Sheila R. Feaster, DPM
Specialties: Podiatry & Podiatric Surgery
Sheila R. Feaster, DPM
Medical Education: Kent State University (Independence, OH)
Residency: Podiatry - Henry Ford Health System (Wyandotte, MI; 2012)
Fellowship(s): Podiatric Surgery - VA Medical Center (Denver, CO; 2013)
Professional Memberships: American Podiatric Medical Association, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association
Publications: View PubMed List
Associated with: OSF Holy Family Medical Center
“I always wanted a career in medicine but thought I’d be a veterinarian,” says Dr. Feaster, who joined us in February, 2014. Fortunately for our feet, she changed her mind. “God had other plans for me,” she says. After completing pre-med courses at Michigan State University she enrolled in the four-year program at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now Kent State).
Why podiatry? It provides the opportunity to do it all, primary care as well as surgery. And you really get to develop a relationship with patients, especially the elderly.” This Flint Michigan native went on to a residency at Henry Ford Medical Center and completed a fellowship in Denver at the VA hospital there.
Why so much study? The human foot has a complex interrelation with the rest of the body and it may be the first area to show signs of serious conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Since podiatric physicians are often the first to detect symptoms of these disorders, they become a vital and sometimes lifesaving link in the health care team.
What does Dr.Feaster enjoy, outside of work? “I have been very involved in my religious community” she says (including mission trips to Guatemala and Nicaragua). “And I enjoy various activities ranging from supporting sport competitions (especially those Michigan State Spartans) to activities that are thought-provoking like museums and concerts.
“Spending time with my family (and those friends that are like family) is also very important to me. I come from a very close knit background with individuals who have supported me through my life's journey--- namely my parents, siblings, and brother-in-law. Although, I do not have any biological children, I like to claim four as my own, namely my nephews, Lonnie and Alonzo, and twin goddaughters, Cadence and Kayla.
And finally, why OSF Holy Family? “It is great to be in a community-based medical center that is part of a larger health care system. And when I shared my interviews with my family, they all said I glowed: “this is the one place you really seem excited about!”