How did you become interested in medicine?
In high school I took an anatomy course, which I found very interesting, and decided to focus my interest towards science and learning how the body functions.
When did you decide to specialize in Orthopaedics / Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery?
I played football in high school and suffered an ankle injury. The doctor who treated my injury allowed me to observe his practice upon learning I was interested in medicine. He treated many sports injuries, deformities and performed reconstructive surgery, which I found very interesting.
What are common conditions you treat? Is there anything patients can do to avoid developing their conditions?
Common conditions ranging from toe and bunion deformities, to complex hindfoot and ankle deformities, arthritis, post-traumatic complications, chronic foot and ankle pain, pediatric deformities, sports injuries, foot and ankle fractures, revisional and failed surgery. A common condition we see is heel pain, which can be avoided by wearing good supportive shoes, and stretching of the calf muscle.
What do you like best about working with your patients?
Our feet and ankles endure much stress and are essential in everyday life. It is very satisfying when pain can be relieved or a deformity corrected to allow patients to regain a more normal function.
What do you like best about working for OAA?
It is a privilege to work for OAA, which has a great reputation for several years in the Lehigh Valley. The best aspect of OAA is that patients have access to full service orthopaedic care, literally, from head-to-toe, all under one roof by an excellent team of physicians and surgeons.
How did you come to live in the Lehigh Valley?
Prior to coming to OAA and completion of residency, I joined a private practice in the Lehigh Valley.
If you were not a Foot and Ankle Surgeon, what would you be doing?
I enjoy teaching and research, and probably would be in an academic setting as a university professor.
How do you apply your experience as a physician to the rest of your life?
Having medical knowledge, I have an interest in health, fitness and natural remedies, which I try to share with family and friends.
Of what achievements are you especially proud?
I am thankful to have a loving wife, two beautiful children and close family who support my career, which motivates me to work hard and strive to be the best in my field I can possibly be.