Garrettsville – Ensuring that the people of Garrettsville can put their best foot forward, a wife-and-husband team of podiatrists has arrived to carry forward the practice of Garrettsville Foot and Ankle Clinic. Carmelita Reyes, DPM and her husband, Vern Chuba, DPM, will start seeing patients beginning Tuesday, July 26, at their clinic located in Sky Plaza at 8307 Windham Street, Suite # 2.

The doctors of podiatry are stepping into the practice of Dr. Frank Stoddard, who has left the Garrettsville area in order to attend to the greater demands from his Massillon foot clinic. All three became good friends while attending medical school together at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland.

Drs. Reyes and Chuba, who have been married for 15 years, live in Warren with their children Joshua (7) and Olivia (4). They have additional podiatry clinics in Warren and the Youngstown-Liberty area, and are affiliated with both St. Joe and Trumbull Memorial Hospitals.

Dr. Reyes graduated with honors from Ohio College Of Podiatric Medicine in 1998, after first earning her B.S. from the University of Michigan. Over the years, she has worked in affiliation with Mercy Health Youngstown, LLC, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in many medical groups, including Associates Family Foot Care, LLC and Valley Foot and Ankle Center.

After earning his B.S. from Slippery Rock University, Chuba also graduated from the Ohio College Of Podiatric Medicine. Along with maintaining practices in Youngstown and Warren, he recently served as the Residency Director at Northside Medical Center, where he trained medical residents.

Dr. Reyes wants to assure patients in Garrettsville that “we know what we are doing and have been well trained. We are qualified and certified in surgery, and we each have 13 years of experience in wound care.”

The podiatrists treat a variety of conditions, including achilles and ankle sprains, strains, ruptures and fractures; bunions and hammer toes; foot fractures and sprains;  plantar fasciitis; Sever’s Disease; and wound care due to neuropathy, onychomycosis (fungal nail infections), and diabetes (ulcers, infections).

“We treat our patients like we treat our family,” Reyes says. “We won’t jump to surgery first. We try alternative treatments first. We are family-oriented and laid back.”

Garrettsville Foot & Ankle Clinic will be open every Tuesday afternoon, 1-4pm, and every Thursday morning, 9am-12 noon. To make an appointment, call (330) 527-4088.