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BR: Dr. Bret Ribotsky

HFB: Dr. Harvey Franklin “Bunny” Brown

BR: Hi, everyone! It”s 9 o”clock, it”s your host, Bret Ribotsky, and welcome to Meet the Masters. Tonight, we have a really funny evening with a true mentor and legend in our profession, Dr. Bunny Brown. I would like to thank Dr. Comfort and Numina Transcription for making this all possible. Give you a little back ground on Dr. Harvey Franklin “Bunny” Brown. He was born in Arkansas, went to school there, went to the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine. He was involved in the Arkansas National Air Guard and the United States Air Force. He has got a list of awards including Expert Marksman, Airman of the Month, Airman of the Year. He has been president of”
HFB: That was a long time ago.

BR: President of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Board of Directors of Pike Insurance Corporation of America, and President of the Board of Trustees of the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Alumni Association, all that in one breath. Buddy without further ado, please, welcome to Meet the Masters.
HFB: Thanks, Bret. I appreciate it.

BR: It”s an honor to all of us. As comes in no surprise, I would like to ask everyone the first question is, how do you define success?
HFB: Oh, let”s see, I would define success as being happy with what you do, enjoying what you do very much. You know, I get up in the morning and I”m anxious to get to work. I enjoy being with my family and friends. I just feel like anything that I can do to have enough money and time to do the things I enjoy. That”s success to me and make my patients happy.

BR: Wonderful! Big smile what I had to go, what makes Bunny happy.
HFB: Oh yeah.

BR: How did you wind up becoming a podiatrist?
HFB: I had an uncle who was a podiatrist. As a matter of fact, we share something. We are the only family members that were both presidents of the APMA. My uncle was Dr. Ed Baron. Ed Baron and Charley Turchin were actually the ones that were responsible for getting podiatry into Medicare. Charlie took most of the credit for it but it was Ed”s effort, through one of the representatives from Arkansas who was very well known, well, he was the one who got in trouble by wading in the pond with, oh I can”t even think of her name now, I”m drawing blank, I”m sorry. But he was from Kensett, Arkansas, let me think, he was” I”ll think of his name in a minute.

BR: The political leaders in Arkansas, having women on the side, they just started with Clinton.
HFB: No, no. (Laughs)

BR: Okay.
HFB: Anyway, Ed was past president of APMA and he was inaugurated 30 years to the week before me.

BR: What a wonderful legacy. Okay, but how did you choose podiatry? I mean, was it because they”re involved or because of the fee?
HFB: No, actually because of him. He offered to take me in the practice with him and my wife encouraged me to do so because I was in mortgage and banking before I went into podiatry and that was leading down on pretty much of a dead-end path back in those days. And she encouraged me to go back to school and you know what the knowledge that I was going to practice with my uncle and after I finished my first year of podiatry school, my uncle passed away. So I felt my bubble had burst and I realize now that was probably a blessing because he had graduated 30 or 40 years before I had. He had some of the old, old tiny ideas, even though he was a pioneer. He was quite a pioneer in podiatry. He did surgery when a lot of people didn”t do surgery. Some of the old timers, who might be on this call, might remember Ed, but Ed was quite a pioneer in podiatry. Anyway, he was strong headed and I was strong headed, so it was probably a blessing that we never did practice together.


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