Our Doctors

Howard W. Umansky, DPM, FAPWH, CWS

Founder, Executive Director

Dr. Umansky, a graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, is a pioneer in the field of telemedicine. After years of research in remote monitoring technology, he created one of the first telemedicine wound care programs in the world. Initially a foot and ankle surgeon, he left his practice to start Mobile Health, a program that provided doctors and nurses to homebound patients in three states. Mobile's successful incorporation of telemedicine inspired Dr. Umansky to develop the Diabetic Rural Outreach Project (DROP International) in 2005 which provides diabetic wound care, telemedicine and amputation prevention services to patients in underserved rural areas. DROP's use of telemedicine has helped markedly reduce diabetic amputation rates in parts of the United States, China and the Caribbean.

Robert Frykberg DPM, MPH

Medical Director

Dr. Robert Frykberg is a professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, former Chief of Podiatry and Director of the Podiatric Residency Program for the Veterans Administration in Phoenix, former associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health from which he received a Master of Public Health degree, former Chairman of the Foot Care Council of the American Diabetes Association and past President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has been the editor of two textbooks about the diabetic foot and the author of nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Frykberg lectures all over the world and sponsors international surgical seminars on diabetic foot disorders.

Vyacheslav Makarov, DPM, AACFAS

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Makarov is a board-certified podiatric surgery and wound care specialist with more than a decade of experience. Dr. Makarov earned his degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He went on to complete one of the very few four-year Podiatric surgical residencies in the United States at New York Hospital Queens, a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and affiliate of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He acquired his surgical skills through extensive training with a wide array of Podiatric and Foot & Ankle Orthopedic surgeons, as well as a wide array of Vascular, Trauma and General Medicine physicians. In his final year of residency, Dr. Makarov served as chief resident, and continued to hone his surgical skills, specifically in the areas of diabetic limb salvage and wound care as well as sports medicine, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and extensive lower extremity trauma management. Dr. Makarov is Certified by American Board of Podiatric Medicine and is an active member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Claudia Zornosa, MD, DABIM

Director of The Wellness Center

Dr. Zornosa received her medical degree at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña and completed her residency and post-graduate training in internal medicine at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. After residency, she became a Clinical Director in the Humana health system. With a background in microbiology, chemistry and in functional medicine, Dr. Zornosa started a concierge practice to manage chronic diseases. Her philosophy has always been to find the root cause of disease, not just curing sickness but enhancing health. Her interest in both cutting-edge technology and the plight of the medically underserved in Latin America and the Caribbean led to her association with DROP International as a clinical advisor. Dr. Zornosa has been a long-time advocate of remote monitoring and is also part of the DROP clinical research team which tests, evaluates and recommends new medical technology and treatments, as well as serving as an investigator for the diabetic neuropathy clinical trials.

Edward Golembe, M.D., UHM, FACCWS

Director of Hyperbaric Medicine

Dr. Golembe is a board-certified plastic surgeon and hyperbaric oxygen specialist in wound treatment. He was most recently Physician-in-Charge, Skin Integrity Service, Westchester Medical Center. He is also the former Director of the Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Center at Brookdale University Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. Throughout his 35-year medical career he has also served as the Director of the City Island Hyperbaric Chamber, City Island, NY; and, Director of Hyperbaric Medicine at Brooklyn Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Golembe is a leading expert in hyperbaric treatment in the multimodal management of necrotizing wound infections. He is a member of the Wound Healing Society and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists (FACCWS).

Diane Holland PT, CWS

Physical Therapist, Wound Care Specialist

Diane Holland is a physical therapist with over two decades of specialized experience in wound care programs in a variety of health care settings. Her experience includes the development and implementation of a comprehensive wound care program at a 700+ bed LTC facility that included staff education—a vital component to a successful wound care program. She has also written articles within the field of wound care and physical therapy and presented them at National Wound Care Conferences. Ms. Holland earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. She is Wound Care Certified by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) and a Diplomat American Professional Wound Care Association (DAPWCA) Ms. Holland is also pedorthist trained to fit, adjust and modify supportive footwear devices.