitz is a passionate scuba diver for more than 20 years and is an avid underwater photographer.
Southwest Foot Institute
Dr. Nathan Plaskey completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Dr. Nathan Plaskey attended podiatric medical school in Independence, OH attending Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine formally known as Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, graduating in 2013. He then completed an intensive three-year podiatric medical and surgical residency at Beaumont Healthcare Hospital in Wayne, MI.
Dr. Plaskey had a rigorous podiatric medical and surgical residency which included a wide variety of conservative treatment as well as surgical intervention for the following: diabetic foot care, bunion deformity, hammertoe deformity, neuroma removal, arthritic joints which consisted of fusion or implant placement, ankle fractures, metatarsal fractures, flat foot reconstruction, calcaneal and talar fractures, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon ruptures, equinus as well as office procedures such as partial nail avulsions, injections and bracing/orthotics.
He is very passionate about patient satisfaction and the outcomes of his surgical procedures. Dr. Plaskey takes the time to make sure the patient’s questions and concerns are addressed fully before leaving the office. He was trained to treat a variety of patient demographics including pediatric, adults and the geriatric community.
Dr. Plaskey is a member of American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Arizona Podiatric Medical Association and American Podiatric Medical Association.
His hospital and surgical center affiliations are the following: Abrazo Scottsdale, Abrazo Arrowhead, Physicians Surgery Center of Tempe andPeoria Surgery Center