Our Staff

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: Emory & Henry College, 1976

 Florida State University, Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology, 1980

 Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine,     1986                         

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: Metropolitan Hospital in Springfield, PA, 1987

Reconstructive Foot Surgery

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 and
                           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.

Joris Claessens, D.P.M.

Virginia Podiatric Medicine Association, member and American Podiatric Medicine Association

Dr. Claessens joined Southwest Podiatry in 2016.

 

Education:

                     Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, Doctorate of Podiatric      Medicine, 2013

                      University of South Florida, BS in Biomedical Sciences, 2009

 

Residency:  Cleveland Clinic/ Mercy Health, Cleveland , OH

                      Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery

 

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 Surgical Center

 

Professional Affiliations:

                   American Podiatric Medicine Association

                   American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

                   Virginia Podiatric Medicine Association

  

Personal: Dr. Claessens and his wife Nicole are the proud parents of four children; Trinity, Kadence, Landon, and Willow. He treats all aspects of foot and ankle pathology with the goal of getting you back on your feet. Dr. Claessens enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors.