Cordell B. SmithDPMPodiatrist
I was born in Portland, Oregon but mostly raised in Torrington, Connecticut as the middle child of three. My father worked for the YMCA for 35 years and my mother was an elementary school Art teacher. As a youth I was very active in academics, athletics, scouting (attained the rank of Eagle) and church/community/family functions. Out of high school I accepted an academic scholarship to Utah State University, where I pursued studies in the pre-medicine sciences and also ran long distance for their Division I-A cross country and track/field teams.
At that time I chose to take a two year hiatus from college to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This turned out to be a deeply rewarding experience for me both culturally, spiritually, socially, intellectually and linguistically. Upon returning home to the States, I met my wife Sarah Tanner, and soon thereafter transferred to Brigham Young University to continue pursuit of my undergraduate degree. I studied the pre-medicine sciences and chose Spanish as a Major. During those undergraduate college years I worked as a Spanish instructor and also as a CNA at a long-term care center.
In 2003 our family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to begin study at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. The human foot has always fascinated me, its tiny size relative to the amount of weight and load it’s asked to carry and support; nothing short of a miracle in architecture. I worked as a Research Assistant in the school’s Gait Study Center, where I studied various foot types and shoe models. Following four years of podiatric medical study in Philadelphia, I accepted a surgical residency position at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Clara, California, a three-year training program in foot and ankle surgery.
With a growing family and a desire to return to a smaller community, I moved here to Roseburg, Oregon in 2010 to begin employment as a podiatric physician and surgeon. Currently I’m double board certified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery. I’m a member of the American and Oregon Podiatric Medical Associations. I enjoy treating all maladies/disorders of the foot and ankle, including but not limited to: Bunions, heel pain, ingrown toenails, ankle arthritis/instability, foot/ankle tendonitis, hammertoes, diabetic foot wounds, neuromas, cysts and flatfeet.
I also enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, singing, speaking Spanish, and serving in the Church and community. My wife and I have six children, one dog, two cats, a dozen chickens, two rabbits, a green Conure bird, a beehive and a herd of Kiko goats. Podiatry and the Roseburg community have been very good to my family and I. We’re grateful to be members of this community and look forward to what the future may bring.
Nathaniel D. KeplingerDPMPodiatrist
I was born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Montpelier, Indiana. I am the oldest of six siblings. As a youth, I was very active in sports, scouting, choirs, bands (playing percussion), community, and church. Following high school, I attended Brigham Young University, from 2003-2009, where I pursued studies in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-medicine.
While attending Brigham Young University, I decided to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was called to serve in the Rosario, Argentina mission. My mission was extremely challenging yet became one of the most uplifting experiences of my life as I was able to learn Spanish and unconditionally serve my fellow brothers and sisters. Upon my return from Argentina, I was blessed to meet my beautiful and kind wife DeLisa Hickman.
Following my graduation from Brigham Young University, I was blessed with the opportunity to continue my post-graduate education in Glendale, Arizona at Midwestern University school of Podiatry. I attended many homeless clinics, Special Olympics events, American Diabetes Association events, and teaching seminars in order to deepen my knowledge of the foot and ankle. I learned how valuable an instrument the lower extremity was to our everyday life and how many people struggle with ailments and pain that require love, dedication, and a vast array of knowledge in order to help those patients get back to a near normal life.
In May 2010, I graduated from Midwestern University and continued my Podiatry education at the Dayton VA Medical Center Podiatry Residency program in Dayton, Ohio. This three-year forefoot and rearfoot residency program continued to build upon my post-graduate education and provided vital clinical and surgical experiences in order to more fully aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many lower extremity issues. I enjoy treating many lower extremity disorders, diseases, abnormalities, and maladies, including but not limited to: ingrown toenails, diabetic ulcers, flatfeet, high arch feet, bunions, hammertoes, tendonitis, and arthritis/instability.
In July 2017, I graduated from my residency program and accepted a position as a Podiatrist at Roseburg Foot & Ankle Specialists. I am an active member of the American and Oregon Podiatric Medical Association. I have enjoyed living and working in Roseburg, OR and continue to look forward to many years of service to this wonderful community as an active Podiatrist, philanthropist, teacher, student, and citizen.
Currently, I am a father of five beautiful children consisting of three boys and two girls. As a family, we enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and sports. We love to travel and enjoy serving in our church and community. Together, we have fallen in love with the community and people of Roseburg, OR and look forward to many years of continued Podiatric and community service.
Daniel E. HowellDPMPodiatrist
I was born in Orofino, ID and the last of 5 kids. I loved living in a small town which allowed me to take a larger role in the community. I was able to enjoy many outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, skiing and more. When I was 16 my family and I moved to Boise, Idaho where I attended and graduated from Capital High School.
After graduating High School I had the wonderful opportunity of serving a 2 year mission for my Church in Nebraska which allowed me to serve my fellow brothers and sisters in many different capacities. After my mission I attended Boise State University, earning my Bachelor's degree in Biology in 2012. While attending Boise State I met my beautiful wife and the love of my life Lyndsay Gentry.
Shortly thereafter, we moved to Miami, FL where I attended Barry University Podiatry Medical School. I learned a great deal of foot and ankle care and how important the foot and ankle is to daily living. During my 4 years there I was able to be a leader in my Church which allowed me to serve the community.
I graduated from Podiatry Medical School in 2017 and did a year of residency in Johnson City Tennessee and finished up my training with 3 years in New York City at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. During my residency training I was able to master surgical skills in flat foot reconstruction, trauma, forefoot and rearfoot pathologies and arthroscopies. Due to the vastly diverse and dense population of NYC I was allowed to treat pathologies less common to our profession. I enjoy treating all types of foot and ankle problems such as flat feet, trauma, hammertoes, bunions, arthritis, sport injuries, tendon pathologies and wounds.
I'm a proud father of 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl. I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, hunting, sports, skiing and pretty much anything outdoors. My family and I are active in our Church which brings us a great deal of joy. I’m excited to be part of the Roseburg community.