Our Doctors

Dr. Heraj Patel

DR. Heraj Patel, FACFAOM

Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine

Dr. Heraj Patel was born and raised in London, England. He moved with his family to California and graduated from Oak Park High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology from the University of California at Riverside. Always drawn to healthcare, he then obtained his doctorate from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in Ohio. Dr. Patel completed his education with a foot and ankle surgical residency at the Veterans Hospital of Palo Alto. The residency program involved hands on training in all specialties at Stanford Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Bay area surgical centers, and various private offices. 

He is Board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. His passions as a foot and ankle specialist include: sports related injuries, ankle sprains, ligament ruptures, heel pain and diabetic limb salvage with a primary focus on non-surgical techniques. He also has surgical training in reconstructive foot and ankle procedures for bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, high arch feet, chronic arthritis, ankle trauma and arthroscopic techniques. 

Dr. Patel speaks both English and Gujarati. He enjoys educating his patients about their foot problems and conservative as well as surgical treatment options. Dr. Patel believes that the better educated a patient is about their health the better their overall outcome and lifestyle will be.

Dr. Patel is excited to serve the Thousand Oaks community both in the office and outside. He lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife and two kids and loves to play ‘English’ football and cricket.

Dr. Brooke Gifford

Dr. Brooke Gifford,FACFAS

Board Certified, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery


Dr. Brooke Gifford was born and raised in eastern Iowa.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, IA in 2002 and her doctorate with honors from the California School of Podiatric Medicine in Oakland, CA in 2007.  She completed a comprehensive three year foot and ankle surgical residence at Legacy Hospitals and Kaiser Permanente in Portland, OR.  Her training included forefoot and rearfoot reconstructions, elective foot and ankle surgery as well as trauma.  The Pacific Northwest rain was too much for her so she moved back to sunny California in 2010 and has been practicing in the Thousand Oaks area ever since.  She enjoys traveling, yoga and spending time with her family.  Dr. Gifford is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, California Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.  She is board certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot /Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®

Dr. Gifford treats all types of acute or chronic foot and ankle problems.  She has a particular interest in trauma including toe fractures, nail injuries, ankle sprains, and all foot/ankle fractures.  She especially enjoys removing foreign bodies (glass, toothpicks, metal, etc) which can often be performed in the office without anesthesia. She also specializes in sports medicine and reconstructive foot surgery.  Dr. Gifford starts with a conservative approach including custom orthotics, taping, padding or modification of your existing orthotics when possible.  She is very adept with steroid injections and will give those when appropriate.  Dr. Gifford considers surgery to be a last resort, but if necessary, she is highly trained in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery.  Dr. Gifford's number one priority is spending quality time with patients.  She truly listens to their concerns, educates as much as possible about the nature of the condition and offers all viable treatment options.  She wants patients to feel completely comfortable while in the office and completely satisfied upon leaving!