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FL Podiatrist Creates Scholorship Program for Student Athletes

Seniors student athletes from each of Collier County’s public high schools were awarded certificates and sports medals and have become eligible for one of three $2,500 scholarships awarded in late spring.

Dr. Mickey E. Gordon

Mickey E. Gordon, DPM, a Naples podiatrist with Gulfcoast Foot & Ankle Center, created the program after hearing of the difficult times his patients’ children and grandchildren were having with increased expenses of a college education. During his 31-year career as a podiatric physician and surgeon, Dr. Gordon has treated many athletic and sports injuries and has become well aware that lower extremity injuries are all too common in high school sports.

Gordon recruited his bank, Bank of Florida - Southwest and hospital Physicians Regional Medical Center to jointly pledge three $2,500 scholarships for student athletes. “It is a pleasure to recognize these student athletes for their hard work and accomplishments both in the classroom and on the field, court, pool or track,” said Dr. Gordon.

Source: [3/7/10]

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Monthly Screenings at Shoe Stores Can Attract New Patients: NY Podiatrist 


Most of the time, sports podiatrist Rob Conenello, DPM, sees patients in his offices in Orangeburg, NY. There, he can take x-rays, relieve pain with treatments like injections and shockwave therapy, and fit athletes for orthotic devices to correct their gaits. But about once a month, Dr. Conenello takes his practice on the road, setting up shop for an hour or two at local retailer The Runners’ House. 


Dr. Rob Conenello


During his retail-floor office hours, athletes can ask questions about foot health, get screened for injuries like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy—then head straight to the store’s fitting experts to best address their issues. Medical professionals can attract new patients and connect with each other, Conenello said.


Source: Cindy Kuzma, Runner's World [1/16/19]



MA Podiatrists Collect Socks for Homeless


Local podiatrists Angela Barnes, DPM and James J. DiResta, DPM partnered again this year with Anna Jaques Hospital in the “Docs for Socks” program and collected 578 pairs of new socks for people affected by homelessness.


(L-R) Dr. James DiResta; Hollie Johnson, practice manager; Dr. Angela Barnes; Michelle Lincourt and Hannah Antanavich.


Dr. Barnes said that “one’s general health is intrinsically linked to our foot health and protecting feet all year long is vital to our overall health. “Winter in New England produces many cold days that upon overexposure to the cold and damp can result in frostbite and loss of limb for those less fortunate,” she said. “Providing socks from our drive is just one of many opportunities for all of us to help.”


Source: The Daily News [1/16/19]



MD Podiatrist Creates Youth Scholastic Coalition


Dr. Rick Bryson has long been an advocate for youth sports and participatory activities in Prince George’s County. Bryson has put his money where his money mouth is by creating the County’s Scholastic Sports Awards Banquet and has now begun a new initiative designed to improve the quality of youth and participatory sports.


Dr. Rick Bryson


Dr. Bryson’s latest cause is the creation of the Youth Scholastic Coalition, designed to support and advocate for the activities kids participate in while collaborating with the scholastic support network for young athletes throughout Prince George’s County. Building bridges for youth and scholastic sports athletes with an academic support network has been a passion for the longtime podiatrist since his days as a baseball dad when his son was growing up and competing in Accokeek.


Source: Mark F. Gray, Afro [1/10/19]



PA Podiatrist Joins Kingston Podiatry Practice


Michael Baloga Jr., DPM, has joined the Kingston podiatry practice. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University where he graduated with honors. He went on to complete his surgical residency training with the Main Line Health System in Bryn Mawr where he served as Chief Resident.


Dr. Michael Baloga Jr.


His focus includes the operative and non-operative treatment of all areas of the adult foot and ankle. His experience includes advanced procedures for complex foot and ankle deformities, acute foot and ankle trauma, diabetic wounds and ulcers, and reconstruction techniques for rheumatoid and flat-foot conditions. 


Source: Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal [1/9/19]



Car Crashes into PA Podiatrists' Office


The driver of an SUV crashed into a doctor's office in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. It happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday along the 6600 block of Germantown Avenue. Police say it appears the driver failed to make the turn from West Hortter Street and slammed right into the building.


SUV crashes into podiatrist's office


The 27-year-old driver was trapped inside of the vehicle. The podiatrist office of Drs. David Geltzer and Neil Rapoport has been at the Mt. Airy location for about 10 years.


Source: Jeannette Reyes, WPVI [1/9/19]



PA Podiatrist Retires after 50 Years


Dr. Franklin Vogel will be stepping out of his podiatry office to walk into retirement life after 50 years at his Springfield practice. Vogel and his wife, Lynn, have decided to step back from owning and running Podiatric Medicine and Surgery following decades of service to Springfield and surrounding communities.



Drs. Franklin Vogel and Stephen Soondar


Starting Jan. 1, Dr. Stephen Soondar took over the private practice and is providing care to hundreds of Vogel’s patients. Soondar graduated from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in 2005 and has been practicing in the Philadelphia region since. 


Source: Kevin Tustin, [1/8/19] 



MA Podiatrist Interviewed On His 30+ Years in Belmont


Recently, retired Belmont Board of Health Director and local podiatrist Dr. David Alper was interviewed by Senior Multimedia Journalist Joanna Tzouvelis for the Belmont Story Project. He shared stories about issues the Board of Health dealt with over the years, some of which have not changed.


Dr. David Alper


To listen to the entire interview, click here


Source: Belmont Wicked Local [1/5/19]



PA Podiatrist Objects to Proposed $26M Sludge Plant


For months, Synagro Technologies has laid out the case for a roughly $26 million plant in Plainfield Township that would take treated sludge and convert it into pelletized “ biosolids” that can be sold as fertilizer or fuel.


Dr. Luther Bond


Dr. Luther Bond argued medical waste or viruses could seep into the sludge brought by Synagro. If loads containing questionable materials are accidentally spilled, “it’s going to be a big problem,” said Bond, a Pen Argyl podiatrist.


Source: Anthony Salamone, The Morning Call



VA Podiatrist Leads 29th Annual Fill Your Shoes Campaign


The Salvation Army and Charlottesville Podiatry Association are partnering to put on the Let Someone Fill Your Shoes campaign. The campaign is geared toward helping homeless and less fortunate people make it through the winter. According to podiatrist Dr. Samuel Schustek, the winter months are common times of foot problems due to cold weather, and providing shoes is one way to reduce risks.


Dr. Samuel Schustek


“This time of year is a high time for foot problems such as infections, sores, and we see a lot of people that have diabetes or poor circulation,” Schustek said. “They unfortunately don’t have proper feeling in their feet and can run into problems, and they don’t have proper footwear.” This is the 29th year of the campaign, and more than 100,000 pairs of shoes have been distributed to the Charlottesville-Albemarle community since it started.


Source: Moriah Davis, [1/3/19]



MN Podiatrist Helps Deliver First Baby of 2019


People say that babies are bundles of joy, but on few mothers’ faces could that so evident as it was Thursday with Maritza Bravo-Lopez. The 25-year-old mother, cradling her newborn daughter at Culpeper Medical Center’s Family Birth Center, was beaming with happiness. The baby arrived a bit more than three hours after sunset, after an arduous day for her mother.


Dr. Adam Johnson


Bravo-Lopez delivered Maritza at 8:47 p.m., assisted by Dr. Ealena Callender, an obstetrician, and Dr. Adam Johnson, a podiatrist. Her daughter weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and measured 20.5 inches long at birth in Labor and Delivery Room 1 of the community hospital’s Family Birth Center.


Source: Clint Schemmer, The Culpeper Star Exponent [1/4/19]



UK Podiatrist Collects Unwanted Christmas Sock Gifts for the Homeless


Socks given as Christmas gifts often end up stuffed at the back of a drawer, never to grace a foot. But podiatrist Jennifer Jones hopes to put surplus footwear to good use by passing them on to homeless people. Jennifer has appealed for people to donate new socks they are never likely to wear.


Jennifer Jones


She has volunteered to help the Forgotten Feet project in Dundee, part of a national network which provides free podiatric services to homeless and socially isolated people. As well as offering her services, she will give clients fresh new socks to replace possibly damp and dirty socks they may have been wearing for some time.


Source: Cheryl Peebles, The Courier [12/31/18]



SD Podiatrist Moving to Arizona


After 36 years in practice, a local doctor is moving to Arizona on Dec. 31 where he hopes to continue practicing and to pursue his love of sports. Scott Shindler, DPM, has been a podiatrist in Yankton since he went into practice with his father, Ed Shindler, DPM, in 1982. Ed Shindler had been in practice in Yankton since 1948. Shindler noted that he and his father worked together until his dad was 80.


Dr. Scott Shindler


Dr. Shindler, a native of Yankton, South Dakota went to the University of Iowa for his undergraduate studies, where he played golf. He received his podiatry degree at the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago in 1978. Shindler was president of the state podiatry association and of the South Dakota Board of Podiatric Examiners. He also represented South Dakota at the APMA House of Delegates.


Source: Cora Van Olson, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan [12/28/18]



IL Podiatrist Teaches Her Children the Importance of Giving Back to the Community


Vince, Sophie and Presley could hardly wait to get two turns (each) to deliver bags of clothing to families in need during Goodfellows’ annual Christmas Eve distribution event. “I thought it would be a really good opportunity for our kids to learn how to give back to the community and do acts of kindness at Christmas,” said Jennifer Pacaccio, DPM, a podiatrist whose work connections helped steer her into a second year of volunteering with Goodfellows.


Dr. Jennifer Pacaccio


Dr. Pacaccio was there with her daughter Presley, 6; her mom, DeAnn Kerr; and the Binkowski family, with Vince Binkowski, 5; and sister Sophie, 7. The group was full of holiday cheer as it made its way delivering goodies to six families in need.


Source: Kelsey Rettke, Daily Chronicle [12/24/18]



WI Podiatrist Helps Save Teammate's Life


The Mighty Docs never expected to spring into their real-world roles until faced with a medical emergency in the midst of a game. It had been a good night of hockey in Altoona, Wisconsin, with the rink filled with the sounds of steel blades on ice, stick taps, and the crack of the puck off the boards. But in the second intermission of this recreation league game, everything changed. One of the players collapsed as he rested on the bench between periods. He was having a heart attack.


(L-R) Drs. Patrick Roberts and Donn Dexter


This was not just any hockey community, though. Altoona happens to be home to a hockey club called the Mighty Docs. The charitable organization was formed by Mayo Clinic Health System doctors in Eau Claire. When the player collapsed, emergency medical care was not far away. Two of his teammates jumped into action. Donn D. Dexter, MD, a neurologist, and Patrick L. Roberts, DPM, chair of the Division of Podiatry, both of whom practice at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, began CPR and defibrillation using the rink's automated external defibrillator. Police arriving on scene brought a second AED. "The experience as a whole showed how working together can have a positive outcome," Dr. Roberts says. "Teamwork, from all the Mighty Docs players to the EMTs from Altoona to the physicians at Mayo Clinic Health System — our teammate is still around to skate another day."


Source: Mayo Clinic News Network [12/19/18]



CT Podiatrist Provides Screenings at Special Olympics


Jennifer A. D’Amico, DPM, a fellowship-trained podiatric surgeon at Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates, recently provided free foot health screenings, tech scans, and orthotics for the Special Olympics Florida State Fall Classic in Orlando, FL. At the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Dr. D’Amico helped screen 582 athletes over two days, alongside a team of volunteers and medical professionals with Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, a health program designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness.


Dr. Jennifer D'Amico


Dr. D’Amico serves as a clinical director for Fit Feet, the podiatric division of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, and was invited to the Florida State Fall Classic by Florida Fit Feet Director Dr. Marc Colaluce. During the event, she helped athletes by performing overall foot and ankle health exams, including skin, nail, and range of motion exams. Tech scans were also performed using a computerized mat to define biomechanical pressure points and associated foot needs, such as flat feet or high arches, to see if the athletes would benefit from any of the orthotic insoles Fit Feet had available for them. 


Source: [12/15/18]



MA Podiatrist Lectures to Retired Men’s Club


At the Nov. 28 meeting of the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington, about 90 members listened to Mark Tuler, DPM discuss foot care and sports medicine. Dr. Tuler, a doctor of podiatric medicine, is licensed and educated through conventional medical training plus special training on the foot, ankle, and lower leg. He can perform medically and surgically. He also cares for many of the athletes in local colleges.


Dr. Mark Tuler


Dr. Tuler explained that many health problems like gout and arthritis wind up in the feet; this causes him to check patients circulation, sensation, mechanics, skin, etc. He continued with a discussion on how people can get into foot trouble, and then showed a series of slides of foot ailments with a discussion of causes and cures.


Source: Arlington Wicked Local [12/14/18]



3 Injured When Car Crahes into NJ Podiary Office


Three people were injured inside a doctor’s office on Route 70 Thursday morning, when a car crashed into the building, according to police. Helen A. Bach, 78, was attempting to park her 2007 Hyundai Sonata at the Medical Associates of Marlboro Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Podiatry. An investigation into the accident has determined that Bach’s foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas pedal, said Capt. Todd Malland of the Manchester Township Police Department.


Car crashes into podiatry office


The Hyundai was then propelled over a curb and through the brick and glass front of the building, injuring three patients in the waiting room, Malland said in the prepared statement. The force of the impact knocked a 51-year-old Brick woman and an 88-year-old Manchester woman out of their seats and onto the floor. Both were seated adjacent to the impact area, he said. Another patient, a 76-year-old Haledon resident, was also hurt in the crash, he said.


Source: Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press ]12/14/18]



NY Podiatrist’s Charity Holds Concert and Donates over 400 Toys 


Heavenly Productions Foundation (HPF) hosted its 3rd Annual Holiday Concert & Dancing Performances for the Pediatric Patients at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in the main lobby on December 7, 2018. 


Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon (holding sign)


Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon’s HPF charity donated over 400 toys, 100 candy canes, jingle belle necklaces, Holiday pencils, and 2019 calendars to the pediatric patients. 100 Holiday cupcakes were donated by DeCicco’s & Son’s Bakery.



NH Podiatrist Collects 525 Items for Homeless


Dr. Bille Bondar’s annual holiday drive collected 525 pairs of boots, shoes, and socks this year, according to the Rochester podiatrist. Bondar collects donations at her Rochester Hill Road practice every November and December to help homeless adults, children, and others in need.


Dr. Billie Bondar


“This is a lot of work but well worth it with the smiles to those facilities receiving the donations,” Bondar said, while thanking local residents and stores like Bootleggers and Red’s Shoe Barn for their support.


Source: Kyle Stucker, [12/12/18]



NY Podiatrist Holds 11th Annual Holiday Shoe Drive for the Homeless Celebration


For eleven years, Progressive Foot Care of White Plains, NY and Nanuet, NY has collected footwear for the less fortunate. Cumulatively, over 12,000 pairs of shoes have been donated since 2008 to various community organizations, such as Lifting Up Westchester and People to People. 


Dr. Bruce Pinker at event


The event was sponsored by Bruce Pinker, DPM, owner of Dr. D-LuCS - Doctor Designed Luxury Custom Shoes..


Source: Josh Rhoden, Fios1 News [12/10/18]



IN Podiatry Group Collects Socks for Homeless Veterans


Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the state’s capital city, is dedicated to helping homeless veterans find jobs and provide them with food, shelter, and necessary items. When Indiana Podiatry Group decided to do something to assist the organization four years ago, more than 1,100 socks were collected and distributed along with blankets and Rx Crocs. That jumped to 2,800 pairs of socks in 2016 and nearly 4,000 in 2017. The goal this year is to continue that upward trend.


(L-R) Drs. Nathan Graves and Walter Warren


Once again, there is a competition between the group's offices to see who collects the most. The Tipton office, led by Dr. Nathan Graves, has won for the past two years. “He has gotten pretty cocky about it,” Dr. Walt Warren of the Seymour office said, smiling. “Actually, last year, we did a little trophy for it and gave it to him, and he said, ‘Just leave it in my office.’ We want to dethrone him, if you will, at least give him a run for his money. Now, it’s someone else’s turn. That’s why we want to unseat him.”


Source: Zack Spicer, The Tribune [12/7/18] 



NY Podiatrist Helps Raise Money for Charity Which Aids Teen Mothers


Members of the NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Medical Staff Society recently gave a generous donation of $5,000 to a Brooklyn-based organization that supports and inspires teen mothers. “It represents leadership,” said Steven Yager, DPM, President of the NYP Queens Medical Staff Society. “Our physicians wanted to recognize an organization that inspires the community.”


Dr. Steven Yager


It is the first charity, of hopefully many others, that the New York Presbyterian Queens Medical Staff Society has donated to, according to Yager. “We are actually inspired by the community, and if the community gets inspired from us…all the better,” said Yager. “We just wanted to do the right thing and maybe others will follow in our footsteps. Hopefully there will be other charities in the future.”


Source: Carlotta Mohamed, Times Ledger [12/8/18]



Former MD Podiatrist Builds Ark for Florida Temple


When Dr. Maurice Aiken’s shul in Tampa, Florida, outgrew its original building and the High Holiday family services were moved into an adjacent church facility, Aiken became concerned that the new facility had no holy ark to hold the congregation’s Torah scrolls. Aiken, a longtime Pikesville podiatrist and Glyndon resident had relocated his family and his practice to Dunedin, Florida, in 2015, and joined Temple Ahavat Shalom.


Dr. Maurice Aiken and the Ark


A self-taught carpenter who had built a deck and gazebo at his Glyndon home, Aiken’s ark was his first attempt at furniture-making. He surprised even himself with the results. “It turned out much better than I had anticipated,” he said. “It gave focus to the services, which really didn’t have a focus at the front. It’s the first thing you look up to. That’s where the most important thing is stored in every synagogue. It didn’t have that level of decorum and now it does. That felt great.” 


Susan C. Ingram, Jewish Times [12/7/18]



NY Podiatrist Mourns the Loss of Famed Diner


For nearly 45 years, Shalimar Diner has been an unofficial Rego Park, Queens landmark. Shalimar Diner was forced to close after the owners failed to negotiate a new lease. On its final day, patrons were hard pressed to find a seat. For over 70 years, Dr. Arthur Gudeon, a well-respected podiatrist who lives in Rego Park, was a Shalimar regular. 


Dr. Arthur Gudeon (C) with servers Dennis and Dell.


“My office was across the street when the Shalimar was built, and I was one of the first customers,” he said. “It’s been our go-to place for my family, staff, friends, and neighbors. Although my office moved to Fleet Street, I still brought Shalimar breakfasts to my staff regularly.” On the farewell evening, he spent three hours reminiscing over his dinner. “The diner was loaded with regulars, often tearing up, and I took lots of selfies with friends, patients, and staff,” Gudeon said. 


Source: Michael Perlman, Queens Examiner [11/27/18]



OH Podiatrists Launch Annual Shoe & Sock Drive


Ankle & Foot Care Centers (AFCC) has announced its 21st annual holiday shoe and sock drive with the goal of delivering more than 500 pairs of shoes and hundreds of pairs of socks to local residents through the Salvation Army. The group of foot and ankle physicians and surgeons and its staff are collecting new or nearly new shoes and new socks at all 20 of its offices. The annual drive has collected thousands of shoes and socks since it began in 1998.


(L-R) Dr. Mark Smesko, Sarah Jane Smith and Tara Wiley at ACFF East Liverpool office.


"One of the most important aspects of foot care is having proper shoes and socks to protect the feet," said Michael Vallas, practice administrator. "Every year, our doctors, staff, patients and individuals in our community make it a priority to support families in need by donating footwear for people of all ages." The drive accepts shoes from children's sizes to adult, both men and women, and all types of shoes from athletic to dress to casual. Boots in children's sizes are especially needed. New socks of all sizes are accepted as well.