Our Podiatry Team

All our professionals at Columbus Podiatry & Surgery maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in podiatry. The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.

Our Staff

  • Friendly, accommodating staff
  • Prompt scheduling, same day appointments available
  • Certified podiatric medical assistants
  • Fully computerized and electronic insurance claim submission for patient convenience


Animesh (Andy) Bhatia, D.P.M., C.W.S.

Columbus Podiatry & Surgery is under the direction of Dr. Animesh Bhatia. He has been in practice for over 12 years, providing medical and surgical solutions for foot and ankle pathologies to the Columbus community across all age groups. He has special interests in the areas of sports medicine and the management of chronic wounds and limb salvage.

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Dr. Animesh (Andy) Bhatia
Sarah Abshier, D.P.M., C.W.S.

Dr. Abshier is the newest addition to the practice with a special interest in surgery and wound care. She is currently involved in epidemiologic research pertaining to hepatitis and diabetes. She is an advocate of preventative medicine and believes that patient education should be a priority in the field of medicine.

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Alan Block D.P.M.

Dr. Alan Block has joined our practice since August 2015. Dr. Block is a nationally recognized expert and educator in amputation prevention and PAD. He serves as a keynote presenter around the country and his inspirational lectures are unparalleled. Among many accomplishments, Dr. Block currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board, Kent State University; Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons; and Past President, The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association

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Dr. Block
James Dunnan, MD

James Dunnan, M.D., is the Co-Medical Director at Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Dr. Dunnan joined the practice in September 2011. He has a family practice office in Dublin. Dr. Dunnan, graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Family Practice Residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in 1993. In 2001, he opened a private practice, Scioto Family Physicians, in Dublin, Ohio. He has over 15 years experience in geriatric long-term care management. He is the Medical Director at Trillium Place and Emerald Crossings. Dr. Dunnan is very active in the Dublin Community and volunteers with Dublin Coffman Athletic Department. He resides in Dublin with his four wonderful children.

Dr. Dunnan
Marissa Bechtel, M.S., C.N.P., C.W.S.

Marissa has been with Columbus Podiatry and Surgery since March of 2005. As an Adult Nurse Practitioner, she focuses on conditions of the foot and ankle with a special interest in diabetic, pressure and vascular wounds. Working alongside Dr. Bhatia for many years, she has a keen interest in the prevention, education, and health of the diabetic foot along with providing advanced wound care to the lower extremities. She received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Miami University in Oxford, OH and received her Masters of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University. She is a nationally certified Nurse Practitioner and a board certified wound specialist. Raised in Canton, Ohio, home of the Football Hall of Fame, Marissa now lives in Hilliard with her husband Bill and their two beautiful daughters.

Marissa Bechtel, M.S., C.N.P., C.W.S.
Sarah Robbins

Hello, I am the office manager here at Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. However, when I began here in June 2007, I worked as a medical assistant. I enjoy the clinical aspects our practice very much, so you might see me helping in the back. I am currently finishing up my associate’s degree at Columbus State. I plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management at Franklin University soon. I currently reside in Gahanna with my 5 year-old son. Outside of managing our practice, my largest interest is music. I play guitar and enjoy writing as well. I guess, you could call me a country music nut! If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practice, please feel free to call and speak with me at any time. Take care of those feet, and I look forward to meeting you soon!

Sarah Robbins
Jessica Bowen

Jessica has been with the practice since December 2006. She is a medical assistant and a limited Radiographer. Jessica assists Dr. Bhatia and Dr. Abshier and also takes x-rays of the foot and ankle. She attended Columbus State Community College for two years. Jessica resides in Galloway with her two sons and fiance. She enjoys her job and spending time with her family.

Jessica Bowen