DR. RACHEL BAISCH KANG
Dr. Rachel Baisch Kang graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Macalester College. She then received her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine with honors from William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. During her studies, she was awarded multiple scholarships, held numerous leadership positions, and published original research.
Dr. Kang completed her residency training at Gundersen Medical Foundation where she received the added credential in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery. At Gundersen, she worked amongst world renowned and well-published faculty. Additionally, Dr. Kang served as Chief Resident and coached skaters at the local rinks.
Dr. Kang presented and published her original research titled, "Benefits of Custom Skate Orthoses in Improved Balance Amongst Advanced Skaters", which won third place in the Outstanding Student and Resident category at the American Podiatric Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting. During her time at Gundersen, she presented posters and manuscripts at national conferences, and continued to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Kang's devotion to Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine is rooted in her own experience with competitive and professional figure skating as well as her own foot injury. As a skater, Dr. Kang competed for the Korean Junior National Team, and skated at international level events. When her family moved back to the U.S., she continued to compete at the regional, sectional and national level. She was the Junior National Figure Skating Collegiate Champion in 2004. Following college, she skated professionally with the Royal Caribbean International ® Cruise Lines. A foot injury prevented Dr. Kang from continuing her professional skating career, but the care provided by a Foot and Ankle Specialist sparked her interest in the world of podiatry. Dr. Kang can personally relate to the enthusiasm and frustrations of an injured elite athlete. Dr. Kang's goals are centered on realistic treatment plans for athletes, return to sport, and a lifetime of competition.
Dr. Kang is excited to be joining the Foot and Ankle Center of Kirkland and Issaquah and is now seeing new patients.