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Podiatrist grows to five locations

Tennessee Foot & Ankle Clinics began in 1983 as one small office, but over the years it has grown considerably and now offers several locations to serve patients.

“We have some of the best training and some of the most experienced [podiatrists] in the area,” president of the practice, David Hawk, DPM, said.

“We do everything from trimming toenails to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and all points in between.”

Hawk believes his success stems from great medical care.

“I think what makes us stand out the most is the results we get. That’s why we’ve grown from a small practice in Lenoir City to five locations,” he said.

The practice consists of five podiatrists, including Hawk, and offices in Lenoir City, Knoxville at Bearden Hill, Madisonville, Oak Ridge and Sevierville. Hawk sees patients in the Lenoir City location, which he said is convenient for patients in the Farragut area.

“Coming to Lenoir City’s easier. You don’t have to go into the Knoxville traffic.”

Excellent service also might be a reason Tennessee Foot & Ankle Clinics has grown.

“We treat our patients like family, like we would want to be treated,” Hawk said. “We never talk down to the patients, and we try to be there. Typically when patients come in, they’re in pain, so we do what we can to get them out of pain as easy as possible, and we can usually do that without having to resort to surgery.”

If surgery is necessary, patients don’t have to be referred to a different doctor. The practice is qualified to continue treatment at the patient’s preferred hospital.

“We’ve all done extensive residency training for surgery. We are all surgically trained,” he added. “I’m on staff at just about every hospital in the whole Knoxville area. We can do surgery at all these different places.”

Hawk grew up in East Tennessee and purchased the practice in 2001 from Carol Ackerman, DPM, who still sees patients with the practice.

“I’m from here, from Loudon County. I have lived all over but chose to come back here to raise a family and start practicing,” he said.

Tennessee Foot & Ankle Clinics is accepting new patients and “just about all insurances are accepted,” Hawk said.

For more information, call 865-986-2700 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit


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