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Get To Know Your Doctor: Dr. Kirk Woelffer

Are you a music lover? 

Celebrating his 19th year at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Kirk Woelffer is known for his warm personality and fun sense of humor. He loves his job and it shows. Dr. Woelffer is crazy about cars and sports, and he sings in a classic rock band. He shares these interests with his wife Christina, and their three kids.

Here’s a little more about the man who serves as the official podiatrist for NCFC Professional Men’s Soccer, North Carolina Courage Professional Women’s Soccer and Carolina Ballet.

5 Questions With Dr. Woelffer:

What was your first concert?

Prince, 1984, Minneapolis, Minnesota (where I am from). The Purple Rain Tour. It was awesome! I was 14. My buddy’s mom dropped us off in her cool Dodge van, not minivan, and waited for us in the parking lot until it was over. We were too young to be there– it was perfect!

What’s your favorite part about your job?

Giving people a hope-filled plan for a healthy future. I love seeing people achieving their fitness goals.

What chance encounter changed your life forever?

Meeting Dr. Robert Hatcher. He gave me my job here, and he guided me every step of the way to this great place I LOVE working at every day.

What’s the best thing you got from your parents?

They gave me a philosophy to be positive about everything. They would say, “If you believe you can do it, you probably can.” It even feels good to say it now, as a grown-up!

What skill would you like to master?

I would love to be able to play the piano– I have taken lessons 3 times in my life! Turns out it takes practice. 🙂

Dr. Woelffer earned his bachelor’s degree at St. Olaf College, attended medical school at Des Moines University, and completed his surgical residency at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis. He is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rear-Foot/Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and he is a Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Woelffer is also an Associate of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. To learn more about Dr. Woelffer, click here.

If you or a loved one is experiencing foot or ankle pain, Dr. Woelffer would be happy to come up with a plan to get you back on your feet quickly. Schedule an appointment with him today at (919) 850-9111.

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center is a division of Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC. 

Dr. Hatcher Announces His Retirement

It is with a mixture of sadness and heartfelt gratitude, Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center announces the retirement of our founder, Dr. Robert M. Hatcher, DPM. In 1977 Dr. Hatcher established a single-practitioner office, and he steadily built Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center into the thriving practice it is today through hard work, perseverance and prayer. Also, many thanks to Linda Hatcher for her selfless contributions all these years… she wore many hats and expertly managed the magic taking place behind-the-scenes. Thank you, Dr. Hatcher, for creating a great place for foot and ankle care… and an even greater place to work. Congratulations and enjoy every minute of your well-deserved retirement!

Here is a letter from Dr. Hatcher to our wonderful patients:

 

 

If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, we’ll help you get back on your feet quickly. Call Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center today to schedule your appointment with a foot doctor at (919) 850-9111. We serve patients from Raleigh, Cary and Wake Forest, NC as well as Wake County, Johnston County and surrounding areas in and around the Raleigh-Durham Area and the rest of North Carolina. Hablamos Español.

Introducing Dr. Alyssa L. Carroll, DPM, AACFAS

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center welcomes its newest podiatrist, Dr. Alyssa L. Carroll, DPM. Dr. Carroll arrives from Charlotte where she worked as a podiatric surgeon.

A proud member of the Wolfpack, Dr. Carroll earned her BS in Human Biology at North Carolina State University. She felt a calling to podiatry when she was a competitive swimmer and suffered from sprained ankles and sore feet. Dr. Carroll received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at Temple University and completed her surgical residency at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. She is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Carroll joins the established team of Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center Doctors Robert Hatcher, Kirk Woelffer, Alan Boehm and Jordan Meyers.

“Dr. Carroll came highly recommended by other doctors,” said Dr. Jordan Meyers, “So we’re excited she is going to help our patients. She’s a great fit.”

Dr. Alan Boehm added, “Dr. Carroll has excellent training and a caring demeanor that will further enhance our mission to provide the best foot and ankle care in the Triangle.”

“Dr. Carroll will be a great addition to our staff because she has the latest training in many innovative areas,” said Dr. Kirk Woelffer. “She also has a fantastic personality to help patients, feel their concerns, be compassionate and guide them to recovery. She is excited to be back in the Raleigh area and to help the people of the Triangle.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carroll, call Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center at (919) 850-9111. She will begin seeing patients on March 1, 2018.

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center (a division of Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC) has professional, board-certified doctors and surgeons to competently and compassionately care for all your foot and ankle needs in two Triangle locations. We serve patients from Raleigh, Cary and Wake Forest, NC as well as Wake County, Johnston County and surrounding areas in the Raleigh-Durham area. For more information call (919) 850-9111.

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center team

Important Insurance Update!

 

Effective January 1, 2018 the Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center will become a division of the Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic. As a result, we will no longer be a division of InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

The Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center will continue to provide advanced care through a dedicated, well-trained healthcare team in a friendly, professional setting.

Your continuity of care will stay the same.

Drs. Robert Hatcher, Kirk Woelffer, Alan Boehm and Jordan Meyers, and our long-term staff members, will continue to provide you with dedicated care and professionalism.

You may have received a letter from your insurance company indicating the Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center is no longer accepting their insurance. That is not accurate. Insurance companies are legally required to send you a notification because we have concluded our relationship with InStride. However, your previously accepted insurance plan will be accepted with our transition to the Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

Nothing. But please call us if you have any questions at 919-850-9111. It is the Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center’s vision to serve the community by providing compassionate and progressive foot and ankle care for all ages, and we feel teaming-up with the Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic furthers our vision.

Thank you for trusting us with your healthcare, and we wish you a joyful holiday season!

Bob Builds a Boat!

Dr. Woelffer

After 3 months of too hot to work weather, the boat project is back on.
Projects finished

  • Dagger board trunk
  • All interior “furniture”
  • Boom and mast
  • Rudder and hardware
  • Mast step

Projects to go

  • Mast and boat rigging hardware
  • Interior and exterior paint/varnish
  • Name of boat. (Belle Lydie)
  • Launch

90% done, 90% to go!

Wisdom From a Patient

I’ve decided over the last several years that there is a wealth of wisdom in my patients. They each have a story that is sometimes and example of how not to live. More often, however, it is one packed with examples of how to live well and live productively, even without much in the way of resources. How to live a life of value in this community while the odds are stacked against them.

 

Most of their stories are not of actions in the “cure for cancer” category, but of lives of principle lived quietly, which may have positively affected just a few – or even a single individual. If I didn’t take the time occasionally to stop and get to personally know patients, (despite the ever increasing medical documentation requirements placed on doctors), I would have missed a great deal of wisdom and inspiration. In fact, I sort of regret not starting sooner.

 

Many of these stories involve long term difficulties or illness. An almost excessively cheerful patient I saw a few years ago was a survivor of the Holocaust as a 6 year old. Her stories were horrifying, so it was hard for me to reconcile her joy with her past. She told me our attitudes are choices, while our circumstances may not be. She chose not to let her past define how she lived her life each day, other than to use the lessons learned effectively. One of my favorite preachers has said that most of us spend too much time listening to ourselves and not enough time talking to ourselves.

 

I asked her to come in at lunch to speak to our staff, to which she graciously agreed. I think that all of us benefited immensely. She gave us some history, some philosophy, some encouragement, and some advice. What I left with was that one of the most engaging people I’ve ever met came with a story that could have made her bitter, angry, and negative. She’s gone now, but I’m better for having known her.

 

Dr. Hatcher is one of the podiatrists at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center. The podiatrists at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center are able to help you with all of your foot and ankle problems and needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hatcher or one of the other doctors in our office, call our office at (919) 850-9111 or request an appointment on our website.

I Saw a Patient Today…

Don't spend too much of today in yesterday.

I saw a patient today who came in for a chronic ingrown toenail. When we began to go over her medical history, it turned out that she had one particular episode about 20 years ago, which she seems never to have gotten over. This was a surgical procedure which she felt did not turn out exactly as she had wanted. Unfortunately, she could not seem to get past this event even though it was 20 years in the past. It almost seems as if every problem she had in the present was somehow related to that problem in the past. In taking her medical history, I just could not seem to get past this issue with her. Surprisingly, this is not uncommon. For this reason I have installed a little sign in each of my treatment rooms that says, “Don’t spend too much of today in yesterday”.

We all have limits in our lives. Each of us has a limited amount of money, time, physical energy, and even emotional energy. I have found that if we spend too much of this capital in the past, we do not have it available when we need it in the present. For example, if we have spent all of our money in the past, we will not have it when we need it for future uncertain events. In the same way, if we spend all of our emotional energy on trying to resolve an issue from the past, which we can actually never do, then we do not have that energy available to help us when something new comes up.

I have often suggested to my patients that they plan a session where they talk to me or some other trusted person as much as they want to about the past event trying to cover it in as much detail as possible. I tell them to go into as much detail as they feel is necessary, but at the end of that conversation, we will agree not discuss it again. It is then a good idea for them to not allow their mind to return to that event again. This is not easy to do, but one of my favorite preachers used to say that we spend too much time listening to ourselves and not enough talking to ourselves.

If we can accomplish totally putting these types of events behind us, and yes, even forgiving those who are associated with it, then our present lives will improve immeasurably and we will then have all of our available energies to address present problems and concerns, rather than just a portion of it.

I had one patient years ago who dropped by several months following just such a conversation and said that because of putting her particular traumatic event behind her that life had, after 20 years, taken a very positive turn. I know that this has worked for me and perhaps it may for you as well.

I Saw a Patient Today…

I saw a patient today who came in with heel pain, but as it turns out, that was not the only thing she wanted to discuss. She mentioned how happy she was with herself during the conversation because she was so chatty. This is an unusual comment during a medical examination. As it turns out, she is taking some classes with a psychologist to learn how to be more social, because she suffers from bipolar disorder. She feels that they are working very well and that it is time well spent. She discussed her life a little bit, and it is difficult because she has this mental condition. It seems more difficult for her because people often perceive her lack of social grace as being aloof or that she is dis-interested. Also, on occasion she will have to be hospitalized for several weeks. This, of course, takes her out of the very social circles she wants so desperately to be a part of. It is also very difficult to explain where she has been when she returns. Without a pretty constant struggle, this patient finds it very difficult to continually engage with those she knows, works with, and sometimes even with her family.

The lesson for us here is perhaps that when we meet someone who is not as socially adept as we are or as we would like for them to be, that we might extend them a little grace and compassion. Perhaps they are in a situation like this young lady and are desperately trying to find friends and be accepted. Just a little extra effort on our part when we meet people different from us might really, in both the short term and long term, actually change her life. I have made a commitment since I met this young lady to really try to be more flexible, patient and tolerant of those not exactly like I would like them to be or exactly like the people I’m used to being around. This young lady turns out to be a wonderful person and wants to be loved and appreciated just like all of us. I want to help them just like I would want to be helped if I were them. Maybe someone should come up with a golden rule about that!