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A Profile of Excellence: Rosemay Michel, DPM

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Rosemay Michel, DPM

Rosemay Michel, DPM

Dr. Rosemay Michel describes her path to podiatric medicine as “not glamorous!” As a child, she wanted to be a pediatrician, but when medical school didn’t work out, she looked into other medical professions. “Podiatry was the lucky winner,” Dr. Michel says. Podiatry may not have been Dr. Michel’s original plan, but it certainly worked out for the best. She now has a dynamic career punctuated with two fellowships, eight years as an assistant professor and a variety of volunteer work. She says that her open-mindedness, willingness to relocate and “occasionally adventurous nature” have contributed to her success and helped her navigate her post doctorate training and career path.

Dr. Michel attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, where she was involved in the National Podiatric Medical Association and participated in a number of community outreach projects under the mentorship of Simon Nzuzi, DPM. After residency, Dr. Michel was a surgical fellow at North General Hospital, and followed that experience with a Diabetic Foot/Limb Salvage Fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

For the next 8 years she served UTHSCSA as assistant professor, an experience that gave her valuable confidence in her knowledge and skills, and helped prepare her for her current role as a podiatrist at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC.

Dr. Michel says that during her training years, mentors like Stephen Albert, DPM, Renato Giorgini, DPM and Lawrence Harkless, DPM, “greatly contributed to my professional and personal growth.” She encourages young podiatrists to find mentors who inspire them. She also advises residents to be open-minded, patient and prepared for any path you may be faced with.

“Life doesn’t always go as you plan or envision,”she says. “Go with the flow!”

Dr. Michel became ABPM certified in 2006 and ABFAS certified in 2005. She says that her experience in academic medicine taught her the value of being dual board certified. Being dual certified serves as testimony to the excellent knowledge and skills I have acquired, giving equal emphasis to both medical and surgical aspects of podiatry, since they work in tandem! Dr. Michel also recently received her Certification of Added Qualification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care by the ABPM.

Dr. Michel is passionate about giving back  inside and outside of the podiatric community. During her fellowship years, Dr. Michel was involved with the in the Denver Boys and Girls Club and her local church. She also served on a medical mission to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. This experience had a particularly profound effect on her, as she is of Haitian descent. She was grateful to be able to serve in a variety of ways, from helping establish temporary medical camps to working at the local hospital in patient care and surgical procedures.

Currently, Dr. Michel is heavily involved with the ABPM. She serves on the Qualification/In-Training Subsection Examination Committee, Credentials Committee and MOC Committee, and is a liaison for the ABPM Residency Review Committee (RRC). She is also a Board Member for the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine, and serves on the Council of Podiatric Medical Education as a member of the RRC, one of the ABPM liaisons, and as an onsite residency program evaluator.

In her free time, Dr. Michel enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, reading and spending time with family.

Founding Dean, Lawrence Harkless, DPM, is Honored at Western University Commencement

(L-R) Drs. Lawrence Harkless and Lester Jones at the WesternU Commencement Ceremony.

(L-R) Drs. Lawrence Harkless and Lester Jones at the WesternU Commencement Ceremony.

Western University of Health Sciences held its annual Commencement ceremony for the College of Podiatric Medicine at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. WesternU honored College of Podiatric Medicine Founding Dean Lawrence Harkless, DPM, who will retire June 30, 2017 after spending the past 10 years launching and growing the college. CPM Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS, will serve as interim dean while the university conducts a search for Harkless’ successor.

Harkless will leave WesternU with a legacy of excellence and achievement very few members of the podiatric medicine profession have the opportunity to accomplish in a lifetime, Jones said. Harkless said we must all remember to give and share because we are all instruments made by God to help others. “As I watch one season come to an end, I welcome the beginning of a new season and the journey ahead,” Harkless said. “Wherever you are in life, don’t be afraid to try new paths. I’m sure our paths will cross again.”

Dr. Lawrence Harkless has been board certified with the ABPM since 1994.

Dr. Lester Jones, past president of ABPM, has been board certified with the ABPM since 1985.

Dr. Matthew Garoufalis Presents at Two European Wound Healing Conferences

Presenter, Dr. Matthew Garoufalis, at Two European Wound Healing Conferences (EWMA & ESVM)

Presenter, Dr. Matthew Garoufalis, at Two European Wound Healing Conferences (EWMA & ESVM)

Matthew G. Garoufalis, DPM, President of the International Federation of Podiatrists, FIP/IFP, and past president of the APMA, recently returned from a European trip that included presentations at two European Wound Healing Conferences, the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) meeting in Amsterdam and two presentations at the European Society of Vascular Medicine Conference (ESVM) in Graz, Austria. In between those conferences, Dr. Garoufalis, ran the Annual General Meeting and 70th Anniversary Gala Celebration of FIP in Tubingen, Germany.

At EWMA, Dr. Garoufalis, moderated the dedicated FIP track of the EWMA Conference. In another scientific presentation, Dr. Garoufalis shared the podium with Dr. Severin Lauchli, Chairman of the EWMA Conference and a surgical dermatologist from Switzerland. They shared science and case studies with the audience. At the ESVM conference, Dr. Garoufalis presented on “The Use of Amniotic Membranes in Wound Healing of the Diabetic Foot and Advanced Pneumatic Compression in the Treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Venous Leg Ulcers and Lymphedema.”

Dr. Matthew Garoufalis has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1987.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Dr. Steven Kravitz Invited as only U.S. Physican to Lecture at EWMA

Steven Kravitz, DPM, U.S. Physician Lecturer at the EWMA

Steven Kravitz, DPM, U.S. Physician Lecturer at the EWMA

Steven Kravitz, DPM returned to the U.S. on May 8 after lecturing at the International Compression Club session at the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) 2017 Annual Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was the only U.S. physician lecturing in a field of presenters. His research topic was static stiffness index and its effect on compression therapy.

Dr. Kravitz serves as Executive Director of the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing and the Council for Medical Education and Testing. He is an assistant professor at TUSPM and Medical Director of Carolon.

Dr. Steven Kravitz has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1986.

Source: PM News, Online

NSU College of Allopathic Medicine Appoints Dr. Leonard Levy to Curriculum Committee

Dr. Leonard Levy, Curriculum Committee of the College of Allopathic Medicine at NSU.

Dr. Leonard Levy, Curriculum Committee of the College of Allopathic Medicine at NSU.

Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, Professor Emeritus and retiring Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), was appointed to the Curriculum Committee in the new College of Allopathic Medicine. The school is scheduled to enroll a class of 50 first-year students, possibly as early as 2018, studying for the MD degree at NSU College of Allopathic Medicine, pending Preliminary Approval by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

LCME accredits schools granting an MD nationwide. This appointment represents the first time a podiatric physician has been named to serve on a curriculum committee designed to develop a program for a new allopathic medical school. The NSU College of Allopathic Medicine will be the eighth school in Florida granting an MD.

Dr. Leonard Levy has been board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1993

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.

Stephen L. Barret, DPM Head of EHI Peripheral Neuropathy and Pain Center

Stephen Barret, DPM, Head of EHI Peripheral Neuropathy & Pain Center

Stephen Barret, DPM, Head of EHI Peripheral Neuropathy & Pain Center

Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, MBA has joined Extremity Healthcare, Inc.(EHI) – Village Podiatry Group, LLC and will head a new division. EHI is developing a multidisciplinary neuropathy and pain center in Atlanta, GA, the EHI Peripheral Neuropathy and Pain Center.

“Dr. Barrett, the author of Practical Pain Management for the Lower Extremity Surgeon, has fully recognized peripheral neuropathy and other debilitating nerve conditions as wide bandwidth conditions, in contrast with how peripheral neuropathy is currently being treated, usually in a very limited, and partial manner—usually with less than optimal results,” states Dr. David Helfman, CEO of EHI.
Dr. Stephen L. Barrett has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1991.
Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Lewis Sims, DPM, Holds a Shoe Drive for Vietnam Veterans

(L-R) Drs. Lewis Sims, Erik Sims and Mya Dubal at the shoe drive for Vietman veterans

(L-R) Drs. Lewis Sims, Erik Sims and Mya Dubal at Sims and Associates Podiatry Shoe Drive.

Sims and Associates Podiatry, including Lewis Sims, DPM, Erik Sims, DPM, and Mya Dubal, DPM recently conducted a shoe drive to benefit local Vietnam Veterans. More than 350 pairs of shoes were collected in their Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and Pleasant Valley offices, as well as Mike Arteaga’s Health and Fitness Center, and MidHudson Regional Hospital. These were directly donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America (local Chapter #869), and will all be distributed locally at the Castle Point VA.

Lewis Sims, DPM has been Board Certified with the ABPM since 1978.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Stephanie Hook, DPM, Hired as First Female Physician at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists

Stephanie Hook, DPM

Stephanie Hook, DPM

Stephanie Hook, DPM, was recently hired by the Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) and is also the first female physician to be part of SOS. Dr. Hook, now part of the SOS Foot and Ankle Team, is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and, is skilled in rheumatologic conditions, pediatrics podiatry, and diabetic foot care.

Prior to joining SOS, Dr. Hook spent eight years providing podiatry services in Central New York. She received her DPM from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, and was a resident at Catholic Health System in Buffalo, from 2004 – 2006, then served as Chief Podiatry Resident there from 2006 – 2007.

Stephanie Hook, DPM has been board certified by the ABPM since 2012.

Source: Syracuse Post Standard

Jeremy Cook, DPM, ABPM Diplomate, to Speak at Hospital Symposium

Jeremy Cook, DPM

Jeremy Cook, DPM

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is hosting a free Diabetes Symposium and Health Fair on Saturday, Nov. 19th at the hospital. The drop-in event is designed for individuals living with diabetes, and will feature tools, tips, screenings, and education to help individuals monitor and manage their disease.

A presentation will be held at 10 a.m. by local podiatrist Dr. Jeremy Cook, who specializes in foot and ankle surgery, and recently took over the practice of Dr. Stephen Latter at Foothill Podiatry Clinic. The presentation addresses the risk of diabetic foot injury, which is particularly important for diabetics. According to Dr. Cook, poor circulation in the legs and feet and high blood sugar combine to slow the body’s healing mechanisms. Peripheral neuropathy, a common side-effect of diabetes, can cause numbness in the feet, leaving a person unaware that they are injured.

Jeremy Cook, DPM has been an ABPM Diplomate since 2015.

Source: PM News, Online

 

 

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