Springfield College was a comprehensive experience that prepared me well. The spirit, mind, and body philosophy and emphasis on doing good for others has permeated all aspects of my life. The student leadership positions that I held developed skills that I apply every day professionally and in other areas. Dr. Anthony Sarage ’00
Dr. Anthony Sarage ’00

Life is Good for Active Doctor Who Appreciates Well-rounded Education

When Dr. Anthony Sarage received the Young Alumni Award in 2010, the timing was terrible. He had already committed to be away that weekend— on his honeymoon. Fortunately, his parents volunteered to represent him at the ceremony, and he gratefully accepted the honor in absentia. Three years later, he and his wife Dawn are expecting their first baby, and he has become a full partner in Western Massachusetts Podiatry, where he practices in the field he loves. Life is good.

“Podiatric medicine is my way of using my abilities every day to help people feel better and be healthier and happier. When I find a solution for people’s foot health problems, so that they can go about their daily activities without pain or recover from sports injuries or other longstanding foot problems, I feel that I’m doing good,” says the 35-year-old podiatrist. His practice combines surgery, medicine, and biomechanics in total foot and ankle care for people of all ages.

“It’s an area of medicine that usually doesn’t involve life-threatening conditions, so I can balance time for my family and interests. Dawn and I are very athletic—we run, cycle, golf, and travel together,” he says. He also enjoys spectator sports and reading.

Sarage credits Springfield College for introducing him to podiatry and influencing his overall approach to life. He was a biology major and says that “the programs in biology, chemistry, physics—all the sciences—were above and beyond. It was a well-rounded education that even included such specialties as ecology and plant biology.

“Springfield College was a comprehensive experience that prepared me well. The spirit, mind, and body philosophy and emphasis on doing good for others has permeated all aspects of my life. The student leadership positions that I held developed skills that I apply every day professionally and in other areas,” he says. He was class president for four years, a New Student Orientation leader for three years, and a resident assistant for two years.

Sarage went on to earn his medical degree at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, where he won the dermatology award and was class president, an academic scholar, a member of the Stirling Harford Honorary Anatomic Society, and named to Who’s Who among Colleges and Universities. He served his internship and his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine Clinical Campus where he was the chief resident in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. He was also a member of the medical support team for the Boston Marathon. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, a member of the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society, and a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

The young doctor has continued to advance his medical expertise through post-graduate courses. He also has participated in clinical trials, co-authored a textbook chapter, and written articles for professional journals. He is an examination reviewer for the National Board of Podiatric Medical examiners and has privileges at several hospitals.

“Springfield College gave me so many opportunities, and I’ve always wanted to give back. I would like to help it offer future students excellent facilities and academic programs. I would like to help preserve this college with its emphasis on health and wellness that you don’t see elsewhere. I value the overall warmth and welcoming attitude that emanates from the campus. Springfield College graduates make a positive impact on society, and it’s important to continue and strengthen that. For me, the way that I can do my part, is to financially contribute at the best level that I can,” says the appreciative son of Springfield.