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Second Quarter 2019 Edition:

Ankle & Foot Care Centers Joins NOMS Healthcare

Ankle & Foot Care Centers recently joined the Northern Ohio Medical Specialists (NOMS) Healthcare team, based in Sandusky. Patients will notice staffing, locations, contact information, and office hours remain the same. Read more here.

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Annual Diabetes Golf Benefit Set for August 23 in Hubbard

The 21st annual golf benefit is scheduled for Friday, August 23 at Pine Lakes Golf Club in Hubbard. All proceeds will benefit the Diabetes Partnership of Mahoning Valley. Click here for a brochure with more information, including how to register as a golfer or sponsor.

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Dr. John Barrett: Surgeon by Day, Musician by Night

When he's not using his hands in surgery, treating patients in his office, or serving as a surgical consultant, Dr. John Barrett can be found strumming his acoustic guitar and singing for family, friends, co-workers and strangers at local restaurants and bars - performing anything from Bob Dylan to Foo Fighters.

Dr. Barrett is a podiatric physician at NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers by trade and a musician by heart. He has been in practice since 1987 and has been playing music for as long as he remembers.

"It's always funny when my two worlds collide and patients see me performing," said Dr. Barrett. "I have the privilege of loving what I do every day at work and being able to play music on the weekends. I usually perform a couple of times a month."

He sees patients at the group's Alliance and Boardman (Route 224) offices and performs reconstructive surgery at St. Elizabeth Hospital (Youngstown and Boardman), the Surgical Hospital at Southwoods and Alliance Community Hospital.

Dr. Barrett was recently certified in ankle joint replacement surgery through Integra Life Sciences. He's also a consultant for Integra, a provider of medical technology and instrumentation, including surgical reconstructive hardware, implants, skin substitutions and more.

In addition to ankle joint replacements, Dr. Barrett performs surgery on ankle fractures, foot deformities, bunions, trauma and more. He's worked in the wound care center at St. E's since 1999, treating patients with diabetic wounds and infections.

"Some days I'll see patients at our Boardman office in the early morning, then I'll have a couple of surgeries in the late morning and will have to make it out to the Alliance office to see more patients in the early afternoon," said Dr. Barrett. "But I've gotten used to the busy schedule over the years and you just go with the flow."

Aside from his day-to-day work, one of Dr. Barrett's favorite things about working for NOMS Ankle & Foot is that its physicians offer diverse expertise and serve as a referral base and support system to one another.

The Youngstown native and father of six lives in New Wilmington with his wife, Sarah.

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Medical Assistant Dedicates Life to Helping Others

Brenda Church, a medical assistant at NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers, has spent the last 11 years of her career making an impact on patients at the group's Warren, Niles, Champion, Northside and Austintown offices.

Her favorite part of her job is interacting with others - whether that be the physicians, her coworkers or patients. She works as an assistant to the physicians, performing necessary medical treatment and ensuring patients receive the best care.

"It's great being able to learn from the doctors," said Brenda. "I appreciate their respect and willingness to teach, demonstrate and walk me through best practices.

"I also enjoy getting to know our patients, understanding their conditions and educating them on the importance of listening to orders from the doctors. I like to give them little pep talks and set goals for them to achieve by the time of their next appointments, setting small steps for them to improve their overall lifestyle."

She has devoted her life to helping and caring for others. Prior to working with NOMS Ankle & Foot, she was an instructor for nearly 20 years at the Trumbull County Career Center in its medical assisting program.

"Being able to care for and make others happy is a very rewarding experience," said Brenda.

Outside of work, she doesn't stop giving her time and energy to others - some of which live on her family's farm, she says.

"I try to focus on giving my time and attention to three areas," said Brenda. "I give to God, the community and animals."

Brenda teaches children's school and helps with missionary outreach at her church, Newton Falls First Church of God. She gives to the community by serving meals at the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center and has volunteered for several years at Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. When she retires, she plans to give to animals by volunteering at the Animal Welfare League, but until then, she says she checks off that box by tending to the Angus cows and chickens on her farm.

Brenda says living on a farm and caring for animals is therapeutic. It must run in her blood, as her 92-year-old father is still farming. The Newton Falls property has been in their family for more than 100 years.

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Receive Safe, Advanced Foot Care for Participation in Research

In addition to providing excellent care, NOMS Ankle & Foot Care physicians are involved with research studies that further the understanding of certain conditions and treatment methods. Since the early 2000s, the results of these studies have supported faster healing times and a better understanding of foot and ankle conditions. Below are some upcoming studies led by Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico and his colleagues. We're looking for participants for studies on the following conditions: diabetic foot ulcers, bunions and heel pain.

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Advanced Diabetic Wound Treatment Available to Study Participants

If you have a diabetic foot ulcer that won't heal, you may qualify for a medical study that provides safe, FDA-approved, non-experimental, advanced wound treatment. NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers is participating in a research study that will measure the performance of advanced skin-tissue grafts against a common form of treatment for chronic wounds.

The study will use mVASC skin grafts, which are sterile, human allograft microvascular tissue used by physicians to repair, reconstruct, replace or supplement microvascular tissue. It can be added to a wound bed to supplement the natural repair process of your own tissue. It contains factors that could enhance healing potential by increasing blood supply, regulating the immune cell reaction, modulating inflammation and providing the foundation for tissue repair.

For more information, call NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers at (888) 881-8805.

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Study Participants Receive Injections for Bunions, May Prevent Need for Surgery

If you have a bunion, you may qualify for treatment through a research study with physicians at NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers. This safe, advanced treatment utilizes an FDA-approved medication to relax the four muscles that cause the mis-alignment of bones in the foot and may reduce the inflammation that causes bunion deformities.

Eligible participants will receive:

  • Potential access to a study medication at no charge
  • Opportunity to participate in the Open-Label Period where all participants will receive the study drug
  • Study-related care and monitoring by a healthcare team
  • Education about bunion condition

For more information, call (888) 881-8805.

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Receive Care for Heel Pain through Research Study

If you experience heel pain, you may suffer from plantar fasciitis. Individuals with plantar fasciitis have the chance to receive treatment by participating in a clinical study with physicians at NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers. For more information, call (888) 881-8805.

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From the Kitchen: Arugula, Pear, Walnut & Pecorino Salad

From The Kitchen

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

Here is a refreshing and delicious salad for a summer afternoon. This simple recipe is easy to make and it's healthy!

Serving size: 1/6 of recipe
Diabetic friendly? Yes

6 oz arugula
1 pear
1/4 cup walnut halves
1 cold Pecorino Romano cheese (1/2 ounce used)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp black pepper

Place the arugula in a large salad bowl. Slice the pear as thinly as possible and place on top of the arugula. Sprinkle with walnut halves. Using a vegetable peeler, shave 1/2 ounce of the Pecorino over the salad bowl.
Sprinkle balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil over the salad. Add pepper. Toss well. Serve.
For more information, including nutritional information, see this link.

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