Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Our Mission

  • At Spruce Creek Podiatry you will experience a high level of professionalism and a friendly staff that works closely together as well as with the other physicians in the community for a true team approach to your podiatric health care needs. Our physicians will work with you in a manner that will make you feel like you are involved in your care. We are accessible, approachable and we take the time to clearly explain the relevant information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of your particular foot and ankle issues. Our physicians will strive to resolve your podiatric problems with the highest level of care in a gentle and conservative way. Surgery is always the last resort, but if necessary, we are highly trained in all facets of foot and ankle surgery.

    -Spruce Creek Podiatry

Our Podiatrists

Steven C. Effren, DPM

IMGDr. Steven Effren was born in Orlando, Florida where his father was stationed in the Air Force. This was a short stay as Dr. Effren spent the rest of his youth in Orangeburg, New York. At the age of twelve, he moved to the greater Ft. Lauderdale area where he attended middle and high school. Dr. Effren earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida. His podiatric training was completed in 1998 at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, where he graduated with honors. Dr. Effren completed a surgical residency at JFK Medical Center in the Palm Beach area where he received a well-rounded training with a strong focus on trauma and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Effren has now lived in the North Central Florida area for ten years. He has two sons and a wife, who happens to also be his partner in the practice. Since completing his residency, Dr. Effren has worked solely at the Spruce Creek Podiatry Center. Originally practicing with Dr. Kenneth Marino and Dr. Paul Steinberg, he has since purchased the practice with his wife, Dr. Uyen Kim Dao. Dr. Effren is on staff at Ocala Wound Center, Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala Regional Medical Center, West Marion Community Hospital, the Ocala Surgery Center and TLC Surgery Center. He practices all aspects of podiatry including routine footcare, wound care, diabetic foot care, orthotic therapy, reconstructive foot & ankle surgery and trauma care.

Dr. Effren is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

When not working, Dr. Effren enjoys writing and recording music. He plays the guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboards. Ever since he was a freshman at the University of Florida, Dr. Effren has been an avid spelunker (cave exploration), which he has done extensively throughout Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. He also enjoys mountain biking the extensive trails in the North Florida area.

Uyen K. Dao, DPM

Dr. Dao PictureDr. Uyen Kim Dao received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Florida in 1994. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 1998 from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine. After graduating from her surgical residency at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System hospital in Tucson, Arizona, she returned to her hometown of Orlando, Florida where she has been practicing podiatric medicine for the last ten years.

Dr. Dao has extensive experience working in the skilled nursing home and assisted and independent living facilities. She also practices with her husband, D. Steven Effren at Spruce Creek Podiatry. Her practice focuses on general podiatry, geriatric care, as well as diabetic foot and wound care.

When not working, Dr. Dao enjoys keeping in shape by running after her infant son. His boundless energy and funny faces keep your young at heart. Dr. Dao’s hobbies include yoga, photography and travel.


Common Problems Treated

  • Ankle Sprains
  •   Ankle Fractures
  •     Tendon and Ligament injury
  •        Flatfoot
  •          Sports Medicine
  •        Arthritis
  •     Bunions
  •   Hammer toes
  • Bone spurs
  •   Heel Pain
  •     Diabetic Foot Care
  •       Wound Care
  •          Poor Circulation
  •        Peripheral Neuropathy
  •     Neuromas
  •   Ingrown nails
  • Plantar warts
  •   Gout

Services Offered

  • Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Laser Treatment of Nail Fungus, Heel Pain, Neuromas
  • Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Custom Orthotics
  • Second opinions
  • On-Site Digital X-rays



Cutting edge laser treatments for many common podiatric conditions including:

Fungal Nails

Plantar Warts

Heel Spurs & Plantar Fasciitis

Achilles Tendonitis


Ulcers & Diabetic Wounds

Other Inflammatory Conditions


The CLASS IV high-power laser we use at Spruce Creek Podiatry has a number of benefits:

With inflammatory conditions, such as heel pain, tenodintis and neuromas, the laser causes changes at the cellular level.  These changes can result in an increase in localized circulation and cellular repair and a corresponding decrease in pain, inflammation and edema.

When used to treat nail fungus, the laser kills the microorganism directly as well as stimulates an increased immune response.   Treatment has historically been centered around the use of topical medications with often limited effectiveness and expensive oral anti-fungal medicines with potential significant side effects.   Laser therapy can be a safe and effective adjunct in the treatment of this challenging infection.   Please refer to the Laser FAQ's below under Helpful Forms for more information.

Though laser treatments are not covered by Medicare or private insurers, our rates are quite reasonable.  Please feel free to discuss this with us at your convenience.


  • revitaderm


    Products for thick, dry, and callused skin.

  • Silipos


    Antibacterial Foot Care Products

  • superfeet


    Premium foot soles

  • Shower Protector

    Keep wounds and surgery sites dry when bathing.

  • Bunion Night Splint

    Increase bunion flexibility while you sleep.

  • Gel Toe Separators

    Reduce pain, rubbing, corns and calluses between toes.

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  • Hammer Toe Splints

    Reduce pressure and improve alignment.

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  • Hammer Toe Splints

    Help keep hammer toes aligned.

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  • Gel Achilles Sleeve

    Protect the Achilles tendon from irritation.

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  • Gel Bunion Shields

    Reduce bunion pain and rubbing.

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  • Gel Toe Cap

    Reduce pain, corns, calluses at the tip of the toe.

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  • Gel Hammertoe Sleeve

    Reduce pain, rubbing, corns & calluseson or between the toes.

  • Sombra Pain Relieving Gel

    Reduce Joint, tendonitis, & muscle pain. Like BIOFREEZE


Helpful Forms

New Patient Forms

We welcome our patients to complete their paperwork before the scheduled appointment.  Once the form is downloaded, you may print, complete and bring in to our office for your initial evaluation.

Educational Forms

It is our goal to keep patients well informed about their medical diagnoses. We have provided a list of educational materials that may further assist our patients to understand and treat their health conditions.





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Contact Info

17820 SE 109th Ave Ste 102 Summerfield, FL 34491
E-mail: contact@mdofficemail.com
Phone Number: (352) 347-3338