All our professionals at The Foot DRX maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in podiatry.

Dr. Jonathan Richards, DPM

Dr. Jonathan Richards is a highly trained surgeon and podiatrist who is focused on acheiving the best possible outcomes for his patients. An avid runner, his interest in athletics led him to seek a career that would enable him to assist people with the maintenance and improvement of their physical health. As such, he chose to pursue a career in podiatry with a particuar focus on sports medicine.

In 2006, Dr. Richards earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from The Ohio State University. He then went on to study podiatry at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, now known as the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, which is one of the most respected podiatric medical education institutions in the United States. After finishing his training there in 2010, Dr. Richards moved to New York City to undertake a podiatric medical rotation (PMR) residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While fulfilling his residency, Dr. Richards acted as co-chair and board member of the Beth Israel House Staff Committee and board member of the Beth Israel Health & Wellness Committee. During this time, he also increased his knowledge of advancements in the podiatric and surgical fields through continuing education courses on topics including limb deformity and clubfoot correction. In addition, he shared his knowledge with the medical community through presentations such as one on plantar fasciitis that he gave at the TRIARQ Foot & Ankle Symposium in 2011. Due to his stellar performance at Beth Israel Medical Center, Dr. Richards was chosen to serve as chief resident for a one-year term from 2012 to 2013.

Upon completion of his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, Dr. Richards joined Starrett Podiatry in July 2013. In October 2015, he joined FootDRX and is dedicated to providing his patients with superlative care through state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical treatments.

When it comes to the importance of maintaining optimal physical health, Dr. Richards brings a keen sensitivity to the patient experience, due to his athletic lifestyle that includes biking, swimming and running on a regular basis. He has completed 21 marathons in recent years, including ones in Arkansas, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington, DC, and continues to pursue his goal of finishing at least one race in every state. He has also manned first aid stations in a volunteer capacity at various marathons and ultramarathons.

Dr. Jodene Shwer

Jodene Shwer, DPM is a graduate of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. There, she received both the Paul R. Quintavalle, Sr., Memorial Faculty Award and the Stanley David, DPM '56 Award, which is awarded to students who demonstrated outstanding proficiency in the clinical sciences. Dr. Shwer went on to complete her surgical residency at New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. She has presented at the Limb Preservation Symposium at Weill Cornell Medicine and was published in the Compendium of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery 2014. She works with patients from all walks of life, helping to achieve a cosmetic and functional outcome for their feet. Before going into podiatry, she completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she graduated early with honors and was on the Dean's List. There, she participated in the triathlon club, which sparked her interest in podiatry through aiding runner's injuries.

Outside of podiatry, Dr. Shwer enjoys working with her hands through ceramics and painting. She loves playing with dogs, traveling, and remains an active runner and swimmer.

Dr. Sarah Richards

Dr. Sarah Richards completed her three-year residency in foot and ankle medicine and surgery at Hoboken University Medical Center in Hoboken, New Jersey. As a former dancer, she was drawn to the field as a means of rehabilitating performance-related injuries. Prior to her residency, she graduated at the top of her class from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence, Ohio. 
Before studying podiatry, Dr. Richards received a bachelor's degree in both chemistry and international studies from The Ohio State University. She also holds a master's degree in Education from Bar Ilan University. Dr. Richards lives in New Jersey with her husband and their one-year-old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys baking, attending spin classes, and is a die-hard Ohio State Buckeyes fan. 


Dr. Barry Herstik

Dr. Barry Herstik was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating from South Shore High School, he attended Binghamton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. He did his graduate work at the William M. Scholl College of Podiatry in Chicago, Illinois, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Next, Barry completed a two-year residency at Kern Hospital for Special Surgery in Warren, Michigan. During residency, he mastered his skills as a specialist in a variety of foot ailments, concentrating on foot surgery and diabetic foot care.

"Podiatry was my chosen path because it affords me the opportunity to help people. I am blessed with the ability to be a doctor, a healer, and, therefore, an integral part of the community. Most of my patients come to me in pain, but I feel confident I can help rid them of that pain. By treating their various ailments, my goal is always that they leave my care healthy, ultimately teaching them about their feet."

Dr. Herstik’s parents were teachers, instilling in him an innate desire and ability to educate his patients about their foot problems. By combining his medical knowledge and expertise with the patient's newfound understanding of their condition, he has achieved an unprecedented success rate.

"I communicate with my patients, helping them along their path to healing and allowing them to become an key part of their healing process."

Dr. Herstik focuses most of his energy and daily routines around his practice of Podiatric Medicine. However, his sons, Zachary and Joshua, have added a whole new dimension to his life. The doctor awakens each morning with his sons and they both ready themselves for the new day.

"My children have added a fantastic dimension to mine and my wife's lives. We are so blessed by their abundant energy and spirit. Their laughter is infectious. I look forward to each morning with them and look forward to there hugs when I walk through the door each evening. My goal is to show them the world as I have seen it. The adventures that await us are endless."

The walls of Dr. Herstik's office are still adorned with some of his previous travels but the photographs of Zachary and Joshua are slowly taking over. Patients get a great sense of how the boys are growing as the photos are constantly updated.

Barry works closely with his brother, Ivan, and they have been partners since 1993. He especially enjoys the teamwork and camaraderie they have developed, and they use that to their advantage during surgery where they routinely assist each other.

"Working with Ivan has been a great experience, as he has guided me and helped me grow into the doctor and person I am today. We both use each other as sounding boards and as reliable sources of knowledge and experience that enhance our practices and benefit our patients. We take pride in trying to create a family-like office environment."

Dr Barry Herstik is primarily seeing patients at 934 Manhattan Ave. Greenpoint Brooklyn NY 11222 / Phone#(718) 389-8585


Dr. Ivan Herstik, DPM

Dr. Ivan Herstik graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1987. He completed a two-year residency specialization in Foot surgery at Kern Hospital for Special Surgery, located in Warren, Michigan. Dr. Herstik has published articles on foot surgery and has lectured locally and nationally on the topic. His main office is located adjacent to Union Square in New York City.

Common foot reconstructive surgery, such as bunion and hammertoe repair, is performed either in-office or within the Hospital utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technique. Counseling and educating parents on their child’s in-toe walking problems, helping marathon runners with heel pain complete their 26-mile quest, and providing comfort relief to the elderly makes each day unique.

“It is the patient interaction I enjoy most,” says Dr. Herstik. “The smile given after successful treatment or a story told to me by a patient about a life experience makes every day enjoyable, different and exciting.”

Pain relief is the primary focus.

“We just try to do the right thing for the patient, based upon their individual desires and expectations, and not on what insurance will pay,” explains Dr. Herstik.

At the offices of the FootDrx, LLP, we provide treatment options that let the patient make an informed decision. When surgery is the option, being on the staff of a major NYC hospital provides a comfort level patients enjoy. The growth of our practice is a testimony to patient satisfaction.

Dr. Herstik was the section chief of Podiatry – Department of Orthopedics at St. Vincent’s Hospital Medical Center – Manhattan until the Hospital closed in 2010. He continues to be involved in the training of the Podiatric Residents, as well as training and assisting other Podiatrists. Additionally, he works in the Beth Israel Hospital Wound Care Center treating and managing lower-leg and foot ulcers, as well as wounds that develop from a multitude of conditions, including diabetes, HIV, and vascular disease. Utilizing a team approach, special trained wound care nurses and physicians, including a team of Vascular Surgeons, Infectious Disease Specialists, and Pedorthotists, manage and treat foot ulcers with the newest wound care dressings and devices.

When not in the office, Dr. Herstik enjoys living in suburban New York with his three children. Keeping active, healthy and fit is an important part of his lifestyle, a goal he trys to instill in his patients everyday.

These days, Dr Ivan Herstik primarily sees patients at Westmed - 73 Market St Yonkers NY 10710 / Phone # (914) 848-8073 

At this time, he is available in New York and Brooklyn offices for IME's.

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From Journal Watch, June 6, 2013

The Agony of the Feet

By Amy Orciari Herman

Several new studies, including one in theJournal of Applied Physiology, have found that running barefoot or in minimalist footwear does not result in greater physiologic efficiency or injury prevention, according to the New York Times "Well" blog.

Indeed, it seems that when it comes to running, one style does not fit all. The Times quotes one expert: "I always recommend that runners run the way that is most natural and comfortable for them.... Each runner runs a certain way for a reason, likely because of the way they were physically built. Unless there is some indication that you should change things, such as repeated injury, do not mess with that plan."

New York Times "Well" blog

Journal of Applied Physiologyabstract