A dynamic point of view is how I describe my combination of training as a MD Orthopedic Surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in sports medicine and foot and ankle surgery. As a consulting physician for the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets and The Ohio State University Department of Athletics I deal with highly competitive athletes but I spend most my time with the community champion chasing the goal of personal fitness. My practice is built on being a devoted patient advocate who strongly believes that the quality of education and training make a difference in treatment outcomes.
Throughout my career I have worked to provide leadership for foot and ankle education and regularly lecture nationally and internationally. As an active member of the AAOS Council on Education, past chair of Education for the AOFAS, past board member of the AAOS Continuing Medical Education Committee and Chief of Foot and Ankle at The Ohio State University, I am focused on raising the standard of care for all foot and ankle patients.
Research is integral to being on the forefront of industry advances. Throughout the years I have authored more than 100 scientific publications and am honored to have received several research awards. This research has given me the opportunity to be an innovator and design surgeon on many orthopedic implants including several total ankle replacements, always with the goal of increasing positive surgical outcomes.
Beyond my patient care responsibilities I enjoy being involved in my home community of Westerville working to lift up those less fortunate. My wife, Diane, and I relocated from Canada in 1999 with our daughters Logan and Jenna and became US Citizens in 2006.
My practice is built on the belief that experience comes from involvement, in understanding my patients, providing industry leadership and looking into the future through innovation and research. I have served as the medical director of the Foot and Ankle Division at Dublin Methodist Hospital, Vice Chair of Surgery at Dublin Methodist Hospital, and as a board member for the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society and the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. I continue to support advanced medical education as the Director of the Foot & Ankle Service for the Doctors Hospital Residency program. I have published numerous scientific publications and on a regular basis lecture nationally and internationally.
My goal as your doctor is to get you back on your feet as quickly and safely as possible. Through research and advanced studies, we've perfected minimally invasive surgical techniques for several common foot & ankle conditions, including the DynaBunion 4D and MiniBunion 3D bunion procedures. Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) offers many benefits such as smaller incisions, reduced number of incisions, faster recovery, reduced pain and less scarring.
I played college football and I was honored to be both an all-American and an academic all-American. It was because of an injury I sustained in college that led me to this incredible Orthopedic profession. I know what it takes to recover from surgery, endure rehabilitation, and get back to goals, sport, or job. Along with providing medical expertise to the Columbus Blue Jackets, BalletMet Columbus, and athletic programs at The Ohio State University and Ohio University, I am proud to serve as a team physician at the Dublin Coffman Schools and Olentangy Liberty High School. It is my passion to get athletes at all levels back into the game! Originally from Chicago, I now live in Dublin, Ohio, with my wife Cydney and our three children.
Dr. Hyer is a nationally known foot and ankle expert and he's right here in Central Ohio. He has authored over 150 scholarly articles in leading foot and ankle journals as well as several textbook chapters and even two complete textbooks on total ankle joint replacement. In addition to training fellows each year in foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Hyer actively educates surgeons from around the world throughout the year. In fact, Dr. Hyer is THE foot and ankle surgeon to other surgeons and their families.
Dr. Hyer and his team pioneer new techniques and research, working to solve some of medicine's toughest challenges, including cartilage and stem cell research, minimally invasive surgery techniques, and ankle joint replacement and revision ankle joint replacement surgeries.
Trust in knowing that Dr. Hyer and his team only offer surgery when it’s the best option to relieve pain and correct deformity. Most foot and ankle problems can be managed with non-operative, conservative means. When surgery is needed, know that Dr. Hyer will use his extensive experience and training to expertly correct the problem and guide you to the best recovery possible. Other medical professionals know this too – that’s why Dr. Hyer has dozens of nurses, physicians and surgeons from around the world as patients, just like you.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and came to Columbus to do a rotation with the OFA physicians. I returned to Ohio for residency, and following graduation I entered active duty service with the United States Air Force (USAF) and was stationed at Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan. I spent four years there, treating the men, women, and families of the armed forces and was promoted to Chief of Orthopedic Surgery of the 374th Medical Group.
During my military tenure, I was deployed across the Pacific. My missions included: providing medical support to the President of the United States and the White House Staff during the East Asia Summit meeting in Cambodia, assisting with relief efforts during Operation Tomadachi for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, and being a key member of the MFAST (Mobile Forward Air Surgical Team) in Korea. In 2014, I was honorably discharged from the USAF and returned back to Columbus to complete my fellowship training specializing in foot and ankle surgery.
My experiences as a board certified practicing orthopedic surgeon with the military have prepared me for my practice in the civilian world. The Air Force core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do” have guided and inspired how I treat my patients and how I collaborate with my colleagues. Outside of work I enjoy golfing, bike riding and traveling the globe with my wife Kelly, and our two children, Gavin and Evelyn.
A native of Fall Creek, WI, I received my Fellowship training here at OFAC, under the guidance and expertise of our world renowned surgeons. Prior to the fellowship, I completed an extensive three-year surgical residency at Gundersen Medical Foundation in La Crosse, Wisconsin, serving as Co-Chief Resident. I received my Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine degree from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and graduated top of the class.
The best part of my job is helping my patients get back to doing the activities they love. I enjoy treating ankle instability and other foot and ankle ailments. These conditions can arise from general 'wear & tear,' old sports injuries or other trauma that tend to cause pain and difficulty with daily activities long after the initial onset. Whether treating with therapy, bracing or surgery; getting these patients back to their desired activity with less pain and improved function is rewarding and can make a major impact on their life.
Research is integral to being on the forefront of industry advances. I’ve authored several scholarly publications and was the recipient of the 2013 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Manuscript Award of Excellence, while receiving 2nd place in 2014 and 3rd place in 2016. Additionally, I served as Content Editor for a newly published, internationally recognized textbook on total ankle replacement.
Beyond my patient care responsibilities I enjoy spending time with my wife, Danielle and young children. My interests include cooking, running and travel.
Dr. Thomas’ devotes his practice to being patient centered with an individualized approach to care and believes that his quality of education, training, and experience make a difference in patient outcomes. He offers a conservative and thorough approach to treatment, and if surgery is necessary, he will perform this masterfully. Dr. Thomas looks forward to continuing to advance evidence-based practices in foot and ankle care on a national scale with his colleagues at OFAC.
Dr. Thomas’ is considered an innovator and leader in the field of minimal invasive bunion surgery. As a high volume bunion surgeon, patients have travelled from as far as Alaska to have him perform bunion surgery. Many physicians and healthcare workers have trusted Dr. Thomas for their bunion repair. His latest techniques allow patients to get back on their feet quicker while having less pain, less risk of recurrence, and minimal scars.
As a well-known surgeon, Dr. Thomas has authored peer reviewed journal articles, texts, quoted in magazines and online articles, medical posters, blogs, and numerous television interviews. He has also lectured locally and nationally not only for foot and ankle podiatrists and orthopedists, but for physicians from all disciplines. Dr. Thomas has trained foot and ankle residents who have gone onto practice throughout the United States and even as far away as Australia. Most recently, Dr Thomas is involved in training family practice residents here in Columbus on foot and ankle treatment in the primary care setting.
Dr. Thomas is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina and has enjoyed living in Central Ohio since 2011. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New England where he was a college athlete, captain of the men’s varsity basketball team his senior season, and graduated cum laude. He then received his medical education from the Barry University in Miami, Florida, where he was a member of the Dean’s List. Dr. Thomas then completed a high-volume foot and ankle surgery residency training at Grant Medical Center with numerous Podiatrist and Orthopedist, even working with current and past OFAC surgeons.
After residency graduation he took on the role of the assistant director for OhioHealth’s foot and ankle surgery residency program. Dr. Thomas has held leadership positions in the past such as the chair of surgery at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Dr. Thomas was previously the foot and ankle appointee for surgery peer review committee for OhioHealth. Dr. Thomas is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, holding the prestigious double board certification in Foot as well as Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery.
Dr. Thomas is involved with many philanthropic efforts, particularly those related to underserved medical populations and our nations veterans. Dr. Thomas resides in Central Ohio with his wife, who is an Internal Medicine Physician, and two children. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, coaching youth basketball, and outdoor activities.
Dr. Corey Griffith is a Board Certified foot and ankle surgeon specializing in arthroscopic and reconstructive bone and joint surgery of the foot and ankle. A native of central Ohio, Dr. Griffith received his Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University. He then received his medical degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class.
Following medical school, Dr. Griffith completed an intensive three-year surgical residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, where he now serves as faculty and contributes to resident education.
Dr. Griffith currently resides in central Ohio with his wife and two children and is active within his community.
Dr. Justin R. Hudson comes to OFAC after 15 years of private and hospital group practice in Bloomington, IN. Dr. Hudson performed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri and holds degrees in Biological Sciences, Psychology and Anthropology. He is a 1999 graduate of the William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, Illinois.
His post-graduate training in foot and ankle surgery was completed at St. Vincent Charity Hospital, a teaching hospital of Case Western University in Cleveland, OH. This extensive three year surgical residency training provided Dr. Hudson with the foundation to treat the most challenging foot and ankle problems. Following residency, Dr. Hudson performed a one year fellowship in Diabetic Limb Salvage and Reconstruction of the Lower Leg, Foot and Ankle at the Foot & Ankle Center in Bloomington, IN.
Dr. Hudson has authored numerous scholarly publications pertaining to complex foot and ankle pathology such as; the diabetic Charcot foot, Pre-dislocation Syndrome of the Lesser MPJ and Frostbite. In addition, he authored an article which improved upon the Syme’s Ankle Amputation technique. Dr. Hudson has been the recipient of numerous honors and distinctions including the American Heart Association 2001 Heart Saver Award and the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine Proficiency in Podiatric Medicine Award.
Dr. Hudson, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, is Board Certified in both Foot and Rearfoot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is also designated as a Certified Wound Specialist by the American Board of Wound Management.
Dr. Hudson and his wife Robin reside in Powell and are proud parents of two children, Chase and Emery. The Hudson family enjoys traveling, exercising together and are active members of their church.
Dr. Mehl comes to OFAC from University Foot Center in Grandview where she spent 13 years caring for patients. Prior to that she was with Central Ohio Comprehensive Foot Care in Westerville. Dr. Mehl attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies, earning a BS in Psychology. She then earned her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. She completed a three year podiatric surgical residency at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
Dr. Mehl will fit right in with the OFAC medical team as she shares our passion for providing compassionate, personalized care for patients. She chose medicine and in particular primary care podiatry to help people live their fullest, best-life possible. She values getting to know her patients and establishing long term care relationships.
Dr. Mehl and her husband reside in Dublin with their two sons. As a family, they love spending time outdoors - hiking, skiing, biking and camping. Dr. Mehl is an avid runner, loves to cook and spend time with her family.
Dr. Abshier has been caring for central Ohioan’s podiatric care needs for over a decade. She is board certified in both wound care and podiatric medicine and focuses her practice on non-surgical, conservative foot and ankle care as well as wound care treatment and prevention.
Dr. Abshier is a firm believer that patient education leads to the best outcomes and ensures her patients fully understand their condition and the treatment options available. “Explaining a conditions etiology and the science behind treatment options empowers patients. This also increases their active participation in their own care and decision making,” says Abshier.
Dr. Abshier lends her leadership and advocacy to several national and state associations including, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and the Ohio Foot & Ankle Medical Association and Foundation (OHFAMA), where she recently completed her tenure as President. Additionally, she lectures nationally on wound care and medical coding.
After receiving her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University in Philadelphia, Dr. Abshier completed a rigorous three-year residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at the Dayton Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Dayton, OH. She earned her undergraduate degree in Microbiology with a minor in Russian literature from the University of Washington in Seattle.
A native of Seattle, Dr. Abshier, her husband and daughter currently reside in Powell. As a family they enjoy skiing, long treks, and backpacking. Dr. Abshier, a competitive swimmer in school, has completed multiple marathons and a full Ironman and now enjoys running for fun.
Well, it’s my 35th year of practicing medicine. I have so enjoyed my practice and it’s been my great pleasure and honor to care for you. I have always felt the practice and my patients were an extension of my family, as we have celebrated many milestones together. But it is time... It is time for me to enter into a new area of service. Caring for people will continue to be my priority but that will look different by the end of the year. I am retiring from clinical foot and ankle practice effective February 14th, 2020.
My best decision in practice was to join my father and brother in 1984. The second-best decision was joining Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center five years ago. These six doctors are bright, committed, caring and experienced. They are nationally renowned and respected leaders in all areas of Foot & Ankle care. I am grateful to have been a part of the OFAC family.
So, after the first of the year when you call the office for Dr. Buchan, I will personally ensure that you are directed to the best doctor at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center for your specific problem. Ruth Miller, my longtime assistant will continue to work at OFAC and looks forward to seeing you on your next visit. We are confident that you will continue to receive the expert care necessary to solve your problem. We will work hard to get you back on the road to recovery, quickly and efficiently. In addition, your medical records will remain secure at the Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center and available to our physicians. We will not share your medical records without your written consent.
Again, it has been a genuine pleasure to care for you. Thank you. I do hope this finds you well and healthy. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to call, (614) 895-8747.
David Buchan, DPM
I specialize in foot and ankle surgery and am actively involved in the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants. Holding both a bachelor's and master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Physiology from the University of Akron, I obtained my Physician Assistant degree from Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio.
I believe that quality education is vital for patient care and successful outcomes. My off time is spent lecturing and mentoring future Physician Assistant students, serving as an adjunct clinical professor and preceptor at Ohio Dominican University, and directing a lecture series to area Mid-level providers.
Being a Columbus native, I received my Bachelor’s in Athletic Training and Exercise Science at Capital University. Though I enjoyed managing athletes, I wanted to diversify my clinical skills, so I obtained my Master of Science in Biomedical Science with a Physician Assistant focus from the University of Toledo. I worked in Michigan as a general orthopedic PA for over 5 years before moving back to my hometown and joining OFAC.
I am involved in advocacy at the state and national level, and enjoy advancing the Athletic Training and Physician Assistant profession by precepting students.
A native of Ohio, I received my undergraduate degree in Pre-Med and Biology from Capital University and Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Ohio Dominican University. Having worked as a Pharmacy Technician throughout my schooling, I knew I wanted to make a positive impact in others lives and a career as a PA was the perfect fit for me. Outside of work, I enjoy being active and play basketball, sand volleyball and golf.