Nitza N. Rodriguez, DPM was born in Nicaragua and raised in San Francisco and is fluent in English
and Spanish. Prior to private practice in Mission Viejo, she was an associate
of Northern California Foot & Ankle Center (NCFAC), one of the largest
and most highly respected podiatry groups in San Francisco with which
she is still affiliated. At NCFAC, she treated all foot and ankle disorders,
specializing in lower extremity pediatric deformities. Dr. Rodriguez became
a podiatrist driven by her own personal experiences as a child with flatfeet
and is therefore passionate about keeping children healthy and active
on their feet. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles dealing
with pediatric foot evaluations, vertical talus, and flatfeet:
"Rigid Pediatric Pes Planovalgus: Conservative and Surgical Treatment
Options." - Clinics of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (2010)
“Clinical Diagnosis and Assessment of the Pediatric
Pes Planovalgus Deformity.” - Clinics of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (2010)
"Hemorrhagic Ganglion of the Tibialis Anterior Tend on Report of Unusual
Variant." - Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery (2008)
Dr. Rodriguez completed her residency at Kaiser Northbay Consortium, where
she received extensive training in conservative, elective, and reconstructive
surgical treatment of the foot and ankle. During her residency she traveled
to Iowa to meet and train with her hero, the beloved Dr. Ponseti, with
whom she honed her clubfoot casting technique. They developed a bond of
friendship and a common goal to end congenital clubfoot disability worldwide.
Dr. Rodriguez attended California College of Podiatric Medicine in the
San Francisco bay area and earned her Bachelor of Science in biology with
an emphasis in neurology, physiology, and behavior at the University of
California, Davis (UCD). At UCD she participated in an international medical
internship in Managua Nicaragua and worked for the Cooperative Extension
collecting data for nutritional research in the Latino community.
With conviction for community service, Dr. Rodriguez is a strong advocate
for health awareness and prevention and has participated in various community
organizations throughout her life.
Dr. Rodriguez enjoys music and dancing and spending time with loved ones.
She has had the privilege of traveling to Europe, Africa, and Latin America
and travels frequently to Nicaragua to stay connected with friends and
family. Dr. Rodriguez is the mother of a young son and therefore very
empathetic when treating families.