Tooele County’s longtime podiatrist, active citizen, and church leader is retiring from practice, but don’t expect his feet to get a lot of rest.
A socially distanted retirement reception for Kim Halladay, M.D. was held in front of his office at Northpointe Medical Park building A on Saturday afternoon.
Halladay has been practicing podiatry for the last 38 years, 37 of which were in Tooele County.
Halladay graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1968. He attended Snow College for one year before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Florida.
Returning from his mission, Halladay attended Brigham Young University, graduating in 1975. He left Utah for California where he studied and graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine.
Halladay and his wife, Janet, left California and returned to Spanish Fork where Halladay set up his own podiatric practice for one year.
Then came what turned out to be the opportunity of a life-time, an offer to purchase the Tooele Foot & Ankle Clinic in 1983.
“Tooele was a small town of 9,000 people,” Halladay said. “I had no connection to Tooele at the time, but I knew that purchasing an existing practice would be a much better way to start than building a practice from the ground up.”
So Kim and Janet Halladay settled down in Tooele.
Halladay said he has seen a lot of people and their feet over his years at the Tooele Foot & Ankle Clinic. He has seen bunions, plantar fasciitis, ingrown toenails, outpatient foot surgery, and lots of diabetic foot care, he said.
Halladay said he has always tried to talk to his patients to get to know them and their family.
And Halladay’s contribution to the community isn’t measured only with feet.
Halladay served on the board of the Tooele Federal Credit Union, was chief of staff for Mountain West Medical Center, served as a State Central Committee member for the Tooele County Republican Party, was appointed to the committee that selected the Form of County Government Study Committee members, and is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints having served as a stake president.
In retirement the Halladays plan to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then come home and work in the new Tooele Temple, he said.
“I am an old-fashioned kind of doctor that believes in establishing a relationship with my patients,” he said.
And by the number of people who drove by to wave or honk and say farewell to their foot doctor on Saturday, Halladay was successful.