Healthy feet are podiatrist Ejiro Isiorho's specialty
He purchases practice in Willowbrook Center
Theres a new doctor in town: On Nov. 1 Ejiro Isiorho purchased the podiatry practice of Alan Rothstein in the Willowbrook Center and opened up Corrective Step Foot Health Center LLC.
Isiorho (pronounced Is-cee-row) has jumped in feet first, so to speak, not only taking over the practice three months ago, but with his wife Suzanne welcoming their first child, Solomon, on Oct. 11.
My first couple of months have been a crash course in business, Isiorho said. There are very few business classes in medical school, but I have three classmates in the Portland area, and they have been helpful.
Isiorho, who was born in Cleveland to parents who emigrated from Nigeria, grew up in the Midwest and New York.
My dad is a college professor, and my mom is a nurse, he said. At Indiana University, I was like any other kid and thought I would play on the college football team. But there was a lot of turnover in the coaching staff, so I didnt pursue it.
In college, Isiorho thought about becoming an athletic trainer or an M.D. but after he learned he would have to choose between a clinical or surgical practice, he considered osteopathic medicine.
My counselor suggested podiatry and gave me a couple names of people to job shadow, Isiorho said. What I observed is that podiatrists seem happy while they work. Other specialties may deal with more sobering news, and it can be difficult to put a positive spin on the patient visit. Podiatrists do both clinical and surgical work, and treat people of all ages – pediatrics, sports medicine, gerontology and in between. You can specialize within the specialty.
Isiorho graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and then earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and doctor of podiatric medicine at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Ill.
Isiorho likes podiatry because patients walk in with pain and walk out feeling better, he said. I like the instant gratification, and I like to educate patients. Your feet should not hurt. If they hurt, there is most likely a problem. I tell my patients to start making changes simply and easily. They might come in and say, I tried inserts, and they didnt help, and I say, But you havent tried custom inserts.
Sometimes patients need orthotics or prosthetics, and Isiorho noted, It is important to go to someone who has working relationships with other specialists.
Being so close to King City, Summerfield and the other 55-plus communities, Isiorho sees more geriatric patients than perhaps the average practice does, but he has had a lot of experience with seniors.
Isiorhos residency was at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur, Ga., which is affiliated with Emory University School of Medicine where Isiorho became the chief resident. He noted that to graduate as a resident, doctors must be cross-trained and meet a set surgical criteria, and I exceeded the criteria.
In addition to Atlanta, Isiorho spent time in different podiatry programs in Philadelphia, Phoenix and South Africa.
We could choose our externship locations, and the Northwest was just not on my radar at that time, Isiorho said. I got to live in different parts of the country, and one of the things I learned was that there are different methods to treating the same conditions. Every time I saw and learned a different technique, I would ask the provider why he did it that way to learn all of the different nuances. Podiatry laws are different in each state. In some places you can only treat the feet and not the ankle, and in other places you can treat up to the knee.
People told me I seemed like a West Coast kind of guy, so when the chance came to work at Pacific Foot & Ankle Clinic in Milwaukie in August 2013, my wife and I decided to move here. Packing up a U-Haul, we drove cross country two or three days after we got married. Ironically, at the same time I turned down a job interview in Milwaukee, Wisc.
In addition to practicing medicine, Isiorho has given lectures locally and regionally on such topics as acute Achilles tendon rupture repair, surgical reconstruction of charcot foot, and private health care versus public health care, and he has participated in research projects.
Isiorho is equally at home dealing one-on-one with patients.
I always tell my patients to keep a health notebook and write down questions ahead of time, he said. I do not care how silly it sounds, the answer can be found. My patients are coming to see me for my medical opinion. I will tell you what will likely happen if you decide to take my advice and if you do not, but I reinforce to my patients that education is key, and that the power is in their hands.
The Isiorhos plan to be active in the community, perhaps volunteering at a food bank or health fair, and they expect to get out on the hiking trails of Forest Park or the Columbia Gorge; in addition, the family is planning to move to Southwest Portland this spring.
Corrective Step Foot Health Center LLC is located at 11515 S.W. Durham Road, Suite E-1, Tigard 97224. For more information, call 503-624-0364.