About the Doctors

Dr. Emanuel Sergi

NYC podiatrist Dr. Emanuel Sergi takes a personalized and caring approach to functional and cosmetic foot surgery. Dr. Sergi performs a variety of podiatric treatments to correct troublesome foot and ankle issues, including bunions, hammertoes, painful corns, calluses, and plantar fasciitis, among others. He is the founder of Park Avenue Podiatric Care in New York City, having assembled a caring team of foot specialists to guide you through each step of your procedure. Dr. Sergi continues to be at the forefront of podiatry advances. He is the developer of the innovative Slimline Bunion Surgery™ technique to treat bunions with less procedure time and recovery than traditional bunion removal methods. Dr. Sergi strives to provide beautiful, natural-looking results for his patients.

Education: Dr. Sergi graduated from the St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

Residency Training: Dr. Sergi did his residency training at NYU downtown Hospital in New York City.

Private Practice: Dr. Sergi owns and operates three offices all located in Manhattan, NY with seven associate doctors.

Affiliations: Gramercy Surgery Center, New York, NY.

lawrence-silverberg-podiatrist-NYCDr. Lawrence Silverberg

Education: Dr. Silverberg graduated from State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Then he spent 4 years in Podiatric medical school at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he obtained the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) Degree.

Residency Training: Dr. Silverberg finished 3 years of residency training. The first year was spent in a Primary Podiatric Medicine Residency (PPMR) at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York. Additionally, he trained in a two year, Podiatric Surgical Residency (PSR24), at the Allegheny University of Health Sciences, City Avenue and Parkview Hospitals, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This surgical residency is one of most sought after residencies in the country due its extensive surgical diversity and excellence.

Private Practice: Dr. Silverberg owns and operates a podiatric group practice  located in Midtown Manhattan with six doctors providing excellent podiatric care to our patients.

Affiliations: Gramercy Surgery Center, New York, NY. (formerly Cabrini Wound Healing Center, New York, NY)

Board Certification: Board Certified Foot Surgeon by The American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS). ECSWT Certification: Healthtronics Ossitron Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

aditi-shastri-podiatrist-NYCDr. Aditi Shastri

Dr. Shastri takes great pride in providing you with the expert care, diagnosis and treatment of your foot and ankle disorders that you deserve. Her practicing philosophy is defined by providing a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for every patient. An experienced podiatric doctor and a supportive staff are dedicated to relieving your foot problems. The benefit of this commitment is that many of your foot conditions are treated quickly, comfortably, and effectively.


  • School – Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Surgical Residency – Cabrini Medical Center, New York, NY

Hospital Affiliations:

  • Beth Israel Medical Center – Petrie Division

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Gujarati

Professional Memberships:

  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • New York State Podiatric Medical Association
  • American Association for Women Podiatrists

john-lupoli-Podiatrist-NYCDr. John Lupoli

No matter how big or small your foot problem is, you can feel confident that your health is our number one priority. We are fully equipped to handle all of your foot and ankle problems. Our new, state of the art office takes advantage of the newest diagnostic technologies available.Your treatment options will be fully explained and you will leave understanding your specific problem. Dr. Lupoli provides expert care in a relaxed environment.Take the first step towards a healthy future.


  • School – Barry University
  • New York Harbor Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Masters in Microbiology and Immunology at New York Medical College

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

ilona shtarkman dpm Dr. Ilona Shtarkman

Dr. Shtarkman is a caring and knowledgeable physician that has extensive training in all aspects of foot surgery and employs the latest advances in podiatric care. She is often complimented on her friendly and caring bedside manner and excellent communication skills that allow her patients to easily understand their conditions and the treatment plan. She is equally competent in the operating room during foot surgery as she is in the exam room of her office. She is ethical and treats patients as she would treat her own family.

Education: Dr. Shtarkman graduated Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, while minoring in Chemistry from City University Hunter College. Dr. Shtarkman obtained her medical degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

Residency: Dr. Shtarkman completed her Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency in a highly regarded three year training program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where she was extensively trained in all aspects of medicine and surgery of the foot.

Private Practice: Dr. Shtarkman treats all conditions affecting the foot and ankle and enthusiastically brings her knowledge and expertise to treating all of her patients. She prides herself on good communication and personal dedication to all of her patients.
Board Certification: Dr. Shtarkman is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
Professional Memberships: Dr. Shtarkman is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the New York State Podiatric Medical Association.
Languages Spoken: Dr. Shtarkman is fluent in English, Russian and Spanish, making her accessible to patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Affiliations: Gramercy Surgery Center, New York, NY

Dr. Christopher Minacapilli

I am skilled and professional physician who has been practicing for over 8 years. I am a dedicated surgeon who has performed countless successful surgeries since the beginning of my career. I am also dedicated in treating my patients with the utmost respect and compassion.

Education: Dr. Minacapilli graduated from St. John’s University for his undergraduate education. Subsequently, he graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.

Residency: Dr. Minacapilli was Chief Resident of Podiatric Surgery at New York Downtown Hospital. He served his Podiatric Residency for the Hospital of Joint Disease in the Diabetic Foot and Ankle Center for Wound Care. He is also licensed in the Cutera Laser procedures for all warts and nail conditions.

Dr. Asimina Balaskonis

Serving New York City, Dr. Asimina Balaskonis is a renowned podiatrist.

Education: She earned her doctoral degree in podiatric medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

Residency: After an internship from St. Barnabas Hospital, she completed residencies in podiatry at Saint Mary’s Hospital and Mount Vernon Hospital.

Dr. Balaskonis spends time with her patients to explain their condition and gives every suitable option available to them before moving on to surgery. She is known for practicing cost-effective, evidence-based, and compassionate medicine. She is trained to address a number of medical issues such as bunion, gout, abscess, gangrene, and Achilles tendinitis.

Professional Memeberships: Dr. Balaskonis is an active member of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association, American Podiatric Medical Association, and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Languages: She is bilingual. Her fluency in English and Greek helps her attend to patients from different cultural backgrounds.