Feet, food and photography keep Dr. Carmen April busy.
She’s a podiatrist with her own thriving practice in the Rivergate area. She interviews dinner companions, chefs and other notable folks, writing about the encounters for her blog, dinnerwithnerds.com. And she specializes in food photography, a passion that started as a young girl as she flipped through her mother’s cookbooks – lingering over images, not recipes.
Knowing only two people in the city, Dr. Carmen relocated to Nashville in 2010 from Detroit to work for another podiatrist. She soon launched her own practice and became a Nashville City Club member after a Junior Chamber event introduced her to the club.
“I fell in love with it and saw the networking opportunities,” Dr. Carmen says. “Everyone comes here with the idea to network but there are lots of fun social activities and the food is fantastic.”
She has gotten business from association with the City Club, but food helped the practice get off its feet. Prior to opening in January 2011, Dr. Carmen visited local primary care doctors, a big referral source, toting homemade cookies and cupcakes. The Foot and Ankle Healthcare Center saw 800 patients in the first 16 months.
A Mississippi native, Dr. Carmen has a degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State University and earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. She was at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, for a 3-year residency in podiatric surgery.
Why feet? As part of her undergraduate training, she worked with an orthopedic specialist and decided hips, knees and shoulders were not for her. When she shadowed a podiatrist, the possibilities clicked.
“We take our feet for granted,” Dr. April says. “But when our feet hurt or our teeth hurt, we’ll call a doctor.”
About feet, she is practical. The food, fellowship and photography offer a good balance to the seriousness of a medical career. She’s interviewed Marcia Jervis, co-owner of The Mad Platter Restaurant; Sarah Souther, owner of Bang Candy Company; author Dewayne King, and Chris Sanders, a life coach and former Tennessee Titan.
“I could talk to people and write every day,” she says. “I’ve got so many ideas in my head.”