Father-of-five and podiatric surgeon Wade Christiansen’s Lehi roots run deep. His mother was the town beautician, his grandfather owned a bussing company on Main Street, and his other grandfather was a Lehi police officer. Wade even remembers watching “Footloose” being filmed at Lehi Roller Mills.
After graduating from Lehi High School in 1994, Wade served an LDS mission and then attended UVSC and University of Utah. He took a leave of absence from his Lehi legacy to pursue medical school in Iowa and surgical residency in Washington.
Wade and his wife, Debbi, returned to Utah to start Wade’s medical practice, Arches Foot and Ankle Clinic.
“I have lived a lot of wonderful places with great people, but Utah County is home,” Wade says. “I have always wanted to provide care to the community I was raised in.”
With Lehi’s surging population, Wade has watched the city change dramatically.
“Lehi is almost unrecognizable compared to when I was a kid,” Wade says. “Growing up, the only traffic we had was when the local farmer was moving his crop or equipment.”
While there might be more traffic in 2016, Wade welcomes the city’s growth — especially when it comes to restaurants.
“It’s been fun trying so many different places to eat,” he says.
The Great Outdoors
“I’m an avid hunter and I love spending time in the mountains — so I was pretty happy when Cabela’s came to town.”
School of Life
“My kids have all attended the same elementary school I did — Meadow Elementary. I love the ‘house system’ Meadow has created. It’s based on the houses they have at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and each grade has their own ‘house.’ My kids love it, and it really is impressive to see the impact it has on the kids.”
Round-Up Rave Reviews
“I grew being a part of Lehi’s city festival, the Lehi Round-Up. One year I had to walk in the parade in a bumblebee costume. It was horrible! These days my clinic has a booth at the 5K and we always enjoy the family night at the rodeo.”
“My wife and I are huge fans of the Rippy Literacy Center. They offer free tutoring services in reading and math to city residents. And after fourth grade, kids can return as a tutor to earn service hours. This program is the hidden gem of Lehi.”
“Porter’s Place is always fun to go to. We also like some of the newer restaurants in town like Cafe Rio, Jimmy John’s, Texas Roadhouse and Culver’s (for the ice cream). And don’t laugh, but I like Pacos Taco’s inside the Chevron gas station off the Lehi Main Street exit.”
“Wines Park is a family favorite because it is easy to get to and has lots of shade.”
“It doesn’t get better than Lehi Bakery, home of the square donut. I grew up on them, and my kids love them, too.”
Lehi’s newest high school, Skyridge, opened in 2016 and is home to 2,350 students and counting. Go Falcons!