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Bradenton
941-758-8818

Meet Our Doctors


Dr. Richard Berkun

Dr. Richard Berkun

Dr. Richard Berkun graduated from the University of Rochester and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed surgical training at Sheridan Park Hospital in Buffalo where he spent his childhood. He served on the Credentials Committee of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and was a former Board Member of the American Diabetes Association. He is a former AAAHC inspector, reviewing surgical centers all over the country. He presently is the President of Manasota Podiatric Medical Society, a component of the Florida Podiatric Association. He sits on the Executive Board for the State of Florida and is the CEO of Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Berkun has contributed articles to the Bradenton Herald and "Sarasota" Magazine. He spends his noon hours training for marathons and has competed in Disney, Boston and Tampa marathons. He also is an avid golfer and sports enthusiast and he enjoys the theatre with his wife, Sue. Dr. Berkun joined Cortez Podiatry Associates in 1981.
Dr. Christopher Addison

Dr. Christopher Addison

Dr. Christopher Addison is a graduate of University of South Florida and the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine. After completing his surgical residency at St. Frances Hospital in lowa, he held a teaching appointment as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, lowa. Dr. Addison has lectured frequently at national conferences on all facets of foot and ankle surgery.

When not working, or spending time with his three kids, Dr. Addison enjoys woodworking, gardening and boating. Dr. Addison joined Cortez Podiatry Associates in 1985.

Dr. Robert Katz

Dr. Robert Katz

Dr. Robert Katz graduated from the University of Florida and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. During his surgical residency at Maryland General and Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Katz rotated through affiliates of Johns Hopkins University. He received his M.B.A. from University of South Florida in May 2001.

Dr. Katz joined Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists in 1991. He has remained highly active in the medical community and is a Past President of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association. He has a special interest in the electronic healthcare record and is very involved in digital changes within our practice. In his spare time, Dr. Katz enjoys spending time with his wife and four children in addition to training for Olympic Distance triathlons.

Dr. Philip Baldinger

Dr. Philip Baldinger

Dr. Philip Baldinger graduated from Haverford College in suburban Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine where he won national awards in Biomechanics and Gait Analysis. He completed his surgical residency at Northern Virginia Podiatric Residency, an affiliate of Georgetown University Hospital where he performed over 1500 foot and ankle procedures. He joined Cortez Podiatry Associates in 1995 after practicing in Northern Virginia where he grew up. Dr. Baldinger is the former President of Region 5 (Florida) of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). ACFAS is the pre-eminent surgical academy in the profession to address the educational and surgical needs of the podiatric surgeon and patient.

When not spending time with his wife, kids, dogs and cats, you may find the doctor on a nearby soccer field or "pitch" enjoying a workout with the younger players.

Dr. Garrett Harte

Dr. Garrett Harte

Dr. Garrett Harte received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and received his doctorate at Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (Temple University). He completed his 2 year surgical residency at West Jersey Health Systems and Wound Care Center in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Harte is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. During his residency he volunteered his time with a team of fellow surgeons in Guatemala to perform reconstructive foot and ankle surgery on children. He found his mission, and pediatrics as a whole, very rewarding. He enjoys lecturing to the public and to his colleagues on topics such as common foot deformities, wound care, limb salvage and surgery and diabetes. He currently is the vice president of the Manasota Podiatric medical society. He also sits on the Surgery committee and the credentials committee at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Harte is an exercise enthusiast and has been running in local marathons, half marathons and triathlons for the past 8 years. He completed the Florida Ironman in 2009 and enjoys treating fellow athletes. His wife Christine is a personal trainer here in Manatee County. He spends most of his free time with his 3 children, Jonathan, Patrick and Kaylee. His philosophy is to treat all his patients as if they were part of his own family and give them the best care he can at all times.

Dr. Harte joined Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists in 1998 after practicing in the Fort Myers area.

Dr. Noelis Rosario

Dr. Noelis Rosario

Dr. Noelis Rosario graduated with honors from the University of Puerto Rico where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Post-Bachelor’s in Medical Laboratory Sciences from her native island of Puerto Rico. She later moved to Miami, Florida and earned her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. She then completed a three-year Podiatric Medical and Surgical Residency at Mercy Hospital in Miami. Here she gained exposure to all aspects of elective forefoot and rearfoot surgery, limb salvage, Charcot reconstruction, external ring fixation, trauma and sports medicine. During her surgical and clinical training, she was part of the team of doctors involved in treating athletes of the Miami Heat, University of Miami and Barry University sports teams.

Presently, she is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, American Podiatric Medical Association, and the Florida Podiatric Medical Association. Her hospital affiliations include Blake Medical Center, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital.

As a philanthropist, during her residency, she traveled to Mexico several times and volunteered her time to join a team of surgeons from all over the country and perform reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries for underprivileged children with a variety of lower extremity deformities. These medical mission trips gave her the opportunity to use her skills and education to give back to those in need and to diagnose and perform surgery for different anomalies.

Dr. Rosario prides herself in research and has published several research papers in the Annual Podiatry Institute Update Book. During her career, she has demonstrated leadership by being involved in various medical associations and committees. She has also attended several training courses such as the Synthes Advanced Internal Fixation course, numerous External Fixation courses and local surgical labs.

Dr. Rosario’s goal is not only to continue performing within the standard of expectations for the profession, but also to make a difference by moving towards preventive health care. This will provide a better quality of life for patients and will reduce the costs of medical treatment. She strives to provide the highest quality foot and ankle care within the expected ethical standards. She is also well-versed in the most recent advancements and procedures within podiatry as a newcomer into this practice. It is an exciting new adventure for her to join Cortez and Foot and Ankle Specialists and looks forward to being active in the Sarasota and Manatee counties’ medical communities.

Dr. Noelis Rosario

Dr. Michelle Emery

Dr. Michelle Emery graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She then earned her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Sterling Hartford DiPrimio Honorary Society. After obtaining her degree, she returned to New England and completed a three-year Podiatric Medical and Surgical Residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Here she received extensive training in all aspects of forefoot and rearfoot care. Her surgical experience ranges from correction of bunions and hammertoes to charcot reconstructions, pediatric flatfoot correction and trauma. Always striving to further her medical knowledge to provide the best and most up-to-date care for her patients, Dr. Emery has attended numerous training and certification courses and is STAR total ankle replacement certified. She enjoys speaking at medical conferences as well as community functions sharing information with the public on common foot and ankle disorders and treatments. Throughout her training she has felt privileged to volunteer at numerous events including the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Walk and the historic Boston Marathon.

Although a New England native and avid Boston sports fan, Dr. Emery is thrilled to be moving to Florida and joining Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists. Growing up frequently visiting family on the Gulf Coast she fell in love with the warm weather, beautiful beaches and plethora of outdoor activities. She has always considered Florida her second home and is eager to become part of the Sarasota and Manatee community. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, kayaking, dancing, Pilates and spending time with her nephews in Tampa. As an active individual Dr. Emery understands how much a foot and ankle injury or disorder can affect your day to day life and this is what initially inspired her to pursue a career in podiatry. She looks forward to making each patient her top priority by giving them the time and attention needed for a prompt diagnosis and treatment.

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941-758-8818
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Awards &Certifications
ABPS Certified
People Choice 2015
FPMA
People Choice 2016
ACFAS