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Gaston Foot & Ankle Associates, PA

David R. Kirlin, DPM

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David R. Kirlin, DPM

David R. Kirlin, DPM

  • Gaston Foot & Ankle Associates, PA
  • 251 Wilmot Drive
    Gastonia, NC 28054
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I was born and raised in New Jersey, just outside Philadelphia. When I finished my residency training, my wife, Nan, daughter Becca, and I moved to Gastonia and founded the practice. We were soon blessed with two more daughters, Hanna and Maddie. Gastonia has been home now for many years and we love it here. In order to give back to the community, I have become involved in politics as a city councilman and enjoy serving the public in this fashion. My other interests include racquetball, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and photography. I enjoy lecturing to civic organizations on podiatric health topics and am available to speak on a variety of current topics.

I have a special concern for diabetic patients and their foot care. Prevention of diabetic complications is of the utmost importance. I take pride in excellent management of diabetic ulcers and provide both conservative treatment and reconstructive surgery to help prevent these problems.

Heel pain is another special area of interest of mine. With more people walking for exercise the incidence of this problem is increasing. Orthotic devices many times will cure the problem and I have had great success in utilizing the Topaz procedure for the hard to treat cases of heel pain.



  • Undergraduate: BS Degree, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
  • Graduate: MS Degree, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
  • Medical School: Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency: Metropolitan Hospital, Springfield Division, Springfield, PA


  • North Carolina Board of Podiatry Examiners - Vice President
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society
    • Trustee, 1989-1993
    • Treasurer, 1993-1995
    • Vice President, 1995-1996
    • President, 1996-1997
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management
  • American Professional Wound Care Association


  • NC Board of Podiatry Examiners, Secretary-Treasurer 
  • Gastonia City Council, 1999 – Present
  • Gastonia Recreation Advisory Commission, Chairman, 1999 – Present
  • Gastonia East Rotary Club, Director: Vocational Service, Environmental Service, Treasurer
  • Gardner Park Elementary School PTA, President, 1993-1994
  • Southeast Gastonia Concerned Citizens Association, President, 1992-1994
  • First United Methodist Church, Gastonia, NC


  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1970
  • North Carolina Podiatrist of the Year, 1998