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Gulf South Foot & Ankle is looking for new podiatrists to join our team.  Read further to learn more about the professional opportunities that we offer.


Leon Watkins, DPM, FACFAS, CWS 

Gulf South Foot & Ankle 

President, CEO 

Thank you for considering Gulf South Foot and Ankle as a workplace.  Life is full of choices and decisions and this is a very big decision for you.  There are many options available these days, private practice, hospital groups, multispecialty groups, etc.  This decision will determine where you live, who you spend time with, and how you support yourself.  It is a scary and exciting time, and I appreciate the enormity of your decision.  At the end of the day, it’s about being happy.   


I have been in business for over 20 years, and during that time I have learned a great deal, and seen many changes in our industry.  When I graduated from residency, private practice was just about the only option.  Hospital positions and large groups didn’t really exist.  The myriad options available today can be great opportunities.  The right one for you depends on your personality.  For me, private practice is the only way to go.  The freedom and potential upside far outweigh the “perceived” security in a hospital setting. 


At Gulf South Foot & Ankle we seek like-minded individuals that share our same vision and core values.  We take care of our patients, make money, and have fun doing it.  We offer the security of a larger group, while striving to provide as much freedom as possible for our doctors to run their practice as they choose.  We will provide you with all the tools you need to succeed.  In addition, we offer buy-in opportunity after year 3 so we can all share in the growth of the practice. 


As I have matured, I have found myself gravitating more towards the business side of the practice.  While I love being a podiatrist, my true passion is running the business.  Seeing the business grow, taking care of our physicians, and realizing our goals is what gets me up in the morning.  We have spent many hours and many dollars developing our infrastructure to allow future growth. 


Our vision is to continue growing the practice with additional locations and physicians.  Our physicians appreciate the freedom, independence, and control they have over their practice while still having the support of a large practice behind them.  Regardless of where you end up, I wish you luck, but if Gulf South Foot & Ankle sounds like a good fit for you, please consider joining us on our journey.   



Gulf South Foot and Ankle was founded in 1996 by Dr. Leon Watkins.  Dr. Watkins is the best selling author of the book: Watkins' Manual of Foot and Ankle Medicine and Surgery which can be purchased here.



We currently have 5 physicians on staff and 3 locations, but we are constantly growing in both regards.  Our facilities are outfitted with state of the art technology such as x-ray machines, Ultrasound, vascular testing, neurosensory testing, laser, DME, and more.   


Gulf South Foot and Ankle strives to provide the security of working for a large hospital system with all the freedoms of private practice.  Our vision is to be continuously growing, not only in physicians but also in additional locations and offices.  As our physicians have ownership in the business, they will share in this growth.


We offer some of the most competitive benefits and opportunities in the city as well as the region.  Our benefits package allows us to be extremely competitive and provide our podiatrists a platform for growth and stability that is unmatched.  The practice that we have built at Gulf South Foot and Ankle is the premier foot and ankle clinic in the area.  Our goal is to continue to grow outward and establish our practice throughout the region with podiatrists that share our vision and growth goals.

  • One Year Salary Guarantee

  • Partnership offered to physicians after 2 years

  • Considerable resources

  • Marketing support and ongoing business development

  • Buy-In opportunities in our ASC


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