Part of a residency for a Bachelor of Podology degree, this special program was conducted under the leadership of Dr. Katharin von Gavel, founder of the North American School of Podology (NASP) and Vicki Malo, president of NASP.  As part of the curriculum to obtain their degree, the NASP graduating class of 2017 offered care at the hands-on clinic to help Kittitians with skin- and nail-related foot problems.

 “It takes a special group of people to donate time, services, and money for the health of feet.  In the past 11 years since our first residency program on the island, we have experienced an exponential growth and a tremendous success of our program — which has literally improved the feet of hundreds of Kittitians — that keeps us coming back,” Dr. von Gavel said. 
The North American School of Podology is aligned with the International University of Health Science to continue NASP’s initiative of helping Kittitians with their foot-care needs.  All clinics were offered free of charge. Free footwear was also provided to over 400 locals thanks to the generous donations from National Shoe and several other educators and attendees who gathered gently used shoes and sandals. 
“Our mission is to change the quality and safety of pedicures…one foot at a time,” added Dr. von Gavel.  “If we can help those in need of serious foot care, then we have taken the most gratifying steps, not only leading to our future success but also while contributing to the health of those with the greatest of needs.”

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