When Dr. Kelsey Sukovaty started seeing patients at the Midwest Foot & Ankle Center in Fort Dodge this week, it marked something of a homecoming for her.
After spending years away from the area training to become a podiatrist, the Manson native has returned to continue practicing her chosen medical specialty.
“It’s pretty cool to be back in the community,” she says.
She is the new doctor at the Midwest Foot & Ankle Center. She will work two days a week at the center’s site in Jefferson and three days a week at her site in the Physicians Office Building West on the UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center campus.
Daughter of Dennis and Linda Sukovaty, she grew up on the family farm between Manson and Pomeroy in Calhoun County. She graduated from Manson Northwest Webster High School, where she competed in basketball, volleyball, and track and field.
After graduating from high school, she went to the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls to earn her bachelor’s degree.
As an undergraduate student, she knew she wanted to be a doctor, but she didn’t know what branch of medicine she wanted to work in. An educational adviser suggested that he turn to podiatry. She researched online and did a matchmaking experience at Cedar Valley Podiatry Foot & Ankle Center in Waterloo. Right away, she knew podiatry was her specialty.
“I guess I just got hooked on day one,” Sukovaty said.
After getting her bachelor’s degree, she went to Des Moines University in Des Moines, where she earned her doctorate in podiatric medicine. This was followed by a three-year residency at Waterloo. Sukovaty said she performs surgery five days a week at Mercy and Allen Hospitals in Waterloo,
Upon completion of her residency, she was hired by Cedar Valley Podiatry Foot & Ankle Center, the practice where she had her job shadowing experience years earlier.
Dr. Mark Hartman of the Midwest Foot & Ankle Center recruited her to come to Fort Dodge, which Sukovaty described as “kind of an unexpected surprise, but a very good one.”
And even though she works locally, she still commutes remotely. She and her husband, Dr. David Cain, a podiatrist in Ames, are hoping to find a conveniently located home next to their two offices. They have an 11 month old daughter, Olivia.
As a podiatrist, Sukovaty takes care of feet and ankles. It treats arthritis, complications of diabetes affecting the feet, ingrown toenails, vascular problems, fractures and Achilles tendon injuries. In Waterloo and Cedar Falls Region she has performed total ankle replacement surgeries and wants to perform this procedure here. She said it was a newer and evolving surgery, but for patients who have had it “The quality of life afterwards is incredible.”
She is board certified in podiatric medicine and qualified in foot and ankle surgery.
“I take pride in working with the patient,” Sukovaty said. “I take pride in educating my patients about what’s going on and working with them to formulate a treatment plan that’s right for them.”
“There is no problem too big or too small in the foot and ankle that I am not comfortable treating,” she added.