Dr. Glass Slipper
Dr. Casey Ann Pidich is a podiatrist that resides in the busy city of New York City as she balances blogging and podiatry to provide the latest comfort in shoes for her patients.
Q1: Why did you choose podiatry?
I love podiatry because I love to help people! If you ever experience pain in your foot, then you know that it can be very detrimental and really affect your daily lifestyle. I love helping others, but I am not alone, I am fully integrated with other health care professions: I work with physical therapists, orthopedics, and primary care doctors, all as a team to help my patients.
So how did I get exposed to the field of podiatry? I used to work the night shift at the hospital, and after 2 weeks I started developing heel pain. At the time, I meet a podiatrist who was rounding on his patients. He was so wonderful, he told me exactly what I should be doing to treat it: resting, icing, and stretching. From this experience I decided to shadow a podiatrist, to see how this health care profession is like. The personal care and personal attention I received from that doctor made such a difference, and it helped me feel so good. Initially, I didn’t know much about the field of podiatry. I was in college doing pre-med and was about to apply to a D.O. school, but never did I ever consider going to podiatry school until that time during the hospital.
Becoming a Podiatrist is a big commitment. I finished my 2-year surgical residency at NYU Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. I am now in full clinical practice, seeing patients and helping them with their needs. I studied a lot to become a doctor and I love the profession. I love it and I love helping people!
Q2: What inspired you to create the Dr. Glass Slipper brand?
I personally had a difficult time finding shoes in the real world. When I was a resident, I wore clogs every day. It was easy, I would just get up out of bed, and slip into scrubs and comfortable hospital shoes! However, once I graduated, I started to dress more professionally. In other words, no more scrubs. Once I started working in the real world, I came to realize that I couldn’t find shoes that looked great AND were comfortable.
So I did research trying to find different comfortable stylish shoe brands. This research led me to start blogging, “the name sparked!’. My blogging name became Dr. Glass Slipper, given to me by a friend. While blogging, I learned many valuable things like self-managing, photo editing, and coding. It’s been a really incredible learning experience. My goals are to introduce women to more comfortable brands and give more options so women don’t have to sacrifice comfort for fashion.
Q3: A day in the life of a podiatrist:
How does my typical day entail, you might ask? I used to work 5-6 days a week and was a surgical attending here in New York. However, about 1 year ago, I was offered a position in private practice to work evenings, just 3 evenings a week. This allowed me to focus on blogging, which is my passion, so I am very fortunate. Even though I just work 3 days a week, I still see a lot of patients. From 5pm to 9pm is when everyone is out of work. This schedule works perfectly for me and my patients. In a busy city that works 8-5pm, I am available after hours to treat my patients.
I see about 30 patients in a couple of hours. During the day I blog; it’s a lot of work. There is a tremendous amount of work on the backside that people don’t see. Companies try to contact you, they send you clothes, there are dozens of emails per hour that need to be answered, and I still need to find topics, ideas, and trends to post daily and write about. I have to coordinate different outfits together, schedule professional photography sessions, and repeat.
I do most of the work myself and it can take up a lot of time. Usually, I prepare 1.5 months in advance since there are so many technical parts I need to arrange. In addition, I am starting to become a shoe consultant. I’m currently negotiating with companies who hire podiatrists to improve their shoe designs and offer feedback. I am constantly growing and staying busy and I love it!
Q4: What are good habits to have that you learned from residency that transferred to your practice?
My favorite attending, who just passed away, was a great mentor to me. He made me feel good and helped me so much during my training. He taught me to treat my patients like friends or family. Treat them as you would like to be treated when visiting a doctor. Listen to their pain and suffering and be proficient with small talk. A 15-minute talk during your clinic hours needs to be efficient. The effectiveness of human interaction during a doctor’s visit is memorable in your patient’s mind.
The effectiveness of human interaction during a doctor’s visit is memorable in your patient’s mind.
Q5: What are 3 quick tips to give to current podiatry students
1) Study hard to pass everything
2) make friends, and
3) find time to relax
During my time in podiatry medical school, I studied with one of my best friends, who had gone to medical school in Africa. He was kind enough to tutor me since he was very proficient with internal medicine and pharmacology. We became such good friends in school that we currently work in practice together. Always work hard, but don’t forget to take some time off as well. Relax, do something else, I used to go walk around in Central Park, and go try on shoes at stores at Bergdorfs and Bloomingdales. Enjoy it while you can!
By: Roberto De Los Santos
Meet NYC’s: Dr. Glass Slipper
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