Dr. Lori Barnett Video Profile

Dr. Lori Barnett Video Profile

(mellow music) – Hi, my name is Lori Barnett. I’m a podiatrist at Coordinated Health. I’ve been here since 2001, and I work in the Allentown campus, the Bethlehem campus,
and the Emmaus campus. A colleague of mine had asked
me to join Coordinated Health. I was in my own solo
practice and at the time, I just had had my second child, and felt that perhaps I needed to change the way I was doing my work. I loved the idea of the coordinated care that Coordinated Health provided, and was very happy to join
Coordinated Health in 2001. One of the things that
we see as podiatrists is a lot of dermatological problems, so anything that’s
nail-related, skin-related, to the more musculoskeletal, which is ankle sprains
or plantar fasciitis. I also see anything from
taking out a splinter to hammer toes and bunions, which are deformities of the foot. I have a Bachelor of Science
degree in kinesiology at the University of Maryland. I graduated and then worked for a year as a physical therapist assistant in an orthopedic practice doing ACL reconstructive post-op care. During my tenure at Maryland, I had a full tuition scholarship
as an athletic trainer for the Division I school. I had a wonderful, great
time doing athletic training with the women’s basketball team. The women’s lacrosse team
had an undefeated season, so athletic training really
opened the doors for me. From that point, I started
looking at podiatry school, and went to the Dr.
Williams Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. I did four years of podiatry school. During my undergrad, I
was an athletic trainer. From podiatry school, I
did a surgical residency at Roseland Surgical Center
with hospital rotations at Saint Mikes in Newark. From there, I started my own
practice in Emmaus in 1991. Helpful tips from a podiatric
perspective would be, basically, keeping your
feet clean and dry, good supportive shoes, ice always helps, and anti-inflammatory skin helps. Those are the first things you need to do before you come in to
a podiatrist’s office. Just get started on that routine, and then we can take it from there. I was a runner in high school. My friend Sharon and I ended up starting the women’s cross-country
team at our high school. It was a lot of fun. We had a great time. Unfortunately, I developed shin splints. She developed a stress fracture, and from there, we ended up, basically, running through those injuries. It gave me an interest in injuries, and trying to get through those injuries. That gave me the interest
in athletic training, and then into podiatry. I’d like to say that I’m still a runner, but I’m a walker with my dogs every day. I’m mostly a cyclist. My husband’s a very avid cyclist, and we enjoy cycling through
the hills of Pennsylvania. It’s very challenging,
but he pulls me through. It’s a lot of fun. We have a great time. One of the things I think
that’s really important when you do have a foot
problem is to cross-train, because you want to keep all your muscles that are being used in shape. They also help the rest of your body heal. Plus, I do think that gives
you a good mental attitude towards getting over your
injury, if you can cross-train. What I mean by that is, if
you’re a treadmill walker, that’s not a really good idea
when you have a foot problem. So, if they can do a non-impact aerobics, or modify an aerobics
class to accommodate, they usually develop new interests. They find that they like cycling, or they like something else to do, Zumba, or yoga, or Pilates,
or something like that. One of the things, I
think, that’s different is that while we each see our own patients, we can cross-reference
and really help each other do the best job for each other’s patient. Coordinated Health provides what it says in its name, coordinated health. You walk in the door and
if your shoulder hurts, we’ll refer you downstairs, or upstairs, or on the next floor to
the shoulder specialist. If your foot hurts, we can
get an X-ray right away. Our radiologist can be consulted. We have the access to
each other’s expertise, and each person comes with
a whole set of experiences. It’s really wonderful to be
able to use those resources. Everybody has their little specialties, or their little interests, so it’s just great to be able
to work with those people. The best thing about being a podiatrist is seeing people come in limping, and leave healthy, and happy, and able to get on with their life, and not to have to see me again. (mellow music)


  1. What can be done for Hammer Toes? I haven't always had the problem, but developed it after Foot Reconstruction Surgery. At the end of the day, my big toe is especially sore,at the tip.

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