How to Address a Podiatrist

Podiatrist | Doctor of Podiatry

The rule is either ‘Dr.‘ before, or the post-nominal abbreviation for their degree after. Never both at the same time.

—–Official envelope or address block on letter or email:
———-(Full Name), DPM
———-(Name of practice, hospital, or clinic)
———-(Address)

—–Social envelope:
———-Dr. (Full Name)
———-(Address)

—–—–—–Note: it is never Dr. (Full Name), DPM

—–Letter salutation:
———-Dear Dr. (Surname):

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

How to Address a Retired Podiatrist?

Retired podiatrist are still holders of ther degrees.  They may not be professionally active – but they still have the rank of doctor and are still addressed orally or in writing as ‘Dr. (Name)’.  These forms work for anyone with a doctorate as well as physicians such as dentist, chiropractor, military doctor, veterinarian, optometrist, or osteopath.

—-The social form of their name is:
—-—-(Honorific) (Full Name)
—-—-(Address)

—-—-—-—-Which looks like:
—-—-—-—-—-Dr. William Smith
—-—-—-—-—-(Address)

—-—-—-—-—-Dr. Amy Thompson
—-—-—-—-—-(Address)

—-They still have an official form of their name.  Even though they are retired, this might be used with correspondence relating to their professional practice:
—-—-(Full name), (Post Nominal for their degree)
—-—-(Address)

—-—-—-—-Which looks like:
—-—-—-—-—-William Smith, D.P.M.
—-—-—-—-—-(Address)

—-—-—-—-—-Amy Thompson, D.P.M.
—-—-—-—-—-(Address)

– Robert Hickey

Forms of Address: How a conversation begins can have a huge impact on how the conversation - even the entire relationship - develops.

How to Address a Podiatrist and Spouse

These forms work for anyone with a doctorate as well as physicians such as dentist, chiropractor, military doctor, veterinarian, optometrist, osteopath or podiatrist.

Avoid: Dr. John and Mrs./Ms. Kathleen Dexter
Avoid: Dr. Allyson and Mr. William Carley

#1) Same Surname

—-Envelope & Salutation:
——–Dr. and Mrs. John Dexter
——–(Address)
——–—-Dear Dr. and Mrs. Dexter,

——–Dr. John Dexter and Ms. Kathleen Dexter
——–(Address)
——–—-Dear Dr. and Ms. Dexter

——–Dr. Allyson Carley and Mr. William Carley
——–(Address)
——–—-Dear Dr. Carley and Mr. Carley

#2) Different Surnames

—-Envelope & Salutation:
——–Dr. Roger Fry and Ms. Jane Taylor
——–(Address)
——–—-Dear Dr. Fry and Ms. Taylor,

——–Dr. Lucy Khin and Mr. David Patel
——–(Address)
——–—-Dear Dr. Khin and Mr. Patel

– Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"