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A Podiatrists are trained physicians who focus on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the foot, ankle or related structures within lower extremity region i.e. below the knee.

Dr. Lear-Rayborn was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She attended Southwestern Illinois College for her Associates in Arts and Science and then graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with her Bachelors of Genetic Engineering and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry.

She immediately went on to school at Des Moines University to receive her degree in Podiatric Medicine, as well as, her Masters in Healthcare Administration with distinction.

She completed a three year podiatric surgical residency at the Detroit Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Surgical residency provided a wide variety of training pertaining to the foot and ankle including primary foot and ankle care, elective forefoot and rearfoot surgery, foot and ankle trauma, pediatric foot and ankle conditions, diabetic wound care, diabetic limb salvage, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.

Outside of podiatry, Dr. Lear-Rayborn enjoys all outdoor activities and spending time with her husband, children and her pets;  her hobbies include recreational activities such as trail running, kayaking, and fishing.

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  • Education
  • Residency & Fellowships
  • Awards, Honors & Board Certifications
  • Research & Publications
  • Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
    • Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (May 2010)
  • Masters of Healthcare Administration (May 2010)
    • Honored graduate with distinction
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
    • Bachelors of Science – Genetic Engineering (May 2006)
    • Bachelors of Science – Psychology (May 2006)
    • Minor – Chemistry (May 2006)
  • Southwestern Illinois College, Granite City, IL
    • Associate of Arts (May 2003)
    • Associate of Science (May 2003)
  • Detroit Medical (July 2010 – June 2013)
  • Passed Part I of the National Board of Podiatric Medicine Examination
  • Passed Part II of the National Board of Podiatric Medicine Examination
  • Passed Part III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examination
  • ACLS/BLS Certifications, Current

Des Moines University:

    • Recipient of summer research scholarship (2007)
    • Valedictorian MHA class 2010

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

    • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville: Research was performed in the field of genetic engineering under the direction Dr. Mark Boulard.

Des Moines University

    • Summer Research Presentation, 2007
    • Poster Presentation, DMU Research Symposium, 2008
    • Lee C. Rogers, D.P.M. Elisa Lear, BS. Exploring the Potential of Gene Therapy for Patients with Diabetes. Podiatry Today, February 2009.
    • Lee C. Rogers, D.P.M. Elisa Lear, BS. The Potential of Gene Therapy in Podiatric Medicine. Podiatry Management, March 2009.
    • Colin Pedhe D.P.M. & John Matsuura M.D., Comparison of ABI values when performed using a Doppler versus a stethoscope.

Detroit Medical Center

    • Michigan Podiatric Medical Association abstract presentation, March 2011
    • Detroit Medical Center Research Day abstract and poster competition, April 2012

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