Dr. Rebecca St. Louis Appointed Regional Medical Director of Wisconsin Providers

(L to R) Regional Medical Directions, Dr. Andy Scott, Dr. Rebecca St. Louis, and Dr. Brian Leykum

(L to R) Regional Medical Directions, Drs. Andy Scott, Rebecca St. Louis, and Brian Leykum

Preferred Podiatry Group, P.C. has announced the appointment of Drs. Andy Scott, Rebecca St. Louis, and Brian Leykum to the positions of Regional Medical Directors for its practice.

Dr. Scott is overseeing Indiana and Kentucky providers, Dr. St. Louis oversees Wisconsin providers, and Dr. Leykum is in charge of Texas providers. They are in charge of monitoring compliance with state and federal guidelines as well as practice policies and helping to ensure the highest quality of care to patients.

Dr. Rebecca St. Louis has been board certified by the ABPM since 2014.

Source: PM News, Online 

Profiles in Practice: Gina Painter, DPM

Dr. Gina Painter is a podiatric physician who practices general podiatric medicine and surgery in Great Falls, Montana. While she began her career as an independent practitioner, and has belonged to a multi-specialty group, an independent orthopedic group, and she is now employed by a hospital system.

“As a hospital based physician, you do lose some control of day to day operations. However, your ability to provide patient care and direction remains the same. The availability and collegiality between disciplines enhances the patient’s access to specialties and timeliness in interdisciplinary consultations. “said Painter. “Regardless of changing practice environments, the mix of pathology has remained 80 percent medicine and 20 percent surgery. I love the variety – I see all ages of patients for everything from preventative diabetic foot care, wound care, biomechanics, pediatrics and surgical care.”

Dr. Painter earned her DPM degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her 2 year residency at Heritage Valley Health System (HVHS) in Beaver, Pennsylvania in 1995 and was chief surgical resident for HVHS.

“As a young physician, I had a lot to learn about the business of podiatric medicine,” states Painter. “I urge those who are just starting out to learn from their colleagues and ask questions – with age, experience and a few good mentors, I believe any type of podiatric practice can be professionally fulfilling and financially rewarding.”

Among her pearls of wisdom for new physicians is to get board certified as soon as possible. Painter is dual board certified with ABPM and ABFAS. She remembers that the first hospital where she obtained hospital rights, required board certification within two years of the qualification exam. She was grateful that the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) allowed her to fulfill this requirement quickly.

 

Other advice includes, as a resident take advantage of any and all opportunities to see unique patients and disease presentations, to ask questions and document all the experiences. You may never treat all foot and ankle deformities or diseases in your future practice but you need to know when and who to refer to. It may also help you find a niche if you are so inclined. You can build a practice completely on biomechanics of the lower extremity or wound care, etc.

 

Dr. Painter also believes in the importance of giving back. “As soon as your practice starts to get established, it’s important to give back to the podiatric community and the community where you live – these elements have given you the ability to practice the medicine you were trained for and make a good living.” She is currently Clinical Director for Fit Feet in Montana for Special Olympics, BOD of Treasure State Health Network, BOD and Treasurer of ABPM, and volunteers for numerous non-for-profit organizations.

When she’s not busy with her practice or volunteer work, she is spending time with her husband and two children. Living in Montana provides wonderful outdoor activities such as gardening, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping and fishing. My son Nathan, a junior in high school, plays soccer throughout the year. Short of the mini-van, I am a “soccer mom”. And while not on the pitch, my daughter Jillian, a freshman, dances ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap. She is also an avid chef and baker. You can usually find us both in the kitchen. Her husband of 24 years, Jerry, has been her support personally and professionally.

Land Your Dream Job – Create a Standout CV

By William Chagares, DPM

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the first thing most potential employers will see. To make the right impression, it should be professional, succinct, accurate and a thorough snapshot of your qualifications.

Here is a checklist to get you started:

Formatting and style guidelines:

  • Your CV should be informative and accurate – but also concise. Only include relevant information.
  • Maximize readability. It is essential for your CV to be easy for the reader to scan quickly and effectively. You need to separate different sections and insert clear section headings. Avoid long paragraphs and use bullet points to break up text into more manageable chunks. It should be eye-catching and uncluttered.
  • Check vigilantly for spelling and grammatical errors.

Recommended professional information:  

  • Details regarding your training and education. Be clear about your residency training, and add details such as fellowship training, if completed.
  • Professional practice history including dates and locations.
  • Board Certification status (Board Qualified and/or Board Certified status). When providing a printed copy of your CV during interviews, attach a copy of the Board Certificate(s).
  • Professional memberships. For instance, membership to the Federal Services Podiatric Medical Association (FSPMA) or the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), or other professional societies (American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (ACFAOM), American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS), American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), American Diabetes Assoc., Society for Vascular Surgeons, etc.)
  • Activities you perform on a national level. For instance, lecturer at conferences or seminars, teaching appointments, membership on professional committees and any other volunteer work. Examples include: work with the APMA, ABPM, Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH), American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM), etc.
  • Publications, including those as a resident.  If numerous, attach the list to your CV as a separate PDF file.
  • Research activities.
  • Faculty appointments
  • Honors or other achievements.

 

Reflections on Young Physician Institute

Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM DABPM

Happy Fall to all my resident friends! I am thrilled to share my recent experience with all of you. The ABPM has several initiatives in place to further engage new and younger members including sponsorship with the APMA’s Young Physician Institute (YPI). I was honored to attend this year’s event in Nashville, TN and encourage ALL of you to think about, not only attending the event next year, but also looking into all the opportunities available to young physicians and residents.

My experience this year was amazing. The APMA’s commitment to recruiting, growing and maintaining relationships with young leaders is evident by the great topics presented at the conference including: risk management issues (Cybercrimes), economics of practicing medicine in the 21st Century, employee/employer relations, practice start-ups, student loan debt strategies, and more.

There were also two opportunities to break away into small groups and work on APMA initiatives. I was thrilled to see many attendees actively participate in defining podiatric leadership in the 21st century and how the APMA can support these young leaders.

What is ABPM’s relationship to APMA and how are they involved with Young Physicians? ABPM is one of only two certifying boards recognized under the authority of the APMA to certify in podiatric medicine and orthopedics. ABPM takes this responsibility seriously and is continually looking for opportunities to share information about its certification. In Nashville, at the YPI, the APBM sponsored an informative lunch discussing the critical need for board certification and the streamlined pathway to certification available to those of us who have graduated from a three year medical and surgical residency. The ABPM is looking also for young members to speak about their experiences with the ABPM with their colleagues.

Are you interested in attending the YPI in future years? Please contact ABPM headquarters for more information regarding the opportunity to be sponsored to the event by the ABPM!

Dr. Todd Goodman Discusses the Importance of Being Board Certified by the ABPM

Todd Goodman, DPM

Todd Goodman, DPM

Being in practice for 18 years as a podiatrist, my appreciation for my certified status in the ABPM has grown exponentially.  Why?  I have seen the trust that my certified status instills in patients, referring doctors, professional colleagues, hospitals, and even insurance carriers.  Anyone who is board certified by the ABPM knows the stringent process that is involved in obtaining that certified status.  Obtaining and maintaining that status displays a doctors’ dedication to their patients and their profession.

Being board certified by the ABPM for 12 years now, it is great to see that the board is going strong and growing readily.  When I visit the website it is great to see the boards’ involvement with podiatric residents and its current members.  It is also encouraging to see ABPM certified physicians accomplishing great things as highlighted on the website.

The ABPM’s continued recognition by the American Podiatric Medical Association(APMA) displays legitimacy and lets patients, referring doctors, professional colleagues, hospitals and insurance companies know that an ABPM certified physician didn’t just sign up and pay for their certification.

Looking to the future, I am very optimistic about our board due to the strong leadership we have and the strong website/web presence that we have.

I chose to write this because I am just constantly noticing the importance of my certification with the ABPM and plan to stay certified throughout my professional career.”

Todd Goodman, DPM, FACFAOM

 

Dr. Mojgan Tavakoli Named One of the “Best Doctors in Collin County”

The following podiatrists were named “Best Doctors in Collin County” for 2015: (alphabetically) Drs. Jeremiah Graff, Horst Knapp, Steven Miller, Kevin Myer, Mojgan Tavakoli, and Robert Taylor. “Best Doctors in Collin County” is a peer-review voting process. This year, D Magazine mailed a letter to 8,938 local doctors from our online directory, inviting them to vote using a ballot on its website. They could vote for up to three doctors in 38 categories. The nomination form asked them to vote bearing in mind the following question: Which Dallas doctors would you trust with the care of a loved one? This year, 5,971 votes were cast by 542 doctors.

The Best Doctors in Collin County

(L to R) Drs. Jeremiah Graff, Horst Knapp, Steven Miller, Kevin Myer, Mojgan Tavakoli, and Robert Taylor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mojgan Tavakoli has been board certified with ABPM since 2004.

Source: PM News, Online

 

 

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