MCMC’s newest foot specialist leads an active and healthy lifestyle,
and she chose a medical specialty that will give her many opportunities
to help patients can be back up and running, sometimes literally, following
an illness or injury.
The arrival in The Gorge of Podiatrist Kathryn Jenewein, D.P.M. is part
of an expansion of MCMC’s podiatric medicine program. Plans are
under way to move the existing podiatry clinic in The Dalles to 551 Lone
Pine Blvd, while a second podiatry clinic will be opened in Hood River
when a new facility is completed next year (see article on previous page).
In addition to Dr. Jenewein, other new providers will be added, allowing
MCMC to offer a well-rounded foot and ankle program that provides care
for everything from diabetic foot infections, bunions, hammertoes and
flat feet to arthritis, trauma and sports injuries.
Dr. Jenewein grew up in Mount Prospect, a suburb of Chicago. The daughter
of a physics and electronics teacher, she had an early interest in science.
When her older sister pursued a career in optometry, she started to think
about work in the health sciences field for herself.
After earning her bachelor’s degree at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin,
she decided to focus on podiatric medicine at Des Moines University in Iowa.
Dr. Jenewein’s interest in podiatry as a specialty stems form her
own experiences growing up. An avid ice skater in her early years, she
went on to compete in soccer and distance running through her high school
and college years. On a few occasions, she sought treatment from podiatrists
and was fascinated and impressed with their work.
She was also interested in the intersection of biomechanics and various
treatment options that could be employed to solve any problems that she
Dr. Jenewein completed her podiatric residency at Legacy Health System
and Kaiser Permanente in Portland. Her time there offered her the chance
to experience the Northwest for the fist time, and she appreciated the
active lifestyle that the region offered.
Dr. Jenewein is interested in a wide variety of treatment options for her
patients. While surgery is sometimes necessary, she isn’t afraid
to also employ many other less invasive interventions that can include
arthroscopy, physical therapy and strength training.
Reflecting on her reasons for choosing to move to the area and join MCMC
in particular, Dr. Jenewein says, “MCMC takes the whole body approach
to medicine. They don’t just focus on the disease, they focus on
the entire physical and mental well being of patient.”
Dr. Jenewein is excited about her future at MCMC and serving patients throughout
the region. She enjoys anything outdoors, like hiking and cycling, but
devotes most of her time to running and weight lifting regularly.
She looks forward to exploring the area’s extensive outdoor recreational
opportunities as well as participating in the life of her new community.
To make an appointment with Dr. Kathryn Jenewein, please call 541.506.6440.