Welcome to our Blog

This blog was created as a way for our medical professionals to stay connected and communicate with the communities we serve.  Our team of foot experts are committed to educating and providing valuable information on foot health, as well as other medical and health news.  Feel free to join in as we welcome your questions and comments.

Our Team of Contributors and their Bio:

Renee Altman, DPM

Hello my name is Dr. Renee Hutto-Altman. I’m podiatrist at The Foot Institute Cayce and Columbia locations. I am a native of the Cayce-West Columbia area where I attended Airport High School. My Bachelor of Science degree was completed at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. I received my Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, now affiliated with Kent State University, followed by residency training at the VAMC in Huntington, West Virginia. Professionally, I enjoy primary podiatric medicine, diabetic wound care, and pediatrics. Personally, my main interest lies in being a mother of three and a wife, reading, cooking, and enjoying God’s creations, specifically the beach!!

James Cawthorne, DPM

Hello my name is Dr. James Cawthorne. I’m a podiatrist at The Foot Institute North Charleston location. I am a native of Pennsylvania and now reside on James Island. I attained my undergraduate degree from Westminster College and my medical degree from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. I completed my surgical training in foot surgery at McNamara Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. I have a special interest in diabetic foot care and foot surgery. In my spare time I enjoy flying drones and spending time with my beautiful granddaughter Zoe.

Heather Driessen, DPM

Hello my name is Dr. Heather Driessen. I’m a podiatrist at The Foot Institute Aiken location. I am a native of Hardeeville, South Carolina. I matriculated parochial schools in Savannah, Georgia and am a graduate of Saint Vincent’s Academy. I completed my undergraduate studies at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Biology. I received my Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the formerly known Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, which is now Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. I am a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I have a special interest in lower extremity wound care, limb salvage, and foot pathology.  Outside of the office, I am involved in various projects within my community and enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

Dr. Aaron Haire

Hello my name is Dr. Aaron B. Haire. I’m a podiatrist here at The Foot Institute Hartsville and Florence locations. I’m originally from Orangeburg, SC where I attended college at South Carolina State University. I was a former college football punter/kicker. I was professionally trained at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia PA. My surgical training was from MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA. My special professional interest are reconstructive surgery/trauma and biomechanics. My personal interests are motorcycle riding, gun collecting, sports, aviation, and music. My motto is “If you have to sign a waiver, it’s probably worth doing!”

Dr. Bridget Moore

Hello my name is Dr. Bridget Moore. I’m a podiatrist here at  The Foot Institute Northeast Columbia and Orangeburg locations. I am a native of Anderson, SC and the middle child with 2 sisters. I attained my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of South Carolina (Columbia), and received my podiatric medical degree from Barry University in Miami, FL. My surgical training or residency was completed at the VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA. Outside of the world of podiatry, my interests include shopping, reading, cooking, and spending time with my family and close friends. Any given occasion, you can find me and my sisters laughing and shopping somewhere in SC/NC/GA with iPad in hand simultaneously reading the latest contemporary romance e-book! 

Dr. Maureen Quinlan

Hello my name Dr. Maureen Quinlan. I’m a podiatrist here at The Foot Institute Columbia and Northeast locations. I am a former registered nurse who loved the health care field but was looking for a more one to one connection with the patients. I love podiatry because it offers a diverse range of patients and ailments. Podiatry also allows me to do both surgery and office hours. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and medical degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. I completed surgical training in podiatric medicine and foot and ankle surgery at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in New Jersey and Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. The surgery I enjoy doing the most is bunions and skin and nail biopsies. I am a health enthusiast who loves to work out, so I can sympathize when your feet hurt. In addition to working out, I enjoy spending time with my three children.

Dr. Kevin Ray

Hello my name is Dr. Kevin L. Ray. I am a podiatrist here at the The Foot Institute Orangeburg, Columbia,  Charleston, and Florence locations. I am a native Charlestonian, where I attended Charleston County Public Schools. Academic and athletic success gave me the opportunity to play Division I college football under legendary Coach Willie Jefferies (SC State University). I attended podiatric medical school at New York College of Podiatric Medicine and received surgical training in foot and ankle surgery at University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University College of Medicine. My special interest are reconstructive surgery and diabetic limb salvage. I am an avid sports enthusiast that also enjoy political commentary and politics. My patients enjoy my compassionate but serious bedside manner. My motto is “trust but verify.”

Dr. Walter H. Singleton 

Hello my name is Dr. Singleton. I attained undergraduate degrees from The Citadel and The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. I received my medical degree from The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, OH, (Kent State University).  My surgical training was completed at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia. I am dual board certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry (ABMSP) in Primary Care and Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds. I have special interest in pharmacology and neuropathy. My personal goals as a podiatrist are to decrease pain, to keep patients ambulatory as long as possible, and to decrease amputations in the diabetic population. Personal interest include: Family,  Music (early rock & roll), radio (has hosted three programs on various stations and am currently the host of “For Your Health” which covers all aspects of health and medicine) and travel.

Marcia McNeil, C.Ped.

Hello, my name is Marcia McNeil.  I am a pedorthist at The Foot Institute at the Florence, Columbia, Cayce and Charleston locations.  My undergraduate degree is from College of Charleston and I completed my pedorthic training at Temple University.  I am passionate about people and what I do. Biomechanics and gait are my specialities, and I firmly believe “Your feet don’t have to hurt” no matter what age you are.   Aching feet do not have to come with old age!  I excel in orthotics thin enough to fit into ordinary shoes.  I am lucky enough to be in a career where people often see immediate results after a visit with me.  What’s not fun about that? 

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