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Dawn M. Michels, DPM

Specializes in comprehensive, conservative care for foot and ankle conditions.

Dr. Michels earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated cum laude from William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, then moved to Louisville and became the first woman to complete a surgical residency in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at the Kentucky Podiatric Residency program, which is affiliated with the University of Louisville.

After completing her residency, Dr. Michels began providing comprehensive, compassionate foot and ankle care to patients of all ages in Louisville and New Albany, and she has continued to do so for more than 19 years.

Dr. Michels specializes in evaluating and treating foot and ankle conditions, including Achilles tendinitis, flatfoot, general foot pain, heel pain, ingrown toenails, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, toenail injuries, and warts. She provides in-office treatment with the goal to get her patients back on their feet so they can enjoy the things that matter most to them.

In her free time, Dr. Michels enjoys playing tennis and golf, swimming, strength training, hiking, and traveling with her husband, Carlos Rivas, and their three children.

Subspecialty: Podiatry

Dr. Michels is an accomplished podiatric physician with more than 19 years of experience in private practice in the Louisville area. She consistently demonstrates the ability to effectively manage patient care and establish positive. long-term relationships with her patients and peers.

Common Conditions Treated by Dr. Michels

Dr. Michels diagnoses and treats Achilles tendinitis, bunions, calluses and lesions, diabetic foot, flatfoot, foot and ankle fractures, foot and ankle sprains, fungal toenails, ganglion cysts, general foot pain, hammertoes, heel pain, ingrown toenails, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, sesamoiditis, Sever's disease, sports-related foot and ankle injuries, stress fractures, toenail injuries, and warts.

Treatments Offers by Dr. Michels

Dr. Michels provides in-office care for many common foot and ankle conditions, including callus removal, ingrown toenail treatment, skin and soft tissue biopsies, steroid injections, toenail trimming and removal, topical fungus treatment, wart removal, and wound care.

Additional Information About Dawn M. Michels, DPM

4130 Dutchman's Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Phone: (502) 897-1794
Fax: (502) 897-3852

1425 State St.
New Albany, IN 47150
Phone: (812) 920-0408
Kindred Hospital/University of Louisville | 07/2001-06/2004
Louisville, KY
Kentucky Podiatric Surgical Residency Program

Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine/Rosalind Franklin University | 08/1997-05/2001
Chicago, IL
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (cum laude)

University of Northern Iowa | 08/1992-05/1996
Cedar Falls, IA
Bachelor of Arts and Science
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges | 2000-2001
Durlacher Honor Society Member | 1999-2001
Fund for Podiatric Medical Education Scholarship | 1999-2001
Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine Academic Scholarship | 1997-1998
American Board Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, Board Certified | 2010-present
Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association | 2004-present
American Podiatric Medical Association | 2004-present
Kentucky State License | 2001-present
Indiana State License | 2001-present
Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate KY and IN | 2001-present
“Clinical Usefulness of Botulinum Toxin in the Lower Extremity”
Foot and Ankle Clinics, Co-Author | 06/2004

“Synovial Cell Sarcoma of the Foot: A Case Report”
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), Poster Presentation | 2003

“Epiphysiodesis with OSS Staple”
Kentucky State Meeting, Lecture | 2003

Review Articles
ACFAS, Scientific Abstract Monthly | 10/2001
DPM Mentor Bellarmine University | 2002
Tutor, Scholastic Tutoring, Northridge, IL | 1999-2000
Tutor, Biomechanics and Anatomy | 1999-2000
Podiatric Medical Outreach Program, “Feet First,” Chicago, IL | 1998-2001
Judicial Committee, Scholl College | 1997-2001
SMAM Volunteer | 2022-present
Hospitality Minister, Holy Trinity Parish | 2018-present
Wellness Committee President, Holy Trinity School | 2015-2018
WDRB News “Preparing Your Feet for the Marathon” | 2014
WDRB News “Proper Footwear for the Marathon” | 2013
St. Barnabas Choral Group | 2001-2006
Footcare for the Homeless Volunteer, Chicago, IL | 1998-2001
Chicago Triathlon Volunteer | 1998-1999

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I was able to get a office visit on short notice. It seemed to be a very busy day. Rebecca took the time to listen to all of my issues and discuss a plan for additional treatment. I have always been impressed with her knowledge and bed side manner.
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

4130 Dutchman's Lane,
Suite 300,Louisville 40207
(502) 897-1794

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

1425 State St.,
,New Albany 47150
(812) 920-0408

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
4130 Dutchman's Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40207

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
1425 State St.
New Albany, IN 47150