The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

NY Lizards Lacrosse Team Welcomes Drs. Geldwert & Ryan Minara to the Medical Staff

Posted by on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014


We have big news to announce at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine! Two of our facility’s distinguished New York podiatrists have been named to the medical team for the New York Lizards (formerly the Long Island Lizards), one of the original organizations in the Major League Lacrosse.

This latest endeavor only goes to show how our podiatric surgeons are widely recognized as leaders in the field. Whether you’re a professional athlete or not, you are assured the highest quality of podiatric care at our sports medicine centers in Manhattan and White Plains.

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The division-winning lacrosse team, the NY Lizards, has invited our podiatrists to serve as medical staff.
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About the NY Lizards

Dr. Minara and Dr. Geldwert are excited to be affiliated with such an esteemed organization. The Major League Lacrosse team has won two Steinfeld Cups (in 2001 and  2002) and three division championships (in 2001, 2002, and 2003) with coach John Detommaso. In 2012, current coach, Joe Spallina, won the league’s Coach of the Year. Matt Gibson and Rob Pannell won Rookie of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013, respectively. There is certainly a lot of talent there. It’s up to the team’s medical staff to ensure that these young players stay in top shape so they can continue to thrive over the course of their careers.

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Dr. Geldwert has been working with local athletes and sports teams for several decades.
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What Does a MLL Medical Team Member Do?

When a player goes down, staff from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine will be there to assess the acute injury. “We are responsible for treating all game-day foot and ankle injuries,” explains Dr. Josef Geldwert.

It’s not just that players come to us for surgeries or alternate therapies. Our podiatrists clock late work hours to form an intimate partnership with the team members. “We will attend all their practices, as well as the games,” says Dr. Geldwert. “We can’t prevent the accidental injuries, but certainly we can look for red flags that may signal a potential overuse injury or re-injury.”

Currently, Dr. Geldwert and Dr. Minara are in the middle of preseason evaluations of NY Lizards players to help the team prevent common injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and ankle sprains or fractures.

“The preseason evaluations are very important, as we look at anatomical factors that could predispose someone to common types of lacrosse injuries. Through physical therapy, exercise programs, orthotics, and other treatments, we can address issues with individuals before they arise.”

Past Experience with Pro Athletes

Dr. Geldwert and colleagues are no strangers to the world of professional sports. Here are a few additional associations Dr. Geldwert has been involved with:

– Podiatric Consultant for Women’s World Cup Soccer

– Team Podiatrist for NY Power (Women’s United Soccer Association)

– Team Podiatrist for NY Magic (Women’s United Soccer League)

– Podiatric Consultant for NY Liberty (Women’s National Basketball Association)

He has also provided services for New York triathlons, marathons, and tennis classics. His associate, Dr. Ryan Minara, has served as the on-site podiatrist for the NYC Triathlon and the Hamptons Marathon.

Innovative Treatments for NY Lacrosse Players

Dr. Geldwert and Dr. Minara have many tools at their disposal when it comes to analyzing and treating patients for sports injuries. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is one of the only local places to find Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT), a non-invasive, FDA-approved shockwave treatment for heel pain and Achilles tendonitis.

We also offer the Multi-locked Laser System (MLS Laser) for tendon, muscle, and joint pain. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation can be used to keep muscles strong during treatment and improve patient outcomes following surgery. Gait analysis evaluations and customized exercise programs will be part of the standard care NY Lizards players will receive.

If you are looking for top-notch podiatric care in New York City, you can book online here.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.