All our professionals at Family Foot and Ankle Centers maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in podiatry.
RICHARD S. MENDELSOHN, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Dr. Richard Mendelsohn enjoys working with patients of all ages on a multitude of foot and ankle conditions. Widely recognized as a specialist in the treatment of sports and dance injuries, he is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Dermatology and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Frequently consulted by other physicians for his expertise in the area of sports- and dance-related injuries, he is a clinical advisor and columnist for the American Running and Fitness Association. He was named by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of “America’s Top Podiatrists.” Dr. Mendelsohn serves as a consulting podiatrist for numerous professional and amateur sports teams, and appeared on ABC, CBS and NBC news where he spoke about new advances in podiatry.
Dr. Mendelsohn received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta and earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Philadelphia’s Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in 1985. He completed his residency in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, (an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School).
Married with five children, Dr. Mendelsohn is a passionate hockey fan who enjoys watching and participating in a variety of other sports as well.
Michael Petranek, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Dr. Michael L. Petranek is a native of Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology at Brigham Young University. During the course of his studies, he had a unique opportunity to give volunteer service in Buenos Aires, Argentina for two years. Dr. Petranek continued his education at the California College of Podiatric Medicine where he earned a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine, graduating with honors.
He completed a rigorous three year surgical residency program at INOVA Fairfax and Georgetown University Hospitals. This specialized training enables him to diagnose, treat and provide both conservative and surgical care for injuries, disorders, and diseases of the foot and ankle. Dr. Petranek enjoys working with patients of all ages, giving them relief from their painful symptoms, and helping them return to full functional activity.
Dr. Petranek is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and Virginia Podiatric Medical Association.
Dr. Petranek is fluent in Spanish. He enjoys spending his leisure time camping, boating and participating in outdoor activities with his wife and five children. He can often be found biking on the W&OD trail or enjoying the pool with his family.
Ashley Mayer, D.P.M., A.A.C.F.A.S.
Dr. Ashley Mayer was born in Masan, South Korea, but was adopted at an early age into a wonderful family from Scranton, PA. She attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, where she majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. Dr. Mayer went on to receive her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She continued her surgical training in Philadelphia at Temple University Hospital – one of only four-year podiatric surgical residencies in the country. There she was trained extensively in elective forefoot and rearfoot surgery, reconstructive surgery, foot and ankle trauma, and diabetic limb salvage. During her final year, she also served as Chief Resident.
Skilled in the most recent and advanced foot and ankle surgery techniques, Dr. Mayer’s specialties include diabetic wound care/limb salvage and forefoot/rearfoot reconstruction. She believes that open communication is paramount for an effective doctor-patient relationship.
During her time off, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and biking. She is also an enthusiast of the arts, especially ballet and theatre. Most recently she has found a passion for power yoga, which she loves for its restorative effects.
Dr. Mayer is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Virginia Podiatric Medical Association, and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Mayer is Board Qualified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.
Adisa Mujkic, D.P.M, A.A.C.F.A.S.
Dr. Adisa Mujkic received her medical degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Manhattan. She completed her residency training at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, a teaching affiliate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Mujkic received comprehensive training in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery, including trauma, reconstructive surgery, and diabetic limb salvage. She served as Chief Resident and completed research on necrotizing soft tissue infections of the foot.
Dr. Mujkic was born in Bosnia and immigrated to the United States in the 1990’s. She grew up in Herndon, VA with her parents and brother. Dr. Mujkic completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, where she majored in Biology and minored in French. During her time at UVA, Dr. Mujkic participated in humanitarian trips to New Orleans and Ghana.
Dr. Mujkic’s interests include pediatric and adult flatfoot reconstruction, bunion deformity correction, and sports medicine. She is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association.
In her free time, Dr. Mujkic loves to travel and cook. She also enjoys hiking and running with her husband in the great Virginia outdoors.
Darlene N. Saheta, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Dr. Darlene N. Saheta was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland. She graduated from The George Washington University with a Psychology major, where she grew fond of the DC Metro Area. Dr. Saheta studied Podiatric Medicine in Miami, Florida at Barry University School of Graduate Medicine. With an interest in pursuing a surgical career she was trained at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a 3 year Surgical Program in New York, New York.
Dr. Saheta has been in practice for over 11 years and her evolved professional interests include Diabetic Limb Salvage, Wound Care, Foot /Ankle Trauma, Elective and Cosmetic Foot Surgery. She feels that by being approachable to her patients it will create a good foundation for trust and mutual respect. Her past career experiences include: teaching attending/academics at UPMC Mercy Hospital, trained in hyperbaric medicine and innovative treatments in wound care.
She is Board Certified (Diplomat) by American Board of Podiatric Surgery (now they call it American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery) in Foot Surgery. She is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
She is a very serious and competitive hockey fan and enjoys spending her weekends at various museum and music events, nature photography and checking out new art exhibits.
Gary Scheib, D.P.M.
Dr. Gary Scheib earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, where he was a Dean’s List student. Following his graduation, he served residencies in primary podiatric medicine, orthopedics and surgery through the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. During that time, he had the opportunity to work with patients of many ages, backgrounds and health challenges at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the Premier Surgical Center in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Prior to his podiatric studies, Dr. Scheib earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and later attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He spent more than 20 years in the retail footwear industry, including an eight-year tenure as department manager for Nordstrom, Inc., a company nationally recognized for its high standards of customer service and satisfaction. He also served for more than 10 years as district manager of a major shoe distribution company based in Canton, Massachusetts.
Dr. Scheib, who has always enjoyed helping people and solving problems, believes that successful doctor-patient relationships depend on both medical expertise and communication. Having helped thousands of people over two decades find comfortable, properly-fitting shoes, he gained a unique perspective on the difficulties and frustrations faced every day by those with foot and ankle ailments.
Dr. Scheib enjoys playing golf and fishing. He lives in Paris, Virginia, with his wife, Trisha, and son, Cameron. They share their home with a rather temperamental Jack Russell terrier.
Deena L. Charney, D.P.M.
Dr. Deena Charney has been associated with the Family Foot and Ankle Centers for more than 10 years. Her specialty areas include diabetic and women’s foot care and trauma/sports injuries. She enjoys working with patients of all ages, especially the pediatric and geriatric populations and primarily performs preventative foot care, geriatric care and treatment for women’s foot problems.
She has the distinction of having served on the bioethics committees for both Inova Fairfax and Inova Fair Oaks Hospitals, and has participated in medical bioethics seminars throughout the state.
Dr. Charney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Albright College (Reading, Pennsylvania) in 1989. She earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Finch University (Chicago, Illinois) in 1993. She completed three years of residency training to include a one-year rotating podiatric residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and a two-year surgical/trauma residency at the Golden Glades Medical Center in North Miami Beach, Florida.
Born in Washington and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, Dr. Charney enjoys walking to stay fit and is a two-time participant in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. She and her husband, Larry, can often be found spending time with their two children, Samuel and Madeline.