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Our History


The gray skies, rain, snow and cold was the catalyst that started the journey from Long Island, NY to Bradenton

1960s - 70s

Dr. Saul Ladd and Dr. Alan Katz had been partners since 1960, meeting at Civic Hospital in Detroit, MI, where Dr. Katz was a resident podiatric physician.

They built the original office with 6 treatment rooms, operating room and lab at the corner of 18th Street and Cortez Road, just where it is today. Within 3 years 6 more treatment rooms were added and the laboratory was enlarged.


1980s - 90s

In 1989 Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists had the first podiatric surgical center in the state of Florida. A second story was added to accommodate the surgical suite.

Many members of this talented group have worked at Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists for over thirty years.



Today we have 7 doctors, all board certified or board qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Two O.R. nurses that care for our surgical patients. We have 25 podiatric and X-ray technicians. A physical therapist and physical therapy assistants in our PT department.

We now have 3 locations in Manatee and Sarasota counties serving the community.


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