Meet our Physician Assistants

Gregory C. Berlet, MD

Gregory C. Berlet, MD

Board Certified Specialist - Orthopedic Surgeon

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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.

Terrence M. Philbin, DO

Terrence M. Philbin, DO

Board Certified Specialist - Orthopedic Surgeon

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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.

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.

Christopher F. Hyer, DPM

Christopher F. Hyer, DPM

Board Certified Specialist - Podiatric Surgeon

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A native of Orlando, I completed medical school training at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and my surgical internship and residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Here at OFAC, I received two additional years of advanced foot and ankle fellowship training and am board certified in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Very active with peer groups, I am a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and serve on the Board of Directors, as well as serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Foot and Ankle Specialist. I am also a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Ohio Foot and Ankle Society.

Contributions to medical education and research occur through frequent lectures at state, national and international meetings.

Jaymes D. Granata, MD

Jaymes D. Granata, MD

Board Eligible - Orthopedic Surgeon

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After completing orthopedic residency at The Ohio State University and a fellowship in advanced foot and ankle surgery here at Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center, I joined the OFAC team. My experience includes treating all painful orthopedic conditions of the lower leg, ankle, and foot, including sports injuries, trauma, arthritis, deformity correction, bunions and hammertoes.

Being involved in a number of leadership, education, and research activities allows me to advance patient care through innovative treatment options. With an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in business administration, I am actively engaged in improving the design and delivery of healthcare, with current medical directorship roles in foot and ankle services and population health management.

Together with my wife, Dr. Angela Granata, and our four children, we enjoy being physically active, traveling, and spending time together as a family.

Jennifer C. Swan, DPM

Jennifer C. Swan, DPM

Board Qualified Specialist - Forefoot and Rearfoot Surgeon

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My focus is on providing patients with full podiatric services, including skin and wound care, laser therapy, and forefoot surgery. I am passionate about patient care and believe in helping to educate patients about their situation to help them become active participants in their healing.

I obtained my Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Des Moines University and completed residency training at Yale/VA Healthcare System in New Haven, Connecticut. Actively promoting training and education within the field, I am on the board of the American Diabetes Association in the Columbus chapter, hold memberships with ACFAS, APMA, AAWC, OPMA and have been published in Podiatry Today.

After being in practice since 2008, I came to OFAC in 2012 and I enjoy all the activities Columbus has to offer.

Jacqueline R. McGowan, MD

Jacqueline R. McGowan, MD

Board Certified Specialist - Physicial Medicine & Rehabilitation, Primary Care Sports Medicine

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Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, I earned my undergraduate degree with honors from Bowling Green State University and I completed my medical school training at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where I stayed for an internship in internal medicine at Froedtert Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin. After 5 years of long, cold, snowy winters, I moved south to Charlotte, North Carolina where I completed my residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Medical Center/Carolinas Rehabilitation. I moved back to Ohio for a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Riverside Hospital/Max Sports Medicine and am now double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Primary Care Sports Medicine. Despite all my travels, I still remain an avid Bengals and Reds fan!

Locally, I am a team physician for Westerville South High School and have recently partnered with the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio. I am a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Working with patients who have had an injury or disease that causes a loss of function, and incorporating my background of physical therapy, occupational therapy, electrodiagnostic testing and rehabilitation, I hope to provide a higher quality of patient experience and improve patients’ quality of life.

Tom Hunt, PA-C, MS

Tom Hunt, PA-C, MS

Physician Assistant

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.

Laura Rupert, PA-C, ATC

Laura Rupert, PA-C, ATC

Physician Assistant

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.