FREDERICK FOOT & ANKLE - We debuted the summer Vionic styles April 7th at the 141 Thomas Johnson Office. The runway included our six podiatrists and our one physical therapist.
Our physical therapist, Dr. Allie Giddings, dressed as a ladybug with her Gold Lizbeth T-Strap Sandal. Allie is a great addition to our practice by treating any ailments of the body that you may have pain!
Frederick Foot & Ankle’s newest addition, Dr. Danielle Watson, showed off her Tide Rhinestones Toe Post in Champagne. We are so lucky to have her, always bringing a smile to the patients.
Dr. Nikki Ho sported the Corfu Toe Post Sandal in Silver Pixel. Dr. Ho is a proud Maryland Terrapin and always excited about sensible and stylish footwear.
The lady that started it all, Dr. Brenna Steinberg walked down the runway in the Dwyn Wedge Slides in a teal snakeskin. Dr. Steinberg founded Frederick Foot & Ankle in 1999, at the time she was the only provider.
The Florida firecracker Dr. Coralia Terol danced through the Vionic Tunk Show in her Floriana Toe Post Sandal in white. Originally from Cuba, Dr. Terol is one of our many bilingual doctors.
Our fearless leader Dr. Yenisey Yanes sported her black fascinator and Fyn Active Sneakers in grey/yellow. Dr. Yanes is becoming more active by training and competing in half marathons.
Dr. Bannerjee wore the Connor Casual Slip-on in light grey. Dr. Alvin Bannerjee enjoys traveling in his free time with his family.
We have partnered up with Vionic to offer our patients supportive and stylish shoes. Vionic shoes provide balanced shoes that are flexible, supportive, and stable. Each shoe has an arch support, a comfortable heel cup, and a flexible midsole to make every foot happy. Vionic even has numbers to back their claims. From the Vionic study, wearing Vionic shoes were 68% more likely to report improvement in foot pain compared to those wearing a flat flip-flop.
In addition to the beautiful runway put on by all of our providers there was food from China Garden, complimentary wine (for those of age), and music for all to enjoy. We are so happy that our very first Vionic Trunk Show went so well we hope to have another one in the fall for our Fall Line!
To watch the action live click here.
Recently one of our scribes was admitted to Temple University's School of Podiatric Medicine. We are so proud of Olivia, she will be leaving us in August to start school!
Dr. Yanes asked Olivia a few questions about herself and podiatry school.
Dr Yanes: What got you interested in podiatry?
Olivia: I was working at the practice to get more experience in the medical field before applying to Physician Assistant school, and I didn't know much about podiatry. I ended up really liking it just from being a medical scribe and getting to see all the different patients with the doctors everyday. All of the doctors were also really helpful and supportive when I told them I was going to apply to podiatry school which helped motivate me.
Dr. Yanes: For those that don’t know what a medical scribe is, could you explain your job duties?
Olivia: As a scribe, I work with the doctor and go into each patient room with them. While the doctor and the medical assistant are performing procedures to the foot or speaking to the patient about a treatment plan I make sure the patient encounter is documented electronically in the computer. This allows the doctor to have more face time with their patients. I also check to make sure all the appropriate paperwork is filled out correctly later on, so we have a good patient history at future visits.
Dr. Yanes: How was watching surgery with Dr. Bannerjee?
Olivia: Really interesting, Dr. Bannerjee did a great job and made it look easy. Dr. Bannerjee did a Haglud’s Deformity removal, Achilles Lengthening, Hallux Regidus with Hemi Implant. Watching the implant was my favorite to watch because we see so many people with this problem in the office everyday.
Dr. Yanes: What do you do for fun? Where is a cool vacation you have been on?
Olivia: I like going to new places and spending time with my family/friends! Bermuda was one of my favorite vacations. Bermuda was so relaxing and beautiful.
Dr Yanes: What foot condition are you excited to treat?
Olivia: Plantar fasciitis because it is the number one cause of heel pain, I love when people walk out of the office and say “my feet feel better already.” Also, helping athletes with sports injuries because I used to play lacrosse when I was growing up. I feel like I can relate to those patients a lot!
Dr Yanes: If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
Olivia: Probably a dolphin because I love the ocean. One of my dreams is to swim with the Dolphins in the caribbean!
Dr Yanes: Describe the type of doctor you will be?
Olivia: I want to be knowledgeable so that my patients trust me and so I know the best treatments for each patient I see.
Dr Yanes: When you went for your school interviews what was something exciting you did?
Olivia: I had one interview near Los Angeles at Western University and California School of Podiatric Medicine near San Francisco. Visiting California was great! I got to drive up the coast and see some of the beautiful beaches and enjoyed the warm weather.
Dr. Yanes: What activities do you participate in outside of work?
Olivia: I like to workout or go on hikes when it's warm outside. My favorite place to go hiking is at Great Falls Park in Potomac.
Dr. Yanes: What is one of your fun nicknames and why?
Olivia: Olive, has been my nickname since high school, or at Frederick Foot & Ankle Dr. Terol will sometimes call me Violet. She says I don’t look like an Olivia, I look more like a Violet.
Dr. Yanes: what’s your go to dish?
Olivia: Spaghetti, it is easy and something I am always in the mood for. What I really like to do is bake, anything sweet is good with me.
When volunteering the obvious reason and benefit is aiding others but there are so many other benefits to volunteering that many people do not think about. At Frederick Foot & Ankle we do more than just feet. Some of the organizations that we contribute to are the Heartly House, Frederick County Humane Society, American Cancer Society, LOUYAA Baseball, Spring Ridge Elementary School, and the Beth Sholom Congregation. It feels great to be a part of a company that is so invested in their neighborhood.
Gaining new experiences and learning new tasks: When volunteering, typically your time is spent doing something different from your everyday life. You may work in an office for your primary job, but when you volunteer you could be assisting those with disabilities to ride horses as a type of physical therapy. Caring for horses and helping others ride is a great experience that you may have never been taught otherwise.
If you are interested in being a side aid for therapeutic horseback riding visit http://www.chtr.org/frames.html
Meeting new people: Not only do you meet the people you are assisting in your volunteering adventures, but you get to know the people you are working next to, as well. You may not have something in common with your new co-volunteers, but that is half of the fun! Someone who works at a marketing firm accross town could become your new best friend. If you find it difficult initiating conversation with new people, just remember that you already have one thing in common; you are both volunteering together. Just for starters you can ask your new acquaintance “How did you get involved with Big Brother Big Sister?”
If you want to be a "Big" to someone in your community follow the website to http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.9iILI3NGKhK6F/b.5962335/k.BE16/Home.htm
Makes you less stressed: Throughout most of the day we perform tasks because it is our job. Volunteering can be an escape from your daily routine. You can focus on others, have a new social outlet, and have a little bit of fun. All of these things can lead to a more calming day.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University support this Zen feeling after finding a correlation between adults that contributed a minimum of 200 hours per year volunteering were 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who did not volunteer.
For an even more zen exprience join this do-gooder yoga squad http://yogamour.org/frederick-yoga/
Have a positive experience: Sometimes we highlight the bad things that have happened in our lives; we got a speeding ticket or it rained during our party when really we should be thinking we have a car and we are lucky enough to be able to host a party. When volunteering, just like yourself, the other volunteers are there because they want to be there and they want to use their talents and free time to make someone else’s day easier.
Give you a sense of purpose: When you give your time to help others you have a sense of fulfilment and purpose. I have a friend who donates blood regularly. This particular friend has a rare blood type and gets called by the donation bank when they are running low of that particular type. This friend now feels a responsibility to the patient’s that are in need of her particular blood type and will donate whenever she gets a call.
To search for volunteer oportunities with the Red Cross visit http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer#step1
Put your skills to good use for those that will really appreciate it: If you enjoy what you do for a living or feel that you are particularly good at it, there is always a way you can donate your fine-tuned skills. For example many athletes become coaches to pass on their knowledge of the sport to beginners. I have even heard of a photographer that used her skills to give dogs a better profile pictures on adoption websites and it worked! The dogs were getting adopted quicker and to “forever home”. Check out some of the pictures of the pooches here at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/one-picture-saves-a-life_n_4810738.html
Keeps you active in the community: Many times when you travel the same path every week you become unaware of all the other things that are happening right in your own community. After you begin donating your time you might become more aware of the needs, weaknesses, and strengths of your own neighborhood.
Frederick has their own volunteer matching website to help find a good fit between the individual and an organization, try it out for yourself at http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/filters/?l=Frederick,%20MD&showMessage=INACTIVE_OPP. Or if you want to volunteer directly for the city find information at this website https://www.cityoffrederick.com/index.aspx?nid=191
Doubles as exercise: there are so many projects that are completed by volunteers that include being active. One well know organization that keeps their volunteers moving is Habitat for Humanity. This organization helps revamp homes for those that couldn’t otherwise afford it.
Habititat for Humanity is helping houses right in Frederick find out how you can contribute by learning about their organization online at http://www.frederickhabitat.org/
I hope I have inspired some of you to want to get out in the community and lend a helping hand! Below from left to right is Su Kim, myself, and Kevin Wu at an event in FSK mall spreading podiatry news to Frederick.
By: Nikki Ho
Most days I wake at 4:30 am so that I can start my day and feel accomplished before I even get to work. Many people say “How do you do that?” or “I am not a morning person. I can’t get up that early!” Truthfully, I have not always been someone that willfully got up hours before having to be at work but I have trained myself to wake up early and now I enjoy it.
To try and encourage more people to start their day off with a bang, so I came up with some reasons for an early wake-up call:
- Breakfast and Lunch: The time before work is not just for coffee, but also for your first meal of the day. This is also when I put together my lunch. I give myself enough time to make breakfast, which normally consists of oatmeal and blueberries, and for lunch, I always try and force myself to make a salad with protein (usually fish or chicken). If I already have a healthy option for breakfast and lunch, I am less likely to look for a quick fix that comes with a side of fries.
- Exercise: If I work out in the morning, not only can I shower before work, but I rarely cancel my workout plans. If you work out at lunch, you not only have to deal with two wardrobe changes, but possible impromptu lunch meetings (another reason why bringing a lunch to work is beneficial). Of course, exercising after work can be postponed due to exhaustion from work and other things that keep you at the office late.
- Punctuality: Running late for work is a common occurrence in most workplaces. With waking up at 4:30, I have time to check the road conditions, take care of any tasks I wasn’t able to take care of the night before, and adjust my leave time if I know my commute will take longer.
- Decreased Interruption: There must be less morning people in the world because this is the time I am the most productive. I can go to the bank before work, get gas, stop by the grocery store, or head to the gym all with less interruption and more peace of mind.
So, even with all the benefits I just provided, you might still be lost on how you are able to become one of these “morning people.” Just for you, I made a list of helpful tips on how to get started!
- Positivity: Think more positively about morning. Just by giving mornings a more positive label, you will tend to look more favorably on that time of the day. If you don’t have anything nice to say about morning yet, you can borrow a nice saying from this website.
- Better Alarm: The classic jarring and obnoxious alarm maybe for some people, but not for me. A hard hitting alarm is like makes me feel like I’m waking up on the wrong side of the bed. It sounds mean and angry! Instead, try waking up to your favorite song, nature sounds, or alarms that get subtly increase their intensity. You don’t need to stick to your current alarm, so find different ways to start your morning with this webite's collection of alarms.
- Small Steps: You can’t change your sleep cycle in one night. Slowly alter your bed time by ten minutes sooner each night and wake 10 minutes earlier. Within a week’s time you will be going to bed over an hour earlier and waking up an hour before your normal rising time.
- Do something in the morning that you will look forward to making it easier to get out of bed. For me, it is getting my exercising down. Some people enjoy waking up to read the paper, help their kids get ready for school, watch a show, eating a homemade breakfast, a yoga session, or just spending time with your significant other. Whatever your motivation may be, keep it in the forefront of your mind when you wake up.To find a happier morning ritual visit this website.
Stats about the NFL Combine
Before they are drafted and before they put on a NFL jersey, the top 350+ desirable college players get invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. At the combine, the players are tested physically and mentally on their football skills and knowledge. Representatives from every NFL team can watch their progress, as can 7 million people viewing from home. For the last 30 years, the combine has been held in an Indianapolis due to NFL agreements. Before Indianapolis, the combine has been held in other locations like Louisiana and Arizona.
The 6 day event puts the athletes through a physical test consisting of: a 40 yard dash, bench presses, a vertical jump, a broad jump, the three cone drill, a shuttle run, and a few position specific stations. The wonderlic test contains 50 questions in 12 minutes that test a player's ability to learn, make decisions, and follow instructions. Other tests that they don’t broadcast are the Cybex test, which measures a player's joint mobility, drug screens, physical measurements, and an injury evaluation.
Here are some record holders for combine events:
Year Record Set
40 Yard Dash
225 Pound Bench Press
If a player wishes to show their skills on a stage other than the Combine in Indianapolis, they can pay the $150.00 entry fee and travel to 1 of 11 cities that offers a regional combine. The regional combines are located in Los Angeles, Houston, Baltimore, Tampa Bay, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Cleveland.
So at the end of every February the combine keeps the scouts busy shifting through new prospects to add to their roster.
By Alvin Bannerjee
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