First National Guild Elects Dr. Michael Wodka as First VP

Michael Wodka

Michael Wodka, DPM, First Vice President of The First National Guild

The results of the 2016 Election of Officers of the First National Guild have been certified to the Office and Professional Employees International Union. Twenty three nominees from 9 states were nominated by the membership for nine positions. After nominations closed, ballots and prepaid return envelops were distributed to the membership. The results are:

President, John Mattiacci, DPM (PA), Secretary Treasurer, Hal Ornstein, DPM (NJ), First Vice President, Michael Wodka, DPM (NY), Second Vice President, Brent Parry, DPM (IL), Third Vice President, Robert Herpen, DPM (PA), Recording Secretary, Ed Smith, DPM (VT), Trustees: Terence McDonald, DPM (FL),  Philip Morreal, DPM (IO), Gary Stones, DPM (NY)

Michael Wodka, DPM has been a board certified member of ABPM since 1993.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

AAPPM President, Dr. Ben Weaver, Holds First West Coast Seminar in Arizona

Attendees at the AAPPM Seminar in Arizona

Attendees at the AAPPM Seminar in Arizona

The American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM) continues to receive requests from podiatrists and staff alike to bring AAPPM events to the western parts of our country. In response, a 2016 Spring Seminar at the San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona located just outside Phoenix. The two-day seminar focused on coding and billing for the entire practice and sessions specifically geared for executive managers and medical assistants.

Over 100 doctors and assistants took part in the seminar, and 28 exhibitors were on hand. “I am happy to call this conference another great success,” explained AAPPM President and ABPM Diplomate, Ben Weaver, DPM. “Over half of the attendees were attending their first American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management conference.”

Dr. Ben Weaver has been an ABPM Diplomate since 2005.

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ACFAOM and PRESENT e-Learning Systems in Partnership

(L-R) Drs. Alan Sherman, Daniel Evans (ACFAOM President), and Kenneth Fatkin

(L-R) Drs. Alan Sherman, Daniel Evans, and Kenneth Fatkin

PRESENT e-Learning Systems CEO Alan Sherman, DPM, CCMEP said, “The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine has been contributing enormously to the primary podiatric and medical skills of practicing podiatrists since the late 1940s. Their work has never been more important than it is today, as orthopedics and medicine are the cornerstone of podiatric practice. The Nevada Podiatric Medical Association, with 138 current members, is in the top half of the largest state podiatry associations in the nation. We are very pleased to be partnering with them to provide valuable services to their members.”

ACFAOM President Daniel Evans, DPM said, “The American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine is delighted to become the newest member of the PRESENT Alliance Partners Program. We look forward to working with PRESENT for the betterment of each of our organizations.” The Nevada Podiatric Medical Association President Kenneth Fatkin, DPM, added, “The Nevada Podiatric Medical Association is honored to be newly affiliated with the PRESENT Alliance Partners Program. The educational opportunities through PRESENT e-Learning and their various conferences have provided many podiatrists with a flexible opportunity to maintain our academic standards and enrich the lives of our patients.”

Dr. Daniel Evans has been board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1993.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society Meets with New Jersey Senate President

Harvey Karpo, DPM

Harvey Karpo, DPM

George Nassoor, DPM

George Nassoor, DPM

A delegation from the New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society, including Drs. Jeffery Katz, President, Harvey Karpo, George Nassoor, Herman Hammerschmidt (Executive Director), and Ms. Laurie Clark, NJPMS Legislative Agent met on May 5th with NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney in his office at the State House in Trenton.

This private meeting centered around current New Jersey healthcare issues and how they have affected both the patient and the practicing podiatric physician. Dr. Nassoor, the Guild representative, commented that this important face-to-face with the Senate President was a direct result of the assistance of the AFL-CIO Legislative staff and membership in the Guild. “We believe our issues and concerns… will be given serious consideration, with future meetings planned.”

George Nassoor, DPM has been board certified with the ABPM since 1991.

Harvey Karpo, DPM has been board certified withthe ABPM since 1993.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Dr. Lynn LeBlanc and Other CT Podiatrists Volunteer to Help Hartford’s Homeless Population

Lynn LeBlanc

(L-R) Drs.Gabriel Gambardella, Meredith Ward, Eric Kosofsky, Lynn LeBlanc, Kurt Rode, and Rafael Gonzalez

More than 260 homeless children and adults in Hartford are now enjoying a rare comfort – high-quality, well-fitting shoes and new socks – after attending a foot screening clinic at Holy Trinity Church. The event was part of a new program, “Footwear with Care”, that is providing urgently needed shoes and foot care to Hartford’s homeless community.

The initiative is a partnership of the Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association, Fleet Feet of West Hartford, the non-profit Community Partners in Action, and the Hartford Police Department. At a recent clinic, Dr. Lynn LeBlanc and other podiatrists affilated with St. Francis Medical Center examined the feet of Hartford’s most vulnerable population for hours, checking for critical foot issues and making sure that new shoes fit well.

Lynn LeBlanc, DPM has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1994.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

ABPM Organized a Biomechanic Symposium for New York Podiatric Residents

Dr. Marc Benard demonstrating the pediatric examination to area residents in NY attending the biomechanics symposium

Dr. Marc Benard demonstrating the pediatric biomechanic examination to area residents in New York

Podiatric residents representing several New York area programs participated in an American Board of Podiatric Medicine organized seminar, workshop, and presentation at the Nassau Medical Center in East Meadow, NY on April 23, 2016.  ABPM President Dr. Steven Goldman, ABPM Past President Michael Dellacorte and Dr. Marc Benard, ABPM Executive Director, participated in the presentation.  Dr. Benard  covered the surgical and nonsurgical application of biomechanical principles in adult and pediatric patients, with topics that included pes cavus, pes planus, tendon transfer, equinus and orthotic prescription writing (assisted by Scott Marshall of KLM Orthotic Laboratory).  Dr. Benard also provided a workshop on the pediatric examination, utilizing several children provided by faculty member Dr. Robert Stabile.  Drs. DellaCorte and Goldman discussed board certification in today’s health care environment its importance to career development.  They also covered specifics related to the ABPM certification process.  The presentation was very well received by all in attendance.

Connecticut Magazine Recognizes ABPM Diplomates as “Top Docs”

Connecticut Magazine, Top Docs 2016

Connecticut Magazine, Top Docs 2016

Connecticut Magazine sent more than 5,000 questionnaires to Connecticut doctors, asking them to recommend a doctor (other than themselves) to whom they would send a loved one for expert medical care. The top vote-getters in the podiatry category were: Drs. Michael Z. Fein, Andrew Rice, and Abraham C. Yale.

Also named were Drs. Jossie S. Abraham, Marc R Bernbach, Jeremy A. Bier, Peter A. Blume, Daniel Davis, Alan H. Feldman, Gary Grippo, Jeffrey M. Kierstein, David Mader, Robert E. Marra, Robert P. Matusz, Ashley Shepard, Eric Silverstein, and Peter Siroka.

Dr. Peter A. Blume has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1993; Dr. Peter Blumesince 1996; Dr. Robert Matusz since 1993 and Dr. Peter Siroka since 1990.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online 



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