David R Kirlin, DPM

SPECIALIZING IN: Diabetic Patients and Their Foot Care. Heel Pain. Balance and Gait Problems. Children's in-toeing, flat feet and growing pains
InStride Office(s): Gaston Foot & Ankle

Personal Info

Dr. Kirlin was born and raised in New Jersey, just outside Philadelphia. When he finished his residency training, he moved to Gastonia and founded the practice in 1984. He and his wife Nan have three grown daughters- Becca, Hanna and Maddie.

In order to give back to the community, Dr. Kirlin has become involved in politics as a city councilman and enjoys serving the public in this fashion. His other interests include racquetball, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and photography. He enjoys lecturing to civic organizations on podiatric health topics and is available to speak on a variety of current topics.

Board Certification

American Board of Podiatric Surgery
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
American Professional Wound Care Association


BS Degree, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
MS Degree, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Metropolitan Hospital, Springfield Division, Springfield, PA


Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Fellow American Professional Wound Care Association
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, President 2014-2016, Secretary-Treasurer 2012-2014, Vice President 2010-2012
Gastonia City Council, 1999 – Present
Gastonia Recreation Advisory Commission, Chairman, 1999 – Present
Gastonia East Rotary Club
Gardner Park Elementary School PTA, President, 1993-1994
Southeast Gastonia Concerned Citizens Association, President, 1992-1994
First United Methodist Church, Gastonia, NC


Business Person of the Year, Gaston Regional Chamber, 2014
Foundation Award, Gaston Regional Chamber Business of the Year, 2012
Honorary Chair, Community Foundation, Run for the Money, 2015
North Carolina Podiatrist of the Year, 1998
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1970