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All professionals at Southwest Podiatry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

History of Southwest Podiatry
Southwest Podiatry was founded in 1988 by Dr Johnson with an office in Wytheville. A second office was established in Dublin in 1990. Dr Johnson then added a partner in 1993 when he married Dr Bechtel. They established a third office in Marion in 1994. Dr Pearman joined the practice in 2001, at which time a fourth office was established in Galax. Dr Claessens joined the practice in July 2016.

  • Ted R. Johnson, D.PM.
    Virginia Podiatric Medicine Association, member and American Podiatric Medicine Association

    Hometown: Wytheville, VA

    Education:

    Residency:

    • Atlanta Hospital and Regional Diabetes Center, Atlanta, GA PSR-24
      Reconstructive Surgery of the Foot and Ankle

    Hospital Affiliations:  Active Staff

    • Wythe County Community Hospital
    • Lewis-Gale Pulaski Hospital
    • Twin County Regional Hospital
    • Smyth County Community Hospital
    • Carilion New River Valley Medical Center
    • New River Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center

    Certifications:

    • Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
    • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Fellow

    Professional Affiliations:

    • American Podiatric Medicine Association
    • Virginia Podiatric Medicine Association

  • Janet E. Bechtel, D.P.M.
    Virginia Podiatric Medicine Association, member and American Podiatric Medicine Association

    Hometown: Williamsport, PA

    Education: 

    • Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, BS in Biology, 1980
    • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine, 1986

    Residency: 

    Board Certification:

    • Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
    • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Fellow

    Professional Affiliations:

    • American Podiatric Medicine Association
    • Virginia Podiatric Medicine Association
    • American Association of Women Podiatrists

    Hospital Affiliations:  Active Staff 

    • Carilion New River Valley Medical Center
    • New River Valley Surgical Center
    • Lewis-Gale Hospital Pulaski Hospital
    • Wythe County Community Hospital
    • Smyth County Community Hospital

    Personal: Dr. Bechtel is married to Dr. Ted Johnson, and they have a son- Will and a daughter- Katherine.

  • Heather B. Pearman, D.P.M.
    Virginia Podiatric Medicine Association, member and American Podiatric Medicine Association

    Dr. Pearman is a native of Southwest Virginia and joined Southwest Podiatry, PC in 2001.

    Education:

    • King College, BS 1995
    • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine 1999

    Residency:

    • Post-Graduate Surgical Training PSR-24
    • Saint Agnes Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
    • Nazereth Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
    • Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Foot and Ankle
    • Surgery July 1999 to June 2001
    • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
    • Resident Clinician July 1999 to June 2001

    Hospital Affiliations- Active Staff 2001 to present

    • Wythe County Community Hospital
    • Twin County Regional Hospital
    • Lewis-Gale Pulaski Hospital
    • Carilion New River Valley Medical Center
    • New River Valley Ambulatory Surgical Center

    Academic Interests: 

    • Foot and Ankle Surgery
    • Sports Medicine and sport related injuries
    • wound care
    • Pediatric foot and ankle conditions

    Certifications: 

    • Certified by American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Foot and Leg Surgery
    • The American Board of Podiatric Surgeons

    Professional Affiliations:

    • American Podiatric Medicine Association
    • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, 
    • Fellow Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
    • American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, 
    • Associate American Association of Women Podiatrists
    • American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, 
    • Fellow Virginia Podiatric Medicine Association

    Personal: In her spare time, Dr. Pearman enjoys spending time with friends and family. She enjoys golf, running, hiking, paddle boarding and coaching youth sports. She is very active in the community with athletics. She is married to Brian - who is also a native of Southwest Virginia.

  • Dr. Joris Claessens

    Bio coming soon

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Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

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