The GRACE Outreach to Health Community Clinic is honored to announce the addition of Sara Suttle, DPM, to the volunteer medical team. She will work with Clinic Volunteer Medical Director Dr. Song Lee before beginning her clinic schedule on December 20.
Dr. Suttle is originally from Oklahoma, but moved to Texas as a child. After graduating high school, Dr. Suttle enlisted in the USAF Reserve to train and work as a surgical technician.
“I knew entering the military [as a scrub technician] would give me the opportunity to explore the various medical fields,” said Dr. Suttle.
She was right. Dr. Suttle scrubbed in with many surgical teams including cardiology, plastic surgery, and orthopedics. She was immediately drawn to orthopedics because of the nature of the field: treatment of injuries to the musculoskeletal system, such as broken bones and joint problems.
Dr. Suttle was able to use her skills as a scrub technician to further investigate her areas of interest.
“I remained in the Air Force Reserve while attending University of Texas in San Antonio,” she said. “Even with my busy schedule, I took every opportunity to scrub in on surgeries of a podiatrist and a foot and ankle orthopedist.”
She graduated cum laude from UTSA with her Bachelor of Science in Biology. After completing undergraduate work and finishing her career in the military, she attended Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in North Chicago on an academic scholarship and obtained her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree.
She then completed a three-year surgical residency at Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood, TX where she served as Chief Resident during her final year.
She is also an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons as well as a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Texas Podiatric Medical Association.
“We are so excited to have Dr. Suttle join our team of providers at the GRACE Community Clinic,” said Clinic Nurse Manager Shirley Roberts, RN, BAS, CCM. “She will give such a critical service to our clients, especially our diabetic patients whose foot exams annually by a podiatrist are standards of practice according to the American Diabetes Association.”
Dr. Suttle joins the other physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals who tend to the healthcare needs of GRACE patients. Last year, medical professionals served more than 3,500 hours at the Community Clinic.
For more information about the GRACE Outreach to Health Community Clinic, contact Shirley Roberts, RN, BAS, CCM at 817-305-7681, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.