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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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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​… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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,… Continue Reading

FASMA Participates in Relay for Life

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (FASMA) Reston, VA Division participated in the Relay for Life Event, a nationwide overnight fundraising event for cancer research, on May 16, 2015. FASMA’s Reston Division was the sole medical practice from the area present at the event. “It was exciting to support a great cause with our providers and staff members, while getting the word out about FASMA at the same time,” said FASMA podiatrist Dr. Man Cho.

Dr. Casey Friske Receives Wound Care Podiatrist Scholarship

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Dr. Casey Friske (Clarksville Division) was recently presented with the Wound Care Podiatrist Scholarship from SAWC and APMA, presented by APMA President-Elect Dr. Dan Davis. Dr. Casey Friske 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… Continue Reading