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Thank you to all who participated in the first annual Fireside Frostbite Runners' Seminar. We look forward to bringing you another interesting and informative program next year. Special thanks goes to our Race Director, Dr. Ira Meyers for also organizing and leading the seminar.


Fireside Frostbite Runners' Seminar
February 8, 2014 8:00-11:45AM
Ambler Theater, Ambler PA

The Fireside Frostbite Runners' Seminar goal is to help educate runners on improving their times and to help runners learn about common running injuries and treatments. The 3 ½ hour seminar will feature 7 speakers and if time allows also a group discussion.  The schedule and list of speakers are as follows:

TimeSpeakerTopic
8:00-8:30Michael Ross,MDCore Strength for Faster Running
8:30-9:00Todd WileyMaximizing Your Training
9:00-9:30Judy Wiskowski,PTUsing Slow Motion Gait Analysis to Diagnose Causes of Running Injuries
9:30-10:00Ira Meyers,DPMPlantar Fasciitis and Plantar Fasciosis -- Diagnosis and Treatments
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-10:45Derek Gearhart,DCActive Release Technique: Soft Tissue Treatments for Runners
10:45-11:15Victor Kalman,MDKnee and Hip Injuries in Runners
11:15-11:45David Webner,MDCardiac/Heart Abnormalities in Runners

Derek Gearhart,DC

Dr. Derek Gearhart graduated with honors from Penn State University in 2002 with a degree in Kinesiology, and also graduated with honors earning his D.C. degree from New York Chiropractic College in 2006. He was selected to begin a fellowship program at NYCC which provided him with the opportunity to instruct in a human cadaver lab while earning a M.S. degree in Exercise Science from Syracuse University.

As a collegiate baseball player, triathlete, marathoner and strength and conditioning specialist, Dr. Gearhart specializes in soft tissue injuries throughout the body utilizing the gold standard in soft tissue treatment, Active Release Technique®. Besides his clinical and academic knowledge, being an athlete in multiple sports has helped Dr. Gearhart fully understand the mechanisms behind muscle, tendon and ligament injuries. His goals are to not only address acute injuries from a conservative perspective, but also to help you prevent further injury.

Dr. Gearhart currently practices in Doylestown and is also an adjunct anatomy professor for Bucks County Community College.


Dr. Victor Kalman

Dr. Victor Kalman is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training in arthroscopic surgery/sports medicine from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Dr. Kalman’s area of expertise includes treatment of orthopaedic/sports medicine injuries and arthroscopic surgical treatment of hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle.  He performs ultrasound guided PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections. He has lectured nationally and is published in peer reviewed journals. He has served as Associate Master Instructor, in Arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Illinois. He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). He serves as a consultant for the arthroscopic industry.

Dr. Kalman is listed in Who’s Who in American Professionals and was named one of Delaware’s “Top Docs” for Orthopaedic Surgery 2005, 2009 by Delaware Today Magazine.

His education:

  • B.A. in Physical Education from Gettysburg College (PA)
  • Graduate Degree Physical Therapy Columbia University (NY)
  • Doctor of Osteopathy Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency in General and Orthopedic Surgery UMDNJ-SOM (NJ)
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (PA)
  • Certified in Age Management Medicine by Cenegenics Education and Research Foundation
  • First Line Therapy-Therapeutic Lifestyle Program by Metagenics
  • Certified in Plant Based Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell Foundation

Dr. Ira Meyers

Dr. Ira Meyers received his B.S. in biology in 1982 from The College of William and Mary, and his D.P.M. degree from The Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (now Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine) in 1987. He completed his residency in podiatric surgery at The Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia. Dr. Meyers became board certified in podiatric surgery in 1993, and completed a fellowship in podiatric sports medicine in 1989.

As an avid runner with an accomplished list of accolades, Dr. Meyers specializes in treating running injuries. He has been a winner of many races, including the Philadelphia and Long Island marathons. In addition, he has been an age group All-American in the triathlon from 2010-12.  Dr. Meyers has had the opportunity to work with many runners of all levels, including several Olympians.

He practices in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.


Dr. Michael Ross

Dr. Michael Ross is a sports medicine physician at the Rothman Institute. In addition to treating musculoskeletal injuries, he runs the Performance Lab where he performs exercise testing and gait analysis to find the limitations to performance and to make people faster.


Dr. David Webner

Dr. David Webner is a board-certified, sports medicine physician at the Healthplex Sports Medicine Institute and the Director of Running Medicine for the Crozer-Keystone Health System in suburban Philadelphia. He is also the Co-Director of the sports medicine fellowship at the Crozer-Keystone Health System. His main research interests include concussion in sports and endurance sports medicine.  He currently is engaged in studies on sudden cardiac arrest in U.S. marathons and sports concussion in contact and collision athletes.

Dr. Webner’s sports medicine practice includes recreational, amateur and professional athletes of all ages with musculoskeletal injuries and sports concussions. He is the current medical director for the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon and a team physician with the Philadelphia Union since its inception in 2010.



Judy Wiskoski

Judy Wiskoski, PT, MHA, has been practicing physical therapy for 25 years, with special emphasis on sports medicine and orthopedics.

She received her BS in physical therapy from Temple University. She went on to get a master's degree in health administration from St. Joseph's University.

She has been an avid runner, and placing in her age group on many local races. Plagued by running injuries, she began to train for triathlons to improve her fitness level by adding cycling and swimming, instead of focusing primarily on running. She became very interested in running gait analysis as a method to prevent and rehabilitate injuries.

Judy initially met Dr. Meyers when she visited him as a patient. It was through their combined love for running, along with frequent discussions about gait analysis, that the idea of CUrun4me was formed.


Todd Willey

Todd Wiley has been in competitive sports both as an athlete and a coach for over 30 years.

Todd's athletic background started when he was 11 with age-group swimming. He started competitive running when he was 13. Todd ran at the division II level in collegiate track and cross country for Kutztown University where he was a two time All-American. He still holds school records for the 5000 (14:28), and the 10000 (30:13). After completing college in '94 he began his triathlon career. While in '98 winning the Duathlon World championships and placing 3rd over-all in the Triathlon Worlds champs, he was named triathlete of the year by USA Triathlon. He raced as a professional triathlete from 1999-2009. Todd has completed 12 Ironman events including 3 at the World Championships in Hawaii with a PR of 9:10. He has completed 10 marathons with a PR of 2:37.  Todd has also been a guide for elite blind triathlete Aaron Scheidies.  One of the highlights of his career was guiding him to a World Championships at the 70.3 distance where Aaron set a world best for visually impaired athletes of 4:09.  Todd has also been inducted to his high school and university’s athletic Hall of Fame.

Todd has coached athletes at every level from age-group swimming to collegiate running and triathletes of all abilities. His coaching started when he was 18 at the age-group swimming level. Todd went on to coach both at the collegiate and high school levels coaching track and cross country. He is a certified Team In Training triathlon coach where he was the head triathlon coach for the Eastern PA chapter for 15 years. While being the coach for TNT he has coached thousands of athletes to successfully complete events from the sprint distance to the half-ironman distance with a 100% finish ratio. He has his own coaching business, coaching athletes on an individual basis.  He has worked with USA Triathlon as a regional athlete development coordinator, completed their Elite mentorship program at the Olympic Training Center and was a member of the USAT Mid-Atlantic regional council. Todd is also the race director for the Delaware Valley Duathlon.

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