A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the medical diagnosis and treatment of the foot and ankle. Education for a podiatrist involves four years of undergraduate study, usually earning a bachelor’s degree before medical school. Undergraduate training is followed by four more years of study of general medicine and the specialty of treating foot and ankle disorders through medicine and surgery. Podiatry school is then followed by a one, two or three year hospital based residency. Dr Gavin attended Northern Illinois University, followed by The Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He completed his training in a two year Surgical Residency at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago.
Kevin S. Gavin DPM was born in Naperville Illinois, and grew up in Woodridge Illinois. He attended undergraduate study at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and was accepted for early admission to the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago in 1989 for having achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.96 out of a possible 4.0 and scoring well on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Dr. Gavin earned his bachelor's degree during his first year of graduate study towards his doctorate degree. He graduated with honors from the Scholl College in 1993. After graduation in 1993, Dr. Gavin participated in a two-year surgical residency program over which he was Chief resident at Edgewater Medical Center in Chicago. He has been in independent private practice in McHenry County for 15 years. Dr. Gavin started the Foot and Ankle Institute in Algonquin in 1995 and in Woodstock in 2002. Dr. Gavin teaches podiatric surgical residents in several residency programs including Weiss Memorial Hospital (University of Chicago hospitals), St. Joseph's Hospital, and Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago.
Dr Gavin is a board certified foot and ankle surgeon who has been in private practice in Illinois for 15 years. The Foot & Ankle Institute offers a full range of diagnotic services and treatment for all manner of foot and ankle problems for patients of all ages, with locations in Algonquin and Woodstock.
Dr Gavin believes, first and foremost, in patient education. He believes that the better you understand your condition and treatment plan, the greater your chance for success. He prefers to make decis ions with his patients, not for them. Accessibility is another pillar of his practice style; He believes in being available for questions. If you forget to ask something while you're in, call with your question. Dr Gavin returns all calls personally when he is not with patients.
He believes in healing with the least invasive approach when possible and surgery only when absolutely necessary. He believes inconstantly furthering his education through extensive reading and partic ipation in continuing medical education seminars, and holds two teaching positions in surgical residency programs. At the Foot and Ankle Institute, Dr Gavin believes in providing the best care possible using the most up to date diagnostic technology and surgical techniques.
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