Our Staff

Meet your dedicated Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic team. Our Friendly staff is here to help you every step of the way. Please take a minute to learn a little more about each of us.

A few words about us – Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic

Dedicated, caring and compassionate…

Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic is dedicated to providing the best podiatric care to our patients.  We treat all foot and ankle problems including heel pain, ankle sprains, hammer toes, bunions and ingrown toenails.

Our caring and compassionate doctor and staff take the time really listen to you, offering you the best possible treatment option(s).

We are also committed to educating you so you have the knowledge to take proper care of your feet.

A few words about Dr. Brian Gale

educated, accomplished and respected

Dr. Brian Gale founded Dakota Foot and Ankle in 1993.  He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 1985 from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, in Philadelphia.  In 1989 he completed a four-year foot and ankle surgical residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital, also in Philadelphia.  

Dr. Gale has authored a chapter in McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot Surgery, 2nd ed., a leading medical text, published by Williams & Wilkins. As well as his foot care book “My Feet Hurt!” which is available for free on this website.  Read more about Dr. Gale


A few words about Dr. Kayla Emter

Dr. Kayla Emter, DPM is originally from Glen Ullin, ND and went to the University of Mary where she received her bachelor degree majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She then received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 2014 from the Des Moines University School of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. Kayla completed her foot and ankle surgical residency at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa. Read more about Dr. Kayla Emter, DPM.

 


 

Paul Kershaw, Business Manager I was born in Bismarck, my family moved to St Cloud, MN when I was a teenager. I graduated from Concordia College in Moorehead, MN.  I enjoy hunting, fishing, golfing, camping in my spare time.  I have worked for Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic since 2013.

Sami Geiger, Director of Patient & Community Relations  I was born and raised in Mandan. I have a daughter who was born in May of 2013.  I love snowboarding, camping, and golfing in my free time.  At the clinic I workin the shoe store, Happy Soles and I also do marketing.

Landi Leingang, CNA. I started working at Dakota Foot & Ankel Clinic in August of 2015. I am from Solen, ND. I enjoy working for Dr. Gale and helping him assist with patient care. Outside of work, I love being outdoors, fishing, and camping. I also do a lot of loom beading mostly during the winter months when I can't be outside as much. 

Coleen Clooten, Administrative Assistant. I was born in Turtle Lake and grew up on a farm near there. I received an Associate of Applied Science degree from BSC. In June 2015 I retired from the state of ND with 32+ years of service then joined the team at Dakota Foot and Ankle Clinic a year later. I love spending time with my husband, two daughters and their husbands, and all our fur babies, and helping with Mocha's Mission animal rescues which was founded by my family and friends.

Erin, RN.  I went into nursing because I truly enjoy meeting and helping people. I received my Bachelor degree in the Science of Nursing in 2011 from MedCenter One College of Nursing. I am a member of the ND Army National Guard which has provided me with many opportunities to travel and meet new people! When I'm not working, I love spending time with my family, playing softball, running with friends or being outside. 

Karen, Medical Coder/Administrative Assistant.  I joined Dr. Gale’s practice, Dakota Foot and Ankle Clinic, as a Medical Coder/Administrative Assistant in January 2018. I enjoy working as a team to ensure all aspects of the clinic run smoothly; I am passionate about customer service and working with the patients as needed. I am married, have 2 daughters and 2 son in-laws. Spending time with family is very important to me; we all enjoy camping, boating, fishing and just hanging out. In my spare time I enjoy doing a variety of crafts, quiet evenings on the deck, long walks and volunteering at my church/community.