Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico Honored as Cancer Survivor at Fundraiser

Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM

Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM

The 11th annual Cattle Baron’s Ball, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will take place April 1st at The Lake Club. This year’s guests include  Lawrence A. DiDomenico, DPM, cancer survivor honoree.

Dr. DiDomenico began his podiatry career in 1990 after earning his medical degree from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. In 1994, he and colleagues Dr. Kenneth Emch and Dr. Robert Debiec founded Ankle & Foot Care Centers, which today is a 19-office regional podiatry practice spanning Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties in OH, and Greenville, PA.

Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1993.

Source: PM News, Online

Profiles in Excellence: Laura Pickard, DPM

Dr. Pickard

Dr. Laura Pickard

A conversation with Dr. Laura Pickard about podiatric medicine and surgery provides an endless boost of energy. Even at the end of her long day, her enthusiasm for the profession, for the medical industry and the need for ongoing political advocacy and involvement is infectious.

Dr. Pickard is in solo practice at the Norridge Foot Clinic, a thriving practice in Chicago, which she joined in 1992 as an associate to Dr. Stephen Weiss who established the clinic over 45 years ago.  A 1990 graduate of the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Pickard completed her podiatric residency program at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL.  Early in her career she started getting involved in regional and state podiatric committees and was always eager to know and stay on top of changes in the industry.

“Most of my involvement early on was my way of learning as much as I could about the industry and trends, just to survive!”  “I was always thinking ‘how can I make my practice stronger’.”   “Even today, I think it is critical for young physicians to stay on top of what is changing – know the pitfalls and what can affect your practice and plan accordingly.”

She states emphatically that knowing where to go with questions, ie. APMA, ABPM, ACFAOM, ACFAS, PICA, local or state legislature continues to be important.  “Know your industry.”

“When I started, there were not as many opportunities, especially to join a multi-specialty group. Podiatry, in fact, was still a little marginalized, a little unknown,” explained Dr. Pickard.  Today, she explains, things have opened and joining a group is more common. “There are very good reasons for joining a group such as the shared cost of EMR systems and other business costs, but also the enormous value of working side by side with other specialties.”

Dr. Pickard believes in a conservative approach to podiatry and emphasizes the importance of biomechanics and knowledge of medicine in her practice.  “Know your medicine! We are starting to see sicker and sicker patients so it is critical to know how to do histories and physicals so you can see and evaluate patients not only in your practice but also in the hospital,” she continued.   “I got ABPM Certified first before I even considered the surgical board,” she explained. “It’s a mistake not to demonstrate your knowledge to hospital and insurance panels by getting ABPM certified. More and more they are looking for podiatrists who know medicine.  It makes you more credible. Also, when I speak to students, I tell them, learn to look at the whole patient.  They want you to take care of them.”

“The other advice I give to residents is to get your Boards done early.  It gets harder as you progress in your career, have a family, etc.   It will bite you, “explained Pickard.

At the end of the day, Pickard says she is happy in her practice, loves what she does and continues to be an industry advocate.  I always figure if you give good affordable care, you, your payors and your patients are winners!”

Dr. Laura Pickard accomplishments:

  • Past president of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association
  • Serves on multiple boards and committees for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
  • Lectures at various conferences including Midwest Podiatry Conference, American Podiatric Medical Association Annual Conference, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association Annual Meeting, Illinois Podiatric Medical Student Association Midwinter Seminar
  • Alumnus of the Year Award in 2015 from the Dr William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow, Scotland
  • Board certified with both the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS)
  • Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (ACFAOM) and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Associate member of the Society of Vascular Surgeons (SVS)
  • Member of the American Public Health Association (APHA)



APWH Announces the Incoming Advisory Board

Steven Kravitz, DPM, Executive Director and Founder of APWH

Steven Kravitz, DPM, Executive Director and Founder of APWH

Harry Penny, DPM, Vice President of APWH

Harry Penny, DPM, Vice President of APWH

The Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH) has announced the incoming Advisory Board: President, Robert Bartlett, MD and incoming Vice President, Harry Penny, DPM. They now join Steven Kravitz, DPM, Executive Director and Founder, to move the APWH forward to its next level after the initial five years of operation.  Dr. Bartlett is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Alabama School of Medicine and an attending physician at St Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. He  is the past President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and is past president of the Council for Medical Education and Testing. Dr. Penny has published research articles in the Journal of Wound Care and serves on the editorial committee for that journal.

Dr. Steven Kravitz has been Board Certified with the ABPM since 1986.

Dr. Harry Penny has  Board Certified with the ABPM since 1990.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

ACFAOM Announces Results of Elected Officers

Dr. Daniel Evans, re-elected president of The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM)

Dr. Daniel Evans, re-elected president of The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM)

The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) has announced the election of the following officers: Dr. Daniel Evans was re-elected President, Dr. Jason Harrill was re-elected Vice President, Dr. Scott Spencer was elected Treasurer, and Dr. G. Javier Cavazos was elected Secretary.  

Newly elected to the Board of Directors were Drs. Jarrod Shapiro and John Tassone. Dr. Shapiro has been a faculty member at the Western University College of Podiatric Medicine, and has been the podiatric residency program director at the Chino Valley Medical Center since 2013. Dr. Tassone has been in full time private practice for 20 years, and has taught at the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine since its inception in 2004. or at the Chino Valley Medical Center since 2013.

All doctors mentioned in this article are Board Certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. G. Javier Cavazos since 1998.

Dr. Daniel Evans since 1993.

Dr. Jason Harrill since 2002.

Dr. Jarrod Shapiro since 2016.

Dr. Scott Spencer since 1992.

Dr. John Tassone since 2002.

Source: PM News, Online

Bruce Pinker, DPM Organizes 9th Annual Shoe Drive for Homeless

Bruce Pinker, DPM (3rd from right) at the LUW Shoe Drive

Bruce Pinker, DPM (3rd from right) at the LUW Shoe Drive

Dr. Bruce Pinker of Progressive Foot Care in White Plains recently put his best foot forward in an effort to help the homeless. He invited his patients to donate their lightly used shoes and boots to support a shoe drive for Westchester’s men, women, and children in need. The patients responded by donating more than 360 pairs of shoes and boots in all shapes and sizes, many of them new.

The shoes were donated to Lifting Up Westchester (LUW), a local non-profit social services agency, for distribution to individuals from their Open Arms Men’s Shelter, Samaritan House Women’s Shelter and Soup Kitchen. This is the ninth year that Pinker has organized the drive.

Bruce Pinker, DPM has been Board Certified with the ABPM since 2016.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online.



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