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AAWP Newsletter Spring 2017

AAWP Newsletter Spring 2017

President's Message

This year started off with an executive board retreat held in Potomac, Maryland.  Board members came together for a common goal which was to define AAWP’s mission, our goals as an association and to establish a working budget for years to come.  The three-day meeting came with healthy debates and discussion to evaluate the future of AAWP.

One of the first objectives was to develop a social media campaign with the goal to promote interaction between members on a regular basis while providing continuous exposure of AAWP. Dr. Jennifer Spector, our co-VP, took initiative to develop an active Facebook communication (hyperlink to our Facebook Page) including member spotlights, promotion of our current members in the media, and the “Guess Who” posts of the board members as an opportunity for members to get to know the new board. 

Treasurer, Dr. Elizabeth Bass is working hard with our CPA to create a working budget which will allow us to be more organized and efficient with your funds and maximizing opportunities for members. 

We are also on the early stages of planning for the next AAWP scientific conference in 2018.   In addition, Elizabeth is also our scientific conference chair has spent countless hours researching and visiting potential sites for the next event with the goal of finding an affordable but yet a memorable space.  I am happy to announce that our next meeting will be May 4-6, 2018 at the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, Charleston, SC.  You will be receiving more details soon on how to register and reserve your spot at the conference. We can’t wait to see you there! 

Dr. Karen Langone is working hard to restructure our corporate sponsorship levels. Our goal is to maximize opportunities for our sponsors creating more benefits to our members.  If you have a company you think is interested in partnering with AAWP please email Karen at

Our immediate past president, Dr. Aparna Duggirala is spearheading our podiatric student scholarships.  Our goal is to continue to offer five podiatric students scholarships annually.  

The annual AAWP House of Delegates caucus was held March 18 at restaurant 1331 at the JW Marriot in Washington, DC. We had an excellent turn out with approximately 40 attendees who had fun eating, drinking and networking.  We had several young female professionals show interest in membership.

Secretary, Dr. Heather Rafal, is active in making sure our meetings are well recorded.   She is also working with members and sponsors for our quarterly newsletters.  

Please let us know if you have recently given a presentation, been in the media or been published. We would like to let our other members know!

What’s new:  We now have a classifieds section on our website.  If you are member and would like to post something including job openings, sell office equipment, etc. then email go to the AAWP and click classifieds on how to post an item.

We are so excited for the year ahead and what is in store for our membership. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the board members with ideas, questions and comments. We look forward to a successful 2017! 

Warmest Regards,
Dr. Alison J. Garten 
AAWP President

Treasurer's Report

The AAWP is comprised of approximately 160 members. The current assets are: 
Checking: $89,391.89 
CDs: $19,728.43

AAWP in the News

DC Podiatrist Provides Shoe-Buying Tips for People with RA

It's very common for symptoms of RA to first appear in the toes and then the forefoot, back of the feet, and ankles, says Alison Garten, DPM, CPed, vice president of the American Association of Women Podiatrists, and a podiatrist in Washington, D.C. These foot problems can make shoe shopping more challenging for people with RA.

The most important consideration is that the shoes you're considering offer support, says Dr. Garten. The more support a shoe has, the more it will protect your joints and provide shock absorption - features you want when you have rheumatoid arthritis. Good support means choosing shoes with good arches. Also look for removable insoles that can be replaced with better over-the-counter insoles or custom orthotics that provide even more support. Avoid styles like mules or slip-ons, which offer no support.

Dr. Alison J. Garten, AAWP President

Credit: - Wed 2/22/2017

Dr. Gina Saffo Recognized by Temple University for Entrepreneurship, Excellence, and Leadership in the Community. 

Dr. Gina Saffo Accepting the award commemorating her induction into the Hall of Fame into the League of Entrepreneurial Women at Temple University.

Dr. Gina Saffo Accepting the award commemorating her induction into the Hall of Fame into the
League of Entrepreneurial Women at Temple University.

Dr. Gina Saffo was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Temple University's League for Entrepreneurial Women in a gala awards ceremony on October 19, 2016 . Dr. Saffo was recognized for entrepreneurship, excellence, and leadership in the community as an innovator in the field of Podiatric Medicine and practice management in the Philadelphia region, including being one of the original eight founding partners of the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, as well as the only woman founding partner. Please help us congratulate Dr. Saffo on this achievement

Credit: Strides. Temple University of podiatric Medicine Alumni Newsletter - Fall-Winter 2016-2017

Save the Date for AAWP 2018 Scientific Conference

Save the Date for AAWP 2018 Scientific Conference


The American Association for Women Podiatrists is pleased to announce the return of its Scientific Conference May 4-6, 2018.

This dynamic conference will offer up to 15 CECH with renowned speakers in a tranquil setting of the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, SC just outside downtown Charleston, SC. We are pleased to share the charm of the south while continuing with the feel of a relaxing beach and spa resort. This conference will again feature our Welcome Reception and President’s Luncheon for attendees.

At Wild Dunes Resort, enjoy relaxation and recreation to fill your stay with excitement, tranquility, or a little of both. Enjoy an easy going, peaceful atmosphere along the serene Isle of Palms, SC beach or one of the sparkling Resort pools. Enjoy various resort amenities including an expansive golf course, tennis courts, fitness center, bicycle rentals, or relax by one of the numerous pools on the resort. All conveniently located about thirty minutes away from historic Charleston, SC.

Charleston has been named among Conde Nast’s Best Travel Destinations in the US and one of the Coolest Small Cities in America by GQ. Charleston’s restaurants are world famous and the city has breathtaking architecture, charming shops, art, history, and character at every turn.

For more information in participating in the conference, contact Dr. Elizabeth Daughtry, Conference Chair, at For speaker information, contact Dr. Erika Schwartz at And for exhibitor information, contact Dr. Karen Langone at

Save the Date for AAWP 2018 Scientific Conference

HOD Election Update

Congrats to newly elected APMA Trustee Leslie Campbell and re-elected Trustee Brooke Bisbee!

Congrats to newly elected APMA Trustee Leslie Campbell and re-elected Trustee Brooke Bisbee!

AAWP Women's Caucus at HOD

AAWP Women's Caucus at HOD

AAWP Women's Caucus at HOD

HOD Rising Star Award

A huge congratulation to Priya Parthasarathy, DPM for receiving the Rising Star Award at this year’s HOD!!

A huge congratulation to Priya Parthasarathy, DPM for receiving the Rising Star Award at this year’s HOD!!

A huge congratulation to Priya Parthasarathy, DPM for receiving the Rising Star Award at this year’s HOD!!

New Member Spotlight

My name is Dr. Erin Kutvoelgyi.  I recently opened my own practice, Professional Podiatry LLC in Kennett Square Pennsylvania.  I am originally from Massachusetts and I went to the California College of Podiatric Medicine, to experience the west coast (and because I felt like more friends would come out to visit me during my schooling if I went to San Francisco).  I returned to the east coast for my residency at Yale New Haven/VA West Haven Program.  After completing my residency, I joined a fairly large Podiatry group that included both surgical and NON-Surgical practitioners.  I covered multiple offices, clinics and Hospitals in both Pennsylvania and Delaware.  I gained valuable clinical and life experience from my eleven years with the group.

I am certified in Foot Surgery from the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, with a recent RE-certification in 2016.  I am also a Certified Wound Specialist from the American Board of Wound Healing.  I have a special interest in lower extremity dermatology and one of my favorite meetings is the DERMFOOT seminar.

Dr. Erin Kutvoelgyi

I found it challenging and frustrating being one of eight partners in a group.  After many nights of soul searching and conversations with my husband, I decided to leave the group.  After being restricted from practicing in the area, I then traveled quite a distance to work for a solo practitioner in a neighboring county for three and a half years.  This experience was a sharp contrast from the large group setting with multiple offices that I just left; however in this smaller setting I was able to gather more practical knowledge about running a practice/business.  It was on one of my long drives that I realized “why am I not doing this for myself”, and from that moment the idea of Professional Podiatry LLC was born.

Message from Our 2nd Vice President

As AAWP continues to grow and evolve, we find ourselves with multiple exciting projects coming up in the near future. We are seeking AAWP Membership involvement in ensuring the success of these projects. There are roles for members to get more involved in AAWP in multiple areas, but those listed below are of special interest at this time:

  • Membership Recruitment and Retention
  • Social Media Presence
  • Scientific Conference Committee
  • Publicity and Networking (Increasing exposure of AAWP)
  • Sponsorship and Revenue Generation

Please email Dr. Jennifer Spector at if you are interested in becoming involved in these and other areas. If there is a topic or project you don’t see listed above that you feel you would be a good fit for, please let us know. 


Thank you to our sponsors!

American Association for Women Podiatrists, Inc.

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Postal Mail: Elizabeth Bass Daughtry, DPM - Treasurer
700 Tilghman Dr. Ste. 722
Dunn, NC 28334

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