Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC's office operations. To ensure your convenience, below is the information you need about our hours, location, appointment scheduling, insurance acceptance and billing.
Esther Barnes, DPM, FACFAS
Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC
Kalispell, MT 59901
Tel: (406) 755-2818
Fax: (406) 755-2991
OFFICE HOURS UPDATE 7/06/2020: In attempt to maintain the safety of employees, patients, and the community, the office is open but following social distancing and mask protocols.
Please use the "Request an Appointment" to request an appointment. If an established patient, we encourage you to log into the Patient Portal and send a message to Dr. Barnes or the office with any questions or concerns. Thank you.
Please call (406) 755-2818 or select "Request an Appointment" on the homepage to schedule or request an appointment. If interested, Dr. Barnes also offers Tele-Visits, as well, and these can be requested in the same fashion.
- BlueCross Blue Shield
- Allegiance HealthCare
- United Healthcare
- Clear One Health Plans
- Montana Health Co-op
- Humana Gold Choice
- Assurant Health
- New West
- Secure Horizons
- VA / Veterans' Choice
Facilities & Equipment:
- Digital X-Ray
- F-Scan In-Shoe Pressure Measurement / Gait Analysis System
- Vascular Testing / ABI (PadNet)
- Pedorthist / Shoe-Fitting Specialist On-Site
- AmFit Custom Foot Orthotic Scanning & Fabrication System
- Diabetic Shoe Sizing, Ordering & Dispensing (Dr.Comfort, Apex, Drew)
- Kiosk Check-in System to make the process of checking in efficient
UPDATE 3/23/20: In attempt to maintain the safety of our patients, employees, and the community, the office is physically closed, other than for the care of patients with urgent concerns / emergenices only. Attempts will be made to return phone calls Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 1PM. Please use the "Request an Appointment" resource above to request an appointment. If an established patient, we encourage you to log into the Patient Portal and send a message to Dr. Barnes or the office with any questions or concerns. Thank you.
TeleHealth and Tele-Visits in the time of COVID-19
Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC has initiated a TeleHealth Service during the COVID-19 Pandemic for a number of reasons:
1.) Our top priority has always been, and continues to be, Patient, Employee, Community Health and Safety.
2.) With the primary goal of triaging, or prioritizing what's urgent and what's not, Dr. Barnes seeks to help patients with the foot concerns over the phone or computer. Caring for patients in this way, and arranging for visits in clinic if necessary (infections, ulcerations, injuries) and in a controlled environment, she hopes to do her part in allowing to the Urgent Cares and Emergencies Rooms help those with needs related to the virus.
3.) Although Dr. Barnes obviously cannot physicially treat you or other patients over the phone or computer, she can hopefully see if your concern would be best treated physically, and arrange for this to be done. If she can help give you direction and advice over the computer or phone, she will do so. This particularly applies to you if you have foot pain, as many treatment options can be relayed in this way (stretches, shoe recommendations, orthotic recommendations).
4.) During this time of anxiety, stress, and uncertainty, Dr. Barnes wants to do her part in helping you do the things you need to do (caring for a loved one, running outside for stress relief, or walking on a treadmill at home, for example) without foot pain interfering. She does't want you to have to wait months or an indefinite period of time for you to get back on your feet! "CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A TELEVISIT."