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ABPM Spotlight! Meet ABPM Director, Coleen Napolitano, DPM

Coleen Napolitano, DPM

Coleen Napolitano, DPM

The ABPM welcomes Dr. Coleen Napolitano as the newest member of the ABPM Board of Directors. Dr. Napolitano has been a Diplomate since 1994 and has been active with the ABPM for the past 15 years, primarily with the Examination Committee, where she is the current Chair of the certification exam (Part 2) sub-section.

“I am quite familiar with the ABPM’s past and present and have witnessed first-hand the significant strides it has made in the medical community, said Dr. Napolitano.  “I look forward to contributing to the future of ABPM and believe that ABPM certifies specialty skills that represent the majority and the best of podiatric care, witha focus on medicine and podiatric orthopedics.”

Dr. Napolitano did her undergraduate at Florida International University on a running scholarship.  She obtained her doctorate and Bachelor of Science from Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and completed her residency training at Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in Illinois.  Dr. Napolitano followed her certification with the ABPM by becoming ABFAS certified and encourages podiatry residents to recognize the benefits of dual certification.

She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation in the Section of Podiatry at Loyola University Medical Center and is the Program Director for the podiatry residency training.

Congrats to Western University, CPM’s Class of 2019!

Western University, CPM

Message from ABPM Past President, Lester Jones, DPM:

I want to send congratulations to the members of the WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine Class of 2019 who recently learned that they achieved a 100% pass rate on both the APMLE Part 2 written exam and the Clinical Skills Performance Exam. This stellar outcome represents the diligence and hard work that are hallmarks of the students at CPM. You are a class apart!

This is the second year in a row that the fourth-year class has scored 100% on both of these board examinations. The College leads the nation in residency placement as well as with a five-year history of 100% placement of all graduates into some of the best hospitals in America for their three-year residency programs.

I also want to thank the WesternU community of faculty and staff who work hard to make this College and University such an outstanding place for learning. Strong work all.

Lester Jones, DPM, Interim Dean, WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine

Source: PM News, Online

Meet ABPM President, Dr. Gina Painter

Dr. Gina Painter, ABPM President

Dr. Gina Painter, ABPM President

Current ABPM President Dr. Gina Painter has been a diplomate of the ABPM since 1998 and a member of the Board of Directors for the past five years. She currently serves on the Examination Committee and the Speaker’s Bureau. Past committee involvement has included  Credentials, Budget, Bylaws and Case Review.  Dr. Painter also represents the ABPM as a site-evaluator for the Council on Podiatric Medical Education and is the Board’s liaison to the APMAIn November she was inducted into the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Dr. Painter is a graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine and practices in Great Falls, Montana.  Her practice experience is extensive and has included solo practice, partnership in a multi-specialty group, where she served as Chair of the Executive Governing Board and, most recently, as a hospital-based physician.

From Dr. Painter:

Podiatric Medicine has evolved as a whole, with increased integration into hospitals and health networks. Along the pathway toward parity within the framework of the health care delivery system the role of podiatric medicine will rely increasingly on the medical aspect of podiatric care and care of the diabetic foot.

ABPM has a strong presence in the podiatric community.  We have recently escalated our informational efforts to hospitals and insurance panels regarding the value of ABPM certification.  Within the next month new documentation will be provided on the website to members.

The ABPM will continue to act as a staunch advocate for our current and future members.  We hope to be a unifying force within the Podiatric Medical community.  The practice of Podiatry is “diagnose and treat the diseases, disabilities, and deformities of the foot by physical therapy special shoes and other mechanical devices, pharmaceuticals and surgery.”  Let us all excel at it!

ABPM Directors Inducted into the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

(L-R) Drs. Lee Rogers, W.E. Chagares, Gina Painter and Jim Stavosky

(L-R) Drs. Lee Rogers, W.E. Chagares, Gina Painter and Jim Stavosky

American Board of Podiatric Medicine Directors, Drs. W.E. Chagares, Gina Painter and James Stavosky, were inducted into the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) in a ceremony on November 22, 2018. Also in attendance were Drs. Matt Garoufalis and Lee Rogers, both currently Fellow Faculty in Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College which sponsored the new inductees.

The RCPSG was founded in 1599 by surgeon Peter Lowe, and its membership has contained notable figures in the history of medicine, such as Joseph Lister who first described the principles of aseptic surgery 150 years ago.

Source: PM News, Online

ABPM Diplomate, Dr. Stephanie Hook, Elected to the NYSPMA Board of Trustees

Stephanie Hook, DPM

Stephanie Hook, DPM

“I have always had a heart for moving our profession forward. Being elected to the NY State Podiatric Medical Association Board of Trustees is a huge honor and opportunity,” said the newly elected Board of Trustees member, Stephanie Hook, DPM.

As a member of the Board, Dr. Hook will help their mission of supporting excellence in the practice of podiatric medicine and surgery by creating awareness of the profession’s role and value.  This includes supporting lobbying efforts for podiatric related bills, particularly those striving for parity in the medical community, and ongoing work to promote public understanding of podiatry, the level of training required, and specific expertise podiatrists can provide in overall health. She will also serve on the Insurance and Legislative Affairs committees and chair the Awards committee.

Dr. Hook has known since she was a teenager that she wanted to be a podiatrist. “I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but after having a podiatric procedure when I was in high school and in observing what they did and learning about the profession, I knew then and there that I wanted to be a podiatrist. I know that is pretty young, but I just knew.”

She attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now called Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine) and did her residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital/Catholic Health System in Buffalo.  “I picked my residency pretty much based on the informal conversation I had with the residency director at the reception during the more formal interview weekend. I was the only one at the reception, which ended up being a great way for me to learn a lot about the residency led by Dr. Joseph Anian.  “I remember liking what he said both about the program and life outside the residency.”   For Dr. Hook it ended up being “a great experience.”   “We were part of the program for all residents and were not singled out as the ‘podiatry residents,’ which I have heard can sometimes happen at some institutions.”

Both in school and during residency Dr. Hook was involved in the State Associations and advocating for the profession.  “I think achieving parity and continuing to establish standards for all states is an ongoing process,” stated Dr. Hook, “but one that also needs ongoing attention and support.”

Dr. Hook worked in a podiatric practice for eight years before moving to Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS), an orthopedic practice near her home in Nelson, NY.   “I love my job,” she says.  “This is exactly the kind of practice I wanted to be part of.  It is collaborative, ethical, we provide our patients comprehensive care, and we treat our patients like they are family.  I love that I can refer cases to other in-house orthopedists and vis versa.”  One of the things Dr. Hook loves best is that this practice has opened her up to a variety of different cases ranging from sports medicine to diabetic foot care to being a part of the Acute Limb Salvage team at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  SOS is comprised of 31 orthopedic physicians and podiatrists, Dr. Hook was the first woman to become part of this practice.  “While I am proud to be part of the group, I don’t like to single out the gender piece, because I am just one of the team.”

Dr. Hook explains that her group is very active in the community providing trainers for local high school sporting events and tournaments, participating in local health fairs where she has been able to lecture about foot health, as well as sponsoring several community events and charities. “It was important to me to be part of an active and caring group,” she explains.

Shortly after completing her residency, Dr. Hook became ABPM certified. “I think it is really important that podiatrists get certified as early as possible because patients and practices are looking for that credential,” said Dr. Hook.  “Nearly every day I hear patients say, ‘I looked you up online and saw that you had your board certification, etc.’ – it’s not just a nice-to-have anymore.”  Dr. Hook selected the ABPM certification because she felt it was the most comprehensive. “In my opinion, it is much more well-rounded and demonstrates your understanding of biomechanics, medicine and surgery – not just biomechanics and medicine as it relates to surgery.”

While Dr. Hook sees the future of podiatry as very promising, she says she also knows there are pockets within all healthcare professions where financial gain can compromise integrity and optimum patient care. She wants to remind all those entering the field that if you do what you love (as cliché as it may sound) the financial rewards will be there – and be there honestly.   This is something she is very passionate about.   “Follow your heart, do what you love, and you will end up doing the right thing for yourself, your patients, your family and your lifestyle,” she shared.  “We are lucky to be in a profession where we can make choices about our day and the kind of life we want to lead.”

Dr. Hook enjoys sports, photography, travel and spending time with her husband, stepdaughter, and three dogs.  She is also proud to be a part of the DPM Mentors Network.  Enjoy more about Dr. Hook in one of the Syracuse Orthopedic Specialist videos.

Meet New ABPM Executive Director, Dr. James Stavosky

James Stavosky, DPM

James Stavosky, DPM

“Enjoy what you do every day. Be quick to listen, and slow to talk and anger.” These are the words that Dr. James Stavosky, the new Executive Director of ABPM, lives by. He enjoys golfing, fly-fishing and playing tennis with his two sons and his wife (who he refers to as his best friend.) Another thing Dr. Stavosky enjoys? His career in podiatry.

In his 35 years of experience in podiatry, Dr. Stavosky has built an impressive career focusing on wound care. Besides running his own private practice in Daly City, California, he is also the Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Seton Medical Center, the Medical Director of Wound Care at Seton Medical Center, and a Professor of Podiatric Medicine at California School of Podiatric Medicine.

How he found podiatry and how his career took surprising turns

Dr. Stavosky didn’t always know he was destined for a thriving career in wound care. He was first introduced to podiatry during graduate school at The University of the Pacific, where he worked as a student trainer. His advisor at the time “introduced me to her podiatrist, and he set me up to meet and work with some very progressive DPM’s in the area.” From there, he set on a course to study sports medicine.

Later, as a doctorate student at the California School of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Stavosky got even more involved in the profession. “I volunteered to work on Saturday free clinics every week, and I was a TA for classes,” he says. “Plus, I attended all CME education seminars put on by CSPM—I even volunteered to work AV at those seminars.”

During his residency, even though he initially set out to work in sports medicine, Dr. Stavosky discovered his true passion was elsewhere. “I also developed an interest in foot and ankle surgery, but then found my calling in wound care,” he says.

After completing his residency, Dr. Stavosky worked in academic medicine as a volunteer until he was hired full-time as a professor. He began his career in a full-time position at the Seton Medical Center, teaching four days and tending to private patients two half-days per week.

His career took a turn for the better when he was given the opportunity to take over the wound care department. “No one else wanted to do it, but it put me on the map nationally,” he says. So, from 1987-1998, he was the Department Chair and professor at the Seton Wound Care (Medical) Center.

In 1998 Dr. Stavosky was appointed Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and opened a full-time private practice.

Board Certification

 Dr. Stavosky was a founding member of ABPM (then ABPOPPM), in 1993. Sitting for this certification was highly important to him, “first for academics, and later for medicine and wound care.”

He is also certified with ABFAS, which he pursued because he “was teaching in the surgery department at CCPM, but in the process realized just how important podiatric medicine was.” He went on to become Chair of the podiatric medical department as a result.

Although the sequence of Dr. Stavosky’s board certifications began with ABFAS, he notes “I would now do it the other way around.”, and advises his students and residents as such.

Teaching the next generation

 In addition to helping patients through his work in wound care, Dr. Stavosky notes that he’s most proud of his experience teaching.

His advice to aspiring podiatrists: “Enjoy what you do, it’s the greatest job in the world. If you don’t want to spend time in a particular facet of podiatry, such as surgery, there’s a tremendous amount elsewhere that our specialty offers, like wound care or sports medicine.”

Along with his academic position he does his best to stay involved in the podiatric community. “I volunteer as faculty for residents and students for both ABPM and ABFAS and am, or have been, on each of their Board of Directors.” He’s also on the Board of Directors at the alumni associations of the California School of Podiatric Medicine and The University of the Pacific. Plus, he lectures on wound care around the country.

What he plans to bring to ABPM

 Dr. Stavosky doesn’t take his latest honor and challenge as the Executive Director of ABPM lightly. He looks forward to “taking our organization, ABPM, to yet another level in the future.  He plans to “guide the ABPM Board of Directors and continue to grow our membership,” along with “getting even more young practitioners involved at the committee and director levels.  With our significant increases in membership, especially over the past five years, we’ve experienced a demographic shift.  We’re getting younger.”

He has ambitious plans, but if Dr. Stavosky’s career proves anything, it is that he is capable of achieving some impressive goals.

PASSED! VA Provider Equity Act (HR-1058)

The ABPM congratulates the APMA, Ben Wallner, Director of Legislative Activities and congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM for their indefatigable efforts toward passage of the VA Provider Equity Act, which passed in the senate at 4pm EST today (May 23, 2018).  The bill will be on President Trump’s desk tomorrow for signature.  The significance of this legislation cannot be overstated.  While it’s immediate affect is contained within the Veterans Health Administration, the ripple effect on the profession of podiatry with respect to parity will reach far and wide.

“This bill reflects significant advancement in the education, training, and licensure requirements for podiatric physicians over the past 40 years,” said ABPM Immediate Past President, Dr. Steve Goldman. “Podiatrists deserve parity within the VHA, and our patients deserve the proven benefits of the best-trained experts in lower extremity care as part of their health care team.”. Dr. Goldman was one of several physicians asked to speak on behalf of podiatrists. Others included: Jeffrey Robbins, DPM, Director of the Veterans Health Administration Headquarters Podiatry Services and Chief of the Podiatry Section at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and Seth Rubenstein, DPM, APMA treasurer.

Click here to watch Dr. Steve Goldman testify before the VA House Subcommittee on Health Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Read his full testimony here.

 

Marathon Anyone? A Practice Profile: Katherine Dux, DPM

Katherine Dux, DPM

Katherine Dux, DPM

When your podiatrist decides to run a marathon just to understand the possible injuries better, you know they are passionate about their profession. Meet Dr. Katherine Dux.

“I was a volunteer at the Chicago Marathon for several years and I had patients that would come in with concerns after training or running a marathon,” explained Dux. “And while I had been to probably every different boutique fitness class in the Chicago area, and was active, I had never run a marathon. I thought, I can do this. “I always want to better understand how my patients get injured or the pain they are experiencing, so I can provide the best care. It helps me understand the shoes, the warm-ups, the training and overall movement. Running a marathon made sense.”

How the passion started and where it took her

Dr. Dux was first drawn to podiatry when she was 17 years old. “I had bunion treatment at that time and truly enjoyed the experience I had with the podiatrist and his office. I ended up working there in high school through my second year of college. I was able to get a good sense of the profession, shadow the doctor and see the real day-in-the-life of a podiatrist.”

Dr. Dux attended Loyola University as an undergraduate and podiatry school at Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.  “I am from the Midwest and so after undergraduate and podiatry school, I thought I wanted to venture out west. Yet I felt so at home as a student rotating through the Loyola/Hines program, and so enjoyed teaching junior residents, I jokingly told my mentor and residency director, Dr. Ron Sage, I never wanted to graduate residency, so I wouldn’t have to leave the Loyola program,” said Dux.

As luck would have it, during Dr. Dux’s senior year, a position opened for an attending podiatrist at Loyola and she was hired just two weeks after completing her residency. “It was quite the transition from being a resident to an attending, but I have enjoyed every minute of it over the past seven years!”

Dr. Dux is currently an attending podiatrist and assistant professor with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Medical Center where she also did her residency. She is also a consultant to the Department of Surgery, Division of Podiatry at the Hines VA.

Getting and staying involved

During podiatry school Dr. Dux continued to work for the podiatrist on holidays and breaks and became involved with as many student organizations as possible. She was Vice President of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and planned the annual midwinter seminar at the Rosalind Franklin University. She was also involved with the APMA at Scholl College and attended the APMA meeting in Florida during her third year. “My involvement in the different organizations enabled me to meet many practicing podiatrists and learn about different aspects of podiatry,” explained Dux.

Dr. Dux continues to remain active in her profession. She is a member of the Annual Scientific Conference Committee for ACFAS and the Cognitive Exam Committee for the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. She is a journal reviewer for JFAS, judge for the International Post-Graduate Research Symposium at the Midwest Podiatry Conference, on the Rapid Response Committee and an Ambassador for ABPM. She encourages residents and especially young practitioners to get involved. “Use every moment, especially as a resident, to experience, learn and grow. Involve yourself in your profession – especially in your areas of interest both so you learn what you like, and you meet mentors to help you in developing as a professional.”

Board certification

Dr. Dux is dual board certified in medicine and surgery. “I sat for the ABPM board in 2012, the last year case submissions were mandatory. This required a lot of work but was a learning experience because it required me to review some of my first cases as a practicing podiatrist. The ABPM certification has been invaluable to me. It has allowed me to gain staff privileges at multiple facilities and has provided proof to my patients that I hold certification in the specialty of medicine. I think it is essential for all podiatrists to demonstrate their knowledge of the medical aspect as a foundational certification. The ABPM certification shows I know medicine and biomechanics and will look for the best ways to treat patients conservatively first. I am also certified with ABFAS. I am a huge proponent of achieving both credentials because it shows your patients you care about and are well-versed in primary podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.”

Creating balance

Dr. Dux also believes in creating balance. While she is passionate about her work, she reminds residents especially, to remember to pursue other personal interests in addition to your profession. “Make time for yourself, your family and your friends – it will make you a better practitioner,” she explains. In addition to exercise, Dr. Dux can be found working on her golf game, learning about and collecting wine and traveling internationally – especially France.  As for that marathon, Dr. Dux says she learned a great deal training for, and participating, but she confesses, “I probably won’t do it again any time soon.”

 

Dr. Brad Wenstrup Receives APMA Award of Excellence

(L-R) Drs. Steve Goldman, Brad Wenstrup, William Chagares and Gina Painter

(L-R) Drs. Steve Goldman, Brad Wenstrup, William Chagares and Gina Painter

On March 17, 2018, Congressman Dr. Brad Wenstrup was honored by the APMA House of Delegates for his work advocating for the profession on Capital Hill.

Congressman Wenstrup took a few minutes to speak to members of ABPM leadership. Pictured are Dr. Steve Goldman,  immediate Past President,  Congressman Wenstrup,  Dr. William Chagares, ABPM Board of Director and Dr. Gina Painter,  the current President.  He thanked the ABPM for appearing before his subcommittee and testifying on behalf of the ABPM and the podiatric community.

Dr. Wenstrup is a strong advocate for veterans’ access to services. He has been an advocate for H.R. 1058, the VA Provider Equity Act that passed July of last year that improves veterans access to specialty care physicians by enabling the VA to better recruit and retain experts in lower extremity conditions. The Senate portion of the bill (S. 1871) was introduced in September of 2017 for deliberation.  Everyone is encouraged to contact their respective U.S. Senators to support the bill.   Visit the APMA website for guidance on the proper language and use of eAdvocacy.

Click here to watch Dr. Steve Goldman testify before the VA House Subcommittee on Health Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Read his full testimony here.

 

Congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM interviewed on 60 Minutes

Wenstrup

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM

Last June, during a practice baseball game, Congressman Steve Scalise was shot multiple times by a gunman. In the 60 Minutes interview that aired October 1, he shares his amazing recovery story and recollections of the day. The interview highlights the support Scalise has experienced and the bipartisan welcome he received on his first day back at work as Majority whip. Also interviewed is Congressman Brad Wenstrup, one of the first to his aid to apply pressure and later a tourniquet to the wound, that horrific day. Wenstrup, a veteran who served in Iraq, is a combat surgeon and colonel in the Army Reserves.

Dr. Wenstrup is also a podiatrist and a strong advocate for veterans’ access to services. He has been an advocate for H.R. 1058, the VA Provider Equity Act that passed July of this year that improves veterans access to specialty care physicians by enabling the VA to better recruit and retain experts in lower extremity conditions. The Senate portion of the bill (S. 1871) was introduced just last week for deliberation.   Everyone is encouraged to contact their respective U.S. Senators to support the bill.   Visit the APMA website for guidance on the proper language and use of eAdvocacy.

Earlier this year, Dr. Steve Goldman, ABPM immediate past president, also testified on behalf of the bill.

 

 

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