Our Doctors

The Podiatric Physicians of the Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic, PA all have multi-year residency training in the latest medical and surgical techniques of the foot and ankle. We are committed to continuing medical education, with a dedication to providing the most up to date and technologically advanced foot and ankle treatments available. We constantly strive to provide our patients with excellent outcomes in an efficient, economic manner. Our goal is to listen to our patients, developing treatment plans that “make sense” for today’s active and informed population.

Dr. William Douglas Banks

PERSONAL INFORMATION
Dr. Banks was born in Waynesville and grew up in Haywood County . He returned to western North Carolina to share his expertise in foot and ankle medicine and surgery. His dream was to grow a practice that would serve an area of the country that had never experienced specialized foot and ankle medicine. In addition to the broad training obtained in Chicago and Baltimore, Dr. Banks has also pursued education in wound care and pedorthics (prescribing and fabrication of inserts, special shoes and braces). 

This additional training insures that the Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic can provide comprehensive care for all foot and ankle problems. Dr. Banks enjoys traveling, automobiles and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

EDUCATION
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Illinois 1986-1990
UNC at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy 1982-1986
Pisgah Senior High School, Canton, North Carolina 1979-1982

RESIDENCY TRAINING
Baltimore VA Medical Center, Baltimore Maryland 1991-1992 (Foot & Ankle Surgery)

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS
Duke Lifepoint – Haywood
Duke Lifepoint – Harris Regional
Murphy Medical Center

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery – Diplomat
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons – Fellow
Board Certified by the American Professional Wound Care Association APWCA
CEO of Smoky Mountain Foot Clinic, PA – a Four Physician Group Practice Providing Podiatric Services to All of W.N.C.
Past Podiatric Consultant to Wellco, a Subsidiary of Ro-Search (Shoe Manufacturer)
Fraternal Association of Podiatrists of America – Fellow
Council for Nail Disorders – Member
American Association of Podiatric Practice management – Member
American Academy of Wound Management – Member
American Podiatric Medical Association – Member
NC Podiatric Medical Association – Member
Western NC Podiatric Medical Association – Member, Past VP
Special Training in Pedorthics/Inserts/Braces-Certified Pedorthist C.Ped
Save a Limb, Save a Life foundation SALSAL

LICENSURE
Licensed to Practice Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in NC Since 1990

PUBLICATIONS
Current Treatment of Onychomycosis – A Review, Foot and Ankle Quarterly, Winter 1993 Vol. 6, No. 4.
Running Shoe Construction and The Biomechanics of Running, Podiatry Products 1993.

Dr. Robert Todd DelBene

PERSONAL INFORMATION
Dr. DelBene grew up in the Youngstown Ohio area. Other members of his family are in the healthcare field, practicing Dentistry in the Youngstown area. He met Dr. Banks during residency training and felt that joining his growing practice in N.C. would be the perfect match. Dr. DelBene enjoys spending time with his family, attending church, playing drums, live music, golf, biking, hiking, The OSU Buckeyes, and college football.

EDUCATION
Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine: 1987-1991
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
B.S. Biology: 1982-1987

RESIDENCY TRAINING
Maryland Podiatric Residency Program, Baltimore, Maryland-Completed a two-year residency training program in Foot and Ankle Surgery Residency

Bon Secours Hospital
Maryland General Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
Patuxent Surgicare Center

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS
Duke Lifepoint – Haywood
Duke Lifepoint – Harris Regional
Missions/St. Joseph’s

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Board of Podiatric Surgery – Board Certified
American Podiatric Medical Association – Member
North Carolina Podiatric Medical Association-Member
Save a Limb, Save a Life Foundation SALSAL

Dr. Robert Przynosch

PERSONAL INFORMATION
Dr. Przynosch grew up in the Buffalo N.Y. area. He has a father that is a Pharmacist, a brother that is a Medical Doctor and a brother that is an Audiologist. After graduating from Podiatry school, he knew he wanted to move south and away from the massive snows of Buffalo. He chose Asheville and handpicked the Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic, PA as his ideal place of employment. He joined the practice in 2003. He lives in Asheville with his wife and two young daughters.

EDUCATION
Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2000
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
B.S. Nutritional Science, May 1996

RESIDENCY TRAINING
Riverside Mercy Hospital, Toledo, Ohio 2000-2002
Reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS
Duke Lifepoint – Haywood
Duke Lifepoint – Harris Regional
Missions/St. Joseph’s
Orthopedic Surgery Center (OCS)
Asheville Surgery Center (ASC)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Board Certified foot and ankle surgery
American Podiatric Medical Association
AO/ASIF internal fixation training 2001
Ankle arthroscopy training 2001
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons – Fellow
American Professional Wound Care Association – Fellow
Save a Limb, Save a Life Foundation SALSAL

LICENSURE
Licensed to practice Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in the state of NC since 2003

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS
Diabetic Limb Salvage
Podiatric Sports Medicine

RESEARCH AND PAPERS
Bone Chapter to be used in Dr. Mandracchia’s book. Advisor: Dr. Hetherington D.P.M. (Manuscript in progress)
Concomitant Bilateral Talonavicular and Calcaneocuboid Coalition: A rare case report.
Determination of Maximum Tissue Perfusion Following Lower Extremity Revascularization Procedures.
Pedal pressure analysis during different tennis swings. Advisor: Dr. Lichniak

MEDIA
Local Surgeon Attends National Surgical Association’s Premiere Conference

Dr. Matt Davis

PERSONAL INFORMATION
Dr. Davis grew up in Grand Tower, a very small town in Southern Illinois. Dr. Davis joined our group in 2011, relocated from Florida where he completed his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Barry University, followed by 3 years of residency training in comprehensive foot and ankle surgery at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. Dr. Davis felt Western North Carolina was an ideal area of the country to practice and raise a family. Dr. Davis currently resides in the Murphy area with his wife and three children.

EDUCATION
Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences – Miami Shores, FL 2004-2008 Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, Iowa 200-2004 B.A. Biology RESIDENCY TRAINING: James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, Florida 2008-2011

LICENSURE
Licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina since 2011

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS
Murphy Medical Center
Angel Community Hospital

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Podiatric Medical Association
North Carolina Foot and Ankle Society

Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery-Diplomat

Brian Carbonell

A native of Florida, Dr. Carbonell grew up in Boca Raton and attended the University of Miami for his undergraduate studies where he majored in Biology and minored in History, earning his Bachelor’s degree with honors. He then completed his medical education at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, where he graduated valedictorian of his class in 2014. During podiatric medical school, he received several recognitions including the Dean’s Award, the Dr. Robert Warriner III neuropathy prevention scholarship, and was elected to the Pi Delta National Podiatric Honor Society. 

He matched with his first choice of residency at Bethesda Health in Boynton Beach, Florida; a top-tier foot and ankle surgical residency by case volume and diversity. There he trained extensively in all areas of foot, ankle and lower leg surgery, including elective and traumatic forefoot, hindfoot and ankle reconstruction; as well as peripheral nerve surgery, infection management, diabetic foot reconstruction and limb salvage. He served as Chief Residency in his final year of training.

During his residency, he completed numerous additional surgical training in reconstructive surgery, external fixation, ankle arthroscopy, and diabetic limb salvage. He also had the privilege of participating in a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where he worked in the nation’s largest orthopedic trauma hospital treating patients with post-traumatic deformities with the use of circular external fixation.

Dr. Carbonell has been published in the medical literature for surgical techniques in diabetic Charcot foot reconstruction utilizing external fixation. He has also presented scientific research posters on antibiotic usage after foot and ankle reconstructive surgery at national conferences.

He is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons with Qualification status in Foot and Reconstructive/Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association as well as the Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons.