Dr. Thomas M. Rocchio
Dr. Thomas Rocchio, co-Founder of PA Foot and Ankle Associates, graduated from Marist College pre-medicine program in 1996, Dr. Rocchio used the small classroom and close faculty relationship environment to focus on building the base of his eventual podiatric surgical practice. Dr. Rocchio spent a significant amount of his last 2 years at Marist college volunteering at the hospital chosen to be the direct medical treating facility for both local presidential visits during this time, St Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY. It was during this service that Dr. Rocchio confirmed his passion for patient care.
In 1996 Dr. Rocchio began training at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. During this training Dr. Rocchio was exposed to the highest level of surgical care. The connection to the vast medical specialties of the Temple community allowed Dr. Rocchio to experience a broad education in the other surgical specialties that included but where not limited to vascular surgery and orthopedic surgery. Recipient of scholarship awards and an active member of multiple student organizations including the surgical club and the political action comity, Dr. Rocchio immersed himself in the podiatric surgical profession.
In 2000, Dr Rocchio was selected to the highly sought after Community Medical Center residency program in Scranton, PA. In his three years of training he became proficient in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, limb lengthening, diabetic charcot reconstruction, and pediatric deformity correction. Under the close training of world renowned surgeon, Dr. Guido LaPorta, Dr. Rocchio began to establish himself as an educator of not only the newer resident class but also many other practicing podiatric physicians. In the final year of his residency, Dr. Rocchio completed a mini-fellowship in Biomechanics of External Fixation of the foot and ankle at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for pediatric orthopedics in Dallas, TX. A Shriners Hospital, Scottish Rite treated all children of Texas that suffered from any orthopedic deformity free of charge. It was during this rare opportunity that Dr. Rocchio was able to train and learn from world renowned Russian orthopedic surgeon, Mikail Samchukov. The fruit of this training was an article that focused on the mechanical properties of circular external fixation as it pertains to the foot and ankle. In 2003, with great reception, Dr. Rocchio presented this work for the first time at the predominantly orthopedic group Association for the Study and Advancement of the Method of Ilizarov, or ASAMI, meeting in Boston, MA.
Now a nationally recognized lecturer on foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Rocchio has authored many articles and research posters on the biomechanics of circular external fixation in the foot and ankle, new techniques in foot and ankle surgery and treatment of the predominantly diabetic charcot deformity. Dr. Rocchio is one of two designers of a unique external fixation frame utilized by hundreds of foot and ankle surgeons across the United States. A Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association, Dr. Rocchio is also Board Certified in foot surgery & rear foot and ankle reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.
Among his most recent achievements, Dr. Rocchio has developed a unique surgical procedure to replenish the atrophied plantar fat pad. With several pioneering articles and case studies, Dr. Rocchio’s parachute technique is utilized by hundreds of surgeons per year. From nearly one thousand entrants, this original procedure was awarded 2nd place at the 2009 American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons annual scientific seminar in Washington, DC.
Among his areas of expertise are pediatric deformity (club foot/flat foot/in toe/etc), trauma of the foot and ankle, adult deformity correction (including those associated with diabetes, severe arthritis, and trauma), sports medicine, ingrown toenails/nail fungus/athletes foot, surgical correction of bunions/hammertoes/etc, and routine foot care (including diabetic patients).
Known for his approachable demeanor, Dr. Rocchio prides himself in both gentle elderly care as well as an excellent rapport with pediatric patients. Add this to a remarkable resume of both office and surgical care, and it becomes apparent why Dr. Tom Rocchio’s is a welcome addition to the health care options for the northeast area of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Adam J. Teichman
Dr. Adam J Teichman, Co-Founder of PA Foot and Ankle Associates, is a podiatric physician and surgeon specializing in the treatment of all aspects of foot and ankle disorders. He has been at the forefront of adopting the latest techniques and technology available for correction of deformities and improvement of function. Having comprehensive knowledge and experience in the decades of time tested podiatric procedures, he continues to further refine and modify these techniques to achieve enhanced outcomes for his patients with shorter recovery times, minimal to no pain and aesthetic appearance. He believes that the final cosmetic result of the foot is just as important as the structural correction.
Dr. Teichman attended Colorado State University were he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration on Sports Medicine. During his time is Colorado, he spent several years working closely with a well known Podiatric Physician and Surgeon. It was there that he developed an interest in the field podiatric medicine and surgery. He pursued his podiatric medical education at the California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM) in San Francisco, which was closely affiliated with one of the top ten medical schools in the country, UCSF Medical School. Dr. Teichman spent his 4th year of podiatric medical education in Tacoma, Washington, dividing his time between the Madigan Army Medical Center and Tacoma Veterans Affair Hospital where he completed his clinical rotations. After receiving his degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from CCPM he applied and was accepted to his top choice surgical residency program at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken, NJ. He completed this program with 3 years of advanced surgical training in comprehensive foot and ankle surgery and also earned a 3 year certificate in lower extremity foot and ankle reconstruction. During this time, he also gained extensive knowledge in foot and ankle trauma surgery, sports medicine, diabetic foot management and biomechanics.
Following successful completion of this advanced surgical and wound care training program, he moved to the Lehigh Valley where he is involved with training residents and acts as an attending faculty surgeon to the residency program at St. Luke’s Hospital. He is a staff Podiatrist at the wound healing center at Easton Hospital. Dr. Teichman has become well known in the community for outstanding results in podiatric surgery and unparalleled success rates in diabetic wound management and limb preservation, where he utilizes the most modern and state of the art techniques to achieve the fastest possible healing times. He has also a wound care specialist at Easton Hospital’s wound healing center in Easton, PA and Sacred Heart Hospital Wound Healing Center in Allentown , PA.
He currently maintains hospital privileges at Easton Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital Sacred Heart Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Good Shephard Rehabilitation Hospital, Westfield Hospital.
To stay at the cutting edge of his specialty, Dr. Teichman maintains active membership in nationally recognized surgical societies including the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). He is also a member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Dr. Teichman is currently a preferred podiatrist for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Triple A Affiliate to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Dr. Teichman is also a columnist and health fitness advisor for the Morning Call local newspaper.
Dr. Teichman is always open to new patients as well as patients seeking second opinions. He provides flexible scheduling with personalized attention. Everyone deserves to have their next step pain free. Contact PA Foot and Ankle Associates to make an appointment for your private consultation today.
Dr. Joseph S. Saka, DPM
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Joseph Saka completed his medical education at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine where he graduated at the top of his class. There, Dr. Saka excelled and was voted secretary of his class and made Dean’s List in all 4 years. He was honored with many awards including the NYCPM Scholarship Award, the Student Services Award, and the APMA award. He then went on to complete his 3-year residency in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery at Hoboken University Medical Center, considered one of the country’s top residency programs, where he served as Chief Resident. During his residency, Dr. Saka assumed the responsibility of initiating and organizing monthly academic and instructional meetings and workshops as well as having the time to be intensely trained in all aspects of surgery of the foot and ankle. Dr. Saka has completed courses in Basic and Advanced AO Fixation, Ankle Arthroscopy, and various other complicated workshops of the foot and ankle. Dr. Saka is currently a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Dr. Saka specializes in both the conservative and surgical treatment of all foot and ankle conditions, ranging from pediatric to geriatric care, including sports medicine and trauma. His expertise ranges from routine foot surgery to more advanced surgical reconstruction of the foot and ankle including trauma, diabetic limb salvage procedures, and revisional surgery. Due to his vast training, Dr. Saka is knowledgeable and experienced in all pathology of the foot and ankle and instructs proper foot health clearly to all his patients.
Although new to the Lehigh Valley, Dr. Saka welcomes taking part in his new community and plans on being actively involved in public events and organizations. Dr. Saka anticipates strengthening and supporting podiatric education and health to all of his patients. He is involved in the office setting, nursing homes, hospital inpatients, wound care centers, emergencies, and house calls. He sincerely looks forward to contribute his time and expertise continually and endlessly wherever it may be needed.