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.
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.
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.
Tara Welch, Office Manager- I have lived in North Dakota most of my life. I am a graduate of University of Mary, where I played women's soccer. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I then pursued my Masters, and graduated with my Masters in Business Administration (MBA). When I am not working I enjoy being outside, and going for runs.
Ivie Caldwell, Administrative Assistant- I was born in Great Falls, Montana but moved around my whole life and ended up graduating high school in Hawaii. I went on to pursue a degree at my dream school at Purdue University and graduated with a B.A. in English Literature. When I'm not at Dakota Foot and Ankle Clinic, you can find me sipping coffee in a local shop, reading a modern romance novel, and hanging out with my dog.
Maren Carlson, CNA- I am a born and raised North Dakota native. I left the state to get my undergraduate degree in human biology at the University of Montana but couldn't stay away from my beloved hometown of Bismarck. In my free time I love to paint and read and spend as much time as possible outdoors- hiking, camping, gardening and going for walks with my dog, Martha.