Meet our physicians at Live Oak Foot & Ankle...

Dr. Steven Effren was born in Orlando in 1968 where his father was stationed in the Air Force, though most of his youth was spent in Orangeburg, New York.  His middle and high school years were spent in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area.  Dr. Effren earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida.  His podiatric training was completed in 1998 at Barry University in Miami, where he graduated with honors.  Dr. Effren completed his surgical residency at JFK Medical Center in the Palm Beach area, where he received a well-rounded training with a strong focus on trauma and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Effren has lived and practiced in the North Central Florida area since completing his residency training.  He has two sons and a wife, who happens to also be his partner at Live Oak Foot & Ankle.  Dr. Effren has worked at Live Oak Foot & Ankle since 2000.  Dr. Effren is on staff at Ocala Regional Medical Center, West Marion Community Hospital, AdventHealth Ocala, Marion Surgery Center, The Villages Regional Hospital and TLC Outpatient Surgery in Lady Lake.  He practices all aspects of podiatry including routine foot care, wound care, diabetic foot care, orthotic therapy, reconstructive and trauma surgery.  Additionally, Dr. Effren spent 14 years on staff at the Ocala Wound & Hyperbaric Center.

Dr. Effren is board certified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons.  He is also a board-certified Fellow of the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing.  Dr. Effren is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association

When not working, Dr. Effren enjoys writing and recording music.  He has also spent decades as an avid mountain biker and spelunker (cave exploration), beginning both avocations while a freshman at the University of Florida.  Dr. Effren has two sons, 10-year-old Daniel, and recent Colorado State University grad, Zachary.

Dr. Uyen Kim Dao grew up in the Orlando, Florida area.  She received her undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Florida in 1994.  She went on to earn her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 1998 from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine.  After graduating from her surgical residency at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System hospital in Tucson, Arizona, she returned to Central Florida where she has been practicing podiatric medicine ever since.

Dr. Dao has extensive experience working in skilled nursing homes and assisted and independent living facilities.  She also practices with her husband, Dr. Steven Effren at Live Oak Foot & Ankle.  Her practice focuses on general podiatry, geriatric care, diabetic foot care and wound care.  Dr. Dao is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Florida Podiatric Medical Association.

When not working, Dr. Dao enjoys keeping in shape by exercising and trying to keep up with her 10-year-old son Daniel.  His boundless energy and funny faces definitely keep her young at heart.  Dr. Dao's hobbies include yoga, photography, good food, and travel.

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