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Dr. Joseph Stern, DPM

Podiatrist

In-network insurances

  • 1199SEIU
  • AARP
  • AIG

Specialties

  • Podiatrist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Education and training

  • Samuel Merritt University, California College of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Tagalog

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1649205501

Office locations

Joseph Stern, DPM

909 Hyde Street, Suite 618

San Francisco, CA 94109

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Cool guy seemed to get my diagnosis compared to a lot of specialists I had seen
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Funny guy
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Great ??
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Very friendly and knowledgeable. Great bedside manner. He listened to my issue and found a resolution. I have gone back to see him and would definitely recommend him highly.
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For the first time in over a year, I feel hopeful that the rest of my life won't be plagued by chronic foot pain (and other related areas e.g. lower back pain, knee alignment, etc). The only regret is not coming in sooner!
Less than 1 year ago
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I saw Dr. Stern after the office of my original podiatrist said they had no availability and were double booked. It turns out it was a good thing they were since it necessitated having tp find another one. Upon entering, Iam happy to say that the secretary at the desk was super nice and friendly! I was seen with literally 0 wait time right away. Dr. Stern took the time to get a whole picture of my chief and secondary complaints. He conducted a thorough intake, history and exam. I was struck by the attention to detail he placed on reviewing the medical records and in the exam. By far, I would say Dr Stern has the best bedside manner I have ever come across in a medical provider. I never once felt rushed. He addressed all my concerns and questions. I found Dr. Stern to be extremely profession and courteous with multiple drcades worth experience and expertise. He got right to the source of the contributing factors causing my condition and the treatment to help it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED without reservation! Thank you Dr. Stern!!!
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Dr. Stern is great! Very helpful and very flexible in appointment times. Strongly recommended
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Fantastic! Dr. Stern was friendly, patient and professional. I would highly recommend.
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Been seeing him for years. Great doctor with tons of experience.
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He's the best in every way. Very expert, caring, and let's you know exactly what's needed for a full recovery. I have gone to him for 8 years now when I have had foot pain or ankle sprains. Not his fault I'm a klutz!
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He's a very eccentric personality. I would not say that his practice broadcasts "medical professional" so much as "Hey! I have a story for you."
More than 1 year ago
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if you desire being lectured to as if you are an errant grade school student/juvenile delinquent for having problems booking appointments with Dr. Stern, then have at it with him. He will turn on you like Dr.Jekyll becoming Mr. Hyde nomatter who's present when he goes off. He will ever so gladly off the cuff denigrate you before strangers in defense of a website that has its occasional glitches, but for which Dr. Stern seems to have more empathy than a returning patient standing in front of him and others suffering from excruciating foot pain. OF COURSE, I am THE ONLY PATIENT ever to have had difficulties navigating the Zocdoc.com website, especially with Dr. Stern's office that has one foot firmly planted in the 20th century with his receptionist booking appointments through hard copy pen on paper, and its other foot precariously finding its footing in a medical booking website that has (like ALL other websites heretofore known to humankind) its occasional hiccups. So, if you masochistically seek a foot doctor who will ever so spontaneously degrade and berate you in front of strangers, Dr. Stern is your kind of proximate full-fledged doctor (from the ankle down). I think that maybe podiatrists are not required to take the Hippocratic Oath after my latest experience with Dr. Stern.
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knowledgeable about foot problem, explained cause and cure well
More than 1 year ago
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Awesome doctor.
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Awesome. Amazing doctor, great people skills, made me feel comfortable even though I was ashamed and anxious about my injury. Feel much better now physically and mentally.
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He's super knowledgeable and makes you feel comfortable. He seriously healed my foot in a couple visits! I would recommend.
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Dr Stern was an ideal experience for seeing a specialist. All the forms I filled out before allowed me to be seen immediately after showing up. Dr Stern was very knowledgable and knew exactly what the issue I had with mytoe was. He took the time to explain the situation and give me a few options for addressing the issue. Having been practicing in San Francisco for nearly 30 years, I always felt as though I was in good hands. Left feeling great that I knew what my toe injury was, and Dr Stern gave me his contact info encouraging me to stay in touch if any further issues arises. Highly recommended
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I was very impressed by Dr. Stern. He explained my problem in detail, cast orthotics to fix it, and also taped up my foot so I could function in the meantime. He took the time to explain everything. I found my new podiatrist.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr.Stern is very skilled and compassionate. He also has a great sense of humor and can put you at ease immediately. I highly recommend him!
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Stern is perfect. Knowledgeable, and takes the time to help you. Sure the office is out dated and needs a makeover, but we are dealing with feet, so who cares? I just want a doctor that cares and knows what they are doing, that's Dr. Stern.
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He is very straight forward and no nonsense, but get the job done!
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Very professional and knowlegeable
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Knowledgeable and down to earth. He was able to offer a diagnosis and treatment with future options if needed. I will definitely return if needed.
More than 1 year ago
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Doctor Stern was great and very helpful with my injury.
More than 1 year ago
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Office was messy and disorganized. Doctor made me extremely uncomfortable with several borderline inappropriate remarks
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Stern is an adept podiatrist who's also great at communicating and hearing exactly what your concerns may be. I wholeheartedly recommend him as a caring, more than merely competent, and also a humorous doctor who has your best health interests at heart.
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Dr. Stern is amazing! He spent over an hour with me taping my foot and creating a temporary orthotic insert to help my injury heal. Great guy with an great sense of humor.
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Extremely knowledgeable. You can tell he loves his work and goes beyond in terms of helpfulness and explanation. Wonderful bedside manner, kind demeanor with dry sense of humor. Would recommend!
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Stern is a GREAT podiatrist and just plain good guy! I feel very fortunate to have been treated by him, and HIGHLY recommend him for being very skilled as well as possessing an intelligently witty sense of humor. In additionto Dr. Stern's great attributes, his receptionist, Pinky, at his Hyde Street office is friendly and helpful in a very professionally effective manner. Indeed, I recommend without reservation seeking treatment with Dr. Stern for all of foot problems!
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Hes very understanding and has a good bedside or patient understanding for patients
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unsanitary.....
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Dr. Stern is the best. He totally fixed my problem.
More than 1 year ago
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Great attitude and a master in the art of foot care.
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Great! Great communication and bedside manner and solved my issues
More than 1 year ago
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Spent a lot of time with me to make sure that I knew what to do to make my foot pain go away, and scheduled follow up appointment to check in. Very quick diagnosis of what was wrong and quick identificationof what to do to make it better! See a foot doctor!! Dr. Stern was awesome!
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The doctor seems knowledgeable and passionate about ensuring positive outcomes for his patients. However, his office is very poor with time management. I decided to find another doctor because I made to wait for so long both times I came for an appointment here.
More than 1 year ago
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Excellent ! Unexpectedly pleasant encounter with normal human being with nice sense of humor. I ll see you again!
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I was very happy with the service Dr Stern provided.
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Dr. Stern had great bedside manner and was super friendly and had some good suggestions for managing my foot pain. I am heading back to him to get fitted for custom orthodics, which I hope will really be helpful.
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Real bright guy -- was a pleasure being served by him and I was back on my feet running again in no time. Adam
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Awesome doc. Wish his expertise was in all areas aloft medicine so I didn't have to use others. The man and his assistant are very professional. Generous and kindness. Older building which he practices in is warm and cozy. Thank doc, I appreciate everything you do for
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Dr Stern is very thorough - no stone was left unturned in examining my foot, physiology and structure.
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Dr stern has resolved most of my foot issue so now I'm expanding my physical activity and back in 6 weeks to see how that goes. I am very pleased.
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Dr. Joseph Stern is a very great doctor. Very personal doctor who knows what he is doing. He listened to my problems with a solution. He explains throughly on what's going on and dumbs it down for you if needed. Idefinitely recommend him and I will be coming back in the future.
More than 1 year ago
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Extremely friendly doctor and patient at explaining all the details of his diagnosis.
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I did not like that he called my situation boring. As a professional, you have to take every case serious and show that you care about why the person came in to see you. He has no idea what psychological associationsone might have with the current issue they are seeking help for. So, he shouldn't take anything lightly or dismiss it as an important case. If my case does not excite him, he should not offer services for such cases. I did joke with him during the session because I did not want to come off confrontational with him during my time there, but I was not amused by his lack of interest.
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Approachable and cheerful, on time, and spends a good amount of time with patient. Dr.Stern remembered my name even after meeting me the first time.
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Great appointment. I like Dr Stern and my foot is feeling good after I received my orthotic. Waited only 10 mins but I was late. Able to use wifi so could work.
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So thankful for Dr Stern and his quick service -- very personable and knowledgable. He knew right away what was bothering me and how to fix it, and he immediately started treatment as opposed to making me schedule another appointment. Left his office feeling much better than when I entered!
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If you have any foot problem or even think you do-don't bother looking for any other doctors/comparing any other doctors. I did that, and Dr. Stern was the best and still is the best. In fact, he cured my foot pain!He's very attentive and is an expert in his field. Go see him and you won't regret it, in fact you'll be on your way to recovery.
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