Dr. Michael Sekosky graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a double major in chemistry and biology. His podiatric education was completed at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He then completed a surgical residency with training in forefoot and ankle surgery at Botsford Hospital and Redford Community Hospital in the metropolitan Detroit area. Upon completion of his surgical residency, he immediately moved to Arizona and opened up practice. Dr. Sekosky has been in Arizona since 1989. His current locations include the Paradise Valley Scottsdale Abrazo campus (for over 20 years), and the Fountain Hills location (since 1991). Additionally, Dr. Sekosky has been working the Paradise Valley Wound Center since it's inception in 2001. Paradise Valley Wound Center is one of the oldest established wound care centers in the valley, and Dr. Sekosky's involvement in the center has been for limb salvage and any wounds of the lower extremity including below the knee. This advanced training and expertise has saved many lives from devastating amputations over the years.
Dr. Sekosky currently has privileges at the Paradise Valley Scottsdale Abrazo Campus Hospital and Desert Ridge Ambulatory Surgery Center. Currently he has two office locations where he treats all podiatric medicine, foot and ankle problems. Through his years of experience he specializes not only in wound care, but also in the care pediatrics and sports medicine. He has a very gentle manner and has two of his own children and thus, has a special ability in the handling of tough pediatric cases. Dr. Sekosky is board-certified and is able to perform most surgical procedures of the lower extremity, including complicated cases. He prefers to educate the patient while using multiple resources, and offer conservative options prior to surgical intervention. Certainly cases that do require surgical intervention can be addressed in an expeditious manner when necessary. Patients feel comfortable with his bedside manner and explanations and education other specific foods ankle and leg problems. Additionally, he likes review x-rays of patients so they understand the complexity and structural problems of the foot to fully educate patients in, or go to their structural issues and biomechanics.
We welcome patients to our practice and appreciate referrals for the medical community. My practice reflects my philosophy that every patient should be treated in a friendly, caring manner, as if they were my own personal family members. Dr. Sekosky is trained in many advanced surgical techniques, including: endoscopic release of plantar fascia, endoscopic nerve release, all forefoot advanced fixation screw technology and conservative options. Any new or established patient will feel comfortable with his practice philosophies and treatment. We have built a podiatric practice throughout the years based on referrals from multiple years for our expertise in complete foot and ankle care.
In his free time, Dr. Sekosky enjoys traveling, skiing, golfing, and other outdoors activities. He's a family oriented man focused on raising his two teenage daughters .
Dr. Kathleen Richards was born and raised in Western New York. As an undergraduate, attended Niagara University where she received her BS in Pre-Med Biology. She then attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, associated with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she received her medical degree as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. She then completed a three year internship with the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. After completing her education, she relocated to Arizona to begin private practice.
Upon arriving in Arizona, she joined a practice in the Glendale area where she enjoyed seven years of success. Then in 2000, she joined Advanced Podiatry, with its two offices, where she continues practicing today. She enjoys developing long term relationships with her patients, and sees them as an extension of her own family. Currently, she is actively seeing patients on a daily basis at the Bell Road/ Abrazo Scottsdale Campus Hospital and the Fountain Hills offices.
In her free time, Dr. Richards acts as a mentor for podiatric residents at local hospitals. She enjoys helping them develop the skills necessary to provide medical services in an out-patient surgical setting, and oversees them for their assigned surgical cases. She is associated with the HonorHealth Medical Group - Deer Valley, Abrazo Central Campus and Abrazo Scottsdale Campus Hospitals.
Dr. Richards is an active member of several professional associations, which helps her to maintain her knowledge of the latest advances in podiatric care. Several notable ones are the American Association of Podiatric Medicine, the Arizona Podiatric Medical Association, and the American Sports Medicine Association.
I’ve had a broad range of experience as physician and surgeon of the foot and ankle serving in the United States Air Force, practicing in a multi-specialty medical group and private practice in Arizona. My training was at an Osteopathic hospital in Boston where a developed an interest in a more general or holistic approaches to caring for patients and an interest in alternative, or as it is also known, integrative medicine. I believe that the well-being of patients goes beyond just having painless feet but also includes professional medical treatment that helps patients achieve improved function of their feet and lower extremities by utilizing the latest diagnostic tools and treatment techniques in medical and surgical care, referral to other specialties as needed and effectively communicating with patients’ primary care physicians. It also includes removing the mystery and uncertainty of the healthcare experience by educating my patients about their foot problem and how to achieve and maintain good foot and leg health and optimum function in daily life and in leisure and sports activities.
I have been practicing foot and ankle surgery and podiatric medicine in Arizona since 1986. I received training in traditional oriental medicine and acupuncture, medical acupuncture and obtained a license to practice general acupuncture in Arizona in 2001. I am board certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery and podiatric medicine and orthopedics by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. In addition, I am certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I’ve distinguished himself as chief of podiatry at two orthopedic clinics in the United States Air Force and received humanitarian awards for service in times of disaster. I received post-graduate training at an Osteopathic hospital in Boston where I developed an interest in integrative medical techniques and did research and published a paper on patients with low back pain and foot types. I therefore understand well the importance of good biomechanical control of the feet with the use of orthotics as well as various physical therapy techniques to improve function of the feet and legs.
Aside from my professional life, in my spare time I enjoy playing piano and playing the saxophone in a big jazz band and writing music and playing in small jazz combo. I have played in local clubs as well as concerts and jazz festivals in England and Europe. I also enjoy swing dancing and bicycling.
My professional experience includes the following:
BOARD CERTIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Foot & Ankle Surgery - American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
Podiatric Orthopedics & Podiatric Medicine - American Board of Podiatric Medicine
Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) - National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Arizona Society Of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture (AZSOMA)
HOSPITAL & SURGERY CENTER AFFILIATIONS
Abrazo Scottsdale Campus
Banner Surgery Centers
Captain, Chief of Podiatry Clinic
USAF Regional Hospital Sheppard, Sheppard AFB, TX (July 1977 to July 1983)
USAF Medical Center Keesler, Keesler AFB, MS (Aug. 1983 to Sept. 1985)
Surgical Podiatrist (July 1986 to March 2001)
CIGNA Healthcare of Arizona, Tempe, AZ
Attending staff member of foot and ankle surgeons with trauma call
Research director - two-year podiatric surgical residency program - 1993 to 1998
Diabetic education planning and presentation
Clinical Research with Precision Trials /Sub Investigator (2012 to present)
Diabetic ulcer study
Diabetic Foot Education - Paradise Valley Hospital
"An Interpretation of the Pronation Syndrome and Foot Types of Patients with Low Back Pain.” Journal of the American Podiatry Association. May 1981, 71:243
"Acupuncture and Auricular Therapy: Adjunctive Treatment of Lower Extremity Ulcerations.” (Thesis) Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture. May 2001