Dr. Dyane Tower’s career is shaped by her inquisitiveness and passion for learning. Because of these traits, her career has been filled with what she describes as a series of happy “twists and turns.”
A job with an orthopedic surgeon while in college inspired her career in the podiatric profession. “I was intrigued. As I researched the profession and shadowed podiatrists in the field, I became convinced that this was the career for me. The podiatric specialty offers so many opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with my patients, provide care and perform surgeries, and improve the quality of life for so many.”
Having earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 2009, Dr. Tower is currently the Director of Clinical Affairs for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). In this role, her responsibilities include serving as a scientific spokesperson on the practice of podiatric medicine, overseeing the development of a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for the profession, and coordinating the APMA Young Physician’s Program to name key responsibilities.
Educating and sharing knowledge about podiatric medicine is critical to Dr. Tower. As a podiatrist in the Department of Orthopedics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from 2014 to 2016, Dr. Tower provided foot and ankle care, including high-risk wound care, to patients. During those years, she also shared her passion with residents, educating and supervising residents and undergraduate students interested in foot and ankle medicine and surgery. “I would not be where I am today without the mentorship of many throughout my career, she says. I am honored to be able to mentor others.”
A believer in life-long education, scholarship punctuates Dr. Tower’s career and life. She is very active in advanced research, scholarly publication, and professional conferences. She has been a faculty member at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.
After receiving her Doctorate, Dr. Tower went back to school to earn her Master of Public Health from the Geisel School of Medicine. She also holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Health Professions at Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine. Her first degree was a Bachelor of Science from Truman State University.
But while her inquisitiveness may have lead her on a career path that included a few twists and turns, Dr. Tower never wavered on her focus and determination to become ABPM board certified. She took her exam as soon as able, and encourages others to do the same. “Being able to refer to yourself as board certified soon after residency really opens many opportunities,” she says. “I took my ABPM qualification and certification in the same year and found the process very manageable and not at all cumbersome.”
She also stays active in the podiatric community through her committee and volunteer work, and has supported a range of great causes, including serving as a podiatry crew member supporting walkers in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and providing education on foot health at various events. She has also repeatedly supported the Yucatan Crippled Children Project in Mexico, performing surgery for underserved community members and training local surgeons on advanced methodologies.
Dr. Tower encourages residents to get involved and remain active. “As the future of the profession, we need your ideas and creativity, your dedication and perseverance, especially as the healthcare climate changes,” she says. “Ours is a very dynamic profession and you never know how your experiences may open up new career opportunities.”