Podiatrist Christina Rowe, DPM, educates her patient Elicia Frye during a visit to the J.C. Blair Wound Healing Center. Dr. Rowe sees patients in the Wound Healing Center on Wednesday mornings. The Wound Healing Center is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (814) 643-8367.
J.C. Blair Wound Healing Center Brings on New Physician
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome podiatrist Christina Rowe, DPM, to its medical staff. Dr. Rowe, who works with Advanced Regional Center for Ankle and Foot Care, now sees patients in the J.C. Blair Wound Healing Center on Wednesday mornings and in her private practice in the J.C. Blair Specialty Clinic on Wednesday afternoons.
A Cresson native, Christina Rowe, DPM, earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her residency training at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.
Dr. Rowe has a special interest in wound care patients, after seeing many wound patients during her residency.
“Wound care is really close to my heart. There’s a real benefit for wound care patients being seen in the Wound Healing Center. J.C. Blair has a really good Wound Center. The nurses have specialized training, and there are a lot of modalities and special therapies and products that are here that just aren’t available in a private practice. It’s pretty special for a small hospital. I haven’t seen all of this technology in any other wound center I visit,” Rowe commented.
J.C. Blair Wound Healing Center offers transcutaneous oxygen monitoring which determines the level of oxygenation available to the wound to promote healing. They also offer doppler evaluation of pulses, which determines blood flow available to transport nutrients and medications to the wound. J.C. Blair also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In this treatment, the patient breathes 100% oxygen at increased atmospheric pressures. This increases the oxygen levels in the body tissue to aid in the promotion of healing and the fighting of infection.
“I really love educating patients. For the diabetic patient, it can be very dangerous to have a wound. Diabetes affects sensations. When they lose that ability to feel, they have no idea when the foot is breaking down. Wounds can progress severely without them realizing there is a problem,” Rowe shares.
Rowe often sees patients that are referred to her from the Emergency Department and then directed to follow up with the Wound Healing Center until their wound is healed. If she sees a patient in her podiatry practice with a hard to heal wound, she often refers them to the Wound Healing Center, so she can follow up with them there with more specialized care.
Dr. Rowe is a podiatrist with Advanced Regional Center for Ankle and Foot Care, with offices in Altoona, Tyrone, Ebensburg, State College and Huntingdon. Her colleagues include Drs. L. Jolene Moyer, Gary Raymond, William Wiedemer and Matthew Sable.
The Wound Healing Center is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. In addition to Dr. Rowe, internal medicine physician Molly Ettenger, M.D., general surgeon James Schall, M.D., and podiatrist Tammy Carlson, DPM, see patients in the Wound Healing Center. For more information, please visit www.jcblair.org. Physician referrals are not required. To schedule an appointment, please call (814) 643-8367.