Dr. Heather McKenzie is a native of Seymour, Indiana. She completed her undergraduate degree at Purdue University, where she was active in numerous academic, philanthropic, and social groups. After receiving a Master of Public Health degree from Indiana University, Dr. McKenzie became a Certified Prevention Professional and worked as the chief evaluation specialist for drug abuse prevention programs in the state of Indiana.
Dr. McKenzie moved to Cleveland, Ohio for medical school at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine). After graduation, Dr. McKenzie began surgical residency training at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed her surgical training in 2005 and immediately opened her own practice in North Suffolk. Dr. Charles Hastings joined the practice in 2006.
Dr. McKenzie became board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in 2011. She is also a diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery as well as an associate professor with Eastern Virginia Medical School in the Division of Family and Community Medicine.
With her background and related interests, Dr. McKenzie has a special interest in forefoot reconstruction procedures, such as bunions and hammertoes, with emphasis on cosmetic outcomes as well as a decrease in pain. She also frequently treats pediatric and sports medicine patients.
Dr. McKenzie is an active member of the following organizations:
- American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (Fellow – FACFAS)
- American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (Fellow – FASPS)
- American Podiatric Medical Association
- American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management
- American Public Health Association
- Virginia Podiatric Medical Association
- Hampton Roads Podiatric Medical Association
Dr. McKenzie was also honored as one of Hampton Roads’ “Top Docs” in 2008. This is a designation based on more than 4000 surveys to area physicians only, asking them to list their top doctor in each specialty based on the question, “What doctor would you call if you or a loved one needed medical care?”
Dr. McKenzie’s husband, Dr. Chad McKenzie, is a board-certified vascular surgeon with Bon Secours Vein & Vascular. Outside of the operating room, they both enjoy spending time with their young children, travelling, working out, and deep-sea fishing. Dr. McKenzie also enjoys a variety of fitness and nutrition-related challenges, including “Met-Con” and CrossFit-style workouts, running, and power lifting. She and her husband are active members of First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Virginia.
Dr. McKenzie also enjoys practice management. She strives to create an office environment that is conducive to proper and timely healing of patients, from the moment they enter the reception area for the first time to the many times that they may return with a family member or friend to whom they’ve recommended foot care at McKenzie-Hastings Institute.