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First Quarter 2019 Edition:

Dr. Jennifer Flo Joins Ankle & Foot Care Centers

Ankle & Foot Care Centers, the region's largest podiatric medical practice, today announced the addition of Dr. Jennifer Flo to its staff of physicians and surgeons. Dr. Flo is accepting new patients in the group's Andover, Cornersburg and Struthers offices. Read more here.

Pictured is Dr. Jennifer Flo.

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Ankle & Foot Care Centers Holiday Drive Collects Hundreds of Pairs of Shoes, Socks

Several hundred pairs of shoes and socks collected through the Ankle & Foot Care Centers holiday drive were recently donated to the Salvation Army, which will provide them to individuals and families in need this winter. Read more here.

Major Paul Moore of the Salvation Army was greeted by hundreds of shoes and socks recently collected by Ankle & Foot Care Centers. Pictured with Major Moore are (from left) medical secretaries Valerie Langenheim and Debbie Marinelli, as well as medical assistants Barb Hubert and Brittany King.

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5 Shoe Lacing Techniques for Common Foot Problems

Though foot anatomy can vary widely among individuals, we generally use a common approach to tie our shoes.

But there are actually more than 20 ways to lace shoes, and Dr. Jennifer Flo, a podiatric physician at Ankle & Foot Care Centers, recommends five specific techniques that accommodate different foot structures and can alleviate pain or discomfort. Read more and watch a video in which she demonstrates each lacing technique step-by-step.

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Dr. Beaudis Wears Many Hats: Podiatrist, Wound Specialist, Family Man, Coach

Here's Dr. Craig Beaudis with his two daughters, Alexis (10) and Madison (13); wife, Lisa; son, Devin (6); and dog, Oreo.

There's never a dull day for Dr. M. Craig Beaudis. Whether he's in the office, at the wound care center, at home, on the softball field or on the basketball court, he plays an active role as a podiatric physician, wound care specialist, husband, father of three and coach for his daughters' teams.

Dr. Beaudis is a physician at Ankle & Foot Care Centers and sees patients at the practice's offices in Greenville, Pa. and Warren.

He was first certified as a wound-care specialist in 2009 and has been treating wounds at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for a decade as of this year. He treats patients for wounds caused by a variety of reasons, including chronic venous disease, arterial disease, burns, trauma, diabetes and surgeries that didn't heal well. 

Dr. Beaudis found his inspiration to pursue a career in podiatry while working at a medical practice one summer during his sophomore year of college, shadowing his mentor, Dr. David Ritchie, a podiatrist and member of the Austintown school board. 

"I grew up surrounded by my family in the medical field," said Dr. Beaudis. "My mother and aunts were all nurses. I knew I wanted to go into medicine, but it wasn't until I worked alongside Dr. Ritchie that I realized podiatry was the route I wanted to go."

Dr. Beaudis joined Ankle & Foot Care Centers in 2002, after completing a surgical residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He received his doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland and his bachelor's degree from John Carroll University. 

His wife, Lisa, is a dietician and certified diabetic educator for Steward Health at Sharon Regional Medical Center. Dr. Beaudis refers to her as a wealth of knowledge. 

"We see a lot of patients with similar conditions and she knows a great deal about medications," said Dr. Beaudis. "It's really helpful for us to use each other as resources to find out how to deliver the best care." 

Dr. Beaudis and Lisa have two daughters, Madison and Alexis, as well as a son, Devin. 

He has been coaching his two daughters in softball for the past nine years and in basketball for five.

"Our kids definitely keep us busy with their involvement in sports," said Dr. Beaudis. "But I have really enjoyed coaching both of my daughters and getting to spend time with them on and off the field. I'm able to watch them develop as players and can have my hand in coaching and preparing them not only for the next game or the next level in sports, but also in life. It's a lot of fun." 

His wife recently began coaching their son in tee-ball. 

Between coaching their children through sports and life as well as providing professional support to one another -- they make a strong team. The Beaudis family resides in Austintown.

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Medical Secretary Thrives on Busy Schedule

Here is Debbie and her family at the Bahamas for her daughter's wedding this past July. Pictured from left are: her husband, Andrew and her; their daughter, Jessica; granddaughter, Domenica; a friend of the family, A.J.; daughter, Tiffany; daughter, Rachel (bride); son-in-law, Josh (groom); and grandson, Cohen.

For Debbie Marinelli, the busier she is at work, the better. The Ankle & Foot Care Centers employee of 13 years was promoted to lead medical secretary at the practice's Boardman office on Market Street last year.

In her role, she has the opportunity to greet patients, answer questions and schedule appointments, tests and surgeries, as well as fill out paperwork.

On some days the Boardman doctors and staff see more than 80 patients, all of whom Debbie and her coworkers check in and out and attend to their needs.

"I really enjoy the busy office environment," said Debbie. "There's always something new to learn with the challenges each day presents."

Debbie likes the fast pace of her job and, more importantly, she enjoys interacting with people. Whether it is her coworkers, the doctors or the patients, she appreciates the relationships she has developed.

"We have a very supportive staff and it requires strong teamwork to do our jobs effectively," said Debbie. "I also really like listening and talking with all of our patients."

When she's not working, Debbie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking family vacations to the Bahamas, Florida and Geneva-on-the-Lake, as well as going on weekend trips with her husband, Andrew.

Debbie has three daughters, Jessica, Tiffany and Rachel. She also has two granddaughters, one grandson and another grandson on the way in the spring.

Debbie is not the only one who enjoys a busy schedule. Her husband works for Fedex and is a part-time flight instructor.

"We're both very busy with work during the week, but that's why we take our weekend getaways," said Debbie.

The couple sometimes fly to Put-In-Bay with their friends during the summer and catch air shows in Florida twice a year.

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3 Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy this Winter

Wintertime in northeastern Ohio can present dangers to our foot health, but if we are aware of common conditions that result from this cold, wet season, we can prevent them with proper foot care.

Dr. Jennifer Flo, a podiatric physician at Ankle & Foot Care Centers, sees patients suffering frostbite, chilblains, fissures and injuries from slipping on ice. While some injuries are inevitable, Dr. Flo gives her patients the following tips for winter foot care. Read more here.

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From the Kitchen: Chocolate Walnut Mug Cake

From The Kitchen

(From the Kitchen recipes are provided by the Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley.)

This quick and easy dessert will curb your sweet tooth craving and you can enjoy it guilt-free in the portion-controlled mug. It's a fun recipe to make with kids, grandkids or as a Valentine's Day treat that takes less than five minutes to make.

Serving size: 1
Diabetic friendly? Yes

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp white whole-wheat flour
Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp stevia powder
1 1/2 tsp canola oil
2 tbsp skim milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tbsp chopped walnuts

Spray a coffee mug with cooking spray. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, stevia, canola oil, milk and vanilla. Stir to combine. Microwave for 45 seconds. Top with walnuts and serve. For more information, including nutritional information, see this link.

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