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Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute Team
Office staff with Dr Karl Michel
Dr Karl Michel Podiatrist aka Dr M Foot Doctor

Karl Michel, DPM

Dr. Karl Michel is a board certified foot and ankle surgeon serving West Palm Beach, Rivera Beach, and the surrounding communities of Palm Beach County. 

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Florida International University. He then advanced his studies and attended medical school at Temple University’s prestigious School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. After completing his medical education and training, he moved to Michigan where he completed and advanced & extensive surgical residency in orthopedic trauma and reconstructive procedures of the foot and ankle at St. John’s Providence Hospital’s notable podiatric reconstructive and trauma surgical residency program. During residency, Dr. Michel attended training courses throughout the country focused on foot and ankle orthopedic surgery and performed thousands of surgical procedures. He was named chief resident during his final year, participated in several research projects and lectures: “I’m very blessed to have been trained by respected leaders and visionaries in the field of podiatric medicine and surgery as well as orthopedic surgery.”

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Claudia Medical Office Manager

Claudia S. Michel, RN, MHSA

Claudia is a South Florida native born and raised in Miami. After graduating high school, she pursued her undergraduate studies at FIU where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Health Services Administration. She later earned her Master’s in the same field.

She concurrently worked as a procurement manager for the City of Miami Parking Authority while pursuing her nursing degree. As a nurse, she has also worked in the hospital setting on the medical, surgical unit.

She is currently serving as our practice manager and our patients are head over heels for her. ​Claudia is a wife and a proud mom of three.

Foot & Ankle Medical Office Billing

Sonia Hankerson, MBA, RCM

Sonia Hankerson grew up in Hollywood, Florida. She attended the University of Phoenix and earned her BS in Business Management.

She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, where she earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration. For the past 20 years, she has been serving providers across South Florida as a negotiator working with health care providers with obtaining contracts and credentialing in various medical settings, communities, and not-for-profit organizations.

We are pleased to have her on our team leading our billing department.

Foot and Ankle Office Receptionist

Donesha Hibbert, Medical Receptionist

Donneshia currently serves as our medical receptionist. She was born and raised in Belle Glade, Florida being of African American and Jamaican descent. She attended the Honors College at Florida International University (FIU) and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. While a student, she had the opportunity to serve in many different organizations in leadership and obtain an extensive history of assisting in a range of departments across the FIU campus. Before coming to the office, she was prepped with medical training in the daily functions and operations of establishing an effective medical practice.

Donneshia’s future goals are to becoming a practicing physician and a public health specialist.
Some of her hobbies include poetry writing and reading.  She recently relocated to the Palm Beach County area and has been enjoying the nearby attractions and venues.

A few Patient Testimonials

Carol Labuhn

“Dr. Michel is very knowledgeable in his field. I completely put my trust in his ability to fix my foot issue and he really came through. The West Palm Beach staff is excellent. I will recommend Dr. Michel, DPM to anyone that needs a Podiatrist.”

Brian Bastos

“Dr Michel, is the best, most knowledgeable, caring, podiatrist and foot surgeon I know. I’m a nurse, and I work with Dr Michel, when he comes to my facility and take excellent care of our patients. I recommend Dr Michel to anyone.”

Stephane Elias

“Dr. Michel is a loving, caring and compassionate physician. He and his dedicated staff are great and ensure that you feel like you are a part of their family. Highly recommend!”