Tell us a little bit about your history—how did you choose podiatry?
I was a science geek in high school where I especially loved biology and anatomy. This led to a pre-med track in college. After graduation I was a lab rat—literally working with rats and monkeys and rabbits in bone research for a major biopharmaceutical corporation. I was trained in surgical techniques and principles, learned quickly, and loved performing bone surgery. Simultaneously, I met a coworker’s husband who was training in foot and ankle surgery. While watching one of his foot surgeries, I realized that a rabbit ulna and a human metatarsal are strikingly similar. I was also surprised by the fact that the surgery I was already doing in the lab was very similar to the surgery happening in the hospital operating room. I was intrigued and I applied to Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine that same year. I moved to Philly that summer to start classes and the rest is history.