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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.

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.

FASMA Promotes Healthy Living

FASMA’s Clarksville Division Participates in Howard County Family Wellness Day - Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (FASMA) podiatrists Kerry Becker and Casey Friske (Clarksville Division) participated in the annual Howard County Family Wellness Day event at Centennial Park on June 7, 2015.  The event was held to promote healthy lifestyles, and included wellness screenings, activities for children, free workout demonstrations, and more.  Drs. Becker and Friske educated attendees on common foot and ankle concerns. Dr. Kerry A. Becker attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree, graduating with Honors. She then enrolled at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. After earning her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree, she completed a two-year primary podiatric medical residency at St. Clare's Hospital in New York City. She then completed a third year of residency, in foot and ankle surgery, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.  Since completing her training nearly ten years ago, she has been working as a podiatrist in Maryland, serving patients in the Baltimore and DC area.  Dr. Becker has a special interest in the treatment of the diabetic foot, wound care, as well as foot and ankle athletic injuries.  Dr. Becker is an active member of both the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. Dr. Casey Friske (pictured) graduated from Indiana University in 2004 with a double major in Biology and Criminal Justice. While at Indiana, Dr. Friske was a four-year varsity track and field athlete, competing in the pole vault. He then attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, where he graduated in 2010 with Pi Delta National Honor Society membership.  Dr. Friske then finished his three-year surgical training at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2013. His interests include foot and ankle trauma / reconstruction, sports medicine, and limb salvage. With Dr. Friske’s comprehensive and thorough training, he is able to treat foot and ankle problems in patients of all ages.  Apart from podiatry, Dr. Friske has a vested interest in running. He has completed numerous marathons and triathlons.

Dr. David J. Levine Receives Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificate

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (FASMA) podiatrist David J. Levine (Frederick Division) was recently awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificate in Maryland.  The certificate is presented “in appreciation of your efforts to ensure the vitality of the community in which you volunteer, your contribution to the citizens of Maryland, and your support of Maryland’s longstanding tradition of community involvement.” 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, located in College Park, MD. 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.