Nikki M. Migliori DPM, ‘17
Nikki Migliori graduated from TUSPM in 2017. From a young age, Dr. Migliori always knew she always wanted to have a career in the health and medicine field. During her last year of studying for her undergrad, Nikki started focusing on physical therapy, but soon realized that was not for her. Looking for her next move, she decided to spend a day at her fathers practice shadowing him. During her one day of shadowing, she saw everything from biomechanics, sports medicine; wound care and surgery. She was instantly drawn to the many different facets of medicine podiatry had to offer. A profession that had so many different venues was very enticing to her.
Getting to know as much as you can about podiatry and all the many aspects the field offers is very important and is something Dr. Migliori encourages current and prospective students to do. In addition, it is important while in class and out on residency interviews to expose yourself to everything. “Hold yourself with pride because podiatry has come so far. We really have established ourselves in a way that has made other fields look at us as a priority for medicine, which we are”, said Dr. Migliori.
This past year was Dr. Migliori’s last year of her residency at Brynn Mawr Hospital. Due to the current pandemic, all of the elective cases were canceled for the rest of her time there. Although this was not ideal, it gave her the opportunity to work closely with her attendings in the office and do different sorts of billing and outpatient follow up, which she would not have had the opportunity to do otherwise. Dr. Migliori describes this experience has “a silver lining in a dark cloud”.
Dr. Migloiri enjoyed her time at TUSPM and living in Philadelphia very much. She made many friends and loved how it was a competitive at times, but also a team environment.
Vincent Migliori DPM ‘20
Vincent Migliori is the third member of the Migliori family to graduate from TUSPM. Growing up Dr. Migliori enjoyed spending time at his dad’s practice. Prior to making his decision to pursue podiatry, he did scribe for a number of years at his dad’s practice. “I felt there was a lot of potential in the field, in terms on being a clinician or surgeon, and really liked how it was multifaceted in that regards,” said Dr. Migliori
Dr. Migliori encourages current and prospective students to always study hard and stresses the importance of shadowing a podiatrist before applying to podiatry school. Podiatry offers many different opportunities to branch out in the field, which gives you the opportunity to focus what you are truly passionate about.
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 Dr. Migliori was unable to experience an in person graduation. The hardest part of that was not being able to say good-bye to classmates he spent the last four years building relationships with.
Following in his sister, Nikki’s footsteps Dr. Migliori is doing his residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital. After he completes his residency he plans to work at his dad’s practice and is looking forward to getting good training so he can one day become an integral part of the team.
Vincent J. Migliori DPM, ‘82
The father of Nikki and Vincent, Dr. Vincent J. Migliori graduated from PCPM in 1982. From a young age, Dr. Migliori knew he wanted to work in medicine. He was intrigued with the medical field by his uncle who was a cardiologist. While studying for his undergrad at Purdue University in Indiana he was looking through different brochures of healthcare providers, podiatry caught his attention. He saw that Ted Clark the president of the APMA at the time was close to where he was living so Dr. Migliori decided to visit him to learn more about the field. Dr. Clark introduced him to a couple other podiatrists who he shadowed and it sparked his interest.
Dr. Migliori expressed his gratitude for getting ahead of the curve in podiatry. He was fortunate enough to do his residency at Kern Hospital, which was just a foot hospital where they would perform about twenty surgeries a day. Dr. Migliori has had many successes throughout his podiatry career, which include being the first certified foot and ankle surgeon in Ocean County and having a shared practice, Ocean County Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates with Dr. Russell D. Petranto DPM, ‘88 that has been very successful. His most proud accomplishment is that his career was able to provide a nice living for his wife and three children.
Dr. Migliori is looking forward to starting a residency program at his practice. The program will be for three PGY 1 students who are graduating. It is going to be a podiatric medical surgical residency, has well as a RRA. Due to the pandemic, full approval for the residency program has been delayed; but they are anticipating taking students starting July 2021. Dr. Migliori is looking forward to educating and working with student doctors. Both Nikki and Vincent mentioned how proud and happy they are of their father for starting the residency program.
When Dr. Migliori was asked how he felt about two of his children following his path in pursuing podiatry he said, “It was a shock, but a good shock. I am happy and hopeful that they will be able to grow and do things for the profession that I have been able to do so I am very proud of them”. Dr. Migliori was looking forward to capping his son Vincent at this year’s graduation celebration, but due to the unfortunate current circumstances that was not possible. On June 16th, TUSPM invited the Migliori family up to the School so that Nikki and his father could give Vincent his well-deserved capping. It was a great day for all.