All our physicians at Total Foot and Ankle maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in foot and ankle care.
Robert J. Valins, D.P.M.
As founder of Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay, Dr. Valins leads a talented, professional staff of doctors and medical assistants. Dr. Valins believes that each patient deserves friendly, well-trained staff members who carefully listen to you and care about you and your health. Dr. Valins is committed to ensuring that patients who put their trust in Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay receive the finest, most professional care anywhere in the area.
Dr. Valins completed his undergraduate degree at State University of New York in Binghamton graduating with a bachelor's degree in French Language and Literature. He then went on to pursue graduate studies in French and Italian Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and spent a year teaching in France. Ultimately, the sciences and medicine became his passion and Dr. Valins took his determination and talents to the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine graduating with a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. He then continued and completed his residency training in podiatric surgery at the Hospital of PCOM in Philadelphia.
Dr. Valins decided to move to the Tampa Bay area to practice podiatric medicine and surgery in order to escape the winters of the northeast. In addition to his long-term practices in Zephyrhills and Sun City Center, Dr. Valins added a Wesley Chapel office several years ago and recently opened an office in Riverview/Apollo Beach on the campus of St. Joseph's Hospital South.
Dr. Valins is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management. He is the long-term treasurer of the Hillsborough County Podiatric Medical Association. He is Board Certified in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Valins's wife, Claudia, is the Practice Administrator of Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay. They work together to provide premium patient care in a caring, family atmosphere. Dr. Valins and Claudia have three adult children, Andrew, Scott- married to Robyn, and Whitney-married to Terry. They were all raised in Tampa but now live in Manhattan!
Maria B. Walshe, D.P.M.
Dr. Walshe was born and raised in Miami, but has made Tampa Bay her home. After completing her three-year residency at the highly sought after South Miami Hospital, part of the Baptist Health group in Miami, Dr. Walshe
decided to make the move to the west coast of Florida in order to join
Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay. After seeing the care and compassion the
practice has for its patients, she knew it was the perfect fit for her.
During her surgical residency in South Florida, Dr. Walshe had the opportunity to be trained in a variety of podiatric procedures in areas including trauma and reconstructive surgeries, elective cases, wound care and diabetic limb salvage. Her residency training also allowed her to participate in the Yucatan Crippled Children's project (YCCP), a program sponsored by Barry University and other participating podiatric residency programs, in Merida, Mexico. At the YCCP Dr. Walshe was exposed to a variety of uncommon children's lower extremity deformities, truly invaluable experiences. Dr. Walshe has a keen interest in diabetic foot care, and believes it takes a team effort by both patient and physician, to keep patients' feet healthy.
Dr. Walshe earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida State University (Go Noles!), after which she attended Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Miami Shores. Dr. Walshe is married to David. They enjoy dining out, spending time with family and friends, and spoiling their Chihuahua Sofie Elizabeth. In her free time Dr. Walshe loves to travel, sleep in late and watch college football. She also enjoys attending Bucs and Lightning games.
Harris E. Kaplan, D.P.M.
Dr. Harris E. Kaplan is the newest member of our team of comprehensive foot and ankle surgeons. Harris followed in his father's footsteps as the second member of his family to become a Podiatric Physician. He was born and raised in New York, just outside of NYC. Dr. Kaplan attended West Chester University in Pennsylvania for his undergraduate studies. Coincidentally, many of his closest friends from college now reside in the Tampa Bay area.
Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Kaplan attended medical school in Manhattan at New York College of Podiatric Medicine. After graduating in 2011, he then went on to do a three-year surgical residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Kaplan was extensively trained in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery as well as wound care and a variety of other podiatric procedures. During his time there, Dr. Kaplan performed and authored research on a strategic modification to the surgical correction of hallux abducto valgus, otherwise known as a bunion.
Following that, Dr. Kaplan served on staff for one year at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank, New Jersey where he was an integral part of a multidisciplinary podiatric practice. He now brings his surgical skills to Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay as well as his enthusiasm about making Tampa his permanent home.
Above all things in his career, Dr. Kaplan takes pride in building lasting relationships with his patients and in educating them on the prevention of foot ailments. He is a strong believer that his excellent communication and bedside manner are the keys to his success thus far.
Dr. Kaplan loves being active as he enjoys exercising regularly at the gym and a variety of outdoor activities. During his free time, you can find him on the beach playing volleyball or learning how to paddle board. He also enjoys basketball and softball league competition. Dr. Kaplan is very excited to become a true Floridian and welcomes the warm weather without any regrets of leaving those northeast winters behind.
Domenick A. Calise, D.P.M.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Calise has spent the past 15 years in private practice in Rochester, NY. He completed his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1988.
Extensive training in reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle was a major part of his residency at the University Hospital and University of Medicine and Dentistry of Newark NJ. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Calise became an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of Residency Education at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.
Dr. Calise is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in both Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery. He has recently completed his second 10-year recertification in both these boards. Dr. Calise's area of special interest in podiatry include diabetic limb salvage and trauma and reconstructive ankle surgery.
When not under the bright lights of the operating room, Dr. Calise is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys exploring rarely traveled areas of the back country either on foot, by canoe or by jeep. Dr. Calise and family look forward to enjoying the warmth and sea breezes of sunny Florida.