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.

—–Envelope, official:
———-(Full Name), DPM
———-(Name of practice, hospital, or clinic)

—–Envelope, social
———-Dr. (Full Name)

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

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

How to Address a Retired Podiatrist?

My friend was a podiatrist but no longer practices. He is now retired and no longer has a state license. Can he still be addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’?  Can he still be listed with the post-nominals for his doctorate after his name?
—-—-—-– LW

Dear LW:

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)
—-—-—-Which looks like
—-—-—-—-Dr. William Smith
—-—-—-—-Dr. Amy Thompson

—-The official form of their name is still:
—-—-(Full name), (Post Nominal for their degree)
—-—-—-Which could look like
—-—-—-—-William Smith, D.P.M.
—-—-—-—-Amy Thompson, D.P.M.

– 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
——–—-Dear Dr. and Mrs. Dexter,

——–Dr. John Dexter and Ms. Kathleen Dexter
——–—-Dear Dr. and Ms. Dexter

——–Dr. Allyson Carley and Mr. William Carley
——–—-Dear Dr. Carley and Mr. Carley

#2) Different Surnames

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

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

– Robert Hickey

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#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)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see 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, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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