Podiatrist and Optometrist
Dr. Alan Shih is H2T’s lead podiatrist. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from the University of Michigan and then enrolled in podiatric school at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. After graduation, he went on to complete a one year internship at Tennessee Valley VA Medical center, and a one year surgical residency program at the Southern Arizona VA Medical center. He followed this with the highest level of surgical training at a level-one trauma center in Chicago -- Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical center – where he spent two years. Upon completion of his residency, Alan had the privilege and unique opportunity to study the Ilizarov technique in its birthplace of Russia for a mini-surgical fellowship. This is training that less than 1% of the podiatric profession has gained. For a brief time following graduation from residency, Alan also enjoyed teaching podiatric students surgical techniques as a visiting lecturer at the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine in Chicago. Lastly, Alan has received advanced training at the Dellon Institute for Peripheral Nerve Surgery, an affiliate of John Hopkins School of Medicine. About 220 surgeons worldwide, primarily consisting of Plastic, Orthopedic, Neuro, and Podiatric Surgeons, have gained this privilege. Dr. Shih is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and an author of multiple medical journal articles. Dr. Shih is one of a handful of surgeons in Southern Arizona trained in the new Salto Talaris Anatomic Ankle implant surgery. Alan is currently in collaboration with the University of Arizona Medical Center, Department of Surgery to continue the advancement and understanding of foot, ankle, and leg disease.
Dr. Zuraida Zainalabidin is H2T’s lead optometrist. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and, during her final year, acted as an Optometry Tech at the national optometry chain, Lenscrafters. After finding her interest in optometry, she completed required scientific courses at DePaul University in Chicago and then undertook her four-year optometry college course work at Illinois College of Optometry. Upon graduation, she continued working with Lenscrafters as an optometrist in Chicago. Originally from Malaysia, she migrated to Arizona for warmth and a more relaxed atmosphere.