Island doctor is honored

COURTESY PHOTO | Shelter Island's Dr. Frank Spinosa has been appointed president of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

COURTESY PHOTO | Shelter Island’s Dr. Frank Spinosa has been appointed president of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Dr. Frank Spinosa of Shelter Island Podiatry has moved up in the ranks once again in his practice of podiatry.

The veteran physician was appointed president of the American Podiatric Medical Association — a group with about 12,000 members — in March.

A graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1980, Dr. Spinosa started his career as chief resident at Rockland State Hospital in Orangeburg, New York.

His interest in medicine began his senior year of high school, he said, when he started to visit podiatric offices at the suggestion of a college career counselor.

Years later, Dr. Spinosa attended his first House of Delegates meeting for the New York State Podiatric Association (NYSPA) after his residency at Rockland. Subsequently, he was elected as a full member of the Delegates.

Since then, Dr. Spinosa has worked in the New York Kings division of the NYSPA in Brooklyn. In 1991 he was appointed president of the NYSPA.

Dr. Spinosa’s partner, Dr. Robin Ross, was the first woman to hold the presidency of the New York State Podiactric Medical Association.

“I have been a leader of the American Podiatric Medical Association for thirteen years,” Dr. Spinosa, said and it is, “a privilege to have become the president of the association.”

The goal of the association, according to its website, is to enhance the education, training and experience of students and doctors who specialize in podiatry.

In addition to being a partner at Shelter Island Podiatry, Dr. Spinosa also has a private practice in Southold.

Travel is a major aspect of Dr. Spinosa’s career. In fact, he said, that “as of right now I have two hundred nights booked at hotels for the year.” It’s gotten to the point that   ”the staff at LaGuardia even addreses me with, ‘Dr. Spinosa your room is ready,’ when I get off the plane, since they know [by now that] it’s sometimes difficult to get back to Shelter Island in time for a ferry.”

There are no complaints, however. “I like working on Shelter Island,” he said. “It’s very different compared to when I worked in Brooklyn. I like that I have a strong relationship with my patients. For instance, I see them around town and when I have to get my mail.”