Kaiser San Francisco Bay Area Foot and Ankle Residency 2018-19 Residents
Residents at 2018 Graduation: from left to right (Lewis Kane, Toby Ishizuka, Shontal Dionisopoulos, Myles Knutson, Megan Ishibashi, Luke McCann, Tenaya West, Yaseer Parupia, Matt Doyle, Francesca Castellucci Garza, Colten Dougherty)
2018-19 Chief Residents
Dr. Matthew Doyle was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and spent most of his life in the northeast. He received his Bachelors degree from West Virginia University and soon after obtained a Masters degree in Exercise Science. Thereafter, he worked as a sport performance coach, coaching and teaching athletes of all ages. In 2016, he received his doctoral degree from the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. During his time there he had the great fortune to have published an article in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery with some of his mentors. Alongside the same mentors, he received an award for a poster presentation at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference. He was the recipient of numerous scholarships during his medical education and was involved in many extra curricular activities which included editor-in-chief of the National Foot and Ankle Review. When he is not at the hospital treating patients,he enjoys time with family and friends, and loves the food and sports of the Bay Area. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and still loves training and fitness.
Dr. Myles Knutson was born in Chicago but grew up in Eastern Washington. He attended Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington, where he rowed for the Men’s Crew Team. He then graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology. Dr Knutson then took a year to travel abroad with his wife to East Africa and Morocco; areas of the world where they wish to return and serve on medical mission teams. Dr. Knutson subsequently enrolled at the California School of Podiatric Medicine where he received academic scholarships, and served his school through many leadership roles. During his time at CSPM he served as the President of the student chapter of American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, as well as in other academic clubs and auxiliaries. Dr. Knutson graduated in 2016 with honors and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. His current research interests include treatment of Lisfranc fractures and morbidity and mortality following transmetatarsal amputations. Dr. Knutson loves spending any free time with his wife, son, and yellow lab. He loves any outdoor physical activity including: running and hiking in the nearby Oakland Hills.
Dr. Tenaya West was born and raised in Davis, CA. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Biology at Stanford University, where she competed as a Division 1 NCAA gymnast. After graduation Tenaya spent a year working for an anesthesiologist, and explored her hobby of filmmaking by editing for Stanford Athletics and traveling to various locations in Nepal. She then attended the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University. During her time as a student she earned scholarships from organizations including the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. She became a member of the Pi Delta National Podiatric Honor Society and graduated as valedictorian in 2016. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, paddleboarding, and attending Stanford sporting events with family and friends.
2nd Year Residents
Dr. Ishizuka was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. He received two Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He published an undergraduate research investigating fungal seed bank pathogens as a biological control for invasive weed species, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Joint Fire Sciences Program. In 2017, he graduated with Honors and a member of the Pi Delta National Podiatric Honor Society from California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. During his time as a student he was involved in two Podiatric research projects, President of Wound Care Club, and volunteered at free student-fun clinics aim to serve the underpriviledged in the local community. He was grateful to earn various academic scholarships, most notable from the CSPM Alumni Foundation and American Pediatrics Medical Association. He is a foodie at heart, and he enjoys traveling, playing tennis, volleyball, cooking and exploring the outdoors.
Dr. Luke McCann was born and raised in Upstate NY. There he attained a Bachelors degree in Clinical Science and a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. At Ithaca he played 4 years of college football and also met his wife. His wife’s career would eventually bring them to the Bay Area. As a Physical Therapist he enjoyed biomechanics, sports medicine, and working with post-operative foot and ankle patients. After working as a P.T. for a decade he decided to return to medical school, focusing on the foot and ankle. In 2017 he graduated from the California School of Podiatric Medicine in Oakland. As a student he excelled and was the recipient of several scholarship awards as well a member of the Pi Delta National Honor Society. Having worked in the Bay Area for most of his career he became familiar with the Kaiser system both professionally and as a patient. Kaiser’s emphasis on practicing evidence based medicine, preventative care, as well as their excellent reputation are what drew him to their program. Outside of medicine he enjoys sports, traveling, exploring new cities, and spending time with his wife and their hound dog. He is thrilled to be a part of the Kaiser family and looks forward to serving all Kaiser members.
He was raised in Spring, Texas and graduated from University of Houston with a bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. There, he was first introduced to the field of podiatry and further explored the profession. His experiences during his undergraduate career led him to peruse a career in podiatry. Then, Dr. Prasla graduated with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Kent State University in Independence, Ohio and was awarded membership in Pi Delta Honors Society. He chose Kaiser Permanente because is known for their excellent level of care with a large system that excels in research, advanced level of patient care, and all aspects of medicine. Furthermore, podiatry is a specialty that is intriguing since it incorporates multiple body systems that challenges one to discover a vast set of knowledge of skills. His interests outside of medicine include traveling, watching and playing sports such as golf, football, and basketball. Also, he enjoy spending time with family and friends.
1st Year Residents
Shontal Behan Dionisopoulos
Dr. Shontal Behan Dionisopoulos was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Fresno State University in Biology and Anatomy, and her Doctorate from the California School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Dionisopoulos has always been very active in community service projects by volunteering her time and services to hospitals and clinics throughout California. While in medical school she served as the Co-Director of Clinica Tepati in Sacramento, Education Chair of her class, was awarded multiple scholarships for academic achievements and published numerous research projects. Dr. Dionisopoulos graduated with honors as a member of the Pi Delta National Honor Society and was the recipient of two awards; the Scepter Award, exemplifying scholarship and devotion to the interests of patients, and the Philip Gardner Award for Outstanding Student in Podiatric Medicine. Outside of the hospital, she spends her time with family and friends traveling, soaking up the sun and dancing anytime music is playing.
Dr. Megan Ishibashi was born in Santa Monica, CA and raised in Sacramento, CA. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from Loyola Marymount University where she was awarded several scholarships through the RAINS Undergraduate Research Program to investigate the effects of sodium bicarbonate on competitive judo athletes. This opportunity ignited her passion for research and inspired her to continue developing innovative projects throughout medical school. In 2018, she graduated from the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University. While in school, she participated in two cadaveric studies one of which, won an award at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference. Throughout her studies, she received several academic scholarships including a membership induction to the Pi Delta National Honor Society. She also actively volunteered at free clinics, community health events, and Special Olympics Fit Feet. Outside of medicine, Megan enjoys exploring the Bay Area food scene, outdoor activities, judo, and hanging out with her family and friends.
Dr. Lewis Kane was born and raised in Oakland, CA. He went to the University of Colorado Boulder, where he completed a concurrent Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree program in Integrative Physiology. While in Boulder, he worked closely with student athletes as an athletic training intern. This, along with his lifelong passion for running, led him to discover the field of Podiatric Medicine. In 2018, Dr. Kane graduated co-Valedictorian from the California School of Podiatric Medicine. During medical school, he was the editor-in-chief of the National Foot and Ankle Review, led the school’s Journal Club, and participated in medical missions serving the community of San Ysidro. Outside of work, you might find him logging miles in our regional parks or delivering freshly baked bread to family and friends.