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Find Your Footing 

A KSUCPM Publication for Prospective Podiatry Students

March 2015

Cleveland Foot and Ankle Clinic at a Glance

The Cleveland Foot and Ankle Clinic (CFAC) has been diagnosing and treating the foot and ankle problems of Northeast Ohio since 1916. CFAC patients are treated by specialists for a variety of reasons, including heel pain, diabetes, sports medicine, arthritis-related foot ailments, children's foot disorders, and many other specialties.

With 10,000 square feet in the MidTown neighborhood of Cleveland, the facility features the latest in diagnostic imaging, vascular testing, and other comprehensive modalities for the advanced treatment of the foot and ankle problems. 

The Institute also serves as
the clinical teaching and outpatient treatment facility for the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Students primarily
in their third and fourth years work along side renowned faculty members in the treatment of actual CFAC patients, a clinical exposure that allows our students to treat, care, interact, and access patients on a daily basis. CFAC has consistently been a favorable learning site for our students, and we are very grateful of this affiliation. 

Faculty Spotlight: Dustin Prins

Originally from Idaho, Dr. Dustin B. Prins received his Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Nebraska, and earned his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Upon completion of his residency in 2010, Dr. Prins served as Lieutenant, Primary Staff Foot and Ankle Surgeon for the United States Navy at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

In his role, Dr. Prins served as one of the primary foot and ankle specialists within the United States Navy and was responsible for serving 45,000 active duty marines serving all over the world. While serving in the Navy, Dr. Prins remained focused on patient safety and became a physician champion for Team STEPPS, which is a program designed to promote teamwork to ensure patient safety. In addition, he became a co-coordinator for MEDEVAC, which provides efficient and timely care to those wounded in battle, accident or other extraordinary circumstances.  


When asked for his opinion on Ankle Strains in Children, Dr. Prins mentioned the following: "One of the most common conditions seen in children. Often occur from a fall, sudden twist that forces the ankle to turn at an abnormal angle. The ligaments that hold the ankle joint in neutral position are either stretched or even possibly torn. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, difficulty walking, and feelings of instability. Younger athletes tend to go back to full activities as soon as the swelling goes down, but this can be way too early. The sprain actually affects the balance of your ankle and needs time to heal and can actually cause re-injury more likely. Initial treatments for an ankle sprain consists of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. A period of functional bracing may be needed. The goal of treatment is to allow the ankle ligaments to regain its full stability and function. Short term bracing is integral but long term rehabilitation can actually do more harm than good because it can lead to weakening of the ligaments and decreased range of motion. Proper shoe wear is very important. Please see your friendly foot and ankle specialist for further evaluation."

Dr. Dustin Prins now serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.

KSUCPM on the Road!

Our Admissions Counselors are always looking for opportunities to spread the word not only about Podiatry, but also about the advantages of becoming a KSUCPM student. We've also started a campaign, "Taking Feet to the Street", in which some of our current students visit schools in their hometown. While equipped with the necessary material to present to prospective students, they are able to offer great insight on the program and resources available to them as Medical students. This upcoming month, we will be attending fairs and visits in Baltimore, DC, Kansas City, and Dallas. If you or anybody you know is interested in meeting us, do not hesitate to reach out to us for travel details. 

Kevin and Angela also serve as a great reference if you are interested in visiting our campus or to have us schedule a visit at your undergraduate institution.

Kevin Schaefer                                                                     Angela G. Dessables                                                     
 (216)916-7493                                                                            (216)916-7487

2015 KSUCPM Pre-Professional Internship   

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine will once again host the Pre-Professional Internship program in 2015.  If you are interested in learning more about the exciting profession of podiatry, consider applying for one of the three sessions. Interns will experience many different aspects of podiatry during the three-day internship, including class observation, podiatric-themed workshops, private practice shadowing, Cleveland Foot and Ankle Clinic shadowing, and opportunities to meet with KSUCPM students and alumni.


The 2015 Internship Dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 19 - Thursday, May 21, 2015
  • Tuesday, June 9 - Thursday, June 11, 2015 
  • Tuesday, June 16 - Thursday, June 18, 2015
For complete internship details, including requirements and how to apply, please visit the Pre-Professional Internship webpage. If you have any questions about the internship, please contact us at

Get your Feet Wet in Cleveland!

Springtime brings us fresh ideas of renewal and regrowth, and with the snow melting off and the day length increasing, we have every reason to enjoy the upcoming activities even more!


Get ready fans, because another action-packed season of Cleveland Gladiators Arena Football is coming to Quicken Loans Arena from March 25th through August 23rd! Our family-friendly atmosphere, combined with the intensity and excitement of Arena Football is the perfect way to enjoy a night with the family at an affordable price!



Burst into spring with a visit to the Easter lily display at the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse, with dates through April 24th.  



Get tickets to support the Cleveland Indians. The home opening game is on April 10th.  



Hear ye! Hear ye! You are cordially invited to the fifth annual Royal Ball at the Children's Museum of Cleveland. Your little heir will enjoy free play in the museum as well as opportunities to make fancy tiaras, bejeweled scepters and build mini castles.


Discover Cleveland from the Terminal Tower observation deck. This was the largest construction project of the 1920s in the city, it and provides a different perspective of this beloved city. The Observation Deck will be open on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the Cleveland International Film Festival!



Mark your calendars for the biggest event of the year, the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Public Auditorium on April 18. (The inductee exhibit opens April 10.)



No other event in Cleveland allows science fiction fans, space geeks and socialites the opportunity to dress as an intergalactic traveler or fearsome space creature - all in honor of celebrating space exploration. Party like a cosmonaut at the Great Lakes Science Center's "Yuri's Night Space Party" in April, in honor of Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight in 1961. 



See the legendary jazz nine-string master Charlie Hunter and his band, the Charlie Hunter Trio, with Bobby Previt and Curtis Fawlkes, April 19 at Nightown in Cleveland Heights.



Add some sugar to your weekend at the 85th annual GeaugCouny Maple Festival, April 23-26 in Chardon Square.  

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