09 Aug Dr. Wally Strash | The “Why” Behind Why I Practice
For more than 25 years, I’ve had the privilege of serving the San Antonio community. And while I’ve been practicing for over a quarter of a century, I can honestly say I absolutely LOVE what I do. I love continuously learning, I teach at the University of Texas Health Science Center, I love coming to work and seeing my work family, and most of all, I LOVE seeing, treating and healing patients. San Antonio has been wonderful to me, and every single day I am grateful.
That said, A LOT has changed in 25 years, especially in the medical field. As more and more independent podiatrists, and foot and ankle surgeons ditch their private practice to join bigger practices, the quality of patient care is definitely impacted.
And while I’m not saying these large super-practices aren’t delivering quality care, this phenomenon definitely takes a toll on doctor/patient relationships. It’s no longer about developing a life-long doctor/patient relationship, it’s about seeing as many patients as possible – and getting them in and out quick – time is money, and these big conglomerate practices? The main focus is the bottom line – not patients.
I’m proud that I have remained private and relatively small as I believe the best patient care revolves around creating patient relationships. The more I know about my patients, the better I’m able to treat them. And the more time I have with a patient, the better I get to know the patient. That’s why I’m committed to my patients, NOT the clock.
It’s also really important to vet your doctor, and make sure he or she is board certified. Podiatry is a surgical profession, and I’m proud to say I’m double-board certified with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, the premier certifying board for foot and ankle surgeries. It’s recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association as having the highest standards for foot and ankle surgery, and I made it a point to become board certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery because I wanted to treat all foot and ankle problems.
Thank you, San Antonio, from the bottom of my heart for embracing me into your community. I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of this city, to raise my beautiful family in the Alamo City, and of course, having the ability to serve you, too.