DC Foot Health

Dr. Stuart B. Sibel is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He received his B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. His first year of residency in Podiatric Orthopedics was completed at the Giuffre Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then completed a residency in Podiatric Surgery at Lutheran Hospital of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. He is Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr Sibel was appointed to the D.C. Board of Podiatry in 2002 and currently serves as Chairman. He is a Resident Educator of the Podiatric Surgical Residents at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Sibel is bilingual (English/Spanish). He has privileges at the Washington Hospital Center and Medstar Surgical Center. Dr. Sibel has been in practice since 1985.

Dr. Lee E. Firestone is a native of New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his surgical residency training at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC where he served as chief resident in Podiatric Surgery.

He is Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He has privileges at The Massachusetts Avenue Surgical Center, Medstar Surgical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital and The Washington Hospital Center.

Dr. Firestone was recognized by his peers and colleagues in the Washingtonian Magazine as one of DC’s top sports medicine providers (2010) and as a top DC Podiatrist (2012). He was also recognized by his fellow runners as best doctor by Run Washington Magazine (2013).

He is an avid runner who competes in many local and regional races including the Boston Marathon. Dr. Firestone works extensively with runners and is proud to be a member of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club. He has been in practice since 1994.

Dr. Erika M. Schwartz is a native of Long Island, New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University and her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. She completed three years of surgical residency training at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, where she was chief resident in Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Schwartz is Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She is the current President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists and is the District of Columbia Public Relations Chairperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association. As an APMA spokesperson she has been featured throughout multimedia, including the Washington Post, Prevention Magazine, and DC Channel 5 News. Dr. Schwartz is a member of the Residency Clinical Competency and Education Committee for the Podiatric Surgical Residency Training Program at the Washington Hospital Center. She has privileges at the Washington Hospital Center, Medstar Surgical Center, and Massachusetts Avenue Surgical Center.

Dr. Alison J. Garten is a native of Cary, North Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where she played Division I tennis on a full scholarship. She completed her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Garten completed two years of podiatric medicine and surgical residency at Montgomery Hospital in the Philadelphia area. She then continued her training at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, which provided further extensive training in foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, diabetic limb salvage, elective forefoot and rearfoot reconstruction and management of in-house patients with vast medical issues. Dr. Garten is a certified Pedorthist and Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. She serves as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Podiatry, as well as Co- Vice President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists. Dr. Garten often lectures on topics related to the foot and ankle, as well as diabetic wound care. Her passions in medicine revolve around promoting physical activity for injury prevention and improved overall health and happiness. In her free time she enjoys tennis, golf, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, running, yoga , traveling and spending time with friends and family. Here motto is “Your Health is Your Wealth.”