Dr. Michael L. Wodka is a Board-Certified podiatrist, and has been in practice since 1980. He maintains an office in Middletown, New York, and sees patients of all ages, from infants to seniors. He treats a variety of foot conditions including ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care, warts, bunions, gait abnormalities, heel pain, fungus toenails, fractures, sprains, and virtually any type of foot/ankle problem. He was been well-respected for being candid with his patients regarding diagnosis and treatment recommendations, always stressing conservative care as his primary approach. He enjoys a relationship with numerous patients who have been coming to him for so many years that he considers them his friends.
Dr. Wodka’s approach to patient care emphasizes a comprehensive strategy combining the most effective treatments with the strongest medicine of all: patient education. The doctor firmly believes that the patient is an integral part of the care team, and takes the time to educate everyone who comes into his office on the condition that they are affected with, and on foot health more generally. His “no-nonsense – tell it like it is” approach has won him the respect and admiration of his patients and fellow medical professionals. He believes that no patient should be in pain, and he insists upon taking as much time as it is necessary to address a patient’s questions and concerns. There is no such thing as a patient who takes “too long” in this office, nor is any problem too insignificant to deserve his full attention and skill.
Dr. Wodka is also deeply involved in his profession. He was the youngest President in the history of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association, being elected to that post in recognition of his years of dedication to outstanding patient care and his passion for peer advocacy.
In the community Dr. Wodka has dedicated himself to the public good. For many years he served on the Board of Community Blood Services in Warwick. Dr. Wodka initiated a successful Shoes for the Needy campaign in the Mid Hudson region in January of 2000. Thousands of pairs of shoes are collected for the underprivileged and distributed to the needy through various relief agencies. Each year, the Shoes for the Needy Drive, with Dr. Wodka as its chairman, has enjoyed greater success with increased community involvement.
Until 2015, he was the host of “Health Matters”, with Dr. Michael Wodka on WTBQ Radio in Florida, N.Y., which he created and executive produced for many years. This program brought together healthcare providers, scientists, researchers and policy analyst, and connected them directly with listeners.
Dr. Wodka lives in Middletown with his wife Marcia and their two dogs, Molly and Sammy. The Wodkas have two adult children, Adam and Laura, and last year welcomed their first granddaughter Lily.