I have always felt strongly that one of my most important efforts as a physician is to advocate for my patients -- to make sure that they receive the best care not only from me but also from all aspects of their "journey" through the health care system. I feel that we can further advocate by using our experience and medical knowledge of the underlying health issues to assure that the patients can prevent tragedies. Of course, many of these health problems require more analysis and care than we can provide long distance, so all customers are strongly encouraged to work with their primary physicians to institute a complete diagnostic and treatment plan for their diabetes and any neurological or vascular disease. of the lower extremity.
Since information is critical to proper care, I have developed "Diabetic Foot Care" and "Leg Health Questions" sections of this web site. These questions address issues surrounding amputation prevention strategies.
Dr. Overstreet is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and has degrees in Podiatric Medicine and Molecular Biology. She is a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association, a Diplomat of the American Academy of Wound Management, and is Board Certified by the APMSB in the Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds.
Dr. Overstreet started her Podiatric Medical practice in 1991 as a solo practitioner. Later her practice expanded into the Overstreet Health Center and included associate physicians, registered nurses, a physical therapist and medical assistants. The practice was limited to the effective, evidence based management of the high risk foot and vascular, diabetic and pressure ulcers of the lower extremity.
She lectures regularly on issues of lower extremity wound care. She has also been a presenter at the annual meeting of the National Wound and Ostomy Care Nurses Association as well as providing regular in-service training for local HMOs, long-term care facilities and nursing home agencies. She strongly believes that sharing her knowledge and experience in chronic wound care will help assure positive outcomes in an area which too often results in the tragedy of unnecessary amputation.