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.

Jennifer C. Swan, DPM

Jennifer C. Swan, DPM

Board Certified 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, am a fellow with ACFAS, and hold memberships at APMA, AAWC, OPMA. I have also been published in Podiatry Today discussing a recent research involvement.

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

Patrick E. Bull, DO

Patrick E. Bull, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

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Although I am the newest member of the OFA family, I am no stranger to Columbus or to orthopedic surgery of the foot and ankle. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and came to Columbus to do a rotation with the OFA physicians. I returned to Ohio for residency, and following graduation I entered active duty service with the United States Air Force (USAF) and was stationed at Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan. I spent four years there, treating the men, women, and families of the armed forces and was promoted to Chief of Orthopedic Surgery of the 374th Medical Group.

During my military tenure, I was deployed across the Pacific. My missions included: providing medical support to the President of the United States and the White House Staff during the East Asia Summit meeting in Cambodia, assisting with relief efforts during Operation Tomadachi for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, and being a key member of the MFAST (Mobile Forward Air Surgical Team) in Korea. In 2014, I was honorably discharged from the USAF and returned back to Columbus to complete my fellowship training specializing in foot and ankle surgery.

My experiences as a board certified practicing orthopedic surgeon with the military have prepared me for my practice in the civilian world. The Air Force core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do” have guided and inspired how I treat my patients and how I collaborate with my colleagues. Outside of work I enjoy golfing, bike riding and traveling the globe with my wife Kelly, and our two children, Gavin and Evelyn.

David S. Buchan, DPM

David S. Buchan, DPM

Podiatric Surgeon

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I've been doing foot and ankle surgery since 1982. My surgical focus for the past 25 years has been in forefoot surgery with a special focus on bunion and arthritis surgery. I did my undergraduate work at the College of Wooster and graduated summa cum laude from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine before completing a two-year residency in reconstruction foot and ankle surgery at the Atlanta Hospital and Medical Center.

Board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, I am also a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. I greatly enjoyed serving as a board member of the State of Ohio Medical Board for 15 years, and served as its president in 1999. Currently a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Ohio Podiatric Medical Association, I have previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery based in San Francisco, California.

Jacqueline R. McGowan, MD

Jacqueline R. McGowan, MD

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

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I am no longer with Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center; I have accepted a position at Physical Medicine Associates, Inc. and will begin seeing patients in August of 2015. I can be reached at: Physical Medicine Associates, Inc. 340 E. Town St. Suite 8-700 Columbus, Ohio 43215 (614) 566-9397 If you have questions about your medical records you may call the OFAC office directly at (614) 895-8747 or fill out a Medical Records Request form.

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.