All of our professionals at Pacific Podiatry Group maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in podiatry.
Gene C. Knutson, D.P.M.
Dr. Knutson started practicing at Pacific Podiatry in 1993. He was born and raised in Bellingham, WA. He received his undergraduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington in Seattle. He attended podiatry school at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA. He then completed a podiatric surgical residency at the VA hospital in Palo Alto, CA and Stanford University. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Knutson is an avid sports fan and closely follows all the local sports teams, especially the UW Huskies. He enjoys running, hiking and golfing. He loves spending time with his wife and two children, particularly when it involves travel.
Dr. Knutson currently sees patients at our Tacoma, Spanaway and Gig Harbor locations.
Nicholas S. Heath, D.P.M.
Dr. Heath began practicing with Pacific Podiatry in 1998. He was born and raised in eastern Washington. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Washington State University. Following that, he completed his medical degree in Podiatry from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduation, he returned to the Pacific Northwest to pursue a residency in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at Puget Sound Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Heath has a special interest in difficult ankle injuries and reconstructive procedures. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Heath is also a huge sports fan, with his favorite team being his beloved WSU Cougars. He enjoys many outdoor activities, including boating and golfing, in addition to spending time and traveling with his wife and three children.
Appointments can be made with Dr. Heath at our Tacoma, Puyallup and Gig Harbor locations.
Rebecca E. Brickman, D.P.M.
Dr. Brickman was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Puyallup, WA. She graduated from the University of Washington, receiving her degree in Sociology. She completed her medical studies in Podiatry at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. After finishing there, she went on to complete a three-year residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. Dr. Brickman has been in private practice since 2005. She spent eight years in New York and Connecticut, before returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2015 and joining the Pacific Podiatry Group. Dr. Brickman is board certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry. She is happy to be back home and enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Dr. Brickman is available to see patients at our Tacoma, Puyallup and Spanaway locations.
Certified by American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry
Lalita Turaga, DPM
Pacific Podiatry Group is excited to announce that Lalita Turaga, DPM has joined our practice! Dr. Lalita Turaga is originally from Andhra Pradesh, India. After earning an engineering degree there, she moved to the United States to continue her education. She completed her post baccalaureate studies at Portland University, Oregon and then graduated from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. In 2018, she completed a podiatric residency at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center/Cook County Hospital. Her fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia was in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery and Diabetic Limb Salvage. She has also been trained in Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy. Dr. Turaga strongly believes in service to others, especially those less fortunate. She has traveled to India on mission trips to perform surgeries and looks forward to returning there as often as she can. When not working, she follows world cricket, enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband and young daughter, friends and family.
Dr. Turaga will be seeing patients at the Tacoma, Puyallup and Spanaway locations.