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FASMA Podiatrist Featured in Frederick Steeplechasers Newsletter

Dr. David J. Levine (Frederick Division) was featured in the June 2015 edition of the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club Newsletter.  Dr. Levine, also a member of the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club, explained how he began running and his early experiences in high school and college training.  His lifelong passion for running eventually motivated him to open his own practice in the late 1980’s, followed by the opening of a footwear store (now New Balance - Frederick).  Dr. Levine also discussed the new innovative Alter G technology he uses in his practice to keep injured athletes active and running. “The ability to put one foot in front of the other is such a seemingly simple act that many of us take for granted until an injury strikes. Unfortunately, the only time you really understand this is when you can’t put your shoes on and go out the door. Through my practice, shoe store, and now Frederick antigravity running, there are many ways to keep you pounding the pavement and doing what you enjoy.” To read the rest of the article and the newsletter, please click here. David J. Levine, D.P.M., C. Ped., has practiced in Frederick, MD, since 1989. In addition to his podiatry office, his facility includes a gait analysis lab, a shoe lab, where modifications and repairs are performed by Chris Logan, orthopedic shoe technician, and an orthotic lab run by Matt Meitzler, a certified pedorthist. After graduating from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, he completed a residency, specializing in surgery, at Mission Oaks Hospital in California. He then participated in a sports medicine fellowship in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Levine is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, the Pedorthic Footwear Association, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He is a member of professional organizations, such as the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, the American Podiatric Medical Association, and the Pedorthic Footwear Association. Dr. Levine is active in the community, and has been a regular volunteer with the Frederick Community Action Agency, serving those without health insurance for more than 20 years.  He was the first podiatrist to serve as medical adviser to the Pedorthic Footwear Association.  In March, 2010, Dr. Levine opened Walkright, a shoe store specializing in comfort. It is located in the College Park Plaza, next to Safeway. He oversees the operation of the store, and is often available for screenings and advice for customers in need of help with their feet and shoes.  Orthopedic shoe modifications are available at Physician's Footwear.

FASMA Presents at Puerto Rico Podiatric Medical Society

Dr. David J. Freedman (Silver Spring/Olney Division) presented coding, billing, and ICDtenhelp.com to a packed lecture hall at the annual meeting of the Puerto Rico Podiatric Medical Society on July 2, 2015. The society was excited to have a comprehensive ICD-10 training program brought to Puerto Rico at the El Conquistador. The group received the necessary ICD-10 examples and now understands what it takes to be ready for the ICD 10 implementation on 10/1/2015 by using Dr. Freedman's icdtenhelp.com conversion tool. Dr. David J. Freedman, DPM, FASPS, CWS, CPC, CPMA, is board-certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, a Certified Wound Specialist from the American Academy of Wound Management, a Certified Professional Coder from the American Academy of Professional Coders, and a Certified Professional Medical Auditor. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (formerly the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine).  His residency in podiatric surgery was performed at Kessler Memorial Hospital in Hammonton, NJ, followed by private practice. Dr. Freedman is the past President of the Maryland State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners; past Chairman, 9th and 10th Annual CAC/PIAC meeting of the American Podiatric Medical Association; a coding committee member of the American Podiatric Medical Association; Team Manager ICD 10 for APMA; and CAC Podiatry Representative for Maryland.  He is active in the community by supporting various organizations, such as Olney Boys and Girls Club's various activities, and is the Administrator and Manager for the OBGC Cyclones Soccer Teams.

FASMA Podiatrist Featured in U.S. News and World Report

Dr. Howard G. Osterman (DC-I and Silver Spring/Fenton locations) was recently featured in an article about plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain.  According to the article, “plantar fasciitis affects 10 percent of the population and accounts for about 1 million physician visits each year.”  The condition is prevalent in runners and athletes - as the Washington Wizards’ team podiatrist, Dr. Osterman says that nearly every player has had it. “But the condition is not limited to competitive athletes. In fact, ‘it's probably just as common in non-runners as it is in runners,’ says Osterman, who​ treats it more than anything else​ in his clinic, Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic. The condition can also be caused by a lifestyle or profession requiring lots of standing, shoes with poor support, a quirky foot shape such as being flat-footed or having high arches, or any combination of the above​. People who are overweight or obese are also frequently diagnosed with plantar fasciitis since a foot strain can easily morph into the condition due to the added pressure on their feet, Osterman says.” Patients who suffer from plantar fasciitis are urged to seek treatment earlier rather than later.  According to Dr. Osterman, “the problem is by ignoring it, you change the way that you walk and you create other issues.  The earlier we treat heel pain, the better the chance we have of having it be an easy treatment.” There are several lines of treatment to help with the problem ranging from simple stretching and custom orthotics to more intensive options, like steroid injections or shockwave therapy.  This new technique, which Dr. Osterman uses for the patient mentioned in the article, uses sound waves to break down scar tissue present in chronic fasciitis. To read the rest of the article, please click here. Dr. Howard G. Osterman received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Illinois in 1989.  He then completed a two-years’ post-graduation podiatric surgical residency at the Loretto Hospital Residency Program in Chicago, IL. Dr. Osterman is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS)  in foot surgery. He is also a Fellow at the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, a member of APMA, and is past President and current Board Member of the District of Columbia Podiatric Medicine Association.  In addition to being the current Team Podiatrist for the Washington Wizards of the NBA, Washington Mystics of the WNBA, and a Consultant for many college and high school programs, he is one of Yelp’s top rated podiatric physicians and received Special Recognition on Angie’s List of preferred providers.. He was recently honored as a Top Podiatrist and Sports Medicine Professional by the Washingtonian Magazine.

FASMA Podiatrist Featured in WTOP News

Dr. Lee E. Firestone discusses reasons to avoid flip-flops this summer Dr. Lee E. Firestone (DC-K and Chevy Chase locations) was recently featured in an article about the damage flip-flops can cause after extensive wear.  As the “unofficial footwear of summer,” these shoes provide very little support or protection.  Dr. Firestone says that “these flimsy minimalist sandals leave the toes especially exposed to injury” and “they don’t provide much in the way of support, leaving those who wear them on a regular basis more prone to problems like Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis - the most common cause of heel pain.” “I find that people come in on Monday morning with a toenail that is half on and half off because they have caught it on something over the weekend,” he says, adding “they have layers of tape and band-aids holding the toenail in place, with a level of desperation on their faces.” Instead, Dr. Firestone recommends American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)-approved sandal brands Vionic and Naot to his patients, which provide solid support and comfort. To read the rest of the article, please click here. Dr. Lee E. Firestone is a native of New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his surgical residency training at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, where he served as chief resident in Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Firestone is Board-Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He has privileges at The Massachusetts Avenue Surgical Center, Medstar Surgical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital and The Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Firestone was recognized by his peers and colleagues in the 'Washingtonian Magazine' as one of DC’s top sports medicine providers (2010) and as a top DC Podiatrist (2012). He was also recognized by his fellow runners as best doctor by 'Run Washington Magazine' (2013). Dr. Firestone is an avid runner, and competes in many local and regional races, including the Boston Marathon. He works extensively with runners, and is proud to be a member of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club.  Dr. Firestone has been in practice since 1994.

FASMA Podiatrist Featured in MissHeard Magazine

In a recent article, Dr. Jennifer A. Gerres sat down with teen magazine MissHeard.  The magazine focuses on autonomy, empowerment, and community and seeks to capture and share the complex and diverse experiences of teens of all backgrounds.  Dr. Gerres discussed her profession, her appearance on Jeopardy!, and the need for more women mentors in medicine.  When asked about why she decided to study and practice podiatry, Dr. Gerres answered: “After college, I studied to be a surgical technologist, which is a great profession. I knew that I wanted to be a surgeon and this allowed me to experience all types of surgical specialties. I was very lucky to go on two surgical missions to the Dominican Republic and there I had one of my first experiences with podiatry, or more importantly, lack of podiatry. On my return home, I learned what a podiatrist could do and I decided it was the career for me. Podiatry has everything: trauma, infections, sports medicine, and correction of foot and ankle deformities. It’s a profession that combines geometry, physics, and biology.” To read the rest of the article, please click here. Jennifer Gerres, DPM, is a 2010 graduate of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Gerres completed a three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic in her native Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in Reconstructive Rearfoot Surgery. During residency, Dr. Gerres served as Academics Coordinator, where she organized resident-run, weekly evidence-based medicine lectures concerning pertinent topics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. In addition, she supervised yearly research initiatives, to ensure that each resident published completed research, and that each resident presented at least one poster, lecture or manuscript at a national scientific meeting. During residency, she also served at Adjunct Faculty at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, where she taught students in Surgical Pharmacology. While attending Des Moines University, Dr. Gerres served as a Basic Surgical Skills Teaching Assistant, Lower Limb Anatomy Teaching Assistant, and University Peer Tutor.  As a published researcher, seasoned presenter and former Jeopardy! contestant, Dr. Gerres combines empathic patient care with an academic curiosity and lifelong learning.