Heather Kaufman

DPM, FACFAS
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For as long as I can remember I have been interested in medicine. Even as a child, I remember performing surgeries on my stuffed animals. They always did so well and had excellent recoveries!

Although I’ve always been interested in science and medicine, I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Journalism. (Long story!) However, my love of medicine never waned. Soon after graduation I went back to school and completed my pre-medical education at Kennesaw State University, followed by my Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, OH.

I completed my residency training in forefoot and rearfoot reconstruction/ankle surgery in New York and New Jersey, earning my certificate from Kessler Memorial Hospital in Hammonton, NJ. Following residency, I took a position with a large podiatry group in Grand Junction, CO, where I practiced for a little over six years. However, I found through that experience that I really wanted to be my own boss rather than continue to work for someone else. And so, I bought Anchorage Foot & Ankle Clinic, LLC, and started practicing in Anchorage in 2014.

I love having my own practice and being my own boss! I get to treat the patients as I see fit, spending time with them, educating them about their diagnoses, and essentially empowering them to be active in their treatment plans and recovery. I want patients to feel like they matter and to feel at home in my practice. Having had foot problems myself in the past, I have great empathy for my patients and want nothing more than to get them back to their regular lives and activities.

When a patient is considering having surgery, I make sure to take time to explain the procedure and the peri-operative course. Surgery can be scary for a patient. I do my best to make my patients feel at ease with their decision, and to let them know I’m with them every step of the way.

Another passion of mine is wound care — an important service I believe is underserved. There are so many patients with wounds who are not getting the treatment they need. I want to do all I can to increase my wound care presence and help these patients’ wounds to not only heal, but to stay healed.

Outside of the office, I enjoy weight lifting, running, hiking, cross country skiing and camping. I also enjoy reading, music, concerts, movies and travel. I am married and am the proud parent of two cats.

Regina Fiacco

DPM, AACFAS
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As the newest member of the Anchorage Foot & Ankle Clinic team, I am excited for the opportunity to keep the Alaskan community on their feet. As with most things, you don’t realize how much you need your feet, until they are out of commission. As a foot and ankle specialist, I have had extensive training in understanding how malalignment can cause various painful syndromes and how normal biomechanics can be restored to help improve function. I am proud to offer numerous care options including conservative treatment plans, the most up-to-date surgical techniques and ultimately strive to treat all patients with the highest standard of care. It is my goal to have each patient leave the office feeling optimistic about their treatment plan. 

Soccer has been a major part of my life – having competed competitively and recreationally – I have experienced my share of foot and ankle injuries which originally sparked my interest in the lower extremity. My formal education began at the University of Delaware where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a focus in pre-medical courses. During my undergraduate studies I completed various anthropological surveys in Turkey as well as traveled to Italy to practice the Italian language! I went on to receive my Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. Following medical school I was fortunate to complete a three year extensive reconstructive foot and ankle surgical residency training at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. I feel fortunate to be able to use my training to help others and truly enjoy all aspects of the field of podiatric medicine! 

In my free time, you can find me outside! I enjoy running, playing soccer, hiking and camping. I have a wonderful husband and am a proud dog mom!

Rebecca

Wessels
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Being from Wisconsin and having a background in biology, Alaska was an easy transition. My love for all that nature provides is magnified here, and the fishing opportunities are amazing.

Upon moving to Alaska from South Africa where I spent 14 years, I opted for a change and enrolled in Alaska Career College to be a Medical Assistant. My exceptional grades afforded me the opportunity to be selective in my choice of fields. I wanted to be a part of a small office setting with hopes of helping the office grow into something bigger.

I currently manage the office, order supplies and am the Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety officer.

The exceptional employees here at Anchorage Foot & Ankle Clinic have made this the place for me, my most enjoyable employment to date.

Tesha

Shallo
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I’ve been the receptionist at the clinic for a few years. Before working here, I never knew I would enjoy working in the medical field so much! The patients are great, and I really like the relationships I get to build with them.

With two boys, two girls and a grand baby, I’m a big family person. I really love my family and spend all my spare time with them. I love camping in the summers and watching my kids play sports in the winter.

One of my favorite things about working at Anchorage Foot & Ankle Clinic is the staff. Dr. Kaufman is great! She’s amazing to work for and the patients love her too.