Virginia Mason Medical Center Sports Medicine Fellowship, Seattle, WA
Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency
California College of Podiatric Medicine
Brigham Young University
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
American/California Podiatric Medical Associations
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Why did I become a foot doctor? The simple answer is: my own running injuries. I was an overly passionate (“addicted”) runner and cyclist during my high school years. The low point came at the final races of my senior year when I had to forfeit my chance to run with my team in the state championships. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but I was broken at that point.
Ultimately, I went to Dr. Bill Olsen, a podiatrist specializing in athletic-related
problems. Thanks to his expertise and care, I was able to start training for track season again. The pain never came back and I was able to complete the season. I owe him a debt of gratitude and it is because of him that I chose this profession.
I’m equally passionate about the impact of diabetes on the feet.
I have been shocked at the sheer number of people with diabetes and its complications, particularly in the Central Valley.
Uncontrolled diabetes causes damage all over the body and can lead to nerve and circulatory damage to the feet and lower legs. In fact, about 73,000 amputations were performed in the U.S. in one year alone due to uncontrolled diabetes.
I look forward to helping you return to the activities you love, and to maintaining healthy control of your diabetes, working closely with VMC’s certified diabetes educator Susan Smith, Ph.D.
Learn more about VMC’s diabetes team at vmchealth.com/diabetes.php.
Dr. Hagen is pictured at far left – the runner without a medal. Shin splints progressed into stress fractures of the right tibia, causing him to miss running in the state championships with his team.