Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Spencer and spent summers in Okoboji, where we still oftentimes go on vacation.
Tell us about your family.
My dad is a family practice doctor in Spencer and my mom was a stay-at-home mom. My sister, Nikki Kennedy, is an elementary teacher at Shuler Elementary in Waukee and was a teacher at Waukee Elementary before that. Her husband is a medical sales senior rep. My brother lives in Orange County, California and owns a computer sales company and his wife is the founder and owner of JuJuBe, a diaper bag company. My wife is a dental hygienist but is currently a stay-at-home mom. We have three children—twin boys, Jackson and Nile, who are two and a half, and a daughter, Brielle, who is seven months old.
Where did you go to school?
I completed my undergraduate studies at The University of Iowa. (I’m a diehard Iowa Hawkeye fan). I attended medical school at Des Moines University and residency at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.
What do you do for a living?
As a podiatrist, I treat all conditions involving the foot and/or ankle, conservatively when possible, and surgically if needed. A good list of conditions treated and treatment options can be found on the practice website at fusionfootandankleclinic.com.
Some of us tend to be reactive rather than proactive in regards to our health. As a medical professional, what advice or early warning signs can you share that our readers may consider before seeking medical assistance?
If you’re having a medical condition involving your foot or ankle that’s affecting your daily life, it would be wise to set up an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist. A number of treatment options are available for conditions of the foot and ankle, and treatment must be individualized for each person, depending on factors such as the person’s age and activity level. At Fusion Foot and Ankle, we’re generally able to accept walk-in appointments, especially for more emergent conditions such as traumatic fractures or other injuries.