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.
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Dr. 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. 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.
Heel Spurs & Plantar Fasciitis
Ulcers & Diabetic Wounds
Other Inflammatory Conditions
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.
New Patient 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.