Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Mariano E. Rivera, D.P.M., Podiatrist Physician.
Dr. Rivera received his Bachelor of Science in biology from University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Rivera received his medical degree from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago.
“I knew early on I wanted to be a Podiatrist,” Dr. Rivera said. “My mother introduced me to her Podiatrist and after speaking to him, I fell in love with the surgeries I would be involved in, and the type of patient care that has such a huge impact on the person”.
Dr. Rivera said the ability to help a patient walk pain free is one aspect he loves about his specialty.
He said his biggest mentor was Dr. Reilly.
“Dr. Reilly taught me if you have strong surgical training, then there is nothing you cannot achieve as a surgeon,” he said. “He also taught me the importance of conservative care and exhausting all conservative care prior to taking a patient to surgery.”He looks forward to providing care to the region.
“My goals for my practice are to make all of my patients feel as important to me as my family,” said Dr. Rivera.
“When patients know that they have my genuine interest in whatever issue they have and my genuine compassion, they are more comfortable with the treatment plans we decide on together, and have a much better chance at full recovery,” he said.
Several factors drew Dr. Rivera to PMC. He said everyone was very nice and inviting during his visit.
“My wife and daughters came with me to the hospital for my first interview and it was amazing how friendly everyone was. This made me realize that PMC and Pikeville was very family oriented,” he said.
He said he loves exploring the outdoors.
“I also fell in love with the beautiful scenery of the mountains and the picturesque background they provided. I come from the flat land of Chicago that has large skyscrapers instead of mountains. This was also an opportunity to move closer to my mom who has lived in Kentucky for two years now.”
When he’s not caring for his patients, Dr. Rivera loves to spend time with his wife and children. They enjoy swimming, playing at the park, and going to the movies and enjoying the largest tub of popcorn they have.
Dr. Rivera also enjoys riding his bike to take it on the hills of Pikeville. He enjoys participating in Martial Arts, and has a Black Belt in Hap-Ki-Do.