FASMA Podiatrists Attend 2015 APMA House of Delegates Meeting

Several FASMA doctors attended the 2015 American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Seth A. Rubenstein (Reston Division) spoke on resolutions and propositions as a member of Board of Trustees. Dr. Michael Tritto (Rockville Division) was also in attendance, speaking as part of the Resolution Committee. Drs. Andrew Liss (Columbia/Kensington/White Oak Divisions) - member of Maryland Delegation, Priya Parthasarathy (White Oak Division) - Young Physician Liaison, Stephen Palmer (Annapolis/Clarksville Divisions), and Erika M. Schwartz (Chevy Chase/DC-K Street Divisions) were also in attendance. Congratulations to Dr. Schwartz in her new position as AMPA-PAC representative for DC! The American Podiatric Medical Association held the annual House of Delegates meeting in Washington, DC March 20 - 23, 2015. Delegates debated and approved several Bylaws amendments and Resolutions directing strategic actions for the Association to pursue. The Delegates approved the nomination of Dr. James Christina as the next Executive Director of the APMA. The APMA Executive Board is comprised of 13 volunteer Physicians, including at-large member and FASMA partner, Seth Rubenstein, DPM. For more on Dr. Rubenstein, please visit

FASMA Podiatrist Dr. Levine Featured in The Frederick News Post

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Dr. David J. Levine (Frederick Division) was featured in The Frederick News Post “Snow Photos” article on March 6, 2015! A photo of Dr. Levine running along Christophers Crossing Rd in the snow in Frederick was posted on March 5. To see this photo and others from Thursday’s snowstorm, please click here.

Dr. Jennifer Gerres Joins Mid-Atlantic Supergroup

Dr. Jennifer A. Gerres joined the Silver Spring/Fenton Street division of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC, March 1, 2015! Dr. Jennifer A. Gerres is a 2010 graduate of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. While attending Des Moines University, Dr. Gerres served as a Basic Surgical Skills Teaching Assistant, Lower Limb Anatomy Teaching Assistant, and University Peer Tutor. Dr. Gerres joins Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (FASMA) after completing a three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic in her native Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in Reconstructive Rearfoot Surgery. During residency, Dr. Gerres served as Academics Coordinator and is a huge contributor to other residents’ lectures, research initiatives and presentations to the national scientific meetings. In addition, Dr. Gerres served as an Adjunct Faculty at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio where she taught students in Surgical Pharmacology. As a published researcher, seasoned presenter and former Jeopardy! contestant, Dr. Gerres combines empathic patient care with an academic curiosity and lifelong learning.

FASMA Podiatrist Dr. Firestone Featured in “Run Washington”

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Dr. Lee E. Firestone (Chevy Chase and DC-K Street Divisions) was featured in a recent Run Washington article titled “Vitamin D Deficiencies During the Winter Could Contribute to Stress Fractures.” Dr. Firestone offered insight on the relationship between Vitamin D deficiency and stress fractures: “Unfortunately, stress fractures are often season ending injuries. It is best to let them heal, address the factors leading to the fracture and come back even stronger the next season. In runners, the three most common stress fractures are of the metatarsal bones (long bones in the feet just behind the toes), calcaneous (heel bone) and the tibia (shin bone). I find that 90% of the runners I diagnose with stress fractures are Vitamin D deficient. I recommend taking between 2000 IU and 4000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day as a start. I then repeat Vitamin D level tests every two months until adequate levels are reached. I recommend adding a calcium supplement of 600 mg to 1200 mg a day if runners do not eat foods rich in calcium.” To read the entire article, please click here. Dr. Firestone was voted Best Running Doctor in Best of Washington Running 2013.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He is also a RRCA-certified running coach and currently coaches the Experienced Marathoners Program with the Montgomery County Road Runners Club.  He has completed 13 marathons and has a personal record of 2:57:03.