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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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Banner Health Welcomes CO Podiatrist


Banner Health this past week welcomed Ryan Moss, DPM, who will specialize in podiatric medicine and surgery at Banner Health Clinic in Loveland, Colorado.


Dr. Ryan Moss


Dr. Moss graduated from the Western Universiry of Health Sciences and completed his residency at North Colorado Medical Center Banner Health.  


Source: Trevor Reid, Greeley Tribune [10/21/18]



NJ Podiatrist Loves Tattoos, But Might Have Some Regrets


Despite mainstream acceptance, some workplaces still frown on tattoos (especially those on the face) or gauged ears, and the person is faced with being shut out of pursuing the job they want. Sometimes, other factors may create regrets.  “I have four tattoos and I love them all,” said Heather Crawford Duym, DPM, a Bass River podiatrist and mother of two in her late forties, who at press time got her most recent one, a colorful world map with the phrase, "Die With Memories, Not Dreams.”


Dr. Heather Crawford Duym


“My first one was of a bundle of grapes that I had gotten with my friend, and she had a matching one. But I regret it now because we are no longer friends. Still, I would like to have it re-done to reflect that, not removed completely,” said Dr. Duym.


Source: Lisa Howard-Fusco, Vineland Daily Journal [10/18/18]



NY Podiatrist’s Organization Donates 180 Pairs of Back-to-School Shoes 


Shoes For All (SFA), the not-for-profit organization founded by Williston Park podiatrist Dr. Mary Carlson, donates new and gently worn shoes to those in need in the community. Recently, her organization donated new back-to-school sneakers to the entire student body at Martin DePorres School in Elmont. Every student at Martin DePorres School received a brand new pair of sneakers from SFA. This school educates challenged students in grades 1-12. 84% of this student population lives below poverty level, so these sneakers were truly needed.


Dr. Mary Carlson


“We are happy to be able to make such a large impact locally,” said Carlson. “The smiles on the children’s faces and gratitude that they and the school staff expressed were heartwarming!” She added, “Shoes are a basic necessity for everyone."  



IL Podiatrist Joins OrthoIllinois

OrthoIllinois has announced the addition of Nicholas Brissey, DPM to their Algonquin clinic team. Dr. Brissey graduated from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. After graduating, he pursued surgical training in orthoplastics along with advanced reconstruction of the foot and ankle at Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois.

Dr. Nicholas Brissey


Prior to becoming a podiatrist, Dr. Brissey joined the Army in 2000 and worked in military intelligence as a Chinese language crypto-linguist. In 2002, while serving at the U.S. embassy in Beijing, he developed a foot condition that was successfully treated by a podiatrist. This experience piqued his interest in the field and ultimately led to a career in healthcare. He is multi-lingual, speaking English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Source: Northwest Herald [10/14/18]



FL Podiatrist Joins Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle


Alexis Kreplick, DPM, has joined the staff at Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, and will practice at both offices in Spring Hill, and Hudson. She specializes in reconstruction of the foot and ankle.


Dr. Alexis Kreplick


Dr. Kreplick graduated from the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and served as president of the Florida Podiatric Medical Students Association. She completed her PMSR/RRA residency at the West Houston Medical Center.


Source: Tampa Bay Times [10/15/18]



UK Podiatrist is Finalist For Health Board Award


A foot specialist is in the running for a new award against 10 of her peers set up by the health board. Eleven health stars are in the running to receive the Seren Betsi Gold Award at this year’s BCUHB Achievement Awards.


Podiatrist Amanda Russell-Smith receives the Betsi Seren Star award from chief executive Gary Doherty


Podiatrist Amanda Rossell Smith is renowned among her colleagues for her experience and high skills, her willingness to teach others, and total commitment to improving access to podiatry services in the local community. 


Source: Cambria News [10/9/18]



Driver Collides with NY Podiatry Office


A Watertown doctor's office was forced to close Wednesday afternoon after a car slammed into the front of the building. The elderly driver told 7 News his foot slipped off the brake. The front of the building was pushed in about a foot and city codes ordered the office closed. Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Majak said one of his staff members was sitting right inside the point of impact, but fortunately no one was hurt.


Dr. Andrew Majak’s office after collision (photo: Marcus Wolf).



"A lot of damage and I don't know the estimated time until that's repaired. So it looks like we're not going to be open until that's fixed," said Dr. Majak. Majak said he's glad no one was hurt and he'll keep his patients updated about the status of the office until the building’s safety can be inspected.


Source: WWNY [10/11/18]



IN Podiatrist is Target of Attempted Phone Scam


A few hours after receiving a phone call from the person he thought was the Jasper County Sheriff regarding a contempt of court citation, Dr. Paul Sommer was still visibly aggravated by the time he arrived at his office. The Valparaiso podiatrist also has a satellite office in DeMotte, a small town in Jasper County. So when the county sheriff’s office called him about failing to appear for jury duty at the county courthouse, it sounded legitimate to Sommer, if not factual. The call came from Remington, IN, according to his office’s caller ID. The officer’s name was “Ed Cox,” who even gave his badge number to Sommer. “It all sounded weird, but all it takes is a hint of plausibility to believe any phone scam.


Dr. Paul Sommer


The caller told Sommer that his contempt of court citation and bench warrant could be expunged from the courts system if Sommer – you guessed it – paid the caller money. In this case, through two $500 “vouchers” from a local pharmacy store. Sommer and his staff immediately contacted that pharmacy and they also contacted police. 


Source: Jerry Davich, Chicago Tribune [10/8/18]



ND Podiatric Surgeon Joins JRMC Podiatry Team


Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) welcomes Kayla Emter, DPM, to the podiatry team. Dr. Emter joins JRMC Podiatrist/Foot & Ankle Surgeon, Dr. Rachael Renschler, to exceed patient expectations and provide quality care. This is the first time in JRMC history that the hospital has offered two podiatrists to care for the community.


Dr. Kayla Emter


Dr. Emter received her podiatric medical degree at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. Her residency was completed at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa.


Source: Jamestown Sun [10/6/18]



TX Podiatrist Loves Ability to Juggle Healthcare and Having a Family  


Graduating with a degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience, Susie Sant’Anna, DPM came to find her passion in podiatry after spending time in her residency program. “During my program, I met a gal who was a podiatrist and she told me it was great because you have a balance of sports medicine, office patients, and surgeries,” Dr. Sant’Anna said. “This was really appealing for me, as I wanted a great way to juggle working in healthcare and having a family.”


Dr. Susie Sant’Anna


Dr. Sant’Anna moved to Fredericksburg in 2015 and began seeing patients after being in Austin for 20 years. In 2017, she opened and began managing her own independent practice. “I love being in this field because you get to interact with patients and they often see results as soon as they step out of the office,” she said. 


Source: McKenzie Moellering, The Fredericksburg Standard [10/3/18]



IL Podiatrist Awarded VNA Health Care’s 2018 Helen Cearlock Award


VNA Health Care has announced that the 2018 Helen Cearlock Award has been presented to Jesse Plasencia, DPM. The Cearlock Award is VNA's highest level of employee recognition. It is presented annually to a VNA employee who expresses the spirit of Helen Cearlock, a nurse educator and former VNA Board Chairman.


Dr. Jesse Plasencia


Dr. Plasencia received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines, Iowa and completed his residency at Westside V.A. Medical Center, Chicago, IL. Dr. Plasencia is board certified and joined the VNA team of providers in 2013.


Source: The Beacon News, [10/3/18] 



NJ Podiatrists Form Super Group 


ProActive Foot and Ankle Associates has announced the formation of a single specialty podiatry super group in northern New Jersey. The group’s members include: Drs. Spero Demoleas, Dino DiTrolio, Jeff Gewirtz, Vincent Giacalone, Steven Levy and Larry Price. They have six offices, with plans to expand to eight by year’s end.  


(L-R) Drs. Spero Demoleas, Vincent Giacalone, Larry price, Steven Levy, Dino DiTrolio, and Jeffrey Gewirtz


The formation of this group was necessitated by the overwhelming compliance, insurance, and operational struggles facing the sole practitioner today. ProActive’s model allows for maximum divisional autonomy while providing centralized support necessary to survive in today’s challenging healthcare environment. 



MD Podiatrist Recognized at Holy Cross Health Women’s Health Ball


Steven Selby Blanken, DPM of Silver Spring, MD was recently recognized for 25 years of service to the community.


Dr. & Mrs. Steven Blanken


Dr. Steven Blanken and his wife, Shahla Blanken, RN received the honor at the Women’s Health Ball for Holy Cross Health Systems in Bethesda, MD. Blanken has been in solo practice in his home town for 25 years.



PA Wound Clinic Celebrates 15 Years


The Penn Highlands Clearfield Wound Clinic is celebrating its 15th anniversary of providing exemplary care to patients. One of the clinic’s physicians, Podiatrist Dr. Tom Hoffman, said the clinic basically operates the same way it did when it opened in 2003, but patients now have groundbreaking and innovative treatment options they didn’t have then.


Dr. Tom Hoffman (photo: Dianne Byers)


In addition to Dr. Hoffman, the clinic’s physician staff includes podiatrist Dr. Tammy Carlson-Little, Podiatrist Dr. Courtney Johnson-McKissick and the clinic’s director and general surgeon Dr. Robert E. Steward Jr. Patient volume at the clinic has climbed dramatically during the years it has been open. 


Source: Dianne Byers, The Bradford Era [10/2/18]



PA Podiatrist to be Featured in "Walk With a Doctor"


The Greater Hazelton Civic Partnership is sponsoring a "Walk With a Doctor" series. There will be a five-minute presentation before the walk, stressing the importance and health benefits of regular walking.


Dr. Brittany Portonova


The walk scheduled for October 4th will be led by Brittany Portonova, DPM from the Lehigh Valley Physicians Group's podiatry department at the Health and Wellnerss Center at Hazelton.


Source: Standard Speaker [9/29/18]



CHCC Welcomes In-house Podiatrist to The Marianas


The newest addition to the medical team at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.(CHCC), Daniel Shead, DPM, is eager to get patients back on their feet.


Dr. Daniel Shead


Dr. Shead is from Kansas City, KS. He was class valedictorian at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, and is board certified in foot surgery and wound care. He practiced in Kansas City for 23 years before deciding to move to Saipan to become part of the CHCC team.


Source: Marianas Variety [9/28/18]



NY Podiatrist Receives HSBC Community Service Award


On September 20, 2018, HSBC hosted its 2nd Annual HSBC Cares Awards Dinner and Ceremony at Gotham Hall in New York City, New York with 1,000 invited guests. HSBC Cares is an award program that recognizes everyday heroes who make a difference in their community. HSBC honored three of their customers and one HSBC employee who make a significant impact in the areas of Education, Environment, and Diversity. Winners were recognized with crystal awards.


Dr. Kathleen Reilly Fallon (L) accepts Award


Dr. Kathleen Reilly Fallon, a Manhattan-based podiatrist, received the HSBC Cares 2018 Customer of the Year Award in Education. She received the honor as her charity - Heavenly Productions Foundation, a 501c-3 not-for-profit helps children in need with backpacks, school supplies, classroom supplies, and library books annually. To date, Heavenly Productions Foundation has donated over 10,000 backpacks and school supplies to students in need. HSBC also presented a check for $10,000 donated in Dr. Reilly Fallon’s name to the PENCIL, an organization that creastes innovative and impactful models of ongoing collaboration between business and public schools.



DE Podiatrist Joins Brandywine Podiatry


Brandywine Podiatry has announced the addition of Matthew Waxman, DPM to its expanding practice in Delaware. Dr. Waxman graduated from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency at Cooper University Hospital and received PMSR/RRA surgical training. 


Dr. Matthew Waxman


Brandywine Podiatry is the largest podiatry practice in Delaware, treating all aspects of foot and ankle pathology at 5 office locations and serving 3 hospitals.



WI Podiatrist is Featured Speaker at Awards Luncheon


The community’s most selfless individuals received unexpected recognition at the inaugural Kenosha News 10 Exceptional People awards luncheon.


Dr. Antonio Montemurro


The event included an opening from keynote speaker Dr. Antonio Montemurro, a Kenosha native and local podiatrist. Montemurro was named as one of Kenosha County’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2017.


Source: Jeffrey Zampanti, Kenosha News [9/20/18]



NJ Podiatrist Speaks to Local Business Leaders


Hal Ornstein, DPM, Managing Partner of Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center, LLP in Howell, New Jersey presented a lecture entitled "How to Move You and Your Business to the Next Level". This event was open to business leaders in the community and members of the Howell Chamber of Commerce.


Dr. Hal Ornstein


Ornstein discussed practical ways to elevate various aspects of business and personal lives. “What many want is often in your own backyard; the door just needs to be open and the path cleared,” Ornstein said. He says that changing one’s paradigm and taking daily action can help to open that door. He handed out several inspirational books and stressed the importance of reading for professional and personal growth.



CO Podiatrist Practices at Newly Renamed Practice


Advanced Foot and Ankle Care has become Animas Foot & Ankle after owner Dr. Peter Schultz, a doctor of podiatric medicine, retired in September 2017 and the practice was purchased. Dr. Nicholas Hugentobler, who owns eight Animas Foot & Ankle clinics in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, bought the practice in Loveland. Scott Taylor, DPM, now practices at the clinic.


Dr. Scott Taylor


Dr. Taylor received his doctor of podiatric medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Arizona. Taylor is a seven-time Ironman triathlete and marathon runner.


Source: Loveland Reporter-Herald [9/22/18]



NC Podiatrist Joins InStride Foot and Ankle Specialists


InStride Foot and Ankle Specialists, PLLC with 69 doctors and 59 locations, has announced the addition of Eldon Peters, DPM at Capital Foot & Ankle Centers in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Peters is a graduate of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He is an Associate with the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.


Dr. Eldon Peters


Dr. Peters completed his residency at the reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgical  residency at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He is affiliated with the NC Foot and Ankle Society, ACFAS, ABPM, UNC Healthcare Alliance, Rex UNC Hospital, WakeMed, and the Blue Ridge Surgery Center.



More School Counselors Needed: CA Podiatrist


The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon on Sept. 13 focused on mental healthcare in Palm Beach County. Lori Lane Hansen, DPM, a podiatric surgeon with the LA Podiatry Group and chair of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber Medical Board of Governors, spoke at the luncheon.


Dr. Lori Lane Hansen


Dr. Hansen pointed out that there are now more safety officers than counselors in schools, which she claimed contributed to the Parkland shooter “slipping through the cracks.” Hansen cited the American School Counselors Association recommendation of a ratio of one counselor per 250 students needing to be met.


Source: Chris Levy, Town-Crier [9/21/18]



New Bridge Medical Center Welcomes NJ Podiatrist


New Bridge Medical Center (NBMC) has welcomed several new physicians from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to their Ambulatory Care Center. Among this is Zachary Criswell, DPM, a fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Criswell received his DPM degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He then went on to complete his residency in podiatric surgery at University Hospital in Newark, NJ.


Dr. Zachary Criswell


Next, he completed a one-year surgical fellowship through the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Santa Cruz, California, with emphasis on lower extremity sports medicine and arthroscopy. He is board qualified through the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.


Source: Paramus Post [9/18/18]



NY Podiatrist's Foundation Donates $1 Million for Brain Cancer Research


Oncoceutics, Inc. announced the receipt of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase IIB Bridge Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI SBIR Bridge Award will allow Oncoceutics to expand and accelerate its clinical trials evaluating ONC201 in patients with a specific type of lethal brain cancer called H3 K27M-mutant glioma. In addition to the support from the NCI, Oncoceutics has also received support from The Musella Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps brain tumor patients through education, advocacy, and financial support. 


Dr. Al Musella


The Musella Foundation has supported Oncoceutics’ development of ONC201 in high-grade gliomas for several years from bench to Phase II clinical trials. The Musella Foundation, in collaboration with Cancer Commons, Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation, The Cure Starts Now Foundation, and xCures, has committed to contribute at least $1 million in hopes of accelerating the development of ONC201. “Having represented and supported brain tumor patients’ interests for several decades, it has been frustrating to experience the failures of new treatments that have been developed to impact the outcome of this disease,” said Al Musella, DPM, Founder and President of the Musella Foundation.