Meet Our Doctors
We stay up to date on the latest advancements in podiatry
Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As your podiatric healthcare professionals, we stay up to date on the latest advancements in podiatry in order to provide the most current treatment options to our patients.
As your doctors, we recognize that our patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in us and our team. That is just one reason why we value each and every patient relationship.
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Dr. Craig McLaws – Founder
Dr. Craig McLaws founded The Foot Care Center in 1987 in Sheridan, WY.
He is President and CEO of The Foot Care Center. Dr. McLaws sees patients in Billings on Mondays, Thursdays, and in Sheridan on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Dr. McLaws was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona as part of a construction family. His undergraduate education was at Arizona State University in bio-medical physics. He attended and graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA where he received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). He returned to Scottsdale, AZ for extensive training in podiatric surgery. His best friend in medical school was from Wyoming and often told him hunting and fishing stories (lies mostly). It perked his interest and during his senior year Dr. McLaws fulfilled a 1 month hospital rotation in Missoula, Montana. That month changed the course of his life and after surgical training he moved north to open The Foot Care Center and was the only podiatrist in the north half of Wyoming. The practice expanded with multiple clinics and physicians and in 2003, he moved to Billings and started the Billings, MT office. Craig is married and loves Wyoming and Montana. They have five children and eight grandchildren – with one on the way! He has run 5 marathons and enjoys time with his family. His grandkids all call him “Granddaddy”.
Dr. Jason Kane – Partner
As of 2020 Dr. Kane is now a partner at The Foot Care Center! He began seeing patients in our Sheridan, WY office in July, 2014.
Dr. Kane was raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was raised in a very sports focused family and was active in school sports. He completed his undergraduate degree at Idaho State University, after which he attended Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, he was president of the Sports Medicine Club which provided him the opportunity to attend events such as the Breast Cancer Walk, MS Walk of Philadelphia, and the Marine Corp Marathon. Dr. Kane was able to provide medical care for participants in those activities. After completing his doctorate in 2011, he attended and completed a 3 year surgical residency at the Carl T. Hayden Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. While in residency he completed extensive surgical training in forefoot/rearfoot surgery, diabetic limb salvage, total ankle replacement, and trauma. We are proud of the work he has done for our veterans during his residencyJason is married with three children. With his family he enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and biking. He also enjoys sports–especially basketball and football. Although born in landlocked Idaho, his father is Hawaiian, a heritage he is proud of. He enjoys listening to Hawaiian music and is trying to master the ukulele.Dr. Kane and his family love the Sheridan area and are happy to be living and working in the shadow of the Big Horns.
Dr. David Ekman – Associate
Dr. Ekman has been part of our medical staff for more than 5 years. He began seeing patients in our Billings, MT office in July, 2015. We’re excited about the expertise Dr. Ekman brings to our group and to the Billings office in particular he complements the range of specialized skills and knowledge you have come to expect of our medical staff.
He is on the Medical Executive Committee at the Advanced Care Hospital in Billings, MT. He is certified in wound care and is the podiatrist for the St. Vincent wound care clinic.Dr. Ekman was raised in the Seattle Washington area. He attended and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He attended podiatry medical school at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. While there he took part in many seminars and worked as a tutor for multiple courses. He attended and completed a three year surgical residency program at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston, Texas. While in Texas, he was chief resident which gave him the opportunity to instruct junior residents in foot and ankle surgeries. Dr. Ekman has trained in a broad range of foot and ankle conditions, working with some of the most respected podiatric and orthopedic surgeons in the Houston area. While in residency he completed well over 1,000 foot and ankle procedures, including forefoot/rearfoot surgery, diabetic limb salvage, and trauma. Through his residency rotations Dr. Ekman worked in cooperation with different specialties to treat surgical and medical conditions body wide. His wife and he have four children. With his family he enjoys outdoor activities and traveling. Dr. Ekman is committed to providing excellence in podiatric medical and surgical care to our patients. He is available for appointments and for emergent care.
Dr. Keith Murdock – Associate
In 2017 we welcomed Dr. Murdock, to the team.
He has been working in Fort Collins, Colorado the last several years with a special emphasis in nerve decompression and neuropathy. We’re excited about the expertise Dr. Murdock brings to our group and he complements the range of specialized skills and knowledge you have come to expect of our medical staff. Dr. Murdock was raised in south east Idaho on a small family dairy farm. He attended and received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He then attended and completed a three-year surgical residency program with Kaiser in the Napa Valley area in California. As chief residenthe instructed junior residents in foot and ankle surgeries. Dr. Murdock has trained in a broad range of foot and ankle conditions. While in residency he completed extensive surgical training in forefoot/rearfoot surgery, diabetic limb salvage, total ankle replacement, and trauma. Following residency Dr. Murdock worked at a podiatry group in Fort Collins, CO and received special training in nerve decompression surgery for the lower extremity. He is a member The Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons (AENS). He enjoys the challenges these cases bring and is thrilled to be bringing this surgical technique to Montana and the surrounding area. He and his wife have six boys including two sets of twins. With his family he enjoys outdoor activities, sports, skiing, and traveling. He also enjoys running, biking and swimming; and just recently completed his first Half Ironman in Boulder, CO. Dr. Murdock is committed to providing excellence in podiatric medical and surgical care to our patients. He is available for appointments and for emergent care.
Dr. Beachy – Associate
The Foot Care Center proudly welcomes Dr. Beachy to our team. She begins seeing patients in our Billings heights location in August of 2020.
Dr. Beachy was raised in Louisville, KY where her parents, two sisters, and nieces and nephew still reside. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Biology & Chemistry. She went on to attend Midwestern University in Chicago where she earned her Masters in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Beachy attended Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, OH. She completed her 3-year surgical residency at the Jesse Brown Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Chicago, IL. While in Chicago, she was chief resident which gave her the opportunity to instruct junior residents in foot and ankle surgeries. Dr. Beachy is trained to provide a comprehensive array of preventative, conservative, and surgical treatment options to address your lower extremity issues. Dr. Beachy has traveled extensively in between her studies and exams. She fell in love with Big Sky on her travels and was determined to find her way back to Montana and call it home. Dr. Beachy and her husband recently eloped at City Hall in Chicago, they enjoy baseball games, cooking, cycling, hiking, and kayaking. They are both excited to join the Billings community.
The Story of The Foot Care Center
of Montana and Wyoming
The Foot Care Center is the largest and most active podiatry group in Wyoming and Montana. The first office was opened in 1987 in Sheridan, WY by Craig McLaws, DPM. As the only podiatrist in northern Wyoming, Dr. McLaws ran outreach clinics in the basin area, in Gillette, and other surrounding communities. In 2005, we added our full time podiatry office in Billings, MT. The doctors and staff at The Foot Care Center are committed to improving the health of your feet, ankles, and lower legs.
As experts in the field of podiatry, we are able to provide you with comprehensive exams and diagnostic analyses of your condition. We also offer innovative treatments for injuries, diseases, and other conditions of your feet, ankles, and lower legs.Contact our Sheridan or Billings office to schedule an appointment.
Please also take some time to review the information on this website. To better serve you, we have provided extensive reading on:
• Selecting the right shoes and orthotics for your needs.
• The podiatric services we offer.
• Various foot care topics.
• Various foot diseases, deformities, and injuries.
We believe that every step you take should be pain free and we will work with you to make this a reality.
True Experts of Foot Care
Although your primary care physician may be able to diagnose and treat a problem with your foot, ankle, or lower leg, it is often wise to speak with a skilled podiatrist about your issues. Many podiatric health conditions have similar symptoms as other conditions and can be easily misdiagnosed.
At our practice, our focus is podiatry. Our training and experience is concentrated on understanding the workings of feet, ankles, and lower legs, allowing us to better understand the intricate workings of this part of the body. With our expertise, we are able to diagnose and treat injuries, diseases, and other conditions of your feet, ankles, and lower legs better than a general healthcare practitioner.
Personalized Patient Care and Treatment
Many of our patients suffer from similar foot and ankle conditions; however, we treat each case uniquely. By understanding not only your podiatric disease, deformity, or other medical condition, but also your specific lifestyle needs, we can better create a course of treatment or recommend footwear that will help relieve your issues.
The complexity of the workings of your feet and ankles makes this a part of your body that may need significant attention, so we don’t rush you through treatment. At our office, we take the time to provide you with comprehensive foot care education and give you the treatment that you need and deserve.
Education and Preventative Care
At our podiatry practice, we believe that the more information you have about proper foot care, the better your overall podiatric health will be. That is why we not only treat existing medical conditions, but also provide you with guidelines to minimize your chances of future foot or ankle injuries and ailments.
Based on your specific needs, our podiatrist will provide you with foot care tips and recommendations. Also, we have filled this website with podiatry information to help educate you on how you can properly take care of your feet, ankles, and lower legs.
When dealing with foot pain and discomfort, you most likely are not thinking of the situation as positive. However, when you visit our podiatry practice we will do our best to make this difficult situation better.
We will not only focus on finding and treating the source of your pain, but also provide you with a comfortable environment during the process. Our friendly and professional staff is here to ensure that your overall experience at our office is a positive one.
Don’t gamble with the health of your feet, ankles, and legs.
If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or other symptoms of a potential problem contact our podiatry office today to schedule an appointment.
Please take a moment to read some of the reviews provided by real patients of our office.
“Dr. McLaws is a very friendly, compassionate, and caring doctor. Everything was explained in detail before my surgery. His assistant was very efficient and calmed my nerves. My experience was exceptional. Thank you!”
“We have been to a lot of different specialists regarding a foot/tendon issue and haven’t found any relief. For the first time in 5 years my wife’s foot is starting to get better thanks to the attentive care at The Foot Care Center. Thank you so much!”
“The staff was wonderful. I was able to get in very quickly and was treated very well. I came from Gillette and it has been worth the drive for the service, kindness, and knowledge. Dr. Kane is great!”