Episode 125 - Dr Michael Donato


Dr. Michael Donato, co-owner of Rappahannock Foot & Ankle Specialists joined the practice in 2002.  He obtained his A.B. in Economics  from Princeton University in 1986.   He graduated as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1999.   He went on to complete a 3 year Podiatric Surgery and Primary Podiatric Medicine Residency Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital - VA Healthcare System in WestHaven, CT. 

He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons; Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is Board Certified in Foot, and Rearfoot Reconstructive/Ankle Surgery;  Fellow, American Professional Wound Care Association; and  a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the American Podiatric Medical Association, and the Virginia Podiatric Medical,Association. 

As an O2X human performance specialist he provides education regarding footwear selection and gait analysis to first responders, military personnel, elite organizations, and other tactical athletes . He is a regular medical volunteer at the Marine Corps Marathon and the other associated Marine Corps Marathon Race Events.  He is a USA Hockey level 4 hockey coach and after years of being a head coach he currently serves as an assistant coach for the Piedmont Predator Youth Hockey Club.  He is an avid crossfitter and hockey player who participates in masters crossfit competitions and adult hockey tournaments.

Dr Donato's website:


O2X website:


Recommended books:

Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention - Jay Dicharry

Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance - Glen Cordoza and Kelly Starrett

Recommended Movie:

Coming to America

Saving Private Ryan


Recommended Documentary:

The Civil War - Ken Burns