- How you got started?
Started when I visited my current mentor Dr. Stephen A Monaco in Havertown, PA as a college student. As a biochemistry / microbiology major the possibilties were endless. As a high school student I was exposed to Osteopathic Medicine and the holistic approach to wellness during my 2 years at the Pennsylvania School of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia as a medical explorer. Always in the back of my mind, D.O. was my path for my future. The premedical club at my university had a tour of Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, I figured I would attend and explore for up until this part of my education I had no idea what Podiatry was and now the rest is history after being accepted for admission as the youngest student to matriculate that year after 3 year of undergraduate work.
- How you work?
Always like being on the cutting edge in the field. As a resident in training I always gravitated towards the more difficult cases. The ability to transform someone's life by realigning their foundation either via orthotic therapy, padding or surgery is very gratifying. Protocols are set in the office to give patients the optimal care, for those that don't respond to our typical protocols advanced testing /imaging can be done for more aggressive care. Conservative care will always be an option that is explored and exhausted prior to surgery.
- Teach with a lesson—using rich, authentic stories?
- Obstacles to overcome.