The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.

drWilliam Hopkins, DPM

I began the Foot Doctors in Watsonville with the vision of providing quality foot and ankle care for all the people in the community. The South County now has one place where they can receive comprehensive services. Whether for routine foot maladies, sporting injuries, complicated ankle problems or challenging limb salvage techniques, the Foot Doctors stand ready to help. We strive to provide the highest quality medical care in a supportive, gentle, and caring environment.

"We care for people...not just feet." - Dr. William Hopkins

A Well Rounded Education
B.S. University of California, Davis
D.P.M. California College of Podiatric Medicine
Residency in Foot Surgery, New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard University

Honored Numerous Times
Pi Omega Delta National Honor Society
Founder, Harvard Affiliated Hospitals Externship Program
Stickel Award, American College of Foot Surgeons
Harvard Clinical Fellow in Surgery

Sought After Consultant
Central Coast Foundation of Medicine Care
Diabetic Teaching Unit-Joslin Clinic, Boston Massachusetts
Former Prudential Second Surgical Opinion Panel
Board of Directors, Central Coast Surgery Center
Faculty, Taking Control of Your Diabetes
Board of Directors, Physicians Medical Group
Founder, Monterey Wound Treatment Center

Highly Credentialed
Harvard Clinical Fellow in Surgery
Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery
Diplomat, National Board of Podiatric Examiners
Fellow, American College of Foot Surgeons
Member, American Podiatric Medical Association
Member, California Podiatric Medical Association
First President of the Monterey Bay Podiatric Meidcal Society

A Well Published Author
Author of published articles including presentation at 12th annual meeting of International Society of Neuroscience and The Journal of the Podiatric Medical Association.

1997 Hawaiian Ironman Finisher, 1996 Boston Marathon, Sharkfest Alcatraz Swim, Member Furgus Federation, Sponsor of Run for Shelter 10K

drNicole Surdock, D.P.M.

I aim to provide a caring and compassionate environment sensitive to patient's needs and lives. By combining my podiatric knowledge and skills with good communication, I am able to develop treatment plans specific to every individual.

"I care about keeping you and your feet active." - Dr. Nicole Surdock

University of California at Davis, Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College, graduated with honors.

Awarded "Outstanding Student in Podiatric Medicine" by CSPM in 2006

Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara. Here I participated in a 3 year program focusing on both the foot and ankle. I was challenge daily with a busy podiatric clinic and surgical schedule, but never forgot that patients needs always come first.

The training I received focused on trauma and rearfoot surgery, as well as hospitalized patient's care. I am very comfortable with flatfoot and high arched foot reconstructions, as well as forefoot pathology such as bunions and hammertoes.

My last year at Kaiser was spent as Chief, where I oversaw other podiatry residents and helped to train primary care physician's in general podiatric care. This year I also ran a specialized pediatric foot clinic in conjunction with an orthopedist and pediatrician to focus on congenital pathologies in children's feet.

Hiking, golf, quilting, spending time with my family and pets, wine tasting, and snowboarding.

American Podiatric Medical Association
California Podiatric Medicine Association
Monterey Bay Podiatry Medical Society

drMark Brenis, D.P.M.

Dr. Mark Brenis has been helping to alleviate patient’s foot pain for 30 years. A graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, he fulfilled his residency requirements at the Cleveland Foot Clinic which is associated with the Cleveland Clinic, St. Vincent Charity Hospital and Huron Road Hospitals.

I believe in actively listening to my patients in order to best diagnose the problem and decide on the best treatment option for each individual." - Dr. Mark Brenis

Dr. Brenis' lifelong passion for sports inspired him to work the local high school football and basketball teams in Cleveland as both a trainer and doctor treating the injuries that occurred throughout the season.

Dr. Brenis believes in actively listening to his patients in order to best diagnose the problem and decide on the best treatment option for each individual.  He is one of the few podiatrists in Santa Cruz County that provides diabetic shoes for those qualified by Medicare.

American Podiatric Medical Association
California Podiatric Medicine Association


Hiking, bicycling, playing softball and spending time with his family and their golden retriever.

drLatasha Walters, D.P.M.

I strive to provide the best available therapies using evidence based medicine and the latest technologies available.

"My goal is to provide compassionate foot care with attention to detail. I understand that pedal health is central to a patient's overall well being and I'm glad to aid the healing process." - Dr. Latasha Walters

Dr. Walters is committed to improving foot care, increasing her patient's level of activity and most importantly their quality of life. Her dedication to the field of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery began in 1999 with enlisting in the Louisiana National Guard as an Army Medic. In Army Basic Training, the abundance of foot injuries spurred her desire to work in the field of foot and ankle healing arts.

Loyola University of New Orleans Bachelor of Science, Biology Pre-Med, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia.

Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Michigan and the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tucson. She completed three years of post-graduate training where she received intensive training involving wound care, skin grafts, diabetic limb salvage, rear foot reconstruction as well as traditional foot procedures like bunionectomies, digital arthroplasties (hammertoe repair), pedal joint fusions, orthotic therapy, and implants for patients of all ages.

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, diabetic foot, shoe gear selection, orthotic casting, flatfeet, ankle sprains, ingrown toenails, heel pain, podopediatrics, runner's foot, fracture care.

Watsonville Community Hospital, Staff Podiatrist
Physician Medical Group of Santa Cruz County
California Podiatric Medical Association
American Podiatric Medical Association

Reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family.