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Timothy C. Epting, D.O.

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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: Arthritis, Ankle replacement, deformity correction, tendon/ligament repairs, and reconstruction as well as arthroscopy and minimally invasive foot and ankle surgeries.

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 the 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.

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My 22-year-old son shattered multiple bones in his foot/ankle, and when we searched for the best surgeon, Dr. Epting was recommended to us by several people. It was worth the hour Drive as we have been extremely impressed by Dr. Epting and his entire staff. Even though this is what they deal with every day, they still made us feel very valued and cared for. They addressed all our concerns, and communication was always quick and easy, which is a rarity in the medical profession. I highly recommend Dr. Epting and his team.

Michelle M.

Doctor Timothy C. Epting did a fantastic job with my foot (surgery and after surgery). I strongly recommend Doctor Timothy.

Ella L.

I always have a great experience with FOI employees, and Dr. Epting is wonderful. He is very thorough and takes his time to explain my issues and recommendations for improvements.

John V.

Very professional from check-in to exam and checkout. Diagnosis and recommended treatment were thorough and explained in understandable language, and I feel very confident that I am being treated properly! Highly recommend this orthopedic group!

Bob B.

Dr. Epting was very familiar with my toe issue & thoroughly discussed three options with me. I opted for the fusion & was amazed at how quickly the surgery was scheduled. It’s been only two weeks since surgery & I feel I was well prepared by him & his staff for the recovery process. I highly recommend Dr. Epting!

Susan B.

First appointment with the doctor, and I was impressed with his manner and knowledge. Would highly recommend.

John M.

He is a very good doctor. He explains everything to the patients. Very polite, kind, intelligent, and very professional. My experience is excellent.

Yanara G.

Awesome doctor. I completely trust his diagnosis; he gives you the facts and explains my options. He did the surgery on my foot, where I had broken three metatarsal bones and dislocated a fourth. He patched me up. All the bones have healed nicely. Now I just have a painful bunion left.

Mumtaz K.

Dr. Epting was incredibly attentive, caring, and efficient! Truly appreciated his care and would definitely recommend him!

Shubhangi J.

Dr. Epting is very honest and knowledgeable. He did not push any certain treatment plan on me, and his staff was great!

William W.

Phenomenal surgeon that took on my unique ankle surgery that my previous ankle surgeon politely passed on. Dr. Epting is easy to talk to and explains the surgery/recovery/healing process very well. I highly recommend!!

Cindy W.

A note of thanks regarding my surgery. My ankle seems to be healing well and I am already walking better than I have in years. I will be able to walk to my grandson’s house very soon and that thrills my heart and brightens my life immeasurably. Thank you for all you do to help people heal.



Karen A.

Y’all have been great to work with and I appreciate everything!

Connie R.

Today, I went in for a minimally invasive bunionectomy at the Temple Terrace location. Ironically, I wasn’t scared about the procedure itself. I have a phobia of hospital needles and injections so having to have the IV put in me and a few nerve blockers in my leg was terrible for me. I vocalized this concern to the nurses and physicians who were taking care of me and I honestly could not have been treated better. They made the two things I was dreading the most swift and as easy as it could be. They talked me through everything and wiped my tears when I couldn’t do it myself. I grew up seeing my mom in the hospital so I can’t say that I have had a good relationship with it. I have seen hundred of different nurses tend to my mom so I know how to identify the ones that care. Every single encounter I had was so pleasant and kind. Thank you to everyone for making this experience such a pleasant one.

Maria V.

1st visit with Dr. Epting for ankle concerns. It was great to have alternative options!

Karen E.

I would like to express that Dr. Epting did a marvelous job on my left foot. I had a bunionectomy and I am almost one year out from having the procedure. I have had a full recovery and my foot is perfect. I feel better than I have felt in 10 years. Dr. Epting took excellent care of me and I am very grateful for his precision and great follow up care.

Ellen W.

Really great doctor. I would recommend Dr. Epting to everyone. He truly is easily one of the most competent and honest doctors I have ever had. I would give him 10 stars if I could. He took me from a pain level I could not tolerate, to a zero pain level, and I am so grateful. Thank you to Dr. Epting and Mandy. Amazing team.

Francesca M.

Dr. Epting and staff are just simply fabulous. They answer all my questions no matter how off the wall they seem. They’re patient and friendly. I’ve always understood everything with what I was going through as Dr. Epting always took the time to explain everything thoroughly. I would highly recommend him to everyone I know!

Dalilah Gonzalez

Sharp guy, quick to the point, thorough, knowledgeable, easy to relay concerns to and listened. Hard to find these days!

Gary V.

Dr. Epting and the entire support staff were friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and professional! Dr. Epting made me feel totally at ease and explained my foot problem in layman terms; used my foot x-rays to ensure I fully understood my problem; and explained short and long term solutions. He and his support staff emphasized to call them if I had any further questions. This was an extremely pleasurable patient experience. Florida Orthopaedic Institute sets the standard for patient care. I highly recommend Dr. Epting and Florida Orthopaedic Institute.

Frank W.

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.

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  • Cassie Owens, PA-C
  • Meredith LaPierre, APRN


  • 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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