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Second Quarter 2015 Edition:

Skin Cancer is Risk to All, No Matter the Skin Color

Dr. Kwame WilliamsMany African-Americans and other people with dark skin people believe they face lower risk for skin cancer than light-colored people. And while that is true, Dr. Kwame Williams writes, complacency about that fact often leads to late detection of cancer among patients with dark skin, meaning their cases are often more deadly.

Read more here in Dr. Williams’ blog post.

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Be Careful With Sandals, Dr. Petrolla Warns TV Viewers

Dr. Heather PetrollaSandals are popular in the summertime, but they can become a fashionable health hazard. In a recent segment on WFMJ-TV Channel 21, Dr. Heather Petrolla recommends parents keep flip-flops off their young children. For adults who like flip-flops, she recommends only the kind that bend at the ball of the foot.

See the WFMJ-TV story here.

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17th Diabetes Golf Benefit Set for Sept. 18 at Pine Lakes

The Ankle & Foot Care Centers 17th annual Diabetes Golf Benefit, a four-person scramble, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, at Pine Lakes Golf Club in Hubbard. The outing raises money for local diabetes education, resources and support, through Ankle & Foot Care Centers and the Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley.

Read more here.

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Youngstown Grandmother Finds Pain Relief After Ankle Replacement

Beverly Magill loves playing with her granddaughter. But extreme pain in her left foot made running after the 4-year-old nearly impossible.

But, thanks to the treatment she received from Ankle & Foot Care podiatric physicians Dr. Heather Petrolla and Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico, babysitting little Torye is an enjoyable, pain-free adventure.

Beverly Magill“I told Dr. D that he made me the happiest girl in the country,” said Beverly. “And he said I made him the happiest doctor in the United States. The pain level is a huge difference.”

Beverly’s foot problems began at birth when she was born pigeon-toed. The effects took their toll over time and resulted in daily pain, limited mobility and a right hip replacement. Doctors she had visited in the past weren’t much help.

In September 2013, Beverly saw Dr. Petrolla in hopes of finding relief. X-rays determined that she had developed osteoarthritis in her left ankle, which was causing extreme pain. Trying to avoid surgery, Dr. Petrolla used cortisone shots and bracing to provide relief. While those options made some difference, it wasn’t enough.

“My foot was so bad that I just couldn’t deal with it anymore,” said Beverly. “She saw that X-ray and asked me how I could even walk. She really tried to help me and ended up sending me over to Dr. DiDomenico. I’m really thankful to her for all that she did for me.”

Dr. DiDomenico performed total ankle replacement surgery and fused the bone four weeks later. Beverly noticed a big difference right away, both in pain level and mobility.

“Both doctors were terrific to me and I can walk better now than I ever have in my life,” said Beverly. “I’d recommend them both to anyone.”

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Sports Sparked Dr. Groner to Career in Podiatry, Wound Care

Dr. Thomas GronerPlaying basketball and other sports as a kid helped draw Thomas Groner to a career in medicine.

Now, as a podiatrist, wound care specialist and father of four young boys, Dr. Groner remains active in sports as a youth baseball and basketball coach.

“We played a lot of sports growing up, and I was attracted initially to the sports medicine aspect of podiatry,” Dr. Groner said.

He grew up near Brownlee Woods and played basketball, baseball and football during grade school.

Today, he and his wife, Leanne, are heavily involved with sports activities of their boys, ages 11, 9, 7 and 5. At the moment, he’s coaching a team in the Boardman Community Baseball League.

Dr. Groner’s clinical schedule is heavy, too. He is the director of the medical residency program at the Alliance Community Hospital Wound Care Center, where doctors in training learn about wounds through classroom lectures and work with experienced doctors and wound patients.

Meet the DocWork with the foot-care elements of the wound center is comprehensive, covering surgeries to correct deformities, amputations, skin grafting, casting, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and more. The center’s work reaches well beyond podiatry to primary medicine and nursing.

“It’s challenging work,” he said. “Many of the patients we see at the wound-care center have already seen multiple physicians, and it’s our job to understand the underlying problem behind a wound that won’t go away. There could be an underlying infection or a vascular problem, or a patient may need to be off-loaded so they’re not walking on a wound and causing more problems.”

Dr. Groner is a board-certified specialist in wound care by the American Board of Wound Management. He has been practicing with Ankle & Foot Care Centers since 2004 after graduating from Youngstown State University and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland.

For patients, he said, one advantage Ankle & Foot provides is a board range of services from one source.

“We’re a lot like one-stop shopping,” he said. “You can get an MRI here, vascular testing, orthotics and a range of surgical procedures, all through one doctor, so you don’t need to see several different doctors.

“Also, with our group there are different specialties. I do a lot of wound care, and some of the other doctors do certain surgeries I don’t do as often. Our doctors have expertise in different areas, like ankle implants, wound care, sports medicine and more.”

Sports Sparked Dr. Groner to Career in Podiatry, Wound Care
Dr. Groner and son Tommy, 10, after winning an all-star tournament last year.

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East Liverpool Head Tech Likes Helping Patients Lose Pain

Some 13 years ago, when her 6-year-old daughter was growing up, Sarah Jane Smith of East Liverpool wanted to work outside the home again and heard about an opening at the local Ankle & Foot Care Centers office.

Sarah Jane SmithShe applied for that job, landed it and is still thrilled about her decision.

“I look forward to coming to work every day,” said Sarah Jane, 54, a lifelong East Liverpool resident and now the office’s head medical technologist. “Not many people can say that. I absolutely love my job.”

Sarah is well known to patients because she’s one of the professionals who takes their heart rates, temperatures and other vitals before they see the doctor.

She also takes X-rays, applies casts, treats wounds and conducts vascular tests for patients. Behind the scenes, her work includes ordering supplies, keeping storerooms stocked and more.

A graduate of Ohio Valley College of Technology in East Liverpool, Sarah likes the professionalism and family atmosphere Ankle & Foot Care Centers sustains across its 19 offices.

Although patient care is the priority, employees are free to switch parts of their schedules in order to meet appointments and obligations outside the office. Just recently, for example, a colleague covered for Sarah so she could attend a friend’s funeral.

“I like the closeness of the Ankle and Foot Care family, and I like the flexibility of my job,” she said.

Employee Spotlight“I love people, and I love helping people. So being able to take part in eliminating their pain is so rewarding.”

Outside the office, one of Sarah’s favorite places is Breezewood Cabins, a set of rustic hideaways in the Columbiana County woods just east of Minerva.

She and her husband, Bob Smith, an East Liverpool firefighter, can be found there several times a year, often with Bob’s Harley Davidson motorcycle.

“We love riding every chance we get,” Sarah said.

She has two children. Sidney, now 19, lives at home, and Cody, 23, lives just four blocks away.


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From The Kitchen: 4th of July Grilled Salmon or Chicken

This is a super-easy, fun and very yummy recipe, which can easily be doubled or tripled for a big crowd on a holiday or anytime. The cold left-overs (if any) the next day are good, too.

From The KitchenIngredients

  • 2-8 salmon steaks (4-6 oz. each, or a couple large filets) or 2-8 chicken breasts (4-6 oz. each)
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more if you're brave or insane)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Into a large zip-lock bag, make marinade out of peanut oil, soy sauce, vinegar, onions, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame oil and salt. Combine well, and insert fish or chicken. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 4-24 hours.

Salmon: Oil and preheat grill on medium-high heat. Grill fish about 5 minutes per side, until fish just flakes with a fork. (10 minutes total, per 1” of thickness at thickest point of filet).

Chicken: Grill 4-5 min per side, then finish in 350 degree oven in covered pan with butter & olive oil for about 20 minutes.

From The Kitchen: 4th of July Grilled Salmon or Chicken

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