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Third Quarter 2018 Edition:

Three New Doctors Join Ankle & Foot Care Centers

Ankle & Foot Care Centers, the region's largest podiatric medical practice, today announced the addition of Dr. Michael Stas, Dr. Bradley Backoff and Dr. Ajay Ghai to its staff of physicians and surgeons. Read more here.

Pictured are Dr. Ajay Ghai, Dr. Michael Stas and Dr. Bradley Backoff

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Take These Steps to Prevent Sports Injuries to the Foot & Ankle

Whether you take part in regular exercise or play intramural or competitive sports, athletic-related injuries can be common if proper care is not taken, says Dr. Kwame A. Williams, a podiatric physician at Ankle & Foot Care Centers. He offers some tips to prevent injuries. Watch the video here.

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Dr. Anania Says Podiatry Offers Something New Every Day

Picture is Dr. Michelle Anania.

For Dr. Michelle Anania, each day is an opportunity to help people by treating them for a wide variety of ailments and conditions.

"As podiatrists, no two days are alike," said Dr. Anania. "One day we can treat patients for general care, diabetic or wound care, and then the next may be filled with patients requiring foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, or even nursing home care."

In addition to her activities at the practice, Dr. Anania works as the podiatrist for YSU athletics, treating athletes for sprained ankles, broken bones, ingrown nails, shin splints, heel pain and other conditions from all of the university's sports teams since 2008.

Dr. Anania enjoys community involvement, in which she can apply her expertise to help others.
"Obviously my favorite part of the job is the ability to make people feel better, whether that's in the office or out in the community," said Dr. Anania.

She volunteers at Mill Creek Children's School by doing foot screenings twice a year on children ages three to five.

In addition to treating diabetic patients, she is an advocate for diabetes awareness, as she sits on the board for the Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley. She has been leading the Ankle & Foot annual golf outing benefit for the past 16 years and has raised over $150,000 for the DPMV, which funds diabetes care and resources.

Dr. Anania earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from YSU in 1994 and graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland in 1998. After residencies at the Cleveland Clinic and DePaul Health Center in St. Louis, she joined Ankle & Foot Care Centers in 2001. She sees patients in the practice's Austintown, Struthers and Champion offices.

Dr. Anania appreciates the knowledgeable physicians and staff, along with the comprehensive treatment they offer at Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

"The staff always takes pride in what they do and I really enjoy working with them for that very reason," says Dr. Anania.

When Dr. Anania is not treating patients, organizing events or volunteering in the community, she enjoys spending time with her rescue dog, Zeus, hiking and traveling.

Dr. Anania lives in Austintown.

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Medical Secretary Enjoys Being Point of Contact for Patients

Pictured are Diane and her husband Dave while on vacation.

Diane Mann says she enjoys going to work every day because on her ability to work with patients, doctors and administrative staff on a daily basis.

As a medical secretary of more than 12 years, Diane works at the Ankle & Foot Care Centers Austintown office. She is the first and last point of contact for patients, which she says can be rewarding because it allows her to build strong relationships.

"We really get to know our clients to the point that they recognize us out in the community," Diane said. "They always tell us they look forward to coming in to see us."

In addition to greeting patients, Diane schedules appointments, surgeries and helps with insurance-related questions as well as assists with other concerns patients may have.

"We need to make sure we're always kind and pleasant to our patients because we're the first and last face they see," Diane said. "Our attitudes can reflect onto them, so we have the ability to make their experience better by staying positive."

As a medical secretary, she also has the ability to interact with physicians regularly, communicating about patient care.

"I love working with all of the doctors," said Diane. "Not only are they good at what they do, but they're always polite and easy to get along with. It makes our job a lot easier when we have questions or concerns and are able to turn to them without hesitation."

Diane also enjoys the support of the staff and the flexibility that comes with coworkers who are willing to cover for each other.

"I'm very lucky to work here because everyone always makes it a team effort if you need to take time off for whatever reason."

When Diane is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her three children, Joey, Kristina and Holly and her four grandsons, Brody (3), Aiden (5), Anthony (8) and Alex (10). She also enjoys traveling with her husband, Dave. Their favorite vacation spots are the Jersey Shore and Long Beach Island.

Diane lives in Austintown with her husband, Dave.

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From the Kitchen: Grilled Banana Split Sundae

From The Kitchen

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

Here is a timeless dessert you don't have to feel guilty about. The banana peel acts as a built-in baking dish, so all you need is a grill, a few delicious ingredients and a sweet tooth.
Serving size: 1 sundae (Recipe makes 6)
Diabetic Friendly: Yes


1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 firm unpeeled bananas split in half lengthwise
2 cups reduced fat and calories strawberry ice cream
2 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar blend
6 tbsp crushed pineapple (no sugar added, drained)
6 tbsp sugar-free chocolate sauce
6 tbsp fat-free whipped topping
6 tbsp chopped pecans


Preheat grill to medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk the Splenda Brown Sugar Bled and cinnamon together. Sprinkle the cut side of the bananas with the cinnamon mixture. Place bananas cut side down on the grill and cook until grill marks appear, about two to three minutes. Flip the bananas over and cook until peel just starts to pull away from the banana. Remove the bananas from the grill and remove the peel. Cut each half in thirds, lengthwise. Place a one-third cup scoop of ice cream in a bowl. Stick two pieces of banana into ice cream. Top with pineapple, chocolate sauce, whipped topping and chopped pecans. Repeat for remaining five sundaes.
For more information, including nutritional information, see this link.

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