123 Summer Street, Suite 550
Worcester, MA 01608 New Patients Call: (508) 966-7726 Existing Patients Call: (508) 363-6868

Our Doctors

Carol A. Barrette, M.D.

Doctor Carol A. Barrette

In my experience as an orthopedic surgeon and foot and ankle specialist, I have found that a highly interpersonal approach is critical to patient care. Open and honest communication is the keystone of my practice. This provides for the highest quality care in a comfortable environment. In addition to the office setting, we are able to provide a vast array of diagnostic imaging in conjunction with the Worcester Medical Center and Leominster Hospital. Radiology (x-ray, MRI, CT scan, etc.) and physical therapy are located in your area to provide you with more convenience. Offices located in Leominster, Webster and Worcester allow for more efficient use of your travel time.

If a lower extremity problem is affecting your lifestyle, see if I can work with you to improve your quality of life. Our staff at Premier Foot and Ankle is available to assist you with any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us at (508) 363-6868.

Paul A. Cournoyer, D.P.M.

Paul A. Cournoyer

Dr. Cournoyer is a native of Central Massachusetts and went to undergraduate school in Boston, at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He received his Doctorate from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his Podiatric Medical and Surgical Residency Program at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in New York. Over the past 20 years he has been in practice in Worcester County and is one of the founding partners of Premier Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cournoyer is a Diplomate in the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is Chief of the Division of Podiatry, as well as the Director of Poidatric Surgical Residency Training at St. Vincent Hospital. He is also on staff at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Premier Foot and Ankle Center is located in Suite 550 in the state-of-the-art Worcester Medical Center. THis allows us to offer our patient's digital radiography, CT scanning, MRIs, in office Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment, EPAT/Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology for chronic heel pain, and advanced surgical care in one convenient location. To provide foot and ankle care to our Southern Worcester County patients and our Northern Connecticut patients, we have a satellite office located in the Webster Medical Center. This is conveniently located at exit 3 off of I-395 on Cudworth Road.

Presently, Dr. Cournoyer and his family reside in the local area where he is active in community affairs and enjoys many recreational sports including golf, tennis, and long distance running.

Suzanne M. Grondin, D.P.M.

Doctor Suzanne M. Grondin

Dr. Grondin grew up in Dartmouth, a small town in southeastern Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry from Wheaton College in Norton, MA and her Doctorate from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Grondin completed her surgical residency at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA. She then went on to private practice at the Premier Foot and Ankle Center.

Dr. Grondin is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. She has been awarded by Temple University for her excellence in pediatric podiatry, and received the Who's Who Award among Executive and Professional Women. She is Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Grondin originally became interested in Podiatry at a young age after suffering several foot injuries as a competitive figure skater. Dr. Grondin competed all over New England for 17 years and worked very closely with her Podiatrist to keep her feet healthy. This led to her interest in the foot and ankle as her own profession. Today Dr. Grondin uses these experiences, along with her training, to work with her patients and keep their feet healthy.

Matthew Knabel, D.P.M.

Doctor Knabel

Originally from Dubuque, Iowa, Dr. Knabel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at the University of Iowa. He then completed his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. While at Des Moines University he served as student body president and chief operating officer of the Iowa Podiatric Medical Student Association. Dr. Knabel continued his education at Mount Auburn Hospital with an internship and residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery where he also served as a Clinical Fellow in Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Knabel was appointed chief resident in his final year of training. While training at Mount Auburn Hospital Dr. Knabel performed mission work in Managua and Leon Nicaragua in 2019 by performing complex limb deformity correction.

Dr. Knabel has a passion for staying up to date with the most advanced training in all conservative and surgical aspects of foot and ankle conditions, but has special interesting in sports medicine, reconstruction, and limb salvage techniques. He has attended national courses such as the comprehensive AO fixation course, the world-renowned International Baltimore Limb Deformity course and he also possesses certifications in comprehensive foot and ankle arthroscopy surgical skills.

When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Knabel enjoys cooking, hiking, fishing, oil painting, and watching the Red Sox and the Iowa Hawkeye football team play.

Dr. Knabel is qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery (RRA).

Dr. Knabel has been recognized and awarded with:

  • ACFAS Manuscript 3rd prize at annual national conference (2020)


  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society

Recent Publications:

Published textbook anatomical drawings: Richardson B.A., Knabel M., Swenson E. (2019) Anatomy of the Intermetatarsal, Lesser Metatarsophalangeal, and Lesser Interphalangeal Joints. In: Cook E., Cook J. (eds) Hammertoes. Springer, Cham

Total Ankle Arthroplasty Survivorship: A Meta-Analysis McKenna B, Cook JJ, Cook EA, Basile P, Crafton J, Knabel M, Swensen E, Miner S, Manning E American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Manuscript

Debbie Johnson, Office Manager

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