Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Podiatrists have expertise in orthopedics, radiography, sports medicine, dermatology, and surgery.
Some conditions that podiatrists treat are ankle injuries, bunions, calluses, neuromas, running injuries, and toe deformities. They are often the first health professionals to diagnose vascular problems that have previously gone unrecognized. Podiatrists also contribute significantly to the areas of diabetic foot care, arthritic foot care, and wound healing.
Dr. Michael Zapf earned a BS degree in Microbiology (Cal State Long Beach) and Master of Public Health from UCLA with a specialty in Infectious and Tropical Diseases. After graduating from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, he served a residency in foot surgery in San Jose, CA. He is a past associate professor of podiatry at the LAC-USC Medical Center. He is on active staff at Los Robles Medical Center, the Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital and the Los Robles Surgicenter. He is actively involved in the community belonging to the Westlake Sunrise Rotary Club, the Triunfo YMCA and the Conejo Free Clinic. For the last six years he has volunteered for an annual children’s foot surgery mission in Honduras. He lives in Oak Park with his wife and son. Click here for more information about Dr. Zapf.
Dr. Darren Payne is a long time resident of the Conejo Valley and a graduate of Thousand Oaks High School. He received his undergraduate education from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, and UCLA with an emphasis in Human Biology. He received his medical degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM) in San Francisco. In 2000, he completed a two year surgical residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and VA American Lake in Tacoma Washington, where he was the Chief Podiatric Resident. He is a past faculty member of the Western Podiatric Medical Congress and has frequently lectured and performed workshops on flexible flat foot correction. Dr. Payne was among the first in the community to introduce limb sparing surgery for diabetic feet. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of both the American College of Foot and Angle Surgeons and American Professional Wound Care Association. He is married and has two sons and a daughter.
Dr. Stephen Benson is originally from Santa Maria .He attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a degree in Molecular Biology. He attended the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco and completed a three year podiatric surgical residency at the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles. Dr. Benson continues to help teach students and residents at both the VA Hospital and Olive View-UCLA medical center. He is a clinical adjunct professor at both the Ohio and Arizona colleges of podiatric medicine. He is an associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr. Benson is certified in wound care by the council for medical education and testing. Dr. Benson enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.