APMA News - November/December 2019 - 90

10 Questions
Featuring David B. Alper, DPM, of Belmont, MA
In this feature, APMA News asks one member 10
questions and gets all the answers about his or her
passions, ambitions, and priorities. Would you like to
answer our questions? Contact Aimee Condayan at
arcondayan@apma.org.

1.

What do you do for fun during
your time off?
I have a unique hobby-I blacksmith, making smaller items like
candlesticks and BBQ tools. I'm a big
Patriots and Red Sox fan, and I attend
many games. In the summer, I drive
around as much as I can in my 1963
Corvair Monza convertible.
Who would you most like to swap
places with for a day?
I would love to be the guy in the mascot costume
at a professional football or baseball game. They always
look like they are having fun.

4.

Why is podiatry the best career for you?
Because, after 34 years, I still have no idea what I will
be doing when I start my day, and it varies even within the day. I get many opportunities to give my patients comfort and instant gratification-a rarity in
medicine. And the schedule allows me to have a personal life.

5.

I have always wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand. If you really mean anywhere, I would give anything to go to Romania, where my grandmother was
born and lived before she emigrated to the US. Back to
my roots.

7.

What is the biggest change you've seen in podiatric medicine since you started practicing?
One of the things that attracted me to medicine, and podiatry in particular, was the
ability to start and own my own practice.
To create and be in business for myself
was a dream that came true. It is sad that the biggest change now is that graduates really do not have that
option today, especially because of their debt.

8.

I had a young man come in with more than 40
plantar wart lesions on the soles of both feet.
I had only been in practice a few years, and I
truly had no idea how to treat two soles covered with lesions. I made a radical suggestion that
occurred to me (and I subsequently researched)-I removed one of the warts, cut a 1 mm square out of the center
and, making an incision on the dorsum of one foot, buried the
wart deep into the tissue and closed the wound. I saw him daily,
and after three days, the autoimmune reaction I was hoping for
occurred. In less than three weeks, the warts were gone. I
learned to think out of the box, to be self-assured enough in
your knowledge and skills to try new things, and to be honest
with your patients and appreciate the trust they have in you.

9.

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What's the most helpful way for you to get feedback?
Talk to me. I do email, Twitter, text, Facebook, etc., but
I value an opinion most when I hear it directly while
watching the expression on the face delivering it.

What's the best meal you've ever had?
It was at Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery in the heart
of Copenhagen. The building is more than 400 years
old, and there is no electricity. You eat in the monks' old
cells, all candlelit. Meals are made from recipes dating
back centuries, with a bit of a modern twist. It was a
four-hour culinary delight.

Tell us about a patient who changed your life/your
approach to medicine/your outlook.

10.

What is your favorite movie?
I love a good drama and mystery, but I always turn the
TV to the channel anytime I see "Blazing Saddles" or
"The Princess Bride" on the program guide. Both are
still hysterical after all these years.

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3.

Where would you go if you could visit anywhere in the
world?

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you
grew up?
I always wanted to be a chemist. I had the chance after college, spending a year working for
NASA. Sadly, it turned out I
did not like the work!

2.

6.


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