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Dr. Gene Mirkin Discusses Orthotics in Podiatry Today

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (“FASMA”) podiatrist Gene S. Mirkin, DPM, was recently featured in the Volume 28, Issue 8 edition of Podiatry Today, published in August 2015. Dr. Mirkin joined a panel of experts to discuss the benefits of orthotics on certain conditions, such as bunions. Prominent bunions are irritated when tight shoes rub and press against them. “When a patient does have a prominent bunion, one prone to irritation from rubbing, an orthotic can help in the right shoe,” Dr. Mirkin says. “Correctly posted orthotics can decrease the rubbing of the bunion against the shoe and provide relief.” For athletes with bunions, orthotics relieve pain as an alternative to surgery. Dr. Mirkin also discusses the use of orthotics for hammertoe deformities and Achilles tendinosis, as well as techniques to modify the orthotics for the best results. Dr. Gene Mirkin practices in FASMA’s Kensington and White Oak offices.

Dr. Alison J. Garten Named Co-Vice President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Alison J. Garten, DPM (Chevy Chase and DC-K Street Divisions), was recently named Co-Vice President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists (AAWP) during the 2015 American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Annual Scientific Meeting, held in Orlando, FL. She was also named Corporate Sponsorship Chair for the 2016 AAWP scientific meeting in Naples, FL.  FASMA podiatrist and former past president of AAWP, Erika Schwartz, DPM also of FASMA’s Chevy Chase and DC-K Street Divisions,  was named the Scientific Chair for the AAWP Academic Conference scheduled to take place in Naples, Florida in October 2016.  The AAWP is a related organization of the APMA and was a recognized exhibitor at the event, presenting a lecture session entitled “Achieving Better Outcomes: Unique Biomechanical Medical and Hormonal Issues in Female Patients.” Dr. Alison J. Garten is a native of Cary, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where she played Division I tennis on a full scholarship. She completed her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Garten completed two years of podiatric medicine and surgical residency at Montgomery Hospital in the Philadelphia area. She then continued her training at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, which provided further extensive training in foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, diabetic limb salvage, elective forefoot and rearfoot reconstruction, and management of in-house patients with vast medical issues.  Dr. Garten is a certified Pedorthist and Board-Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. She serves as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Podiatry, as well as Co-Vice President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists.  Dr. Garten often lectures on topics related to the foot and ankle, as well as diabetic wound care. Her passions in medicine revolve around promoting physical activity for injury prevention and improved overall health and happiness. Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic (FASMA) is a diverse group of foot and ankle specialists, dedicated to providing advanced and comprehensive foot and ankle care to all patients in a warm and caring environment.  FASMA doctors provide a full scope of surgical and non-surgical treatment options, emphasizing open communication and education.  It is FASMA’s aim to relieve every one of our patients of pain, and allow a return to a high level of function as quickly as possible.  FASMA works with our patients’ other doctors to ensure good health and continuity of care for each patient.

FASMA Podiatrist Named Co-Vice President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists

WASHINGTON, DC (AUGUST 2015) - Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Alison J. Garten, DPM (Chevy Chase and DC-K Street Divisions), was recently named Co-Vice President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists (AAWP) during the 2015 American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Annual Scientific Meeting, held in Orlando, FL. She was also named Corporate Sponsorship Chair for the 2016 AAWP scientific meeting in Naples, FL.  FASMA podiatrist and former past president of AAWP, Erika Schwartz, DPM also of FASMA’s Chevy Chase and DC-K Street Divisions,  was named the Scientific Chair for the AAWP Academic Conference scheduled to take place in Naples, Florida in October 2016.  The AAWP is a related organization of the APMA and was a recognized exhibitor at the event, presenting a lecture session entitled “Achieving Better Outcomes: Unique Biomechanical Medical and Hormonal Issues in Female Patients.” Dr. Alison J. Garten is a native of Cary, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where she played Division I tennis on a full scholarship. She completed her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Garten completed two years of podiatric medicine and surgical residency at Montgomery Hospital in the Philadelphia area. She then continued her training at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, which provided further extensive training in foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, diabetic limb salvage, elective forefoot and rearfoot reconstruction, and management of in-house patients with vast medical issues.  Dr. Garten is a certified Pedorthist and Board-Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. She serves as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Podiatry, as well as Co-Vice President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists.  Dr. Garten often lectures on topics related to the foot and ankle, as well as diabetic wound care. Her passions in medicine revolve around promoting physical activity for injury prevention and improved overall health and happiness. Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic (FASMA) is a diverse group of foot and ankle specialists, dedicated to providing advanced and comprehensive foot and ankle care to all patients in a warm and caring environment.  FASMA doctors provide a full scope of surgical and non-surgical treatment options, emphasizing open communication and education.  It is FASMA’s aim to relieve every one of our patients of pain, and allow a return to a high level of function as quickly as possible.  FASMA works with our patients’ other doctors to ensure good health and continuity of care for each patient.

FASMA Podiatrists Attend APMA Annual Meeting

ROCKVILLE, MD (August 2015) - Several Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrists attended the APMA 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in July.  While attending the national conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida, Seth A. Rubenstein (Reston Division) and David J. Freedman (Silver Spring/Olney Division) congratulated PM Magazine Hall of Fame inductee Richard Bloch, Esq.  Mr. Bloch is the Executive Director of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association. FASMA doctors Drs. Priya Parthasarathy (Silver Spring/White Oak) and Ashleigh E. Korves (Annapolis and Clarksville divisions) were also in attendance for the award ceremony. The week-long conference is the premier summit for podiatric medical professionals all over the United States. In addition to the awards ceremony, the conference offers training workshops, demonstrations, and specialty tracks. Dr. Freedman attended lectures on dermatology and practice management  to act as a resource for FASMA on the standard of care due to the increasing number of skin cancers.  Dr. Priya Parthasarathy (Silver Spring/White Oak Division), who serves as Young Physicians Liaison to the APMA Board of Trustees, moderated the APMA Young Physicians’ Program Scientific Sessions, which included discussion topics such as student debt management, compliance, and biomechanics and DME.  Dr. Ashleigh E. Korves (Annapolis and Clarksville Divisions) was also in attendance at various lectures. Prior to the start of the Annual Scientific Meeting, the APMA Board and staff held a meeting to discuss the business of the association.  During the scientific sessions, Dr. Rubenstein was involved with corporate development activities and support of the legislative advocacy department at the APMA booth in the exhibit hall, as chairman of the APMA Legislative Committee and a member of the APMA Board of Trustees.  After the APMA Annual Scientific meeting concluded, the Board of Trustees remained for a two day strategic planning session, which included discussion of the APMA's vision, mission statement and goals. Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic (FASMA) is a diverse group of foot and ankle specialists, dedicated to providing advanced and comprehensive foot and ankle care to all patients in a warm and caring environment.  FASMA doctors provide a full scope of surgical and non-surgical treatment options, emphasizing open communication and education.  It is FASMA’s aim to relieve every one of our patients of pain, and allow a return to a high level of function as quickly as possible.  FASMA works with our patients’ other doctors to ensure good health and continuity of care for each patient.

Leading Foot and Ankle Medical Practice Adds Three Podiatrists

Rockville, MD (July 2015) - Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic (FASMA) is proud to announce the addition of three new associate podiatrists, creating the largest medical practice in the Mid-Atlantic region – and the second largest in the United States – specializing in foot and ankle medicine. FASMA operates 21 locations with 33 doctors. Dr. Hetal Kathrotiya-Mago is a Maryland native. She grew up in Laurel, Maryland. She graduated with academic honors from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Dr. Kathrotiya-Mago received her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University, School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. While in podiatric medical school, she actively served on the boards of the Diabetic Awareness Club, American Association for Women Podiatrists and the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr. Kathrotiya-Mago completed a three-year comprehensive foot and ankle surgical residency at Roxborough Memorial Hospital (Prime Healthcare) in Philadelphia, PA. She was selected to serve as the chief resident during her final year of her surgical residency. Dr. Kathrotiya-Mago enjoys all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery. She has a particular interest in dermatology, sports medicine, reconstructive surgery, diabetic wound care, and limb salvage. She treats patients of all ages. She is a team-player with a deep dedication to serve her patients. Dr. Kathrotiya-Mago strives to make patients informed and actively participates in their foot and ankle care. Dr. Kathrotiya-Mago will be practicing in FASMA’s Silver Spring/Olney location. Dr. Vinay Matai is a graduate of Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine. He has completed a three year advanced Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery Residency at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital. During his residency he was privileged to be trained and directed by Dr. John S. Steinberg, a leader in Diabetic Limb Salvage and preventative medicine, along with Dr. Christopher Attinger, world-renowned plastic surgeon in the field of limb salvage.  Although he has been well trained in all areas of podiatric surgery from complex rearfoot reconstructive surgery to forefoot surgery, he has developed a passion for preventative medicine and diabetic limb salvage. He also has a strong interest in Sports Medicine and Trauma.  While in residency, Dr. Matai has researched multiple different topics related to the diabetic foot and its complications. He has presented at national and international conferences, using these multiple platforms to gain exposure in the academia arena, with plans to continue educating others.  Aside from research, Dr. Matai has held various executive positions throughout his undergraduate and graduate career. While at MedStar, Dr. Matai gained interest in patient safety and quality improvement projects, and became one of the founders of the  Quality Improvement Patient Safety (QIPS) Council. This project allowed him to gain the opportunity of a lifetime as a Telluride Patient Safety scholar and alumnus. He, along with residents of all specialties from across the United States, came together with hopes to improve patient safety on a local and national level. He currently still serves as a mentor to the QIPS Council. Dr. Matai will be practicing in FASMA’s Silver Spring/Fenton and DC-I locations. Dr. Caitlin Mahan Madden received her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in 2011. She then continued her training in Philadelphia with extensive forefoot, rearfoot, and ankle surgical experience at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. This four-year program included acute foot and ankle trauma, reconstructive principles, diabetic limb salvage and wound care, along with multiple non-podiatric medical and surgical rotations. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She is a native of southern New Jersey and grew up learning about podiatry from her father, a well-respected podiatrist, professor and administrator. Dr. Madden is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Madden will be joining the Shady Grove, Wheaton and Rockville FASMA locations.