Dr. Larry J. Assalita – Your Family Podiatrist
As a doctor, I take great pride in the high-level of care and the time we spend with patients on a daily basis. My independent office is personable, and as the Sole Provider, I am able to set aside the time needed for a thorough exam. Our hope is that you'll notice the incredibly friendly, casual and inviting atmosphere the minute you walk in the door. My goal is to work with you to create a positive experience every time you visit! Feel free to browse our website and please contact us if you have any questions or to inquire about our services.
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Doctor Larry Assalita was raised outside of a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania, between Hazleton and Allentown, and was an top ten honors graduate of Tamaqua Area High School. He attended Wilkes University, In Wilkes-Barre Pa, earning an honors BS in Biology with a minor BA in Psychology. He then attended Podiatry Medical School for four years and was vice-president of his class, where he earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree ( DPM ) from The Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine ( PCPM )now Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine( TUSPM ) in Philadelphia, PA. He completed a Podiatric Surgical Residency at Oxford Hospital, and then a second residency where he became Chief Podiatric Surgical Resident at Metropolitan Hospital ( Central Division ) . He was then invited to be an Instructor in the Department of Medicine at PCPM where he stayed two years, teaching Podiatric Medical students in the classroom & clinical settings, & practiced with the Faculty Private Practice Group, while his wife Dr.Pam Assalita completed her Optometric education & post graduate training.
When he moved to State College, he started private practice, and eventually became the first Podiatrist to be granted Surgical Priviliges and Active Staff membership at Mount Nittany Medical Center[ then known as Centre Community Hospital ] and Mount Nittany Surgical Center.
He is Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons ( ABFAS )
He is Board Certified the American Board of Podiatric Medicine ( ABPM ) ( previously known as The American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine ( ABPOPPM ) . For the ABPOPPM he served as a Board Certification Oral Examiner , as well as serving on the written and oral Board Certification Examination Construction Committees and completed his service as a Liason between the Board and the Examination Commmittees.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM ) and after an invitation by that group, received clinician training in Utah, and now volunteers with the Healthy Athletes Fit Feet Screenings at the Summer Games of Special Olympics held each year at Penn State University.He is a member of the American Podiatric Medicine Association( APMA) and a prior Fellow ( through 2016 ) of American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons ( ACFAS ) and a current Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons ( FASPS ).
In November 2007 he was a recipient of the prestigious McQuaide Award from the Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association ( PPMA )
for his contributions to the profession and his work with his colleagues Dr. Zeigler and Tomassi in the PA Special Olympics.