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I am committed to helping my patients understand their musculoskeletal concerns and look forward to working with them to achieve common goals of improved health and wellness.

Dr. Epting is board certified in orthopaedic surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Osteopathic Academy. He focuses on injuries and disorders of the foot and ankle, as well as general orthopedic conditions.

Prior to joining Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. Epting served for three years as both an attending orthopaedic surgeon at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville and the coordinator for orthopaedic education of the Family Medicine Residency Program. He served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010 as an orthopaedic surgeon on the first NATO combined United States and German joint surgical team, for which he was awarded the distinguished Meritorious Service Medal in 2010.

Dr. Epting grew up in Southeast Pennsylvania and obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology, as well as master’s degree in Exercise Science, at Bloomsburg University. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing an internship at Community General Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa. During his residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Epting was granted the Henrietta and Jack Avart Memorial Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Resident.

In his spare time, Dr. Epting enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.

Dr. Epting will be presenting at the Orthopaedics for the Primary Care Practitioner & Rehabilitation Therapist course this July. For more info, go to: https://foreonline.org/gasser-orthocourse-2019  

Testimonials

I saw Dr. Epting about a year and a half ago for pain in my right foot, which was extremely painful with every step I took. I had been to several orthopedists before and none of them could help me or even diagnose why I was having pain, despite taking x-rays. One doctor sent me to an orthotics office and the man there said he didn’t think orthotics would help me.

I finally saw Dr. Epting. He took x-rays and upon examining me and listening carefully as I described the pain, he diagnoses me with arthritis in my foot. He suggested I buy a carbon fiber foot plate shoe insert, which I purchased online. After putting the insert into my shoe, I had immediate relief when I walked! It was like a miracle. For the first time in months, I was finally able to walk pain-free! I ordered several more inserts so I could put them in all my shoes.

Now, after about a year and a half, I no longer need the inserts. I am now walking pain-free, in any kind of shoes and even barefoot!

Thank you, Dr. Epting. You are truly a miracle worker! I hope I never need an orthopedist again, but if I do, you can be sure that Dr. Epting will be my choice!

JoAnn W.

Amazing, amazing and amazing! I feel so fortunate that I found him! He’s the third doctor that I met. I wasted a year and a half with other doctors. He was amazing from the first consultation. He felt my foot and asked numerous questions to get a real understanding of my issue. He did more than the previous doctors. After surgery, I’ve healed wonderful. His instructions were precise and the entire office and surgery staff were so friendly. I am so grateful that I found Florida Orthopaedic Institute off a recommendation.

Erika G.

Dr. Epting is soft-spoken, kind, listens, explains, is not arrogant or in a hurry. I couldn’t be happier about the decision I made. I knew he was an excellent choice. I am four weeks out of surgery and progressing nicely. I know the rehab process will take time, but I have no doubts about my surgeon and his treatment plan for my recovery. I would highly recommend Dr. Epting to family and friends because I know they would have the same experience. Thank you, Dr. Epting, for being in the right place at the right time. You are a blessing!

Donna Silagi

Dr. Epting is very attentive listening to his patients and giving them the opportunity to ask questions. He also covers the surgery procedures very well and takes the time to explain to the patient the recovery time needed. He’s a very good doctor.

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Dr. Epting is a great doctor that takes his time to make sure everything is done right! We are HIGHLY satisfied with his knowledge and professionalism!

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I met Dr. Epting and he was not like the last doctor I saw. Dr. Epting took time in explaining what I needed done and how he would do the procedure. He is a very nice doctor who will spend the time with you that you need before and after surgery. I had my surgery on November 13th.  I went to the Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s surgery center on Gunn Highway. From the minute I was greeted until I was wheeled to my car, I had wonderful care by everyone at the surgery center.  I cant say enough about Dr Epting and the surgery center. The care and customer service I received was more than the average.  I felt very well cared for and at ease at the  surgery center .Many thanks to Dr. Epting and the surgery center.  I highly recommend them.

Nora M.

Dr. Epting was kind, caring, and confident.  He listened to my story, gently examined my leg, and calmly explained what he recommended as next steps.  He then asked what questions I had and provided additional answers. I had surgery four days later. I so appreciated with his openness to addressing any concerns we had prior to the procedure. In addition, the pre-surgical/surgical RNs and anesthesiologist were all amazing, funny, responsive, and helpful.  The surgery went beautifully. Dr. Epting was everything you hope for in a surgeon: highly capable, experienced, responsive, caring, and direct.  I am so grateful to benefit from his skills. Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience.  I would absolutely recommend Florida Orthopaedic Institute and really consider myself very fortunate to have had Dr. Epting as my care provider.

J N.

After an evening of skipping with my five year old niece, my Achilles tendon snapped. After eighteen hours in two different emergency rooms, my sister learned about Florida Orthopaedic Institute and I was able to see Dr. Epting. Dr. Epting was kind, caring, and confident. He listened to our story, gently examined my leg, and calmly explained what he recommended as my next steps. He asked us what questions we had and provided additional answers. I had surgery four days later. Dr. Epting spoke with my mom and friend in the lobby, again offering to answer any questions they had. He came to say hello to me prior to surgery and answered additional questions. I appreciated his openness to address concerns we had prior to the procedure. It alleviated a lot of anxiety. In addition, pre-surgical nurses, surgical nurses, and anesthesiologist were all amazing, funny, responsive, and helpful. The surgery went beautifully. I am looking forward to my two week follow-up. Dr. Epting was everything you could hope for in a surgeon; highly capable, responsive, caring, and direct. I am so grateful to benefit from his skills. Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience. I would absolutely recommend Florida Orthopaedic Institute.

Jen N.

I wanted to have surgery on my bunion and two other toes. I saw a doctor and was not satisfied with the appointment. My husband researched Dr. Epting and said to me, “I found the doctor for you.” We made an appointment and were quickly fitted in. The Wesley Chapel office was very close to our home which was very convenient. I met Dr. Epting and he was not like the previous doctor that I saw. Dr. Epting took time to explain what I needed to have done and how he would perform the procedure. He is a nice doctor who will spend time with you before and after surgery. I had my surgery on November 13th on my foot and calf. I went to Florida Orthopaedic Institute Surgery Center located on Gunn highway. From the moment I was greeted at the front desk, until I was wheeled to my car after surgery, I experienced wonderful care by the whole staff. I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Epting and the staff at the surgery center. The care and customer service I received exceeded my expectations. Many thanks to Dr. Epting and the staff at the surgery center. I highly recommend this practice!

Nora M.

Ever since Dr. Bernasek recommended me for my hip replacement, I look no further than FOI for my many orthopedic needs. Recently I was scheduled for foot surgery with Dr. Epting. His Administrative Assistance, Brian, who, from my first encounter has emphasized what is exceptional about the staff at the Citrus Park location. All the staff there have impressed me including the Physical Therapy providers before and after my hip surgery.
I worked in a medical office and spent 20 years as a practicing Perinatal RN, so I am especially cognizant of how each of the personnel set a tone for patients. Would that all medical practices could shine like the Citrus Park FOI!

Patricia S.

Credentials

  • Fellowship, Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Internship, Community General Osteopathic Hospital
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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